Celebrate unwrapped: the beauty of balloons

When you have a large space to decorate and with limited time – balloons are the perfect option! They create a huge impact but are easy to setup once you have collected them from your balloon supplier. So they were the perfect decoration for the Celebrate conference day where we had less than 2 hours to decorate our lovely venue.

Balloon queen Michelle of Party Splendour worked alongside Shannon of Born to Party to create balloon magic at the venue  and today I am showcasing some of Michelles amazing work on the day of Celebrate as well as some of the new balloon trends and decor she has been creating in events around Sydney:

 

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You can see here how the whole room was made beautiful through the gorgeous touches of balloon decor:

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Here is more of a sample of the gorgeousness Michelle of Party Splendour has been creating around Sydney:

 

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Balloon walls and arches have become a popular trend for dessert table backdrops:

 

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I am also loving the orb balloons as seen here in rose gold mixed with confetti balloons!

 

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Balloon hoops are another fun trend which make such a stunning decoration:

 

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Party Splendor really can create balloon magic at your next event or kids party! You can speak to them about a particular arrangement or developing something unique and custom for you.

If you’re not in Sydney you can still shop from the Party Splendour website where you will find a range of partyware and balloons.

We were so grateful to have Party Splendour on board to help create such a lovely look and ambience to the venue for Celebrate and we highly recommend their services!

 

tanya

 

 

 

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Style

With all the Christmas preparations happening it is easy to leave NYE planning until last minute…but now is the time to organise what you need  – so to help you get organised I’m sharing some NYE party supplies early to ensure they will arrive in time!

New Year’s Eve celebrations are one of my favourite – there is something special about a new year beginning and celebrating with close family or friends!

 

 

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Styled by Opulenticity Party & Buffet Styling

 

Our little ones are still quite little however for those of you with slightly older kids it is a perfect chance to organise a gathering that doesn’t centre just around the kids!  It’s a chance to get together with friends and family, letting the kids stay up a little longer than usual before having a slumber party on the floor, and then it’s all about letting the adults relax into the New Year with a more adults only style occasion (aka, champagne!).

When I look back at all the many amazing new trends in themes we’ve seen this year, there’s one in particular that I’ve been saving for NYE and just screams sophistication and ‘Happy New Year’ to me, and that’s the classic black and metallics with a touch of marble. Adult opulence at it’s best!

So if like me, you’ve had a big year of parties filled with flamingos, doughnuts and unicorns and are just craving something a little more grown up, I’ve sourced the perfect pieces from our LLC Vendors to pull together the perfect New Year’s Eve celebration for the adults (and kids, until bedtime!) so you can start your planning now, and have something to look forward to after the Christmas ham is finished.

 

New Year’s Eve Decorations

Whether it’s a backyard BBQ, seafood buffet or canapés after watching the fire works, this theme looks stunning in the evening as the metallics shimmer and glisten when styled with plenty of candles, and black or metallics make a great backdrop for these to pop against in the evening.

So start with black as your base, and build on it with hints of metallic (either gold or silver) and marble accents for depth and interest. Use your marble kitchen bench top, a black trestle table or one covered with a table cloth for a more polished look, and create drama and interest with varying heights of stands and platters to serve your food, or set an opulent dinner table complete with candle light.

 

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DIY Fringed backdrop kit – DD Brand

 

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Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

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Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Black and white marble balloons - One Magic Day

Black and white marble balloons – One Magic Day

 

 

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Favorlane Party Boutique

 

Why not take cues from the countdown and incorporate giant helium number balloons.

 

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Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Or mix and match decorations with a mix of black, white, gold

 

Confetti balloons with tassel - Party Splendour

Confetti balloons with tassel – Party Splendour

 

 

Gold glitter star garland - Emiko Blue

Gold glitter star garland – Emiko Blue

 

Gold tissue pom - Hip and Hooray

Gold tissue pom – Hip and Hooray

 

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Gold paper fans decorating kit – The Party Parlour

 

Fancy decorator kit - The Kit Source

Fancy decorator kit – The Kit Source

 

For real wow factor, a gold sequin tablecloth creates the perfect setting for a gorgeous New years eve dessert table!:

 

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Saffy & May

 

Don’t forget the confetti at midnight! This would also look great scattered down the centre of your dining table.

 

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Love The Occasion

New Year’s Eve Tableware

Whilst it’s always nice to bring out your best dinner set (you know, the one you received for your wedding that’s still in the box ?) no one wants to be washing dishes on New Year’s Day – so opt for some stylish disposables instead!

 

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Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Noir hexagon large plate - The Little Event Company

Noir hexagon large plate – The Little Event Company

 

 

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Meri Meri gold plate – Emiko Blue

 

Gold foil napkins - Love The Occasion

Gold foil napkins – Love The Occasion

 

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The Little Event Company

 

 

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The Little Event Company

 

 

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Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

 

How gorgeous are these Kate Spade coasters?

 

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Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

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Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

White and silver tassel horns - Love The Occasion

White and silver tassel horns – Love The Occasion

 

 

New Year’s Eve Sweet Treats

Finish the year off with a bang and start your diet resolutions the following day – it’s time to eat cake! Nothing beats a glass of champagne and delicious dessert now, does it? Here’s a sample of what LLC partners in the Directory can create for your event!:

 

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Sweetest Jubilee Melbourne

 

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Quincy Lane Sydney

 

Black and gold chocolate coated strawberry tower - Chocobon (Melbourne)

Black and gold chocolate coated strawberry tower – Chocobon (Melbourne)

 

 

 

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Sweetest Jubilee

 

Mini desserts - Velvetier (Queensland)

Mini desserts – Velvetier (Queensland)

 

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Custom gold lollipops – Niknaks Sweetest Treats

 

If the kids are a part of the NYE celebrations – why not setup a cute table setting for them complete with colouring, board games or other activities to keep them entertained? You can hire some stylish children’s table and chairs from LLC partners around Australia – here is a sample!:

 

Kids gold tiffany chairs for hire - Tiny Tots Toy hire (Sydney)

Kids gold tiffany chairs for hire – Tiny Tots Toy hire (Sydney)

 

Kids table and chairs for hire - Enchanted Party Hire (Qld)

Kids table and chairs for hire – Enchanted Party Hire (Qld)

 

How great are these take home bags? Perfect for the kids who would have missed out whilst they were sleeping!

 

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Confectionately Yours

 

Another fantastic idea are these labels for mini wine or champagne bottles for your friends:

 

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NYE Wine favour bottle labels – Emma Smith Event Stationery

 

Attach these tags to any take home gift for your NYE guests for instant NYE style!

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Cheers gift tag – Emiko Blue

 

 

Like all celebrations, New Year’s Eve is a wonderful excuse to get your nearest and dearest together and get creative with your styling. So say farewell to another big year by going bold, and celebrate the prospect of new opportunities, milestones and adventures together in style – cheers!

 

tanya

Celebrate Unwrapped: Gorgeous Signage

How your friends or guests are greeted at an event can really help set the initial tone for the celebration. So when it came to planning Celebrate I knew that some welcoming signage would ensure that attendees would not only know they were at the right place, but felt welcomed and excited!

I enlisted the help of Jo’s Signs by Designs which is THE place to get signage or banners printed for any celebration or event. They are located in Sydney but can post Australia wide.

As guests arrived at The Deckhouse we had a sign in the carpark to point them in the right direction (unfortunately I don’t have a photo of this carpark sign to show you) and then another welcoming sign at the door:

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I just love the colours and how well they were printed on this welcome sign. All the graphics for the Celebrate signs were by Pretty and Print

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Jo’s Signs by Design also printed this pull up banner so all who were attending had a snapshot of what Life’s Little Celebrations was all about.

Again fantastic quality (colours were more vivid in real life) and a banner I can reuse – and this type of banner is perfect for all of you who do expos and markets.

When printing this banner I know that Jo had to do a few modifications with her printing machines and worked extra hard to ensure the colours were coming out JUST right – and that is the type of service you want when it comes to such large signs compared to the service you may receive at a larger printing chain store.

 

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Jo’s Signs by Design also create a range of other signs for both large and small celebrations! Everything from fun Instagram photo frames to large scale photo walls:

 

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Beautiful signs and backdrops can be printed to welcome your guests to any celebration (design below is by Eve and Co):

 

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Such a pretty backdrop printed by Jo’s Signs by Design! Graphic design by Edge House Design and name sign by Foamtastic Party Decor:

 

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An easy way for adding some decorations is by using decals and Jo’s Signs by Design can also print decals to use for your party – how cute is this idea?:

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Whether you need a backdrop designed and printed or just need a printable file printed – make sure you speak to Jo from Jo’s Signs by Design and see how she can assist you with her range of printing services!

 

tanya

 

 

Going Bananas: Tropical Party Theme Inspiration

If I was to do a poll on the most popular party themes for 2016, Tropical would be one of the clear winners by a mile. Not a day goes by without spotting another beautifully styled, colourful tropical party on my Instagram feed. What’s not to love about bright colours, cheeky fruit, sunglasses, flamingos, palm leaves and inflatable pool toys? Bring on Summer!

Tutti Frutti pool party - Sugar Coated Mama and Sweet + Styled

Tutti Frutti pool party – Sugar Coated Mama and Sweet + Styled

 

Styling - Paper Face (Sydney)

Tropical party. Styling – Paper Face (Sydney)

 

With so many new and tempting partyware options available for this theme however, it can be hard to know where to start, so I’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up a few supplies and inspo ideas from our LLC Vendors to get the party started.

 

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Styling – Sweet Bits And Pieces

 

Tropical Party Invitations

When I think of a tropical party, the vibrant colours of summer fruits and lush green palms always spring to mind. So use this as your inspiration for colour and design in your invitations, and have some Rio Carnevale style fun by adding some pink flamingos!

 

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Invitation – ELK Prints

 

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Flamingo Invitation – That Little Creative Co

 

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Invitation – Eve & Co

 

Tropical party backdrop design - Giggles and Grace Design

Tropical party backdrop design – Giggles and Grace Design

 

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Fruity invitation – Bonjour Berry

 

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Flamingo invitation  – Bonjour Berry

 

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Flamingo invitation – Emma Smith Stationery

 

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Tutti Frutti invitation – Emma Smith Stationery

 

A lovely keep sake idea is a custom print recording all the special details of your child at the age they are at the moment! This fun tropical themed custom print would be perfect for this theme:

Tropical custom print - Edge House Design

Tropical custom print – Edge House Design

 

Tropical party decorations

You can literally go bananas (pardon the pun) decorating with this theme. Go bold with lush foliage or create your own palm or Monstera leaves using large pieces of paper, include plenty of fruit and florals as props, and don’t forget a flamingo or two for a bit of fun!

 

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Tropical party dessert table – Opulenticity Party & Buffet Styling (Perth)

 

 

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Tropical party – Opulenticity Party and Buffet Styling Perth

Tropical dessert table - Perfectly Sweet (Qld)

Tropical dessert table – Perfectly Sweet (Qld)

 

How gorgeous is this floral chandelier by Hanging Pretty?

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Floral Chandelier – Hanging Pretty

 

This garland would make a fun backdrop or centrepiece!:

 

Fruit garland - Emiko Blue

Fruit garland – Emiko Blue

 

These hand painted water colour decorations by ELK Prints are perfect for table settings or the sweets buffet.

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ELK Prints

 

Of course what’s a party without balloons!

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Pineapple balloon – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

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Flamingo balloon – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

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Flamingo balloon – Love The Occasion

 

Giant palm tree balloon - Peppermint Sunday

Giant palm tree balloon – Peppermint Sunday

 

 

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Tropical garland – Fantasy Kids Parties

 

Teal paper fan - Emiko Blue

Teal paper fan – Emiko Blue

 

 

The use of natural or artificial flowers is also a great idea, and I love how Kirei Handmade has used them on giant letters.

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Floral letters – Kirei Handmade

 

You can also hire a foilage wall such as this for a tropical feel backdrop:

 

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Foilage wall – Sweet Heavenly Events and Party Hire (Sydney)

 

Flamingos or pineapples? Can’t decide? Go for both!:

 

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Tropical garland -Sugarlicious

 

 

Giant honeycomb balls in abundance and a selection of bold colours also looks fabulous.

 

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Tropical party styling – Saffy & May. Backdrop from Giggles and Grace Designs

 

Pink honeycomb balls - The Little Event Company

Pink honeycomb balls – The Little Event Company

 

Pineapple honeycomb centrepiece - The Little Big Company

Pineapple honeycomb centrepiece – The Little Big Company

 

Can’t go past these flamingo pinatas for some fun or decoration:

 

Flamingo pinata - Party Pony Designer Pinatas

Flamingo pinata – Party Pony Designer Pinatas

 

 

Tropical party tableware

Is it getting balmy in here yet? Let’s turn the heat up a notch with the perfect table setting for guests to sip on tropical punch and enjoy sweet fruit treats.

You’ll find an abundance of bright tableware perfect for this theme, including these fun finds.

 

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Confectionately Yours

 

pineapple plates - ruby rabbit

Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

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The Little Event Company

 

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Favor Lane Party Boutique

 

Sunrise party plates - The Little Event Company

Sunrise party plates – The Little Event Company

 

Sorbet fruits plate - Hip and Hooray

Sorbet fruits plate – Hip and Hooray

 

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Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

flamingo napkins - confectionately yours

Flamingo napkins – Confectionately Yours

 

 

 

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Tropical partyware – Favor Lane Party Boutique

 

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Flamingo swizzle sticks – Favor Lane Party Boutique

 

 

Flamingo straws - Deer Little Parties

Flamingo straws – Deer Little Parties

 

 

This fun lemonade stand from Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney) is perfect for a cool drinks bar at a hot tropical party and seen in the below tropical setup:

 

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Lemonade stand for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

 

 

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Styling – ELK Prints

 

Hire some flamingos for extra decorating fun!:

 

 

Flamingos for hire - Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

Flamingos for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

 

 

 

Tropical cakes, cookies and desserts

With a theme that takes it’s cues from food, it’s fair to say that your sweets table will be the centrepiece of this occasion. Think cakes and desserts decorated with tropical flowers or fruit, and cookies shaped as exoctic birds, monstera leaves and tropical fruits. Don’t forget the real thing either!

Here is some of what has been created for this theme from LLC vendors around Australia who you can order from:

 

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Cake – Sweets With Love with paper flowers by  Hanging Pretty

 

Tropical cake - Velvetier (Qld)

Tropical cake – Velvetier (Qld)

 

Tropical cookies - Sweetcheeks Cookies and Cakes (Melbourne)

Tropical cookies – Sweetcheeks Cookies and Cakes (Melbourne)

 

Tropical macarons - Arelio Sweetbox (Sydney)

Tropical macarons – Arelio Sweetbox (Sydney)

 

 

tropical printed chocolate pyramids - chocobon

Chocolates – Chocobon (Melbourne)

 

 

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Tropcial cookies – Frosted by Nicci (Melbourne)

 

 

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Cake – Frosted by Nicci (Melbourne)

 

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Pineapple cupcake toppers – DIY Parties by Renee

 

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Petite Cookies Melbourne

 

tropical themed cupcakes - love that lolly bar

Tropical cupcakes – Love That Lolly Bar (Sydney)

 

pineapple themed cookies - flyaway pineapple

Pineapple cookies – Flyaway Pineapple

 

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Sweetcheeks Cookies and Cakes

 

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Tropical edible print – Custom Icing

 

custom flamingo cake topper - a la roch

Flamingo cake topper – A la Roch

 

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Tropical desserts – The Pumpkin Carriage (Sydney)

 

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Petite Sweets & Co

 

Tropical party favours

From fruit inspired cookies to whacky flamingo foam glasses, your guest will go home feeling like they’ve been on a tropical holiday with these finds and packaging!

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Watermelon favour bag- Love The Occasion

 

Fruity tattoos - The Little Event Company

Fruity tattoos – The Little Event Company

 

flamingo glasses - favour lane party boutique

Flamingo glasses – Favor Lane Party Boutique

 

fruit stickers - ruby rabbit partyware

Fruit stickers – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

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Glitter & Glue Designs

 

Before the little guests head home – why not have them stamp their fingerprint on this unique guest book idea! This ceramic hand painted tile will make the perfect keepsake for after the party!:

 

Guest book alternative - Pinta Craft

Guest book alternative – Pinta Craft

 

With so many partywares available, you can see why the tropical theme is just so hot right now, and a really easy one to pull together. I hope this has helped narrow the search down a little for you and provided the inspiration you need for your next occasion!

 

tanya

Creating the ultimate 1st birthday celebration for your little ones!

Let’s face it, the first year of a baby’s life is challenging for all involved to say the least so when it comes to planning this special milestone, it is definitely worth celebrating and well to be honest, we all deserve a party!! Today  Melbourne event stylist Helen from The Sugar Topped Table is sharing with us all some tips when it comes to planning this first birthday!

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It all begins with choosing the perfect theme that may reflect the tiny personality already formed by your little ones. These may include a cute little princess theme for a sweet little girl or a Peter Rabbit theme for that handsome yet so cuddly little boy.

Once you’ve decided on your theme, its then much easier to work out what you are after when it come to the invitations

 

 

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Invitation design by Emma Smith Event Stationery

 

Why are these so important you may ask? Well they create a level of excitement & anticipation for all your guests which then leave them guessing as to what you may have planned for this special celebration.

 

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Invite design by Style Me Gorgeous

 

This also helps with the design of any other stationery items you are wanting including backdrop, welcome sign, thank you tags, chocolate wrappers – the list goes on!

 

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Invite design by Emma Smith Event Stationery

 

I know that I absolutely love receiving those WOW factor invitations; it just confirms that this event will be amazing!

Now that the unique style of design is complete, we can focus on all the other fun items including the decorations, table settings, main cake, desserts, guest favours, entertainment – the list goes on!

 

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Styling by The Sugar Topped Table (Melbourne)

 

 

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Styling by The Sugar Topped Table (Melbourne)

 

 

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Styling by The Sugar Topped Table (Melbourne)

 

 

Creating that special celebration can be stressful at times but remember that its all about having fun!

If you’re in Melbourne and need a helping hand to plan your little one’s birthday party, head to The Sugar Topped Table to find out more about their styling services.

 

 

tanya