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!
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…).
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
How great is this life size number 1 – perfect for photos!
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.
Older guests were also kept busy with a star cookie decorating table.
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
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.
Fairy Party Invitations – Emiko Blue
Garden Flower Fairy Invitation – Dream A Little PArty
Woodland Fairy Invitation – Giggles & Grace
Floral Fairy Invitation – Love JK
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.
Blush Flower Pom Pom Mix – The Little Event Company
Butterfly Bunting – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Fairy Balloon – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
How incredible does this dessert table style by Mon Soiree look! Simply enchanting.
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.
Flower backdrop – Avrelle
Fairy Party Tableware
Set the perfect picnic in the garden or tiny tables and chairs with these gorgeous finds.
Fairy Friends Tableware – Fantasy Kids Parties
Truly Fairy Cups – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Truly Fairy Napkins – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Floral Dessert Plates – Favor Lane Party Boutique
Truly Scrumptious Paper Plates – Favor Lane Party Boutique
Daisy Chain Cups – Love The Occasion
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.
Fairy Cookies – One Sweet Chick
Butterfly Cake Pops – JK Cake Designs
Fairy Cookie – Fly Away Pineapple
Garden Cookies – Love Every Detail
Fairy Cupcake Topper – Sugarlicious
Garden Inspired Cupcakes – Miss Confetti
Fairy Princess Cupcake Toppers – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Woodland Cookies – Love Every Detail
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.
Whimsical Mushrooms – Tiny Tots Toy Hire
Toadstool Table Set – Tiny Tots Toy Hire
Fairy Costumes – Tiny Tots Toy Hire
Tulle Tablecloth – Saffy & May
Fairy Centrepiece – Two Little Jays
Chair and Tulle skirt – Two Little Jays
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.
Floral Crackers – The Little Event Company
Floral Favour Bags – The Little Event Company
Folding Mirror – Deer Little Parties
Wooden Ball Wand – Fantasy Kids Parties
Fairy Floss Favours – Fluffy Crunch
Fairy Pencil Message – Glitter & Glue Designs
Fairy Lollipop – Glitter & Glue Designs
Truly Fairy Treat Bags – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
And these fairy doors are just divine!
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:
Fairy la la land – NSW
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.
Sometimes the hardest part of organising a party is just getting started – would you agree?
With so much inspiration provided by our talented LLC directory vendors, it can get a little overwhelming if you don’t have a theme in mind, and we can all relate to changing our minds over and over after seeing so many amazing ideas on Pinterest or Instagram!
I often find working backwards in the planning process can be helpful, albeit strange! Finding inspiration in the smallest details normally left for later in the planning process like decorations, tableware or the colour of the party outfit can sometimes be just what you need to get you off the starting blocks – backwards!
So when it comes time to pulling it all together, start with where you would normally source your products, such as LLC directory partner, The Party Parlour. What I have always loved about this site is that it’s literally a one stop shop for both inspiration and all the party supplies you’ll need to execute a coordinated event.
If you’re stuck for ideas, their party packages are a great place to start, presented in styled shoots with all the required items already curated for you to add to cart to complete the look. Themes are categorised by First Birthdays, Baby Showers, Colour and themes for boys and girls for easy navigation.
If you already know the theme of your occasion and just need the supplies to pull it all together, shopping by category makes ticking off your list a breeze with everything you need from invitations to tableware, unique balloons and garlands, glassware and favours, plus they post Australia wide for added convenience. Tick, tick, tick!
Or if you’re like me and partial to falling head over heels for new paper plate designs, their new arrivals can also provide a great starting block, like these gorgeous new items from Paper Eskimo. These would be so great for a circus or ice cream party! Just pick an item and let your imagination go.
These plates are exactly the type of product that back up my suggestion of working backwards – now just to find the occasion to use them…
Regardless of having a theme or not, The Party Parlour is a great place to start – from start to finish or finish to start!
What are your thoughts on my suggestion for working backwards when planning a special occasion?
If you ask me, the growth of the party and events industry is a direct result of the raw talent of suppliers and just how accessible they’ve made it for everyone to create memorable occasions. You’ll find many of them on our LLC directory!
It’s a fantastic industry of support among suppliers, but the big winners are the consumers who can now turn any occasion into something special with the amount of inspiration, professionals and DIY options now available.
This was a driving force behind starting LIfe’s Little Celebrations and why we now have our first conference to look forward to, continuing to learn, inspire and grow with each other. I’m so excited for Celebrate in August and look forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting new. There are still tickets available so be quick to secure yours here and join us for what is set to be a fantastic day.
One of our Celebrate sponsors is a shining example of just how this industry is making gorgeous occasions accessible for everyone – because let’s face it, we can’t all bake and decorate like a pro, but we like to give it a red hot go!
Michelle Bailey own’s Custom Icing, which enables you to turn homemade or purchased cakes, cupcakes or cookies into something spectacular. Even the pros are partial to using Michelle’s edible cake images to add the extra WOW factor to a creation.
Incredible, huh?! The edible images from Custom Icing can make a huge difference to your cakes as well as cupcakes and even chocolates!
Customised cupcakes make a great impression at any occasion, and these simple discs are so simple but so effective on a plain iced cupcake with colour coordinated baking cases.
What kid doesn’t love seeing their face on a cake?!
I love how Custom Icing enables just about anyone to be a master baker and turn an occasion into something special. Whether you’re handy with fondant or not, edible cake images can turn cakes into show stoppers and help bring together themes with a little creativity.
You can find out more about Custom Icing, including printing on chocolate, and shop online here.
Happy creating and we hope to see you at celebrate!