Creating the ultimate 1st birthday celebration for your little ones!

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!

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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

 

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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Styling by The Sugar Topped Table (Melbourne)

 

 

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Styling by The Sugar Topped Table (Melbourne)

 

 

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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.

 

 

tanya

 

 

 

 

Let’s get pampered spa party theme

I can remember some pretty fun parties as a kid, with many of my favourite themes still being reinvented these days, which brings back some memories!

But if there’s one theme that I so wish I had thought of when I was 10, it’s a pamper party theme.

Perfect for double digits but just as easily adapted for younger girls, the pamper party or spa party theme is quickly becoming popular so I’ve done a quick whip around our LLC vendors to provide you with a little inspiration!

Now of course I am all about keeping things fun and age-appropriate when it comes to this theme. I think there is a way to keep this party theme light hearted and just a bit of fun for the girls without mum’s having to stress about creating a truly adult-like spa or pamper experience.

 

Paper Face Party

Paper Face Party – Sydney

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Paper Face Party – Sydney

 

I love this glamorous take on the theme, incorporating a fashion parade at the end!

Or why not make it a slumber party, complete with individual tents and TV trays for a DIY makeover before bed?

 

Sweet Dreams and Goodnight

Sweet Dreams and Goodnight – Perth (other states coming soon)

 

You can use one of the hire companies on the Directory to set up a cute setting for the girls:

 

Pink bubble chairs for hire - Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

Pink bubble chairs for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

Invitations

Dependent on the age, your invitations and colour palette can be anything from pretty pastels, to pink and gold, or black, white and hot pink for the older girls.

Give your guests a taste of what to expect with these gorgeous examples and matching printables.

 

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Giggles and Grace

 

 

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Pretty & Print

 

Paper Face

Paper Face

 

 

Milly Boo Designs

Milly Boo Designs

 

 

Decorations

Of course every great spa has a relaxing ambience and stylish decor, so prop your room with individual foot spas, hand bowls for manicures, cute chairs, towels and flowers ready for a little TLC.

Then add pops of fun with balloons, hanging decorations and table arrangements.

A printed backdrop such as this one can be used for a dessert table or a photo backdrop:

 

Party backdrop - Jo's Signs by Design

Party backdrop – Jo’s Signs by Design

 

Ruby Rabbit Party

Ruby Rabbit Party

 

 

Love The Occasion

Love The Occasion

 

 

Love The Occasion

Love The Occasion

 

Pom pom set - The Little Event Company

Pom pom set – The Little Event Company

 

Tassel garland - DD Brand

Tassel garland – DD Brand

 

Pink marble balloons - One Magic Day

Pink marble balloons – One Magic Day

 

 

Tableware

Rather than setting a table for a seated party, opt for a table filled with bite size sweets and savouries for the kids to nibble on in between treatments, styled with coordinated tableware.

The Little Event Company

The Little Event Company

 

Ruby Rabbit Party

Ruby Rabbit Party

 

The Party Parlour

The Party Parlour

 

The Little Big Company

The Little Big Company

 

Ruby Rabbit Party

Ruby Rabbit Party

 

Emiko Blue

Emiko Blue

 

Ruby Rabbit Party

Ruby Rabbit Party

 

The Little Event Company

The Little Event Company

 

Sweet Treats

A party wouldn’t be a party without a few sweet treats, but best make them bite size to prevent ruining wet nail polish!

I love the idea of high tea stands stacked with finger sandwiches, macarons, strawberries dipped in chocolate, and themed cookies that double as take home treats. Oh, and cake. Always cake.

 

Petite Cookies

Petite Cookies

 

Sweetcheeks Cookies and Cakes

Sweetcheeks Cookies and Cakes

 

Macaron stacks - Arelio Sweetbox Sydney

Macaron stacks – Arelio Sweetbox Sydney

 

Chocolate coated strawberries - Chocobon Melbourne

Chocolate coated strawberries – Chocobon Melbourne

 

 

 

Cookie Queen Kitsch'n

Cookie Queen Kitsch’n

 

 

How great are these chocolate moulds for manicure sets, lipsticks and hairdryers?!!

 

Confectionately Yours

Confectionately Yours

 

 

Love this fun pamper party cake!:

Pamper party cake - Savvy Cakes Sydney

Pamper party cake – Savvy Cakes Sydney

 

Party Favours

Let the guests take home something special in these favour bags

Love The Occasion

Love The Occasion

 

 

Emiko Blue

Emiko Blue

 

What do you send your pampered little guests home with to top it all off? Nothing less than a personal mirror of course!

Deer Little Parties

Deer Little Parties

 

This is also a super sweet party favour idea:

 

Glitter and Glue Designs

Glitter and Glue Designs

 

Of course for those who don’t have the room at home or the time to organise it, many venues and roaming entertainment providers are now offering pamper parties as part of their theme repertoire, making them a great options for larger groups too.

 

Carnival For Kids

Carnival For Kids -Melbourne

 

 

Deer Little Parties

Deer Little Parties – Victoria (Buninyong)

 

Perhaps I need to relive my childhood and plan one of these myself…especially being pregnant at the moment I think I’m due for some pampering!

I hope you’ve found some great inspiration for your child’s spa pampering party.

 

tanya

For the party loving hostess

Australia’s only party planning fair comes to Sydney and Melbourne over the next two months, encouraging aspiring hosts to raise the standard of soirees thrown around the country.

Receive 50% off your Confetti Fair tickets by using code LLC when you purchase tickets here 

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Confetti Fair, the brainchild of Sydney mother, Claire Cassey, rides the wave of popularity for culinary brilliance and hosting prowess, offering creative party ideas and inspiration over two events in Sydney and Melbourne.

 

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“The perfect party has made a comeback and there is an increasing appreciation for a well organised affair,” said Claire. “There are new blogs popping up every day and the number of new party businesses is quickly growing.”

 

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“I used to spend hours and hours trawling the Internet looking at party blogs, reading online magazines and scouring through pages on Facebook when I was trying to plan a party.”

“One day I thought ‘You know what? It would be so good if I could just go to one place and choose everything I need and see how it will all look.’”

 

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And so Confetti Fair was born. The one-day events bring together 45 exhibitors that answer all your hosting questions from amazing styling tips, delicious sweets, themes and stationery to floral arrangements, pretty décor and how to setup that perfect dessert table.

 

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Sydney will be the first city to host Confetti Fair and people visiting can attend free demonstrations and see party setups by some of the best party stylists in Sydney.

“A good host thinks of the details; from the guests’ invites, to the delicious sweets on the dessert table, to the decor in the room and the garden, and the current trend of retro inspired fashion, homewares and attitudes means we’re not afraid to don an apron and get hands on.”

 

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Confetti Fair is a place where seasoned and aspiring hosts can seek inspiration for their party, by finding out about the latest trends, learning traditional methods, simple solutions and all out extravagance.

 

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Every little detail is covered at Confetti Fair, and you will leave with the confidence to put together a fabulous party of your own; an engagement party, kitchen tea, wedding reception, baby shower or a first birthday ~ it could be any type of celebration that deserves a party!

 

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Having personally attended the last few Confetti Fair’s I can say that it is always a delight to see the amazing displays and party products! It truly is like seeing the online world of parties and desserts come alive before your eyes! Being able to actually see in person the gorgeous partyware or desserts that we often see online is not only inspiring – it makes party decisions so much easier!

Confetti Fair is being held from 10am – 4pm at Inglis Stables, Randwick on the 31st of July and from 10am – 4pm at the Nicholas Pavilion, Melbourne Showgrounds on the 28th of August. Presale tickets only $10 (includes goodie bag and special discount booklet), no door sales. www.confettifair.com.au

Make sure you don’t miss this lovely and inspiring day out – perfect for any party loving hostess!

All photos by Lil Elements Photography

 

 

tanya

Heavenly styled baby shower

There is something about a styled event that leaves a lasting impression, don’t you think?  Small details are discussed for months as guests recall moments from the big day, and the joy experienced by everyone in attendance seems to last that little bit longer, making it all worth it.

Baby showers are already memorable occasions as it is, but this particular one styled by LLC partner and Celebrate sponsor –   Sweet Heavenly Events Hire is beyond words. Collaborating with many other talented vendors from the Life’s Little Celebrations directory for the dessert buffet, flowers, backdrop and matching sweet delicacies, we love everything about it and wish we were guests!

 

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Using many of their own props (also for hire) and working closely with their trusted vendors, the Sweet Heavenly team created a special mint, green and white theme with splashes of silver to present what can only be described as a jaw-dropping setting for this special occasion. We’re guessing inspiration came from the incredible dining table!

 

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Details right down to the cupcake toppers ensured a talking point at every bite, making them (almost) too good to eat. Displayed on gorgeous marble and silver cake stands (also for hire) to coordinate everything beautifully.

 

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These chocolate pyramids even mimic the marble table which is just so subtle and so clever.
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Laser cut cake toppers are proving to be a popular choice for all occasions, and this one in silver is on point perfection, sitting pretty atop a frilled two tier show stopper.

 

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Props like this wooden rocking horse and chair (also available for hire) are perfect for the theme and give the room that extra WOW factor.

 

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Working with a stylist like Sweet Heavenly has so many advantages, but if you have the creative flair and want to give it a go yourself, their beautiful items for hire will help get you the look you’re after and provide that stylist’s touch. I love how seamlessly this whole theme has come together, and hope it has inspired your next occasion.

 

Vendor Credits:

Event Styling and props: Sweet Heavenley 
Cake: The Cake Studio
Cake Topper: À la Roch
Balloon Artist: Bubble Moo Balloons
Strawberry/Macron Tower: Dom’s Strawberries Delight
Macarons: One Bite
Cupcakes & Cookies: TasTeeTreats4U
Cakepops: Oh Sugar
Oreobites & Gananche Tarts: Sweets With Love
Photography: Captured By Kirri

tanya

Biz inspiration from Illume Partyware

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:

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

 

tanya

 

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