Introducing ‘Hanging Pretty’

I have some wonderful businesses advertising on my blog and I’ll be introducing you to them over time so you can discover some of the fantastic items which exist for your child’s parties and celebrations.

I love handmade items in a celebration and if you aren’t one for DIY there are some talented women who can create handmade decor for you such as Michelle – owner of Hanging Pretty. Michelle is based in Brisbane and works from her home studio, which she established in 2012 as a way to work from home while her kids were still little, making handmade prettiness.

Originally making unique mobiles for children’s rooms after not being able to find what she loved for her own daughter’s room a few years earlier she set about making her own bespoke creation and then went on to establish Hanging Pretty.

This beautiful mobile below really shows how Michelle’s business name “hanging pretty” aptly describes her creations!:

Michelle has previous work experience with events/functions so Hanging Pretty gradually transitioned from bespoke mobiles to custom papery for all aspects of events, boutique displays or photo-shoots where Michelle creates prettiness from a variety of mediums which are as unique as the person they are intended for.  As part of this transition Michelle drew on her experience and love of styling to offer styling ideas for boutique window displays, celebrations for any occasion and weddings.

Can you believe these are handmade flowers made by Michelle? Absolutely gorgeous!

Hanging Pretty has a wide range of possible items for your child’s celebration such as: Sewn silhouette garlands, Cake bunting, backdrops, toppers, embellishments for straws and bottles, tassels, favour boxes and more!

Hanging Pretty Services also include (On Location from Brisbane to Gold Coast): Photo-shoot Styling, event planning, boutique window displays, sourcing of products and more!

Michelle is really lovely to deal with and is fantastic at brainstorming ideas for your celebration and designing something unique for your child’s party theme.

If you have an idea and need someone to make it happen then make sure you contact Michelle at Hanging Pretty.
Phone: 0412 965904
Website: www.hangingpretty.com.au
Facebook Gallery: www.facebook.com/hangingpretty
Email: michelle@hangingpretty.com.au

Thanks Michelle for sharing some of your beautiful work with all of us!

 

Paris Inspired Theme

Ooh la la – it’s time for a girly Parisian party! Think poodles, Eiffel towers, feathers & fluffiness and lots of pink! You can go stripes and polka dots, or elegant options such as damask and chevron designs!

However there are some gorgeous Paris theme parties which have been styled in red/blue/white and other colour combinations so let your imagination run wild!  I’ve based this blog post however on the common colour combination of pink/white/black.

You could theme this around poodles, pampering, travel or Paris and France in general and I am sure your little girl will enjoy planning this party with you if she is old enough!

I hope you enjoy this selection of Paris inspired items! For a full range of items and suggestions for your party please contact me regarding my Custom online party inspiration packs: lifeslittlec@gmail.com

Invitations/Printables

Set the stylish mood with these invitation choices:

Le parti de paris - Alannah Rose

0022 BIRTHDAY Paris DELUXE PERSONALIZED Party Kit-Printable pdf Complete Set

Paris Birthday printables - Paper Glitter

 

Paris passport invitation - Flipawoo

 

Paris party invitation - nslittle shop

 

Eiffel Tower and French Poodle-Birthday Invitations, Cards, Cupcake Flags and Gift Tags

Eiffel Tower and French Poodle Party - Icing Designs

 

Parisian chic birthday invitation - Party Box Design

 

Decorations

Keep decorations soft, fluffy and girly – or go bold with bright pinks!

Giggleberry creations bunting - Sweet Little Birdy

 

Tulle pom pom by Magic Stardust - Sweet Little Birdy

 

Feather balls - Lantern Shop

 

Hot pink honeycomb ball - The Little Big Company

 

Black paper lantern - The Little Big Company

 

Cerise tissue paper fan - Little Sooti

 

White tissue paper fan - Little Sooti

Combine a few feather trees for a stunning centrepiece:

Dusty pink feather tree - Feather.com.au

Tableware

Combine pinks, black and white for an elegant, stylish and sweet table:

Candy Pink tablecloth - P is for Party

 

Vintage black and white table runner - The Party Parlour

 

Pink Floral table runner - Le Petit Party

 

Hot pink table runner - The Party Parlour

 

Baby pink table runner - The Party Parlour

 

Fuschia pink plate - The Party Studio

 

Candy stripe pink plate - The Party Studio

 

Paper Eskimo spot napkins - Mon Tresor

Stylish placemats to create an extra special look on the children’s table:

Black and white placemat - U Wish Jellyfish

 

Lipstick pink paper straws - Sweet Style

How cute are these drinking cups? The little ones would love to sip out of these I am sure!

Eiffel tower drinking cup - The Little Big Company

Or perhaps a stylish Eiffel tower glass drinking bottle for the older birthday girl:

Eiffel Tower drinking bottle - The Little Big Company

These gorgeous goblets would look beautiful on a Parisian styled table:

Pink glass compote bowl - The Little Big Company

Cute Eiffel towers to use for your buffet labels:

Eiffel Tower placecard holder - Pink Frosting

 

Sweet Treats

Style a beautiful dessert table with these items to give pops of colour and create a Parisian effect:

Black and white cherry lollipop - The Little Big Company

 

Cherry flavour swizzle stick - The Little Big Company

 

Black and white swirl rock candy - Pink Frosting

 

Poodle Cookie Cutter - Sweet Themes

 

Eiffel Tower cookie cutter - Sweet Themes

 

Paris cupcake wrapper - Angelfish Dragonfly

 

Le Petite Gateau cupcake wrapper - Mon Tresor

 

Black and white stripe cupcake wrapper - Mon Tresor

 

Image of Oh Paris Cupcake Kit

Oh Paris Cupcake Kit - Lovely Little Parties

 

Ohh La La Cupcake kit - The Party Table

Love these gorgeous options to display your treats!

 

Black resin finial jar - Sharnel Dollar Designs

 

Pink petite treat cupcake stand - Tout Mon Amour

 

Petit Cupcake stand by Robert Gordon - Occasion by Design

 

Jolie Two Tier stand - Malmaison Botanical Interiors

 

Two tier nickel stand - Sharnel Dollar Designs

 

Le Gateau cake pedestal - Tout Mon Amour

 

Crystal cake stands - Magic Stardust

 

Special Themed Items/Decor

A Paris themed party isn’t complete without an Eiffel tower! Here are some options of what you could use:

 

French poodle centrepiece - Cracker Box

 

Wire Eiffel Tower - Le Forge

 

Set of 2 eiffel towers: Natures Home Garden

 

Eiffel tower candles - Australian Wedding Shop

 

Eiffel Tower decal in various colours - My Munchkin Home

With paris come poodles! Choose one of these for the birthday girl:

Poodle Amelie - Rainbow Puppen

 

Paris the poodle plush toy - Salt Homewares

 

White poodle soft toy - Koolaru

 

Paris the posh poodle - Lullabies Ladybirds

 

Candy the pink poodle - Koolaru

These items would also make unique features for this party:

Mini Mannequin - Sweet Little Birdy

 

Frou Frou french vanilla umbella - Shoppe with Lily

A few style items for your Parisian birthday girl!

Billy Lids pink velvet berret - Zodee

 

Tou Tou light pink headband - Swish Lily

 

Uptown girl small korker - Spoiled Rotten Princess

A special item to use for decor and as a birthday gift:

Personalised cushion - Iddy Biddy Boo

Love this canvas which you could use as a backdrop and then hang in the home after the party if your family loves Paris!

Pink Eiffel Tower Art - French Affair

A fun themed poodle game for the little one’s to play:

Pin the tail on the poodle printable game - Brooke Chanel Designs

Incorporate feathers into this theme through this feather boa! Follow the link to find more feather items!

Candy pink feather boa - Feathers.com.au

These storage items would make beautiful features at the party to place under platters or display other party items:

Paris medium suitcase - Creations from the Heart

 

Paris at Dusk small round suitcase - Kaboodle Designs

 

Bistrot de Paris storage box - Ruby Rose Interiors

 

Pink polka dot suitcase - Papier damour

Splurge alert! This amazing pink chandelier is definitely not for a “one-off” use! However if you’d love to have this hanging in your daughter’s bedroom then it would be a gorgeous item to hang in the party area as well!

Pink Chandelier - Ministyle

Party Favours & Packaging

Some sweet options that all the guests are sure to love to go home with!

Pink and white resin bead bracelet - Tout Mon Amour

 

Parisian spiral notebook - French Affair

 

Eiffel tower key ring - French affair

 

POCKET MIRROR EIFFEL TOWER PNK

Paris pocket mirror - French Bazaar

 

Pocket Mirror - The Sugar Pot

 

Uptown girl pink and black bow - Spoiled Rotten Princess

 

Sabini princess girl handbag - Zelows

 

Rhubarb girls necklace and bracelet set - Holly and Eddie

Whether you are giving a lovely gift or some sweet items – package them beautifully in one of these options:

Rose Gelato candy box - Candy Soirees

 

Black and white chevron tote box - Sweet Style

 

Black and ivory favour box - Pink Frosting

 

Pink plaid purse favour bag - Once Upon a Party

 

Paris favour bags - Ben and Jess

 

Antique french apothecary jar - The Little Big Company

Stamps are a lovely way to embellish your packaging as well as other items for your party:

Merci and Eiffel tower stamp set - Lilypad Designs

Top it all off with some cute ribbon!

Black with white dots grosgrain ribbon - Shoppe with Lily

 

Fuschia grosgrain ribbon - Shoppe with Lily

 

Real Parties

Stylish Paris in Winter party in traditional red, blue and white french colours from Just Call me Martha

Real Parties Sweet Poodles in Paris party showcased on the Marabous website

Lovely paris party by the TomKat Studio

Gorgeous purple colour scheme for this Paris inspired party on Hostess with the Mostess

Simply beautiful Parisian pink dessert table featured on the Amy Atlas blog

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Hope you feel inspired from this post to create your very own Parisian soiree for your little one (or even for yourself and friends!).

If you would like similiar custom inspiration for the celebration you are planning please contact me to find out more about my packages!: lifeslittlec@gmail.com

 

Garden Tea Party – Styled by Whimsy Petite Styling

Spring is in the air, and now is the perfect time to get to planning for a sweet garden tea party {of course any time of year is a wonderful time for a tea party don’t you think?}.
I know a lot of you loved the Tea Party Theme post we shared recently and now I am excited to share with you exclusive images and details of a sweet Springtime Tea party styled by Whimsy Petite Styling, Brisbane. Don’t miss also a special offer for our Life’s Little Celebrations readers at the end of this post! =)

For Tash, stylist at Whimsy Petite Styling, Spring evokes images of blue skies & green grass, pretty spring blooms & summer dresses, sophisticated garden soirees and afternoons filled with casual delight!

These images were her inspiration behind this gorgeous  4th birthday party.
As Tash explains “This was to be a sophisticated tea party for little ladies, not sparing any of the trims.  From beautiful handmade linens, to antique fine china, luscious floral arrangements and a homemade menu to delight the tastebuds. The little guests were to enjoy an afternoon of good old fashioned high society living”.

Guests arrived in pretty dresses with beautiful spring inspired accessories – instantly setting the tone for a delightful afternoon soiree.
Despite the best laid plans the day of the party did not in fact bring blue skies for the most part – thankfully a well sized deck was at hand to allow the soiree to go ahead.

I love the look of this table dressed with linen tablecloths and pretty pastel colour tableware! Oh and how lovely are those pretty personalised party hats which doubled as place settings?


Antique tea cups were the perfect vessel for jelly cups.  Topped with a dollop of cream and raspberry, the little guests felt quite grown up using their “grown up” tea cups which is a great way of using pretty teaware for the little one’s!

The menu consisted of old fashioned homemade treats: Fruit Kebabs {with dipping marshmallow}, chocolate brownies, lemon tarts, finger sandwiches, jelly cups, and individual serves in Robert Gordon cups of old fashioned sweets and caramel popcorn.
Adults also enjoyed a selection of cheese and fruit platters at their table.

Despite the disappointment of not having the table set up under the shade of the trees on the beautiful green lawn as planned, the weather did manage to hold out long enough for guests to enjoy old fashioned lawn games of egg and spoon races,a  three legged race, an egg hunt and relays. A bunting created start and finish lines which added sweet character to the lovely back yard – what a great idea!

4 year olds love getting crafty don’t they!  Whimsy Petite Styling came up with a quaint idea of each of the girls decorating their own flower pot which would be their take home gift.  Each guest received their own apron, brushes and ready to paint pot.  Seedling trays were used as paint pallets and painted old tins for the water to wash the brushes off in.  You can just imagine the wonderful time they would have had creating bright pots which dried while they enjoyed other party activities.  The girls then took these home with a packet of spring flower seeds to plant and enjoy in the coming weeks. What a unique party favour!

For those of you planning a tea party theme here are Whimsy Petites top tips for a great tea party:


•    It doesn’t have to cost you the earth!  You’d be surprised what you probably already have around the house to use as tableware, props etc.  And if you don’t have any…it won’t take long to find someone who does!
•    The best way to use your fine china….is to actually use it!  Dust off Grans old tea set and get some joy out of it! Not using your old china makes it brittle – then no one will get to enjoy it {I always say there’s no point saving it for the queens visit…I don’t think she will ever come!}
•    Consider safety and practicality too….we use melamine plates at children’s place setting to reduce likely hood of breakage { other platters and teacups on the setting in this party are all antique china}
•    If you don’t have any old cups and saucers you can find them easily enough at second hand stores.  A mismatched setting always adds character and interest to the table so don’t be too worried about finding complete sets.
•    Be sure to press your table linen – a crisp clean cloth lays the foundation for a beautiful, sophisticated table setting.
•    Coordinate your colour palette and be sure to flow it throughout the event
•    Flowers are a must! They are an essential element to creating a beautiful spring atmosphere to a tea party, and there are so many beautiful blooms to choose from!  Place a number of arrangements around the party to create atmosphere and bring the delight of a spring garden to all corners of the party
•    Use items like cookie jars, ornate glasses or recycled jars as vessels for pretty spring blooms.
•    Keep your menu simple.  Bite sized finger foods is ideal for this type of party….and traditional homemade foods are the perfect option for this theme
•    Be sure not to forget the adults at the soiree – provide a simple range of refreshments and nibbles for them too
•    Keep games simple and fun – they don’t have to be about winning prizes – children love old fashioned games like, relay races, hoola hoops or scavenger hunts..these keep them giggling and occupied for ages
•    Hang reusable decorations like pom poms, lanterns or buntings – they all look fabulous rehung in a little ones bedroom or playroom; and are a lasting reminder of the celebration they had
•    Keep thank you gifts simple and in keeping with the theme – a garden pot with seeds; a single tea set with cookies; a pretty headband and accessories….something that will last and bring joy to your guests which will generally last longer than the car ride home.

Exclusive LLC reader offer

If you loved the pretty bunting and just gorgeous party hat’s used in this tea party then you are going to love this special offer available to YOU!

Whimsy Petite would like to offer the readers of Life’s Little Celebrations a wonderful Tea Party themed discount to celebrate the coming of spring and the successful launch of their business this year.
Start styling your own spring themed tea party with this wonderful offer of a 3m handmade fabric bunting plus a custom styled party hat in coordinating colours of your choice. Normal price of $55.  LLC special only $40. {based on a cardstock hat with fabric trim – reinforced fabric hats also available at an additional cost}

This exclusive special is only valid to Lifes Little Celebration readers and is valid from date of blog post until September 15th 2011. Please allow up to 28 days for production of goods ordered, limited to the first 20 orders received.
Email Tash {whimsypetite@hotmail.com} before September 15th to order your exclusive pack, be sure to quote the special code of LLC TEA PARTY to get your discount.
If you would like inspiration or help in creating a fabulous Tea party or any other soiree of your own,  contact Tash to discuss Whimsy Petites event styling services, party packs or inspiration boards.

Thank you Tash for sharing this wonderful party with us and this beautiful bunting & party hat offer !

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