When choosing desserts for your next child’s party…how do you decide? Cake pops? Macarons? Jelly? Cookies?
I tend to mix it up each time I do a dessert table however I have found kids love cookies (as they normally come in some fun designs) and also love the novelty of a cake pop being on a stick !
Today we chat to Su from Sydney based Popolate regarding some tips on how to choose desserts and a baker for your next kids party!
- Su, what is the most important factor when creating desserts?
This may seem strange for someone who specialises in making good-looking things, but looks are not everything for a dessert table.
Yes, we are enamoured by the beautiful pictures on Instagram but at the end of the day, they are meant to be eaten.
You eat with your eyes, but true happiness comes from that first bite of heaven! So I’d say looks and taste are equally important.
What are your customers favourite flavours?
Vanilla is the winner, hands down. It sometimes surprises me given the variety of flavours, but I guess simplicity and quality ingredients win.
- When choosing a baker, should customers solely base their decision on the look of the designs they see online? What else should they consider?
I think, as above, that taste and quality ingredients, and freshness are definitely factors to consider.
A soft buttery cookie that crumbles in your mouth and a hard, dry cookie can look the same when decorated and photographed but you will want to eat one and not the other.
Similarly, cake pops can look the same but taste completely different.
Mass produced cake pops (you can sometimes buy these from supermarkets) can be very gummy in texture, as they are made in the tens of thousands and go through machines to roll them.
I also think food safety is important. Glitter and gold is pretty popular these days but not all dusts are rated edible.
I do tell my clients that the super shiny effects (known as holograms or disco dusts, which typically come in bigger chunks) are not edible and I never make products with these.
On a cake, they may be removed or used as decorative elements only, but not on, say a cake pop, where they will be consumed one and all!
What have been some of your most popular dessert themes lately?
The unicorn must be the theme of the year! I’ve done multiples in cookies, cake pops and cupcake form.
My designs tend to be pretty spread out though – this is what has lead to my having hundreds (I’ve lost count) of designs in my portfolio. I actually enjoy it this way because I love a new challenge each time.
Thanks Su for sharing your tips with us!
If you’re in Sydney looking for someone to make cute cake pops and cookies for your next kids party, then head to Popolate to get in touch or to browse more of her work!
Happy planning! xx
The night before Christmas contains wonder, awe and air of excitement that isn’t matched by any other night of the year for the kids.
So I love that this Life’s Little Celebrations collaboration Christmas shoot for Issue 3 of Celebrating Little One’s Magazine by Celebrations by Alysia was focused on Christmas Eve via the “Twas the night before Christmas” theme.
In gorgeous classic Christmas colours of red and white the desserts were displayed as a true midnight feast! I love the way the backdrops were created to appear as though there was a true Christmas scene through the windows!
Everything from the customised baubles, to the intricate Christmas cake to the Night before Christmas cookie mixes and the Christmas eve themed cake toppers made the theme come alive alongside the array of desserts.
Sit back and browse the details below with all vendor details at the end of the post if you’re looking to source any of the items you see!
If you haven’t seen the full e-magazine yet, you can browse it for free here.
Thank you to all these vendors involved:
Styling and Concept
Celebrations by Alysia
Captured by Kirri
Edge House Design
Cake and Cake Pops
Sweet Treats by Jules
Jo’s Signs by Design
Cookie Mix bottles & Night before Christmas box :
Macron Tower, cheesecake jelly, vanilla tarts
Sweet Petite Creations
Personalised Christmas baubles and Plates
Merc and Jones
Reindeer Smash Cakes
Sydney Smash Cakes
U Light me up candles
With only 2 weeks to go until Christmas, is the excitement building in your home?
I hope this blog post inspires you and puts you in the Christmas spirit!
In our latest issue of Celebrating Little One’s magazine (which you can view HERE) I was delighted to showcase a gorgeous and unique Life’s Little Celebrations collaboration shoot styled by Opulenticity Party and Buffet Styling Perth. She brought together a team of vendors to create a Christmas picnic in the pines.
Incorporating a rustic woodland look (and even a pony!) while still keeping the Christmas feel with whites and golds!
Enjoy browsing all the images to help inspire your own planning or to source some Christmas party supplies for yourself. All vendors involved are listed at the end of this post.
Ready to source your own Christmas woodland items? Click on any of the below business names to find the items they supplied for this shoot!
- Styling, concept & full collaboration coordination,some props/furniture: Opulenticity Party & Buffet Styling
- Partyware(Gold Plates,wooden cutlery,napkin,merry Christmas bunting & Xmas sunglasses)-Favor Lane Party Boutique
- Photographer – Bobbi By Design
- Tents – Sweet Dreams and Goodnight – Kids Slumber Parties
- Desserts/cake – Cakes by Sarah Perth –
- Favour boxes – Glitter & Glue Designs
- Stationery (invites,place cards,chocolate wrappers,signage)– Emma Smith Event Stationery
- Headware – (all kids and horse headdress) Kreate & Dream
- Personalised baubles – DIY Parties By Renee
- Cake toppers & ‘Believe’ garland – Chumblebee
- Feature chairs – Allegra & Grace Chairs
- Acrylic Wish signage – A La Roch
- Picnic setting (sit down picnic ,rugs,cushions & pouffe’s– Lace Petals and Hearts
- Buzz The Horse –Owner & Trainer – Kylie Shipway – URL – NA
- Pallet backboard & Dessert table hire – Niknaks Sweetest Treats
- Florist(all flowers, foliage wreath & horse wreath) – Floral State
- Servingware –(cake stands,compotes,trays & vintage vases) – The Vintage table
- Models – Amaya Lowes, Chloe Robertson , Jacob & Matthew Sykes
I hope you’ve enjoyed this gorgeous feature and remember to view the whole free e-magazine here.
As we head towards the end of the year and our minds turn to Christmas and then NYE, we thought we’d share some NYE trends and party inspiration with you thanks for Favor Lane Party Boutique who stock a gorgeous range of all things NYE! Shelley who owns Favor Lane shares her tips and party “must-have’s” for celebrating this special yearly event!
What do you see as the colour trends for NYE this year?
So far it’s looking very much like a lot of metallic for NYE this year. Gold & Black as always is popular and basically anything that shines!
We think you’ll also see a fair amount of Rose Gold this New Year’s Eve.
For someone wanting just a few decorations to spruce up a space for NYE what are the “must-have’s”
Balloons, Balloons & more balloons. They have really taken over the party scene this year. The fact that they come in all shapes, colours and sizes, means that you can tailor them to not only your theme, but more importantly, the space that you have to work with.
For example, if you are styling a small room, you can always fill a bunch of latex balloons with helium and it can be enough to jazz things up. The other option is letter balloons or word paper garlands.
Fringe curtains are also a nice choice as they’re affordable and can be used as a table backdrop, a fun entrance or photo booth backdrop. Champagne Bottle Foil Balloons are also a popular choice. They are 91cm in size so create impact at any celebration.
For someone wanting to go all-out for a NYE bash, what are the essential extras to give their party a real wow factor?
Alternately if you have a larger area to work with, there’s the option of a balloon garland (my personal favourite). Our DIY Balloon Garland Kits are so easy to assemble.
They come in a range of different colours however if you’d prefer something different, then there’s always the option of choosing your colours from our extensive collection of balloons.
Sizes range from Mini, through to jumbo round balloons and are available in solid colours or confetti filled clear balloons.
We have recently added a convenient Clear Decorating Strip to our range which comes with pre punched evenly placed holes. The purpose of the strip is to create perfectly shaped balloon garlands or arches.
The strong 2-ply polyurethane is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Garlands can be hung from the ceiling or simply drape them over one side of your food or drinks table.
The other advice I would give is to go with disposables. These days there are so many stylish, yet affordable options available.
Your table can still look amazing without breaking the budget, and without doing dishes, yay!!
Our stunning Metallic Collection would be my first choice for NYE. The high quality plates and cups come in Gold, Silver or Rose Gold shiny foil. Team them up with matching Metallic Foil Straws so your guests can eat, sip and party in style. Be sure to check out our Gold Ornate Cutlery. You won’t believe that it’s plastic.
For mum’s looking to create a kid-friendly NYE gathering, what are some fab and fun party finds Favor Lane offers?
We love the idea keeping it fun and colourful for the kids. Party horns, Glow Sticks and an abundance of confetti will always be well received. We also LOVE the idea of doing a Balloon release ‘9pm countdown’ (or age appropriate time for your little guests). Simply air inflate latex balloons with a hand pump and place into one of our Balloon Release Bags. They come complete with a pull cord and hold up to 50 balloons. Hang above your desired release space and pull the cord to shower your guests with balloons.
We also suggest setting up a kid friendly photo booth. Our Fringe Foil Curtains come in Gold, Silver or Black and make the perfect backdrop. Pop some of our photo booth stick props into a bucket or on a small table and they will provide hours of fun for the little and big kids.
Thanks to Shelley for sharing her NYE party ideas with us!
Are you feeling inspired and ready to get your NYE party planning happening? Whether you’re planning a large party or a family friendly low key event, head to Favor Lane to find some stylish party supplies to add a bit of extra sparkle to the night!
Enchanted Party Hire (Qld)
Are you looking for a classic and elegant theme for your little girl’s special occasion?
Perfect for first birthday’s or christening’s, a Pink and Gold party theme is just the right amount of pretty with a touch of sophistication, making it a popular choice for celebrations that still have more adults in attendance than children!
This theme can be as pretty or as sophisticated as you like, and popular styling items are readily available in both colours to help bring it all together. So we’ve wrapped up some inspiration and products from our Life’s Little Celebration Vendors to help with the planning, before adding your own twist to it.
If you’re looking for more party inspiration, make sure you have a browse of Issue 3 of Celebrating Little One’s magazine which has just come out! Have a browse for free, HERE.
Pink and gold butterfly party – Silk and Cedar Events
Pink and Gold themed styled, Opulenticity Events
Pink and gold baby shower – Pumpkin Carriage Events
Pink and Gold themed invitations
I love that a simple change of font, artwork and ratio of pink to gold on your invitations can change this theme up from a more formal event to something more relaxed, setting the scene for your entire day and the rest of your planning.
Pink and gold invitation – Eve & Co
Pink and Gold custom Christening invitations, Camilla Events
Pink and Gold first birthday invitations, Eckles Invites
Pink and Gold invitations, Edge House Design
Vintage stalk pink and gold baby shower invitations, Giggles & Grace
Pink and Gold themed invitations, Edge House Design
Pink and Gold naming day invitations, Pretty and Print
Pink and Gold themed decorations
Gold is on trend wherever you look these days – so expect to find as many variations as you would in the jewellers! Don’t be afraid to mix things up either, using varying shades of pink, as well as rose or yellow gold accents.
Pink and Gold Jumbo Confetti balloon, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Rose gold confetti balloon, Emiko Blue
Pink and Gold linking balloon garland, Little Boo-Teek
Pink and Gold tassel garland, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Pink and Gold paper fan pack, The Party Parlour
Pink and gold glitter garland, Emiko Blue
Jumbo confetti balloon and tails, Favor Lane Party Boutique
Mini confetti, Little Boo-Teek
Pink shimmer streamer set, The Party Parlour
Pink, peach and rose gold mini balloon garland, Design My Party
Pink Shimmer DIY tassel garland kit, Fantasy Kids Parties
Gold mylar foil balloon and tassel kit, Sugarlicious Parties
Pink and Gold themed hire items
Pink and gold decor items aren’t items many of us would have around the house, so for a special occasion it’s a great idea to hire some stand out pieces to help bring the styling together and make an impression. Depending on the formalities of the event, this could be as simple as a sequin tablecloth for the dessert buffet, Tiffany chairs for a formal luncheon or themed props.
Gold sequin tablecloth for hire or purchase, Saffy & May, Brisbane
Gold Tiffany Kids chairs for hire, Tiny Tots Toy Hire, Sydney
Styling and hire items, Enchanted Party Hire, Brisbane
Gold cake stands for hire, Petite Events Hire, Sydney
Plinths for hire, Sweet Heavenly Events, Sydney
Hot Air balloon prop for hire, The Event Rental Company, Melbourne
Adding custom backgrounds, welcome signs and other printed stationery also adds a stylish touch.
Pink and Gold custom printables and styling, Jo Studio
Custom backdrop, Giggles and Grace
Custom welcome print, Jo Studio
Pink and gold themed tableware
Let the pink and gold flow to the tabletop with coordinated tableware you’ll want to eat off everyday!
Pink and gold confetti paper plates, Emiko Blue
Gold polkadot plates, Little Boo-Teek
Blush hexagon plates, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Wander blush klim plate – The Little Event Company
Ombre pink and gold plates, The Party Parlour
Pink and gold dessert plates, Illume Partware
Pink shimmer plates, Poppies for Grace
Blush paper plates, Party for Stella
Pink and gold spoons – Merc and Jones
Pink glitterati napkins, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Stripes and spots napkins, Fantasty Kids Parties
Pink shimmer paper straws, Little Boo-Teek
Wooden metallic cutlery set, Fantasy Kids Parties
Pink and gold hearts cups, Fantasy Kids Parties
Pink and gold themed sweet treats and cakes
Pink and gold candle – Merc and Jones
Gold cake topper – Merc and Jones
Tall pink and gold candles, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Pink and gold cupcake kit, Emiko Blue
Custom cake topper, Kaivalya Designs
Pink and gold macarons, Arelio Sweetbox, Sydney
Macarons, Cakes by Sarah, Perth
Mini desserts, Cream n Soda, Sydney
Pink and gold cake pops, Sweetest Jubilee, Melbourne
Mini cakes, Sweet Eve, Melbourne
Pink and gold cake, My Cake Studio, Melbourne
Pink and gold cake, Bites by D, Perth
Gold fleck cake, Vivacious Sweets, Melbourne
Pink and gold themed favours
It’s always nice sending guests home with a little something to remember the day by. From perfectly boxed cupcakes and packaged treats to custom keepsakes, make it shine with a little gold and lots of pink!
Pink and gold favour box, Little Boo-Teek
Confetti cupcake boxes, The Party Parlour
Spots and stripes treat bags, Fantasy Kids Parties
Pink and gold party wear
Have something special for your little one to wear to suit the pretty pink and gold theme:
Pink and gold party hat – Eve and Co
Pink and gold party hat – Merc and Jones
Pink and gold angel wings – Arabella’s Vintage Wardrobe, Perth
First birthday tiara, Schooza
First birthday crown, Schooza
This is such a pretty and modern theme that is so easily adapted to playful or sophisticated – I love it! Did you find some pieces to help with your next occasion?