In my last post, I promised you more details of our Celebrate conference so you can steal our style for your next event, or just get a head start on finding the perfect vendor to pull off your own vision. If you missed the post, you can read it here for all the details on our table centrepieces, and stay tuned as we bring you a more reveals each week.
Today we’re looking at another table detail which was a huge hit as they were are a hugely popular decorating item that doubles as a game, but aren’t often found as mini’s or used for table decoration like we used them for!
Yes, MINI pinata’s!!
In my opinion, styling is about personalisation and interpretation. So when I came across these mini pinata’s by Party Pony designer pinatas, I knew they weren’t destined to be hung, and certainly not bashed by a stick (would have made for a very interesting conference…).
Instead, we used them on tables – and were styled by Paper Face as part of some of the centrepieces.
Owner Nicola created a mix of diamond and heart shapes in our theme colours, which we then used as centrepieces on tables. Pinata’s are hugely popular as decorations these days, doubling as a bit of (bashful) fun, but using them in an unexpected way is a great talking point for guests.
Nicola can custom make these to your requirements, so let your imagination run wild and run your ideas past her – think cake toppers, photo props or room decor.
Nicola also creates custom tassel garlands and balloon tails for a cohesive look to your event, and you can see more of her work or shop from her website.
I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work on this event Nicola! Contact Party Pony Designer Pinata’s to see their full range or order a custom pinata
I hope this feeds your imagination and has you thinking about how you’ll use an item differently. I’ll be bringing you more details of the styling, props, balloons and more soon so stay tuned!
I’m delighted to share with you the photos from the first ever “Celebrate” conference day on the 15th August!
This event came about from my vision to bring together business owners within the party, event and baking industry and provide them an opportunity to network and also learn some relevant business tools to flourish their business.
Held at The Deckhouse in Sydney the venue was styled in only 1.5hours that very morning! With such a limited time we kept things simple but beautiful and stylist Shelley Davis of Paper Face Party coordinated all the styling for the venue and as you can see – she made the venue even more beautiful and a truly gorgeous setting for everyone to enjoy. Beautiful balloon decor was used throughout the venue thanks to Party Splendour and Born To Party who did an amazing job at helping to bring a stylish party feel to the room with their balloons.
All the beautiful photos are thanks to Captured by Kirri.
We enjoyed daylong beautiful views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and water from the venue and thankfully Sydney put on a lovely sunny winters day!
From the initial planning of the event I knew I wanted it to be a day where I could showcase items from Life’s Little Celebration vendors and the beauty of the day really came together because of so many lovely contributions as well as the support of our lovely sponsors Ruby Rabbit Partyware, Custom Icing, Sugarlicious Parties, Sweet Heavenly Events, Merc & Jones, Foamtastic party decor, Sugared events and Fairy La La Land!
As soon as guests entered they were met with a welcoming lounge area which was created using furniture and props from The Original Silver Teapot and it was a beautiful space on the day for attendees to enjoy during the break times.
This balloon arch at the front of the venue by Born To Party was stunning and a real talking point
Gorgeous jumbo balloons by Party Splendour created another feature in the room with fun tassels by Paper Face party and giant foam letters from Foamtastic
Each attendee received a handbook and gold Life’s Little Celebrations pen and each of the centrepieces styled by Paper Face Party were unique – styled with flowers as well as custom timber toppers from A La Roch and mini pinatas from Party Pony Designer Pinatas!
I just love these unique timber toppers by A La Roch!
The stylish mini pinatas were also a hit!
Guests were greeted with bright and fun signage to lead them into the venue with the design by Pretty and Print and printing by Jo’s Signs by Design:
Each attendee received a handmade glittery name tag with gold foil printing and the cutest little tassel! These were created by the talented Eve & Co and added a bit of extra sparkle to the day!
After grabbing a hot drink and mingling, attendees were invited to get comfortable and settle in for the day. It was honestly so wonderful to meet many business owners – some of whom I have known “online” but never met in person. It was also an honour to have attendees from Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra all make the trip to Sydney for Celebrate. The atmosphere was so warm, friendly and easy going as attendees made new contacts or met those in person who they deal with frequently online!
Here I am welcoming everyone and getting ready to introduce our first speakers!
The day included 5 amazing speakers who each brought their own experience, knowledge and personality to providing attendees with tips for their own business. Wendy El-Khoury of Wedded Wonderland was brilliant in providing a huge amount of insight into social media and particularly instagram tips for our industry!
At the last minute due to illness Nikki Clarke was unable to be at Celebrate. However we were lucky to have Lama Perin of well known brand Paper Eskimo be able to speak on branding and also sharing her tips and experiences from their own business history !
Tessa White of Down That Little Lane was honest, insightful and humorous as she shared PR tips and general advice on social media, building your community and getting your brand out there on a limited budget!
Leanne of Sweet Style shared her advice on how to create gorgeous photos for your social media and your website, as well as camera and lighting tips and styling advice:
The day ended with the fabulous Julia Bickerstaff of The Business Bakery who provided such valuable pricing advice and was straight to the point with tips on pricing for profit as a small business owner!
Speakers were around after their session during the breaks to chat to attendees while everyone mingled and enjoyed the sunshine!
It was beautiful Sydney weather so attendees could enjoy the balcony during their breaktimes and it was wonderful to see everyone mingle and enjoy the conversation with their business peers!
Another special feature on the day was a flower bar setup by Weekly Blooms for attendees to create and take home their own little posy of flowers as a reminder to flourish their business!
The beautiful tags on each of the bottles were all handmade and painted by Elk Prints
They added a truly extra special touch to the take home posy’s and something guests could keep on their bottles as a reminder to flourish their business!
A snapshot of a few more details which really helped style a beautiful venue
Each attendee received a swag bag to take home FILLED with goodies from Life’s Little Celebration vendors and more! There was everything from handmade cake toppers and garlands to partyware, from magazines to candles and of course delicious edible treats such as fairy floss, macarons and cookies! Many commented it was the best swag bag ever…and I have to say I agree with them!
It truly was such a delightful day and I thank everyone who came along or supported the event and again special thanks to stylist Shelley from Paper Face party who contributed so much to the look and feel of the day!
Many have requested that Celebrate be held again next year – and it is something I had considered but was hesitant about committing to prior to the event.
However the day went so well and with such positive feedback..it just may be back in 2017. Watch this space!
One of the very early decisions I had to make when planning Celebrate was choosing the presenters for the event. I wanted to choose speakers who were experts in their field. However I didn’t want CEO’s of large corporations – I wanted speakers who could understand small businesses and mum’s in business.
I wanted presenters who I knew could relate to the Celebrate attendees and this industry and would provide knowledge and inspiration. I also wanted high value speakers – if business owners were going to make the effort to spend the whole day at Celebrate – I wanted to ensure they heard from incredible speakers.
Tickets for Celebrate close in just 2 weeks so I wanted to share more about the amazing presenters chosen and below I have shared more about them and what they will be presenting on!
Wendy El-Khoury – Wedded Wonderland
“Celebrate your digital voice”
“Digital marketing in event wonderland”
Do you want to flourish your business in the event industry? Are you struggling with how to market yourself well on social media? Are you looking for marketing and business tools which will work in your industry?
Founder of Wedded Wonderland – one of Australia’s most respected online wedding magazines and portal. Wendy has developed Wedded Wonderland to excel in Events, Social Media, PR and Blogging with over 950,000 followers across Social Media, and over 600,000 visitors onwww.weddedwonderland.com with 150,000 being unique per month. Wendy is established as one of Australias’ leading wedding bloggers and influencers and has built her hugely successful business in a short period of time. She is a mum of 2 and passionate about building up business owners in this industry.
WENDY’S SESSION IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF:
You are wanting hot tips and insider information from a well-respected professional on:
:: Navigating social media and making it work for your party/event business
:: Growing your business in this industry
:: How to market your business via instagram and facebook
“Celebrate your niche”
“Discovering your niche and creating your brand identity!”
After 15 years experience devising branding and marketing strategies for some of the worlds biggest brands (think Nike, Levis and Nokia) – Nikki Clarke is a branding expert. She assists business owners to help uncover their niche and unique strengths and attract their perfect clients
NIKKI’S SESSION IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF:
You are wanting the inside scoop from an experienced professional on:
:: Building your brand
:: Discovering your niche and attracting your ideal clients
:: Setting yourself apart in this industry
Tessa White: Down That Little Lane
“Celebrate your brand”
“No money? No problems! Build your business and get your brand noticed on a limited budget”
Tessa started Down that Little Lane 3 years ago, on her own with a very limited budget and no help at all for the first 18 months. What Tessa doesn’t know about getting yourself noticed for free, how to get PR and networking your way to the top is not worth knowing. DTLL has over 240k followers on Pinterest, 75k on Facebook, 64k on Instagram and growing so it’s fair to say the proof is in the stats!
TESSA’S SESSION IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF:
You are wanting the secret keys from a well known professional on:
:: Getting your brand noticed without spending money
:: Growing your business on a limited budget
:: showcasing your business on social media & building a connected audience
Julia Bickerstaff, The Business Bakery
“Celebrate your worth”
“Am I working for me or working for free?
Pricing for profit in this creative and competitive industry”
The founder of The Business Bakery, a school and a community which helps women make a Healthy Income from their handmade, home based or other intentionally-small businesses. Julia understands small business and the challenges many business owners have in knowing how to price their service and create a healthy income!
Julia has a wealth of business experience including appearing regularly as the finance expert on Channel 7s Kochie’s Business Builders and as the small business expert on ABCNews 24’s Finance Quarter. She writes for Smartcompany and Flying Solo, and also works privately in a coaching capacity with medium sized businesses.
Unsure how to price your services? Reluctant to charge for the time you put in? Julia will provide you with the tips on pricing for profit in this industry!
JULIA’S SESSION IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF:
You are wanting valuable advice and all the answers from a knowledgeable professional on:
:: Knowing how to price correctly in this industry
:: Developing a healthy income in your small business
:: Managing your business and prices in this competitive market
Leanne Ambrogio: Sweet Style
“Celebrate your unique brands’ look”
Creating share-worthy images. Photography tips with styling secrets
As a former dessert stylist Leanne of Sweet Style discovered a passion for taking beautiful images of the gorgeous treats she was serving up to customers which led her down the path of photography. What started out as a hobby soon turned to a business when her clients started asking her to photograph their events and food for them.
With her knowledge of both photography and styling Leanne will give you the inside scoop on how to setup and photograph share worthy images of your products and work – so vital for anyone in this visual industry!
LEANNE’S SESSION IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF:
You are wanting to learn some fantastic tips from a respected industry professional on:
:: taking share-worthy images you can use online
:: how to style and stage your products or work for fantastic photos
:: using images to create your own unique look and brand in the party industry
Celebrate attendees will be able to hear from all 5 of these wonderful ladies and besides their value packed presentations they will also include some Q and A time for you to ask any burning questions you have!
If you haven’t yet secured your ticket, you can book your seat easily here as tickets close in just 2 weeks!
See you there!
So delighted to announce that tickets to Celebrate #celebratebizbash- the business bash for party makers and confetti shakers – are now officially on sale!
You can take advantage of the early bird price only until the 30th June (just in time for the end of the financial year!) – just remember to choose the “Earlybird” ticket option!
This special one day conference day is specifically for business owners in the party, baking and event industry!
Are you wanting to connect and network with others in your industry?
Are you ready to learn business tips and advice specifically for this industry?
Are you wanting to learn from inspiring speakers on topics such as social media, branding, PR, pricing and photography?
If so – this event is created especially for you.
I am passionate about business owners in this industry connecting with each other to build a positive community! I want to see small-medium businesses in this industry flourish!
Celebrate will provide you a day away at the beautiful venue The Deckhouse at Woolwich to hear from 5 inspiring speakers giving you tools for your business. You will be able to enjoy food and connect with other business owners just like yourself! At the end of the day you will leave with a gorgeous swag bag filled with an array of items for you to enjoy!
More details on speakers and Celebrate can be found here
Earlybird tickets are available at $255 ($245 for LLC partners) and will rise to $275 ($265 for LLC partners) after the 30th June so now is the best time to secure your seat!
To purchase your tickets please head to the ticketing site HERE where you can purchase your tickets easily via paypal (don’t worry if you don’t have a paypal account – you can still checkout using your credit card)!
Please choose the “earlybird” option and if you are currently advertising on the LLC website choose the “earlybird LLC partner” option
I look forward to seeing you at Celebrate!
I’m so excited to invite business owners in the party, events and baking industry in Australia to this premiere conference day in Sydney presented by Life’s Little Celebrations! More details on the Celebrate page but for now – save the date!
Don’t miss this special event on August 14th in Sydney – specifically for business owners ! Receive time to network with others in your industry and hear from some amazing speakers on how to flourish your business before the busy spring/summer party season – all while enjoying a beautiful venue and day out!
All the details can be found on the event page HERE where you can also sign up to receive updates on the news and ticket sales!
You can also join the Facebook event page here to ensure you don’t miss any announcements
Find out more here!