Prop it like a pro – A sparkling first birthday

Twinkle twinkle little star, oh how truly talented our LLC Vendors are!

Continually inspired by the imagination and collaboration within our creative industry, this first birthday celebration I’m sharing with you today is of no exception.

Styled by the team at Sydney’s Tiny Tots Toy Hire, using their gorgeous hire items – Petra’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star birthday celebration was a sparkling display of creativity and clever use of party props, all available to hire for your next event too!

 

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A simple, modern colour scheme of silver, black, white and aqua brought this nursery rhyme to life with the help of star prop accents and incredible balloon displays.

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I’ve always said that it’s the finer details that help bring a theme together, but if those finer details are oversized numerals, light boxes and props on a grand scale, then you’ve got yourself a winning formula! In this case, the props from Tiny Tots Toy Hire were the shining light, and every other little detail worked in seamlessly to create the perfect party.

 

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How great is this life size number 1 – perfect for photos!

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Entertainment for this age group can be a little tricky, but from the looks on the guest’s faces, a jumpy castle, ball pit and pint sized toys were just the ticket – all available for hire from Tiny Tots Toy Hire.

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Older guests were also kept busy with a star cookie decorating table.

 

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The simple use of the right props for your next celebration can really take your event to the next level, and if you’re in Sydney it’s nice to know you can source them all from the one place too! Be sure to check out the Tiny Tots Toy Hire website for a full list of items available, from infant and baby toys, games and sports, playhouses, tables and chairs and themed props – you’re sure to exactly what you need!

 

Full vendor credits

Concept, styling, props and toys by Tiny Tots Toy Hire

Photography by Captured by Kirri 

Cakes by Art of Baking

Cake Topper by Merc+Jones

Balloons by Bubble Moo Balloons

Star Macarons by Arelio Sweetbox

Cake Pops by Devour Cakes

Mini desserts by The Pumpkin Carriage

Chevron plates by Love the Occassion

Star garland by Paper Face

ONE highchair bunting by Sugarlicious Parties

Star stickers (backdrop) by Sack Me

 

 

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What’s trending in party themes

Just like the world of fashion – party theme trends seem to come and go, but there’ll always be your classics.

If you love styling, events and party planning then I’m sure you enjoy seeing the latest party decor which is available!

Making it easy to keep up with the trends and find everything you require to execute the theme of your choice is LLC vendor, Ruby Rabbit Partyware. Owner Alex has her finger on the pulse when it comes to sourcing new supplies, so who better to ask a few questions on what we should be looking out for than the party Queen herself!

 

T: What are some of the most popular colour schemes you are noticing for boys and girls parties at the moment ?

A: Trending this season for boys’ parties is the ‘Little Camper’ theme with the use of teepees, monochrome colour choices and a touch of green cactus fun! Outdoor fun with lots of space for energetic little boys to run wild! Unicorns and rainbows continues to be our most popular girls’ birthday party theme followed closely by Alice in Wonderland.

These themes are whimsical and timeless keeping both Mum and birthday girl happy with being able to add a personal touch when it comes to styling the party. These themes suit a broad range of ages from first birthdays up to around eight year olds.

 

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Little Camper party theme

 

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Unicorn party theme

 

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Unicorn balloon kit

 

T: What unique decorating ideas and theme ideas would you suggest for a baby shower? 

A: I’m loving the green palm leaf with luxe gold for something a little different, or for a softer touch with baby pink.

I’m a sucker for palms and have a ridiculous amount of cushion covers in my home in just that! Yes, I may have a cushion obsession, a rather large one my hubby would say!

 

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Baby shower theme

 

 

 

T: What are your top picks for spring / summer party trends ? Any particular themes or looks? 

A: The party shop is busy with lots of fun bold colourful orders heading out the door as we move into Spring. Plus we can’t get enough of those green palm leaf and gold pineapple party pieces!

 

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Pineapple plates

 

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Watermelon balloon

 

 

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Colour splash party styled by Tiny Little Pads

 

T: What are some of the well loved kids themes you have noticed from your most popular  customer buys? 

A: It seems that pale pink and gold isn’t fading, especially for little girls’ 1st birthdays.

Unicorns and rainbows are a close second and then super cool monochrome for the boys, plus colourful confetti spot orders are always strong and work perfectly for both girls and boys.

The ever popular donuts theme has faded away this year.

 

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Paper Eskimo pink and gold partyware

 

 

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Little camper partyware

 

 

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Confetti + polka dot madness party by Lucinda Gould

 

 

T: Are there any must have items you would suggest for mums planning their first kids party? 

A: Balloons and a fun cake topper! Balloons are such simple happy party decorations, and cake toppers can add that little special something to your cake. Both are definite must haves!

 

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Jumbo confetti balloon and fringe

 

 

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Poppies for Grace cake toppers

 

Thank you so much for these tips Alex!

You can shop all of these items and loads more on the Ruby Rabbit website.

 

tanya

 

 

 

 

A day to Celebrate!

I’m delighted to share with you the photos from the first ever “Celebrate” conference day on the 15th August!

This event came about from my vision to bring together business owners within the party, event and baking industry and provide them an opportunity to network and also learn some relevant business tools to flourish their business.

Held at The Deckhouse in Sydney the venue was styled in only 1.5hours that very morning! With such a limited time we kept things simple but beautiful and stylist Shelley Davis of Paper Face Party coordinated all the styling for the venue and as you can see – she made the venue even more beautiful and a truly gorgeous setting for everyone to enjoy. Beautiful balloon decor was used throughout the venue thanks to Party Splendour and Born To Party who did an amazing job at helping to bring a stylish party feel to the room with their balloons.

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We enjoyed daylong beautiful views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and water from the venue and thankfully Sydney put on a lovely sunny winters day!

From the initial planning of the event I knew I wanted it to be a day where I could showcase items from Life’s Little Celebration vendors and the beauty of the day really came together because of so many lovely contributions as well as the support of our lovely sponsors Ruby Rabbit Partyware, Custom Icing, Sugarlicious Parties, Sweet Heavenly Events, Merc & Jones, Foamtastic party decor, Sugared events and Fairy La La Land!

As soon as guests entered they were met with a welcoming lounge area which was created using furniture and props from The Original Silver Teapot and it was a beautiful space on the day for attendees to enjoy during the break times.

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This balloon arch at the front of the venue by Born To Party was stunning and a real talking point

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Gorgeous jumbo balloons by Party Splendour created another feature in the room with fun tassels by Paper Face party and giant foam letters from Foamtastic 

 

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Each attendee received a handbook and gold Life’s Little Celebrations pen and each of the centrepieces styled by Paper Face Party were unique –  styled with flowers as well as custom timber toppers from A La Roch and mini pinatas from Party Pony Designer Pinatas!

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I just love these unique timber toppers by A La Roch!

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The stylish mini pinatas were also a hit!

 

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Guests were greeted with bright and fun signage to lead them into the venue with the design by Pretty and Print and printing by Jo’s Signs by Design:

 

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Each attendee received a handmade glittery name tag with gold foil printing and the cutest little tassel! These were created by the talented Eve & Co and added a bit of extra sparkle to the day!

 

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After grabbing a hot drink and mingling, attendees were invited to get comfortable and settle in for the day. It was honestly so wonderful to meet many business owners – some of whom I have known “online” but never met in person. It was also an honour to have attendees from Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra all make the trip to Sydney for Celebrate. The atmosphere was so warm, friendly and easy going as attendees made new contacts or met those in person who they deal with frequently online!

 

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Here I am welcoming everyone and getting ready to introduce our first speakers!

 

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The day included 5 amazing speakers who each brought their own experience, knowledge and personality to providing attendees with tips for their own business. Wendy El-Khoury of Wedded Wonderland was brilliant in providing a huge amount of insight into social media and particularly instagram tips for our industry!

 

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At the last minute due to illness Nikki Clarke was unable to be at Celebrate. However we were lucky to have Lama Perin of well known brand Paper Eskimo be able to speak on branding and also sharing her tips and experiences from their own business history !

 

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Tessa White of Down That Little Lane was honest, insightful and humorous as she shared PR tips and general advice on social media, building your community and getting your brand out there on a limited budget!

 

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Leanne of Sweet Style shared her advice on how to create gorgeous photos for your social media and your website, as well as camera and lighting tips and styling advice:

 

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The day ended with the fabulous Julia Bickerstaff of The Business Bakery who provided such valuable pricing advice and was straight to the point with tips on pricing for profit as a small business owner!

 

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Speakers were around after their session during the breaks to chat to attendees while everyone mingled and enjoyed the sunshine!

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It was beautiful Sydney weather so attendees could enjoy the balcony during their breaktimes and it was wonderful to see everyone mingle and enjoy the conversation with their business peers!

 

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Another special feature on the day was a flower bar setup by Weekly Blooms for attendees to create and take home their own little posy of flowers as a reminder to flourish their business!

 

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The beautiful tags on each of the bottles were all handmade and painted by Elk Prints

They added a truly extra special touch to the take home posy’s and something guests could keep on their bottles as a reminder to flourish their business!

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A snapshot of a few more details which really helped style a beautiful venue

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Each attendee received a swag bag to take home FILLED with goodies from Life’s Little Celebration vendors and more! There was everything from handmade cake toppers and garlands to partyware, from magazines to candles and of course delicious edible treats such as fairy floss, macarons and cookies! Many commented it was the best swag bag ever…and I have to say I agree with them!

 

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It truly was such a delightful day and I thank everyone who came along or supported the event and again special thanks to stylist Shelley from Paper Face party who contributed so much to the look and feel of the day!

Many have requested that Celebrate be held again next year – and it is something I had considered but was hesitant about committing to prior to the event.

However the day went so well and with such positive feedback..it just may be back in 2017. Watch this space!

 

tanya

 

 

 

 

A baby shower in full bloom

When you’re expecting a new baby – it is a special time and definitely a time to celebrate! A baby shower is a beautiful chance to pamper the mother to be and indulge her a little while celebrating the unique life about to be born!

Talented Life’s Little Celebration vendors collaborated together to put together an inspirational shoot in time for spring for anyone planning a baby shower! This shoot was styled for a special feature on Lenzo which you can view here.

These beautiful invites really set the tone for the whole shoot and I love the idea of theming a baby shower around such a floral concept as being “in full bloom”!

 

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The whole event then came alive with the gorgeous array of flowers and decor to create a relaxing, inviting and perfectly pretty setting with the colours of the flowers working so beautifully with the rose gold touches:

 

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The cake and desserts again exemplified the whole theme of being “in full bloom” with pretty and delicate floral details:

 

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Handmade elements such as these handpainted artworks and gift tags add so much personal detail:

 

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Can you believe these seed packets are actually cookies? Just stunning detail!

 

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I love the refreshing drink station setup with the mixes of rose gold and greens:

 

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This beautiful flower was actually handcrafted from paper – hard to believe I know! Paper flowers are the perfect way to add extra floral touches which you can keep after the celebration!

 

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Vendor Credits:

This amazing shoot was a special Life’s Little Celebrations collaboration shoot specifically for Lenzo. It would not have been possible without the amazing talents of the below vendors. If you have seen something you love in the above shoot, you can source it via these vendors:

STYLING & COORDINATION Dream a Little Dream EventsI Heart Table Art

PHOTOGRAPHER LoveHer Photography

FLOWERS + FLORISTRY The Black Posy

VENUE Little Leaf Co

STATIONERY Eve & Co.

PARTYWARE Ruby Rabbit Partyware

GIFT TAGS + BOTANICAL PAINTINGS Elk Prints

FOILED DRINK LABELS Kels Gift Labelling

MINI CAKES, MERINGUE BULBS + COPPER DRIP CAKE Niknak’s Sweetest Treats

MAIN CAKE, TARTLETS + DESSERTS My Petite Sweets

PAPER FLOWER BULBS Hanging Pretty

VINTAGE SEED PACKET COOKIES Frosted by Nicci

CAKE TOPPER, DRINK STIRRERS + ENGRAVED TIMBER FLOWER PRESS Glistening Occasions

LOLLIPOPS Petal and Pop

FURNITURE Higher Events

DRESS Share My Armoire

TABLE LINEN, COPPER TAGS + TERRARIUM Her Beautiful Mess

MODEL Tammy Willis

HAIR STYLIST Off Your Head

MAKEUP Megan Princiotto MUA

 

 

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The Magic of a Fairy Party Theme

When it comes to little girl’s party themes, it’s fair to say that you’ll throw at least one fairy theme in your child’s early years!

Not only is it a popular theme choice for little girls, there are so many variations available including an enchanted woodland, Tinkerbell, princess fairy and whimsical, you’ll have no trouble pulling it all together and creating magic for her special day. The hardest part will be knowing when to stop!

To help get the imagination rolling, I’ve curated a selection of items from our talented LLC Directory vendors and you’ll find plenty of inspiration over on our Pinterst page as well.

 

Fairy party invitations and printables

Set those wings fluttering with gorgeous coordinated stationary, printables and themed backdrops to help create a magic setting for the fairies to celebrate the occasion.

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Fairy Party Invitations – Emiko Blue

 

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Garden Flower Fairy Invitation – Dream A Little PArty

 

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Woodland Fairy Invitation – Giggles & Grace

 

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Floral Fairy Invitation – Love JK

 

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Custom Fairy Stationary & Backdrop – Milly Boo Designs

 

 

 

Fairy Party Decorations

The options are endless for decorating your fairy theme setting, and you can find just about anything you can think of these days to help bring your vision to life. Think lots of pastels, tulle, pom poms and glitter for a modern or princess fairy theme, or spotted mushroom, hessian, woodland creatures, grass and sliced wood cuttings for serving platters if choosing a Tinkerbell or woodland style party.

 

 

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Blush Flower Pom Pom Mix – The Little Event Company

 

 

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Butterfly Bunting – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

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Fairy Balloon – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

How incredible does this dessert table style by Mon Soiree look! Simply enchanting.

 

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Styled Dessert Table – Mon Soiree

 

Backdrops are becoming increasingly popular for all occasions, perfect for behind dessert tables, as photo backdrops or entry way. I love the detail of these handmade flowers by Avrelle, just stunning.

 

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Flower backdrop – Avrelle

 

 

Fairy Party Tableware

Set the perfect picnic in the garden or tiny tables and chairs with these gorgeous finds.

 

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Fairy Friends Tableware – Fantasy Kids Parties

 

 

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Truly Fairy Cups – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

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Truly Fairy Napkins – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

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Floral Dessert Plates – Favor Lane Party Boutique

 

 

 

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Truly Scrumptious Paper Plates – Favor Lane Party Boutique

 

 

 

 

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Daisy Chain Cups – Love The Occasion

 

 

 

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Glittered Wooden Teaspoons – Love The Occasion

 

 

Cakes and desserts

Try finding a fairy that can resist a sweet treat! Coordinated cakes, cookies and desserts add the finishing touches to any picnic rug, favour bag or dessert table.

 

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Fairy Cookies – One Sweet Chick

 

 

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Butterfly Cake Pops – JK Cake Designs

 

 

 

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Fairy Cookie – Fly Away Pineapple

 

 

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Garden Cookies – Love Every Detail

 

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Fairy Cupcake Topper – Sugarlicious

 

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Garden Inspired Cupcakes – Miss Confetti

 

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Fairy Princess Cupcake Toppers – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

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Woodland Cookies – Love Every Detail

 

 

 

 

For Hire

Whether you’re going all out or simply after a few details to help create a magical setting for your fairy guests, consider hiring props, entertainers and decor from one of our specialist vendors in your area.

 

 

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Whimsical Mushrooms – Tiny Tots Toy Hire

 

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Toadstool Table Set – Tiny Tots Toy Hire

 

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Fairy Costumes – Tiny Tots Toy Hire

 

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Tulle Tablecloth – Saffy & May

 

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Fairy Centrepiece – Two Little Jays

 

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Chair and Tulle skirt – Two Little Jays

 

 

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Tiffany Chairs – Sofia & Co Party Hire

 

Fairy Party Favours

As if the day couldn’t get any better, send your fairy guests home with a special gift to say thank you and remember the day with these gorgeous finds.

 

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Floral Crackers – The Little Event Company

 

 

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Floral Favour Bags – The Little Event Company

 

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Folding Mirror – Deer Little Parties

 

 

 

 

 

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Wooden Ball Wand – Fantasy Kids Parties

 

 

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Fairy Floss Favours – Fluffy Crunch

 

 

 

 

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Fairy Pencil Message – Glitter & Glue Designs

 

 

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Fairy Lollipop – Glitter & Glue Designs

 

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Truly Fairy Treat Bags – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

And these fairy doors are just divine!

 

 

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Truly Fairy Door Set – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

A fairy entertainer is the perfect addition to any fairy party! If you’re in Sydney you can find a wonderful fairy to fly your way at Fairy La la Land:

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So what style fairy theme will you choose?  I hope these finds have given you a good head start and your little fairy has a magical day.

 

tanya