We love original and unique party themes which develop out of a child’s favourite things so today we’re delighted to share this gorgeous party with you!
Elizabeth from Elk Prints designed this Orange Garden party for her son Aiden, explaining: For Aiden’s 3rd Birthday party we set a theme of “In the Orange Garden”. My son has always loved oranges, both the fruit and the colour. The French animation show “Miniscule” was his first favourite television series to watch and he particularly loves the ladybugs and bees from the show. I combined these loves together to create a bright, fresh party in our garden filled with pops of citrus colour and little insects scuttling amongst the leaves.”
The theme was set by these gorgeous invitations which were foil-pressed and finished off with hand-painted watercolour details:
The verandah and garden backdrop already makes for a lovely natural setting for the party but Elizabeth added in some special decor touches to enhance the setting and lift it into “party status”. Born to Party provided magnificent jumbo balloons with garden foliage tails and Elizabeth also had lemon slice mylar balloons.
For the main dessert table Elizabeth chose some beautiful white marble platters as a base to reflect the coastal Italian and Spanish citrus orchards that inspired her. Sprigs of cumquats and orange branches were used to decorate the spaces in-between. She also commissioned some beautiful desserts to go with the theme – cheesecakes, cookies and orange scented marbled meringues from Quincy Lane.
The central cake was a homemade affair – a citrus spice cake with buttercream and marmalade. Elizabeth experimented with using some of the Edible Art paints to recreate one of her watercolour paintings onto the cake and to add colour to the sugar flowers, leaves, fruit and insects.
She also designed the cake topper to also reflect the theme and carry on the theme and style set by the initial invitations.
Arelio Sweetbox made the cutest little bee and ladybird meringues with some orange jaffa meringues and pandan green ‘leaves’ in-between. Elizabeth carried on the bee and ladybird touches with some of her custom designed cupcake toppers to add to the cheesecakes and pannacotta jelly cups.
Aiden also loves cheese so together they chose a selection from Ocello in Surry Hills and paired it with some candied cumquats Elizabeth had found earlier in the year at a deli. Elizabeth designed the little cheese labels so that guests would know what type of cheese, it’s origin and also what type of milk it used (cow/sheep/goat/buffalo).
Elizabeth created some of her custom hand-painted watercolour bunting of lemon slices and orange slices with leaves to string between the verandah posts to emphasise the theme and we think all the touches work together beautifully to bring this theme truly alive! It really demonstrates how even with a unique theme…some custom pieces can help to style to match the theme.
We love this custom milestone board that Elizabeth created:
For the take home thank you gifts there were little marmalade jars for the adults and empty jam jars filled with lollies for the children. Each was tied off with a watercolour orange tag.
This really seems like such a perfect party and enjoyable day for Aiden in the orange garden….
Thank you Elizabeth of Elk Prints for sharing this gorgeous party with us which was filled with so much love and personal touches!
A fruity theme is always popular in Summer…and there has been many a bright tutti frutti party showcased online – so for this summery setup for the 3rd issue of Celebrating Little One’s e-magazine , stylists Mooi. Co decided on more of a pastel colour scheme with fruits of lemons, and limes and other summery fruits.
The result is a delightful setup with a relaxed table for the kids, lemonade stand and dessert table filled with desserts inspired by summery fruits! I love the mix of colours of yellows, peach, mint green and pinks for a fruity kids party theme!
This was a collaboration of Life’s Little Celebration members and you can find the talented vendor list at the end of this blog post!
Styling and Stationery & Paperie – Mooi Co ( Invitation, thank you tags, place cards, food labels, table poster, chocolate bars, lolly bags, cake topper)
Photography : Captured by Kirri
Props (Cake Stands, Low line picnic table, Cushions, Vases) : Petite Events Hire
Props (Lemonade Stand, Lolly Bar) : Tiny Tots Toy Hire
Cake & Cupcakes : Love that lolly bar
Macarons & Donuts : One Bite
Fruity Party Plates : Fantasy Kids Parties
Party Goods : The Party Parlour (Balloon Garland, Foil plates, Cups, Napkins, Tassels, Mini Umbrellas, Straws, Wooden Cutlery, Honeycombs, Paper Fans)
If I was to do a poll on the most popular party themes for 2016, Tropical would be one of the clear winners by a mile. Not a day goes by without spotting another beautifully styled, colourful tropical party on my Instagram feed. What’s not to love about bright colours, cheeky fruit, sunglasses, flamingos, palm leaves and inflatable pool toys? Bring on Summer!
Tutti Frutti pool party – Sugar Coated Mama and Sweet + Styled
Tropical party. Styling – Paper Face (Sydney)
With so many new and tempting partyware options available for this theme however, it can be hard to know where to start, so I’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up a few supplies and inspo ideas from our LLC Vendors to get the party started.
Styling – Sweet Bits And Pieces
Tropical Party Invitations
When I think of a tropical party, the vibrant colours of summer fruits and lush green palms always spring to mind. So use this as your inspiration for colour and design in your invitations, and have some Rio Carnevale style fun by adding some pink flamingos!
Invitation – ELK Prints
Flamingo Invitation – That Little Creative Co
Invitation – Eve & Co
Tropical party backdrop design – Giggles and Grace Design
Fruity invitation – Bonjour Berry
Flamingo invitation – Bonjour Berry
Flamingo invitation – Emma Smith Stationery
Tutti Frutti invitation – Emma Smith Stationery
A lovely keep sake idea is a custom print recording all the special details of your child at the age they are at the moment! This fun tropical themed custom print would be perfect for this theme:
Tropical custom print – Edge House Design
Tropical party decorations
You can literally go bananas (pardon the pun) decorating with this theme. Go bold with lush foliage or create your own palm or Monstera leaves using large pieces of paper, include plenty of fruit and florals as props, and don’t forget a flamingo or two for a bit of fun!
Tropical party dessert table – Opulenticity Party & Buffet Styling (Perth)
Tropical party – Opulenticity Party and Buffet Styling Perth
Tropical dessert table – Perfectly Sweet (Qld)
How gorgeous is this floral chandelier by Hanging Pretty?
Floral Chandelier – Hanging Pretty
This garland would make a fun backdrop or centrepiece!:
Fruit garland – Emiko Blue
These hand painted water colour decorations by ELK Prints are perfect for table settings or the sweets buffet.
Of course what’s a party without balloons!
Pineapple balloon – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Flamingo balloon – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Flamingo balloon – Love The Occasion
Giant palm tree balloon – Peppermint Sunday
Tropical garland – Fantasy Kids Parties
Teal paper fan – Emiko Blue
The use of natural or artificial flowers is also a great idea, and I love how Kirei Handmade has used them on giant letters.
Floral letters – Kirei Handmade
You can also hire a foilage wall such as this for a tropical feel backdrop:
Foilage wall – Sweet Heavenly Events and Party Hire (Sydney)
Flamingos or pineapples? Can’t decide? Go for both!:
Tropical garland -Sugarlicious
Giant honeycomb balls in abundance and a selection of bold colours also looks fabulous.
Tropical party styling – Saffy & May. Backdrop from Giggles and Grace Designs
Pink honeycomb balls – The Little Event Company
Pineapple honeycomb centrepiece – The Little Big Company
Can’t go past these flamingo pinatas for some fun or decoration:
Flamingo pinata – Party Pony Designer Pinatas
Tropical party tableware
Is it getting balmy in here yet? Let’s turn the heat up a notch with the perfect table setting for guests to sip on tropical punch and enjoy sweet fruit treats.
You’ll find an abundance of bright tableware perfect for this theme, including these fun finds.
Ruby Rabbit Partyware
The Little Event Company
Favor Lane Party Boutique
Sunrise party plates – The Little Event Company
Sorbet fruits plate – Hip and Hooray
Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Flamingo napkins – Confectionately Yours
Tropical partyware – Favor Lane Party Boutique
Flamingo swizzle sticks – Favor Lane Party Boutique
Flamingo straws – Deer Little Parties
This fun lemonade stand from Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney) is perfect for a cool drinks bar at a hot tropical party and seen in the below tropical setup:
Lemonade stand for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)
Styling – ELK Prints
Hire some flamingos for extra decorating fun!:
Flamingos for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)
Tropical cakes, cookies and desserts
With a theme that takes it’s cues from food, it’s fair to say that your sweets table will be the centrepiece of this occasion. Think cakes and desserts decorated with tropical flowers or fruit, and cookies shaped as exoctic birds, monstera leaves and tropical fruits. Don’t forget the real thing either!
Here is some of what has been created for this theme from LLC vendors around Australia who you can order from:
Cake – Sweets With Love with paper flowers by Hanging Pretty
Tropical cake – Velvetier (Qld)
Tropical cookies – Sweetcheeks Cookies and Cakes (Melbourne)
Tropical macarons – Arelio Sweetbox (Sydney)
Chocolates – Chocobon (Melbourne)
Tropcial cookies – Frosted by Nicci (Melbourne)
Cake – Frosted by Nicci (Melbourne)
Pineapple cupcake toppers – DIY Parties by Renee
Petite Cookies Melbourne
Tropical cupcakes – Love That Lolly Bar (Sydney)
Pineapple cookies – Flyaway Pineapple
Sweetcheeks Cookies and Cakes
Tropical edible print – Custom Icing
Flamingo cake topper – A la Roch
Tropical desserts – The Pumpkin Carriage (Sydney)
Petite Sweets & Co
Tropical party favours
From fruit inspired cookies to whacky flamingo foam glasses, your guest will go home feeling like they’ve been on a tropical holiday with these finds and packaging!
Watermelon favour bag- Love The Occasion
Fruity tattoos – The Little Event Company
Flamingo glasses – Favor Lane Party Boutique
Fruit stickers – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Glitter & Glue Designs
Before the little guests head home – why not have them stamp their fingerprint on this unique guest book idea! This ceramic hand painted tile will make the perfect keepsake for after the party!:
Guest book alternative – Pinta Craft
With so many partywares available, you can see why the tropical theme is just so hot right now, and a really easy one to pull together. I hope this has helped narrow the search down a little for you and provided the inspiration you need for your next occasion!