Saturday, 19 November 2016

Lauren’s 8th birthday book exchange party:

I know I always start my blog posts this way but however, the last six months has been some of the busiest months of my life and I have to give myself props for organising and making it through another birthday party!  As usual the preparations began months ago and I have been slowly working with the girls to bring all the details together! Lauren and Annabel are becoming quite good at paper cutting and now enjoy helping me with the set up and baking. I have to say these parties have become a good teaching tool and a great way to spend precious time with my girls! As usual I wanted to pick a theme that was not so typical so tucking Lauren into bed one night with a book the idea of a book exchange came to mind.  Once again I contacted the amazing Gabriela from Nina Designs to design a custom ‘bookworm / book exchange’ theme party printable set.  Once again Gabriela and I worked on the design to keep it simple, girly and fun!  Gabriela knocked it out of the park with her beautiful graphic style and my favourite details were the station posters, ‘Lauren’ banner and the amazing 3D lolly boxes!  You can check out more of her amazing party print packs HERE

The dessert table was set against a backdrop of cute bookworm and irregular spots designed by Gabriela from Nina Designs.  It was so much easier to just print out a large scale image rather than construct an image from hand!  On the dessert table I wanted to keep the display as monochromatic as possible with accent use of pink and mint colours.  To add to the book exchange theme I covered some textbooks in white paper and used them as cake stands.  I was really happy with how this detail turned out and I think added nicely to the theme.  To add height and some whimsy to the display, I added some light timber objects.  I used an amazing peg board and desk drawers found at Kmart to display objects and fill with sweet treats.  I loved the ‘perforated’ look of these objects and wanted to link in the round circles that made up the bookworm character.  Lauren and her friends were quite amused by the hidden pink and white sweets that filled the drawers.

The children enjoyed my vanilla cupcakes, fondant bookworm cookies, white chocolate sprinkle spoons and popcorn!  I served my cupcakes and popcorn in some gorgeous Paper Eskimo black and Mint baking cups at Ruby Rabbit Partyware - I love their simplicity.  I have to admit this time around my fondant cookies were nearly my undoing as I could not find a suitable cutter so I needed to use a series of round cutters to assemble the cookies by hand. The glasses were the most difficult aspect of the cookie as I had to cut out a black circle and then a smaller white circle within.  I want to send a shout out to Something for Cake for letting me borrow some of their small cutters to help with the bookworm glasses. It was deceptively difficult and incredibly time-consuming however, Lauren and her friends loved them so it was worthwhile! For the cake I collaborated with friend Rebecca from Sweetlove.  Rebecca did an amazing job on the cake especially as she moved in the same week!  Thank you Rebecca!  You can check out more of Rebecca’s baking talent on her Instagram account HERE.  To crown the cake I hand made the bookworm cake topper  out of fondant to add the overall theme.  

For the party the guests were welcome to bring a book to exchange.  Lauren and her friends really got into the spirit and the left overs will be donated to our local library! I also set up a book-mark making station and set up a photo booth to create lovely mementos of the day.  The book mark and exchange stations were topped off with super cool custom design posters made by Nina Designs. To ensure I was not excused of creating a boring reading party, I requested and organised a 'wacky librarian' from Stardust Kids to entertain the girls. Stardust kids were great to work outside the box and create a fun character to fit in with the theme.  The librarian was fantastic and had the girls laughing and mesmerised the entire party.
What a fantastic party and as the guest list was small I was really able to sit and watch Lauren enjoy it for the first time!  

I hope you enjoy the party pictures and details as much as I enjoyed making them and join me in wishing Lauren a happy 8th birthday!

Big love Felicity xx 

Paper baking cups and straws: Ruby Rabbit Partyware:

Cake: Sweetlove:

Cake decorating supplies: Something for Cake

Cupcakes & toppers, chocolate spoons, bookworm & number 8 fondant cookies, cake topper, styling and photography: Me! - Felicity - Little Paper Plate Events

Printables: Nina Designs Party Printables:

White Paper plates: Daiso

Wire basket, peg board, wooden drawers: Kmart Australia

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Stella's desk - a place for creativity & discovery

Only a few months late and on the last day of school holidays I  finally found some time to set up Stella's birthday present.... her desk! As you can probably tell desks are a big thing in our family, they offer everyone a personal space for creativity and discovery.
My daughters have grown up watching me study at my desk (I  currently study part time at university while raising my family) and believe this has been the catalyst for them ask for their own. It is my firm belief that the girls watching me study their whole lives has influenced their love of reading, learning and given them an appreciation that learning can be life long.  This is something that continues to drive me to study into the early hours most nights.

As I am always juggling work, study and home duties I collect bits and pieces to squirrel away until I am ready.  I was joking with another mother at swimming lessons today that it is not in my DNA to just buy a desk and put some crayons in a bowl, I have to style it, do a photo shoot and then write about it! Mad or creative genius, I will let you decide!

The design started with the cute finger puppet I purchased many months ago at my favorite shop Pulp Creative Paper.  I also purchased a handmade pink fabric yarn basket from Chompa Handmade when purchasing a lemon yellow bowl for Stella's happy balloon Birthday party (Read about it HERE). I added the gorgeous blue and mustard french doll at the last minute as my way to pay tribute to the victims in Nice, especially the children.  What a complete tragedy and my heart breaks for the people of France. To complete the set up, my lovely friend Gabriela from Nina Designs + Parties who I have worked with for the girls parties designed and gifted the amazing ABC poster (you can buy one HERE). 

I hope you enjoy the photos of Stella's desk. 

Big love Felicity x

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Indiana's 4th birthday - A creative collaboration!

In today's busy world I believe it is important to work together to achieve common goals, so when my friend Melanie of Piper Paper Co offered to swap creative talents instead of bank details I jumped at the chance! In exchange for making some of my cookies and photographing the desert table, Melanie offered to design a logo for my blog! I am happy to report our collaboration was a success, I am over the moon with my new logo! Thank you Melanie I look so professional! Melanie did an amazing job with the party stationary and I loved photographing all of the beautiful details that she created! 

Thank you for inviting the girls and I we all had such a lovely time in the winter sunshine! 

Big love xx

Party details, stationary / printables: Piper Paper Co

Owl cookies & Photography: Little Paper Plate Events

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Oh em gee Stella is three!

The week of Stella's birthday was one of the craziest of the year so far... Between work, university, writing my graduate application, catching up with an old school friend, party preparations, baking, managing three kids and one husband was certainly challenging! Despite the hectic week it was worth every second, especially seeing the glorious smile that adorned Stella's face the entire party.  So many balloons, so much fun and so wonderful to have an excuse to party like a three year old!  

The party was so much fun and a little quieter (well sort of) with just keeping the attendees to toddlers (not 27 screaming girls at Annabel's party last month - See HERE).  As well as keeping the guest list small, Annabel’s party also inspired the balloon theme as the girls had so much fun with $10 worth of balloons that I knew it would be perfect for toddlers! What else does a three year old need?

Once again I was so grateful to collaborate the design of the ‘happy balloon’ party printables with Gabriela from Nina Designs Party Printables, what a creative talent!  Gabriela and I worked on the design together and wanted to keep the colour palette pastel, girly and fun!  I am sure you agree how cute the balloon faces turned out!  My favorite details were the party hats, cupcake toppers and the amazing 3D lolly boxes!  You can check out more of her amazing party printables HERE. 

The dessert table was set against a backdrop of hand cut happy faced balloons, ‘Stella is three’ banner and crazy black shapes all designed by Nina Designs.  It was so much easier to just print and cut them out rather than hand drawing them all on card board! On the dessert table I had originally planned to make mint and pink the focal colours however lemon yellow became the star of the day when I came across the gorgeous ceramic cake stand, dinner plate and cup from my favorite Australian ceramic company Robert Gordon Australia.  To highlight the lemon yellow ceramics I used white serving dishes, paper plates and cups and only added a few extra details of the pink and mint.  For the serving ware I also contacted Nuria from Chompa handmade to make a custom lemon yellow fabric yarn basket.  I had been eyeing of the girls fabric baskets since I purchased them on a trip to Newcastle (read about it here) and decided this would be a good excuse to buy one for myself!  I filled the fabric basket with yellow ‘balloon lollypops’ which was another perfect sweet treat.  I kept the table bunting simple and used a white felt ball garland from Down to the Woods and scattered mini pink, white and mint pom poms on the table to continue the pom poms used on the party hats.  A quick thank you to all of the amazing people who upload how to make pom pom videos on You Tube!

The children enjoyed my vanilla cupcakes, fondant balloon biscuits and white chocolate and sprinkle spoons!  I was really happy with the fondant biscuits and think they are now becoming a true Little Paper Plate signature! The white chocolate spoons worked out so well and were a cheap and easy way to add colour to the dessert table!  For the cake I collaborated with friend and now partner in baking crime Rebecca from Becky Hollis-Patel Cakes.  Rebecca did an amazing job and I just loved the sprinkles on the cake!  I am now officially obsessed with sprinkles!  You can check out more of Rebecca’s baking talent on her Instagram account HERE.  To crown the cake I added a black number 3 cake topper by Poppies for Grace!  I am obsessed with their party style! 

The walls were decorated with more crazy shape cutouts and mint and pink paper streamers to add to the festive feeling.  I also created a balloon wall back drop for the photo booth inspired by one of my favorite blogs Oh Happy Day.  Thank you for the genius inspiration and it was so effective!  For the party activities I decided to keep it simple with an ‘old school vibe of pass the parcel, balloon games and lucky dip!  However I had an ulterior motive for the lucky dip, I wanted to create a simple activity and keep the children amused with a new toy!  It worked a treat!  I purchased fun toys like dolls and trucks from a Japanese dollar store near university and wrapped them in mint and white paper.  Instead of making the children put their arm into a scary box I decided just to display them in a yellow wire basket (that is now used as a toy basket)! The lucky dip was topped off with a super cool custom sign made by Nina Designs.

I hope you enjoy the party pictures and details as much as I enjoyed making them!

Big love Felicity xx