Cherry on top party!

Any fruit based theme is always bound to be cute and a cherry themed party – one of the cutest! This sweet but on trend-theme was the inspiration behind the “Cherry on top” shoot which graced the cover of the first issue of “Celebrating Little Ones” magazine!

It was styled by the always talented Dream a Little Dream Events incorporating partyware from Ruby Rabbit Partyware and photographed by Love Her Photography:

 

 

It all started with this sweet invitation using custom illustrations by Elk Prints (also seen in the above party backdrop) and brought together in this invitation by Eve & Co Stationery:

 

 

 

 

As you can see – the invitation really came to life with the party setup!:

 

 

 

 

The amazing sign which was part of the backdrop was created by Communicake It:

 

The cakes and desserts did not dissapoint – all created by My Petite Sweets in Perth:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love all the cute setups which were incorporated into this shoot! Also loving the cute favour boxes by Glitter and Glue Designs:

 

 

 

 

Isn’t this the sweetest?:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This truly was such an inspiring shoot – showcasing ideas of what could be used for a Cherry themed party as well as ideas of how certain partyware or props can be used to bring a party theme alive!

Here are all the talented businesses who made this shoot the sweet setup it is – please contact them for any of the following!:

 

Vendors:

Photography : Loveher Photography www.loveherphotography.com

Styling: Dream a little Dream Events https://www.facebook.com/dreamalittledreamparties/

Partyware: https://www.rubyrabbit.com.au/

Cakes and Desserts : My Petite Sweets www.mypetitesweets.com.au/

Custom Illustrations (used throughout) : http://elkprints.com/

Red Aryclic Signage and cake toppers : Communicake it  http://www.communicakeit.com/

Invitations : Eve and Co https://www.facebook.com/eveandcostationery/

Lollipop holders and Favour boxes : https://www.facebook.com/glitterandgluedesigns/

Custom balloon stickers and coke cans :

Dream a little Dream https://www.facebook.com/dreamalittledreamparties/

 

See this shoot and much more in the first issue of Celebrating Little Ones magazine!:

 

 

 

 

Swan themed Baptism

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!:

Vendors:

 

Photography: Captured by Kirri

http://www.capturedbykirri.com.au/

 

Feather garlands, honeycomb balls, tulle pom poms, clear balloons, plates and favour bags, cupcake cases: Ruby Rabbit Partyware

https://www.rubyrabbit.com.au/

 

Balloons: Party Splendour

http://partysplendour.com.au/

 

Feather backdrop supplied by: Dream a little Dream Events

http://www.dreamalittledream.com.au/

 

Invitation: Emma Smith Event Stationery

http://www.emmasmith.com.au/:

 

Table and cake stands: Petite Events Hire

https://www.petiteeventshire.com.au/

 

Gold name sign: Communicake It

http://www.communicakeit.com/

 

Cake and macarons: Macaron Delights

https://www.facebook.com/MacaronDelightsbySana/

 

Cookies: Frosted by Nicci

http://www.frostedbynicci.com.au/

 

Meringue Kisses: Quincy Lane

https://www.facebook.com/Quincy-Lane-1500236163563930/

 

Fairy Floss: Fluffy Crunch

https://www.fluffycrunch.com.au/

 

Swan chocolates made by myself using moulds from Confectionately Yours

http://www.confectionatelyyours.com.au/

 

Swan print: Toucan

http://www.toucanonline.com/

 

Bow chair: Out of the Cot

http://www.ootc.com.au/

 

Thanks for viewing my daughters Swan themed Baptism ! It truly was lovely to put together and a very special day for our family!

 

 

 

 

 

5 simple ways to give your party the WOW factor

 

 

Party planning comes with the territory once you’re a mum. For some of us, we love it! Others find it stressful and aren’t sure where to start for something that will look coordinated but also be EASY!

Thankfully there is a business like Party Pax – which is a one-stop shop that makes DIY party planning fun and simple, so you can share in the delight of hosting for your loved ones.

You can choose from 16 different themes and you get everything you need in a box, delivered to your door.  In this post, the images share what could be created using the Ballet party theme box.

Party Pax offer DIY cake packs, DIY cupcake packs, decorations, tableware, balloons, invitations, lollies, and a little inspiration! Today they share their 5 simple tips to give your party the wow factor!

 

  1. Choose a theme

Choosing a theme will help with planning and styling your party. Consider choosing a colour, character, or activity. Integrate your theme throughout each element of your party – invitations, decorations, tableware, food and games.

 

  1. Plan, plan, plan

Having a plan (and sticking to it) will ensure your preparations and party run smoothly, and you keep to your budget. Make as many elements of your party before the big day so you can enjoy a stress-free, fun-filled party!

 

  1. Add personal touches

Little details will make your party stand out and make the party personalised and special.

Whilst your little one may not remember all the details of the party, they will remember the effort you went to. Have a go at making the birthday cake or personalise the decorations.

  1. Organise games and activities

Party games will make your party come to life. Traditional party games can be loads of fun for kids of all ages (like musical chairs, pass the parcel, pin the tail on the donkey) and having a chill-out area with craft activities can be a hit too, especially with older kids.

  1.    Say “Thank you”

Don’t forget to thank your guests for helping to make your party special, and for their gifts. Hand out pre-prepared lolly/loot bags, and follow up with a thank you note and even a photo from the day.

 

For an easy way to style and decorate your kids party for a wow factor, view the range of party packs available at Party Pax to suit a range of themes!

The gorgeous party featured above is using their ballerina party pack – and as you can see a beautiful result can be achieved without too much stress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mermaid party supplies

 

Mermaid party photoshoot – Life’s Little Celebrations shoot for Confetti Fair Magazine. Styled by Sprinkled Events (Melb)

 

A mermaid party is a truly gorgeous theme to plan for and one that has become even more popular and on trend in recent times!  I believe in 2017 we are going to see even more mermaid parties – and it doesn’t surprise me – as you can do so much with the desserts and decorations for an underwater mermaid theme and colour schemes are endless

We’ve curated a gorgeous selection of Mermaid party decor and ideas – remember to CLICK on any of the below images to be taken to the source to see more or purchase

These mermaid dessert tables by Event stylists on the Life’s Little Celebrations directory provide inspiration to inspire a mermaid party colour scheme:

 

Mermaid birthday party by Dream a Little Dream Events (Perth)

 

Mermaid party – Opulenticity Party & Buffet Styling (Perth)

 

Mermaid party by The Little Big Company

 

Mermaid party – Kiss With Style (Melbourne)

 

 

Mermaid Party Invitations, Backdrops and Printables:

Your mermaid party stationery is a great way to set the colour scheme and look for the party so here are some designs to inspire you. Keep in mind that many of these can be modified to a different colour scheme by the designer:

 

mermaid backdrop

Mermaid party backdrop – Giggles and Grace Design

 

Mermaid invitation – Giggles and Grace Designs

 

 

mermaid party printables

Mermaid party printables -Jo Studio

 

Mermaid party invitations – Dream a little dream

 

Mermaid – Under the sea party invitation – Pretty and Print

 

Mermaid party backdrop – Stylish Paper

 

Paper Eskimo Mermaid invitation – Emiko Blue

 

Mermaid Party Decorations:

Decorate the mermaid party space with hanging decor to match the colour scheme and create an underwater feel:

 

 

Malibu paper lanterns – The Little Event Company

 

 

 

mermaid garland

Mermaid garland and mermaid cake topper – Sugarlicious Parties

 

Tassel garland – DD Brand

 

Lavender leaf tissue garland – Emiko Blue

 

Teal honeycomb balls- Love The Occasion

 

Lavender paper fan – Emiko Blue

 

 

Blue tulle pom pom – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

Pale blue giant number balloon – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Poppies for Grace streamer backdrop – Favor Lane

 

Teal paper fan set – The Party Parlour

 

Balloon garland kit – Favor Lane

 

 

Tableware

Create a beautiful dessert table or kids sit-down table setting with these Mermaid inspired party supplies:

tablecloth

Scalloped ombre tablecloth – Saffy and May

 

Hessian tablerunner – The Party Parlour

 

marble plates

Mint marble plates – The Little Event Company

 

Mint napkins – The Little Event Co

 

Paper Eskimo Blue confetti plates – The Party Parlour

 

Mint and silver plates – Love The Occasion

 

Lavender party plates – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Aqua lace plates – The Party Parlour

 

 

 

Green and aqua straws – Emiko Blue

 

Coral gold foil straws – The Little Event Co

 

Fancy blue disposable cutlery – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

These paper handpainted shell decor would be perfect to keep scattered along the table or on top of each plate to theme them to a mermaid party theme:

 

Handpainted paper shell decor – ELK Prints

 

 

 

Hire

There is an array of HIRE businesses on the Directory in various states. Here is a snapshot of a few and what they offer for a mermaid party:

A dresser in a gorgeous colour such as this would make a beautiful setting for a Mermaid dessert table:

 

Mint Dresser for hire – Sweet Heavenly Events and Party Hire (Sydney)

 

Cake stands are a perfect way to highlight the gorgeous colour scheme of a Mermaid party:

 

Cake stands for hire – Petite Events Hire (Sydney)

 

 

Kids mermaid party chairs for hire – Enchanted Party Hire (Qld)

 

Kids chair for hire – My Garden Party (Sydney)

 

Cute props help bring the mermaid party theme alive!:

 

Gold shell for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

 

Mermaid party favours:

The little girls would love a necklace such as this to take home:

 

mermaid party favour

Mermaid party favour necklace – Little Event Company

 

The perfect mermaid edible party favour:

Fairy Floss – Fluffy Crunch (posts Australia wide)

An array of options and items you can pick and choose from:

 

Mermaid party favours – Glitter and Glue Designs

 

These bags in gorgeous colours could be embellished with a mermaid themed thank you card or shell decorations:

 

Tiffany blue party bags – Love The Occasion

 

Lavender stripe treat box – The Party Parlour

 

Powder blue paper bags – Emiko Blue

 

Mermaid Party Cake & Desserts

My favourite aspect of a Mermaid party are the unique desserts and cakes which can be created incorporating seashells, mermaid tails and more! Here is a snapshot of some of what could be ordered from vendors you can find on the Directory:

 

Mermaid party donuts – Sweets with Love (Sydney)

 

Mermaid tail cookie pops – One Sweet Chick Cookies and Cake (Sydney)

 

Strawberry tower – Chocobon Melbourne

 

SweetP Cakes and Cookies – Posts Australia wide

 

 

3D Mermaid cookies – Frosted by Nicci (Melbourne)

 

Mermaid cake – Niknaks Sweetest Treats (Perth)

 

 

Petite desserts – Velvetier (Qld)

 

Mermaid donuts – Niknak Sweetest Treats Perth

 

If you love to DIY, here are a few mermaid items to assist:

 

Mermaid moulds – Confectionately Yours

 

Edible shell toppers – Something For Cake

 

Sprinkle mix purple pizzaz – Something For Cake

 

A few finishing touches for a Mermaid party cake:

 

Mermaid cake topper – Stylish Paper Shop

 

Mermaid cake and cupcake toppers – Chumblebee

 

Ombre blue candles – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Mermaid Party dress up

 

Toddler Mermaid dress – Paper Face Party

 

Mermaid onesie – Miss La Vie

 

Mermaid Party Entertainment:

Your little one would love to have her very own mermaid at her party! The Melbourne venue Carnival for Kids will ease the stress allowing you to have a mermaid party at their venue and provide a mermaid entertainer for your child to enjoy!:

 

Mermaid party entertainer / venue – Carnival for Kids Melbourne

 

 

Oh this really is such a delightful party theme and I hope this post has given you a head start on your party planning

I am looking forward to planning for this theme myself for my daughter this year – and know I can source all I need from the Life’s Little Celebrations vendors who truly have the best party decor in the industry!

 

 

 

 

 

Modern Safari party theme

A jungle or safari theme has always been a popular choice for baby showers or first birthdays, but lately we’re seeing a digression from the traditional colour palette of bright colours and cute characters to a more sophisticated and modern interpretation, which I’m just loving!

Keeping to a monochrome theme, it’s easy to build on your theme with highlights of gold or tropical fauna for a big impact just like these beautifully styled occasions by some of our talented LLC vendors.

Remember to CLICK onto any of the images below to find more details or where to purchase/order the items!:

 

safari party theme

Styled by The Sugar Topped Table

 

safari party theme

Modern Jungle Safari – styled by Opulenticity Party & Buffet Styling

 

 

 

monochrome safari party theme

Monochrome Safari – style by The Sugar Topped Table

 

 

This is one theme that can be so easily achieved with what is readily available, and to help you I’ve pulled together a few of my favourite items from some of our LLC vendors to get you started.

 

Invitations

A great place to start when setting your theme! Choose a black and white colour palette with touches of gold, or turn those accents into show stopping starting blocks like this gorgeous Inka print and sunrise invitation from Loulou Pie Creative. These colours can then be picked up throughout your tableware and decorations for an impressive effect.

 

safari party theme

Safari invitations – Loulou Pie Creative

 

 

Although I am showcasing the whole dessert table setup for these gorgeous safari parties below I want to particularly highlight the gorgeous backdrop designs which would also be available for use as an invitation and other party stationery:

 

monochrome safari party theme

Monochrome Safari – style by The Sugar Topped Table. Stationery design by Style Me Gorgeous

 

Styling by The Little Big company. Backdrop design by Jo Studio

Styling by The Little Big company. Backdrop design by Jo Studio

 

 

Table setting

For a monochrome look use black and white as your base for the majority of your tableware, then add highlights of gold, blush pink or tropical fauna using some of these finds.

 

 

monochrome party theme

Black chevron plate – Love The Occasion

Black and white birthday plates - The Little Event Company

Black and white birthday plates – The Little Event Company

monochrome party theme

Geo dessert plates – The Party Parlour

 

Troppo dessert plates - Ruby Rabbit Partyware

Troppo dessert plates – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

gold napkins

Napkins – The Little Event Company

 

jungle party theme

Tropical Jungle napkins – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Gold geometric napkins - My Party boutique

Gold geometric napkins – My Party boutique

 

safari party theme

Tropical jungle baking cups – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Gold foil straws - Emiko Blue

                                             Gold foil straws – Emiko Blue

 

 

Zebra Print Straws - Ruby Rabbit Partyware

Zebra Print Straws – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

Bamboo cutlery - Love The Occasion

Bamboo cutlery – Love The Occasion

 

confetti

Jumbo Confetti – Love The Occasion

 

Jungle themed food wrappers - Confectionately Yours

Jungle themed food wrappers – Confectionately Yours

 

This tablecloth is perfect if you want to go with a rustic look:

 

Hessian gathered tablecloth - Saffy and May

Hessian gathered tablecloth – Saffy and May

 

 

 

Decorations

If you want to go for a monochrome look then stick to the rule of using only black and white for the majority of your decorations and choose a few stand out items such as jumbo confetti balloons, cake toppers or the use of tropical foliage to bring it all together, or simply stick to all black and white if you wish!

You could also stick to a basic colour scheme of mainly white, or rustic brown and then use gold highlights in the decorations or desserts. Safari animals spray painted gold are an easy DIY to help give the dessert table a fun and modern look!

These items are perfect to decorate a safari cake and make it a stand out!:

 

 

animal cake toppers

Gold Animal Cake Toppers

 

custom cake topper

Gold Cake Topper – A la Roch

 

You can see how the above acrylic embellishments were used on this stunning cake in a party by The Pumpkin Carriage

 

Safari party theme

Gold Sunset Safari cake – Styling Pumpkin Carriage. Acrylic animals by A La Roch. Cake by JK Cake designs

 

For your room decorations, a few items to really fit the Safari style is all you need. You can then mix them in with more neutral items such as honeycomb decorations or plain coloured balloons:

 

 

safari party theme

Zebra foil balloon – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Jumbo palm tree balloons - One Magic Day

Jumbo palm tree balloons – One Magic Day

 

 

safari party theme

Wild One foil balloons – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Willow balloon tail - DD Brand

Willow balloon tail – DD Brand

 

Gold triangle garland - The Little Event Company

Gold triangle garland – The Little Event Company

 

Gold confetti balloon - Emiko Blue

Gold confetti balloon – Emiko Blue

 

 

These jungle animals for hire bring the safari to your party! These are available to hire in Sydney:

 

Jungle animals for hire - Tiny Tots Toy Hire

Jungle animals for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire

 

Browse the directory section of this website to discover Hire businesses in your state where you can hire relevant items!

 

Kids stools for hire - Enchanted Party Hire (Queensland)

Kids stools for hire – Enchanted Party Hire (Queensland)

 

 

2m x 2m foliage wall for hire - Sweet Heavenly Events (Sydney)

2m x 2m foliage wall for hire – Sweet Heavenly Events (Sydney)

 

Safari Party Desserts

Browse the Directory to find a cake or dessert maker in your area to create something modern for a Safari party, such as these gorgeous creations!:

 

Safari cake - The Sweetest Jubilee (Melbourne)

Safari cake – The Sweetest Jubilee (Melbourne)

 

Gold giraffe cookies  - Savvy Cakes (Sydney)

Gold giraffe cookies – Savvy Cakes (Sydney). Styling by Sweet Finesse Event Styling

 

Giraffe cake - Frosted by Nicci (Melbourne) in party styled by The Little Big Company

Giraffe cake – Frosted by Nicci (Melbourne) in party styled by The Little Big Company

 

 

These candles are a fun finishing touch if you want to add an extra bit of gold to a modern safari cake:

Meri Meri gold glitter candles - Emiko Blue

Meri Meri gold glitter candles – Emiko Blue

Favours

Send little party guests home with a bit of the jungle with some of these favour ideas and packaging:

 

party favours

Party Favours – fairy floss from Fluffy Crunch. Styled by The Sugar Topped Table

 

Lollipop party favours - Glitter and Glue Designs

Lollipop party favours – Glitter and Glue Designs

 

 

party favour bag

Gold treat bag – Love The Occasion

 

treat boxes

Treat boxes – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Cupcake boxes - Ruby Rabbit Partyware

Cupcake boxes – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

White with gold foil dots favour bag - The Little Event Company

White with gold foil dots favour bag – The Little Event Company

 

Some final modern safari party inspiration for you in this amazing party styled by The Pumpkin Carriage in Sydney:

Modern safari party - The Pumpkin Carriage

Modern safari party – The Pumpkin Carriage

 

You can literally let your imagination run ‘wild’ with this theme, and the beauty of keeping it to a minimal monochrome palette wth luxe touches is that you don’t need to be a stylist to pull it off either!

 

tanya

 

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