March 15, 2012

Penny’s Alice in Wonderland Party

When my daughter announced she wanted an Alice in Wonderland party this year, I was overjoyed!  I had instant visions of a Mad Hatter’s tea party on our porch in the sunshine and turning our backyard into a croquet pitch.  Together, we planned a gorgeous event for all of her friends, filled with lots of unique touches.  Here’s Penny’s Alice in Wonderland party for your pleasure.

Mad Hatter's Tea Party Table

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Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

Mad Hatter's Hat

Alice in Wonderland Party Table Setting

Gorgeous Mad Hatter’s Tea Party accents were used to bring the theme to life.  My favourite are the Utterly Scrumptious Canape Flags from Pink Frosting Party Shop that have the cute tea party sayings printed on them in sorbet colours – Eat Me!  Delectable!  Take One!  Who could possibly resist?

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Mad Hatters Tea Party Decorations

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Decorations

We also loved the idea of bringing in some of Penny’s favourite parts of the story such as the Queen of Hearts and her deck of cards!  We strung together a deck of cards back to back with fishing line in between, creating a deck of cards garland.  While the wind doesn’t show this particularly well in our photos, it looked great and was a real hit.  Penny’s favourite line?  “Why, you’re nothing but a deck of cards!”

Deck of Cards Garland

The kids also made some amazing daisies for the verandah.  We took some timber cutouts of flowers and decorated them with different scrapbooking papers from Spotlight.  Then the kids added stickers and some of their own drawings.  We tapped them into the side of the balcony to add a gorgeous backdrop to the garden setting.

Timber flowers decorated by the kids

The gorgeous cake was made by the talented Sally from Vanderkamps.  It featured a main teapot cake and lots of little teacups for individual charm.  The cakes were delicious and simply gorgeous!

Alice's Tea Party Cake

And here are some gorgeous photos of the kids enjoying the party fare.

Alice and the Knight in Shining Armour

The Mad Hatter

Gorgeous Hats

Alice in Wonderland Dress Up

Alice in Wonderland Party

Here are the links to some of the gorgeous products we used to create Penny’s Alice in Wonderland party:

Alice in Wonderland Party Invitations , Utterly Scrumptious Vintage Party Sandwich Cake Stand,  Deluxe Velvet Mad Hatters hat, party lanterns, bunting and pom poms at Pink Frosting Party Shop.  All of our delicious party lollipops and candy buffet supplies also from Pink Frosting, and yummy treats baked at home with love by Mum.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

October 6, 2011

Vintage High Tea Party Decorations Arrive

Vintage Party

Are you inspired by all things vintage?  Pretty teacups, hydrangeas and full blown roses, lace and doilies?  If you’re hosting a vintage style party for a shower, birthday, charity event or simply because you love your friends, you’ll find a lovely range of vintage themed party supplies, decorations and accessories to bring this theme to life in your own home at Australia’s #1 online party shop, Pink Frosting.

Here are some of my favourites:

Vintage Tea Party Mosaic

 

Clockwise from top:  Vintage style bunting flags in pretty designs with pink ribbon make gorgeous decorations for your party ceilings or the front of your buffet table; this vintage sandwich stand is such a pretty decoration for serving the daintiest of tasty morsels to your guests; guests will love to be invited to a high tea at your house with these pretty vintage teacup invitations in three different designs; Eat Me! Take One! Scrumptious! these fun vintage canape picks are the perfect way to display your yummy treats and give a high tea at the Ritz feeling to your soiree.

Shop the whole range of vintage party decorations and supplies at Australia’s #1 online party shop .

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

February 3, 2011

Party Presentation Ideas – Cupcake Wrappers

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If you’re organising a party of any kind, there isn’t a nicer treat for your guests than a beautifully presented cupcake.  Of course, I am a little biased towards these little morsels of great taste and fun (just look at the Pink Frosting logo!), but cupcakes truly are an easy way to create a beautiful cake presentation for your celebration.  In my series of party presentation ideas, I’m going to look at beautiful ways to style up your party without too much investment in time or money – after all, most of our customers at Pink Frosting’s online party shop are busy, busy, busy and want to create a celebration that looks spectacular without spending days tinkering away making crafts.

To present a gorgeous cupcake for your party, first start with a standard cupcake.  This is my basic recipe:

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 125g butter, melted, cooled
  • 2 x 59g eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a 12 x 1/3-cup capacity muffin pan. Alternatively, line holes with paper cases. Combine flour and caster sugar in a bowl. Make a well in the centre.
  2. Add milk, butter, eggs and vanilla to flour mixture. Using a large metal spoon, stir gently to combine.
  3. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  4. Once your cupcakes are cool, frost them with a swirly buttercream.   Here’s our easy how to create a swirly buttercream top on your cupcakes demonstration.

Now you’re ready to present the cupcakes and make them suit your theme.  No matter what you are celebrating, Pink Frosting’s cupcake decorations shop has a huge range of themed cupcake toppers, decorations, racks and presentation stands, and cupcake wrappers to suit your style. 

Using cupcake wrappers is so simple!  They come flat packed, so take one end of the wrapper with each hand and hug the wrapper around the cupcake until the ends meet.  Then loop the smaller end through the slit (outside to inside so you’re hiding the ends) and you have a beautifully wrapped cupcake!  From there, you can place your cupcakes into a cupcake rack or stand for beautiful presentation instead of a cake, or if you’re using the cupcakes as favours, carefully place the cupcakes into a cupcake box and tie a coordinating ribbon around it’s centre.  Perfection and it only took about an hour from start to finish.

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Here are some gorgeous cupcake wrappers presented perfectly for your inspiration:

Vintage Cupcake Wrappers at www.PinkFrosting.com.au

 Daisies Cupcake Wrapper at www.PinkFrosting.com.auButterflies_CWR_WH_L

 Filigree Wedding Cupcake Wrappers at www.PinkFrosting.com.au

Red Heart Swirls Cupcake Wrappers at www.PinkFrosting.com.au

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 Centrepiece small

Australia Day Lamingtons small

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Australia Day Twisties small

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

January 25, 2011

Oprah Parties in Australia

Filed under: Baby Shower, Children's Parties, General, Inspiration, Party Themes — Kathryn @ 1:42 pm

Ove the last few months, Aussies have been Oprah crazy and some of the most amazing party styling talents were involved in celebrating Oprah’s big Australian adventure.   The ever-stylish Donna Hay styled and catered the welcome party in Sydney where she showcased the bush and beach in spectacular style.  And in Melbourne, super-talented party stylist Sharnell Dollar created the sweetest baby shower we’ve ever seen.  At Australia Entertains and Pink Frosting we’re very proud that the Oprah adventure included these inspiring Australian party and event stylists, because we know that Aussies create the best parties in the world!

If you missed these events, here they are for your inspiration and viewing pleasure:

Donna Hay Styles Up Sydney!
 

Catherine’s Surprise Baby Shower Photos

Oprah Baby Shower 1

Oprah Baby Shower 2

Oprah Baby Shower 3

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Oprah Baby Shower 7

Oprah Baby Shower 8

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

December 27, 2010

Tips for a Successful Family Friendly New Years Eve Party

Filed under: Children's Parties, Entertaining, General, Party Themes — Kathryn @ 9:01 am

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With Christmas now behind us, we turn to New Years Eve as our next big reason to celebrate.  Many of us will be ringing in 2011 with a New Year Party that includes little guests and given the late evening and the loud celebrations, this event isn’t often perfectly suited to children in our world.  Here are our best tips for creating a successful family friendly New Years Eve party for all your guests come 31st December.

1.  Make it a dress up party.  Kids love dressing up and it adds to the fun games that can be played during the evening – best dressed competitions and charades are our favourite standards.

2.  Let the kids decorate their own space – give them plenty of balloons, streamers, party hats, blow horns, craft supplies and confetti to use.  Turn up the music and give them an hour or two to get creative!

3.  Let the kids create their own 2011 New Year Party Hats, noise makers (drink bottles with dyed rice and confetti works really well and looks great) and t-shirts.  You’ll only need one adult to supervise, so the rest of the party can enjoy a few cocktails while the kids get crafting!

4.  Let the kids create a movie or wall mural with all of their memories of 2010.  The kids can act out the movie, narrate with pictures or download video from the internet.  Play the movie to the adults and give each guest a copy to take home on CD.  Easy to do and heaps of fun.

5. If older kids will be there, explain what New Year Resolutions are all about, and have them write their own resolutions that they can take home with them.

6.  Let the kids watch the New Years celebrations from around the world on the news channels with plenty of popcorn and fun drinks in plastic champagne glasses.  This will teach the kids about geography and time, as well as get them fired up with plenty of colourful fireworks to watch.

7.  If all else fails, set up a movie theatre in your home with plenty of comfy chairs and bean-bags, yummy treats like flavoured popcorn and 2011 frosted cupcakes and let the kids watch some fun movies. 

8.  Make sure you have beds made up for any kids that don’t make it through until midnight.  Let the kids sleep peacefully away from the noise in a warm space with clean sheets, so the rest of the party can continue without disturbing them.

Pink Frosting has some fantastic themed New Years Eve party ideas you might also enjoy when planning your 2011 celebrations. 

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

October 15, 2010

Vampire Themed Dinner Party

Filed under: Dinner Parties, Entertaining, General, Party Themes — Kathryn @ 11:29 am

Just about everyone has Vampire fever!  And we’re never more motivated by gore than at Halloween.  I found this amazing dinner party idea by Courtney from Pizzazzerie via Hostess Blog.  This is a brilliant adult Halloween weekend dinner party theme for us Aussies who don’t get so into pumpkin carving.  Love it!

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vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween

Read on for more hauntingly beautiful images and all the creative details, as explained by Courtney

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“When the publisher of Nashville Lifestyles magazine showed me “Love at First Bite: The Complete Vampire Lover’s Cookbook“ in her office one day, we both knew it would make a fabulous feature for their October issue.

I got started right away pulling together all things black, red, and antique silver. We wanted to avoid anything too “Halloweeny” and tried to focus on chic and dark. The house we shot in had black ceilings, which really added to the dark and spooky atmosphere.

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vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween

I used black velvet fabric as the table cover, topped with antique candelabras and tall red candle sticks. Candles were a main element of the table to add a spooky glow. To make the red dripped candles, I dripped a red candle on top of a white candle – and done! Placing mirrors down the center of the table created a ghastly reflection and a steady base for our candle sticks.

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Using the Vampire Lovers’ Cookbook as my inspiration, I designed menus for each table setting including “Steak Through the Heart” and “Devil Hair Pasta“.

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Our local Whole Foods has an amazing pastry chef who created some simple chocolate ganache mini cupcakes topped with red “blood drops“.

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Then I used Martha Stewart’s Vampire Wine Labels to adorn bottles of red wine.

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I’m totally inspired!

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

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