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Friday, March 25, 2011

{love} little bundle of joy!

Exciting news!!! Do you remember the 'feather her nest' baby sprinkle we styled recently for my gorgeous sister, Jodie...well....

My little nephew arrived into the world on Sunday, and he is just precious!!

Congratulations to Jodie, Paul & big brother Ryan!

Tanya x

Thursday, March 24, 2011

{eat} vege sticks & dip in a cup!

How adorable are these individual serves of vege sticks & dip? So fun, healthy & colourful, these would be perfect for a dinosaur or safari party!!

I got the idea from one of the gorgeous blogs I follow!! I can't remember where though sorry :( ....if it's you, please let me know so I can give you credit!!

To make them yourself... 
  • 'secret family recipe' dip - combine a packet of Continental french onion soup mix with a 400-500g pot of sour cream.
  • cut carrot and celery sticks. 
  • half-fill plastic 'shooter' glasses with dip and finish with vege sticks
  • keep refrigerated until ready to serve
So easy, healthy and delicious!!

We served these at a party recently, and they were a real hit with children and adults thing, double dipping is ok!!

Tanya x

Monday, March 14, 2011

{free printable} under the sea colouring page

A {free} colouring page
to download your copy!

Tanya x

{real parties} under the sea

As promised, here are the photos from my nephew's 1st birthday party!

My sister-in-law, Jocasta, put together this gorgeous under the sea party...thank you for letting me share your many lovely ideas!!

First peek through to the party room! The doorway was adorned with garlands created with twine and party dots. The table centrepiece was a lovely old treasure chest filled with treasure that the children had fun exploring! And spot the platter of yummy gummi fish!

Jocasta always makes amazing cupcakes...and we were not disappointed!! How adorable are these octopus cupcakes? I just love simple, but so amazingly effective!!

...and sweet little fish and starfish cupcakes...yum!!
A drink fountain flowed with 'ocean spray'...a gorgeous touch! And bunches of blue and green balloons were dotted throughout the party room, adding 'bubbles' to the ocean.

Dixie drumsticks look just like little fish...too cute!!

Guests had a lovely time playing lots of games and they each had their faces painted with cute under the sea characters.

Fun under the sea crackles, created with rice bubbles, white chocolate, and silicone moulds.

Delicious 'fish' cake created with vanilla sponge, frosted with butter icing and finished with smartie 'scales'.

Lovely little noodle boxes decorated with shimmering fish added to the room decor and were party favors for the guests to take home after the party.

A beautiful party Jocasta, we all had a wonderful afternoon!

Tanya x

Thursday, March 10, 2011

{real parties} under the sea

My gorgeous little nephew turned one recently, and I designed this fun under the sea party stationery just for him... Jayden's mum & dad put together an adorable party for him, with lots of ideas for your next under the sea or mermaid party...I'll share photos from that soon! Ooh, and there'll be a {free} colouring page for your little ones too!! x


Tanya x

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

{real parties} james' circus party

Earlier this month Aimee's son, James, celebrated his 5th birthday in spectacular style!! Aimee added her own amazing touches to our vintage circus party hire package to create this gorgeous party!

Guests were greeted at an adorable homemade ticket booth (created from an old refrigerator box by James dad!) and received tickets for their afternoon at the circus!

The dessert table was filled with lots of delicious treats, and finished with bold red and white stripes, adding to the circus atmosphere! The gorgeous vintage tin elephant windup was a hit with the little ones!

Yummy donuts & wafer sticks

Fun candy-stripe straws & clown-nose cupcakes

No circus is complete without hotdogs & popcorn!

The party table had sweet wooden toys and a circus tent centrepiece.  Fluffy pompoms and 'clown nose' baubles hung from above. 

Aimee created this fun photo booth using a refrigerator box and gift wrap. 

 All the guests had great fun dressing up for their 'photo shoot'!

Games included knock em down, pass the parcel, pop 'em in, spinning plates, circus shootout and lucky ducks. 

When the games were over, everyone got to choose a prize from the prize board!

The gorgeous birthday boy and his beautiful cake, finished with mini bunting (made by Aimee)

...and how amazing is the inside of the cake? James very clever dad, Mark, created it...might need to ask him for a tutorial!

{table & room decor} The Candy Tree
{styling} Aimee
{printables} Tanya Collier
{costumes & games} The Candy Tree
{lolly jars} Sweet Little Birdie
{striped straws} Lark
{admit one tickets} Officeworks
{prizes} Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations
{photography} Tanya Collier!

Tanya x