One of the biggest kids party trends over the last year has been the Unicorn party theme – so it was a must have party inclusion in the first issue of “Celebrating Little Ones” magazine!
Perfectly Sweet came up with the bright vision for this Sleepy Unicorn birthday party and collaborated with a range of vendors from the LLC Children’ party directory to put together this gorgeous setup for the magazine beautifully photographed by Rachel Richter Photography.
It started with the amazing invitation by Eve and Co:
Which then came alive in this amazing setup:
This cake by Velvetier (who also created all the desserts) is a stand out – with this theme being hugely popular and sleepy unicorn cakes flooding Instagram, this unique take on this theme blew me away!
The balloons and partyware from Favor Lane added a wow factor and stylish touch with the gorgeous rose gold balloons and tableware mixed in with the bright decorations:
What cuter favour boxes could there be for a Sleepy Unicorn party than these by Glitter and Glue Designs?!:
I love this unique idea of having the kids make their own unicorn horn by filling up a pyramid container with lollies:
Of course another fun activity for any kids party is the pinata with this colourful custom pinata made by Party Pony Designer Pinata’s:
Create your own stylish unicorn party using these vendors:
Styling – Perfectly Sweet
Photography – Rachel Richter
Desserts – Velvetier
Piñata and tassels – Party Pony Designer Pinata
Invitation, Signs and Stationery – Eve & Co Stationery
Balloons and table wear – Favor Lane Party Boutique
Favor boxes and accessories – Glitter and Glue Designs
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have heard the news that has Lightning McQueen fans VERY excited.
Cars 3 is due for release in cinemas around the country June 22, just in time for school holidays, sending mini race car drivers into a tail spin of anticipation! I must admit though, it’s been a fantastic franchise that has been enjoyed in our family, so I’m sure the new movie will also be well received.
Judging by the popularity of Lightning McQueen and the movie over the years, as well as the trend for movies to quickly become a favourite party theme, we’re predicting a lot of red with requests for Cars parties over the coming months! So we’ve found some great finds from our LLC Vendors to get your engines racing.
Cookie Queen Kitsch’n, Sydney
Cars party decorations
You won’t have any difficulty finding licensed party ware if that’s your preference, but to avoid Lightning overload, take inspiration from the colours of the characters and the Grand Prix to create your own creative spin on the theme. We love the use of red or yellow, white and black as a base, which you can build on with any licensed products or character inspired desserts.
Props hired from Tiny Tots Toy Hire, Sydney
Cars party styling by Paper Face Party, Sydney
Cars party Styling by Party in a Package Sydney
Cars party styling and props from Enchanted Party Hire (Qld)
Cars party backdrop – Dream a little dream
Backdrop hire, Tiny Tots Toy Hire
Black paper fan, Emiko Blue
Paper fans, The Party Parlour
Cars Party table centrepiece, Theme It Party Boxes
Giant Balloon, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Red honeycomb ball – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Giant Number Balloons, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Disney Cars Birthday Champ foil balloon, Party Splendour
Foil Curtain, Little Boo-teek
L:ino floor, Tiny Tots Toy Hire, Sydney
Cars party tableware
If you are trying to avoid using too much licensed party ware, a great compromise is to alternate between plain bold colours and licensed tableware, or use licensed plates with plain napkins and cups. That way you’re still letting the mini’s enjoy the star appeal of the characters – because let’s face it that’s what they want!
Petite Events Hire, Sydney
Check tablecloth, The Party Parlour
Stools for hire- Enchanted party hire (qld)
Racing Red plates, The Party Parlour
Happy birthday cake plates, The Little Event Company
Red striped cake plates, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Geo party plates, Little Boo-teek
Star plates, Fantasy Kids Parties
Chevron napkins, Fantasy Kids Parties
Striped paper straws, Emiko Blue
Plain black straws – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Striped spoons, Little Boo-teek
Cars party cakes, desserts and accessories
We all know the hero of the day (besides the birthday boy or girl!) is the cake! Add some character cookies and you’ve pretty much taken them inside the movie and given them the greatest day ever!
Cookie Queen Kitsch’n
Petite Cookies, Melbourne
Cars cookies, Love Every Detail
Tyre cupcakes, Sweetest Jubilee
Lighting McQueen Macarons, Arelio Sweetbox
Cars cake pops, Sweetest Jubilee
Baking Cups, The Party Parlour
Striped cupcake boxes, The Party Parlour
Red striped baking cups, Emiko Blue
Black stripe candles, The Little Event Company
Red number candle – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Cake topper, Party for Stella
Treat sticks, Emiko Blue
Cake stand hire, Petite Events Hire (Sydney)
For your party favours there is always some fun items in the stores for this Cars party theme – so here are some quality party favour packaging options which you can fill up with Cars goodies the kids will love!:
Favour boxes, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Striped lolly bags, The Little Event Company
Red striped treat bags, Little Boo-teek
Black stripe treat bags, Emiko Blue
Are you looking forward to seeing this movie with the kids? If you’re lucky enough to be continuing the excitement of the race and the roar of the engines with a party then I hope this has provided some inspiration and quick shopping finds for you.
Enjoy the party!
Any fruit based theme is always bound to be cute and a cherry themed party – one of the cutest! This sweet but on trend-theme was the inspiration behind the “Cherry on top” shoot which graced the cover of the first issue of “Celebrating Little Ones” magazine!
It was styled by the always talented Dream a Little Dream Events incorporating partyware from Ruby Rabbit Partyware and photographed by Love Her Photography:
It all started with this sweet invitation using custom illustrations by Elk Prints (also seen in the above party backdrop) and brought together in this invitation by Eve & Co Stationery:
As you can see – the invitation really came to life with the party setup!:
The amazing sign which was part of the backdrop was created by Communicake It:
The cakes and desserts did not dissapoint – all created by My Petite Sweets in Perth:
I love all the cute setups which were incorporated into this shoot! Also loving the cute favour boxes by Glitter and Glue Designs:
Isn’t this the sweetest?:
This truly was such an inspiring shoot – showcasing ideas of what could be used for a Cherry themed party as well as ideas of how certain partyware or props can be used to bring a party theme alive!
Here are all the talented businesses who made this shoot the sweet setup it is – please contact them for any of the following!:
Photography : Loveher Photography www.loveherphotography.com
Styling: Dream a little Dream Events https://www.facebook.com/dreamalittledreamparties/
Cakes and Desserts : My Petite Sweets www.mypetitesweets.com.au/
Custom Illustrations (used throughout) : http://elkprints.com/
Red Aryclic Signage and cake toppers : Communicake it http://www.communicakeit.com/
Invitations : Eve and Co https://www.facebook.com/eveandcostationery/
Lollipop holders and Favour boxes : https://www.facebook.com/glitterandgluedesigns/
Custom balloon stickers and coke cans :
Dream a little Dream https://www.facebook.com/dreamalittledreamparties/
See this shoot and much more in the first issue of Celebrating Little Ones magazine!:
I was excited to share my daughters Swan themed Baptism in the first issue of “Celebrating Little Ones” magazine which you can view here
I always knew if this little 4th child of ours was a little girl then a “Swan” theme was what I would pick for her Baptism theme as well as her Nursery theme. It was a lot of fun finding and sourcing various pieces to incorporate into the decorations and of course I used the vendors listed on the LLC children’s party directory!
For our family the Baptism day of our children is quite important and special and so even though our guest list was small I still wanted to create something beautiful to celebrate the occasion.
All the beautiful photos were by Captured by Kirri
This gorgeous invitation from Emma Smith Event Stationery set the scene for the Swan theme and included beautiful gold foil lettering!:
I wanted everything to be very soft and pretty and the backdrop from Dream a little Dream Events along with the feather garlands from Ruby Rabbit Partyware helped incorporate the feather look which was also framed so beautifully with the balloon garland with tassels from Party Splendour
I like keeping my setups uncomplicated as far as the layout of desserts – as you can see the table is quite uncluttered and symmetrical. When you have young kids you want your dessert table setup to be easy because it definitely is not the only thing you will be getting ready on the morning!
The grey marble and pink cake stands I just loved from Petite Events Hire so I really wanted to include them in this setup along with their pretty white console table.
I also carried the softness of the feathers down to the floor with the sheepskin rug and all the decor filling under the table from Ruby Rabbit Partyware:
Personal touches are important for me when planning a dessert table for one of my children and this gorgeous gold mirror sign from Communicake It added that personalised touch and I knew I could also display it and keep it in Leah’s nursery which I have now done. It was also easily blutacked onto the backdrop and nice and light weight!:
Party Splendour managed to incorporate some soft feathers into the balloons:
For the cake by Macaron Delights – I wanted to keep things simple and elegant and topped with a sweet Swan topper from Poppies for Grace:
For the rest of the desserts I aimed to carry on the colour schemes of pinks, whites, and golds and these meringue kisses from Quincy Lane honestly tasted as good as they looked. They are SO easy to devour it is hard not to eat 5…or 10 !
The macarons by Macaron Delights were also oh so delicious!!
The elegant swan cookies from Frosted by Nicci were inspired by the invitations and were just gorgeous and Nicci did a beautiful job matching them to the invitations!! Kids love cookies so I always ensure to have some on my kids dessert tables:
Using a swan mould from Confectionately Yours I created some white chocolate swans to add to the table. I’m no baker at all and these chocolates are not perfect – but it was a bit fun making these and reminded me of my childhood when we use to make chocolates.
I love fairy floss from Fluffy Crunch any day of the week so I loved incorporating this soft dessert on the table! Fairy floss can only be served and displayed just before the guests are ready to eat it – so I did have more in tubs ready to serve as guests ate – which was handy as the fairy floss went FAST!
The Poppes for Grace feather garlands which I sourced from Ruby Rabbit Partyware added such a pretty touch and I now have the pink one displayed in Leah’s room:
The pretty white and gold plates and take home bags were also from Ruby Rabbit Partyware. They were so gorgeous to use for dessert plates and to fill with desserts for guests to take home to enjoy later!
This beautiful print from Toucan is one I chose also for Leah’s room and it suited the setup for the dessert table so well also:
The special girl of the moment herself ! 2 months old and ready for her special day:
And a special family photo before we headed off to the Church!:
Photography: Captured by Kirri
Feather garlands, honeycomb balls, tulle pom poms, clear balloons, plates and favour bags, cupcake cases: Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Balloons: Party Splendour
Feather backdrop supplied by: Dream a little Dream Events
Invitation: Emma Smith Event Stationery
Table and cake stands: Petite Events Hire
Gold name sign: Communicake It
Cake and macarons: Macaron Delights
Cookies: Frosted by Nicci
Meringue Kisses: Quincy Lane
Fairy Floss: Fluffy Crunch
Swan chocolates made by myself using moulds from Confectionately Yours
Swan print: Toucan
Bow chair: Out of the Cot
Thanks for viewing my daughters Swan themed Baptism ! It truly was lovely to put together and a very special day for our family!
It’s been a big few weeks here at Life’s Little Celebrations with the launch of the new “Celebrating Little Ones” magazine! If you still haven’t had a read make sure you do here.
Now onto this weeks blog party supplies round up! One of the fondest memories I have from my childhood is of a music box that mum would wind up at bedtime, and I’d listen to it before falling asleep, watching the carousel of horses go round and round. It was pink and white and I thought it was just magical.
These days, the song still plays in my head when I see the gorgeous vintage carousels at the carnival, and I’m equally delighted when I see so many talented stylists using it as inspiration for a magical party theme. It’s the perfect mix of vintage nostalgia, horses (everyone’s favourite animal!) and girliness.
Take a look at some of these beautiful examples.
Willow and Duck Event Styling, Melbourne
Kiss with Style, Melbourne
Mon Soiree Dessert Tables and Candy Buffets, Sydney
Sugar Coated Candy and Dessert Buffets, Melbourne
My own daughters first birthday – Life’s Little Celebrations
Like all good party themes, the carousel provides a great foundation of elements to be inspired by. Using striped candy cane poles, elegant horses and your choice of colour scheme, we’ve found some great items from our LLC vendors to inspire you and help pull it all together.
Carousel Party Invitations
Invite your guests on a magical ride with gorgeous invitations that evoke a sense of fantasy.
Carousel party invitations – Eve and Co Stationery
Giggles & Grace
Dream A Little Dream Events
Carousel Party Decorations
This is a beautiful theme for baby showers or first birthday’s, leaving the decorating and styling to be focused on a dessert buffet or set table for afternoon tea. Get creative with a custom backdrop, props and colour using some of these special finds based around some gorgeous colours and colour schemes for a Carousel themed party:
Metallic Gold Fringe Curtain, Deer Little Parties
Pastel and gold foil pinwheel decorations, Emiko Blue
Carousel Horse, Foamtastic Party Decor
Garden Delights, Lavender Honey & Co
Heart balloons, Love The Occasion
Tassel Kit, Poppies for Grace
White Gold Number balloons, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Script balloon – Sugarlicious Parties
Jumbo Confetti balloon, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Paper Fans, The Party Parlour
Gold Honeycomb Garland, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Sequin Table Cloth Hire, Sweet Heavenly Events, Sydney
Jumbo Confetti, The Party Parlour
This carousel horse would make THE most stunning prop to hire if you’re in Sydney!:
Carousel Horse Prop Hire, Tiny Tots Toy Hire, Sydney
Some gorgeous items for the birthday girl to wear too:
Party Hat, Lavender Honey & Co
Gold crown, Schooza
Costume Unicorn Tail, Schooza
Pretty desserts deserve to be enjoyed off equally pretty tableware, don’t you think?! Continue your theme with striped, gold foiled and coordinated pieces in your colour scheme and continue the vintage glamour of the magical carousel.
Gold Striped Plates, Emiko Blue
Gold Confetti Cake Plates, Fantasy Kids Parties
Gold Themed Tableware, Favor Lane Party Boutique
Pink Doily Plates, Love the Occasion
Blush Party Plates, Party for Stella
Daydream Watercolour Plates, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Coral Gold Foil Straws, The Little Event Company
Pink Confetti Plates, The Little Event Company
Cakes and dessert accessories
With your dessert table taking centre stage, take inspiration from The Sweet Cart in Perth and coordinate your tasty treats into your theme using colour, carousel horse toppers, candy stripes and florals.
The Sweet Cart, Perth
And don’t forget the cake! How amazing is this one from Taylor Made Gourmet?
Carousel cake, Taylor Made Gourmet
Add a few finishing touches!:
Carousel Cake Toppers, DIY Parties by Renee
Carousel Chocolate Mould, Confectionately Yours
Pink and Gold Candles, The Little Event Company
Gold Mirrored Cake Topper, The Little Event Company
Send your guests home spinning with excitement after their carousel encounter with pretty favors
Carousel Party Favors, Glitter and Glue Designs
White gold dot party bags – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Pastel Pink Favor Boxes, Emiko Blue
Stripes and Sports Party Bags, Love the Occasion
Pink and Gold Spot Lolly Bags, Emiko Blue
Cupcake Gift Boxes, The Party Parlour
I hope this theme evokes as much nostalgia for you as it does for me! It’s quite a simple theme once broken down – what would you do differently?