It seems the childhood favourite of slumber parties have become revamped and now there is a new trend of fun slumber party setups with cute individual tents (or even one jumbo giant tent!) and lots of details to make each little guest feel extra special!
If the thought of a slumber party complete with mid night snacks, movies and late night giggles…causes you stress…perhaps it’s time to embrace the crazy and give it a go. There’s plenty of ideas for mums to style up a storm for a sleep over party from our Life’s Little Celebration members! Simply CLICK on any image below to be taken to the relevant business:
Styling by Illume Partyware
Slumber Party Invitations
Sleep overs (in my book anyway) do mean smaller guest numbers, so why not splurge a little and send an invite which is personalised and customised to suit your child – particularly if it’s a first sleep over.
Sleep Over Party Invitations, Pink Pom Pom Kids
Sleep Over Party Invites, Emma Smith Stationery
Slumber Party Decorations
Sleep over parties are actually a thing – with or without the sleep over part! Decorate a room complete with pillows, rugs and sleepy themed accessories for the ultimate retreat. We found some great supplies from our LLC Vendors. You could incorporate stars, moons and clouds for a sweet sleepover feel:
star garland – Little Boo-teek
Cloud and star garland, Favorlane Party Boutique
Aqua cloud balloons, Little Bookteek
Stars and moon hanging decorations, Favorlane Party Boutique
Pink shimmer streamer backdrop, Party! She Said
Rose gold giant moon balloon, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Giant cloud balloon kit, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Star and moon pinatas, Party Pony Pinatas
Sleepy eyes balloons, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Pink sleepy eyes balloons, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Slumber Party Tableware
One of the most exciting parts of a sleep over has to be the midnight feast, right? Endless bowls of popcorn, movie snacks and DIY triple decker burgers. Whether you decide on a table set up or individual table trays, pretty it up with coordinated pastel tableware and sleepy themed accessories.
Gold confetti plates, The Party Parlour
Unicorn marble plates, The Little Event Company
Pink and gold hex plates, Party! She Said
Blushing hearts plates, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Cloud party cups, Little Booteek
Cloud napkins, The Party Parlour
Slumber Party Hire Items
Gone are the days of guests sleeping on couches and the lounge room floor! Make it a special occasion with the addition of individual tee pee beds and trays, or set up a tent in the backyard (my personal favourite from a noise point of view!) with a styled interior they won’t want to leave! You can either hire teepees or use some wonderful vendors who specialise in setting up kids slumber parties:
Tee Pee hire, Tiny Tots Toy Hire, Sydney
Slumber party tee pee hire, Sweet Dreams and Goodnight, Perth and Melbourne
Tee Pee sleep over – tent hire, The Slumber Boutique, Brisbane
Tee Pee hire, Kings Party Hire, Melbourne
Slumber parties – The Sleepover Club (Sydney)
Slumber Party Cakes & Desserts
With so many movies to get through and late night chats, snacks are a must at any slumber party. So why not theme them with clouds, stars and tee pees too.
Glitter star cupcake toppers, The Party Parlour
Polka dot cupcake cases, Party! She Said
Star cake topper, Kiki Sprinkles
Cloud cookies, SweetP Cakes and Cookies
Gold star cookies, Sweetly Bakes, Perth
Sleeping cloud cookies, Sweet Eve, Melbourne
Tee pee cookies, Petite Cookies, Melbourne
Slumber party cookies, Cookie Queen Kitsch’n
Star themed cookies, Cookie Queen Kitsch’n
Moon and stars chocolate moulds, Confectionately Yours
Slumber Party Favours
Slumber parties with friends make great memories, so send the kids home with a themed special gift they’ll treasure for years to come (after catching up on sleep!).
Tee Pee themed favours, Glitter and Glue Designs
Pink pillow box, Party! She Said
Favour bags with stars – Little Boo-teek
These personalised sleeping masks make a wonderful gift idea:
Customised eye mask, Red Pebble Design
This could be a fun party activity or a craft kit to take home:
Dream catcher kits, Free Range Living
A slumber party really is such a fun childhood memory – it’s only one night of broken sleep! Enjoy it whilst you can make it extra special for a birthday.
Choosing a custom cake
While nothing beats a birthday cake lovingly made by mum or dad, many busy parents are happy to hand over to the professionals. A custom cake is an investment but well worth it. A spectacular cake that captures the spirit of the party and the guest of honour will not only be the centrepiece of the event, it is likely to be the thing your child remembers about the party as the years go by or that will feature in the photos when they cut the cake.
So, what are the things to consider when making this important decision? Genevieve from Cake Chemistry by Genevieve in Sydney shares her expert tips here!
Before the design ideas start flowing and emails go back and forth, it’s important to decide how much you want to spend. This is likely to be influenced by the significance of the occasion and the scale of the celebration. Or, you might want something extra special just because!
A custom cake will generally cost more than a design you choose directly from the decorator’s website/portfolio. The additional cost of a custom cake is due to the time taken to communicate about and to design the cake. If a custom cake isn’t in your budget, most cake decorators also have a range of pre-designed cakes which are less expensive if no alterations or additional communication is required.
Other factors that impact cake cost are:
The number and size of serves you require
- -There are price differences with additional tiers. This is because the process of creating each individual tier and then assembling the cake correctly to ensure it remains stable is time consuming and time is generally the main influence on cost.
- -Price differences for different width single tiers may be less significant depending upon the cake design as the time taken to create say an 8 inch diameter cake vs a 10 inch diameter cake of the same design is similar in many cases.
The style of cake e.g.:
- -Fondant cake
- -Semi naked cake
- -Naked cake
- -Buttercream cake
- -Sculpted (3D) cake
The price differences are in part due to the cost of ingredients but are mainly due to the time taken to construct each different cake style.
For example, a single tier fondant cake needs to be baked, ganache or buttercream prepared, the cake trimmed and filled with ganache or buttercream then covered in a perfectly smoothed coat of ganache/buttercream.
Any sculpting required is done before this process. Once the cakes are covered in fondant, they are smoothed and edges worked on. Then decorations which may themselves have taken many hours to create, are applied. This is the process that may take from hours to days (generally days!).
The type of decorations also influences the cost:
- -Handmade decorations (e.g. sugar flowers, fondant characters )
- -Pre made toppers (e.g. plastic figurines, ‘Happy Birthday’ )
- -Fresh flowers
- -Hand panted cake
- -Stencilled cake
- -Hand piping
- -Meringues, macarons, fresh fruit, candy
- -Edible gold or silver leaf
Cake flavour also influences the final price:
- -Cost of ingredients
- -Time to prepare
Other things to consider when choosing a cake
Some design factors to consider are:
- -Party theme. There are thousands of themes but most decorators are up with the main trends and themes pretty quickly
- –Colour scheme of the party
- -Cake style (see above…fondant, semi naked etc…)
- –Age range. For example, kids tend not to want fruitcake and may prefer a buttercream cake to a fondant cake.
- –Weather. A buttercream cake for an outside party in the middle of summer may not be a great idea.
- -What the guest of honour wants of course!
- –Allergies and food intolerances. Always let your cake decorator know before selecting flavour/s.
Choosing a cake decorator:
- -It’s easy to get a feel for the kind of designer you like just by flicking through a stylish party or cake magazine.
- -Choosing a decorator often comes down to location but may also be influenced by whether they deliver.
- -Word of mouth. Friends and family may be able to recommend someone who has made them an amazing, delicious cake!
- -Does the decorator also do coordinated cookies, cupcakes etc?
Make sure you provide your decorator with some ideas, images and any other items of inspiration where possible. A few images of cakes you like will always be very helpful. A copy of the party invitation, tableware etc may also help create a cake that fits perfectly with your style and theme.
When you initially contact a cake decorator for availability and a quote, be as specific as possible. “Could you make a cake for my daughter’s birthday and how much will it cost?” is difficult to accurately answer. As already discussed, there are many different types of cakes with different prices ranges and most decorators will need to know the date to check availability.
Feel assured that the greatest reward for a cake decorator is seeing the reaction of a client to their cake. We’re always after a big WOW!! We are almost all perfectionists and a little bit obsessive about smooth sides, sharp edges and precise detail. Your cake will be amazing!!
Thanks Cake Chemistry by Genevieve for sharing these must know tips when ordering your kids party cake. As you can see, her work is stunning – so if you’re looking for a Sydney based cake decorator for your kids party – ensure you contact Genevieve!
I’m delighted to share with you the latest free issue of Celebrating Little One’s e-magazine! View it HERE.
There is also a fabulous chance to win the party on the front cover – details included inside the magazine to enter!
We hope you enjoy all the gorgeous features and products showcased in this issue from our Life’s Little Celebration members! Remember you can CLICK within the magazine to find any of the vendors or products that you spot that you love!
So many little girls have dreams of being a ballerina and their birthday party is a chance to bring this to life for a day! Today we’re delighted to share a gorgeous vintage ballerina party for the daughter of Jackie, one half of Arabella’s Vintage Wardrobe!
As Jackie describes – “When Arabella turned 8 all she wanted a beautiful ballerina party to match the colour of her ballet pink shoes…
Using this as the main colour pallet I added a touch of gold and white with pops of pink. I knew immediately that the perfect venue would be Darlings Day Out. The light, airy, spacious venue would provide a perfect backdrop for Arabella and her friends to pointe, twirl, jete, leap and whirl.”
Owner and stylist Danielle came up with the delightful concept of having her ballerina hostess Megan to add a touch of her special sparkle to the party.
The guests were treated to a series of relaxing pampering including nails, foot soaks, eye masks and the much loved complimentary pink lemonade on arrival. Ballerina Megan then workshopped a series of ballet dances which soon had the guests moving with grace and charm. The party guests then enjoyed a series of ballerina themed games and craft activities
A stunning grazing table was set up as a central feature for the girls to mingle and eat at. Decorated with antique lace runners, fluffy cushions, girly gold and pink table wear from Favor Lane Boutique, divine flowers from Code Bloom Inglewood and vanilla iced tutu cookies from She Bakes in Heels.
No party is complete without a stunning cake and this party was no exception. Cooks Cakes provided a delicious ruffled cake which had a dainty pair of ballet pink shoes and a gold tiara. Delicious Cupcakes in gold foil were topped with vintage dancing ballerinas. Ali from Stylish Soirees added a touch of ballet chic with her ruffled tablecloth for the cake table. She also supplied gorgeous pink, gold and confetti balloons as well as two large tulle balloons, perfect finishing touches of ballerina magic.
Ali of Stylish Soirees Perth provided a gorgeous easel to hang a very special pair of decorated ballet shoes made by June (Arabella’s grandmother) of Arabella’s Vintage Wardrobe. June also created a range of stunning ballerina wands for the girls to treasure and remember this special day. Lots of love went into every stitch.
Other whimsical touches included vintage dressers, antique lace and furniture. Tables were topped with treasured mementos including some early portraits of Arabella in her first tutu, garlands, tiaras and flowers. Danielle also used a gorgeous Little Chiyo English rose full length tutu displayed on a wire mannequin.
The dreamy party was everything Arabella had hoped for. The next day the guests were still whispering about the ballerina magic created at Darlings Day Out.
Photographer: Viktoria Saar Photography
Party styling and venue: Darlings Day Out
Ballet shoes and wand favours: Arabella’s Vintage Wardrobe
Accessories pallets, gold table cloth, table tutu skirt: Stylish Soirees Perth
Tableware: Favor Lane Party Boutique
Cake and cupcakes by Amy Cook
Vintage cupcake toppers by Etsy
Full length Tutu worn by Party hostess Ballerina Megan and on wire dummy: Little Chiyo
Arabella’s dress: Tutu du Monde
Ballerina favour tags and ballet shoe garland : My Paper Planet
Iced Vanilla biscuits: She bakes in Heels
Flowers by CodeBloom
Pointe, leap, grand jeté and twirl, this Pink Ballerina Birthday Party will make you whirl!
We love original and unique party themes which develop out of a child’s favourite things so today we’re delighted to share this gorgeous party with you!
Elizabeth from Elk Prints designed this Orange Garden party for her son Aiden, explaining: For Aiden’s 3rd Birthday party we set a theme of “In the Orange Garden”. My son has always loved oranges, both the fruit and the colour. The French animation show “Miniscule” was his first favourite television series to watch and he particularly loves the ladybugs and bees from the show. I combined these loves together to create a bright, fresh party in our garden filled with pops of citrus colour and little insects scuttling amongst the leaves.”
The theme was set by these gorgeous invitations which were foil-pressed and finished off with hand-painted watercolour details:
The verandah and garden backdrop already makes for a lovely natural setting for the party but Elizabeth added in some special decor touches to enhance the setting and lift it into “party status”. Born to Party provided magnificent jumbo balloons with garden foliage tails and Elizabeth also had lemon slice mylar balloons.
For the main dessert table Elizabeth chose some beautiful white marble platters as a base to reflect the coastal Italian and Spanish citrus orchards that inspired her. Sprigs of cumquats and orange branches were used to decorate the spaces in-between. She also commissioned some beautiful desserts to go with the theme – cheesecakes, cookies and orange scented marbled meringues from Quincy Lane.
The central cake was a homemade affair – a citrus spice cake with buttercream and marmalade. Elizabeth experimented with using some of the Edible Art paints to recreate one of her watercolour paintings onto the cake and to add colour to the sugar flowers, leaves, fruit and insects.
She also designed the cake topper to also reflect the theme and carry on the theme and style set by the initial invitations.
Arelio Sweetbox made the cutest little bee and ladybird meringues with some orange jaffa meringues and pandan green ‘leaves’ in-between. Elizabeth carried on the bee and ladybird touches with some of her custom designed cupcake toppers to add to the cheesecakes and pannacotta jelly cups.
Aiden also loves cheese so together they chose a selection from Ocello in Surry Hills and paired it with some candied cumquats Elizabeth had found earlier in the year at a deli. Elizabeth designed the little cheese labels so that guests would know what type of cheese, it’s origin and also what type of milk it used (cow/sheep/goat/buffalo).
Elizabeth created some of her custom hand-painted watercolour bunting of lemon slices and orange slices with leaves to string between the verandah posts to emphasise the theme and we think all the touches work together beautifully to bring this theme truly alive! It really demonstrates how even with a unique theme…some custom pieces can help to style to match the theme.
We love this custom milestone board that Elizabeth created:
For the take home thank you gifts there were little marmalade jars for the adults and empty jam jars filled with lollies for the children. Each was tied off with a watercolour orange tag.
This really seems like such a perfect party and enjoyable day for Aiden in the orange garden….
Thank you Elizabeth of Elk Prints for sharing this gorgeous party with us which was filled with so much love and personal touches!