Party Pretties – May 2012

There seems to be an endless supply of lovely new products appearing for parties these days. They are all so tempting so here are just a few party pretties I’ve spotted lately which I wanted to share with you all! Maybe you’ll find something to add to your collection or next celebration:


Nolan drink dispenser - Leo & Bella


Cupcake shaped jar - Sweet Little Birdy


Mini cupcake stands - Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations


Milk glass cake stand - Sweet Style


Wooden cake stands in various colours - Leo and Bella


Chalk cake bunting - Chalk It


Floral paper cup with lid - The Little Big Company


Robert Gordon paper windmills - Occasion by Design


Ruffled tablecloths in various colours - Saffy & May


Paper garlands - Red Elephant Creative


Tissue garlands in various colours - Emerald and Ella


Sixlets - Sweet Style


Pink and white candy hearts - Sweet Style


Rock candy stars - Occasion by Design


Backdrop Tutorials

One of the first things I notice when I see all the amazing dessert tables being styled is the backdrop. It was also one of those parts of planning a dessert table which troubled me the most for my daughter’s party as there are so many ideas out there for backdrops!

So today I decided to compile some links of tutorials available on the internet of some DIY backdrop ideas.

If you want a collapsable stand that you can set up anywhere to attach a backdrop to, follow this tutorial to make your own!

Backdrop stand tutorial - Anders Ruff Blog


A backdrop of paper rosettes can create a stunning effect and allows you to mix and match various colours and patterns of paper:

Paper rosette backdrop tutorial - Catch My Party blog

A ribbon backdrop is such a pretty and interesting way to create a backdrop and the wonderful Leanne from Sweet Style created this easy tutorial for creating this style of backdrop:

Ribbon backdrop tutorial - Sweet Style blog


Follow this link for the tutorial on how to create this stunning painted lattice design backdrop!

Painted backdrop tutorial - Celebrations at Home Blog

I was lucky enough to work with Pauline from Sophisticated Yum last year who created this amazing Mermaid theme dessert table. She created a netted backdrop which you could use for any sea related theme:

Netted backdrop tutorial - The Party Studio/Sophisticated Yum

If you are up for a bit of a challenge then this paper flower backdrop is just gorgeous!

Paper flower backdrop tutorial - Tradewind Tiaras


Tassel Garlands are becoming more popular in backdrops – follow this link for an easy tutorial on how to make your own:


Tassel Garland tutorial - The Sweetest Occasion

A circle garland is an easy way to dress up a dessert table:

Circle garland tutorial - Tickled Peach Studio

I hope these links will help when creating your next backdrop!

Enjoy the creating and crafting!




Mother’s Day Printable Ideas

Now that Easter is over some of you may be turning your attention to Mothers Day!

So here is a collection of printables I’ve found to help you get started (some of which are free) for planning a celebration! Some ideas for what you could plan:

– An afternoon tea with a small group of fellow mum’s during the week

– A luncheon with your own mother/mother in law/grandmother or other motherly role models in your life

– A breakfast for yourself and the family and involve the kids during the week in cutting and preparing the printables

– Spoil a new mother or a mother going through a difficult time with a special meal or mini dessert spread!

– Have your kids bake some cupcakes for their aunties and Grandmothers and prepare the printables with them to present with the special treats

Whatever you choose to do, I hope that Mother’s Day will be a day where you are celebrated and you can also celebrate this amazing gift of being a mother!


Personalised Mothers Day printables - CreativiDee Workshop


Printable mothers day kit - Kutzy Party Boutique


Love the uniqueness of the chalkboard look!

Chalkboard Mothers Day Printables - Ham & Pea Design & Paperie


Pink and Yellow Printables - The Tomkat Studio


Free Mothers Day Printables - Nic Roc Designs


This breakfast collection is a fun one for the kid’s to prepare:

Free Breakfast mothers day printables - Oh Happy Day


Free Mother's Day Printables - Sweet Scarlet Designs


Mothers Day printables - Love Party Printables


Vintage Mother's Day Printables - Bella Grey Designs

I’d love to hear if you are planning something special for Mother’s Day…



Real Party Feature – Lalaloopsy Baptism Celebration

I swooned when I saw the images of this Lalaloopsy Baptism celebration by Kate from Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations for her daughter Paige! Kate decided to setup various tables each styled around the personality and characteristics of a different Lalaoopsy doll. What results is a gorgeously detailed and thought out celebration with loads of prettiness!

The main table was set up in front of their cubby house (looks like a dream cubby house!) and this backdrop is just gorgeous! Love the chandelier, gold birdcages and the pretty bunting which all work so well together! It is honestly stunning!


On this table Kate had cupcakes, white chocolate mousse, cookies and other sweets along with Paige’s beautiful two tiered Christening cake, decorated with sweet icing buttons & bows.

I just love the extra detail added to these mousse pots and drink bottles including the way the platters have been decorated:

This drinks table is ever so sweet and demonstrates a great set up which you could use for your own parties.

Styled around another of the dolls is this Morning Tea table with scones, jams and strawberry custard tarts complete with a biscuit tiled floor! I just love this beautiful table:

Also set up was an assorted cakes and dessert table again based around one of the Lalaloopsy dolls which has a connection with bandages, bumps and bruises – hence the cute extra bandage details on this table!

A lot of the party wares came from Kate’s own online store Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations however there were lots of other great suppliers involved and full credits and sources can be found in the full blog post on this celebration.

Thank you Kate for giving me the opportunity to showcase this beautiful celebration for Paige!

Easter Celebration

With Easter around the corner I thought I would put together a few selections of some Easter items for those of you wanting to put together something special for Easter.

Easter is a great time to do some fun crafts with your children and make some special decorations and items for around the house – or perhaps a time you enjoy making ‘Easter’ related craft items yourself.

So these ideas are just something extra to go on top of that, or are for those craft-challenged mums (like me!) or perhaps time-poor mum’s who want something simple and easy they can buy to add something special to their Easter celebration.

Of course there are lots of lovely things at the shops as well and I particularly love the collection in ‘Bed, bath n Table’! However I know the convenience which online shopping can bring in planning your celebrations, so I hope this collections helps!


Easter printables ' Some Bunny Loves You' - Style Me Gorgeous


Easter Fun printables - Style Me Gorgeous


Easter Printables - Ham & Pea Design & Paperie


Easter Celebration printables - Our Little Soiree


Easter chocolate wrapper printables - Mon Tresor



Of course there are lots of lanterns, pom poms etc you can use in your chosen Easter colours so I have not gone overboard in showcasing these items.

However I did want to show off these gorgeous Easter buntings (available in a few different colours/patterns):

Easter Egg bunting - Couture Crafts


Also this cute bunny garland in natural colours is a subtle decoration item:

Kraft bunnies paper garland - 3 Girls and a Goat

Sweet Treats

Well of course the main sweet treat for Easter are Easter eggs but I just couldn’t go past included these cute lollipops I came across!

Easter Egg lollipops - The Little Big Company


Special Items

This small wicker basket is perfect for an easter egg hunt!

Small wicker baskets - Shoppe with Lily


These make cute decorating items!

Moss bunny - The Little Big Company


Wooden Easter Bunnies (set of 3 ) - Shoppe with Lily


Carton of 6 easter candles - Dusk


Basket of yellow eggs - Everything Christmas


Hanging Eggs - Carousel Boutique


A few special gifts for the little ones:

Easter Bunnies - Sweet Little Birdy


Jellycat bashful bunny - Peanut Gallery


Vintage rabbit rattle - Ollie Rose


Linen Bunny rattle - Ollie Rose


Keepsake chickens with milk buttons - Oxfam Shop


Dwell Studio wooden push toy bunny - The Hip Infant


Skip Hop Hare comb and brush set - The Hip Infant

And perhaps a special gift for yourself! =)

Bunny on Basket - Sharnel Dollar Designs



Some cute items to fill with eggs or other sweets for the kids:

Golden egg favour container - The Little Big Company


Easter egg favour tins - Carousel Boutique


Easter Bunny Gift Box - Occasion by Design


These scallop boxes are great to dress up as a “nest” – add a little chicken popping out at the front and it will be a great Easter favour gift box to fill with treats:

Scallop favour boxes - Sweet Little Birdy


Calico printed bags filled with eggs - Carousel Boutique

Finish off with a sweet Easter tag:

Easter gift tags - Kikki.K


I hope you’ve found some Easter inspiration to make your Easter extra special for your kids in the midst of celebrating the true meaning of Easter!