If you’re a mum in business it is fantastic to be inspired by and learn from other entrepreneurs! This week I am introducing you to LLC partner Louise from Illume Partyware! The Life’s Little Celebrations directory is filled with many amazing entrepreneurs and it is wonderful to hear their story and advice!
Enjoy this Q and A as you find out more about this gorgeous online party boutique:
Describe your business in 1-2 sentences:
Illume Partyware is a stylish high end fashionable partyware brand, every product is design by us in Sydney, Australia. We offer everything you need for your next birthday, wedding, kids party or any other fancy festivity.
When and how did Illume Partyware come about?:
When I was putting together my sons 1st birthday party. I found there was a lack of fashionable and stylish party products out there in the market. I wanted to style a party and have everything co-ordinate together from the tableware to decorations. There was plenty of partyware out there but I couldn’t find any items that where high end, high quality and up with the current fashion trends.
How has your business evolved over the years?:
I started out back in 2007 originally designing personalised wedding and christening invitations. In 2011, I decided to move on from personalised invitations and launch Illume Partyware. A stylish high end fashionable partyware brand, that launches a new collection every year.
What did you do before starting your business?
I started my design career designing ceramics and home-wares for Australia’s large department stores it was the first job I had after graduating from Graphic Design. A few years later I was recommended to a contemporary digital art company that contracted me to design a whole range of digital artworks for canvas and perspex. I worked together with them for 1 year developing their new range. I was then recommended to Bauer Media (formerly ACP magazines) where I became the advertising Art Director for ‘Australian Gourmet Traveller’ magazine. I worked there for a few years before I launched Illume Partyware.
What is one of your business achievements you are most proud of?:
Being able to make a living in this extremely competitive party industry. I have spent many years building the brand Illume Partyware and we are finally being recognised world wide. I am so proud to have a brand that is now known across the other side of the world. And that customers still call or email me with excitement that they have found our products.
What do you love about running your own business?
I love that I am able to design and create products that I believe in and I can share them with others all over the world. After working for many years with other companies to their design briefs I love that I now have the freedom to create and design products for my own brand Illume Partyware.
What is one thing you would like to achieve in 2016 for your business?
Illume Partyware is fast going global, so this year we are hoping to get more distributors onboard in countries all over the world.
What advice could you offer to other small business owners?:
Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, be yourself, do what you do best and what you believe in. Get a business mentor, someone you can talk to for advice. When it comes to running a business you don’t have to re-invent the wheel. Ask for help in areas you are struggling in.
Thanks Louise for sharing about your business! Visit Illume Partyware here and see their gorgeous range of partyware and tableware!
Donuts seem to be a huge trend at the moment in kids parties – and why not? Kids love them. Adults love them. Invite me to a donut party and I’ll be SURE to turn up!
So here is a quick round up of some fun Donut and sprinkle kids party supplies and DIY items to help throw together your own fun donut soiree! Lots of these fantastic items are from kids party vendors from the Life’s Little Celebration’s children’s party directory.
Click on the source links under the image to shop it all!
Donut and icecream invitation
Sprinkles party bag
Sprinkles rainbow baking cups
Sprinkles rainbow cups
Sprinkles wooden icecream spoons
DIY Donut pinata tutorial
DIY sprinkle balloons
Donut wall stickers
DIY donut printable garland
Donut and icecream cookies
Donut gift tags
Rebecca from Little Sweet Styling is sharing another of her fantastic party branding boards today on the blog – this time for a theme based around the popular children’s book – “Where the wild things are”. However these items could work into any party theme involving a rustic or woodland look!
The source list for all these fantastic party supplies can be found at the end of this post. If you’d like a board such as this (with links to the products) for your next celebration, contact Little Sweet Styling at firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow the below links to purchase any of the above items:
- Custom Invitation $P.O.A – Paper Face
- Tissue Paper Fans $6.60 – Leo and Bella
- Honeycomb Tissue Paper Balls $4.50-6.60 – Leo and Bella
- Hessian Bunting $15.00 – Paper Face
- Moon Pinata $80.00 – Party Pony
- Kraft Drink Carry Tray $1.50 – Style Party Love
- Memo Blackboards $3.00 – Special Celebration
- Custom Cake Topper $P.O.A. – Glistening Occasions
- Small Square Bamboo Plate $9.95/10 pack – Love The Occasion
- Macaron Tower $P.O.A. – One Bite Macarons
- Drink Station $50 hire/weekend (Sydney) – Ruffle Me Tablecloths
- Wooden Cake Stand $54.96 – Confetti And Cake
- Wire Tiered Basket Stand $59.99 – Leo & Bella
- Berry Basket $9.95/10 pack – Ruby Rabbit
- Wood Rounds $25 hire/weekend (Sydney) – Tiny Tots Toy Hire
- Fabric Crown $25.00 – Party Pony
- Brown Hessian Fabric Runner $2.95/m – Party Ideas In A Box
- Moss in a Bag $5.99 – The Little Big Company
- Kraft Party Bag $12.95/10 pack – Ruby Rabbit
- Wooden Scoop $4.95 – Party & Co
- Scalloped Kraft Favour Box $4.95/6 pack – Little Red Chick
- Jute Twine $9.99/9m – Style Party Love
- Pocket Compass $6.45 – Party Ideas In A Box
- Lolly Jar 42cm $49.00 – Leo & Bella
- Lolly Jar 32cm $35.00 – Leo & Bella
- Lolly Jar 30cm $36.00 – Leo & Bella
Thank you Little Sweet Styling for your inspiration and product ideas for a Where the Wild things are party!
I love seeing creative and amazing dessert tables – the colours, the desserts, the backdrop ideas and props – it just amazes me the talent of event stylists to put together such a visual display!
If you share this love or perhaps are needing some inspiration for the next party you’re planning or are in need of a dessert table or candy buffet to be professionally styled for you – then you must view the Dessert Table and Candy Buffet showcase album on my facebook page!
It is filled with images of dessert tables and candy buffets from event stylists all around Australia who are also vendors on the Life’s Little Celebration’s children’s party directory.
You will see some amazing styling ideas to inspire you, styling props you may wish to seek out (cake stands, tablecloths), backdrop ideas and more!
You can find the album here – so sit back and enjoy the visual feast!
On my facebook page I love sharing party products, ideas and inspiration. However 1/2 the time I know a lot of you aren’t seeing what I am sharing due to all the changes in FB lately
So I’ve decided to do a round up on my blog when I can, of things I’ve been sharing on facebook so you don’t miss out!
I recently posted up a Circus party theme shopping guide on the blog with lots of party finds such as this cute favour box:
Circus favour box – Bespoke Party Products
Lots of facebook fans loved these flatpacked cardboard Lemonade stands I shared:
Cardboard flatpacked lemonade stands – Fantasy Kids Parties
I loved this idea of using tassel tails on a lantern:
Butterfly party from Hostess with the Mostess
Gold polkadots are so in right now. Combined with a tassel garland and you have this beauty!:
Gold polkadot tassel garland – Ruffles and Bells
I shared this gorgeous table by Save the Date Events who I shared a blog feature about here:
Pastel engagement party – Save the Date Events
Love the colour palette of this mini golf 7th birthday party. Printables and styling by Edgehouse Design and Cookies, cake and cake pops by Minnie’s Sweet Creations. Both can be found on the Directory.
Mini golf party by Edgehouse Designs
Some more popular party photos I shared on facebook:
Hot air balloon 1st birthday by Sweet Soirees
Parisian themed table – Saffy & May
These homemade marshmellows look amazing and I shared them to celebrate Sweets for Me launching their new website:
Homemade marshmellows – Sweets for Me
Everyone is loving pineapples right now but watermelons are moving in! Love these watermelon lollipops:
Watermelon lollipops – The Little Big Company
I shared this amazing facepainting artwork by Fantasy Faces by Belle (Sydney):
Facepainting by Fantasy Faces by Belle (Sydney)
So that’s a brief round up of what’s been happening on facebook! Remember if you aren’t seeing my posts in your newsfeed, please go to my facebook page and hover over the “Liked” button and choose “Get Notifications”.