July 11, 2014

I recently had the privilege of working with the lovely Melissa who is one half of the fabulous Ashdown & Bee.  Her styling is second to none and her amazing collection of props is to die for!

Melissa’s Loving Right Now list is pretty special as well!  I am particularly fond of the Heart Marquee Light – perfect for a party or a bedroom!

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You can find the links to Melissa’s favourite things below


March 31, 2014

We have had an amazing cake filled week after Sofia turned 8 last week!  Celebrations started the day before her actual birthday which was Monday 24th with the arrival of guinea pigs and continued right through until her party this past Sunday!

Sofia decided on a gymnastics themed party for her birthday so we booked our local gymnastics centre and invited her school friends to join us.  I asked Nicole from Pretty and Print to design a custom invite going with the colours of red and pink!  Nicole always comes up with the perfect design and we are then able to continue this theme through the other small details of the party.

In keeping with my 2014 philosophy of keeping things very simple I decided that the main elements for the party would be a gorgeous cake, a cute little lunch box with a small snack and a party bag for our guests.  It is never easy to create the gorgeous and elaborate spreads when the party is not in your home and to be honest they are certainly not called for every year!  A few small details that show you have taken time to really think about your little party guests makes the party special and unique to you!

We served our guests a mini finger bun and some fresh fruit in a cute box with yum on the top!   By packing everything up in individual little boxes made transporting and setting up for the girls simple and easy.  There was only a quick 15 minute break for the girls to sit and have a snack so not too much food was required.The stunning extended tier cake was made by Jacki from Blissfully Sweet Cakes – Jacki made the cake to match the invitation.  She did look particularly stunning on top of one of my red glass cake stands (which you can purchase here).

Of course these great paper eskimo lolly bags were a perfect match – I just added a custom thank you tag to the front of the bag and our theme was complete.As you can see, a few simple and special details turned our birthday celebration into a unique gymnastics party without too much fuss.

Photography:  Leanne Ambrogio | Sweet Style