Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Thank you 2015!

As I close up shop for 2015 I wanted to acknowledge what has been such an exciting year for me.  I can't wait to get stuck into 2016.  It will be a slow start with our second bub arriving in April but hopefully not too long before I'm back into the swing of things.  Rest assured I will be spending every free minute (ha ha - such a thing?!) keeping up to date with trends and techniques in styling and decorating and party essentials...

The biggest thing for Loryn Loves this year was that my kitchen was finally council-registered.  I have since been able to include cake decorating as part of my business.  It now means I can offer a complete package of party hire, styling & sweets!

Styling is still something I love to do, I love brainstorming with a customer, researching my butt off and then working on all the little details that make it gorgeous.  I love making my customers' ideas come to life in the way they imagined, or even better, exceeding all they thought possible!  I love shopping for flowers and baking up a storm and collaborating with amazing suppliers.  I love it when a dessert table turns out just how it looked in my own mind, even when I've doubted myself along the way.

Cake decorating is something I am obsessed with and I love to learn as I go.  I like to decorate to my personal tastes so you'll find lots of girly, rustic & contemporary cakes in my portfolio.  You wont find much fondant here!   I'm crazy about Instagram and get a lot of my inspo from the likes of Katherine Sabbath, Unbirthday Bakery and Cakes by Cliff; all at the top of their cake decorating game!!  There are so many new and exciting techniques to try and I love it when customers let me be creative; the possibilities are endless and this is when I do some of my best work!  You can see all of my cakes in the BAKING album on Facebook.

Along with cakes, I have come up with the Sweet Feast Platters, exclusive to Loryn Loves and never seen before.  Wooden boards overflowing with chocolates, popcorn, mini cupcakes and meringues - all in colours to suit your occassion... these have proved so popular and I'm so excited that a few future brides have placed orders for the new year...   

My Etsy shop started slowly but has grown fantastically in 2015 and I will continue to keep this stocked with beautiful cake toppers throughout my pregnancy and mat leave.  I've teamed up with a local supplier who is creating these completely Australian made wooden toppers and we have some new and exciting designs coming up, including some that will be exclusive to Loryn Loves.  Have a browse through our shop here....

Loryn Loves will continue to hire out party essentials to those DIY hostesses out there.  I'm always looking for new and exciting things to add to our inventory so if you don't see something you're looking for then get in touch and maybe we can make it happen!  You can see all items in the HIRE LOVE album.

I've been hosting cupcake decorating classes throughout the year and this is still one of the best parts of my job.  I love meeting these fabulous woman who think they will be useless and leave with skills they never knew they had... I've had such great feedback and will try to have a few classes in early 2016.  Keep an eye on the workshops page for upcoming dates.

I'm learning new things about social media every day but have so much I still need to catch up with.  This will be something I can focus on during the many hours of midnight feeding I no doubt have ahead of me!  I am currently focusing on Facebook and Instagram and learning along the way... I definitely need to allocate more time to this side of my business to help it grow in the right direction... Facebook is really the only way I drum up new business at the moment: word of mouth from happy customers, competitions and advertising on various sites.  The more you like and share my posts, the more exposure my little business will get and the busier I will be!  So please, please keep up the positive comments and kind feedback...  I'm so grateful to you all!!


Thank you, thank you, thank you for your continued support, I'm so in love with what I do and couldn't be happier or more excited about what the future holds.  I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the best of luck for all your 2016 dreams and ventures!

All my love...

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Pretty Watercolours - Miss Ivy's Second Birthday Party

Miss Ivy's first birthday party was one of my favourites so her second birthday had a lot to follow...  I stuck to a simple watercolour theme in blues and pinks and kept everything pretty simple.  I tried to use what I already have which was easy enough as my HIRE LOVE collection has grown a lot in a year.  

We just added the savoury, sweet stuff and some fresh flowers.  And the result was just pretty pretty pretty!!   Savoury was cheese platters, baguettes and the most delicious chicken mayo sarms that my mamma made.

The cake was a mass of crazy bits and pieces - colourful and fun!  It was surrounded by ah-ma-zing donut holes with dipping sauces, white chocolate macarons, cupcakes, chocolates and cake pops.  

It was a chilled afternoon with face painting and bouncy castle and a visit from Ivy's favourite character, Elsa.  I have a friend who happens to look just like her and agreed to wear the sparkly dress I bought online.  She also happens to be amazing with kids and an above average face painter!  I've considered adding her to my Hire list but she's flat out refused!!

For favours, I stenciled some book bags that my mamma kindly sewed and we filled them with sticker books.
Last year we started a tradition of donating to charity instead of receiving gifts.  This year we supported The Phoebe Foundation, a charity that sends craft therapy packs to the kids that live in the Royal Children's Hospital.  So we asked guests to bring the craft supplies they need to make up these kits... pipe cleaners, glitter glue, googley eyes etc.  We were amazed by the generosity of our guests and the mountain of craft items we received.  They have now gone off to a very happy Phoebe Foundation and will find new homes with these amazing kids!!

The party was a success and Ivy was in her element all day with Elsa and a bouncy castle and her friends...all of her favourite things!

Styling & Concept: Loryn Loves
Hire items: Loryn Loves
Photography: Sarah Glasson Photography
Marble Balloons: Let's Celebrate Parties
Cake Toppers: Loryn Loves
Silver 2 cupcake toppers: Kara & Moo
Donut Holes: Sweet Em's
Macarons: Yummy Treats
Cake & other sweet stuff: Loryn Loves

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

A Tutus & Teacups Party

This last weekend was super busy with two parties, and one of those was for a gorgeous two year old girl, Isabella.  Her mamma chose the theme and wanted girly and pink and pretty!  And that's just what she got!   

Vintage wooden crates held the cake, on a tutu wearing stand, and a backdrop of mini balloons, some covered in tulle.  Pink & white filled lolly jars were surrounded by vintage tea cups and fresh flowers.   

The balloon bouquet, including the most gorgeous ballerina, adorned the savoury table where guests dined on mini bruschetta, homemade sausage rolls and more.  

Sweet stuff on offer included a variety of chocolates, iced cookies, meringues, cake pops and stacked pink cakes... topped with details like the tutu pom poms and tulle bows.   

And, OH, the cake...  One of my favourites to date...  A vanilla sponge with pink Chantilly cream, inspired by Katherine Sabbath, with a Persian cotton candy 'tutu', chocolate shards and crushed meringues... 

Styling: Loryn Loves
Lolly jar, vintage crate, cake stand hire: Loryn Loves
Balloons: Big W
Cake, chocolate, cookies: Loryn Loves
Macarons: Mint on the Menu
Cake stacks, cake pops: The party mamma
Flowers: Honey Hush

Sunday, 26 July 2015

A Blue & Yellow First Birthday Party

This party mamma wanted something classic and simple for her little Leo's first birthday party.  She was very happy for me to just get on with it once we had decided on a colour scheme.

The dining room had a gorgeous chandelier of bulbs hanging low so we weren't able to move the table against the wall or guests would keep hitting their heads.  So the strings of bunting (handmade by the hostess) were more of a room decoration than a backdrop.  I used a riser and cake stand in the middle of the table to make sure the cake was the focal point.  Then layered lolly jars and platters of sweet stuff below.  There was plenty of space around the table for guests to mingle and keep piling their plates high!

Styling - Loryn Loves
Blue & yellow cupcakes, meringues, cake - Loryn Loves
Macarons - Its Yummy Treats
Balloons - Let's Celebrate Parties
Photography (except the collages) - Nat King Photography

Thursday, 23 July 2015

A Co-Ed Baby Shower High Tea

This past weekend I was lucky enough to style and cater a baby shower for friends of ours.  They are expecting their second child and wanted to do something to celebrate her upcoming arrival without going crazy like they did (and we all do) the first time round.  A baby sprinkle rather than a shower.  

The men were invited too so we decided on a high tea with savoury snacks and an overload of sweet stuff.  The dining table was piled high with cake stands and platters of sandwiches, mini quiches, pastries and cheese boards.  The sweet goodies were displayed alongside our gorgeous vintage crockery and the girly cake was the star of the party!   And fresh flowers to finish it all... wild flowers, roses and proteas; a great choice considering the couple are South African.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

How to Throw a High Tea Party

Girly Sophistication is a phrase I love and there's no better way to create that feeling than by hosting an afternoon (or morning) tea party.  It's also not a difficult party to plan and can be super easy with the right tools.  And by right tools I mean gorgeous crockery, fresh flowers and beautiful sweet treats.

Start with your table, chuck on a runner of lace or subtle tablecloth... nothing too bright, let the crockery and flowers do the work.  If you have a gorgeous wooden table then you don't need anything, or try a few paper doilies under the cake stands.  Please never, never use a paper tablecloth if you can help it... they're cheap looking and will detract from the sophistication we're after. 

Next, get your hands on some pretty cups and saucers.  You might have some modern pieces of your own or a few vintage pieces from your granny's cupboard.  Loryn Loves hires out vintage crockery that has been lovingly sourced and collected to create an amazing collection of 20 trios which include cup, saucer & cake plate.  You'll also need some pretty cake stands and platters to serve up the solids... we've all got lovely pieces in the kitchen cupboards just begging to be let out.  But if you don't, we do that too!  

I don't believe that any party should ever be without flowers, even a manly party can always do with a bit of greenery.  Fresh flowers make everything better... grab some from your local fruit & veg store if you're after a great price and mix with some greenery from your garden.  One bunch of flowers can go a long way when split between small glass jars or vases.  You don't have to be a florist to created relaxed arrangements.  

There are High Tea 'rules' about what food to serve and when, but I don't think that's something you need to pay too close attention to.  The time of the party will help you decide what type of food to serve.  If it falls over lunch time then you'll need to ensure there's enough savoury on offer to fill guests up before they move to the sweets.  If it's a morning tea then have things like muffins and scones on offer.  And for afternoon tea, the guests are all waiting for the naughty stuff so have plenty of cupcakes and sweet slices.  

There are so many good reasons to throw a tea party.  A baby shower for one.  It could also be a good idea for a hen party that starts early.... get some good food and great pictures before the night goes pear shaped :)  A little one's birthday party is a great excuse for mammas to catch up over tea and cake.  A mothers' group meet up.  A charity tea.  A ladies lunch.  Book club... 

But who needs an excuse?  Get your 'for special' pieces out of the dresser and call up a few friends... 

One of the collection of high tea cake stands we have in our hire range.  

Fresh flowers can go a long way when split between small vases.

A table runner, cake stands and flowers... done!

Loryn Loves has a gorgeous collection of vintage crockery.

Our Sweet Feast Platters are a great idea for tea parties.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Modern Cake Topper Ideas

I've been chatting to two DIY party mamma's recently who are both working on first birthday parties for their bubs.  One of the things that has come up and been discussed in detail is the cake topper...

In my opinion a cake topper is never a bad thing!  Whether it's an animal figurine, a string of bunting or a candle.  Even a cake you've whipped up for afternoon tea deserves a few fresh flowers.   So I've done a little round up for you... some of these are pretty easy to DIY and if you can't or don't want to then there is a such a wide selection online, you are sure to find something that suits your party style and budget.

Please click on the images to see more details.

washi tape cupcake flags
Washi tape is a really simple way to liven up some cupcakes and 
these ones displayed at different heights are just gorgeous.  

Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Topper
This modern take on a wedding cake couple is adorable and 
can be custom made with your eye, hair, skin colours at ReadyGo on Etsy.  

What a cute idea - glitter pipe cleaners... and you could do any letters or shapes.

Mr & Mrs Wooden Cake Topper, Wedding Cake Topper (Australia) EXPRESS postage
Wooden cake toppers are a huge trend now.  
This Mr&Mrs is the best selling item in our Etsy store.  

Heart Trees Cake Topper Set - Bamboo - Wedding Cake Topper - Rustic Wedding - Modern Wedding
I love this topper - it's five individual trees with heart blossoms.  It could really go on any 
occasion of cake; it would look as great on a baby shower cake as it would on a wedding one.  

These silhouette toppers are made from acrylic and have a more classic feel to them. 
I love the one on the right.  

Balloons make great cake toppers - try a clear one with confetti
inside or a foil balloon of the birthday kid's age.  Add some tassels for colour.  

This is really sweet.  Cookie cutters in the bride and groom's initials.  
Do yourself a favour and click through to the link of this wedding - gorgeous!!  

Go on... get creative.  

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Instagram Inspo {Cake Decor that is So Right Now}

Cake decorating is off the charts right now!  There are some amazing techniques and colour ways going on... beautiful chocolate bark, gooey chocolate ganache, colourful edible flowers, gorgeous hand painted meringues and totally overloaded cakes.

Here are some of my favourites from Instagram accounts I follow.... oh my goodness they're divine!!  I'll definitely be trying out some of these techniques.  Watch this space!