Golden Christmas (with a touch of pink!)

Gold is one of those colours I love seeing as part of Christmas decor. A colour of royalty and one that depicts something grand and special – it definitely suits the season of Christmas!

Inspired by this glittery Christmas dessert table by the talented Vesna of My Little Jedi  (make sure you have a look for loads of inspiration!) I have based this post around a golden Christmas with hints of pink for a glamorous setting.

I apologise for the long delay in my blog posts lately – so much is going on and I’m finding it a little harder to keep up! My little one is a lot more active during the day and I hardly find time to get onto the computer as much as I use to until evening (I’m sure you all can relate!)

Invitations/Printables

A bit of sparkle for your printables! If you know of any other lovely gold and/or pink Christmas collections, feel free to let me know!

 

Be Merry Holiday invitation - Fine and Dandy Paperie

 

Peace on Earth Printable - Paper and Cake

 

Decorations

These decoration options in bold golds and pinks will add a touch of festive glam to your Christmas!

Martha Stewart Gold and white pom pom set - Pink Frosting

 

Tulle pom poms - Sweet Little Birdy

 

Gold lanterns - Saffy & May

 

Confetti System Tassel Garland - Third Drawer Down

 

Tableware

Love this tablerunner if you are after a bold print for your table:

Pink/Gold bazaar table runner - {P} is for Party

This gold mesh tablerunner is lovely for a softer look:

Gold mesh table runner - Le Petit Party

I haven’t included plates/cups as most of you will not use disposable plates etc for your Christmas day lunch etc however here are some other items to provide a special feel to your Christmas table and bring in touches of pink and gold:

 

Gold name card holders - Alfresco Emporium

 

Perfume jar pink - Shoppe with Lilly

 

Herrang block candle holder - Ikea

 

Oslo candle holder - Gifts at Home

 

 

Pink Coupe glass small - Sharnel Dollar Designs

 

Pink glass embossed pedestal bowl - The Little Big Company

Although these aren’t in gold, they would definitely look gorgeous on your Christmas table!

Lolly jar with pewter lid and base - Shoppe with Lily

 

Mercury glass apothecary jar - Sharnel Dollar Designs

 

Sweet Treats

Dress up some special Christmas cupcakes with these wrappers and sit them atop of a cute pedestal to give them extra effect!

Lulu gold/white cupcake wrapper - Cupcake House

 

Pink gold floral muffin case/cupcake case - Cupcake World

 

Pink cupcake pedestal - Sweet Little Birdy

Love this colour combination for this golden/pink Christmas theme:

Yellow and pink swizzle sticks - Tout Mon Amour

 

These lovely stands would be perfect to serve all sorts of cakes and scrumptious items in this colour scheme:

Hobnail cake stand in Amber - Sweet Style

 

Short pink cake stand - Emerald and Ella

 

Small gold cake stand - A fabulous fete on Etsy

You can’t get more gorgeous and glamorous on your table than a beautiful drinks dispenser such as this one:

Glass apothecary drinks dispenser - Sweet Style

 

Special Themed Items

To add some special glam touches to your Christmas decor or table, have a browse of some of these items! Disappointed I couldn’t find more lovely pink Christmas items though

Gold resin Christmas Tree - I Love Christmas

 

Gold bristle tree - House of Christmas

Love these crystal trees (bit of a splurge though!)

Crystal trees - Wheel and Barrow

 

Reindeer sitting nickle plated - Oxfam

 

Gold Christmas candle holder - Lifestyle Ensemble

 

Mini gold pine cone bags - House of Christmas

 

Pink Merry Christmas sign - Celebrating Christmas

 

Bird cages are often found in Christmas decor, and this beautiful gold-toned one from dusk would look beautiful anywhere!

Bird cage lantern - Dusk

 

Christmas white/gold feather wreath - I Love Christmas

 

Christmas gold bauble wreath - Christmas All Year

 

Love this gorgeous wreath which has sold out for this year, but I still thought I’d share it with you so if you love it, you can bookmark it for next year =)

Spruce Champagne wreath - Papier D'Amour

 

These lovely ribbon boards are a great unique way to display your Christmas cards during this season, and of course can be used year round for photos, notes etc! With diamante detailing it is gorgeous!

Beautiful french memo board - French Knot Designs

 

Favours

Package up your favours in a lovely gold item:

Gold cube box - Details, Details

 

Gold tin pail - Saffy & May

You could fill an elegant pink perfume bottle with some beautiful scented oils for your guests to take home:

Coloured bomboniere perfume bottle - Elegant Bomboniere

Or keep it classic and simple in a clear jar which you can embellish:

Antique apothecary jars - Sweet Style

 

Add something special to your Christmas gifts or favours with these embellishments:

Gold leaves ribbon - Camelot Craft

 

Martha Stewart Metallic tinsel with glue - Pink Frosting

 

Gold and ivory Christmas ribbon - Amazing Paper

 

Real Inspiration

Pink and gold winter glittery houses from The Sweetest Occasion blog

Pretty pink and gold christmas decor inspiration from the Citrus and Orange blog

Christmas nutcracker suite ballet party by Kate Landers featured on the Hostess with the Mostess blog

A gorgeous pink and gold dessert table by Sharnel Dollar Designs

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I hope you’ve found some Christmas inspiration here, and as we hurtle towards Christmas at lightening speed – remember to try and not get too stressed and flustered with all the Christmas shopping, and enjoy this magical time of the year with your little ones =)

 

 

 

 

Party Directory page is launched!

Our new Party Directory page on the Life’s Little Celebrations blog has launched – check it out here!

This aims to be an easy point of reference for you in the midst of your party planning to help you find some great party suppliers!

Sometimes it is just too difficult to find really lovely products/services online or via facebook by just searching yourself and I know as a mum I would find it a lot easier to compare different products/services if I had a party directory resource to go to!

Since there is a fee involved in listing in the Party Directory, you won’t get lost in tens or hundreds of supplier names, but presented with a list of quality suppliers who want to help mum’s like you in your celebration!

Any business logo you click on in the Party Directory will take you directly to the website or facebook page of that business.

I hope you find this resource of assistance to you in your party planning. I do have future plans for this Party Directory to make it even easier for you to search for what you are after…but all this must wait until 2012!

If you wish to advertise in the Party Directory please contact me on lifeslittlec@gmail.com for more information.

Thank you

An Eventful Week!

It has been a very eventful week!

Firstly THANK YOU to all of you for your lovely comments about my daughter’s birthday party! I really appreciate it! =)

Today two amazing magazines came out that I am so grateful to be able to contribute to!

The first being Tickle The Imagination magazine which showcases all the wonderful talent in the handmade community. I coordinated a photoshoot inspired by a Mermaid theme party – however it was all the amazing contributors who really made this shoot gorgeous! Make sure you check out the article as well as the photo album on facebook for all the details & credits! Thank you to Tickle The Imagination for featuring this shoot – make sure you have a look through this inspiring magazine!

The second magazine is the amazing My Little Jedi magazine – Christmas edition! This stunning edition showcases a lot of beautiful Christmas designs and styling by many talented stylists and credit to Vesna for putting together this gorgeous edition!

My contribution was as a mum/blogger – a Milk & Cookies table which any one could put together for the kids (& Santa) to enjoy on Christmas eve/Christmas day based on my Christmas Eve experience growing up.

The idea behind this table was to give you ideas for something simple you could prepare involving your children and on a limited budget. All the images and credits are in the magazine article =)

You’ll also find my daughter’s birthday featured in the magazine as well. Thank you to My Little Jedi for the opportunity to contribute! Make sure you don’t miss having a browse of this fabulous magazine!

I had really wanted to put up another Christmas inspired blog post this week but had to battle a bad cold/cough (and as you know,mums don’t get a “sick day” so resting & getting better takes longer!).

I’m also working on putting together the Party Directory page on this blog which will be an easy place on the blog to find a variety of different suppliers so that your party planning can become even easier and faster =) Look out for this on Sunday! Then I promise to get a new blog post to you soon =) 

Thanks all for reading!

 

 

 

 

Rebekah’s First Birthday – Baby Elephant Theme

It was so wonderful to be able to celebrate my daughters first birthday and now to finally be able to share the pictures and give credit to some lovely vendors on this blog! It’s also very exciting to be featured on the Amy Atlas blog for the first time!

Some of you would have already seen the pictures from the party however I thought I’d use this blog post to share where I got different items from throughout this blog post and I apologise because there a lot of places to mention!! I bought items from various places…when there were sales on, or if I remembered something to get etc – hence my party items come from everywhere!

I chose a baby elephant theme for many reasons! Rebekah received lots of gifts with elephant designs when she was born and I thought it was such a cute theme for a first birthday.

I tried to incorporate different elephant theme ideas such as: peanuts, memories, elephants walking together & an elephant family walking together, elephant watering hole etc. If you were planning for this theme you could also go for a circus/carnival elephant feel as well or a jungle elephant theme.

I chose the adorable baby elephant printables from Style Me Gorgeous which Sarah made some custom changes to for me. Cake Avenue created the most perfect matching cake!

 

I used paper chains from Linkits for the backdrop and Heidi perfectly matched the right colours for me. Paper chains haven’t been used a lot in dessert table backrops although I have seen some recent ones and really liked the look of them!  The custom made bunting from Giggleberry Creations helped to emphasis the colour scheme of pink, grey and aqua blue. The wooden name sign which was made for me by Chikkimoo Designs (in record time too – great service!) was a personal touch I really liked.

How adorable is this figurine from Cake Avenue which is now in my daughters nursery under a cloche I bought from Sweet Little Birdy. The cake sat upon a ribbon cake stand from Tracey Lau Art and Soul. This was placed atop of pink nesting suitcases form Butterfly Garden Hair Accessories. When it came time to cut the cake I used an extra long candle from Sharnel Dollar Designs which is great especially for little ones so they don’t have to bend down too much to blow the candle out!


As my daughters middle name is Rose I wanted to incorporate roses onto the table, which I did in these sweet blue spanish jars from Shoppe with Lily. Another favourite feature of mine were some elephant prints I purchased from Etsy store Oh Hello Dear which I had custom colour matched to the colour scheme. I placed one print on this table, and 2 on the savoury food table. I’ll be hanging these up in the nursery =)

The sweet treats included these cute elephant cookies with pink ears (to match the printables) were made by Spoon and Fork Cookies and Cake, Macarons from Ma Cake (in gorgeous jars from Sweet Style) , persian fairy floss from Shoppe with Lily and lollipops and swizzle sticks from The Little Big Company displayed in a rosanna bowl from Sharnel Dollar Designs.

I made oreo pops and strawberry mousse in cups which I topped off with stamped wooden spoons (stamp and spoons from Sweet Style). I also had musk sticks and pink sugared peanuts.

I used cupcake wrappers from  Cupcake House as buffet label holders by merely turning them upside down and cutting a small slit on either side. The mini pink tongs I bought from Little Kitchen

I made a small book for guests to sign in. However rather than them sign just a wish for Rebekah I wanted them to write a memory of her from her first year, and I added a little card to explain, saying: “Elephants have long memories but mine isn’t long just yet. Please share a memory from my first year so that I’ll never forget”.

I incorporated other little rhymes as well in signs for the dessert table and favour table. I enjoy writing poetry so this was a way to just add another fun personal touch.

This photo also shows the Sambellina plates I used for the dessert table which I purchased from The Party Studio.

My lovely sister in law created this “My First Year” canvas showcasing a picture for each of the months of Rebekah’s first year. It is something really special that we will also be putting in her nursery.

For take home gifts my sister in law made delicious cupcakes which were presented in sweet Candy Soiree boxes (purchased from Occasion by Design) and topped off with twine (from The Party Studio) and a thank you note. I also had the Golden Book “The Saggy Baggy Elephant” to give as a take home gift as I love the idea of giving books to children!

For the drinks table (which I labeled “Elephant Watering Hole”) glass bottles from The Inspired Occasion (250ml) were wrapped with Cupcake wrappers ( Cupcake House) and topped with party flags. I displayed them in this gorgeous grey wire tray from Sweet Little Birdy which not only looked pretty but also was practical too in keeping them safe from straying little hands.

Since elephants all gathering together at a watering hole I wanted to incorporate the idea of elephants walking along together into this table. So I used an elephant garland made by Etsy store Bugaboo as well as this sweet elephant family by Sweet Tashie  (which I also wanted as a memento of this day for Rebekah). The Drink Dispenser was hired from Tiny Tots Toy Hire. Cups were from {P} is for party, straws were from Occasion by Design, Sweet Style and Mon Tresor (see what I mean about buying things from everywhere!)

Thankfully I had a very helpful mum, mother in law and sister to help out with the savoury items and they took care of all of this for me. Phew! One of my favourite items was another hire item from Tiny Tots Toy Hire which is a ferris wheel cupcake holder which I actually used with pink tin pails instead from Invite Me. I filled these with carrot and celery sticks and it looked really cute. This would also be a perfect item if I had taken on a circus elephant theme which is also quite popular if you are thinking of doing an elephant theme party. Plates were purchased from {P} is for Party.

I hung pretty Ah-Tissue pom poms over the food table in pink, grey and blue. We served various homemade pastry items, sausage rolls, elephant shaped fairy bread (using an elephant cookie cutter from The Princess and the Pirate), sandwiches, little skewers of pineapple, cheese and cherries (something our mum use to make at our parties when we were little). Sultanas were served in cute mini baking cups from Sweet Little Birdy. We ran out of time to put all the party flags in the food but managed to have some in there!  The blackboard is from The Carousel Boutique.

The ball pit which we hired from Tiny Tots Toy Hire was a HUGE hit! It was perfect for the kids, and my daughter loved playing in there! Due to child protection issues I don’t like displaying full face shots of other people’s children on the blog – hence the strange shots I’ve picked to display! However you can see my little angel enjoying herself in a rare moment when she wasn’t diving everywhere!

We also hired a mini rollercoaster and a play gym which the kids enjoyed as well as these cute mini chairs from Tiny Tots Toy Hire. Most of the children were too small for me to have a kids table however we did have a few kids around the 3-5yr mark who I thought might like a little “Elephant Resting Spot” where the parents could make them sit down and have a rest and a drink. I printed off some little elephant masks to pop onto the blue chairs.

This is the dress my daughter wore for her birthday. Since it was plain white, I had Cathy from Bliss Clips make a headband and matching dress brooch in pink,grey,turqouise to add to the dress – and as you can see Cathy did an amazing job! I don’t even have a headband this pretty!

Here is my little one all dressed up!

We had a little photo area set up with a giant balloon from Occasion by Design and made sure we got pictures with people as they arrived as I didn’t want to miss having photos with all the guests. It definitely helped having a photographer there so we didn’t have to worry about taking pictures, and Sha Photography did a great job for us!

It was a wonderful day and I worked hard in the leadup so I wouldn’t have to stress too much on the day of the party and during the party. I also received help from family members and outsourced items (such as the cake, cookies, macarons) to also make it less stressful (plus I am no cooking expert!). This was really helpful for me because of course in the midst of the preparing I still had a 1 yr old to look after! However I was glad I was able to make some of the food items and other things in the party (such as the memory book) since I am naturally not very crafty it was a good challenge for me =)

I learnt a lot in the process as well, being the first children’s party I had put together, and I have to say a big thank you to Dawn from Ruby May Designs who helped alot with listening to my ideas and giving me honest advice too! =)

Thanks so much for reading and sharing in some of my daughter’s celebration!

Featured Real Party: Harry Potter Party by Sweet Little Birdy

Tara who owns and runs Sweet Little Birdy organised a Harry Potter party for her son Callum’s 7th birthday and I’m delighted to show you the pictures of all the unique and creative details!

Being a huge Harry Potter fan herself and Callum loving all the Harry Potter lego this was the perfect theme for everyone to enjoy!

There was a snacks bar and the candy and dessert bar, and the children enjoyed pizza for lunch.

I love the backdrop which totally sets the scene, as well as the web tablecloth.

Great use of props such as little potion bottles and candy jars sitting atop of books:

How cute are those little bottles, and can you spot the owl in the cage?

Great idea of using snakes crawling around the table!

The cauldron cake!

Wow, love those huge lollipops (I’m sure the kids did too!).

The snacks table with decorated bowls and cute cauldron prop:

This is such a creative party! Thanks Tara for sharing and make sure you pop over and visit Sweet Little Birdy for lots of party & home decor items as well as dessert table styling services in the Hunter Valley, Newcastle and Central Coast regions of NSW.

Credits:

Photography: Red Door Photography

Custom bunting: Giggleberry Creations

Cupcake toppers and wraps: Simply Incraftible

Buffet labels: Creative Little Stars

Chocolate wrappers: Style Me Gorgeous

Swizzle sticks, lollipops and cake stand (that the cauldron cake is on): The Little Big Company

Bags for Bertie Botts beans: Sharnel Dollar Designs

Favour Packaging: Candy Soiree gelato stripe boxes availble from Sweet Little Birdy

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