Melbourne Cup luncheon

With Melbourne Cup a week away, I thought I’d share some inspiration for any of you lucky enough to be planning or hosting a fun gathering for this famous horse race that stops a nation!

Various businesses collaborated to bring this celebration together – many from the Life’s Little Celebrations directory including Celebrations by Alysia who styled and coordinated the shoot.

It all starts with this gorgeous invitation!:

 

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Guests were provided with this unique menu and schedule for the event…

 

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…and able to enjoy this fresh lush table setting with delicious sweet and savoury food to enjoy:

 

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Love the colours of this beautiful cake:

 

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Such beautiful chocolate cones created with unique moulds:

 

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As you can see, the guests were well and truly pampered and enjoyed some decadent treats!

 

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Are you planning a Melbourne cup luncheon or perhaps a daytime gathering for an upcoming celebration?

Source everything you see above, via these talented vendors :

Vendors:

Planner/Stylist – Celebrations by Alysia
Invitations – Eve and Co Stationery
Savoury Food – Sugarize Events
Cake Jars  – The Mason Baker
Cake – Cake That
Cake Topper – Little Glitter Co
Confetti Balloons –Favor Lane Party Boutique
Cookies – Frosted by Nicci
Champagne Labels – Kel’s Gift Labelling
Chocolate moulds – Confectionately Yours
tanya

Let’s get pampered spa party theme

I can remember some pretty fun parties as a kid, with many of my favourite themes still being reinvented these days, which brings back some memories!

But if there’s one theme that I so wish I had thought of when I was 10, it’s a pamper party theme.

Perfect for double digits but just as easily adapted for younger girls, the pamper party or spa party theme is quickly becoming popular so I’ve done a quick whip around our LLC vendors to provide you with a little inspiration!

Now of course I am all about keeping things fun and age-appropriate when it comes to this theme. I think there is a way to keep this party theme light hearted and just a bit of fun for the girls without mum’s having to stress about creating a truly adult-like spa or pamper experience.

 

Paper Face Party

Paper Face Party – Sydney

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Paper Face Party – Sydney

 

I love this glamorous take on the theme, incorporating a fashion parade at the end!

Or why not make it a slumber party, complete with individual tents and TV trays for a DIY makeover before bed?

 

Sweet Dreams and Goodnight

Sweet Dreams and Goodnight – Perth (other states coming soon)

 

You can use one of the hire companies on the Directory to set up a cute setting for the girls:

 

Pink bubble chairs for hire - Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

Pink bubble chairs for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

Invitations

Dependent on the age, your invitations and colour palette can be anything from pretty pastels, to pink and gold, or black, white and hot pink for the older girls.

Give your guests a taste of what to expect with these gorgeous examples and matching printables.

 

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Giggles and Grace

 

 

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Pretty & Print

 

Paper Face

Paper Face

 

 

Milly Boo Designs

Milly Boo Designs

 

 

Decorations

Of course every great spa has a relaxing ambience and stylish decor, so prop your room with individual foot spas, hand bowls for manicures, cute chairs, towels and flowers ready for a little TLC.

Then add pops of fun with balloons, hanging decorations and table arrangements.

A printed backdrop such as this one can be used for a dessert table or a photo backdrop:

 

Party backdrop - Jo's Signs by Design

Party backdrop – Jo’s Signs by Design

 

Ruby Rabbit Party

Ruby Rabbit Party

 

 

Love The Occasion

Love The Occasion

 

 

Love The Occasion

Love The Occasion

 

Pom pom set - The Little Event Company

Pom pom set – The Little Event Company

 

Tassel garland - DD Brand

Tassel garland – DD Brand

 

Pink marble balloons - One Magic Day

Pink marble balloons – One Magic Day

 

 

Tableware

Rather than setting a table for a seated party, opt for a table filled with bite size sweets and savouries for the kids to nibble on in between treatments, styled with coordinated tableware.

The Little Event Company

The Little Event Company

 

Ruby Rabbit Party

Ruby Rabbit Party

 

The Party Parlour

The Party Parlour

 

The Little Big Company

The Little Big Company

 

Ruby Rabbit Party

Ruby Rabbit Party

 

Emiko Blue

Emiko Blue

 

Ruby Rabbit Party

Ruby Rabbit Party

 

The Little Event Company

The Little Event Company

 

Sweet Treats

A party wouldn’t be a party without a few sweet treats, but best make them bite size to prevent ruining wet nail polish!

I love the idea of high tea stands stacked with finger sandwiches, macarons, strawberries dipped in chocolate, and themed cookies that double as take home treats. Oh, and cake. Always cake.

 

Petite Cookies

Petite Cookies

 

Sweetcheeks Cookies and Cakes

Sweetcheeks Cookies and Cakes

 

Macaron stacks - Arelio Sweetbox Sydney

Macaron stacks – Arelio Sweetbox Sydney

 

Chocolate coated strawberries - Chocobon Melbourne

Chocolate coated strawberries – Chocobon Melbourne

 

 

 

Cookie Queen Kitsch'n

Cookie Queen Kitsch’n

 

 

How great are these chocolate moulds for manicure sets, lipsticks and hairdryers?!!

 

Confectionately Yours

Confectionately Yours

 

 

Love this fun pamper party cake!:

Pamper party cake - Savvy Cakes Sydney

Pamper party cake – Savvy Cakes Sydney

 

Party Favours

Let the guests take home something special in these favour bags

Love The Occasion

Love The Occasion

 

 

Emiko Blue

Emiko Blue

 

What do you send your pampered little guests home with to top it all off? Nothing less than a personal mirror of course!

Deer Little Parties

Deer Little Parties

 

This is also a super sweet party favour idea:

 

Glitter and Glue Designs

Glitter and Glue Designs

 

Of course for those who don’t have the room at home or the time to organise it, many venues and roaming entertainment providers are now offering pamper parties as part of their theme repertoire, making them a great options for larger groups too.

 

Carnival For Kids

Carnival For Kids -Melbourne

 

 

Deer Little Parties

Deer Little Parties – Victoria (Buninyong)

 

Perhaps I need to relive my childhood and plan one of these myself…especially being pregnant at the moment I think I’m due for some pampering!

I hope you’ve found some great inspiration for your child’s spa pampering party.

 

tanya

Celebrate unwrapped: foam letters

As the feedback from our Celebrate conference attendees continues to flow in, so too do the questions from our social followers on ‘where did you get that?’ as I (slowly) get around to releasing more images. So hang tight as I intend to fill you in on all the details of the LLC vendors who helped make the event as magical as it was, I promise! If you missed my previous posts, you can get up to speed with all details on the table centrepieces and how we used the gorgeous mini pinatas.

Having recently worked with Natalie from Foamtastic Party Decor for our son’s first birthday celebration I knew the quality of her work. Working with Shelley from Paper Face who styled the conference, the idea of our brand being blown up to a life sized installation came to mind, and being the clever soul she is, Natalie did just that.

 

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The letters were cleverly dressed up with balloons from Party Splendour with balloon tails from Paper Face

 

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Doubling as a pretty cool photo backdrop (if I do say so myself!) these giant foam letters were so were easy enough to pick up, making installation a breeze, and some fun photos too.

 

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This photo gives you an idea of where the letters were placed in the room and you can see the impact they can make at an event:

 

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Making a nice change from the popular letter lights, Foamtastic can produce any sized sign, letter or shape you can think of, and they make great room decor too after the occasion. Our son’s name below now takes pride and place in his bedroom on the mantle.

 

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Here are a few other samples of what Foamtastic Party Decor can create for a celebration:

baby shower props

 

custom name sign

 

Used on backdrops or stand alone props, there is seriously no end to what you can have created – only limited by your imagination!

 

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Thank you so much for your help Natalie!

If you’d like to see more of Natalie’s work, visit her Facebook page to get the creative juices flowing for your next occasion!

 

tanya

First impressions count: why invitations matter

“I don’t want to waste money on invitations, because people just throw them out”

Sound familiar?

Today we chat to Daniella –  owner and Creative Director of Eve&Co. who explains that hearing someone say that makes her inwardly cringe. She explains “stationery is a huge part of my life and its heartbreaking hearing ‘throwaway’ statements. It’s also not entirely true!”

 

 

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In our busy times where e-mail and sms invitations are becoming more common – receiving an invitation in the mail is always something special and I know my children love looking at an invitation on the fridge as a tangible reminder of an exciting event to come!

Daniella shares more of her amazingly gorgeous invitations with us today along with her thoughts on how they can be used to set the perfect first impression for a special celebration…

“Invitations are your event’s big introduction. They create excitement and anticipation, and set the tone for what you’ve got planned – whether it be a lavish wedding, christening celebration or even your child’s first, second, third, the numbers go up and up  – birthday party.

So much thought and planning go into these events to make them special and unique to your guest of honour, why would you skimp on the very piece of communication that entices your guests to attend and join the celebration?

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In short, if you’re going to throw an amazing party – then you should send amazing invitations!

They should be one-of-a-kind, wow-your-guests and designed specifically for your event and theme. In turn, it will keep them out of the trash and in the memory books.

 

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People will certainly throw out unappealing invitations that blatantly show there was no thought or effort put into them. No one expects a guest to keep something even the host doesn’t care about.

Having said that, they also don’t need to break the bank to have that ‘wow’ factor. You’d be surprised at how beneficial it is to speak to an experienced bespoke stationer when it comes to planning your event – and invitations should always be your first port of call after the theme has been set.

 

 

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A good creative will always be keen to discuss realistic options based on your own budget while still giving your event stationery the custom, one-of-a-kind treatment it deserves.

 

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Working with so many wonderful clients and helping their event themes come to life through invitations and paperie is what we’re truly passionate about at Eve&Co.

 

We absolutely love being given a theme (and often times, our clients will come to us with only that) for us to work our magic on, and voila! – amazing things happen.

 

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Our unique approach and fully bespoke service sets us apart. Every single piece is custom designed, hand assembled and hand finished – ensuring your guests receive only the finest in stationery for your event’s big introduction and beyond.

 

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If you’re looking for a truly one of a kind stationery or invitation, then contact Eve & Co – you won’t be dissapointed!

Eve&Co can be contacted via facebook,  instagram or email.

Facebook.com/eveandcostationery
instagram.com/eveandcostationery

info@eveandco.com.au

 

tanya

 

 

 

 

Sweeter than cotton candy

What could be sweeter than fairy floss? How about 2 kids enjoying a whole cotton candy milk bar?

That was the inspiration and setting of this amazing Life’s Little Celebrations collaboration shoot – bringing together many partners from the Directory for a special shoot for the latest issue of Sweet Magazine

The vision was created and brought to life by the talented ladies of Sugar Monk in Sydney who not only brought their styling expertise but also their handmade touches through the signage and tassels

I’m thrilled to share this party which made the front cover of Sweet Magazine

 

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The dessert table was full of colourful desserts  – some of which incorporated fairy floss in many cute and unique ways! All fairy floss was supplied by Fluffy Crunch who spun fairyfloss during the shoot and also provided their wonderful fairy floss party favour tubs!:

 

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The whole setup brought back a retro milk bar feel:

 

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I hope you enjoy all the amazing details of this shoot and it inspires you for your next celebration!

At the end of this post you can find all the credits so you can source any similar items or desserts for yourself:

 

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Love the foam sign with the drip effect and the fairy floss balloons!:

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This ice-cream pinata was a cute centrepiece for a sit down area for the kids to enjoy:

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Love this selection of fairy floss flavours…apple pie (my favourite!), cookies and cream and even salted caramel….!

 

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Such cute tableware created this sweet milkbar setup:

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There you have it  – a truly ‘sweet’ party setup with so many fun props, decorations and gorgeous desserts! Here are the talented vendors that made it happen and who you can contact to source any of the items for your party!:

Credits:

Photography: Captured by Kirri
Styling, Props, Painted Artworks, Tassels and Printed Materials: Sugar Monk
Fairy Floss: Fluffy Crunch
Furniture, Cake Stands, Lolly Jars and Pink Fairy Floss Machine: Tiny Tots Toy Hire
Cash Register: Sydney Prop Specialists
Main “Cotton Candy Milk Bar” Signage: Foamtastic
Fairy Floss Piñata: Party Pony Designer Pinata’s
Main Cake: Love that Lolly Bar
Cake Topper: Glistening Occasions
Donuts, Eclairs, Cake Stacks & Sweet Cups: Copper & Cocoa
Chocolates, Cake Pops, Cookies & Cupcakes: One Sweet Chick Cookies and Cakes
Macarons: Arelio Sweetbox

 

Balloons: Born To Party
Partyware: The Kit Source

Sprinkles for Macarons: Sucre Chocolates

Location: Blairgrove Pty Ltd Leichhardt – Sydney 
Until next time…happy celebrating!
tanya