Christmas has a habit of sneaking up, doesn’t it? You’re cruising along feeling like you have all the time in the world and next thing you know, you’re elbowing crowds of shoppers out of the way on Christmas Eve. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Three months might seem like a long time from now but October is the perfect time to start planning for the festive season.
Read on to discover 5 ways to beat the Christmas rush this year thanks to Melbourne event planners Silk and Cedar Events & stationery designer Emma Smith Event Stationery:
- Planning a Christmas event? Book it in NOW.
If you’re planning an event anywhere between October to the end of January, your number one priority is to lock in all the details now.
Venues and event vendors book months in advance especially during peak periods such as Christmas / New Year so planning early is the best way to secure your favourites. The Christmas peak season starts in mid-November and runs through to January. Keep in mind that some vendors close during mid-December to the end of January of if you’re planning a party in these months, book early to avoid disappointment.
Events can be time-consuming and stressful to organise – especially in November and December when life tends to get frantically busy.
Choosing a Melbourne event planner to take care of your Christmas celebration or end of year function is the perfect way to reduce festive season stress.
Handing over the reins to a professional event planner gives you the time and space to enjoy watching your vision come to life with someone else juggling the catering, styling and all those little details that make an event truly memorable.
- Choose a Stationary Designer to give your Christmas correspondence that special touch
Ditch generic Christmas cards this year and book a Melbourne stationery designer early to create a custom design to reflect your style. Or perhaps you require a complete stationery suite including Christmas party invitations, menus, place cards, tags, welcome signs and seating plans. A good stationery provider can assist with the current trends for this festive season and can design to any specification, theme and colour scheme.
Family portraits are a gorgeous way to personalise your Christmas stationery so be sure to book in a session with your preferred photographer now.
Mailing your Christmas cards early is important whether they’re for family and friends or corporate clients. Families go on holidays and businesses close for the Christmas period so send your festive greetings three weeks before December 25th to ensure they’re received in time.
We #love a Christmas wish delivered by snail mail!
- Travellers Take Note!
If you’re heading away this Christmas, here’s a handy list of things you don’t want to forget:
- – Book your flights and accommodation
- – Pay for visas
- – Check if travel vaccinations are required and book them in with your GP
- – Remember any medications that may be required for the trip including prescriptions or travel sickness aids
- – If you’re travelling on wheels, book your car in for a service and get the tyres checked
- – Make a list of the Christmas presents needed and don’t forget to pack them! Pop spare Christmas cards, tags and wrapping paper in for unforeseen gift emergencies
- – Keep the kids occupied with a special snack and goodie pack for the journey
- Christmas Gifts: make a list and check it twice!
Christmas can be an expensive time with seemingly endless people to buy for. By planning ahead and budgeting accordingly, you can avoid the stress of last minute over-spending. So make a list of everyone you’ll need to buy for and spend a moment thinking about a gift that they’ll really love. Christmas presents that have obviously been thoughtfully chosen needn’t cost a fortune.
Gift Hampers are a great idea to compliment the dedication and hard work of teachers, coaches and special helpers who have taken care of your family over the year. Gathering other parents to contribute means you’ll have more to spend on an extra-luxe hamper. Pre-order online for a hassle-free gift that can even be delivered.
An excellent way to keep the gift-giving budget down is with a Kris Kringle. Extended families, Mother’s Groups and workplaces can all benefit from the KK tradition by giving each participant only one person to buy for.
- Avoid Christmas Day family conflict
Christmas celebrations have a reputation for wreaking havoc on family peace! So how can you avoid it? Planning early is the key to things running smoothly.
Co-ordinating who celebrates where and when can be fraught with drama when there are parents and in-laws and other extended family members to consider.
Make sure all parties have a say in where the celebration will be held and consider a one year on, one year off approach to make it fair for both sides of your family. And to take the pressure off the host, why not ask guests to bring a platter?
This creates a family grazing table which is an informal and more relaxed affair for everyone. Head off tensions between particular family members by setting place cards for your Christmas lunch or dinner.
Large families can simplify gift-giving by having a Kris Kringle, and pre-planning some Christmas activities to keep the kids entertained buys a little extra peace for the grown-ups who traditionally need a nap after all that food!
So there you have it. Some sanity savers in the lead-up to Christmas 2017. And don’t forget, if you’re planning a party and just don’t have the time to handle all the arrangements yourself, a professional event planner and stationery designer are just two of the celebration specialists who are there to make your special occasion perfect!
I love hearing from successful business women in this industry – there is always so much to learn from each other! Today we chat to Miranda of Sweet Sticks who is one of our Life’s Little Celebration members and who successfully evolved her business and launched a popular range of Edible art paint. I love seeing the amazing creations bakers and mum’s are making using these paints.
It’s been an interesting journey that has evolved for Sweet Sticks and today Miranda shares more about this business and her advice for other business owners:
Describe your business in 1-2 sentences:
Sweet Sticks is a designer and manufacturer of cake decorating supplies – currently Edible Art Decorative Paint. Selling wholesale and retail worldwide.
When and how did Sweet Sticks come about?:
My previous life was in full time Visual Merchandise management along with a side business selling and manufacturing fashion accessories at the Melbourne markets so when I was pregnant with my first son Jacob I knew I couldn’t keep doing what I was doing as there were a ton of time spent travelling interstate for my day job and a whole lot of extra time spent in my market business. So I did what anyone else would do and turned to google to see what other interests I might be interested in giving a go when I become a mum and so…… Sweet Sticks was born.
How has your business evolved over the years?:
Initially it started with me making cake pops for family and then friends and then friends of friends by before I knew it I was making cake pops as a business.
Back then cake pops were a dessert (and still is) a dessert that a lot of people in Australia do not do as most people had a bad experience making them so then I created an online video class on how to make them.
From there I started teaching around Australia and international which was mega fun.
In the background I was stirring up a science project in making edible paint. The Edible Art Decorative Paints range was created and took off like a hit. Manufacturing the paints is my primary work now and I no longer make or teach cake pops.
Cake by Sweet Tiers using Edible Art Paints
What did you do before starting your business?
My mother passed away when I was 15 so the first thing I did was leave school (hard times for a 15 year old) so I went into full time work and paid my way through fashion school.
From the age of 18 I’ve always had a full time job in either marketing or visual merchandising along with always have a passion for creating my own business. In my twenty years of effort I’ve launched a underwear label, a sleepwear line followed by a fashion accessory range and currently Sweet Sticks.
What is one of your business achievements you are most proud of?:
Probably being recognised and invited to teach at a cake decorating show in Mexico. That was a life changing experience for me personally and professionally.
Cookies by Sugar Sugar Cakes using Edible Art Paint
What do you love about running your own business?
EVERYTHING! I love working my hours around my family, I love having no creative boundaries, I love meeting new people in my field, I love learning each part of business, I love having something that’s my own. Just EVERYTHING!
Cookies by Love in Bloom cakes using Edible Art Paints
How do you keep your creativity alive and the passion for your business going?
This is a long answer but to cut it short – Firstly, I love looking at other unrelated industries for inspiration and wondering how I can create a missing link in my field. I always believe that learning business skills and working on myself personally is just as important as keeping my creativity alive – they all work hand in hand when working for yourself so for me I’m constantly listening to podcasts in business, practising my mediation and yoga regularly and making sure I find outside passions other than my work (currently essential oils – stayed tuned for something there ). When all that is in sync, creativity for my business naturally comes through.
What advice could you offer to other small business owners?:
Most of the issues we have as small business owners is ourselves.
We doubt ourselves, we question our own ability, we seek assurance from others, we compare ourselves to others and sometimes we can say some really bad things to ourselves – i’m not good enough, why would someone want to buy from me, I’m not creative, I don’t know what i’m doing blah blah blah.. We’ve all been there!
My advice would be to invest as much time in yourself as you do for your business. Without a happy heart and mind it’s a constant battle.
Thanks so much Miranda for sharing your gorgeous advice and more about your business with us!
If you’re wanting to find out more about the Edible Art paints, visit the website here.
Today I am delighted to share with you the donut shop party featured in Issue 2 of Celebrating Little One’s Magazine, styled by Enchanted Party Hire
I’ve seen many gorgeous donut setups and often in pastel colours so it was wonderful to see a more unique take on this theme in the popular pink/gold colour trend of the moment!
Sit back and browse this gorgeous setting in pink and gold with a range of Life’s Little Celebration vendors contributing:
Love something in particular from this shoot? Here are the talented vendors that made it happen!:
Enchanted Party Hire
Styling & Party Decor
SweetP Cakes and Cookies
Cake, Cookies & donuts
Cass’s Cake Pops
Cake Pops & Naked Cupcake Tier
Cookie in Jar “Donut forget to take and Bake me”
Favor Lane Party Boutique
Plates, Napkins, Straws, Cups & Gift Bags.
Fantasy Kids Parties
Milk Bottles, Straws, Confetti, Donut Coasters
Glitter and Glue Designs
Giggles & Grace Designs
Graphic Design – Backdrop, Invitation, Choc Wrappers, Bottle Wrappers & signs
Balloons North Brisbane
Wow Weddings & Events
Donut Cupcake Picks
The humble party hat has come a long way and personalised party crowns are now the cutest accessory for the birthday boy and girl whether for a party or a cake smash. Kids can now enjoy a custom party hat or crown handmade from Schooza !
They can be created in a range of colours but I have to say these rose gold crowns are my favourite!:
If you love them so much you want one for yourself…now you can with these mummy and me sets…perfect for gorgeous photos !
Schooza can also create crowns to suit various colour schemes and themes such as these sweet and sparkly mermaid crowns!:
Also loving this perfect accessory for a unicorn party – gorgeous unicorn headbands:
Celebrate the big and the little milestones with these cute 1/2 birthday crowns!
Crowns are perfect for first birthday celebrations and cake smashes:
As you can see the crowns can be customised with ages and initials:
Crowns are also gorgeous for older age children as seen in this beautiful ballerina party:
If you’re wanting to see more of the range available head over to Schooza and view all the creations and contact them for your own custom and specific party crown for your little one’s birthday!
When did cats get so on-trend? I’m not sure and although I am more of a dog person than a cat lover…as far as party themes though – I am loving this cute theme!
Not convinced at how good this theme can be styled for a kids party? You may have seen the gorgeous Kitty Cat party featured in the Celebrating Little One’s magazine Issue 2? Here is some gorgeous inspiration for you!:
Kitty cat party styled by Dream a Little Dream Events
Kitty Cat party – Dream a little Dream Events Perth
As you can see a Kitty cat party theme can be styled in various ways in any colour scheme!
Kitty Cat setup at Sweet Expo- Love That Lolly Bar. Photo by Zoom Images.
We have focused on black and white for this blog post but you can definitely mix that in with pinks, peaches or any other colour you feel would work!
Kitty Cat party invitations
Invitations can inspire the whole look and colour scheme of your party! Here are some to get you started….
Kitty Cat invitation – Giggles and Grace Designs
Kitty Cat invite – Eve & Co
Kitten invite – Eve and Co
Cat invitation – Emma Smith Event Stationery
Kitty Cat Party Decorations
You won’t find a huge range of Cat party supplies in stores however to create the ultimate kitty cat feel to your party add some Cat themed decor mixed in with decorations to suit your colour scheme. Remember that the vendors on the LLC Directory can also create custom decor to suit any party theme!
Gold MEOW balloons – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Cat Pinata – Party Pony Designer Pinatas Styling by Dream a little dream events
DIY Tissue Garland – The Party Parlour
Black paper fan – Emiko Blue
Marble balloons – Little Boo-teek
Black fringe garland – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Black and white party fans – Hip and Hooray
Kitty Cat garland, toppers and party accessories – Merc + Jones
Kitty cat garland and toppers – Kaivalya Designs
Kitty Cat Party Tableware
Tablerunner – The Party Parlour
Kitten party plates – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Kitten party plates – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Sambellina plate – The Party Parlour
Black chevron plates – Little Boo-teek
Black tie paper plates – Emiko Blue
Cat napkin – Design my party
Black stripe spoons – Little Boo-teek
Kitty Cat Party – Desserts and Cake/baking accessories
Cat based desserts are the easiest way to theme a dessert table for this theme! Bakers can create custom desserts to suit whatever colour scheme and look you’re after and toppers and accessories help to keep everything coordinated:
Black stripe baking cups – Emiko Blue
Black baking cups – Little Boo-teek
Kitten cake toppers – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Cat mould – Confectionately Yours
Cat cake topper- Eve & Co
Kitty Cat macaron pops – One Bite (Sydney)
Kitty cat cookies – Flyawaypineapple
Kitty cake pops – Cookie Queen n Kitsch’n
Kitty cat cookies – Frosted by Nicci
Cake by My Petite Sweets (Perth)
Cake by Love That Lolly Bar. Toppers by Glistening Occasions
Cat cake – SweetP Cakes and Cookies (Qld)
Party Favours & Packaging
Black stripe favour bags – Little Boo-teek
Sambellina cupcake box – The Party Parlour
Black chevron favour bags – Emiko Blue
Kitty cat favour – Glitter and Glue Designs
The birthday child will have fun with these cat wear and accessories!:
Wearable cat ears and tail – Emiko Blue
Cat tail – Schooza
Cat head and tail set – Special Celebration Events
So are you ready to get planning for this furry cute theme? CLICK on any of the images above to be taken to the business you can order that item from or visit the Directory to find more vendors you can use for this kids party theme!