Finally we have hit spring! I can't believe it's been a month since we celebrated Miss Ella's 7th birthday, so much has happened since then, including a super fabulous holiday to Disneyland!
I'm excited today to share with you her party! Ella loves art and this year requested an Art Party. I looked at outsourcing it, as I have for the last few parties (thus the lack of party posts!) but decided it was probably time to have another party at home! I'm so glad i did, it was so much fun, and the kids had a blast, creating some gorgeous pieces to take home and show off!
I started the theme with a chalkboard style party invitation to go with the arty theme, and carried it across the decorations during the day.
I had a lot of fun with a tin of blackboard paint! Blackboard paint was used for the party table backdrop and photo board. I also used it on the paint tin favours and drink bottles - leaving chalk on the table so kids could write their names on their drinks. My gorgeous friend Lisa lent me the table, wooden crates and divine metal cake stand.
We didn't go overboard with food for this party, it was more about the art and projects, but what we did create, we kept on theme. I purchased some edible ink pens and Ella decorated all of the gingerbread cookies herself - each one an edible art piece! Her friends loved picking out their favourite one to eat! Also on the table were 'jackson pollock' rice bubble bars - basically a rice bubble slice drizzled with coloured white chocolate. Also an art palette cake to finish off the Arty theme.
Each party guest took home a 'Sample Pot' - an empty paint tin which I painted with blackboard paint and wrote each child's name on with chalk. They were filled with an assortment of lollies. The photo board was a huge hit, simply painted with blackboard paint and the logo from the invitations drawn on with chalk for the kids to pose under.
I have to say, the day of the party was absolutely freezing, hands down one of the coldest days Melbourne had all winter I think! Never the less we still managed to set up the 'Art Studio' outside under the pergola, complete with portable heater and tarps to keep the weather and rain at bay! We had 20 guests at this party, but unless you have a lot of helping hands, I'd recommend keeping the numbers to around 10 if you can. Much easier on the hostess!
We did a lot of practising in the school holidays in the lead up to the party to figure out which projects Ella enjoyed doing, and what we though the kids would be capable of.
We started out the day with Folio Labels - each child when they arrived was asked to do a self portrait of themselves onto the label, which was then stuck to their folio bag.
Perhaps one of the most enjoyed projects was the 'Squishy Men' - balloons filled with flour, and decorated with wool and sharpy textas - easy and cheap to do - just remember you'll need an adult running this station as the filling of the balloons can be tricky for some little hands!
Other projects that we did included Sharpie Patterns, Sharpie Mugs, Mini Canvas and Shaving Cream Marbling. The kids did such and amazing job and took some beautiful art pieces home at the end of the party.
I hope you enjoyed the images - we had so much fun, I can't believe how fast my baby is growing up.
Special thanks also to my gorgeous team of helpers on the day, an arty party is definitely one that needs many hands on deck!
I'm thrilled to share a beautiful 1st Birthday party with you today! This party brings back so many memories of Ella's Lady bird Party a couple of years ago, I love that our clients are inspired by our work! Today's party was styled by clever Mum and Photographer Niki Sprekos, of Niki Sprekos Photography.
Niki put together this beautiful ladybird party full of fun and whimsical details to celebrate her daughter Georgie's first birthday. Aside from all of the gorgeous details, the party was a hit with the kids, with colouring, games, a puppet show, face painting and ballooning and a ladybug hunt, all run by Fairy Flutterby, the party host for the day. There was no shortage of food and the children feasted on the delicious spread put together by Niki.
Using our Lovely Lady Bird Party invitations, and printables, Niki styled Georgie's party around this theme.
Congratulations Niki on creating and capturing a beautiful party!
Photography: Niki Sprekos Photography
Stationery: Invitations and party printables by Alannah Rose
Cake: Chantilly Cakes
Entertainment: Fairy Flutterby
Kids tables, ladybug tent, cake stands, grass and jars hired from Party Hire for Kids
Cupcakes, Cake pops, Cookies, etc - made by Niki
Lolly tins: They are pencil tins from Ikea and they contained lollies of course, ladybug castanet, ladybug tin clicker and a magnifying glass to collect their bugs.
Today I wanted to introduce you to A Sweet Affair.
A Sweet Affair is headed up by the very talented Jacqui and Mandy - both with a long history in events and client service.
I worked with Jacqui for 5 years before I began my journey into the wedding industry, and I can testify she is dedicated, hard working and one stylish girl!
A Sweet Affair specialises in candy buffet and dessert bars for corporate functions, weddings, product launches, Christmas parties, birthdays and christenings, and are based in Melbourne.
I particularly love this black and white table, but take a view at their gallery, there's a lot more to feast your eyes on.
Martha Stewart never fails to inspire and these caterpillar & ladybird cupcakes would be perfect for a garden party.. or perhaps a party for the very hungry caterpillar?
Ice cream + kids + parties = mess? You'd think so, but not with these clever darlings which I just love! Ice cream cone cookies, what a treat! ... From Tradewind Tiaras.. just perfect for a pretty party theme!
Chocolate? You're my weakness.. I think we might just be making this simple but delicious kit kat cake (from Made In Melissa's Kitchen) for our next celebration. So easy and so yummy!
How fun are these polka dot candy jars I found on Amazon? Perfect for a pastel inspired party or perhaps on your own kitchen counter? The cake style pedestals make them much more fun than regular candy jars.
We've been busy bee's here of late. Not only are we busy with Spring and Summer weddings, but we celebrated Miss Ella's 5th Birthday on the weekend. She chose our Buzz Buzz Bee invitations last July (while i was standing on a ladder decorating for her ladybird party!), and has done nothing but talk about her bee party ever since!
I was brave and made the cakes myself this time. Ella and I had fun in the kitchen playing with fondant - it's the first time I've made a cake with fondant, so I'm happy with the way they came up! Some pics below of the dessert table and party, I hope they inspire you for things you can do with our buzz buzz bee party theme.
Food made for the dessert table included Honey Joys, Yo-Yo's, Ginger-Bee's and Buzz Cakes. Guests sipped on nectar and were given little 'sweet as honey' jars of sweets to take home. Entertainment was provided by Disco Pop Parties - the busy bee's disco! And we finished up with a bee pinata.
The detail list
Invitations - Alannah Rose Buzz Buzz Bee Party Invitations
Printable Party - Buzz Buzz Bee Party Hats, drink bottle labels, tent cards, sweet as honey labels, by Alannah Rose
Empty Honey Jars - Star Gift Ashburton (these are plastic as I was concerned about glass and five year olds!)
Cake - Made by me! Fondant supplies etc from West's Cakes
Bee Pinata - The Party Stop
Flowers - Camberwell Florist
Ella's Bee Dress - The Kids Window (note these are large size dresses, we had to do some alterations to it for it to fit)
Garlands and Fabric - Spotlight - the garlands are wool - about $4.00 for 20 metres!
Bee Cookie Cutter - Baking Pleasures
Entertainment - Disco Pop Parties
A special thank you to Amy Atlas and her team for featuring our party today. Amy is a fabulous source of inspiration. We're looking forward to seeing her book when it's released and excited that she is heading out to Australia! Visit her blog for details.
I do wish Williams Sonoma would ship to Australia- especially when I stumbled upon this letter cookie cutter. The set allows you to write your own sayings on your raw cookies- what a neat idea to take a plain cookie into something personal.
This Paul Smith Evian water bottle (found via My Design Delights via Love, Obsess, Inspire) is such a fun idea for a party! I love the idea of wrapping your drink bottles in coloured ribbons. So easy but so pretty.
This such a fun idea from Sweetapolita if you have an artistic little one! What about icing a white cake and giving your birthday child an edible marker to truly create a cake that represents them?
The Party Parlour sent over this sweet little party theme they created using our little duck invitations & gift tags....
We love the sweet mix of yellow, black and red polka dots and the tower of delicious yellow cupcakes- topped with a red polka dot of course! All of the goodies in this shoot are available from The Party Parlour.
I think these spotty cookies might be making an appearance at our next party. So simple and effective! By SunshineBakes on Etsy
I came across this sweet idea via Family Chic, so sweet and simple. I've always loved these little paper parasols, would be perfect for the front door to welcome little guests to a Rainbow Party. See how to make your own here.
You may have noticed the Sunday Finds have been MIA. Well, here we are back with a fabulous find on a Sunday, but keep your eye out, they might pop up on any day now, Wednesday, Monday, whichever works!
One of my favourite finds for Alannah's rainbow party was this amazing Snowball Wool. We strung masses of it together and it took on the form of a fluffy rainbow garland- perfect for adorning the dessert table and strung from the rafters over where our six year old guests ate their treats. The best part? You can find it at Lincraft yourself for about $3.50 for 25 yards!
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