Friday, 23 January 2015

Love Love Me Do!

Valentine's day may or may not be a money making raquet but, whatever you believe, we all need an excuse to throw a little party! Whether it's a romantic dinner for two, a couples' dinner party or a singles' night out, we all like to spend Valentines Day doing something other than lounging on the sofa! Here's a little inspiration for your red and/or pink party... and it's all available at Loryn Loves.   Browse our Etsy shop for paper straws, goody bags and confetti or hire our LOVE letters - the perfect decor.

 - Glitter LOVE cake topper.  This is the topper of all toppers... gorgeous glitter to top off the centrepiece of your party.  $19.90.  Please email to purchase.  You can see our other toppers here.  

 - Mini heart wooden pegs.  Great for place names or goody bags.  

 - Red & white polkadot paper bags.  For obvious use of course.  But why not think outside the box... Fill the bags with sweeties and love notes and hide them around the house for your loved one.  Or send them to school friends filled with treats.  

 - These red and white striped paper straws are practical and decorative.  Serve with your signature cocktail or milk bottles for the kiddies.  We have a huge selection of paper straws in our shop. 

 - Red & White wooden cutlery.  Perfect for a V Day picnic in the park.  Stylish, disposable and recyclable - it's a no brainer!  

 - These love letters are available to hire from Loryn Loves.  They're great for a mini dessert table (or a big one if you're having a huge gathering).  Just email us for more details!  You can see all our hire stock here.  

 - Pink & white paper bags in quatrefoil print - super stylish!  Again, think of all the possibilities... favour bags of course, classmate treats, treasure hunt bags or what about a little Valentine's advent calendar filled with love notes and candy?!  

 - Gold and pink confetti.  Confetti is not just for throwing (but it is super fun and very pretty!).  Why not fill a clear helium balloon or sprinkle over your dinner table?  Also available in white and gold.  

 - Shade of pink paper straws.  These are just so pretty... Also available in shades of blue.
Available in our Etsy shop.  

I hope by now your brain is overflowing with lovely ideas!  Go on... why not make the most of this sweet day and show your loved ones how special they are with a little party of your own! 

Enjoy.  xx 

Friday, 16 January 2015

Ladies that Lunch

Being so soon after Christmas, my birthday doesn't often get much attention, but this year I decided I needed a party.  Nothing to celebrate... just thirty something... Last year I had a new baby and could count my Australian girlfriends on one hand so we had a bbq with stinky boys there too.  This year I wanted just the ladies for a casual (but very pretty) lunch.  I had 16 beauties over to mine to eat and drink and chat and make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  And that's exactly what happened.  

You would have seen piccies on Facebook already but I know some of you nosy parkers (Mom!) like to know all the details... so here they are.

My wonderful logistics manager (read annoyed hubby) moved out all the furniture and helped me prep tressles to make one long banquet table.  I wanted the party to be as low maintenance as possible so we used kraft paper instead of a table cloth.  I stuck it down with masking tape and used rows of glitter washi tape to hide the join running down the middle of the table.

I love fresh flowers and lavender is out at the moment so made everything smell pretty!  I also sneaked in some carnations in the 2015 Pantone Colour of the Year - Marsala (how very on trend of me!!) 

Each place setting was made up of disposable clear plastic plates and wooden cutlery.  The gorgeous navy floral napkins were from Ikea and were pretty much the first thing I bought for this party.  I made some salt clay stars which were tied to jute twine to finish it all off.  You can see the salt clay recipe here.  Each setting had a little wrapped chalkboard cookie for the ladies to take home, although most were eaten before lunch!  I've just learned how to do this chalkboard effect so watch this space for a tutorial.

I was determined to have all the food laid out just before guests arrived so that I could mingle and not be in the kitchen.  It kind of worked.... maybe ten minutes late!?   My gorgeous friend made yummy sandwiches that we served on high tea stands with fresh fruit.  Then there were platters of cheese and crackers and cold meats and veggie sticks.  Loads of humus and flavoured pestos and tzatziki and almonds and amazing chilli pistachios....  mmmmmmm.

And the cake... I didn't want to make a fuss and I certainly didn't want to be sung to (although I had no choice and they did it anyway!).  I had a big cake order to deliver the night before so mine was just a little vanilla sponge semi-naked cake with Chantilly icing, it was soooo delicious!  I don't like to brag but oh my, the cream makes it so light and fluffy and not too rich!

I displayed the cake with some cake pops and chocolate dipped fruit on my gorgeous A-frame unit.  Oh yes, there were shot glasses of M&M's too....  oh to have one of those right now....

All the drinks were laid out so guests could help themselves.  Pimms was on offer (of course!!) and plenty of bubbly, wine and juices.  My ever faithful glass milk bottles did the trick with some chevron paper straws from our shop.

All platters, glasses, dispensers, trestle table, A-frame unit etc are available to hire from Loryn Loves.  And for any styling queries, please get in touch!

Monday, 12 January 2015

Twinkle Little Star Party - The Decor

***This is something I've been dying to share with you.  When the Confetti Fair Magazine saw images from Ivy's party, they asked if they could put it in the 'Real Party' pages of their magazine.  Of course I said of course!  But it meant that I wasn't able to show you any piccies until now.  Their magazine has been printed and distributed and I am now allowed to share all the pretty details with you...  

Miss Ivy’s first birthday party has been on my mind since she was about six months old!  I know, a bit of an over excited mamma but you know parties make me happy!  And is there any happier occasion than your child’s first birthday?  It’s a massive deal for both baby and parents; making it through the first year is no small feat!

So Twinkle Little Star was the theme.  The star of the show loved this song at the time we chose it but she’s since decided she could take it or leave it.  I guess that’s the beauty of being a one year old; you get to change your ‘favourites’ on a daily basis.  

Let’s start at the very beginning…  the invite.  I used a program I love called PicMonkey to design the invites.  I added a little gold glitter star and some twine, with a mini peg to hold our poem about the gifts...see more about that further down the page.

I decided on a colour scheme of pink, gold and yellow but dropped the yellow nearer to the big day.  It just made it look less sophisticated somehow.  The brief (from me to me!) was for shades of pink and piles of glitter.  A few days later I’m finding glitter in pockets, under couches and in kitchen drawers so I think we did well on that front.  

I started with the gold chevron table runners.  I knew I wanted the bare table rather than a big frilly table cloth.  But we needed a little something, and so the runners were born.  Handmade by yours truly of course and now available for hire.  

I’ve always been a fan of apothecary jars.  They give a dessert table that something special and don’t have to be expensive to fill (think popcorn, marshmallows, meringues).  Displayed at varying heights means the table had a more relaxed feel, I’m not a massive fan of even-on-both-sides kind of tables.    It’s important to work some different levels into your display rather than having everything at one height.  So using risers is a must.  These can be anything from covered boxes to vintage suitcases.  

I had prepared a few glass jars with gold spray paint, and a bit of glue and glitter, to display fresh flowers.  Who doesn’t love fresh flowers?  They completely transformed the table, fresh and sophisticated!

The backdrop is made from four pieces of wood, joined to make a square frame (handy hubby) and a coat of gold spray paint.  I used jute twine to finish off the corners and to hang the bunting.  The craft paper bunting was a booklet from Spotlight but can be easily made yourself!  The wooden ONE letters were borrowed from a friend who used them for her daughter’s Cake Smash photo shoot.  Balloon tassels are so big right now but can be a bit pricey.  If you have the patience (and time) then you will be able to manage them on your own.  There are plenty of tutorials online.

I used a variety of cake stands and platters to display all the goodies, all from the Loryn Loves hire collection.  Its a really good idea to use clear glass cake stands as they create the illusion of space, rather than blocking off whatever is behind them.  

I was determined to have a simple and easily accessible bar for guests to help themselves.  I didn’t want the hubs and I to be offering drinks all day - when the hosts are relaxed then the guests are relaxed!  We served Pimms (beers for boys) in glass milk bottles with glitter flag paper straws and the drink dispenser made them easy to refill.  The confetti balloons are one of my favourite things from the party.  I had the balloon shop fill clear 16inch balloons with my hand cut tissue paper confetti and I just love how they turned out.  If they weren’t so pricey I would have gone mad and filled the whole house with them!!  

I sewed the drawstring calico favour bags and hand printed them with gold stars and the name of each of Ivy’s friends.   Each one had a big-eyed soft toy inside.  Instead of gifts for Ivy (she’s already spoilt rotten!) we asked guests to bring books that they no longer needed and we donated them to a chairty we love.  I displayed the book box on a side table with goody bags overflowing from the drawers.  We were so excited by the number of books (warm fuzzy feeling) we were given and able to donate.  

We had the most perfect birthday party weather and were able to set up a ball pit and play pen outside for the kids, along with Miss Ivy’s teepee.   The floral bunting and hanging vases added to the party atmosphere. The boys gathered around the bucket of beers and kept an eye on the kids while the mamma’s drank Pimms like it was juice and chatted to their hearts’ content!!  

What a fun day - I think we’ll celebrate every month!!  

------------------ All photos by Sarah Glasson Photography ------------------------

***See part two for more details of the sweet stuff and our toastie station!  

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Twinkle Little Star Party - The Food & Drinks

***This is something I've been dying to share with you.  When the Confetti Fair Magazine saw images from Ivy's party, they asked if they could put it in the 'Real Party' pages of their magazine.  Of course I said of course!  But it meant that I wasn't able to show you any piccies until now.  Their magazine has been printed and distributed and I am now allowed to share all the pretty details with you...  

And now for the yummy stuff.  Hopefully you've set the scene by reading our post on the party decor.  If not, check it out here.

We tried to keep the drinks very simple.  It was important that guests could help themselves so that no one was ever empty handed.  The boys had easy access to the beers in a large tub of ice outside.  The ladies were handed a glass jar of Pimms on arrival and could easily refill from our gorgeous drink dispenser.  We also had a few bottles of wine for the ladies (and we may or may not have sneaked in a few G&T's!).  We served some fruit juice in carafes on the drinks table too.  And my super pink water bottles are a collaboration between Mount Franklin and Samantha Wills.  Please check out the story behind these beauties over here.  

My Pinterest account is full of cookies, cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, macaroons and more so I had plenty of inspiration.  I knew I wanted my mom to make her famous Hummingbird Cake which we used for the bottom layer and topped it up with a vanilla sponge.  It was iced with cream cheese frosting and topped with a fondant gold dust star and gum paste letters to spell Twinkle Twinkle.

The cupcakes were smothered in butter cream icing and topped with gum paste stars on toothpicks and the words ONE and IVY.   The cupcakes in jars were layered sponge cake and butter cream icing.  Served with wooden glitter teaspoons tied to the jars.  The macaroons came from a local bakery and my talented sister in law gave them a lick of edible gold paint and glitter.  I made some round sugar cookies and rolled them in edible glitter before adding a mini swirl of pink butter cream and a toothpick flag to each.  I made a miniature version of cake pops on toothpicks which turned out to be a perfect size, I'll definitely be doing more of these in future.  

The thing with apothecary jars is that they take quite a bit of candy to fill them which can become super expensive.  I always try to fill mine with cheaper options like popcorn.  In this case I used marshmallows, white chocolate Tim Tams and white chocolate buttons.  I also made some really basic meringues.  I wanted to create a dessert table rather than a lolly buffet.  Sweet stuff to be eaten at the party rather than candy to be taken home.  Of course there was plenty of everything so guests filled pink and white striped goody bags to take home with them anyway. 

The savoury food was something that took a bit more thought.  I didn't want myself or anyone else to spend all day in the kitchen warming sausage rolls etc.  I needed it to be simple and with as little wastage as possible.  My darling friend made some yummy sandwiches for when guests arrived and we had huge bowls filled with popcorn, Maltesers, pretzels, peanuts and M&M's (yip, all in the same bowl!).    And then there was the Toastie Station.  A display of cold meats, chicken mayo, cheese and all the trimmings for our visitors to make their own toasties.  A super sized toaster cooked them super fast so no one had to hang around waiting.  

We've spent ages collecting vintage tea cups, saucers, tea pots etc and Loryn Loves is now the proud owner of a gorgeous high tea collection.  I'm happy to say that it's all available for hire.   We displayed with wafers and sugar cookies, and a variety of tea flavours.  This went down well with our designated drivers!  

For Ivy and her friends we had a platter of all her favourite snacks including yoghurt buttons and Split Stix.  However, the balloons and ball pit meant they weren't too interested! 

And now begins the planning of Miss Ivy's second birthday!!  xx

------------------ All photos by Sarah Glasson Photography ------------------------

***See part two for more details of the sweet stuff and our toastie station!  

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Sunday, 4 January 2015

Loryn Loves & The Phoebe Foundation {Very Exciting News!!}

I can't think of a better way to start 2015!  I'm am over the moon that Loryn Loves will be supporting The (amazing) Phoebe Foundation this year...

The Phoebe Foundation

'The Phoebe Foundation raises funds for hospitalised children with Congenital Heart Defects in memory of little Phoebe Rolando, a 3 yr old from Australia who passed away in September 2012 from HLHS.'

One of the amazing things this not for profit charity does is send Art Therapy Packs to children staying at the Royal Children's Hospital.  Loryn Loves will be sending off batches of our pom pom tags (and more) to add to these craft kits throughout the year.

Please visit the Phoebe Foundation website to read more about what they do and to donate.  And if you can't donate then please visit their Facebook page, hit the like button and then share it with all of your friends.

Loryn Loves gift tags are available in our Etsy shop.  All profit from these tags goes towards making new tags (and other goodies) for the foundation.  We are able to ship internationally and, as always, we would love to make you a custom order. Just drop us a line.

A selection of tags available in our Etsy shop.  

Our first batch of tags ready to go out. 

Thank you for your support!  xx