Hot air balloon parties are all the craze but this year Melbourne event stylists Willow and Duck took this theme to new heights.
They took a creative risk and together with some amazing vendors created a dessert table which mimicked a hot air balloon.
The talented ladies used printed panels from Edge House Design to create the basket , a giant balloon sphere made up of mini balloons (by Belle Balloons) and an amazing flame cake (by Frosted by Nicci). The result was epic and created a tiz on social media. Here is what the ladies from Willow and Duck had to say about this event:
How did you come up with the idea?
We both love to think outside the box. When our client approached us and asked us to get creative with the theme we jumped at the opportunity. We worked with Astons mum to come up with a concept that suited her budget and style.
What inspired you to take this creative risk?
We have seen many hot air balloon events done and done very well by our colleagues.
We wanted to do something that had not been done before with this theme.
Staying with a pastel colour pallet to keep it kiddie, we decided to transform the entire dessert table into a hot air balloon.
As the function was outdoors, we utilised the marquee to suspend the balloon sphere.
It all came together so easily thanks and our amazing vendors who jumped right onboard when we discussed our ideas!
What recommendations do you have for other people wanting to take a creative risk?
Planning is key.
Pam is great with a sketch pad so we were able to visualise the styling and make changes where we felt necessary well before the event.
This kept the costs down for the client and allowed us to clearly articulate to our vendors exactly what we were after.
What did you find challenging about this concept?
Our biggest fear was that the end product wouldn’t transcribe on social media. The outcome was the complete opposite!
We were worried that people would see the table and not realise that it was a hot air balloon or that the cake was the flame. It was a big creative risk for us but one well worth taking!
What did you love most about this theme?
Everything! From the colours in the balloon sphere to the amazing cake under the gorgeous marquee- the entire set up was perfect.
Our proudest moment was seeing our clients face when she entered the space.
Ultimately, the greatest gratification for us is knowing that we delivered what the client was after and more.
And here are the talented ladies themselves – Pam and Mel of Willow and Duck who creatively dreamed up and executed this amazing setup!:
Vendor Credits with Instagram links:
Tent hire: Tent Luxury Hire @tentluxuryhire
Balloons: Belle Balloons @belleballoons
Birthday cake: Frosted by Nicci @frostedbynicci
Desserts: Aynets Cookies n Treats @aynets.cookies.n.treats
Fairy floss cones: Under the Cotton Tree @underthecottontree
Graphic work: Edge House Design @edgehousedesign
Furniture: Dann Event Hire @danneventhire
Cone holders and white cake stand: Burnt Butter Cakes @burntbuttercakes
Turquoise stands: Petite Portions @petiteportions
Cake topper: Melbourne Laser Cutting @melbournelasercutting
Foam name: Artistic Signage @artisticsignage
Floral arrangements: Lilly Pad Weddings @lillypadweddings
Kids play area: Little Pop Up’s party hire @littlepopupspartyhire
Photos -Ferdi photography
Are you looking for amazing event stylists in Melbourne? Contact the ladies from Willow and Duck to see what they can create for your event!
If you’re looking for other stylists in your state, then check the Directory for your location
Styling by Sugarcoated Mama
Besides the obvious perks of long days at the beach, swimming and ice cream, the Summer months lend themselves to lots of opportunities for occasions to be enjoyed outdoors, and lots of bright party themes too!
With an abundance of colour on display, the tropical tutti frutti party has grown in popularity and for all kinds of occasions, and for good reason! So here’s our fun finds and inspiration to make a splash and go a little bananas with fruit for your next party.
Styling and Backdrop by Jo Studio
Watermelon party styling, Saffy & May
Styling by Sugar Coated Mama
Tutti Frutti Party Invitations
Choose to hero a favourite fruit or mix up an entire fruit salad with your invitation, giving guests a delicious taste of what to expect on the day.
Tutti frutti invitation – Giggles and Grace Designs
Watermelon Party Invitations, The Party Parlour
Fruit Salad Invitations, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Tutti Frutti Invitations, Jo Studio
Tropical Party Invitations, Camilla Events
Party Like A Pineapple Invitations, Giggles & Grace
Tutti Frutti Invitations, Eckles Invites
Tutti Frutti Party Stationery, Emma Smith Event Stationery
Fruit Salad Party Invitations, Pretty & Print
Tutti Frutti Party Decorations
Summer fruits really do speak for themselves when it comes to colour, so go bananas and splash as much colour around as you like for a tropical fruit salad vibe, or lots of shades of the one or two colours if crushing on just one, such as watermelon.
Gold pineapple balloon – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Peach Paper Fan, Emiko Blue
Pineapple Party banner, Favor Lane Party Boutique
Honeycomb fruit garland, Emiko Blue
Pineapple centrepiece, Little Boo-Teek
Giant Watermelon balloon, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Yellow paper fans, The Party Parlour
Mixed fruit garland, Fantasy Kids Parties
Honeycomb fruit, Poppies for Grace
Pineapple pinata, Party Pony Designer Pinatas
Honeycomb fruit, Poppies for Grace
Tutti Frutti Party Tableware
All that fruit has to be eaten off something, right? Continue your colour explosion to the table with coordinated tableware and fun finds like watermelon napkins or pineapple printed straws!
Watermelon paper table runner, The Party Parlour
Gold pineapple plates – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Candy Striped plates, Emiko Blue
Watermelon plates, Little Boo-Teek
Pineapple plates, Little Boo-Teek
Pineapple napkins, Favor Lane Party Boutique
Fruity Sorbet plates, Fantasy Kids Parties
Watermelon napkins, Hip & Hooray
Yellow plates – Oh Sunny Day Party
Pineapple paper straws, Party Splendour
Tutti Frutti Party Cakes, Desserts & Accessories:
As pretty and as tasty as Summer fruits are, a party wouldn’t be a party without a few sweet treats made to look as good as the real thing as well as a few finishing touches to bring this theme alive!
Candles, Emiko Blue
Watermelon candles, Little Boo-Teek
Fruit picks, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Tropical fruit picks, Party Splendour
Acrylic cake topper, A la Roch
Fruit sticks, Cookie Queen Kitsch’n
Tutti Frutti cookies, Flyaway Pineapple
Fruit kebabs, Petite Cookies
Tutti Frutti cake, Cookie Queen Kitsch’n
Pastel tutti frutti cake, SweetP Cakes and Cookies
Mini desserts, Cream n Soda
Watermelon party, Perfectly Sweet
Rice paper – Something For Cake
Watermelon cake sprinkles, Something for Cake
Tutti Frutti Party Favors
Summer parties might be known for continuing well after the sun goes down, but for the little ones heading home after a fun-filled day, gift them with something sweet and slightly coconutty crazy after their fruit frenzy with these fun and colourful finds.
Striped party bags, Emiko Blue
Pineapple treat boxes, Favor Lane Party Boutique
Fruit glasses, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Watermelon treat bags, Little Boo-Teek
Fruit tattoos, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Fruity favors, Glitter and Glue Designs
The perfect party favour…one that the kids get to create themselves with a ceramic painting party with a fruity theme! Perfect for slightly older kids!:
Paint your own ceramic bowls – Pinta Crafts (Sydney)
All you need now is one of those fancy tropical headpieces and you’re ready to party!
So many little girls dream of being ballerinas – they love to twirl and dress up in tutu’s and dance the day away! As a mum of 3 daughters I’ve seen 2 of my daughters go through this phase and a ballerina party really is such a well loved themed for so many young dancers!
So it was fitting to showcase a gorgeous Ballerina party in Issue 2 of Celebrating Little One’s magazine – with the shoot styled by The Detail’s Studio.
This styled shoot brought together Life’s Little Celebrations members for a beautiful soiree with a more unique colour scheme of lavender and silver which works so well for a slightly older aged ballerina party.
The invitation sets the tone and already has an air of elegance about it:
This elegance is then carried through to the event with beautiful desserts, table setting and gorgeous tutu’s for the girls! Have a browse of the gorgeous details and find the full vendor list at the end of this post:
All the ballerina desserts are simply amazing and styled to match the ballet theme perfectly:
Wanting to plan your own precious ballerina ball for your daughter? Here are the vendor credits to source any of the above items:
Styling – The Details Studio
Captured by Kirri – Photography
Sweets With Love – birthday cake, donuts
Quincy Lane – Cupcakes, meringues
Dom’s Strawberries Delight – Strawberry tower
One Bite – Macarons
Schooza Handmade – Tiara crowns
Tiny Tutu Cake Couture – Ballerina Tutus
Tiny Tots Toy Hire – French dresser, kids trestle table, Tiffany kids chairs, lavender cake stand, silver cake stand
Cookie Queen Kitsch’n – cookies (tutus and floral plaques), cookie towers, tutu cake pops, panacottas
MooiCo – Paperie (invitation, tutu place cards, thank you tags, dessert labels)
A La Roch – Cake topper and strawberry tower topper
All of these talented vendors are Life’s Little Celebration members and can be found on our Directory also and can also create something for any other theme you’re planning for your kids party!
Wanting to find out about membership? Email me at email@example.com
Personalised decor and stationery have become even more popular lately at events and today Daniella of Eve & Co shares her tips for mum’s wanting to create a truly personalised celebration for their child…starting with their stationery:
For me, one of the most exciting things about spinning the party wheels in motion is the concept stage: deciding upon and setting a theme, devising a colour palette to match and then planning all the complimenting bits and pieces that as a whole, work together to make your party really something memorable.
It really doesn’t matter how popular a theme is, or whether it’s the hottest trend at the time – if your guest of honour isn’t excited by it, part of the magic is lost on the day, no matter how exquisite your setup.
I’m a huge believer in developing a theme around the child (even if its never been done before!) – and making it a wholly collaborative process from the get-go. That smile you’ll be rewarded with on party day makes all the hard work totally worth it! Even if your child is too young to speak yet, picking an element of something from their every day life that brings a smile to their face can be the basis of an entire event.
It can be confusing to think about all the varied interests your child has: TV shows, books, songs, toys, animals – and how to connect them and breathe new (and interesting!) life into it on their special day.
My own daughter vaguely informed me she wanted a “flower party” earlier this year. ‘Where do I even begin?’ I thought. Something so broad had me decidedly worried about how I could make it work and yet still deliver our own unique slant on it, all to make it uniquely special to her.
We sat down and thought about all the things that she was interested in at the time, and made a list. Her love of Paris and all things French eventually brought us to a ‘French Flower Market’ theme, which was unique enough to stay away from the cookie-cutter ‘flower party’ approach, and yet still give her a beaming huge smile on the day.
A good starting point after settling on a theme is the stationery (naturally!). Reaching out to a good designer can work wonders in helping bring even the most obscure theme or concept to life, and give you a plethora of creative ideas to help in your planning process.
Something that may seem almost impossible to bring to life as a party theme is going to be a much easier task when you engage a professional to help you think outside the square.
Once your theme is set, its your stationery that brings it all together and serves as the introduction to your event.
After the invitation has set the tone, your event stationery will keep the flow going, and link it all back to the main idea.
Favour tags, signage design, milestone charts, menus, even thank you notes after the event serve to help the party live on in everyone’s memory – but most importantly, for the guest of honour themselves.
There are so many ways to incorporate personal touches to your event stationery.
We had a custom illustration created of the birthday girl, which took centre stage on the invitation, and was extended through to the signage elements on the day – it was a real focus piece.
We then matched the dress, so on the day the theme carried through in real life, making it so much more memorable, as well as visually cohesive.
We also used French wording on the invitation and in the signage, which also served to carry her unique personalised theme through the entire event.
My advice is to compile a list of the top 5-10 things your child is interested in, and enlist the help of your designer or stylist to devise something new for your child. Sometimes you might only have a few colours and a favourite toy to go off.
To you, this might be the most paltry of starting points, but to a designer its an exciting blank canvas to create something truly personal and unique to your little one.
Never be afraid to ask for help with a theme – you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many good ideas will arise.
It doesn’t have to be daunting (or cost a lot) to make your event fully personalised. All it needs is some forethought, tips and help from a good trusted industry creative and you’ll be on your way to planning your child’s “best party ever”!
Thanks for these tips Daniella! Eve & Co creates the most beautiful custom invitations for all celebrations. If you’re looking for a professional to assist you in your stationery design for your next event you can find her page and details here.
MEOW! Get ready for a purrrr-fect party inspiration shoot by Dream a Little Dream Events which was featured in Issue 2 of our e-magazine Celebrating Little One’s!
Kitty Cat’s have perfect the latest popular party theme and able to be themed and styled in a variety of colour schemes and looks – you can really have fun with this theme:
Taking on a more rustic feel with a gorgeous combination of peaches, blacks and greys for a 8yr old party this setup was a perfect mix of sweet and stylish! Browse the gorgeous array of desserts and decor below and see the full list of vendors at the end of the post to style your own kitty cat party :
All the desserts were themed to match this party theme with stunning cakes, macarons and cookies:
Ruby Rabbit partyware was used throughout and this perfect partyware to match a kitty cat theme was the obvious choice for the tableware mixed with touches of rose gold:
The costumes and facepaint for the kids are truly gorgeous aren’t they?:
Are you ready to plan your own cat-tacular event? Here are the vendors involved to source your own items for your next kids party:
Photography: Sandie Mallon Photography
Styling: Dream a little Dream Events
Partyware & Balloons: Ruby Rabbit
Large cake, Cat Cakes and Macarons: My Petite Sweets
Face painting: Krystals Kids Parties
Cat Piñata: Party Pony Designer Pinata’s
Cookies: Frosted by Nicci
Cake toppers: Communicake it
Invitations and Favour Box labels: Emma Smith Event Stationery
Hair: Sara Jane
Models: Poppy, Alani, Charlie & Nikki
If you’re planning a Kitty cat kids party you can also view one of our recent blog posts showcasing Kitty Cat party supplies here