Fun flamingo first birthday!

What is the perfect first birthday theme for a summer baby? A flamingo party of course!

So when it came time for Pam – one half of styling duo Willow and Duck Event Styling – to choose a theme for her daughter’s first birthday, a fun and colourful flamingo theme was at the top of the list! The result as you can see – is amazing!:

Willow and Duck incorporated lots of yellow, pink and coral colours and of course pineapples to really give a summer vibe!

The ball​oon garland and that amazing cake were definitely stand outs!

Willow and Duck are a boutique event styling company based in Melbourne. They work with their clients to customise a theme and style that suits the brief and budget.

They offer a styling service for all types of events including kids birthdays, christenings and baby showers.

Whether it be to style a whole room or just a dessert table- the possibilities are endless. They work with their team of amazing vendors who help bring their creative flare to life:

 

 

 

 

As you can see, this fun flamingo first birthday transported guests to a tropical paradise with the decor and desserts!

 

Vendor Credits:

Styling – Willow and Duck 

Balloon Garland – Belle Balloons

Cakes and cookie pops – Frosted by Nicci  

Backdrop, invitation and favour tags – Jo Studio 

Cake Topper –  Glistening occasions

Fairy floss favour cones –  Under the cotton Tree 

Flamingo Statue – Decor Impact The Chalkboard sign was designed by Elsy and Grace 

Kids table and chairs – Perfect Little Party Hire

To enquire about Willow and Duck styling your next event,

please contact them on willowandduck@gmail.com

Follow along on their social media to see more of their gorgeous work at:

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/willowandduck/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/willowandduck/

You can find them any time also on the Directory under “Event Stylists” in Melbourne

Trend to watch: Rustic Baby Shower

Gone are the days of boring baby showers that no one wanted to attend! These days they are quite the social event social and fill our social feeds with gorgeous images that can make even this mother of 4 want to do it all over again!

One trend we’ve been paying close attention to is the rustic baby shower theme. So, so divine and works well as a gender neutral theme, or can be adapted to a slightly more masculine or feminine feel with colour if required.

Key features to include in a rustic baby shower are natural, earthy tones, natural elements such as wood, florals and even fauna, and a few vintage elements like lace and mason jars. You can also work in some metallics for a special pop of colour!

To get your inspiration flowing, we’ve found some great items you can easily source from our LLC Vendors to get a head start.

 

rustic baby shower styling

Styling and props by Sweet Heavenly Events Hire, Sydney

 

Rustic Baby Shower Invitations

Set the tone of your event with beautiful invitations that the mum-to-be can add to her keepsake box. We love these ones printed on wood by Eve & Co which could be customised to suit a baby shower theme:

 

rustic baby shower themed stationery

Rustic Baby Shower Stationery, Eve & Co

 

 

rustic floral baby shower invitations

Rustic Floral Baby Shower Invitations, Giggles & Grace Design

 

baby shower invitation

Rustic Tribal Baby Shower Invitation, Emma Smith Stationery

 

 

 

Rustic Baby Shower Decorations and Tableware

Sometimes starting with a blank canvas can be a little daunting and sometimes end in a creative block! But in this case, you can’t go wrong by starting with a neutral colour palette of woods, kraft paper, hessian, florals and adding muted, pastel colour for a gorgeous layered rustic theme or throwing in some metallics for some extra wow factor!

A gorgeous authentic chalkboard sign such as this suits the rustic feel perfectly and is a special way to welcome guests and personalise the baby shower decor:

 

Chalkboard sign – Scripts with Style

 

baby shower balloons

‘Baby’ Script balloon, Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

 

rustic baby shower themed decorations

Blossom Paper Lantern, The Little Event Company

 

 

hessian table runner

Hessian Table Runner, The Party Parlour

 

 

rustic furniture hire sydney

Recycled Wood Trestle Table Hire, Petite Events Hire, Sydney

 

 

 

decorative vines

Decorative Vines, Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

baby shower decorations

‘Hello World’ Rose Gold Bunting, The Little Event Company

 

Gold neutral balloon tails – Favor Lane

 

 

 

enviro tableware

Enviro Party Kit, Party Kit Co

 

 

floral paper plates

Blossom & Brouges Paper Plates, The Little Event Company

 

 

neautral paper plates

Champagne Candy Stripe Plates, The Party Parlour

 

 

 

floral paper plates

Rose Gold Floral Plates, Love The Occasion

 

 

bamboo disposable plates

Square Bamboo Plates, Love The Occasion

 

Hello world rose gold plates – The Little Event Co

 

disposable wooden forks

Deluxe Wooden Forks, Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

floral paper straws

Rose Floral Paper Straws, Hip & Hooray

 

 

 

kraft straws

Kraft Straws, Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

Rustic Baby Shower Finishing Touches

Favour bags, themed props and cake toppers add those final touches to any event, and you’ll find plenty available in your neutral theme colour palette.

kraft favour boxes

Scalloped Kraft Favour Box, The Party Parlour

 

 

kraft favour bags

Kraft Paper Party Bags, Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

These cookie mix bottles (which can have customised labels) are a gorgeous favour for guests to take home and enjoy and they also suit the rustic decor!:

 

cookie mix favours

Rustic Themed Cookie Mix Favours, Sweet Health

 

 

To add some rustic flare to your cakes and baked treats, try these items!:

 

 

natural coloured baking cups

Kraft Natural Baking Cups, Hip & Hooray

 

 

 

baby shower cake topper

Custom Cake Topper – A la Roch

 

 

baby shower bunting cake topper

Bunting Cake Topper, DIY Parties by Renee

 

Baby shower gold cupcake toppers – Sugarlicious Parties

 

 

A few more rustic props to help theme your event!:

 

timber tree stump platters

Tree Stump Platters, Petite Events Hire, Sydney

 

Three tier rustic cake stand – Tiny Tots Toy Hire Sydney

 

 

wooden signage

Wooden Signage, Jo’s Signs By Design, Sydney

 

 

wooden horse prop hire sydney

Troy Wooden Rocking Horse, Sweet Heavenly Events Hire, Sydney

 

Pallets for hire – Saffy and May Qld

 

This theme is a real classic and easy to pull together, assuring a timeless event the mum-to-be and guests will look back on fondly and want to do all over again!

 

Have your paint and eat it too!

 

 

“Watermelon…watermelon..I love…you love…watermelon! ”

Most kids love watermelons which have made it a popular kids party theme in recent times which has also led to a range of fun watermelon partyware

Inspired by this gorgeous summer fruit comes this fantastic new range of edible art paint by Sweet Sticks in collaboration with Alisha Henderson of Sweet Bakes

 

 

 

Alisha Henderson of Sweet Bakes started her cake journey in 2013, quickly establishing her unique, untraditional style of sweet making.

Her obsession with edible illustrations & love for watermelons have finally united with this watermelon paint set!

 

 

So now you can have your paint and eat it too!

You can find this delightful range on the Edible Art Paint website for $24 and have fun with your own watermelon creations!:

 

 

You can also view an amazing range of other colours available in edible art paint which has taken the baking world by storm with many bakers sharing their creations on social media using the edible art paint from Sweet Sticks

So although we have headed into Autumn, bring some summer back into your life with this fun watermelon range!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 simple ways to give your party the WOW factor

 

 

Party planning comes with the territory once you’re a mum. For some of us, we love it! Others find it stressful and aren’t sure where to start for something that will look coordinated but also be EASY!

Thankfully there is a business like Party Pax – which is a one-stop shop that makes DIY party planning fun and simple, so you can share in the delight of hosting for your loved ones.

You can choose from 16 different themes and you get everything you need in a box, delivered to your door.  In this post, the images share what could be created using the Ballet party theme box.

Party Pax offer DIY cake packs, DIY cupcake packs, decorations, tableware, balloons, invitations, lollies, and a little inspiration! Today they share their 5 simple tips to give your party the wow factor!

 

  1. Choose a theme

Choosing a theme will help with planning and styling your party. Consider choosing a colour, character, or activity. Integrate your theme throughout each element of your party – invitations, decorations, tableware, food and games.

 

  1. Plan, plan, plan

Having a plan (and sticking to it) will ensure your preparations and party run smoothly, and you keep to your budget. Make as many elements of your party before the big day so you can enjoy a stress-free, fun-filled party!

 

  1. Add personal touches

Little details will make your party stand out and make the party personalised and special.

Whilst your little one may not remember all the details of the party, they will remember the effort you went to. Have a go at making the birthday cake or personalise the decorations.

  1. Organise games and activities

Party games will make your party come to life. Traditional party games can be loads of fun for kids of all ages (like musical chairs, pass the parcel, pin the tail on the donkey) and having a chill-out area with craft activities can be a hit too, especially with older kids.

  1.    Say “Thank you”

Don’t forget to thank your guests for helping to make your party special, and for their gifts. Hand out pre-prepared lolly/loot bags, and follow up with a thank you note and even a photo from the day.

 

For an easy way to style and decorate your kids party for a wow factor, view the range of party packs available at Party Pax to suit a range of themes!

The gorgeous party featured above is using their ballerina party pack – and as you can see a beautiful result can be achieved without too much stress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ballerina party supplies

 

Swan ballet party – Dream a little Dream events

 

With so many girls loving to dress up or dance as ballerinas it is no wonder a ballerina party is a popular theme that never goes out of trend. With the new Ballerina movie out this year and many girls starting up their ballet lessons again, we’re sure many will be wanting to twirl away with their friends in tutu’s at their very own ballerina bash!

This party theme is a lovely time to lash out in prettiness, tulle and all things soft and lovely! Incorporate feathers, bows, swans if you wish!

We’ve curated the best from our LLC vendors from the Directory to bring you a gorgeous selection of invitations, decorations, tableware and more for a ballerina party!

Remember to CLICK on any image below to be taken to the source.

So lets get twirling…starting with some inspiration from my own daughters 3rd “ballet and bows” party a few years ago and a few other beautiful ballerina parties:

 

 

Ballet and bows party – Life’s Little Celebrations

 

 

Tutu party – Mooi Co Sydney

 

 

Swan ballet party – Dream a little Dream Events Perth

 

Tutu cute party – Silk and Cedar Events

Ballerina Party Invitations

Set the scene with one of these sweet invitations to give out to the other little ballerinas:

 

Ballerina party invitations – Paper Blossom Creations

 

Giggles and Grace Designs

 

Fairy ballerina invitation – Eve and Co Stationery

 

Ballerina invitations and stationery – Mooi Co

 

 

Ballet invitation – Emma Smith Stationery

 

Ballerina invitation – Hoot Invitations

 

Ballerina invitation – Pretty and Print

 

 

 

 

Ballerina party printables – Amity Invites

 

Ballerina Party Decorations

Oh I love this range of soft and pretty decorations – some of which you could reuse in your little girls room after the party:

 

 

Pom pom pack – The Little Event Company

 

 

 

 

Pink streamer set – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

 

Giant blush balloon – Emiko BLue

 

 

Tassel garland kit – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

 

 

Pink garland – The Party Parlour

 

Tulle garland – DD Brand

 

 

 

Pink paper fan garland – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Pink feather garland – Hip and Hooray

 

 

 

Floral letters – Lavender Honey & Co

 

3D Ballerina backdrop – Emma Smith Stationery

 

Tulle balloons are perfect for a ballet party and if you’re having a dessert table – even just one large tulle balloon standing pretty next to the table will look gorgeous!

 

Jumbo tulle balloons – Party Splendour Sydney

 

 

Ballerina Party Tableware

A tulle tablecloth creates the perfect base for a ballet dessert table:

 

Tutu tulle tablecloth – Saffy and May

 

 

Pink damask plate – The Party Parlour

 

 

Tutu ballerina plate – Fantasy Kids Parties

 

 

 

Pink foil princess napkins – The Little Event Company

Pink and mix pretty plates – Emiko Blue

 

Pastel pink plates – Love The Occasion

 

Dusty pink toot sweet dessert plate – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

 

Pink cutlery – The Party Parlour

 

Ballerina party cake decor:

 

Make any dessert a prima ballerina dessert with this range of decor and accessories and toppers!:

 

Pink lace cake stand – The Little Big Company

 

 

Ballerina cake topper – Mooi Co

 

Ballerina cake topper – A La Roch

 

Tutu and pom pom cupcake toppers – The Little Event Company

 

Swan cupcake topper – Tiny Tutu Cake Couture

 

Ballerina cupcake toppers – Emma Smith Event Stationery

 

Pink and white pom pom toppers – Love The Occasion

 

Ballet party kit with cupcake icing toppers – Party Pax

 

 

Ballerina cake topper – Chumblebee

 

 

Cupcake tutus – Tiny Tutu Cake Couture

 

 

Ballerina cupcake toppers – Deer Little Parties

 

 

Pink cupcake stand – Emiko Blue

 

Paper Eskimo pink cupcake cups – Emiko Blue

Ballerina Desserts

Let your desserts get in on the act! Either base them around ballerina inspired items or simply go with pretty and beautiful designs to match the colour scheme! Here is a selection from some of the talented Australian vendors on the Directory:

 

Ballerina cookies – The Sweetest Jubilee Melbourne

 

 

Pink couture cupcakes – Sweets with Love Sydney

 

Ballet cookies – Petite Cookies Melbourne

 

Ballerina cookies – Sweet Treats by Jules Sydney

 

Bow cakepops – My Petite Sweets

 

Ballet cookies – Frosted by Nicci (Melbourne)

 

Ballerina cookies – FlyawayPineapple

 

 

Ballerina Party Partywear

 

Ballerina tutu dress – Tiny Tutu Cake Couture

 

Ballet dress – Paper Face

 

Glitter tiara – The Little Event Company

 

Fluffy tiara – Paper face party

 

Ballerina party favours

A few lovely options of party bags to fill with all things sweet for the little ballerinas to take home…or perhaps give them their own tutu and personalise it with some lovely gift tags:

 

Ballerina gift tags – Mooi Co

 

 

Pastel party bag – Love The Occasion

 

 

Pink and gold spot favour bags – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Pink and gold cupcake boxes – The Party Parlour

 

Pink and gold favour bags – The Little Event Company

 

Sambellina scallop favour box – Emiko Blue

 

Ready to set the stage? Enjoy the party planning and remember if you have seen something you loved – CLICK on the image to be taken to the source!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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