Tuesday, 22 December 2015

A very 'monochromatic' christmas!

After an incredibly busy year raising three energetic and curious girls, continuing my university studies, working most weekends and generally being an awesome wife, I felt the need for a 'quieter' christmas.  In an attempt to reduce the noise I decided to keep the decorations simple and deck the halls another year.  I left the tinsel and sparkly decorations packed away and set out to find monochromatic simplicity.  

While shopping for Lauren's birthday party in November I stumbled across the most beautiful white paper banner, paper trees ornaments and graphic wrapping paper. For the tree I added in a few pre-loved white decorations, a special ornament given to me by my mother and raided my children's bedrooms for their white felt ball garlands.  Additionally I managed to recycle some items from Lauren's recent birthday party including the marque star light and wrap some presents using the large sheets of star paper by the amazing Nina Designs that I used for the photo booth back drop.  

After decorating the tree I stood back and realised that a christmas tree is just not the same without baubles and thus began the great hunt for white baubles. I searched high... I searched low.... nothing!  With only two weeks left till christmas and a two week clinical rotation looming, online shopping was out of the question.  I was defeated until last week when I was saw my friend Emily post a picture on Facebook of the most perfect and amazing baubles on the planet!  It seemed like fate as just last month Emily started her own business called 'Vinylise it' and had just added the baubles to her amazing list of products!  With christmas looming I knew Emily was very busy with lots of orders so I dared not to ask and only made a comment on how much I loved them!  The next thing I knew three perfectly round black and white monogramed baubles were left lovingly on my front door step.  Now it is not an easy thing to admit that baubles would make a grown woman happy, but in this instance they did.  Not only do these baubles fit perfectly on our tree, they represent so much more.  They represent my beautiful girls, my family, new friendships and that giving at christmas time is still as important as ever.  Thank you Emily they are perfect in every way.  If you would like to acquire some or one of these beauties for yourself or even just want to support an amazing small Australian business then you can check out more HERE

Thank you to my friends and family for encouraging me to start this blog and to everyone around the globe that has visited my pages.  I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy 2016!

Big love and I hope you enjoy the photos!

Felicity xx

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

I am on Instagram!

its offical I now have an Instagram! Slightly surreal that I am adding to the blog! I am planning to use the account to post my party details and preparations for up and coming events! Thank you for following!

Monday, 30 November 2015

Take me to the moon!

What is childhood without friends, family, laughter, Princess Leia and cake? This years theme for Lauren's birthday was all about the moon and the stars! Lauren loves space and science so I wanted to design the event to suit her with a girly twist! The colour theme started with the beautiful pink lemonade ceramics from Australian pottery company Robert Gordon. I added monochromatic elements such the cardboard rocket and sliver foil balloons to help pop the pink! The walls were decorated with handmade paper stars in pink, sliver and black and white.  The entrance was not forgotten, I hung sliver and pink streamers to represent space alien tentacles.  I added in amazing party printables from a graphic designer called Nina Designs that I follow on Instagram, you can see her amazing print sets HERE. The printables were just perfect and suited the theme perfectly, it was a match made in space.  Thank you Nina Designs!

The dessert table was set against a backdrop of a grey cardboard moon with sliver glitter and paper stars made by yours truly.  I added monochromic details such as the black number ‘7’ and the marque star light for interest.  The monochromatic details continued into the serving ware and meringues made using the recipe from the amazing Meringue Girls. The children enjoyed my handmade ‘moon dust’ cupcakes, 'moon' fondant biscuits, Herseys kisses aka 'moon rocks'  and star sandwiches.
 After a stressful semester at University and my last very average cake, I conceded and outsourced the cake! This four layered pink butter cake with white chocolate icing did not disappoint and was a real crowd pleaser!  This means that I will have no other choice but to have the lovely Kathy make a cake for every future event!  I topped with cake and cupcakes with beautiful custom made sliver glitter cake toppers by an Etsy company called  made by ummiThe adults grazed over cheese plates and enjoyed fresh chicken sandwiches made by my mother.  Again while baking for parties may seem a huge chore, I always think the effort is worthwhile as my guests always appreciate the effort and feel confident there are no hidden extras!  There was a gluten free child that RSVP to the event so to ensure that they did not miss out I labelled and decorated a special plate with a range of gluten free goodies.  I believe as the host it is my responsibility to make sure every guest leaves feeling satisfied!

To keep the children occupied I made a moon piñata that was inspired by one of my favorite blogs Beebeesxthree.  The piñata turned out bigger than I expected and cutting the strands of crepe paper to cover it nearly broke my spirit!  I purchased star wands for the girls to play with and it was great watching them run around the garden casting ‘magic wishes’.  The amazing entertainment company Stardust Kids once again came to the party.  Princess Leia had the children mesmerised for the entire hour which made the event much more enjoyable for everybody.  I always feel pangs of guilt paying for entertainment, especially on a student salary, however it all seems worth it on the day when the children shriek with glee!
Once again it was a lovely party and we were surrounded by family and friends to celebrate our seven year old!  Again I enjoyed decorating the house and making all of the sweet treats for the children, it was a nice distraction from exam preparations!

I hope you enjoy the photos! Big love xx

Felicity x


Balloon and party ware - www.partysavers.com.au
Bash Goods Grid plates - The Party Cupboard
Cake and cupcake toppers: Made by ummi
Cake decorating supplies: Something for Cake
Fondant cookies, vanilla cupcakes and meringues made by: Me!
Grid paper on table - Kikki K
Large cardboard moon and stars - Me!
Number ‘7’ and Marque Star: Spotlight Australia
Party photography: Me!
Party Printables and  bunting - Nina Designs

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Big girly room!

To celebrate my daughter Lauren turn the big seven today (and according to the text books finally develop full functioning frontal lobes), I thought I would surprise her with new big girly room! Lauren loves animals, science and space so I decided to combine these into her new room. Lauren is also quite the reader and endlessly writes letters, notes and stories so for the perfect birthday present I have created her own writing desk. A place to learn, write, dream and most importantly be herself. 

The design all started with the amazing moon poster artwork by Nina Designs. I stubbled across this poster on Instagram and I knew instantly it was perfect for Lauren’s room.  Nina has lots of amazing party printables (soon to be used in Lauren’s birthday party) and posters and you can find her shop here.  Nina has an amazing blog in which I follow you can find it here.   

The next items were the Homely creatures to the moon and back felt banner and the Numero 74 Mini sparkle star cushion both from Design Twins I completed the space theme with a paper star garland is from renna deluxe on Etsy.

I purchased Lauren’s desk from IKEA Australia.  I accessorised the desk with items from my favourite stores Pulp Creative Paper and Lime Lifestyle.  I completed Lauren's room with linen’s and items from around the home including a felt basket from Mocka and a handmade yard bowl from Chompahandmade that I purchased on our recent day trip to Newcastle (read about it here).  

Hope you enjoy all of the details!  Big Love Felicity x