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

Celebrate unwrapped: table centrepieces

It’s taken me nearly 2 months to catch my breath, but I’ve finally come back down to earth after our incredible Celebrate conference in August, and I’m so excited to share some moments with you over a series of posts I’ll publish over the next month, giving you all the vendor details to steal for your next event (big or small!).

After months of planning, scheduling, sourcing, coordinating and back-to-back days fuelled only by caffeine and croughnuts, this day was never going to be anything short of ah-mazing, and from all reports, it didn’t disappoint. Bringing together some incredibly talented guest speakers and industry guests, the room was a huge buzz and brought me great joy knowing we were all there to support, learn and grow our businesses and make great friends along the way.

As much as I’d like to take full credit for this event, let’s just say my attempts at floral arrangements are nothing less than dismal, so like any good event, the details were left to the experts (aka LLC Vendors)! And boy were there a few of them! So let’s get started.

 

Our table centrepieces

 

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From the very beginning, I had a vibrant colour scheme in mind which I wanted brought to life with plenty of floral arrangements, balloons, gold and white accents for a fun, modern and glamorous room – not a huge request!

To help bring this all together, I worked with LLC Vendor Shelley of Paper Face Party who styled the venue and florals and who enlisted the assistance of Rochelle from A la Roch who instantly understood the brief and created our gorgeous topper signs as part of the custom table centrepieces.

 

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How incredible are they?!

 

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Using plywood, our theme colours and various fonts, Rochelle instantly understood the vision and delivered above and beyond – THANK YOU!!!

Cake toppers are a huge trend at the moment and Rochelle can create any design you like out of wood or acrylic – but think above and beyond using them for just cakes! Think wall art, table centrepieces like ours, name places and more. Edible images are also available to customise your wedding, engagement, birthday or special occasion.

 

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So there you have it – your first closeup glimpse of our HUGE day and the details that made it memorable. I can’t thank you enough for your hard work on this event A La Roch!

Next on our list of details to reveal are the mini pinata’s we used on the tables (not for smashing in case you were wondering!). Stay tuned!

 

tanya

Celebrate unwrapped: mini pinata’s

In my last post, I promised you more details of our Celebrate conference so you can steal our style for your next event, or just get a head start on finding the perfect vendor to pull off your own vision. If you missed the post, you can read it here for all the details on our table centrepieces, and stay tuned as we bring you a more reveals each week.

Today we’re looking at another table detail which was a huge hit as they were are a hugely popular decorating item that doubles as a game, but aren’t often found as mini’s or used for table decoration like we used them for!

Mini Pinata’s

Yes, MINI pinata’s!!

In my opinion, styling is about personalisation and interpretation. So when I came across these mini pinata’s by Party Pony designer pinatas, I knew they weren’t destined to be hung, and certainly not bashed by a stick (would have made for a very interesting conference…).

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Instead, we used them on tables – and were styled by Paper Face as part of some of the centrepieces.

Owner Nicola created a mix of diamond and heart shapes in our theme colours, which we then used as centrepieces on tables. Pinata’s are hugely popular as decorations these days, doubling as a bit of (bashful) fun, but using them in an unexpected way is a great talking point for guests.

Nicola can custom make these to your requirements, so let your imagination run wild and run your ideas past her – think cake toppers, photo props or room decor.
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Nicola also creates custom tassel garlands and balloon tails for a cohesive look to your event, and you can see more of her work or shop from her website.

 

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I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work on this event Nicola! Contact Party Pony Designer Pinata’s to see their full range or order a custom pinata

I hope this feeds your imagination and has you thinking about how you’ll use an item differently. I’ll be bringing you more details of the styling, props, balloons and more soon so stay tuned!

 

tanya

Modern Safari party theme

A jungle or safari theme has always been a popular choice for baby showers or first birthdays, but lately we’re seeing a digression from the traditional colour palette of bright colours and cute characters to a more sophisticated and modern interpretation, which I’m just loving!

Keeping to a monochrome theme, it’s easy to build on your theme with highlights of gold or tropical fauna for a big impact just like these beautifully styled occasions by some of our talented LLC vendors.

Remember to CLICK onto any of the images below to find more details or where to purchase/order the items!:

 

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Styled by The Sugar Topped Table

 

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Modern Jungle Safari – styled by Opulenticity Party & Buffet Styling

 

 

 

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Monochrome Safari – style by The Sugar Topped Table

 

 

This is one theme that can be so easily achieved with what is readily available, and to help you I’ve pulled together a few of my favourite items from some of our LLC vendors to get you started.

 

Invitations

A great place to start when setting your theme! Choose a black and white colour palette with touches of gold, or turn those accents into show stopping starting blocks like this gorgeous Inka print and sunrise invitation from Loulou Pie Creative. These colours can then be picked up throughout your tableware and decorations for an impressive effect.

 

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Safari invitations – Loulou Pie Creative

 

 

Although I am showcasing the whole dessert table setup for these gorgeous safari parties below I want to particularly highlight the gorgeous backdrop designs which would also be available for use as an invitation and other party stationery:

 

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Monochrome Safari – style by The Sugar Topped Table. Stationery design by Style Me Gorgeous

 

Styling by The Little Big company. Backdrop design by Jo Studio

Styling by The Little Big company. Backdrop design by Jo Studio

 

 

Table setting

For a monochrome look use black and white as your base for the majority of your tableware, then add highlights of gold, blush pink or tropical fauna using some of these finds.

 

 

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Black chevron plate – Love The Occasion

Black and white birthday plates - The Little Event Company

Black and white birthday plates – The Little Event Company

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Geo dessert plates – The Party Parlour

 

Troppo dessert plates - Ruby Rabbit Partyware

Troppo dessert plates – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

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Napkins – The Little Event Company

 

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Tropical Jungle napkins – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Gold geometric napkins - My Party boutique

Gold geometric napkins – My Party boutique

 

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Tropical jungle baking cups – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Gold foil straws - Emiko Blue

                                             Gold foil straws – Emiko Blue

 

 

Zebra Print Straws - Ruby Rabbit Partyware

Zebra Print Straws – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

Bamboo cutlery - Love The Occasion

Bamboo cutlery – Love The Occasion

 

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Jumbo Confetti – Love The Occasion

 

Jungle themed food wrappers - Confectionately Yours

Jungle themed food wrappers – Confectionately Yours

 

This tablecloth is perfect if you want to go with a rustic look:

 

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Hessian gathered tablecloth – Saffy and May

 

 

 

Decorations

If you want to go for a monochrome look then stick to the rule of using only black and white for the majority of your decorations and choose a few stand out items such as jumbo confetti balloons, cake toppers or the use of tropical foliage to bring it all together, or simply stick to all black and white if you wish!

You could also stick to a basic colour scheme of mainly white, or rustic brown and then use gold highlights in the decorations or desserts. Safari animals spray painted gold are an easy DIY to help give the dessert table a fun and modern look!

These items are perfect to decorate a safari cake and make it a stand out!:

 

 

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Gold Cake Topper – A la Roch

 

You can see how the above acrylic embellishments were used on this stunning cake in a party by The Pumpkin Carriage

 

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Gold Sunset Safari cake – Styling Pumpkin Carriage. Acrylic animals by A La Roch. Cake by JK Cake designs

 

For your room decorations, a few items to really fit the Safari style is all you need. You can then mix them in with more neutral items such as honeycomb decorations or plain coloured balloons:

 

 

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Zebra foil balloon – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Jumbo palm tree balloons - One Magic Day

Jumbo palm tree balloons – One Magic Day

 

 

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Wild One foil balloons – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Willow balloon tail - DD Brand

Willow balloon tail – DD Brand

 

Gold triangle garland - The Little Event Company

Gold triangle garland – The Little Event Company

 

Gold confetti balloon - Emiko Blue

Gold confetti balloon – Emiko Blue

 

 

These jungle animals for hire bring the safari to your party! These are available to hire in Sydney:

 

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Jungle animals for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire

 

Browse the directory section of this website to discover Hire businesses in your state where you can hire relevant items!

 

Kids stools for hire - Enchanted Party Hire (Queensland)

Kids stools for hire – Enchanted Party Hire (Queensland)

 

 

2m x 2m foliage wall for hire - Sweet Heavenly Events (Sydney)

2m x 2m foliage wall for hire – Sweet Heavenly Events (Sydney)

 

Safari Party Desserts

Browse the Directory to find a cake or dessert maker in your area to create something modern for a Safari party, such as these gorgeous creations!:

 

Safari cake - The Sweetest Jubilee (Melbourne)

Safari cake – The Sweetest Jubilee (Melbourne)

 

Gold giraffe cookies  - Savvy Cakes (Sydney)

Gold giraffe cookies – Savvy Cakes (Sydney). Styling by Sweet Finesse Event Styling

 

Giraffe cake - Frosted by Nicci (Melbourne) in party styled by The Little Big Company

Giraffe cake – Frosted by Nicci (Melbourne) in party styled by The Little Big Company

 

 

These candles are a fun finishing touch if you want to add an extra bit of gold to a modern safari cake:

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Meri Meri gold glitter candles – Emiko Blue

Favours

Send little party guests home with a bit of the jungle with some of these favour ideas and packaging:

 

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Party Favours – fairy floss from Fluffy Crunch. Styled by The Sugar Topped Table

 

Lollipop party favours - Glitter and Glue Designs

Lollipop party favours – Glitter and Glue Designs

 

 

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Gold treat bag – Love The Occasion

 

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Treat boxes – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Cupcake boxes - Ruby Rabbit Partyware

Cupcake boxes – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

White with gold foil dots favour bag - The Little Event Company

White with gold foil dots favour bag – The Little Event Company

 

Some final modern safari party inspiration for you in this amazing party styled by The Pumpkin Carriage in Sydney:

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Modern safari party – The Pumpkin Carriage

 

You can literally let your imagination run ‘wild’ with this theme, and the beauty of keeping it to a minimal monochrome palette wth luxe touches is that you don’t need to be a stylist to pull it off either!

 

tanya