July 5, 2009

Cake of the Week: A Pink Wedding or Party Cake Buffet

Cake equals celebration like no other food and is the special occasion culinary equivalent of champagne, particularly when topped with pink frosting!  So, if you’re like me and love just about every kind of cake, then why not treat your guests to a cake buffet at your wedding or other special occasion?  My mouth is watering right now!  Here are is my favourite pink cake buffet presentation by the amazing Annick Van Wesemael:

I just love the way Annick uses flowers in all of her party presentations.  She is a master florist like no other.  This adorable pink cake buffet could be used at a wedding, christening, baby shower, bridal shower, kitchen tea or child’s party.  Simply divine.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

May 22, 2009

Caterina and Joe’s Fabulous Canberra Wedding

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Caterina and Joe are one very stylish Canberra couple who tied the knot on Saturday 18th April 2009.  My involvement in their day was to style their wedding and honestly, with Caterina at the helm, they really didn’t need much help.  This is one glamorous lady.

Here are the gorgeous photos from Caterina and Joe’s wedding, styled by Pink Frosting and photographed by the very clever Steven from Creative Image.

Caterina and Joe were married at St Christopher’s Catherdral in Manuka, followed by a stunning reception at Rydges Lakeside Ballroom in Canberra City.

Caterina’s hair and makeup using Napoleon Cosmetics were by Bentley’s Bridal at the Jamison Centre, Canberra.

Caterina’s stunning gown is by Arushie Bridal Couture in Leichardt.  The ruffles and boning are so gorgeous.  When I first saw Caterina, she took my breath away.

Bridesmaid gowns in a soft mushroom latte colour, accented with black netting by Park Avenue Bridal Parramatta.

Yes, Joe and the boys also look great…  What a handsome bunch of Canberra boys!

And the Pink Frosting team download underworld rise of the lycans movie did a wonderful job of styling the reception.  The Rydges Lakeside Ballroom has never looked better!  The team at Rydges loved it so much, they’re using our glamorous images in their advertising…

Caterina and Joe, thank you for letting us be part of your amazing day!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

April 8, 2009

An Easter Themed Wedding

Getting married on the Easter long-weekend is a wonderful idea for so many reasons.  The weather is usually spectacular (aren’t Autumn weekends the best?), the leaves are turning rich shades of fall colours and everyone has the weekend off work, so there is virtually no excuse not to travel and enjoy a festive wedding.  I was going to put together an Easter inspired wedding board myself, but I just received this gorgeous board from our friends over at Wedding Chicks.  Photographer Heather Ahearns has done a spectacular job of capturing the vibrant elegance of a green and chocolate garden themed wedding with gorgeous little love birds as a motif.  Enjoy and allow these images to inspire you:

The little birds nests on top of the cake are spectactular!  I had never imagined using them in this way.  You can buy these in Australia here.  The tins are also a gorgeous favor idea, with a personalised sticker and two simple ribbons – gorgoeous!

I just adore the new little bird houses at Pink Frosting and think these would look amazing with this theme. 

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

March 31, 2009

Beautiful Garden Entertaining Inspiration

Classic garden parties are such a wonderful way to celebrate in the Australian climate, just about any time of year.  Right now is no exception as the air becomes slightly cooler and the breeze a little bit crisper – no biting sunshine to turn us into lobsters!

Two beautiful ways to style a garden party, whether it be a shower, wedding, christening, ladies tea party or simply a picnic with friends, are presented in the gorgeous Wedding Style Guide which has just hit the news stands.  I highly recommend you grab a copy of this magazine even if you’re not getting married because their styling ideas for weddings translate to many other occasions.  The eye candy just can’t be beaten.

Fresh Country Garden

Classic white makes a comeback with an eclectic display of flowers and styling. Against the freshness of a country garden, whimsy and romanticism come to the fore.

Something Blue

Pastel hues sing when set against a dark contrasting colour creating a savvy wedding palette. Carefree summer colourways move aside for an autumnal look of moody blues and velvety chocolate-browns–a luxurious combination for a sophisticated look.

As a hydrangea girl, I just love the kissing balls above.  Aren’t they divine?

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

March 20, 2009

The Ultimate Wedding Decoration Guide for Australian Brides Buying Online

I am asked every day by brides what my recommendations are for buying decorations in Australia.  I thought it was time to put together a list of wonderful Australian websites selling decorations that are perfect for weddings and just about every other fantastic event you are hosting.  Here is my ultimate guide to buying wedding decorations online in Australia:

Chandeliers for Hire and Purchase

Chandeliers are such a beautiful decorative item for weddings and other special occasions such as corporate balls and charity events.  There is a company based in Sydney called Chandeliers Australia that hires a magnificent range of chandeliers from subtle and elegant to truly OTT Dynasty style crystal lighting.  They freight their chandeliers anywhere in Australia when you are purchasing, and if you are in the Sydney area (yes, this includes Canberra and the South Coast) they will quote on installation and hire for your wedding and special event.

Feathers for Tables, Stationery and Fashion Accessories

Image: A Lavish Affair

The fabulous Narelle at www.feather.com.au is the guru of all things feather in Australia.  Her online store is brimming with every type of feather decoration and accessory you can imagine.  Use feathers as elaborate table centrepieces (we are creating some magnificent feather tables soon that we’ll share online soon).  If you’re a DIY-type bride, she also has great millinary supplies so you can create your very own bridal headpiece that is unique as you are!

Table Centrepieces, Pretty Crystals and Other Table Scatter Ideas

Putting together a beautiful table centerpiece is a hard task.  You have the option of having your florist or venue organise your centerpiece with a vase and flowers, or you could use feathers, decorative branches (available from florists) strung with fairy lights.  And what then?  Here are some of the great ideas we love using:

Water Pearls:  pretty polymer water beads that have a pearl-like effect.  Use them in vases and other vessels to create a pretty centrepiece that won’t break the bank.  In colours for just about every theme including black, white, crystal clear, pink and aqua.

Miniature Birds Nests:  for spring, Easter, love-bird and garden themed weddings, we adore these miniature natural birds nests which can be both a lovely table decoration and a wedding favor for guests.

Crystal Table Scatters:  make your table truly glamorous with these pretty crystal table scatters.  They are sold in sets of six in various sizes, and you scatter them around your table for pretty bling against the candlelight.  You can also use them inside vases to hide ugly stems.  This is a very special effect for vases.

Water Activated Diamond Lights:  these little beauties we use at so many events.  They are an LED light that is activated in water so they light up vases which you can colour with food die for a gorgeous effect.

Christmas Decorations as Wedding Decorations:  My favourite idea is to use Christmas decorations on your wedding tables.  There are some amazing Christmas decorations that you can find out of Christmas season (read: on SALE!) that can be used to create stunning wedding decorations.  These incredible pearl miniature wreaths are the perfect example.  We have used these as aisle decorations as well as on wedding reception tables as a pretty candle wreath.  Breathtaking!

Decorative Lanterns

Another big favourite of mine is the decorative lantern.  Paper lanterns pack a decorating punch for very little spend.  You can find an almost limitless amount of colours and styles.  Some great stores for lanterns online in Australia are Vivid Room, Pink Frosting and Chinatown Communications.

Decorative Candles, Candelabra and Candle Holders

The most popular wedding table decoration is the candle and for good reason.  Candles are a beautiful way to create a warm atmosphere for your wedding without spending too much money.  Even the humble tealight candle with no other decoration can be pretty on a table if clustered closely together.  Imagine hundreds of them twinkling on the bridal table to really set the scene.

You can buy candles at your local $2 shop, Big W, Spotlight and any craft shop.  If you’re after something a bit more luxe, then here are some ideas:

Crystal Tealight Holders:  these pretty crystal tealight holders can be scattered around tables to create a more elaborate effect and can also be used as a lovely favor for guests.

Personalised Luminaries:  make a statement on your tables with a personalised luminaria.  These vellum paper candle covers have been specially designed and printed with the couple’s wedding details.  Gorgeous, aren’t they?

Candle Bags or Luminaries:  We just adore using candle bags or luminaries for every event held at dusk or night.  They frame the driveaway, pathways, stairs and outdoor entertaining area.  They bathe the area in soft light and if you have a decorated candle bag, they can also really enhance your theme.

Votive Holders:  there are so many different styles of votive candle holders on the market.  For pretty ideas, visit Dusk, Pink Frosting, and Candles By Night.

Rose Petals, Dried Petals and Other Floral Accessories

One of my favourite online wedding shops is Simply Rose Petals.  Sarah and her team have the most magnificent range of rose petals in just about any style and colour you desire available all year around.  They have a wonderful reputation for quality and customer service too.

Wedding Parasols as Decorations

Image:  I Do Weddings Whitsundays

You may not have thought of using wedding parasols as a decoration, but they make wonderful aisle decorations, lantern substitutes and hanging decorations from the ceiling of marquees.  The most extensive range of wedding parasols in Australia is available at Pink Frosting’s online wedding parasol shop.

Wedding Place Card Holders and Table Number Holders

Placecard holders and table number holders have become incredibly fun over the past few years.  You have the choice of photo frame holders, traditional wire holders with fun themed bases and personalised and printed versions in a vast array of colours and styles.  These are some that we really love right now:

Shining Sails Sailboat Place Card Holders at Pink Frosting’s online wedding decoration shop.

Small contemporary wire vase placecard holders at the Pink Frosting online wedding decoration shop.

Antique Acrylic Placecard Frames at Pink Frosting’s online wedding decoration shop.

Vases and Other Decorative Vessels

You can readily hire vases from your local event hire business – a google search should bring up everyone close to you.  If you want to buy rather than hire, the best options online are Dusk, Pink Frosting and Home and Beyond.

Personalised Clings, Signs and Wedding Graffiti

Decorating your wedding with a personal message, motif or monogram has never been easier than right now.  There is an extensive range of truly beautiful designs to personalise your directional signage, guest book signing station, dance floors, ceremony site and more.  I just adore the range of Wonderful Wedding Graffiti at Pink Frosting’s online wedding shop.  It is so versatile and a surprise “pop” for your wedding day.

Decorating Your Candy or Lolly Table or Buffet

I did a whole post on decorating your candy and lolly buffet late last year.  This fantastic idea will delight everyone at your wedding.  Simply create a buffet of lollies on a table for guests to serve themselves into beautiful boxes, take away containers or lolly bags (these can be purchased at Pink Frosting’s online wedding favor shop).  For the best lollies online, visit

The Best Beach Wedding Decorations

Shells, starfish and coral make amazing beach wedding decorations.  You can use them on your tables, scattered down your aisle and throughout the venue as hanging decorations (fishing line and starfish make a wonderful combination!).  You can buy shells, starfish and coral online.  Be very careful about purchasing any natural product from overseas as you may not be able to import them into Australia with our strict customs laws.  Here are some great options online in Australia:  Australian Seashells, Pink Frosting’s online beach wedding shop, and Spectrum Shells for more specialty products.

I really hope these links help you plan your wedding decorating.  Let me know if you have any specific needs and I’ll see what I can come up with for you!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

February 25, 2009

Bridal Bouquet Jewellery and Embellishment

Filed under: Flowers, General, Wedding Decorating, Weddings — Kathryn @ 2:08 pm

Bridal bouquet embellishment has become a very hot trend recently in which brides introduce their own inspirations and personal touches into their bridal bouquets. I am just in love with this trend and think it makes a lovely bouquet completely ravishing.

The options for embellishing your bouquet can run from the sentimental such as adding your favourite grandmother’s brooch to the theme-driven such as weaving butterflies or starfish into your bouquet to make a personal statement.

Your uniqueness stretches as far as your imagination! Pearls, crystals, rhinestones, and feathers can all convey your own sense of style.

Karen Tran from San Diego is absolutely the Queen of floral detailing and bouquet embellishment.  She provided the inspirational images using feathers and brooches above.  The other amazing embellishments are from Australia’s online wedding shop, Pink Frosting which has a range of bridal bouquet jewellery and embellishments that have just arrived in Australia.  Absolutely stunning and perfectly you!

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

January 19, 2009

The Perfect Pink Party – How to Take Colour and Create a Fantasy Party Palette

Pink is my favourite colour and a favourite for so many girls around the world.  It reminds us of fairy floss, our mother’s lipstick, perfect sunsets, and marshmallows.  It is a happy colour: full of fun, frivolity and whimsy.  And for entertaining, one of the easiest and most beautiful themes for any party is the favourite colour of the guest of honour.  So, in my how to take a colour and create a fantasy party palette, what other colour could I possibly choose but pink?

A colour party is a wonderful theme for just about any event.  From a child’s birthday to an engagement party, a bridal shower to a baby shower, an anniversary celebration to a graduation party, a simple colour theme for your celebration is a great place to start.  With a colour as your theme, it’s easy to achieve party fabulousness!

Firstly, choose the colour for your party palette.  Once you have the colour, you can decorate your party in various shades of that colour and know that the tones will complement one another perfectly.  If you choose blue, you have shades of periwinkle, sea-blue, navy and Tiffany blue to choose from.  All will look amazing together.  For pinks, you have from the softest baby pink through to the hottest fuschia to use.  Mixing the shades together means a much easier time for you – no trying to match rose petals to stationery – and it also is a contemporary and dramatic decorating effect.

Stationery and Favors

Do it yourself with beautiful hand-made pretty in pink invitations.  Origami dresses on hot pink card are the perfect announcement for a bridal shower, baby shower or girl’s party in this theme.  They set the scene, let the guests know just how to dress and give an impression of the type of event your party will be.  Here are some amazing pink coloured hand-made party invitation ideas using the range of designer papers at Pink Frosting’s online stationery store.

For your favors, choose pretty pink personalised candy jars filled with strawberry-flavoured jelly beans, pink silk hand fans with cherry blossom thank you tags, pastel pink cones filled with dried rose petals or candy-pink handbag favour boxes filled with yummy and decadent chocolate buttons.

Decorating Your Party

Take your colour and go wild!  In these amazing shots from Annick Van Wesemael’s beautiful book, Tasty Tables, marshmallows and baby roses are central to creating the pretty in pink theme.  Cones made of pretty pink paper, filled with roses and marshmallows act as whimsical centrepieces.  Bouquets of baby roses secured with flowing satin ribbon dance delicately from their stakes in the soft green grass.  The cake is not what it seems!  Annick has created a fantasy cake made of tightly packed roses and baby’s breath.  Candy tables are filled with the sweetest of pink sweets – from marshmallows to fairy floss.   The ornaments are edible – a beautiful treat reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel without any of the scary moments!

Your best friends are one-coloured linens, crepe paper, candy in the colour of your choice, balloons (giant round balloons are a gorgeous decoration that packs a punch on a budget) and satin ribbon in every shade of your colour imaginable. 

Whatever your colour fantasy, happy celebrating!

Kathryn

January 3, 2009

Plumeria are in Bloom: A Frangipani Wedding Theme

Frangipanis or Plumeria as they are sometimes known, are blooming everywhere around the coast of Australia right now.  The intoxicating perfume reminds me of my home near Byron Bay and summer holidays spent at the coast.  Casual, beachy and beautiful in every shade, frangipanis are the perfect coastal-theme wedding flower.  No need to be concerned that frangipanis can’t be chic.  They can!  Here are some of my favourite ways to use frangipanis to decorate and theme your wedding without resorting to cliches.

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.  All beach collection wedding accessories at Pink Frosting’s online wedding shop.

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

  • Bunch them closely.  Frangipanis in tight formation are simply chic.
  • 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.
  • For table decorations, either scatter your frangipanis loosely around the table, lay one on each table setting for a contemporary chic look, or use 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).
  • Frangipanis work beautifully with fluffy blossoms such as fully blown roses.  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.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

December 31, 2008

The Best of Weddings in 2008

Monograms and motifs, black and white, small but spectacular, familial and familiar… the best of 2008 in weddings has been truly beautiful to behold.  With the year coming to a close, I am feeling nostalgic and want to celebrate the best of the past twelve months in weddings.  Here are my favourite trends for 2008:

Favourite Wedding Trend for 2008: Black and White

Black and white ruled the colour trend for 2008.  From the largest celebration to the smallest soiree, black and white immediately shouted sophistication and “now”.  Black and white was celebrated with stationery, decorations, centrepieces, bridesmaid gowns and black satin sashes across a pure white gown.  It’s a wedding trend set to continue to rule in 2009, which is wonderful indeed.

Favourite Wedding Trends for 2008:  Monograms and Motifs

Personalising your wedding day became another big trend in 2008 that we really enjoyed.  Having a motif or monogram for the couple created is a special way to celebrate your bond and can then be used throughout your marriage on your stationery, napery and linens.  A beautiful trend that will stand the test of time.

Favourite Wedding Trends for 2008:  Small but Spectacular

Well before the economic crisis made us all look at our budgets a little more closely, a big trend has been for a smaller guest list featuring only those closest to you and really go to town to create a luxury event for these most special guests.  Instead of spending $80 a head on 100 people, the trend has been to take that same budget and spend it on a smaller guest list.  Whilst celebrities don’t have the same budget problems that we mere mortals have, the ultimate example of this trend in 2008 was the stunning wedding of Ellen Degeneres and Portia Di Rossi, which also happens to be my favourite celebrity wedding for 2008.  It will take a really long time for a celebrity to top this wedding for me.  All images above thanks to Ellen’s website.

Favourite Wedding Trends for 2008:  Familial and Familiar

The nod to family and the familiar was another trend we just adore.  Budget conscious, DIY brides and even those with unlimited budgets are celebrating family traditions, in familiar surroundings with casual aplomb.  Our favourite example of this trend was the real wedding of Nicole and Grant reported on Style Me Pretty.  The pizzas, the reception decor and the hand-made details really made this wedding a spectacular example of how amazing DIY can be.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

December 10, 2008

Stunning Table Linens and Settings to Inspire Your Wedding Reception

I just found the most wonderful website filled with stunning table linens and table settings to inspire you to design a fantasy wedding reception.  Much more realistic than Preston Bailey’s fantastical creations, the table decorations and floral centrepieces from Wildflower Linen are perfectly “do-able” for the average bride.  Just a little imagination, plenty of inspiration and a wonderful florist is required!

Here are some of my favourites:

Vitally important in creating a fantasy reception is lighting (candlelight, fairy lights, directional lighting), colour (most of these images use variations of one colour – monochrome is a great place to start when creating a colour theme), flowers (fresh seasonal flowers – either super high or super low on the table), and high quality linen (of course!).

One thing I have learned as a event stylist is that you really can’t not have chair covers – unless the chairs at your venue are really special (which happens so rarely).  If you are spending many thousands of dollars on your reception and flowers, it is a real mistake to forego chair covers to save money.  Your chair covers will make an enormous difference to how elegant and styled your event will feel.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

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