Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Olivia's World Tour 2012

WARNING! This is going to be a long post with loads of images.

Olivia recently celebrated her 8th birthday in rockstar style.  Our gorgeous girl (who we call Presh) is so into her music (in particular One Direction), it was no surprise she requested a rockstar party.  If you've been following my blog for the past four years you would know that I love my children's parties to tell a story and the theme to be carried through from the invitation to final goodbyes.  There are alot of images here but I want you to see how the party progressed and get a sense of what it was like to be at Olivia's World Tour 2012.

I sincerely hope you enjoy looking through these images captured by Leanne Stamatellos Photography.  

























I have a wonderful team of talented vendors to thank for making Olivia's birthday so special.

Artwork including invitations, dessert table backdrop and signage, CD artwork, autograph book all by Ham & Pea Design.  Li-Ann is seriously clever.
Photography by Leanne Stamatellos Photography.  Leanne has now photographed Olivia's 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th birthday parties.
Birthday cake and desserts by Coby at The Lemony Cupcake.  Coby's attention to detail and service is second to none.
Entertainment by Tiana Dance Parties.  Tiana kept the guests moving and shaking.
Makeup by Kimberely Steer
Hair by Tina Demos from Indigo Cut & Colour.  Tina and Kimberely - you both did a fantastic job transforming our party rockers.
Tassel garland by Blush loves Mint.  Gorgeous garland - thank you!
Party design & styling by Sharnel Dollar Designs.  Yay for me!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Trent Alert {Gender Reveal Parties}

Before you ask, no it's not what I sounds like.  It's a take on a Baby Shower.  Glad we got that sorted.

Gender reveal parties are the newest way to announce to your family and friends the sex of the baby you are soon to give birth to.  Themes tend to be gender neutral and the soon-to-be parents will normally announce the sex by cutting of the cake to reveal either a blue or pink cake inside or by opening a box and releasing blue or pink balloons.

Husbands are encouraged to be more involved in a gender reveal party and both men and woman are normally invited.  Second time parents also find this a fun way to announce what they are having, as a lot of second time parents like to find out the sex of their child.

Recently we worked on a story with The Sunday Mail and put together a little gender reveal dessert table to inspire others.  Two talented ladies worked closely with me on this table.  Coby from The Lemony Cupcake made amazing cake, cupcakes, vanilla bean custards and honey jumbles.  And Sarah from Style Me Gorgeous created the backdrop, thank you tags and buffet labels.

I choose to work with a 'bee' theme selecting soft yellows, caramel, white and a touch of black as the colour palette.  I also included some wood to add a casual, slightly rustic feel.

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The table centrepiece by The Lemony Cupcake.
The hive or top cake was cut to reveal the sex of the baby.

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Beautiful cake detail

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Little daisy cupcakes with coordinating printables by Style Me Gorgeous.
The beehive cake stand is from West Elm (and the ship to Australia too).
Baking cups and napkins from Paper Eskimo.

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Sweet little individual vanilla bean custards topped with crushed honeycomb.
I stamped some wooden spoons from Paper Eskimo.  Stamp set from TomKat Studio.
Mini glass pots from Sweet Style.
I stamped "What will you bee" and "Baby Bumble Bee" on the spoons.

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An oldie but a goodie - Honey Jumbles - yum!
The milk glass cake stands I used here are my absolutely favourite cake stand.  I love the shape of the pedestal and the smooth milk glass finish.
They come in a heap of colours and can be found at Sweet Style, Shop Sweet Lulu or TomKat Studios.

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Milk and honey refreshments. Old school milk bottles can be found at Lark.  Similar mini bottles can be found at Shop Sweet Lulu.
Striped straws from Paper Eskimo.

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Toasted marshmallows, caramel jerseys and gumballs.
Jars are my own.  I know they are cute aren't they?

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Jars of honey make a useful and inexpensive party favour for your guests
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Diamond quilted jars from Inviteme.

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Simple kraft paper bags enable your guests to take home a selection of lollies/candy.
Thank you tags by Style Me Gorgeous, kraft treat bags from Occasion by Design.

Another gender reveal party that is on my list of most gorgeous parties is this one designed and hosted by Kate Landers.  You can see all the gorgeous details of her own gender reveal party by clicking here.

Photography by Sharnel Dollar for Sharnel Dollar Designs

If you would like us to design a dessert table for you next event you can get in contact with Sharnel here.