I was excited to share my daughters Swan themed Baptism in the first issue of “Celebrating Little Ones” magazine which you can view here
I always knew if this little 4th child of ours was a little girl then a “Swan” theme was what I would pick for her Baptism theme as well as her Nursery theme. It was a lot of fun finding and sourcing various pieces to incorporate into the decorations and of course I used the vendors listed on the LLC children’s party directory!
For our family the Baptism day of our children is quite important and special and so even though our guest list was small I still wanted to create something beautiful to celebrate the occasion.
All the beautiful photos were by Captured by Kirri
This gorgeous invitation from Emma Smith Event Stationery set the scene for the Swan theme and included beautiful gold foil lettering!:
I wanted everything to be very soft and pretty and the backdrop from Dream a little Dream Events along with the feather garlands from Ruby Rabbit Partyware helped incorporate the feather look which was also framed so beautifully with the balloon garland with tassels from Party Splendour
I like keeping my setups uncomplicated as far as the layout of desserts – as you can see the table is quite uncluttered and symmetrical. When you have young kids you want your dessert table setup to be easy because it definitely is not the only thing you will be getting ready on the morning!
The grey marble and pink cake stands I just loved from Petite Events Hire so I really wanted to include them in this setup along with their pretty white console table.
I also carried the softness of the feathers down to the floor with the sheepskin rug and all the decor filling under the table from Ruby Rabbit Partyware:
Personal touches are important for me when planning a dessert table for one of my children and this gorgeous gold mirror sign from Communicake It added that personalised touch and I knew I could also display it and keep it in Leah’s nursery which I have now done. It was also easily blutacked onto the backdrop and nice and light weight!:
Party Splendour managed to incorporate some soft feathers into the balloons:
For the cake by Macaron Delights – I wanted to keep things simple and elegant and topped with a sweet Swan topper from Poppies for Grace:
For the rest of the desserts I aimed to carry on the colour schemes of pinks, whites, and golds and these meringue kisses from Quincy Lane honestly tasted as good as they looked. They are SO easy to devour it is hard not to eat 5…or 10 !
The macarons by Macaron Delights were also oh so delicious!!
The elegant swan cookies from Frosted by Nicci were inspired by the invitations and were just gorgeous and Nicci did a beautiful job matching them to the invitations!! Kids love cookies so I always ensure to have some on my kids dessert tables:
Using a swan mould from Confectionately Yours I created some white chocolate swans to add to the table. I’m no baker at all and these chocolates are not perfect – but it was a bit fun making these and reminded me of my childhood when we use to make chocolates.
I love fairy floss from Fluffy Crunch any day of the week so I loved incorporating this soft dessert on the table! Fairy floss can only be served and displayed just before the guests are ready to eat it – so I did have more in tubs ready to serve as guests ate – which was handy as the fairy floss went FAST!
The Poppes for Grace feather garlands which I sourced from Ruby Rabbit Partyware added such a pretty touch and I now have the pink one displayed in Leah’s room:
The pretty white and gold plates and take home bags were also from Ruby Rabbit Partyware. They were so gorgeous to use for dessert plates and to fill with desserts for guests to take home to enjoy later!
This beautiful print from Toucan is one I chose also for Leah’s room and it suited the setup for the dessert table so well also:
The special girl of the moment herself ! 2 months old and ready for her special day:
And a special family photo before we headed off to the Church!:
Photography: Captured by Kirri
Feather garlands, honeycomb balls, tulle pom poms, clear balloons, plates and favour bags, cupcake cases: Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Balloons: Party Splendour
Feather backdrop supplied by: Dream a little Dream Events
Invitation: Emma Smith Event Stationery
Table and cake stands: Petite Events Hire
Gold name sign: Communicake It
Cake and macarons: Macaron Delights
Cookies: Frosted by Nicci
Meringue Kisses: Quincy Lane
Fairy Floss: Fluffy Crunch
Swan chocolates made by myself using moulds from Confectionately Yours
Swan print: Toucan
Bow chair: Out of the Cot
Thanks for viewing my daughters Swan themed Baptism ! It truly was lovely to put together and a very special day for our family!
Let’s face it, the first year of a baby’s life is challenging for all involved to say the least so when it comes to planning this special milestone, it is definitely worth celebrating and well to be honest, we all deserve a party!! Today Melbourne event stylist Helen from The Sugar Topped Table is sharing with us all some tips when it comes to planning this first birthday!
It all begins with choosing the perfect theme that may reflect the tiny personality already formed by your little ones. These may include a cute little princess theme for a sweet little girl or a Peter Rabbit theme for that handsome yet so cuddly little boy.
Once you’ve decided on your theme, its then much easier to work out what you are after when it come to the invitations
Invitation design by Emma Smith Event Stationery
Why are these so important you may ask? Well they create a level of excitement & anticipation for all your guests which then leave them guessing as to what you may have planned for this special celebration.
Invite design by Style Me Gorgeous
This also helps with the design of any other stationery items you are wanting including backdrop, welcome sign, thank you tags, chocolate wrappers – the list goes on!
Invite design by Emma Smith Event Stationery
I know that I absolutely love receiving those WOW factor invitations; it just confirms that this event will be amazing!
Now that the unique style of design is complete, we can focus on all the other fun items including the decorations, table settings, main cake, desserts, guest favours, entertainment – the list goes on!
Styling by The Sugar Topped Table (Melbourne)
Styling by The Sugar Topped Table (Melbourne)
Styling by The Sugar Topped Table (Melbourne)
Creating that special celebration can be stressful at times but remember that its all about having fun!
If you’re in Melbourne and need a helping hand to plan your little one’s birthday party, head to The Sugar Topped Table to find out more about their styling services.
We’ve all been there. When you have a vision in mind but not really sure of how to execute it or bring it all together, or you’re simply stuck on one particular detail.
This was the case with our guest name tags for the recent Celebrate conference – something I knew we needed, but could not get my head around how they could tie in with the rest of the theme.
So you can imagine my relief (and pure joy) when I spoke with Daniella of Eve & Co who understood the concept straight away and with very few details, just ran with it. What she produced was so far from anything that I could have imagined, but so perfect. Exactly why she’s the expert in designing stationary and not me!
The tassels were what grabbed my excitement initially as this wasn’t something we were using elsewhere, but for the name tags they simply worked and turned them into something so much prettier for guests to wear. Topped off with gold glitter and they coordinated beautifully with the rest of our theme.
Daniella (right) from Eve & Co
These were name tags that guests definitely were excited to wear (and some letting me know they would be keeping theirs to reuse !)
Daniella from Eve & Co creates bespoke stationary for all occasions, and also specialises in christening candles too which make beautiful gifts or keepsakes.
When working with numerous suppliers or you simply don’t have a complete brief to provide, it’s essential that those suppliers have the creativity and listening skills to be able to pick up on elements and just run with it. It takes a lot of trust, but after working with Daniella amongst others, it certainly pays off. They are the experts after all!
Thank you so much for all your hard work with this event Eve & Co! Such a small detail, but one that shone brightly on the 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?
The elegant swan is perfect inspiration for a birthday party – whether it be a swan princess birthday party, a swan lake ballet party, a swan winter wonderland party or perhaps a Swan inspired Christening or first birthday.
Swan princess party – Bubble and Sweet
I’ve based the selection in this post on white and gold party supplies which can be used to create a gorgeous setup for a Swan party – although you can add in pink, mint (as seen beautifully above) or silver for a lovely colour scheme!
Incorporate feathers throughout your party decor – they are on trend and easy to find at the moment! Think feather garlands, feather cupcake toppers and more!
Enjoy this party decor selection – mainly from members of Life’s Little Celebration’s – the best Australian small businesses for kids parties! For easy shopping and party planning simply CLICK on any of the below images to be taken directly to where you can purchase or order the item from!:
Swan Party Invitation & Printables:
I just love this gorgeous collection!:
Swan Princess party printables – Dream a little party
Free swan printable – Deliciously Yours
This pretty invite could be modified to a gold/white colour scheme or any other colours you wish:
Swan invitation – Jo’s Signs by Design
You could use elegant white/gold printables for this theme such as these:
White gold printables – Kel’s Gift Labelling
Swan Party Decorations
Style the party with soft white and gold party decorations:
White feathers with gold tip – Love The Occasion
White feather garland – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Gold tipped feather garland – Love The Occasion
Ivory tulle pom pom – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
White gold heart balloon – Love the Occasion
White tissue pom pom – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Honeycomb balls with tassels – The Little Big Company
Gold confetti mini balloons – Butterfly Kisses Celebrations
Swan Party Tableware
A mix of white and gold items to keep the Swan birthday party truly elegant starting with this soft white tablecloth which is perfect for a Swan inspired dessert table!:
White ruffled tablecloth – Wild Rose Sweets and Styling
White and gold spot plates – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Gold star plates – Love The Occasion
Gold glitter cutlery – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Gold straws – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Swan Party Cake & Desserts Decor
Some gorgeous options for feather cupcake toppers and other items for a Swan party dessert table – such as these feather toppers which are perfect for a touch of glitter!:
Glitter feather cupcake toppers – Sugarlicious Parties
Gorgeous toppers with soft feathers:
Glittered hearts and feathers cupcake toppers – Love The Occasion
Glitter cupcake wrappers – Sugarlicious Parties
Lace cupcake wraps – Love The Occasion
Use this mould to create your own Swan chocolates:
Swan chocolate mould – Confectionately Yours
Such gorgeous swan cupcake toppers!:
Cupcake swan toppers – Tiny Tutu Cake Couture
White shimmer gumballs – The Party Parlour
White crystal rock candy – The Little Big Company
White pom pom cake topper set – Love the Occasion
Swan cake topper – Poppies for Grace
Sophie the Swan DIY cake kit : Mumma Cakes
Gold cake stand – The Little Big company
Life’s Little Celebration members can be found around Australia (or can post some items Australia wide) – here is some swan and feather related cakes, cookies etc as well as gold and white dessert creations that can inspire you as to what they could create for your child’s birthday party or celebration!:
Swan cookies – Miss Biscuit
Feather cookies – JK Cake Designs (Sydney)
Meringue kisses with gold leaf – Deliciously Yours
Gold glitter tim tam pops – The Sweetest Jubilee (Melb)
Organic chocolate with gold leaf – Winnow Chocolates
Macarons – My Petite Sweets (Perth)
Chocolate coated strawberries – Chocobon (Melbourne)
Swan party props, hire and partywear:
These Swan props and decor are the perfect items to incorporate into a Swan party IF you can re-use them in your home after the celebration of course!:
Inflatable swan – Oliver’s Twisty Tales
Gold inflatable swan – Lark Store
Elora Swan – Talo Interiors
Small swan planter – Lark Store
Swan figurine – Toy Galaxy
Gorgeous white kids tiffany chairs are the perfect look for a table setting for the kids:
Tiffany chairs for kids for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)
Also love these pretty stools!:
Kids stool hire – Enchanted Party Hire (Qld)
On the Life’s Little Celebration’s Directory you will find many businesses in various states who have lovely furniture to hire which is perfect for a Swan party dessert table such as this pretty white console table!:
White console table for hire – Two Little Jays (Melbourne)
For the children these gold glitter crowns are perfect for a Swan princess party:
Gold crowns – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Swan Party favours
These tulle wands would make a pretty party favour for a Swan party:
Tulle wand – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Some gorgeous packaging options for favours ! Finish them off with a gold glitter tag and add some feathers for embellishment!:
White gold favour bags – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
White favour box – Favor Lane
Sambellina Favour box – The Party Parlour
Gold glitter tags – Sugarlicious Parties
These gorgeous custom hand painted feathers could be created to match a white/gold colour scheme and used as embellishments on the favour packaging:
Custom feathers – ELK Prints
As you can see – there is a gorgeous array of party supplies available to style and plan the prettiest swan party !
Enjoy the celebrating! xx