December 23, 2009

Table Decorations & Centrepieces for Weddings and Parties – Styles, Trends and Ideas

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Your table decorations and centrepieces are the most important decorative element you need to decide on when organising your wedding, party or other celebration. Whether your party is a full-scale formal affair, a children’s party or an intimate candlelit dinner, the centrepiece table decorations will add drama, personality and scale to your event.

The Pink Frosting team are expert table decoration and centrepiece stylists, and the Pink Frosting online wedding and party shop is brimming with gorgeous and inexpensive table decorations, wedding centrepieces and more to help you create a stylish table setting.  Take inspiration from some of the newest ideas in table centrepieces from the Pink Frosting team.

Eclectic tables

Create a ‘one of a kind’ feel for your event, by dressing each table differently. Use different flowers, different candles, different elements from the one theme to create a real sense of personality. For example, this design works wonderfully with a vintage theme; combine mismatched crockery, jugs and candles with plenty of vintage-style blossoms to fill tables. Visit an antiques fair, your local flea market or (with permission!) your grandma’s cupboards to pick up plenty of vases and trinkets to add personality to your tables.

Monochromatic tables

The classic, crisp design of the monochromatic look is still the most modern tablepiece theme you can choose.  If the mod look appeals to you, choose a black and white backdrop and add splashes of colour for contrast, such as buttercup yellow or flashy pink.  Think about height, drama, the whitest of white blooms and plenty of black crockery on crisp white linen.  This look is never out of style.

Centrepieces from your own backyard

Take inspiration from your own backyard!  Do you have twigs, greens, flowers and bark that could be used in a creative centrepiece? Take come gorgeous gumnuts and wattle and lay them on the tables in a very natural display with a few ivory and chocolate candles.

Casting a glow

The warm glow of candlelight has always added romance to a room.  Floral artists take this a step further by incorporating candles into centrepiece decorations themselves.  Think tall, full arrangements of cherry blossom branches, hung with votives on ribbon or wire-like hangers. Or imagine tall cylinders filled with coloured water to match the party colour palette, and small floating candles flickering in each. 

Christmas decorations all year round

Forgetting Santa, his reindeer, sleds and sleighbells, many gorgeous Christmas decorations are very appropriate out of season for parties. Christmas baubles, wreaths and sprays make fabulous table and room decorations.  And the traditional Christmas colours of red, green and gold needn’t limit you.  Contemporary Christmas colours of teal, peacock, pearl and diamonds are instant winners out of the Christmas season. And you can pick them up cheaply at the after-Christmas sales!

Paper lanterns – budget with big impact

The simple rice paper lantern packs an enormous decorating punch.  Whether you’re decorating a dinner table or a dance floor, the rice paper lantern will dazzle and delight your guests. Rice paper lanterns come in so many sizes, colours and styles, and all are great value for money.  Big ball lanterns start from as low as $6 a piece, so they won’t break the bank, even if you purchase them in bulk.  And the best part?  Paper lanterns can be packed down, stored and re-used for your next big shindig.

Eco-chic tables

If you’re really serious about going green, choose beautiful little wheatgrass pots (which can also be used as placecard holders), packets of seeds, or spring-time bulbs to decorate your table.  You’ll be offering your guests a living and breathing reminder of the party without hurting the planet.

Back to your childhood

Lolly buffets aren’t just for children’s parties!  The oh-so-divine lolly table is becoming a huge hit for the young-at-heart too.  Guests can fill up their own container with a selection of themed sweets, little gumball machines for each guest, or grandma’s favourite recipe cookies.

Balloons – the new chic

The hippest party planners from around the world are taking the humble balloon and making it the chicest decorating accessory of the moment.  Take giant bulbous balloons (at least 60cm) filled with helium and use them to decorate your room and each table.  Secure with your floral centrepiece or in a vase of lollies for a truly whimsical look.  Cheap, beautiful and fun!

See more beautiful table centrepiece and wedding decoration ideas at Australia’s number one online wedding and party shop, Pink Frosting.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

December 7, 2009

Sparkling Party and Wedding Luminarias Light the Path

One of my favourite wedding and party decorations is the luminaria, also known as luminaries or candle bags.  They twinkle a pathway to your party, around your pool, line the garden and create a truly special feeling for your celebration.  I am so very excited that our warehouse has just received a huge shipment of the latest luminaria to hit Australia, featuring not only sensational designs for just about every theme, but a water-filled base which means that these luminaries are safer and much more budget-conscious because they can be reused, over and over and over again.

To celebrate, here are some of my favourite uses for beautiful luminaria.

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Luminarias may be most well-known at Christmastime. Often communities work together to decorate their yards in festive manners, and luminarias are often part of those decorations. These little lights along a pathway or to mark a street are the perfect finishing touch. They give off a glow that will make your guests feel like they’ve found shelter in a storm.  Image:  The Lope.

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I love using Luminaria at Christmas as well, but inside the home.  These stunning luminaries light the fireplace so dramatically.

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Weddings and luminaries are the perfect match.  They can link two venues, line your ceremony aisle, create a pathway to your reception centre, be a dramatic table decoration or line your wedding dance floor.

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And for parties, they are spectacular leading a path to your home, around your pool or at a beach or garden themed party.  Superb.

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The new Lumabase Luminarias from can be used for many occasions. The die-cut LumaSleeves are created in-house and we pride ourselves on their unique and decorative look. The LumaSleeves support the bags in such a way that a gust of wind won’t blow over the luminarias or extinguish the candles. Our unique designs are stylish and fun, so party guests for every age group will enjoy the effects of the gentle lights.

Pink Frosting is proud to carry the Lumabase brand exclusively in Australia and New Zealand.  Everybody loves a party! Weddings, birthdays, Halloween, or just for fun, our luminarias will light the way to your party and lend an added touch of whimsy to any occasion.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

September 20, 2009

Cake of the Week: Very Different Cakes

If you’re anything like me, you know a party needs three things – delicious wine, great decorations, and cake. Being the fashionista that I am, there’s never going to be a plain cake at my parties! I want my cake to be memorable, especially if it’s for a special occasion.  And not that I have anything against iced flowers, but I want decorations that reflect my personal style.

I want whimsy.  I want glamour.  I want GLITZ!

I am so excited about the new range of cake decorations and cake bling from famous Los Angeles cake decorators, Very Different Cakes, now stocked at Pink Frosting for Australian and New Zealand brides and entertainers. 

Now, I definitely can’t afford their cakes (and, given we live in Australia not in Los Angeles, I can’t get them anyway), but I can easily afford their Swarovski crystal cake jewels. You can customise a monogram or have hearts, flowers, and assorted “garden friends,” starting from just five dollars.

Now, that’s fashionable food we can all afford!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

August 8, 2009

Cake of the Week: Cupcake Art

Filed under: Baby Shower, Cake of the Week, Christenings, General, Wedding Cakes — Kathryn @ 3:50 pm

Little bite-sized pieces of art.  These simple, stunning lemon yellow and pink embossed couture cupcakes by The Cupcake Company in Brisbane represent everything that is good in the world!  Sweet, aesthetically pleasing, delicate and so intricately decorated.  Made with passion and love.  I love Sharnel and Keren.  Their cupcakes are little bite-sized pieces of art.  I just wish Brisbane wasn’t so damn far away from Canberra, or that cupcakes travelled well!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

July 22, 2009

Wedgewood Jasperware Decorated Cookies

Wedgewood Jasperware is one of those classic looks that just about every entertainer in the world adores.  I just had to share these gorgeous Jasperware inspired decorated cookie favours by Sweetambs on Etsy. 

Sweetambs cookies are made from a basic sugar cookie recipe, which is then flavoured with fresh orange zest, vanilla beans, and a hint of cardamom. The royal icing has a dash of vanilla extract to bring together the wonderful flavors of the cookie.   If you’re a reader from the US you will be able to order from SweetAmbs for your wedding or special occasion favors.   If you’re not from the US, then get out your sugar decorating kit and start practising!  I am determined to learn how to decorate at least half as well as this!

And these stunning little cameo inspired cookies!  Who could possibly eat them?

What a divine wedding or christening bomboniere idea.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

July 16, 2009

Gorgeous New Double Sided Cupcake Decoration Wrappers

Aaaah, we’re in love!  The latest designs in cupcake wrapper decorations have just arrived at the Pink Frosting warehouse and we all absolutely adore them.  From femme girls night out designs to kids party jungle prints, and from Christmas designs to adorable baby shower designs, these cupcake wrappers are divine for just about any celebration.

Pink Frosting’s groovy and sweet cupcake wrapper decorations are a delightful party accessory for young and old!  Perfect to complement many kids party themes, baby showers, bridal showers, Christmas, tea parties and every day celebrations.

These cupcake wrappers easily assemble to slip your favourite cupcake or candy-filled cup into for a marvelous display.  Create a beautiful cupcake tree, set at each place setting as a party favor, the possibilities are endless.

Here are a few of our favourite designs:

You can purchase them now for your next celebration or party at Pink Frosting’s online party shop.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

July 8, 2009

Sweet Bird Designs for Baby Showers and Bridal Showers

Aaah sweet love! The two most adorable party themes have arrived at Australia’s leading online celebration shop.  These are tweetest themes we have ever seen!

Welcome to the Nest Little Baby!

Welcome to the Nest little baby!  Pink Frosting’s Nesting Birds baby shower party supplies feature an adorable baby bird design surrounded by butterflies and flowers. This colourful design is printed on the following tableware party items paper napkins, paper plates, paper beverage cups, plastic table covers, invitations, decorations and stationery. You can also add additional decor with our coordinating accessories and decorations such as Advice Books, Keepsake Registries, Name Tags, Confetti, hanging cutouts, and much more! The Nesting Birds party supplies are so adorable, they will add a touch of elegance to any baby shower, baby welcoming celebration, christening or baby related event!  Isn’t our baby the tweetest?

Aaah Sweet Love Birds!

Aaah sweet love!  The Pink Frosting Two Love Birds bridal shower, wedding and engagement party theme features an elegant design of two love birds perched upon a black branch adorned with black flowers. Designs are printed on a background featuring shades of pastel green and tiffany blue. In a sea of pink themed bridal shower party supplies, we love this sweet blue and black design. It’s the perfect bridal shower theme, but is equally gorgeous for engagement parties, anniversary celebrations, bridesmaid luncheons, weddings and kitchen tea celebrations.

Featuring decorations, stationery, party games, designer party cups, plates, lanterns and more, the theme has been designed so you can create a stunningly themed celebration put together by Pink Frosting’s event stylists.  Achieving party style has never been easier!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

June 20, 2009

Cake of the Week: Sweet Celebration Cake Featuring an Adorable Cupcake Top

This adorable cake is a stunning example of what sugarcraft artists can achieve.  Louise from Cake Journal won for best novelty cake at the Scandanavian Cake Show for this adorable cake/ cupcake creation.  I adore this beautiful cake for a Christening, first birthday or a sweet sixteen celebration.  Isn’t it divine?

I’m loving the whipped cream which was actually thick royal icing and both cherry & the green berries have been glazed to get them shiny.

I think this amazing cake works beautifully with these cupcake party invitations, decorations and accessories to achieve an adorable cupcake theme.  All of these gorgeous cupcake party supplies are available from Pink Frosting’s online celebration shop.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

June 4, 2009

Newborn Gifts Ideas with Extra-Special Flavour

Filed under: Baby Shower, Children's Parties, Christenings, Online Shopping — Kathryn @ 11:16 am

We’ve all been in the situation where a work colleague is heading off on maternity leave, the office has collected some money for a gift and you want to buy something special, different and thoughtful.  It’s hard to find something unique in a world of generic baby gifts from discount department stores…

Australia’s leading online celebration shop, Pink Frosting believes it has the answer! They are launching an incredible new range of baby gifts and keepsakes from Baby Aspen, with keepsake features – from pastel hat boxes to baskets to solid wooden horses. Beautiful. Practical. Boutique quality. Priced right. We infuse every gift with personality plus! We offer plush buddies for hugging, snuggly blankets for cuddling, decorative wooden gift wagons filled with necessities, and bath time gifts for newborns through to 12 months of age.

So, as the expectant (or new) mum opens her fourth pack of Bonds suits, your thoughtful gift selection from the gorgeous range at Pink Frosting will hold a special place in her heart.16010PK

You just never kn ow! Maybe someday she’ll grace center stage, so dress her for her big debut in this delightfully pink confection from Baby Aspen. Made of snuggly-soft 100% cotton and whimsically trimmed with a satiny-ribbon organza tutu, she’ll keep her parents on their toes as they show off their precious Baby Ballerina!  Gift Set:  $48.00

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How sweet and dreamy! Baby Aspen brings you the baby gift of choice for those with extraordinary taste. As unique as it is adorable, this two-piece bedtime gift set has everything, including the cherry on top!& nbsp;  PJ’s sport an appliquéd cloud that says “Sweet Dreamzzz,” with each letter embroidered in a different, cheerful pastel colour.  Pints of PJ’s are available in your choice of chocolate brown, strawberry pink and lime green, and are only $48.00 each!

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A house isn’t a home until it’s brimming with the warmth and sweetness of a baby’s laughter. The beautiful “house” Baby Aspen has fashioned is filled with a cozy, 3-piece layette set that welcomes baby boy—laughter and all—to the best place he’ll ever know. Layette includes a long-sleeve, blue night gown, night cap and a pair of booties—all with white trim accented with tiny, black polka dots made of soft, machine-washable, 100% cotton.  $48.00, also available in pink.

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Calling all newborn medical professionals, STAT! Baby Aspen introduces Baby MD, a whimsically-cozy doctor’s outfit for your own aspiring MD. Complete with a toasty warm surgical cap and “hospital booties”, this soft, green sleeper sports a stethoscope graphic casually slung around the neck, and an embroidered pocket with pen to write those teeny tiny prescriptions!  Mad e of 100 % lusciously soft cotton in soft sea-foam green and white, $48.00.

Aren’t they just darling?

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

May 31, 2009

Cake of the Week: Christening Gown Cake

Filed under: Cake of the Week, Christenings, General — Kathryn @ 1:52 pm

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One year ago, I featured a showstopping Pink Dress Cake by the amazing girls over at Pink Cake Box.  The Pink Dress Cake caused a huge stir, both at Australia Entertains at at the prestigious Somerset Art Associations cake competition in New York, where it took the Showstopper Award for best of the best cake in show.

The girls have done it again with a cake inspired by a baby boy’s christening gown.   Pink Cake Box decided to recreate the christening gown on a dress form. The recreation included eyelet details, little booties and a cascading blue ribbon.  Inside the cake was almond cake with amaretto filling.

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Parm Baby Shower Cake

Christening cakes are one of the most important celebration cakes you will organise in your lifetime. Can you imagine a more lovely christening cake than this one?

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

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