Monday, August 18, 2014

Ethan's 7th Birthday - Knight Theme

Hello :)

We recently celebrated my son Ethan's 7th Birthday. Ethan chose a Knight theme and invited a few of his closest little friends to help him celebrate.  I always enjoy the kids parties but I have to say this was the best party ever!  Not the set up (though I was stoked with how it turned out) but it was just such a good time.  Such a beautiful group of kids and parents and the kids were all singing and laughing and had a ball, made me truly happy!

Ethan was very particular about what he wanted for his party and wanted a sit down 'feast' as close to what they would have had in medieval times and it definitely had to include a 'big chook'.   With Ethan being coeliac all of the party food was gluten free and we set up the feast table to include chicken, meatballs, bread rolls, ham, cheese, crackers, fruit, muffins & banana bread.  We used the most beautiful candelabras from The Mercedes Project to decorate the table and the kids loved using the fun jewelled drinking goblets.

As we had the feast table we opted for a simple dessert table with a few yummy sweets and the birthday cake.  Our room as decorated with various medieval props and decorations to create the look of a dining hall.

We had a whole heap of blow up swords for the kids to play with and we also played bobbing for apples which was so funny and the kids loved and then the regular pass the parcel and pinata.

We had a fantastic time celebrating Ethan's birthday and would like to say a huge thanks to all the gorgeous ladies who supplied goodies for the day!  (vendor credits below)

Hope you enjoy the photos!

My gorgeous birthday boy Ethan. 

Desserts Table 

Fantastic Knight & Dragon Cookies from Kate's Cookies 

Gold Meringues & Caramel Slice 

Gold Meringues and delish chocolate brownies from NikNak's Sweetest Treats

Yummy cupcakes from Niknaks Sweetest Treats & 
Amazing Cupcake Toppers from Memories are Sweet 

Dragon Birthday Cake, made by us from the Cake 2 The Rescue cake kit

The 'feast' table 

Beautiful candelabras hired from The Mercedes Project 

Our gorgeous tiffany chairs dressed up with some hessian chair covers

Beautiful candelabras hired from The Mercedes Project 

Medieval Large Banners, Shield & Axes, Stocks & Throne hired from Propagander 

My gorgeous munchkins. 

Vendor Credits:

Styling, party supplies, tiffany chairs, tables, props, decorations - Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations

Photography - Lightbox Photography

Cupcakes, Brownies - Niknaks Sweetest Treats

Cupcake Toppers - Memories are Sweet Lolly Buffets

Candelabras Hire - The Mercedes Project 

Medieval Banners large, throne, wine barrel, stocks, shields Hire - Propagander 

Gold Sequin Tablecloth Hire - My Sweet Occasion 

Dragon & Knight Cookies - Kate's Cookies

Dragon Cake Kit - Cake 2 The Rescue 

Knight Statue on dessert table purchased from - Vintage Narnia Style 

Kate xx

Monday, August 11, 2014

Little Kokeshi ~ Real Party Feature!

Hello :)

Today's party feature is a gorgeous 'Little Kokeshi' themed birthday party submitted by the lovely Tali from A Party Studio

All the details are super cute and I love the bright colourful lanterns.  Below Tali tells us all about her gorgeous party.  Thanks so much for sharing with us Tali xx

For my daughter’s 6th birthday party, we decided to do a Little Kokeshi theme. She was born in Japan and is fascinated with anything Japanese. When we lived there, I’d brought her some kokeshi dolls and she absolutely loves these beautiful wooden dolls that have become a representation of the traditional folk arts of Japan.

I wanted her party to be very colorful so I used plenty of color in the printables and I included traditional Japanese prints. The girls at the party loved learning about the Japanese country and culture and I tried to incorporate the learning experience into all aspects of the party.

For the dessert table, I displayed fresh raspberries and angel food cake to look like the Japanese flag. I also put out strawberry and chocolate Poky sticks. These were my favorite treats when we lived in Japan. Of course, we had cupcakes with personalized labels, Hershey kisses, and chocolate bars with personalized wrappers. The table was decorated with little kokeshi dolls, origami cranes and flowers. Our apartment in Japan had a beautiful tatami room, which I used for inspiration. I used beach mats instead of a tablecloth to achieve the tatami look.

For food, I served traditional Japanese udon noodle salad and Japanese-style meatballs. I also put out spicy wasabi peas for the adults to nibble on. I made extra wide pinwheel sandwiches to look
like sushi rolls and also served open face boursin and cucumber sandwiches. I cut cucumber into little sakura (cherry blossom) shapes using a fondant cutter. I talked to the girls about Japanese food and they loved making candy sushi and using special children’s chopstick that I got from Japan. These chopsticks have a finger ring to help them master the sticks.

Afterward they ate, the girls got to color in Kokeshi dolls and then have their individual photograph taken in front of a rice screen by Danielle of All Things Great and Small Photography. They absolutely loved the parasols and fan photo props.

For the favor bags, I used plain white paper bags that I decorated with thick grosgrain ribbon and a hang tags. Inside, I included chopsticks, origami stars and cranes, their coloring pages, a fan, and
an assortment of Japanese candies.

Vendor Credits:
Printables & Party Styling: A Party Studio

Photography: All Things Great and Small

Origami cranes: Trinkets By Dana

Kimono dress with Obi: Pink Mouse Kids

Kate xx

Monday, July 21, 2014

Declan's 5th Birthday - Shark Theme

Hello :)

Today I am excited to show you my son Declan's 5th Birthday Party photos.  Declan had initially wanted a Horse party this year but a few months ago he changed his mind.  He wasn't too sure what he wanted so we looked through some fun themed tableware and he chose Sharks as his theme, with a Beach feel though as opposed to Under the Sea. This party was so bright & fun to plan and is definitely one of my favourites so far.

Declan started kindy this year so we had a school party and he was very excited to have all his little friends over to play.  The party was fantastic and everyone had a great time. It ended up being a very wet and stormy morning so we had to move the activities/play area inside but other than that all went off without a hitch.

I hope you enjoy the photos!  All the vendor credits can be found below :)

Vendor Credits

Styling, Kids White Tiffany Chairs, Kids Tables, Tablecloths, Table Runners, all Props/Serving ware, Shark Plates, Sherbert Blue Plates & Cups, Straws, Hats, Leis, Hanging Decorations, Shark Balloons, Shark party boxes - Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations

Photography - Lightbox Photography

Shark Cake Kit - Cake 2 the Rescue (Cake made & decorated by us using the SHARKY cake kit.)

Shark Cake Pops - Cake Pop Creations 

Shark Cookies - Kate's Cookies

Shark Birthday Banner - Get The Party Started

Mixed Cupcakes - Bella's Cupcake World

Blue Ruffled Table cloth - Ruffle Me Tablecloths 

Helium Balloon Towers - Ellenbrook Party Shop 

Fish & Chip Stand - Lime Tree Kids

Shark Plaster Painting Kits - Plaster Craft Workshop 

Kate xx