Delightful Drink Dispensers!

A drink dispenser is a wonderful way to serve a special refreshment at your party and can be used at both kids and adult celebrations.

I’ve noticed a lot of new styles being available lately so here is a run down of some beverage dispenser options if you are on the lookout for your next party! Just click on the image below to take you to where you can buy these from and in some cases – to view more beverage dispensers for sale at those online stores. There are so many different styles available – this is just a sample =)


Apothecary plain glass dispenser - Little Dance Invitations


Drink Dispenser - Alfresco Emporium

The touch of gold on this dispenser is just gorgeous!

Gold beverage dispenser - The Little Big Company


Elegant beverage dispenser with mercury lid - The Little Big Company


This two part drink dispenser has a lovely unique look and allows you to store ice or fruit down the bottom – looks great!

Two part glass drink dispenser - Occasion by Design


Love the wicker basket base to this dispenser:

Blairgowrie drink dispenser with wicker basket- Sweet Style


Nolan fleur drink dispenser - Sweet Style


Minnie ribbed glass beverage dispenser - Leo & Bella


Yorkshire mason jar beverage dispenser - Leo & Bella

A unique shaped dispenser – love the cute tap

Eco glass drink dispenser - Mai Style Party Boutique


Montauk recycled glass beverage dispenser - Dunlin


I’m loving the crown emblem on this dispenser:

Chateau La Belle Drink Dispenser - Crown Emblem - Lifestyle Home and Living

Enjoy your drink dispenser shopping!


Planning a small soiree?

We have recently welcomed into the world our second daughter and for her Baptism celebration I am keeping it very small with only immediate family. However I still want to do something special for this occasion and for her.

I know my family won’t care how nice the cake looks, whether there is any decorations etc and I really don’t NEED to organise anything that special! However my view is that the occasion is special, my daughter is precious and therefore deserves something lovely to celebrate this day! Not to mention the fact that I enjoy doing things like this when I get the chance =)

I won’t be having a full dessert table and I know that extra candy and sweets will go to waste if I order them. So I’ve been thinking about how to style something sweet and small when there won’t be many desserts. I think it is more enjoyable sometimes to create something small as you need to be more creative in how to decorate and style and present things since the table won’t be overflowing with a lot of sweet items.

Props and memorabilia can fill a table nicely and make it meaningful. Items such as a photo of the little girl/boy, their candle from the ceremony, fresh flowers and candy jars filled with decorative items rather than sweets are all some simple ideas of dressing up the table.

The other point to think about is where to set up the sweets/dessert. A small celebration means you may be able to be more creative with how you display the cake and desserts as you don’t need as much room as a trestle table/dining table provides. You may have a small occasional table in your home that would be perfect for a small occasion:

Dessert table - Somewhere Splendid blog


Wedding dessert table - Lee Mae Marie blog

Another wonderful example of something gorgeous but small is this setup by Bianca from A Little Delightful who put together a tea party for 2, for her 2 children:

Tea party for 2 - A Little Delightful blog

Here is some more inspiration of small dessert tables which use lovely props to style the table:

Easter dessert table - The White Library


Pirate princess mini dessert table - Cake ink events blog


Table by Imbue Weddings - Polkadot Bride blog

I am looking forward to styling something small and special.

What about you? What is the smallest number of people at a celebration you have organised? Do you prefer to style something for a small or a large celebration?


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…



New party finds – Feb 2012

There seems to be a lot of new party items coming up in all the online party stores! Here are a few which have caught my eye which I thought may interest you. I may do “new find” posts more often so feel free to e-mail me if you have a great new party product coming out! I have a feeling there will be lots of new products coming out in the next month or so after all the trade fairs finish up =)

These cake stands (available in pink, blue and white) are great child-proof options for your cake or other desserts and easily stored away too:

Cake stand - {P} is for Party

Also love these child-proof bright cake stands!

Coloured cake stands - coming soon to The Little Big Company

It’s always great to have more lovely disposable tableware options. Here is one new range which would be perfect for a Paris theme, Minnie Mouse theme, a Glam party theme or other girly theme with this colour scheme:

Tableware - Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations


This is such an ultra-sweet party range by Belle and Boo which you could use to create a stylish and cute party without having a specific theme. There is everything from matching party bags to buntings and more!

Belle and Boo Party range - {P} is for Party


How gorgeous are these? Perfect for the nursery/bedroom and then can be used for all sorts of pretty party occasions!

Fabric Lanterns - The Little Big Company


Continuing the prettiness with this gorgeous teapot!

Rambling rose pink teapot - The Little Big Company

Blackboard signs are great on a party table or to welcome party guests or even to hold up with a message in a photo area!

Wooden blackboard sign - Occasion by Design

Cakes in a jar have become quite popular lately and here are new jars available which are perfect to serve these in:

Ball glass jar and lid - Sweet Style

These boxes are great to use as ‘risers’ to give different heights on your party table. One of the many great party props available from Shoppe with Lily!

Wooden cube boxes, set of 3 - Shoppe with Lily


A beautiful way to decorate a cake or cupcake – edible rose petals! Gorgeous!

Edible rose petals - Shoppe with Lily

Another lovely tableware range coming out soon:

New lace tableware range - Invite Me

Love these authentic vintage milk bottles for a different milk bottle look:

Vintage glass milk bottles - Leo & Bella

An alternative to party printables are ‘ready to go’ party packs and a new range has been introduced by Saffy & May with a range of items included. Here is one of the themes available:

New stationary range - Saffy & May

Love the idea of a chandelier decoration at a party – this cardboard one can be painted to look so pretty and obviously a lot more affordable option than a genuine chandelier!

Cardboard chandelier - Little Sooti

So they are a few of the recent party items I’ve spotted. Have you spotted anything new for parties which has stood out for you? Please share if you have!