Tuesday, 1 March 2016

A Pink, Red & Gold Princess Party

Part of my job is party styling...  I work with customers, their theme ideas and their budget to create a gorgeous dessert table or event.  This takes the pressure off the party host who can arrive at the party looking fab and ready to mingle, without having to have done all the hard work.  My service includes a brainstorm meeting, research and liaising with suppliers, logistics and delivery pick ups and set up on the day.  
Usually I can do all the baking and making of the sweet treats but I had too many on this weekend to be able to commit for this party as well.  So for this job I used some amazing local bakers and small businesses that I've listed at the bottom of this post.   

The party mamma's request was for pink and gold and touches of red.  She liked the idea of a bit of sparkle and nothing too rustic.  She had a few items she wanted to incorporate into the decor, including the gold crown, the coloured baubles and the glass cupcake stand. 

We made a back drop with a wooden frame and black and white photographs of the birthday girl - one from every month of her first year.  A gorgeous sequin (but not too bling) gold tablecloth and plenty of gorgeous red and pink fresh flowers.

The two tier red velvet semi naked cake was the star of the show and was surrounded by cupcakes, macarons and lolly jars filled with colour coordinated treats. 

Unfortunately the lighting and backdrop of cars and chairs didn't make for amazing photos but hopefully you can get a feel for just how gorgeous this set up was! 


Egg free red velvet semi naked sponge cake - Sweet 'Em's Cakes & Catering 
Macarons and cupcake crowns - Its Yummy Treats 
Egg free chocolate cupcakes - Cakes by Kat 
Gold sequin table cloth - Kara & Moo
Flowers, styling & hire - Loryn Loves 

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Boys' Nursery Ideas & Trends: Pinterest Round Up

Our little family is expanding in April and it's so exciting that this time around we get to decorate for a young man!  It's a very different experience, and definitely a little harder, than decorating for a girl... there are so many pretty ideas and themes for a girl's nursery but I'm finding it harder to be inspired for a boy's room.  It needs to be simple but fun, strong but not too grown up and of course super cool!!

There are some great trends around at the mo so I've rounded up a few of my faves.  All images have come from Pinterest, you can click on them to see more details of the original posts.

Adorable Gray & Blue Baby Boy Nursery Tour with Banner Toys:
Monochrome is hot right now and one of my favourite trends.  I love that it's simple and not too naf! But it can be too harsh so you'll need to include some decor items to keep it suitable for babes... bunting, soft toys, night lights etc.  

Baby Boy Nursery Shopping & Sources | Vintage Revivals | Bloglovin’:
Now this is gorgeous... I love everything about this room but most of all it's uniqueness!  Those wooden animals on the wall... who would have thought!  That cot is just gorgeous, that's probably a pretty easy addition to any regular cot if you know how!  I love the colours and the stuffed cactus and the artwork and even the layered rugs!

branch swing shelves, crafts, repurposing upcycling, shelving ideas, I love outdoor projects so these branch swings were a perfect fit for my little one s woodland themed nursery:
This is a really cute idea for soft toys, in the right room of course. 
Another DIY that I'm sure most dads-to-be could handle.

Monochrome Scandinavian style kids room:
Wall stickers are still popular but I like how these ones are arranged around the little shelf.  

the boo and the boy: kids' rooms on instagram:
I'm a sucker for a picture collage and this one is too cool!  I love how they're arranged around the dresser! Such great results by taking something ordinary and giving it a twist with the way it's displayed.  

giraffe magnetic wallpaper:
OH. MY. GOODNESS.  Is this not the coolest wallpaper you've ever seen?!  AND it's magnetic!!  
I think I need this in my life.  

how to reuse and recycle, craft ideas for making unusual knobs and pull handles:
This is as easy as it is cool - and you could spray paint them to match your decor colours...  And if you've got a sense of humour you could use the 'bottom' half too!  

There you go... I think that's getting me inspired... watch this space to see how our little man's room turns out.  For now you can have a look at Miss Ivy Beth's nursery from (I can't believe it) over two years ago!