Well it has been some time since I have written a blog post, but I felt that this event was something definitely worth writing about... Styled By Belle is extremely thrilled to have recently been asked to participate in the TomKat Studio "Australian Party Designer Challenge".
The TomKat Studio is one of the most fabulous party inspiration websites and businesses based in the US. TomKat produce some of the most sought after party printables, and they also have a gorgeous online shop filled with everything from tableware, cake stands, baking supplies and much more -- it is a one-stop shop for all things party and you will just swoon at all its gorgeousness!
The challenge for each of the 8 Australian Party Designers (of which Styled By Belle was one!) was to select one party printable collection from the TomKat Studio shop and to style a sweets table using this theme and design as our inspiration.
I selected the gorgeous Flower Garden collection from the TomKat Studio, which came in soft pastel tones of pink & aqua blue - one of my favourite colour combinations.
The TomKat Studio "Flower Garden" invitation
The design had pretty daisy flower imagry and soft pastel polka dots. For "Daisy's Birthday Party", Styled By Belle custom built a white cart to create the sweets table. The cart was set amongst a lush garden filled with beautiful blooms and fresh pink flowers.
Above the table, bunting was hung with the words "Daisy's Secret Garden" using TomKat's flag design.
Beautiful fresh flowers in shades of pink including roses, dahlias, sweet pea, gerberas, stock and baby's breath were arranged in pastel pink and aqua urns. Pink & aqua candy were displayed in pretty glass jars embellished with ribbons and roses.
Being a "flower garden", pretty blooms were displayed prominently.
Freshly cut flowers filled a white basket
Creeping roses draped around the wagon wheels
The talented Queen Baker
created some delicious desserts, including this stunning 3 tier cake.
The cake was delicately decorated with hand crafted sugar flowers, lace and pearls
also created some gorgous little cupcakes which were also decorated with pink and aqua sugar flowers and embellished with lace wrappers and draped with pearls. Styled By Belle displayed the cupcakes on up-side-down mini flower pots which were painted pink and aqua.
cleverly created some pretty vanilla sugar shortbread cookies using the daisy image from TomKat Studio's design.
Cookies using the daisy image from TomKat Sudio's printable design
Styled By Belle also created some sweet treats including these cute flower cake pops, which were displayed in mini flower pots. Styled By Belle crushed oreo biscuits to create imitation "dirt" for the cake pops to sit in :)
Little glass pots were filled with delectable pink strawberry mousse. The jars were wrapped with lovely pink & aqua floral fabric strips
There were also little glass pots filled with aqua blue jelly. These jars were decorated with pink lace around the rims.
Other edible delights included pink & aqua rock rystal sugar sticks, which were tied with little ribbons.
Chocolate bars wrapped in custom design TomKat Studio flower garden wrappers.
Guests could fill little scalloped treat boxes with all the sweets their heart desired! The treat boxes had cute little "thank you" favour tags tied to them with ribbon.
"thank you" favour tags designed by the TomKat Studio
A flower garden party wouldn't be complete without a little garden party for the children to enjoy now would it!!
Styled By Belle styled a childen's table, which was laid with white linen and chairs decorated with large pink flowers tied to them.
The children's party table setup beside the feature sweets table
The children's table was laid with all sorts of gorgeousness... floral print placemats; pink & aqua lace paper plates; slices of ("soap") cake decorated with pink & aqua flowers; and mini glass bottles for them to drink from.
Mini glass bottles were decorated with TomKat Studio custom designed bottle wrappers, as well as boutique polka dot paper straws embellished with TomKat
Studio straw flags and pink roses. The children of course drank "flower nectar".
Here are Daisy and her friends enjoying the sunshine and devouring sweet treats at her garden party.
Pouring some tea
And here are the children selecting their treats from the sweets table...
All this sweetness is something worth dancing about!!
Daisy's sweet "boyfriend" presenting her with a giant pink bloom
Sharing "sweet" stories!
Happy Birthday Divine Daisy!
So there is is my little Flower Garden" party, inspired by the TomKat Studio collection, and captured on film by the amazingly talented Lee Bird Photography
. I do hope you enjoy it!
Please visit the TomKat Studio blog
to see the write up on my party, as well as the other Party Designers' entries and vote for your favourite at the end of the week.
I must say an enormous thankyou to my wonderful suppliers and hope you pay them a visit too:
* Photography - Lee Bird Photography
* Cake, Cupcakes & Cookies - Queen Baker* Printables - The TomKat StudioPlease visit Styled By Belle's facebook page to see all the party photos in my photo album here.
My two sons (aged 3 yrs and 18 mths) invited their gorgeous little "girlfriends" over for a Valentines Day party! Here are some pics of their cute day...
I decided to create a dessert table using the colour scheme of pink and red, with a splash of aqua blue - based on the gorgeous printables from Sweet Scarlet Designs
. Most Valentines Day tables are either red or pink, or a combination of both, and I love how incorporating the blue brings a fresh look to the style. But most importably... my eldest is going through a phase of having all things "blue for boys!", so it was great to be able to please him :)
For the backdrop I draped soft pink tulle and hung pink & red love heart shaped paper fans from above. I had some wooden letters carved with the word "Love" in the same font as the printables design, and covered them with metallic blue glitter wire. I think this looked really effective taking centre place and featuring so strongly in the background.
The amazing Helen from Kiss My Cakes
baked a divine vanilla buttercream cake, from which I hung a mini metallic love heart bunting from wooden skewers across it. I love the heart detail Helen piped onto the front of the cake!
And there was also a surprise inside, with a layer of red velvet -- just to add to the romance with a splash of red colour!
To drink, the kids had "Love Potion" (aka raspberry cordial) from my gorgeous glass drink dispenser, and we served them in vintage ball mason jars (available from Sweet Style
) with red love heart paper straws and flags.
Kiss My Cakes
also made me some gorgeous cupcakes topped with fondant hearts, as well as some very yummy vanilla bean cookies.
I stuck a loveheart arrow through each cupcake to create "Cupids Cupcakes"
Little red letterbox, with a "love letter" cookie baked by Kiss My Cakes
There were lots of pink, red & blue sweets for the kids to munch on...
Love heart candy in Happy Lab science jars (AKA "Love Pills")
Test Tube "Love Pills"
Chocolate lips on sticks
Red foil covered chocolate hearts
Raspberry & white chocolate hearts
"You had me at jell-o" (jelly). Served in little pots with love heart chains & wooden spoons topped with metallic hearts
Kiss'n Cuddle Cookies from Kiss My Cakes
Striped lollipop "tongues"
"Bliss Bombs" (pink popcorn)
Foil chocolate hearts & swizzle sticks in pink, red and blue
Mini musks & mini heart jellies
Pink chocolate beans, sour straps & bon bons
Lolly bags for the kids, with Valentines toppers from Sweet Scarlet Designs
Gorgeous two-tone red & pink roses (the photo doesn't justify, but the roses had a gorgeous blend of both colours in their petals)
Now for a few fun shots of the kids... Sweet young love!!!
Cute little chalkboard sign from Ah-Tissue
And I just ADORE these black & white photos, with flash of red!
A very special thankyou to Amy Atlas Events
for featuring our little Valentines Party on her blog
I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentines Day. My day will just be about the love I share with my 3 darling boys xxx
Styling – Styled By Belle
Cake, cupcakes & cookies - Kiss My Cakes
Printables – Sweet Scarlet Designs
Vintage bell mason jars & swizzle sticks - Sweet Style
Photography – Tom Henneman
Styled By Belle had a lot of fun recently styling a chic 21st birthday party. The client was looking for a stylish event filled with glamour, in the colour palette of pink, black & white. Styled By Belle managed the entire event from the invitation selection, marquee hire & setup, food & beverage selection, venue themeing & decoration, entertainment and of course a gorgeous dessert table to complete the look!
We hired a beautiful white marquee and lined the roof with silk draping. Black wooden flooring covered the entire surface. Fairy lights were hung around the perimiter of the marquee giving a wonderful shimmer throughout the evening. The marquee was filled with a lounge area for guests to chill beside the dance floor and a chic bar and dessert table.
Lounge area & dessert table setup
The ceiling was a real "wow" factor with a big bunch of stunning tissue paper pom poms in pink, black & white hanging from the centre, and eye catching cardboard chandeliers that were spray painted black hanging either side.
The roof lined with silk, and chandeliers hanging alongside the bunch of tissue poms
Tissue paper pom pom bunch
Battery operated candles were stuck onto the chandeliers and gave a gorgeous pink hue along the roof. These chandeliers were ordered from America and gave the venue a glamourous look!
As guests walked into the venue, they came past the swimming pool, in which I had custom foam letters cut with the words "Happy 21st Melissa". The letters were painted black & pink and strung along the length of the pool. Tea light candles and pink & white gerbera flowers floated around the letters giving a whimsical look as guests arrived!
Foam letters before the flowers & candles were floated in
Welcome sign at entrance to marquee in glamourous black frame
For the dessert table I used a bold striped tablecloth, and the backdrop was made from black velvet pinned with crystal embellishments.
Glass jars were filled with an aray of pink & white sweets and black ribbons tied around their necks
You might notice little crystals were stuck onto the bow of the menu tag giving a little extra touch of elegance
Pink and white m&m's
Pink polka dot lolly bags sitting in treasure box with signature "21st" key
Styled By Belle also featured some delicious desserts and baked items on the table...
Vanilla cupcakes topped with white chocolate frosting & pretty pink flower
Black & white striped cupcake cases
Vanilla pannacotta topped with a blackberry and raspberry. I also adhered a black lace trim around the jars.
I adore these elegant silver teaspoons (which you wouldnt believe were disposable!)
The ever so popular oreo cake pops which I dipped in pink & white chocolates
Mini glasses filled with white chocolate mousse and topped with glamourous pink Persian fairy floss
I tied silver teaspoons to the glasses with fine black ribbon
Macarons in 3 flavours: Rose, Cherry Blossom & Moet Champagne! mmmm....
Mini meringues topped with fresh cream and berries
The birthday cake was a made by my talented friend, Kylie Bourban. Kylie created a striking cake to the match of a cake designed by Jessicakes
(albeit the monogram letter "M" was changed to match the font of Melissa's stationary). The client selected this cake herself, and Kylie did a wonderful job replicating it beautifully for her. Jessicakes actually provides a great tutorial online on how to decorate the cake which you can view here
Over at the bar, a black velvet backdrop was hung with ribbons tied to vintage keys dangling along it.
Bubbles on ice
Pink striped paper straws
Liquid delights in glass beverage dispensers
A champagne cocktail flowed through an electric fountain, which the ladies especially loved refilling their own glasses
Fresh berries & fruit which guests could add to their own cocktails
One of the highlights of the evening was a photo booth where guests could go and have pictures taken of themselves. A fantastic feature of this machine, is that it also records video messages, so guests could also leave a recorded video clip for the party girl. All the clips and photos get put onto a DVD for her to watch over and over and keepsake forever!
The booth prints 2 copies of the photo strips (with "Melissa's 21st Party" logo printed at the bottom). Guests got to keep one copy, and the other was stuck into a memory book by the guests, alonside a written message for the party girl.
Of course I had to test the machine out myself!! :)
Styled By Belle's, Belinda Ramanauskas, in front of the completed setup!
A truly fabulous party that I was so delighted to plan, manage & style!
Special thanks to Elise from Sweet Scarlet Designs
for her design work of the printable stationary & Danielle Cutri
for her wonderful photography!
And also an amazingly big thankyou to Amy Atlas Events
for my 3rd feature on her wonderful blog! It just blows me away.. thankyou Amy & Lisa!! You can view the feature here
Event Styling & Management - Styled By Belle
Photography - Danielle Cutri Photography
Printables - Sweet Scarlet Designs
Birthday Cake - Kylie Bourban
This "chugging" train party was lots of fun to create for a little boy's 2nd birthday! The client loved the vintage train party
I created for my son Aidan, and wanted something in the colour scheme of yellow and blue. I wanted to create something bright and fun and a little different to Aidan's party... and this is what I came up with!
I contacted the lovely Elise from Sweet Scarlett Designs
to design a yellow & blue printable collection for me. She came up with a super cute "Choo" train design and emailed me all the files to print myself, including the great big yellow backdrop.
I utilised the wooden train track I built for Aidan's party, and used it on the bottom tier of this table. I then sourced smaller blue plastic tubs and stuck on yellow wheels to create a train "carriage" effect along the track.
These "carriages" contained the sweet treats including milky bars, lemon sherbets, blue jelly beans, bananas, crunchie bars & my special recipe rocky road.
Blue and yellow lanterns hanging either side of the table
My wooden compartment holder with lolly bags on the top tray & dessert plates below
My client had a friend that made the amazing train cake - in colours that perfectly matched the table. I don't have the details of the cake maker as yet, but will definitely find out!!
And here are some of the yummy baked desserts from Styled By Belle..
Yellow & blue Oreo cake pops
Mini cheesecake cups
Lemon & Blueberry Macarons from La Belle Miette
Vanilla cupcakes with yellow frosting
Cupcake wrappers & toppers by Sweet Scarlet Designs
Kids juice bottles with wrapper designs by Sweet Scarlet Designs
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo!!
Printable designs - Sweet Scarlet Designs
Macarons - La Belle Miette
... and a Happy New Year!! Styled By Belle is back on board after a lovely Christmas and holiday and already preparing for a couple of upcoming events. One being a gorgeous 50th birthday in a few weeks time that will be just sublime. I can't wait for this one!!! But before then I thought I might update you all with a few events I styled before the Christmas break...
A good place to start is probably a Christmas party I styled for a client in the colour scheme of red & white.
I hung a gorgeous dried red rose wreath which framed the stark white backdrop and used white tree stems adorned with red dove ornaments as a key feature.
Yummy treats included chocolate dipped cream puffs, oreo cake pops, vanilla pannacotta jars, raspberry & Moet macarons, white chocolate rocky road, vanilla cupcakes in gorgeous red lace wrappers, cherry & white rock crystal swizzle sticks and red candy.
Oreo cake pops
Chocolate dipped cream puffs
Raspberry & Moet macarons
Homemade white chocolate rocky road - with cranberries & pistachios to give a festive feel
Vanilla pannacotta jars
Vanilla cupcakes in red lace wrappers
I created my own candy cane vase (an idea I found on the internet) and filled it with beatiful red florals. It sat atop my glass milk cake stans, which I tiered on top of another larger one that held mini chocolate puddings.
Candy cane vase
Glass jars were filled with red & white candy, and cute little ceramic star tags with Christmas words "Peace", "Love" & "Joy" were hung from their necks.
For a little wow, I also ordered red and white m&m’s from America with the clients custom logo printed on them. A lovely touch!
Custom logo printed m&m's
Red lindt balls in mercury glass jar
Cherry red rock crystal sticks
White rock crystal sticks
Red polka dot lolly bags which I adorned with sweet tag & festive paper clip
I also setup a cute little drinks station on my wooden vintage auto trolley. It included a delicious festive berry fruit punch and mini glass bottles with red paper straws.
Festive berry fruit punch
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed some rest & relaxation with your families as I did!Vendor Credits:
Printable designs - Sweet Scarlet Designs
Macarons - La Belle Miette
This party is very special and dear to me since it is the 3rd birthday party of my eldest son, Aidan. Aidan has been going through a mix of phases from Dinosaurs to Toy Story to Monsters and now Transformers! However he has always had a very special love for Thomas the Tank Engine as many little boys do (as you can probably see by his toy room here)
Aidan's "Thomas Collection"
I dont particularly like going down the "commercial" party route and wanted to stay away from "Thomas" (although you will see I did hire a Thomas jumping castle!). Instead I decided to create a vintage train party in the colour scheme of sky blue & red, with the party to be held at "Aidansville" station to celebrate the 3rd birthday of "The Aidan Express"!
I found an adorable train collection stationary set on Etsy by Parties By Hardie
. The printables were so affordable and upon purchase I was emailed a set that I was able to edit and customise with whatever text I wanted and then print my own stationary. Loved it! Here is a copy of the invitation that I went with:
Train collection printables from Parties By Hardie
I spent many late nights painting and building props including – a custom train station backdrop that I drew and hand painted myself. The station was of course called“Aidansville”, the clock was pointing to “3 o’clock” (being Aidan’s age) and I had 2 windows representing “Tickets” and “Luggage”. I got my
little man dressed up as a train driver and took photos of him before the party to stick in the windows (you might notice one is of him holding tickets for the
ticket booth window and the second photo of him holding mini suitcases for the luggage window).
The backdrop I drew & painted on canvas
The "ticket master"
Collecting the passengers luggage
Pretty much over mummy forcing him to pose & take silly photos now!! haha!!
I created a super long (4.5 metre) dessert table and covered it with hessian to give it a rustic feel. I built & painted a wooden train track to line the front of the table and bought plastic tubs that I painted red & blue and put wheels on to create “train carriages” to hold the food platters. Aidan already had a cute vintage
red ride-on wooden train that headed the table and “pulled” the carriages along the tracks!
The menu consisted of: caramel popcorn, chocolate bars in custom wrappers, train sugar cookies, red velvet cupcakes, blue & red jelly jars, oreo cookie pops, wild berry yogurt push pops, chocolate ripple cake and fruit skewers (of which I used a train shape cookie cutter to cut the watermelon pieces).
Caramel popcorn in Mon Tresor boxes
Chocolate bars in custom wrappers
Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Cupcake toppers from the Parties By Hardie collection
Wildberry yogurt "push pops"
My first attempt at sugar cookies and working with fondant! eeek!!!
Oreo cookie pops
Fruit sticks (note watermelon cut into train shape!)
Chocolate ripple cake with shards of blue & red chocolate
Blue and red jelly jars
"Aidan" name stamp from Sweet Style
I also had lolly jars filled with red & blue candy: jaffas, bon bons, jelly beans, raspberries, sour straps and clouds.
I used my vintage wooden compartment box to hold 4 types of lollipops – train shape suckers, swirl sticks, rock crystal sticks & swirl lollipops.
The birthday cake was BEYOND AMAZING! My wonderful friend, Kylie Bourban, created a fabulous train & carriages cake to match my theme perfectly! The train and carriages were each a different flavour: chocolate mud, white chocolate mud, jaffa mud & banana mud. Yum! Yum!
Birthday cake by Kylie Bourban
To drink, I served raspberry cordial and iced water in my glass beverage dispensers from Lily Chic Events, along with mini glass bottles with red & blue paper
straws. I also used printable drink bottle wrappers from Parties By Hardie for the kids pop top juices.
Cute little prop I bought off ebay
Pretty paper straws
"Chugga-Chugga" drink bottle labels from Parties by Hardie - how cute!
and "Chew-Chew" cutlery wrappers as well!
To set the scene, I had my cousin dress as the “Fat Controller” (or as he is officially known, "Sir Topham Hatt") and he greeted guests as they arrived. I made train boom gates and had them positioned along a train track we stuck on the ground using black tape. I also made a “Railway Crossing” traffic sign and had a STOP sign along the tracks.
STOP sign, with black taped train track on ground to lead guests into party
A real metal train station sign I bought off ebay and painted
Boom gates and "Railway Crossing" sign
For entertainment, I hired a Thomas jumping castle and a motorised ride-on train (which we called “The Aidan Express”) to give the children train rides throughout the afternoon, which was a huge hit!
"The Aidan Express"
My two precious boys having a ride on the train!
The children received lots of little train paraphernalia to take home – train shaped crayons, train whistles, train driver hats and train drink bottles. I also had wooden train toys that the children were able to paint themselves and take home.
Choo Choo bars & train crayons from Ivy Lane Designs
The kids table where each child received a train hat, train ring & train drink bottle
Overall the party was "choo-choo" fun and my little man had an absolute blast with his little friends. I just had to share some photos of Aidan as he arrived at the party and saw what his mummy had created for him. It's just priceless and makes all the hard work so very worthwhile when you see that look of awe and amazement on your childs face!
Aidan arriving at his party
A little apprehensive and in awe!
So much to look at and take in all at once!
Just having the best time! Happy Birthday darling boy. Love you xx
I have to say a very big thankyou to Lee Bird Photography
for coming along at such notice! My original photographer got stuck in Sydney with the Qantas airline cancellations and sadly couldn't make it back in time. However Lee Bird was just so wonderful to work with and I'm sure you'll all agree has some very special photography talent! I love how she edited the photos with a vintage treatment. Thank you so much Liat!
I am also SUPER EXCITED that Aidan's party has been featured on the amazing queen of dessert tables blog... Amy Atlas
! This is my 3rd feature on Amy Atlas and I am beyond ecstatic! Thankyou Amy & Lisa xxSome other vendor credits I must mention:
Photography - Lee Bird Photography
Printable Stationary - Parties By Hardie
Birthday Cake - Kylie Bourban
Train Crayons - Ivy Lane Designs
Jumping Castle - Speciality Castles
Trackless Train Ride - A&A Jumping Castles
When my client asked me to style her daughter’s 8th party and told me she wanted a “beauty spa” theme, I was very excited and immediately thought of gorgeous tones of pinks and lavender. Having two sons of my own, I always love when I get a chance to style things ‘girly’. However my excitement soon changed when she went on to say that Chloe wanted the colour “blue”! I had to have a laugh as my most recent parties have all been blue and I thought - oh not another one! Haha! But I must admit I have always been a ‘blue girl’ myself since I was very young and it is my favourite colour so I knew I could create a delightful little party for Chloe and her friends!
For the dessert table I used my pretty ruffled tablecloth from Vintage Sew and So
and created a
backdrop made from strips of hanging ribbon in shades of blue, white & silver.
We decided to call the event "Chloe's Day Spa" so I used a few beauty themed products such as a wire bodice, shower cap, loofah and mini bottles of blue fragrance to set the scene. I also designed a set of printables using a pretty blue haired girl as our themed character.
Sweet treats on the table were in tones of blue including blue heaven jelly, oreo cookie pops, fairy floss, white chocolate mud cupcakes, mini blueberry meringues and chocolates in custom wrappers - of which I made them all. There was also blue candy including bon bons, bubblegum clouds, jelly beans, chocolate beans and sour strings.
To drink I made a delicious blueberry fruit punch which looked gorgeous in my apothecary beverage dispenser from Little Big Company
. The drinks were served in mini glass bottles that I embellished with ribbon & flowers along with pretty paper straws.
The girls also received a cute shimmy makeup bag and were able to select blue eye shadows, nail polish and lip glosses.
Throughout the afternoon, Chloe’s mummy treated the girls to relaxing manicures and pedicures. For the manicure station I was inspired by the little “shop awnings” made by The Party Dress here
, and I thought I might try to make my own version with blue and white striped canvas fabric for the awning. With the help of my wonderful Dad and grandmother, we came up with a cute little creation I think!
For the pedicures, Chloes mother did a lovely job of setting up chairs & foot soak buckets with rose petals. So sweet! And I printed up little signs and framed them for the mani & pedi stations.
A super sweet party, for a super sweet young lady. Hope you had a relaxed and pampered day Chloe!
Photography - Danielle Cutri Photography
Ruffled Tablecloth - Vintage Sew and So
Jars, Choc beans & Enjoy stamp - Sweet Style
Cupcake wrappers - Mon Tresor
Drink dispenser - Little Big Company
Beep Beep! Toot Toot! Broom Broom!
I recently styled a dessert table for a cute little boys "car" themed 1st birthday party. Hudson's mother wanted the colour scheme of soft blue, green & white -- gorgeous for the last "baby feel" party you can have for your son before he gets into the real "boy boy" themes!
I hung blue & white tissue poms and blue & green polka dot laterns above the table. For the backdrop I printed a car shape image and used it to trace lots of car cutouts from coloured cardboard. I then sewed the cars together to create hanging garlands.
Along the front of the table I hung a garland banner that I printed and threaded with ribbon. And by coincidence, when I was wondering through Ikea I found these car floor mats - in the exact colours of the party - so I bought one to put in front of the table and Hudson's mum loved it, so she bought a few more in the kids play area!
Floor mat in front of table from Ikea
Hudon's "Sweet Servo" (for those that may not know, "servo" is an Australian slang word for petrol/fuel station) featured lots of yummy blue, white & green candy, treats and desserts...
Spearmint leaves, whic choc buttons & jelly beans
Sour straps, milk bottles & watermelon clouds
Layered blue, white & green jelly
"Blue & green should never be seen, unless there is white in-between" (well that's the old saying isn't it!)
For the jelly jars I layered blue jelly, then condensed milk white jelly & finished with green on top. I used wooden spoons and stamped them with the word "enjoy!" (stamps from Sweet Style
). I also found some blue & green keyring holders and printed little "toot toot" and "beep beep" cars inserts for them.
Choc dipped marshmallow pops with blue & green sprinkles
I found some small tyres at my hardware store and cut some foam to size to fit inside the tyres. I then painted one blue and the other green. I used these to stick my marshmallow pops in.
Tyre stands for the marshmallow pops
Custom chocolate bar wrappers
Oreo biscuit truffle pops
To add to the car theme, I made tiny teddy racing cars (milky way chocolate bars with blue & green smartie tyres and cute tiny teddy biscuits in the drivers seats!)
"Teddies, start your engines!"
Hudson's mummy made delicious vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese icing, in super cute blue & green polka dot cupcake cases. For the toppers, I printed and cut out the little car shapes and attached them to small wooden sticks.
I found two adorable toy cars at Parenthood and bought them to hold the rock candy sticks and the lolly bags. They slotted in perfectly!
Crystal rock candy swizzle sticks
Green, white & blue lolly bags in the toy car
The birthday cake was made by the very talented Emily at Pratty Cakes
. I love that the cake was subtle and beautiful in the colour scheme, without being a typical "car themed cake".
The kids table in front of dessert station
At the drinks table ("Re-fuel station") we used my fabulous beverage dispensers (from Lily Chic Events
), and cute recycled mini glass bottls with blue & green striped paper straws.
Blue heaven flavoured cordial
I just love paper straws!
Hudson's mummy bought little wooden toy cars and painted them blue and green. When the guests left, children could take home a car with helium balloon attached.
The birthday boy driving his own little car! Beep Beep Hudson! Hope you had a great little party!
I must say a HUGE thankyou to the amazing Amy Atlas for featuring Hudson's party on her blog today. I am totally THRILLED to bits and it has absolutely made my day! To read Amy's feature click here
'Enjoy' stamp, cupcake cases, choc beans, paper straws, lolly bags - Sweet Style
Polka dot lanterns & ribbon - Specklefarm
Birthday cake - Pratty Cakes
I have always had a love of elephants, dating back to when I travelled to South Africa on safari in 2008. It was truly the most unbelievable experience in my life to be on a jeep in the middle of Kruger and tracking down the animals. We had a dangerous encounter with a herd of elephants and one that I will never forget –thankfully we all escaped unharmed! The elephant is such a beautiful animal and I have always had an obsession with them, so it seemed natural that I create an elephant themed party for my son!
I hit the internet and browsed endlessly to find inspiration for my invitation and party. You just have to type “elephant birthday party invites” in Google images and you will see hundreds of gorgeous elephant designs & images. The most prominent are the very cute styles of the elephant holding balloons in his trunk!
A small sample of the elephant invites & pics you can source when you search Google images.
Now I am certainly no graphic designer by any means and simply create my own invitation designs in Microsoft Publisher for my kids parties. I came across a fabulous site called “Etsy” and there are heaps of graphic designers who sell their images for you to use. I also use iStock photo to purchase image files. I found a super cute elephant and bird image and purchased it online. It only cost me a few dollars and the image files got sent to my email inbox within 24-48 hours. I then printed the invites at home on my trusty Canon inkjet.
As I mentioned in a previous post, my love of blogs and dessert tables started some time ago and I regularly hit the websites and find inspiration for my kids parties on websites such as Google, Etsy and my most favourite of all… Pinterest! A place where you can create your very own online vision board. What started as being a mum planning a little kids party turned into an obsession for me to create the most amazing dessert table using ideas I had seen from here, there and everywhere! I never imagined in my wildest dreams that Lucas’ party would be featured ANYWHERE – let alone Amy Atlas (who I just emailed photos to get feedback on my styling, a service she provides, however they emailed me on Monday morning and asked if they could feature on the blog! WOW!)
I think the elephant party is just absolutely gorgeous and there are many stylists and party planners who have styled beautiful elephant parties. Click on the links below to see some of the blogs and websites where I sourced inspiration from include:
Style Me Gorgeous
Karas Party IdeasJenn KoehlerParty PerfectLulu’sOne Charming Party
You will see there are so many beautiful and different creations for inspiration! And this is just for an “elephant theme”, imagine if you searched by “princess party” or “pirate party” – just imagine all the ideas you could find!
There are an abundance of online party supply stores that you can buy products to create your gorgeous displays. Some on my favourites are Sweet Style, Sharnel Dollar Designs, Lily Chic Events & The Little Big Company to name a few. (You will see I have credited the vendors in my pictures where I got my goodies from) and they have some amazing ideas for events. There are also heaps of stores in the USA (if only postage wasn’t so expensive!)
For your invitations and party stationary, there are lots of fabulous graphic design companies where you can purchase all the printables for your party from. You don’t have to spend all your time fiddling around with designs and printing, cropping, sticking and pasting like I did. Many companies have an entire design range readily available for you to purchase online and they customise the name on the printables for you and email for you to take to your local printer or do yourself at home. They are affordable and best of all, provide a professional finish!
Some of the most adorable designs I have seen are from:
Style Me Gorgeous (who also have a gorgeous elephant range I was inspired by), Party Printables, as well as lots of little companies on Etsy.
The internet plays a huge part in helping us find inspiration in our lives that enables people to create amazing themes for their events. The ideas are endless. I look forward to finding lots more inspiration and creating gorgeous styled events, with my own personal touch on them!
I hope you enjoy the journey with me :)
We recently celebrated our youngest son Lucas' 1st birthday with a blue baby elephant themed party at home. I am thrilled to share with you some photos from the day...
I personally designed and printed the invitation and all the printables myself, and tied the colour blue and little elephant into all elements of the event.
I hired a life size baby elephant statue to greet the guests at the
front door and set the scene as they arrived. (We later used the elephant to let the children have a sit/ride on and took a photo of all guests and sent a photo to them after the party with their thankyou card).
Setting the scene & theme!
The dessert table was the star of the show and I used a canvas backdrop that I painted in blue and hung paper flag bunting across it. Blue & white tissue poms and polka dot lanterns were hung above the table. I also had 3 little blue polka dot elephant
toys along front of table. Above the backdrop I placed wooden letters spelling Lucas' name, along with the number "1"
The dessert table
Tissue poms & polka dot lanterns
The table was lined with glass apothecary jars filled with blue lollies and sweets. I tied custom designed menu tags to each jar with blue ribbon.
The lolly buffet!
Click gallery links below to view larger images of the sweet blue treats!
"Sweet Shoppe" sign
I covered chocolate bars with my custom wrappers, made mini size fairy floss (cotton candy) bags with custom toppers, made blue & white Oreo biscuit pops, white chocolate cupcakes with my custom cupcake toppers, blue heaven milkshakes in mini glass bottles with paper straws, blue mini iced donuts, caramel popcorn in blue polka dot cones, and stamped “Lucas’” name on the wooden spoons in the berry blue jelly.
Custom chocolate bar wrappers
Mini blue fairy floss bags
Oreo biscuit pops
Custom cupcake toppers
Berry blue jelly jars with Lucas' name stamped on the wooden spoons
Blue heaven milkshakes in mini glass bottles & polka dot paper straws
The birthday cake was made by a friend of mine, Amy Chapman
, who created a gorgeous white chocolate mud cake with white chocolate ganache and fondant decoration. I gave Amy a copy of the invitation and she matched the design so wonderfully!
For lunch, I set up a “Gourmet Sausage and Hamburger” bar where guests could make their own with a huge selection of
toppings - just as they liked!
Gourmet sausage & burger bar sign in frame
The plates, serviettes & hot dog trays were placed on display case (with little elephant on top!)
Toppings galore! (of course I didnt get a photo with the cling wrap removed! darn!)
My "cheese cake"
My gorgeous glass beverage dispensers were a real hit! Cordial in the left and chilled water with blueberries, mint & lemon on the right.
Drinks bar signage
I dressed the birthday boy in a very cute custom designed party hat and tshirt that I had made in America. I sent the two very talented ladies a copy of the invitation, and once again they both delivered a super cute outfit for Lucas to wear on his special day!
The birthday boy & his mum in his super cute elephant outfit
For the kids we hired a jumping castle, little bottles of bubbles which I covered in my custom design label, and I also set up a drawing station where I designed and printed my own "elephant" colouring books, with lots of different elephant pictures.
Bubbles for the kids, and note the adorable elephant menu card holder!
Colouring station with elephant booklets
Before they left, the kids each had a turn to ride the elephant statue and we took a photo of them. I then sent the photo of each child to them with their thankyou card. The kids also received an elephant figurine with helium balloon attached to take home on the day.
Elephant rides & photos for the kids
Take home gift for the children - Schleich elephant figurine & balloon
I truly had a fabulous time planning and styling Lucas' 1st birthday, and I think all our guests had a wonderful time!
And once again, I must thank Amy Atlas for featuring my party on her blog today. I am still pinching myself! You can read Amy's blog post on my party here
The birthday boy having fun with his GIANT balloon the day after the party xx
Jars & personalised stamp - Sweet Style
Beverage dispensers - Lily Chic Events
Tissue pom poms - Ah-Tissue
Cupcake cups & paper straws - Mon Tresor
Popcorn cones, treat bags & lollipops - The Little Big Company
Custom made elephant tshirt - Sweet Couture
Custom made elephant party hat - Stell & Livi
Birthday cake - Amy Chapman