Up, up and away!!

 

 

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

Happy planning!

Tutti Frutti Party Supplies!

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.

 

tutti frutti backdrop

Styling and Backdrop by Jo Studio

 

watermelon party inspo Watermelon party styling, Saffy & May

 

 

tutti frutti party styling 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 invitations

Watermelon Party Invitations, The Party Parlour

 

 

tutti frutti invitations

Fruit Salad Invitations, Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

 

fruit party invitations

Tutti Frutti Invitations, Jo Studio

 

 

 

tropical party invitations

Tropical Party Invitations, Camilla Events

 

 

pineapple invitations

Party Like A Pineapple Invitations, Giggles & Grace

 

 

 

tutti frutti party

Tutti Frutti Invitations, Eckles Invites

 

 

 

tutti frutti stationery

Tutti Frutti Party Stationery, Emma Smith Event Stationery

 

 

fruit salad invitations

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

tutti frutti party decorations

Peach Paper Fan, Emiko Blue

 

 

pineapple decorations

Pineapple Party banner, Favor Lane Party Boutique

 

 

 

 

 

fruit salad garland

Honeycomb fruit garland, Emiko Blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pineapple table decorations

Pineapple centrepiece, Little Boo-Teek

 

 

watermelon decorations

Giant Watermelon balloon, Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

tutti frutti party decorations

Yellow paper fans, The Party Parlour

 

 

tutti frutti party decorations

Mixed fruit garland, Fantasy Kids Parties

 

 

 

fruit party decorations

Honeycomb fruit, Poppies for Grace

 

 

 

 

pineapple pinata

Pineapple pinata, Party Pony Designer Pinatas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tutti frutti party

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 decorations

Watermelon paper table runner, The Party Parlour

 

Gold pineapple plates – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

 

tutti frutti party plates

Candy Striped plates, Emiko Blue

 

 

 

 

 

watermelon tableware

Watermelon plates, Little Boo-Teek

 

 

 

 

pineapple plates

Pineapple plates, Little Boo-Teek

 

 

 

pineapple napkins

Pineapple napkins, Favor Lane Party Boutique

 

 

 

 

fruit party theme

Fruity Sorbet plates, Fantasy Kids Parties

 

 

 

watermelon napkins

Watermelon napkins, Hip & Hooray

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow plates – Oh Sunny Day Party

 

 

 

 

pineapple straws

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!

 

 

coloured candles

Candles, Emiko Blue

 

 

watermelon candles

Watermelon candles, Little Boo-Teek

 

 

 

fruit picks

Fruit picks, Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

tropical fruit party Tropical fruit picks, Party Splendour

 

 

 

watermelon cake topper Acrylic cake topper, A la Roch

 

 

 

fruit cookies

Fruit sticks, Cookie Queen Kitsch’n

 

 

tutti frutti party Tutti Frutti cookies, Flyaway Pineapple

 

 

 

tutti frutti party inspo Fruit kebabs, Petite Cookies

 

 

 

 

fruit party cake

Tutti Frutti cake, Cookie Queen Kitsch’n

 

 

 

tutti frutti themed cake Pastel tutti frutti cake, SweetP Cakes and Cookies

 

 

 

 

mini desserts

Mini desserts, Cream n Soda

 

 

 

 

watermelon party inspo

Watermelon party, Perfectly Sweet

 

 

 

 

Rice paper – Something For Cake

 

 

 

 

 

watermelon cake decorations

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.

 

 

tutti frutti party bags

Striped party bags, Emiko Blue

 

 

pineapple treat boxes

Pineapple treat boxes, Favor Lane Party Boutique

 

 

 

fruit party favors

Fruit glasses, Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

 

watermelon party bags

Watermelon treat bags, Little Boo-Teek

 

 

 

fruit party favors

Fruit tattoos, Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

 

 

fruit party favors

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!

Happy planning!

 

Ballerina party feature

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:

Vendor Credits:

Styling – The Details Studio

https://www.facebook.com/thedetailsstudio/

Captured by Kirri – Photography

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

Sweets With Love – birthday cake, donuts

https://www.facebook.com/Sweets-With-Love-1550881478533583/

Quincy Lane – Cupcakes, meringues

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

Dom’s Strawberries Delight – Strawberry tower

https://www.facebook.com/DomsStrawberriesDelights/

One Bite – Macarons

https://www.facebook.com/onebitemacarons/

Schooza Handmade – Tiara crowns

https://www.facebook.com/schoozahandmade/

Tiny Tutu Cake Couture – Ballerina Tutus

http://www.tinytutucakecouture.com.au/

Tiny Tots Toy Hire – French dresser, kids trestle table, Tiffany kids chairs, lavender cake stand, silver cake stand

http://www.tinytotstoyhire.com.au/

Cookie Queen Kitsch’n – cookies (tutus and floral plaques), cookie towers, tutu cake pops, panacottas

https://www.cookiequeenkitschn.com.au/

MooiCo – Paperie (invitation, tutu place cards, thank you tags, dessert labels)

http://www.mooico.com.au/

A La Roch – Cake topper and strawberry tower topper

http://www.alaroch.com.au/

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 lifeslittlec@gmail.com

Happy planning!

 

How to create a fully personalised event, starting with your stationery

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Purrrr-fect party!

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:

Vendor Credits

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

Happy planning!