Party inspiration from a stylist

Special occasions don’t roll around that often, which makes it totally acceptable to go all out and make them memorable in my opinion!

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But regardless of it being up to a year between parties, choosing the where and the what just doesn’t come easily.

So for an event stylist, staying on trend and having a bag full of ideas is a must for those SOS calls for help, and I’ve dived into the gorgeous portfolio of Sera from Sugared Events in Melbourne for a few ideas you can draw inspiration from if short for ideas – and if you’re in Melbourne you are lucky enough to be able to call on Sera to style your own party!

Sugared Events is a sponsor for the Celebrate conference in August in Sydney –  providing business owners within the party industry with incredible inspiration and business tools! So be sure to join us to connect and network with other business owners in the party and event industry and purchase your tickets here.

I love Sera’s diverse range of ideas when it comes to themes and styling, particularly this geometric Christening and first birthday.

 

 

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Sometimes a theme can be as simple as a colour scheme, like this gold and pink Christening. Who can resist an opportunity to incorporate pink glazed doughnuts?!

 

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Using pastels to create this gorgeous pony carousel theme allows plenty of pretty colour and a vintage touch for an alternative to a simple pony or Saddle Club theme.

 

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Whilst dinosaur themes are always popular, a Jurassic Park movie theme opens up the styling variations and entertainment options too with a little imagination!

 

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Feeling inspired? I hope so!

As you can, the work of Sugared Events is gorgeous and sure to add that extra special sugared touch to any celebration!

To see more of Sera’s work or to enquire about her styling services if you’re in Melbourne, visit the Sugared Event’s facebook page here. 

 

 

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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

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Printable Essentials for Kids Parties

 

When planning any event or party  – attention to detail will be what sets it apart and makes it memorable for guests.  There are many inclusions to think about but the addition of signage and print material can be the element that creates the WOW factor.

Many people worry that it may be costly or not readily available to use printed items but today I am introducing you to LLC partner Jo’s Sign by Design  who dispel this myth by helping you create both large and small printables that will complete your event styling with maximum impact.

So you may ask, what do you mean by printables and what are my options?

Here are a few ideas that may help you.

  • Backdrops – Printable backdrops can be used for candy buffets, dessert tables or even just to cover a bland wall.  Themed parties can be beautifully enhanced with a large format backdrop.  You can attach these to a board or display or blu-tack to a wall.

Here are a few examples of backdrops printed by Jo’s Signs by Design

 

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Superhero backdrop printed by Jo’s Signs by Design. Designed by Lou Lou Pie Styling by The Pumpkin Carriage and photo by Captured by Kirri

 

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I personally used Jo’s Signs by Designs recently when I needed a large sign to cover the bottom of this Ice-cream parlour stand for a Doc Mcstuffins party for my daughter. Jo printed the sign to the custom size requirements and the quality was fantastic!

 

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  • Milestone Boards –  These vintage boards have come of age and the brilliant design elements of names, place, memories and milestones artistically displayed for a special event of any kind will bring a smile to all who stop and read. The added benefit is the event recipient has a truly personal keepsake to cherish forever.

 

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  • Social Media Frames – For a special birthday – having a fun photo frame to use for photos creates a memorable prop for photos!

For business events – having your event trend on Social Media is the ultimate recognition of a great event. Help it along by having a custom made Instagram or Facebook frame. You can add your event title, hashtags, keywords and more.

Guests can grab the frame and get into the picture instantly.  Perfect icebreaker and great promotion tool

 

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Instagram sign by Jo’s Signs by Design Party styling by Sweet Bambini Event Styling

 

 

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  • Personalised labels – Imagine your lolly buffet having the party recipients name and event printed on chocolate bars, water bottles, favours and more.

Jo’s Sign by Design can accommodate this by expertly printing and cutting your small printables, making the preparation simple and fast.  These create a wonderful memento for guests to keep or enjoy.

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  • Free Standing Display Systems – For the business owners out there who are doing an expo or product display – Jo’s Signs by Design also creates large backdrops for your exhibition. These are light weight and very portable, making a brilliant solution to getting your business name out there and seen!  The Banners are printed on satin finish tear resistant material making them sturdy and robust.

 

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So whether you’re a mum who loves to party plan…or an event stylist, prop hire company or decorator – this kind of service is invaluable.  Jo’s Sign by Design offers full design and print service with the results displaying rich vibrant true match colours.

If you prefer to design yourself you can do that too, just send the completed or purchased print file and product size specifications to Jo and you will be thrilled with the results.

If you’re a stylist – your clients will be so impressed and that means repeat business and referrals for you.

If you’re a mum then this fantastic printing service will give you one less thing to worry about and create a big impact at your child’s celebration!

Contact Jo today to see how she can help you give your next event the wow factor. Email Jo at jo@jossignsbydesign.com.au  or call her on 0410 660 967 and visit her facebook page here.

 

tanya

 

 

 

 

Inspirational Party Desserts

I’ll admit when I am planning my children’s parties one of the things I get the most excited about is the desserts for the celebration! Desserts have evolved so much from when I first started blogging and to see the creativity and art that is being transformed into something edible is truly a feast for the eyes!

Today I’m sharing with you some gorgeous (truly!) desserts and styling by an incredibly talented LLC partner – Katerina of My Petite Sweets in Perth

 

 

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I am always drooling over what Katerina shares on her social media and I love that she not only can create desserts but she styles beautiful dessert tables:

 

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How amazing is this Frozen party dessert table? The towers of meringue kisses make a fantastic feature:

 

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As you can see My Petite Sweets really can bring a party theme to life with the whole setup, props, cake and desserts! Here are more amazing kids party dessert tables:

 

 

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My Petite Sweets offers a range of desserts and as you can see the detail in her desserts are truly amazing and she really does take desserts to the next level!

Everything can be custom made to suit the party theme – cake pops, cupcakes, macarons and more! You also receive a special taster box to help you choose your flavours!:

 

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My Petite Sweets also offer high tea packages which are perfect for adult celebrations, baby showers and kitchen teas! You can relax as everything is setup in your home/venue and your guests can enjoy a charming setting and delicious high tea menu!

 

 

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If you’re based in Perth – make sure you contact Katerina from My Petite Sweets when planning your child’s next party! If you’re not in Perth but can appreciate amazing desserts then make sure you keep a eye out on the facebook page of My Petite Sweets!

 

 

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Dessert Table Essentials

If you have just started to discover the world of dessert tables and candy buffets and want to start putting them together for your children’s celebrations (and other parties in your life) then there are a few essential items which I feel (as a mum, not a stylist) will help you style a dessert table.

Now of course I am by no means saying you need to have these items to prepare a dessert table or even need to have a “styled” look for a dessert table. Kids birthday parties can be just as wonderful with simpler items a simpler look or even no dessert table! However this is for those of you who DO want to put together a styled look dessert table.

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*Click on the images to be taken to the relevant stores where an even larger range of items can be found for your dessert tables*

General tips:

HIRE: Where money and/or storage is an issue you may not wish to purchase the below items for use only a few times a year. In this case please visit the hire category on the Life’s Little Celebration’s children’s party directory to find businesses to hire candy jars, cake stands, tables and more from!

Someone on my facebook page had a great suggestion as well to share items amongst friends in order to help with the cost.

Another great tip shared on the facebook page is to purchase all your essential items in white so they can be re-used for all parties regardless of the colour scheme. I also would suggest buying items in pairs so that your table is symmetrical and coordinated if that is the look you are after.

Table and Tablecloth

Let’s start with the basics. You need a table! Now if your dining table or another table you own is a great size and can be moved easily then that is fantastic. Otherwise a simple trestle tables such as this from Bunnings for $69 will do and they have smaller sizes available too:

Trestle Table from Bunnings

 

Next is the tablecloth which really sets a lovely setting for all your desserts! It is best to avoid plastic tablecloths or tablecloths that only hang down half way for your dessert table. Certain tables also look great without a tablecloth at all, so it depends on the look you are going for.

Purchasing a gathered or ruffled tablecloth can be an item you will easily use for each party and will also ensure it fits properly for a dessert table look hanging all the way down to the ground:

 

6ft tablecloth, $60 – Saffy and May

 

White gathered tablecloth – Saffy & May

 

White ruffled tablecloth – Saffy & May

 

Cake Stands:

The next item would be your cake stand/s. I would suggest going with white cake stands for your main cake as well as 2 more smaller size cake stands that you can also use on your table to display items at a different height. The stores I have included in this post (as well as the other party boutiques on the Directory) also have a range of coloured cake stands and these are also great if you feel it is a colour you will use regularly in your parties.

 

Displaying desserts on different levels makes a great effect on a dessert table and cake stands is an easy way to make your desserts stand out.

A milk glass cake stand such as this, although more pricey than other options, does have a great height and quality and looks fantastic on a table:

 

White milk glass cake stand – Sweet Style

 

Another lovely option for your main cake stand:

 

White scalloped cake stand – Mum’s Little Party Secret

 

 

These smaller size cake stands (also available in a larger size) for $34.95 are a great option for displaying cake pops, macarons and other desserts where you could have one on either side of your main cake stand:

 

Small ceramic white cake stand – Sweet Tea Party Supplies

 

Perfect for a rectangle cake stand option:

Rectangle cake stands – Mum’s Little Party Secret

 

Someone reminded me on my facebook page of a great tip Kara Allen of Kara’s Party Ideas shared on her recent tour of creating your own cake stands using a candle stick holder and platter on top. You can find tutorials online for DIY ideas such as this so definitely worth a google or pinterest search!

 

Candy Jars:

If you’re planning on regularly using candy jars on your dessert table, you could start off with 4-6 jars to mix on the table with platters and stands. You could also go with acrylic candy holders if you’re worried about little hands and breakages.

Click on the images to be taken to the stores to see more of a range:

 

26cm Lisianthus Apothecary Candy Jar – Leo and Bella

 

27cm Bluebell Apothecary Glass Candy Jar – Leo & Bella

 

Acrylic candy container scalloped – Just Party Supplies

 

 

Acrylic candy jar available in various colours – Fantasy Kids Parties

 

 

 

Risers & Platters

Risers are another important item to use underneath your cake stands and platters to display your cake and desserts at different heights on a dessert table. It is a shame when the desserts at the back of a table and the cake are not seen because they are all at the same height as the front desserts!

You may be creative with items around your house – for my first dessert table I found some dishes at home which turned upside down made fantastic risers for a candy jar!

However other options I like are cardboard suitcases, small wooden boxes/crates and timber boxes:

 

Set of 3 white cardboard suitcases for $39.95 – Bickiboo

 

 

Timber boxes – Saffy & May

 

White timber riser custom made – Vintage Sew and So

 

Acrylic riser for dessert table – Occasion by Design

 

Classic white platters are fantastic for along the front of your dessert table. I love melamine platters such as these as they are at the front of the table within easy reach of childrens hands and are unbreakable:

 

White rectangular platters – Occasion by Design

 

White square melamine platters – Occasion by Design

 

 

Drinks

Regarding drinks, purchasing a drinks dispenser (although it doesn’t have to sit on your dessert table) is another item you will use many times over. Dispensers such as these are wonderful as it is raised so a cup can easily fit underneath it:

 

The Jasper drinks dispenser – The Little Big Company

 

Oasis Glass Beverage Drink Dispenser with Metal Stand 10L – Leo & Bella

 

If you want to go for mini milk bottles which are such a cute look at a kids party, these mini glass bottles are great for a slightly older child:

 

Glass clear milk bottles – Love the Occasion

 

Plastic milk bottles for smaller children are sold from time to time at The Reject Shop. Online you can purchase these from overseas and they can be shipped internationally.

 

Plastic mini milk bottles – Shop Sweet Lulu

 

Of course another option is to use mini water bottles from the store and use a printable bottle wrapper to cover the label!

 

Dessert Holders:

As for the desserts on your table, I find mini dessert holders such as these are fantastic for items such as jelly or mousse!:

 

Mini glass jars with lids – Sweet Style

 

Acrylic dessert cup – Occasion by Design

 

Tiered stands are another way of presenting desserts such as cupcakes and macarons, or also perfect for stylishing presenting savoury items. For a balanced look on your dessert table purchase 2 of the same design:

 

3 tiered fine bone china cake stand – The Little Big Company

 

2 tiered cake stand – The Little Big Company

 

So there you have it, my round up to get you started with the essentials for a styled dessert table!

I hope you have found it useful to give you ideas of what to purchase whether it be online or in store. As I mentioned before – you by no means need all these items to create a dessert table. I have collected bits and pieces over the 3 years since my first child and also hired items when needed!

Enjoy the planning!

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