March 22, 2011

Personalise Your Wedding or Party Decorations

Filed under: Dinner Parties, Entertaining, General, Table Decor, Wedding Decorating, Weddings — Kathryn @ 10:37 am

Make your wedding day or party completely unique to you with the extensive range of personalised decorations at Australia’s number one online party shop, Pink Frosting.  Here you will find a huge range of customised wedding decorations, lanterns, luminaria, vases, personalised dance floor decorations and decals and so much more to help you create your own style at your venue.  Here are some of my favourites:

Personalised Napkins - Whether you’re throwing one party or ten this year, you’ll want to have these personalised wedding or party napkins on hand for every occasion. Customisable down to the last detail, these party serviettes can be personalised for weddings, baby showers, birthday parties or any milestone event! Choose from dazzling napkin colours and a nearly infinite array of imprint colours. From formal monograms to fanciful fonts, we offer designs for all occasions—your imagination is the limit!

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Personalised CoastersIt is all in the details when planning a magnificent wedding and party! You will be sure to catch the attention of your guests with these tasteful, personalised coasters at the cocktail reception, or the dinner table. Each coaster is cut from heavy cardboard and printed with your names, date and perhaps a personal message to your guests.

Personalised coasters

Personalised Table RunnersLet our personalised table runners be your wedding reception’s perfect finishing touch – but we can also customise them for your party! With it’s polished look, free personalisation and vibrantly coloured accents, this table decoration is easily completed by the colour of your choice and overall styling… giving every party planner a creative pop of personalised fun to their celebration day setting.

Personalised table runner

Personalised Wine Labels - Add personalised flair to your champagne or wine bottles with the Wine Label Sticker. Mix and match with other components in the collection for a cohesive look. Our wine labels are personalised with your details and come in many colour combinations for you to choose from. 

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Customised Wedding and Party Banner - Let your imagination run wild at all your special occasions with a Pink Frosting Celebrations Custom Banners. With the ability to add three custom lines of text, this durable, poly canvas banner allows you to be as humorous, solemn or witty as you want! A great way to add a pop of individualised style to any event, this one of a kind detail looks great decorating everything from your wedding day aisle to your best friend’s graduation.

Customised Banner

Personalised Vase Decorations - Pink Frostting’s personalised vase decorations are as practical as they are fashionable. Doubling as standout table identifiers, as well as polished centrepieces, these amazing vases come equipped with a colourful cling, accented by a table number, your names and wedding date. They’re perfect for embellishing your wedding reception or party tables and make it super easy for your guests to find their spot!

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There are so many customised and personalised party decorations to choose from, you can really create an event that is perfect for your special day!  If you’d like any advice on your wedding or party decorations, the customer service team at Pink Frosting are always willing to help!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

January 30, 2011

Party Presentation Ideas – Where to get Inspiration Online

Decorating a party is my favourite part of the planning process.  You can be completely creative with your theme or colour scheme and bring your ideas to life in front of your party guests.  If you’re not super-creative though, the process of decorating your celebration may be daunting.  This is where online party shops like Pink Frosting and Baby Showers Australia can help!  The range make decorating easier because the helpful people at these shops have arranged all of the party decorations into themes and colour schemes so you can mix and match the party supplies for your theme and taste, as well as for your budget.

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I’m starting a new series today focusing on party presentation ideas.  There are so many beautiful blogs around the world to give you excellent ideas on how to present your party.  Some of my favourites are Hostess with the Mostess, Pizzazzerie, Kara’s Party Ideas and Amy Atlas’ Blog.  You can subscribe to these blogs to get daily inspiration for your party and see how the experts do it.  Many of these blogs also present real party ideas and galleries – straight from the house of people just like you and I – people who just love to entertain and have created a really beautiful party.  The catalogue of ideas will have you inspired for years of creative parties!

Then you have amazing websites filled with party planning tips and ideas.  The one you’re reading now – Australia Entertains - is packed with tips to make your party perfect.  Others that we adore and turn to for inspiration include Martha Stewart’s most excellent website which could have your days filled for months reading entertaining tips and inspirational ideas, the Pink Frosting party ideas website is packed with great Australian ideas for party planning including seasonal menus and flower guides for our part of the world, and although it’s not very pretty, the About Entertaining pages are packed with great party tips and etiquette guides.

Finally, even if you’re planning a christening or kids birthday party, you should visit the exquisite wedding ideas blogs for inspiration.  Our favourite wedding blogs are the ultimate Australian wedding blog Polka Dot Bride, the spectacular daily swoon-fest at Style me Pretty and Brooklyn Bride, as well as the lovely and entertaining features at Wedding Chicks.

So over the coming months, we’ll explore great party presentation ideas.  The first will be cupcake wrappers, which must be my all-time favourite indulgent party decoration!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

January 26, 2011

Happy Australia Day!

Filed under: Dinner Parties, Entertaining, General, Party Themes, Table Decor — Kathryn @ 11:57 am

Wishing everyone a patriotic and fun-filled Australia Day today. Here’s what my backyard looks like today – twisties, lamingtons, beer on ice and the BBQ ready to cook for many friends.  The perfect Aussie backyard party.

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Australia Day Lamingtons small

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Australia Day Twisties small

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

January 19, 2011

Table Numbers with Individual Style

Filed under: Dinner Parties, Entertaining, General, Table Decor, Wedding Decorating — Kathryn @ 12:45 pm

For weddings and special events where you have more than a couple of tables, it’s a good idea to help your guests find where they are sitting with table numbers.  Now, these decorative elements can be neglected and look very drab if you simply say to your venue – go ahead and use those plastic white and black numbers that can really impact negatively on your beautiful table decorations!  Go ahead and create some table numbers that suit your look and theme without breaking the budget!

Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

1.  Don’t use numbers, use locations, books or other items that have meaning for you!  Name your tables after places you have visited, streets you have lived on or musicians you love.  We love this example from Jesse Leake Photography where the couple took the idea even further and took polaroids of themselves holding street names.  Fun!

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2.  Use timber cut-out numbers in place of card and paint them the colour of your wedding theme.  These pretty table numbers below blend in perfectly with the theme of the wedding.  Images from Elisabeth Millay with Jonathan Young via Brooklyn Bride.

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3.  Create vintage style table numbers by using pretty frames, lacey paper and glitter pens.  This gorgeous idea can also be easily created on your computer and printed at home for a fun look without breaking the bank.  We love the baroque frames at Pink Frosting’s wedding shop which would work perfectly for these table number creations.   Image Bridal Cookie

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4.  Use miniature chalk boards to create a rustic table number – perfect for garden and beach weddings.  Miniature chalk boards can be purchased online at Pink Frosting’s wedding shop for delivery world-wide.  Photo Credit: Meg Runion.

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5.  Coordinate your table numbers with your wedding stationery such as place cards, invitations, thank you cards and more.  These fun baroque paper frames on an easel match the Pink Frosting Love Bird Damask stationery range - gorgeous huh?  They will be available from March 2011.

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6.  Make your table numbers your table centrepieces – yep, all in one!  These personalised vase decals (which come with the vase) include the table numbers in your wedding colours, so simply sit in the middle of your reception tables and fill with gorgeous flowers.  You’ve achieved the perfect two for one wedding decoration! 

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6.  Create table number luminaria to add atmosphere and light to your wedding reception tables.  Take a standard luminaria and create the perfect table decoration by following the easy tutorial at Intimate Weddings.  Voila – perfection and a fun crafting activity for you and your girls!

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Now, if you haven’t found a fabulous idea for making your table numbers extra special and unique, here are some more ideas:

  • Create table numbers out of beads or wire and wind ivy or flowers around them for a rustic look;
  • Custom create your table numbers with miniature pots planted with your favourite flowers with a big flag with a table number in the centre;
  • Cover your favourite books or photo albums with your table numbers, so once guests have found their table they can enjoy browsing through the books which have meaning for the bride and groom;
  • If you’re hosting a Las Vegas style wedding, use playing cards as your table numbers – simply stick a round sticker with the table number in the centre, or you could name each table after your cards – Ace of Spades = table one etc;

We hope you’re inspired by our table number creative ideas! 

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

January 13, 2011

Frangipani Wedding Decorations

Frangipani bouquet

Apart from the hibiscus, there’s perhaps no other flower that says beach wedding than gorgeous fragrant frangipanis.  Frangipanis or plumeria as they are also known are blooming everywhere along our beaches at the moment.  One of our iconic beach flowers, they make the perfect beach wedding decoration or flower motif for Australian weddings. 

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Image credits: Frangipani wedding cake, photo by Nicole Pearce.  Frangipani bouquet and aisle decoration images from Lindsay Van Roy Photography for Brett and Erin’s wedding.  Frangipani beach aisle by Aloha Island Weddings at Simply Chic Wedding Ideas.  Frangipani link ring by Stasita New Zealand.  All stationery by Alannah Rose at Pink Frosting’s beach wedding shop.  All beach collection wedding accessories and decorations at Pink Frosting’s beach online wedding shop.

Here are our top tips for using frangipanis to theme your Australian beach wedding:

  • Bunch them closely.  Frangipanis in tight formation are simply chic.  Look at our gorgeous frangipani bouquet above – chic and gorgeous!
  • If you choose yellow frangipanis, your best colour choices for ribbons, accents, glassware, napery and decor is buttercup yellow, ivory, crisp white, black or sand.
  • Frangipanis work beautifully with massive blossoms such as fully blown roses, hibiscus or lillies.  We’re not fans of frangipanis and other waxy flowers such as orchids, but they can look lovely together if you use a master florist.
  • Generally, frangipanis don’t need foliage to complement them.  Think of the flower in its natural state – the flowers are clustered and the branches are fairly sparse.  Take your cue from the flower in its natural environment and don’t use leaves as part of your table decorations, aisle decorations or bouquets.
  • Frangipani leis are so easy to create.  It’s a fun way to spend your night before the wedding with your best girls – simply use fishing line and a large needle to thread frangipani blooms.  A beautiful favour for your guests.
  • Incorporate frangipanis into your wedding ceremony with large garlands of frangipani flowers laced together like a long leis.  Such a versatile idea – you can then loosely hang them between your chairs down your aisle or decorate a garden trelise with them behind the bride and groom.  Also, give your flowergirl frangipani flowers to toss when she walks down the aisle.
  • Create a heart using frangipani flowers for the bride and groom to stand in when they marry.  This simple but beautiful idea works a treat on the beach or on grass in a garden wedding.
  • For table decorations, choose faux frangipani flowers and either scatter your frangipanis loosely around the table, lay one on each table setting for a contemporary chic look, or use miniature beach buckets filled with starfish, sand and frangipanis (see the beautiful beach buckets by Pink Frosting above – we also used Swarovski crystal encrusted starfish to complement the yellow frangipanis).
  • You can incorporate frangipanis in your wedding theme in many ways.  Here are some other ideas:
    • Your wedding invitations – frangipanis on the beach or in a heart make a glamorous stationery idea.  Some gorgeous styles from Dream Day Wedding Invitations and Alannah Rose make a real statement;
    • Your wedding accessories – use frangipani flowers in your bridesmaid’s hair and in your groomsmen’s buttonholes;
    • Your parasols – choose a plain wedding parasol and glue on frangipanis around the centre and border to create a unique wedding day accessory for photographs
    • Your  wedding bombonieres and favours – choose a favour with a frangipani motif such as personalised candy jars (yummy filled with yellow jelly beans), flip flop candles with a frangipani toe; or a photo frame with a frangipani flower attached to the swing tag – gorgeous!

Here are some beautiful ways to use frangipanis on your wedding day:

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Image: Aloha Weddings

 

Frangipani Cupcakes by Consumed Cakes

Frangipani Cupcakes by Consumed Cakes

 

Frangipanis and Lillies Wedding Ceremony Site by Aloha Island Weddings

Frangipanis and Lillies Wedding Ceremony Site by Aloha Island Weddings

Frangipani Themed Wedding Tables by Disney Resort

Frangipani Themed Wedding Tables by Disney Resort

Beach Bucket with Starfish and Frangipanis by Pink Frosting's Wedding Shop

Beach Bucket with Starfish and Frangipanis by Pink Frosting's Wedding Shop

There are so many ways to use these gorgeous flowers in your beach wedding.  I’d love to see your photos if you have some to share!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

November 10, 2010

Christmas Decorating Trends 2010

Red Christmas Baubles

I’m predicting that Australian families will be celebrating their Christmas in 2010 with a return to the sparkling rhapsody of Christmastimes past – a nod to traditional colours of red, green and gold or sparkling Aussie beach and country colours of sand, icy blues, and shimmering eucalypt greens.  With Christmas just 50 days away, many families are already planning their Christmas table centrepieces, will begin trimming their trees in the next few weeks and have their Christmas cocktail soirees on the calendar. 

So, what are the Christmas decorating trends for 2010?  Our Christmas homes are two very different styles, but both reflective of the mood of the Australian public right now.

Firstly, there is the return to the real glamour of a 1950s style Christmas with heavy golds, velvety reds and fir greens. This decadent style is inspired by the popular television phenomenon Mad Men, and the popularity of the domestic goddess over the past several years making her home a haven for her family and friends.

The most popular Christmas decorations for this trend at Pink Frosting’s Christmas boutique include Gingerbread Men String Lights for Christmas trees and mantle pieces, burgundy acrylic diamond-cut scatters for table centrepieces and cocktail party decorations, imperial tealight candle holders in dark red with an ornate gold embellishment, and the luxury range of Australian designed Christmas crackers in traditional colours of red and gold including high-quality gifts for guests such as bottle stoppers.

European style Christmas fare is on the menu this year for those following the traditional trend, even in the heat of the Australian Summer.  The www.PinkFrosting.com.au team predicts berry infused cocktails will become the holiday drink of choice, with cranberry cosmopolitans and raspberry virgin cocktails served to guests pre-dinner, and mulled wine and port to finish off the night warmly.

Blue and Silver Christmas Table

Conversely, there is a real lightness and celebration of the Australian bush and seaside with the other trend for decorating Christmas in 2010 – evoking the natural landscape and sparkling sand of home, accented with pretty eucalypt greens, ecrus, shimmering ocean-blues and seashells. Many Australians love to celebrate the Aussieness of a Summer Christmas with fresh seafood, a dip at the beach and chilled blonde beers, and this is reflected in the return to natural bush and sea colours with a little sparkle for Christmas 2010.

The secret to this relaxed look for Christmas is to use simple decorations, natural items and to not overcrowd the table.   The most popular Christmas decorations for this trend at Australia’s number one online party shop include antique white shaved timber wreaths which are used either as a table centrepiece or hanging decoration, gold rattan star lights which reflect the natural sparkle of the Aussie bush, eco-friendly Christmas crackers covered in environmentally friendly brown craft paper without losing their decorative edge for the Christmas table, and natural finger starfish in many shapes and sizes to scatter on tables and hang from trees.

Pink Ribbon Christmas Tree

On top of these two major trends, decorating for a cause is also popular this season.  If you have a particular charity you support (such as our Pink Ribbon tree above), many offices are using their Christmas tree to send the message of support this Christmas.  Staff can provide donations or presents which are then passed on to the charity – we love this trend for 2010.

As Australia’s number one online party shop and wedding store, www.PinkFrosting.com.au will be providing Christmas decorations and party supplies to thousands of Aussies this year.  We look forward to hearing how you plan to decorate your Christmas table, office and homes this year!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

October 16, 2010

Wedding Favours as Table Decorations

Just about every bride we know wants their wedding favours to multi-task as a table decoration for their receptions – not only do your guests appreciate the sentiment, your favour is complementary to your wedding decorations and table settings, meaning you save $s!  Judy McManus of PWG Portland and Mosca Photo’s provides the perfect example of how nicely a Kate Aspen favour (for Aussie brides, Pink Frosting is Kate Aspen’s preferred retailer)  multi-task – as a memorable way to show your gratitude, and as table decor!

This fall wedding tablescape is so inviting, isn’t it?  Judy infuses the autumn colors throughout the table scheme by using the Kate Aspen Imperial Tea Light Holder .  Like to mix and match it up a bit?  Add the “Perfect Pair” soaps or the “Lucky Elephant” bookmark (with that awesomely clever tassel-tail!)  So many possibilities!

We like this take on “vintage,” too!  A little retro, a little frilly, and a little sassy (and you know we like sassy!)

If you look closely, you’ll see the “For the Love Birds” Elegant Icon Favour Boxes“Sweetwater Park” Birdbath Place Card Holders would fit right in here, don’t you think? Or – look closely now …

Why there’s the best-selling “White Baroque” Place Card Holder and Frame with a picture of the happy couple!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

October 11, 2010

Honour & Loyalty : Paper Cranes for Weddings

The perfect symbol for your wedding day.  Paper cranes mean honour and loyalty in Japan, and the Japanese believe that a person who folds 1000 paper cranes will be granted his or her greatest wish.  What a beautiful symbol of your love for one another – the loyalty you hold dear, your greatest wish for love together – fold 1000 paper cranes together and use these gorgeous decorations throughout your wedding day as a symbol of your love for one another and your hope for the future.

I recently found this stunning paper crane themed wedding over at Hostess Blog and needed to share it with you.  When this couple were dating, Jonathan would send Laura origami cranes with special messages inside them, just as the Japanese used to do.  Here are some of my favourite images of the stunning wedding of Laura and Jonathan in Chicago for your inspiration.

Laura and Jonathan used the paper cranes (1300 to be exact!) as a backdrop for their wedding ceremony.

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And, once the ceremony was over, the couple then creatively used the cranes as decorations for their wedding reception, both as a curtain and on the wedding centrepieces:

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Floating around the wedding cake, the paper cranes reminded the guests of the love and hope the lucky couple has for one another:

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If you’d like to make your own paper cranes, there are plenty of origami books to purchase online, or you could follow these easy instructions.  Don’t forget to source beautiful papers to make your cranes from (we love that Laura used lots of colour and mis-matched designs in her cranes) and enlist the help of your bridesmaids, friends, family and anyone else who has paper folding skills!

We equally love this idea for a baby shower, Christening, bridal shower and engagement parties. 

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

October 5, 2010

Which Witch is Which Halloween Party Theme Ideas

Filed under: Children's Parties, Dinner Parties, Entertaining, General, Table Decor — Kathryn @ 12:49 pm

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Halloween in Australia is a much different experience than our friends have in America.  We don’t have a tradition of trick or treating (although you might be lucky enough to live in an apartment complex or street that organises a safe trick or treating adventure for kids), so the best way to have all the fun of Halloween without any of the fuss of knocking on doors is to host a Halloween themed party at your home.  Over the next few weeks we will offer up some of our best ideas on Halloween parties perfect for Australians who love to spook and be scary!

Which Witch is Which Halloween Party Theme

Witches feature heavily in fairytales, modern stories and traditional legends such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Meg & Mog and Bewitched.  Just about everyone has a favourite witch no matter what your age, so why not host a Which Witch is Which Halloween party this year to celebrate witches – good, bad and ugly!

Invitations

Invite guests to your Which Witch is Which halloween party with a Halloween or Witch themed party invitation.  We love the Spooky Spider invitations at Pink Frosting’s online party shop.  Use some spooky wording to start the theme rolling with your guests:

Which witch is which?  Only our creepiest guest knows!

Do you cackle with an apple?  Do you wriggle your nose?

Put on your witches hat, hop on your broom,

Grab your black cat, and prepare to zoom!

Decorations

Decorate your party room with witches lanterns hanging from the ceiling, brooms next to the doors, bats attacking guests from the roof, massive spider webs in every corner, haunted house table centrepieces with big scary spiders hanging off the edges, and don’t forget to play a Haunted House noises CD to really make your guests frightened!  For inspiration on do it yourself Halloween decorations, you must visit the Martha Stewart website for inspiration!

Games

Play “Which Witch is Which” – the guessing game that brings to life your favourite witches from childhood stories and movies.  To prepare, simply create some cryptic witch clues (remember that if the players are little kids, keep the questions really simple and based on fairytales and childhood stories) and have plenty of witch prizes ready for those who win the game.  You could also play “Celebrity Witch” where five guests wear a witches hat with the name of a famous witch on it, and they have to guess who they are!

For little kids, we love the idea of a witches broom race.  Here are some fun ideas from Celebrations:

  • Simply have a starting line and finishing line. The little witches line up in “broom riding position.” The have to race at the sound of the whistle but here’s the catch – no hands allowed on the broom.
  • Three-legged broom race – it’s the same concept as a regular three-legged race except the brooms are tied together instead of the legs! Break the witches off into teams of three and tie their three brooms together. Each team races to the finish line and the team that has all three girls at the end, wins! **This is great for building team work as the girls have to go at the same speed and help each other.
  • If you don’t have much room, put some funky Halloween tunes on your iPod and hand each girl a broom. Tell them they have to make up a 30 second choreographed dance incorporating their brooms. The witch with the most bewitching moves is the winner.

Food

Check out the fun Halloween Party dinner menus and ideas over at Hostess Blog.  We particularly love the Boo Spaghetti, Slithering Snake Sandwich, Eyeball Taco Salad and the Ghost of Montecristo Sandwiches!  Serve “poisoned” Halloween cocktails, such as a Black Widow Martini:

2 oz black vodka
.5 oz Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
2 oz blackberry or grape juice
black licorice and sugar for garnish (optional)

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with black licorice and add a plastic black spider to the stem of the martini glass.

Finish with some spooky Halloween cupcakes and you have a feast to tame the hungriest witches!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

September 29, 2010

Fun New Party Balloon Decorations

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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 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!

Australia’s most stylish party shop, Pink Frosting, has just taken delivery of a whole new range of chic party balloons, perfect for kids parties, Christmas and other holiday celebrations, adult birthday parties, swanky soirees and even weddings.  Some of our favourites include:

Whatever you’re celebrating, beautiful party balloons really are the central decoration packing a punch on a budget.  The Pink Frosting balloon range is all professional quality – perfect for inflating with helium (you can hire helium canisters locally) or simply inflating with good old fashioned lung power!

Shop Pink Frosting Party Balloons >>

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

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