Issue 11: Magazine Shoot – Lola Dutch Theme

I am delighted to share this gorgeous shoot by Elevate Decor – one of our members in the USA who styled this shoot for our magazine: 

The inspiration for the shoot was DayDream Society’s Lola Dutch tableware collection. The collection is inspired by the Lola Dutch book series co-authored by Kenneth Wright and Sarah Jane Wright.

There were a number of unique features of this setup. The original illustrations for the book were used with permission to create beautiful designs used for different elements of the party, such as for the backdrops, signage, cake, cookies, macarons, cupcake toppers, and favor box decals.



The kids’ serpentine tables and bow chairs used were unique and added a luxury touch!


The styling of the tableware and desserts is just gorgeous!








How beautiful are the illustrations on the cake?!







There were also beautiful crane floral sculptures, cool vintage furniture to match some of the furniture illustrations in the book series and a vintage-style gold swing for the cake display.










This was just such a stunning setup and I loved how it displayed how you can beautifully style a party setup inspired by a book!:



Well done to all the vendors involved!



Item Provided: Concept, design, styling, balloons
Business Name: Elevate Décor (Organizer)

Item Provided: Photography
Business Name: Sabrina Saremi Photography

Item Provided: Kids’ tables and chairs, cake swing
Business Name: Just Kids Party Rentals (Organizer)

Item Provided: Illustrations
Business Name: Sarah Jane

Item Provided: Backdrops, welcome sign, drinks menu sign, photo art zone sign design
Business Name: Edge House Design

Item Provided: Backdrops, character cut outs, and signage production, venue, bar, side tables
Business Name: Phemstar Productions

Item Provided: Tableware
Business Name: Daydream Society

Item Provided: Settee, wingback chair, trunk
Business Name: Something Vintage Rentals and Design

Item Provided: Florals
Business Name: The Blooming Bohemian

Item Provided: Cake, cookies
Business Name: CrumbCoat Bake Studio

Item Provided: Cupcake toppers, cookies
Business Name: Sugar Spoon Desserts

Item Provided: Macarons
Business Name: Mrs. Mac

Item Provided: Cupcakes
Business Name: Treats-O-Rama

Item Provided: Drink stirrers, place cards
Business Name: KK&S Events

Item Provided: Setup assistance
Business Name: Maurblaq Events

Item Provided: Videography
Business Name: Amirafilms


Where The Wild Things Are Party Supplies board

Rebecca from Little Sweet Styling is sharing another of her fantastic party branding boards today on the blog – this time for a theme based around the popular children’s book – “Where the wild things are”.  However these items could work into any party theme involving a rustic or woodland look!

The source list for all these fantastic party supplies can be found at the end of this post. If you’d like a board such as this (with links to the products) for your next celebration, contact Little Sweet Styling at



Where The Wild Things Are VERTICAL 100dpi


Source List

Follow the below links to purchase any of the above items:


  1.  Custom Invitation $P.O.A – Paper Face
  2. Tissue Paper Fans $6.60 – Leo and Bella
  3. Honeycomb Tissue Paper Balls $4.50-6.60 – Leo and Bella
  4. Hessian Bunting $15.00 – Paper Face
  5. Moon Pinata $80.00 – Party Pony
  6. Kraft Drink Carry Tray $1.50 – Style Party Love
  7. Memo Blackboards $3.00 – Special Celebration
  8. Custom Cake Topper $P.O.A. – Glistening Occasions
  9. Small Square Bamboo Plate $9.95/10 pack – Love The Occasion
  10. Macaron Tower $P.O.A. – One Bite Macarons
  11. Drink Station $50 hire/weekend (Sydney) – Ruffle Me Tablecloths
  12. Wooden Cake Stand $54.96 – Confetti And Cake
  13. Wire Tiered Basket Stand $59.99 – Leo & Bella
  14. Berry Basket $9.95/10 pack – Ruby Rabbit
  15. Wood Rounds $25 hire/weekend (Sydney) – Tiny Tots Toy Hire
  16. Fabric Crown $25.00 –  Party Pony
  17. Brown Hessian Fabric Runner $2.95/m – Party Ideas In A Box
  18. Moss in a Bag $5.99 – The Little Big Company
  19. Kraft Party Bag $12.95/10 pack – Ruby Rabbit
  20. Wooden Scoop $4.95 – Party & Co
  21. Scalloped Kraft Favour Box $4.95/6 pack – Little Red Chick
  22. Jute Twine $9.99/9m – Style Party Love
  23. Pocket Compass $6.45 – Party Ideas In A Box
  24. Lolly Jar 42cm $49.00 – Leo & Bella
  25. Lolly Jar 32cm $35.00 – Leo & Bella
  26. Lolly Jar 30cm $36.00 – Leo & Bella

Thank you Little Sweet Styling for your inspiration and product ideas for a Where the Wild things are party!




Book themes round up

One thing I always hope for my children is that they will love books and reading – especially in this age of i-phones and i-pads they are growing up in!

For this reason I have a soft spot for any book – themed party. There is something I love about theming a party based around your child’s favourite book and encouraging and celebrating their love of a wonderful story!

So I’ve gathered together some inspiration for you – various book-themed parties/dessert tables that I love.

Click onto the images to be taken directly to view more photos of these celebrations! Remember when party planning to visit the Life’s Little Celebrations children’s party directory for fantastic vendors such as cake makers, party stores, printables and more!

Enjoy the round up:



Dr Seuss party from Kara’s Party Ideas



Where is the green sheep party based on printables from Ham & Pea Design and Paperie



Invite and cookies from above Where is the green sheep party Invite from Ham & Pea Design & Paperie. Cookies from Dessert Menu Please




Pinnochio First birthday – Lettuce & Co




Very Hungry Caterpillar party styled by Lily Chic Events featured on the HWTM blog



Brown Bear party from the Koehler Family blog




Gruffalo party by Bronnie Bakes




Guess How Much I Love You by Sweet Tables by Chelle



Princess and the Pea Pyjama party by My Paper Lily




Little Red Riding hoot party by Banner Events on the HWTM blog


Snow White party by ‘Cakes by Joanne Charmed’ on the Oh It’s Perfect blog




Goldilocks and the 3 bears party by Frog Prince Paperie


What books do your children love that would make a wonderful party theme? Are you planning a book themed party?










The Very Hungry Caterpillar Theme

Books are such an important part of childhood and I am loving seeing the parties which are being based around a much loved children’s book – such as the Very Hungry Caterpillar which is a book my daughter is just starting to enjoy at the moment!

This party theme can involve bright and bold decorations and also gives you the chance to serve some delicious fruit as an option for your dessert table to match the fruits in the book.

Given that there are so many party themes relating to TV characters, I think that any party theme related to reading/books is a winner in my eyes!

Hope you enjoy my selection of ideas =)


There is a large range of invitations and printables for this theme. Here are a few I’ve chosen to showcase:

Very Hungry Caterpillar invitation - The Little Soiree



Party printables - Ham & Pea Design and Paperie


Very Hungry Caterpillar invitation - Imprintables



Very hungry caterpillar printables - Petite Party Studio


Party printables - Luv Bug Design

Decorations and Tableware

Fabric such as this could be used for backdrops, to make tablecloth from or anything that you creative mum’s can come up with!


Very Hungry Caterpiller fabric - Fabric Love


Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric - Fabric palette Australia


These Very Hungry Caterpillar themed pom poms could be hung, or could be used to make a caterpillar as seen below:

Very hungry caterpillar tissue pom poms - Ah-Tissue


Caterpillar idea using tissue pom poms - Mondocherry blog


Here are a few other decorating items:

Party banner - The Party Hub


Rainbow tissue garland - Elke and Me


Green accordian lanterns - Pink Frosting


Very Hungry Caterpillar bunting - Stix and Stones


Very Hungry Caterpillar garland - Suzy is an artist


Very Hungry Caterpillar mobile - Booktopia


Very Hungry Caterpillar wall decals - Booktopia

A simple but colourful balloon decorating idea using the below balloons:

Balloon decoration idea - Craftmumship blog


Very Hungry Caterpillar balloons - The Party Hub


These balloons would also make for fun decorations:

Caterpillar balloons - The Party Hub


This tablecloth could be used on the table or even as a backdrop:

Very Hungry Caterpillar tablecloth - Party Kids

Love these platters for something special on the table. There are more styles to choose from too if you follow the links:

Party plate - Peters of Kensington


Very Hungry Caterpillar melamine tray - Belinda Janes

Some cute partyware for the food:


Very Hungry caterpillar plates - Party Hub


Very Hungry Caterpillar plates - Party Kids


Very hungry caterpillar wooden cutlery - Sucre Shop


Sweet Treats

This set of cupcake wrappers and toppers is all you need to theme some simple cupcakes:

Cupcake cases and toppers - The Party Hub

Then pop them onto a bright cupcake stand:

Red cupcake holder - Piece of Cake Parties and Celebrations

These lollies are perfect for this theme:

Sour Crawlers - Marysville Lolly Shop


If you are making cake pops then this is a great idea for how you could arrange them:

Cake pop idea - Bronnie Bakes

Love these cake toppers for an easy way to decorate a simple cake! They can be kept as momentos for after the party as well:

Very Hungry Caterpillar topper set - Jade Stone Studio

Set your cake atop a red cake stand such as this wooden one:

20cm red cake stand - Emerald and Ella


Or since we are talking about red cake stands, I can’t help but share these gorgeous ones coming into Sweet Style:

Red cake stands - Sweet Style

Special theme items

A special hat for the birthday child:

Very Hungry Caterpillar party hat - Dainty Couture

Use a soft or wooden toy as a decoration item. There is even a giant 1.2m caterpillar you can buy ! Perfect for the bedroom/playroom after the party:

Very Hungry Caterpillar plush - Toys Paradise


Giant plush - Peter's of Kensington


Very Hungry Caterpillar pull along - Kids Central


Butterfly hand puppet - Discount Toy Company

Favour Packaging


12 pack of favour bags - Crafts by Diana


Very Hungry Caterpillar loot bags - The Sugar Box


Green polka dot favour bag - Harry Brown Designs


Green gelato stripe box - Sweet Little Birdy

Some favour ideas for this theme include these cute fruit stamps work in well with the fruit foods in the Hungry Caterpillar story even though they don’t match completely:

Tiger Tribe fruit stamp kit - Urban Baby


Very Hungry Caterpillar crayons - Liddle and Boo


Very Hungry Caterpillar badges - The Party Hub


Very Hungry Caterpillar coin purse - Oranges and Lemons Boutique

A book set such as this is great as you can divide up the books and give one to each child:

Very Hungry Caterpillar little learning library - Mighty Ape


Real Parties

This party theme has had some great parties styled around it. Find more party inspiration here:

A sweet party on the Hello Naomi blog

Some cute food and decorating ideas on the Pink Pistachio blog

Healthy fruit used creatively in this Hungry Little Caterpillar party on Hostess with the Mostess blog

A lovely, simple fruit based dessert table on the Mom Tog diaries blog

Lots of ideas from Pottery Barn kids for the Very Hungry Caterpillar theme


Hope you enjoy this selection and your child enjoys celebrating their birthday along with their favourite book =)