Thursday, July 26, 2012

Aydin's Carnival Party

My little man turned two in May and to celebrate we held a Carnival party.  I wanted to keep the food, sweets and games simple, fun and bright for the little ones and focused on a very simple dessert table featuring a circus train cake and circus cupcakes. The table would not have been complete with yummy candy, pop corn, hotdogs, icecream and lemonade.

Of course it was of no surprise that I chose the gorgeous Circus train printables designed by Style Me Gorgeous!. These exclusive printables are available from Boutique printables. I highly recommend their website which has a selection of amazing designs from some of the most talented graphic artists around!!

The circus train prinables were perfect for this party.  I love the little personalities of each of the characters on the invitations and I tried to incorporate these on the cake which was inspired by one of this countries talented and amazing cake artists - Mr Handi Mulyana. (Thank you Handy for allowing me to use some of the lovley elements of your original design)

The cake was caramel mud cake, layered with dark chocolate ganache. The figurines were all hand made. I wish I had more time to include a few more animals like a seal and a few more circus animals, but as always time just got away from me.

Vanilla cupcakes with buttercream swirl were displayed in the gorgeous ferris wheel cup cake stand and is available for hire here.

The drinks station served yummy cordial lemonade and the children loved helping themselves to the beverage using mini glass bottles purchased at The Little Big Company.

A small photo booth was set up where the children got to dress up for some fun photo opportunities (and the adults had some fun with this too).

Carnival Games were a highlight of the afternoon as the children enjoyed their luck at duck pond fishing and the bean bag throw. I found some authentic tickets, which the children had to collect, and then choose their "prize" based on the number of tickets won

My little man handed out fairyfloss at the end of the day and the kids got to fill their own lolly bag (which is always a such a hit!!)

Vendor credits:

Styling and Sweets - Studio Cake

Invitations and party printables - Boutique Printables (design Style Me gorgeous)

Backdrop - Drinks Station designed and printed by Little Dance Invitations

Lollypop Canopy, soda crates and ferris wheel cupcake stand - can be hired from Boutique Party Hire

Stands and selected candy and candy jars - Sweet Style

Mini Glass bottles, carnival lanterns - Little Big Company

Ruffle table cloth and Lolly Pop Canopy can be purchased at Vintage Sew and So

Photography - Katie Toland Photography

Thank you for stopping by xx

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Princess jumping castle

My lovely client - the very talented Lori of Lajari provided me with simple brief... create a gorgeous cake for her little princess' first birthday cake. Oh and it helped that she even sketched the cake she wanted made!!!.
I love working with creative people, its so refreshing when a client knows exactly what they want and enjoys the designing process as much as I do.
Lori is a graphic artist, so the pressure was on to create something that would meet up to her standards.  I had the pleasure of creating her daughter's 3rd birthday cake a little while back, so she was aware of what I am capable of creating, still it was a little daunting, to have to replicate a 2D sketch.
But those that know me, know I love a challenge, so I was very excited to get started! 
The inspiration for the design came of course from the gorgeous invitations she created.  Her daughter loves jumping castles and so it was fitting that we include a fun and quirky version of a "princess castle" for a little girl who is not really into all things princess, but is her mum and daddy's princess!!

The jumping castle adorned this extended 8 inch marble mud cake.  An edible image was printed to replicate the name plaque Lori created and I love how the grey breaks up the girly colours of the cake.
Thanks for looking xx

 Invitation and cake sketch - by Lajari

Studio cakes replicaton of the gorgeous cake sketch by Lajari.
All elements on the cake are edible!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Le Mystique Masquerade

I have always loved the idea of holding a Masquerade ball to celebrate a special milestone like my 40th Birthday, where guests are required to wear a mask and dress up for the chic occasion.

I did a lot of research months leading up to my birthday, and drew inspiration from the so many amazing Venetian masks and gorgeous Parisian decor. My vision was to create a setting that my guests would feel relaxed and have fun!

My 40th birthday bash was held at home and my guest list included my very close friends.
I chose a bold colour palette of fusia, black and white.  Sarah of Style Me Gorgeous designed and created the invitations, and party printables which were just perfect and exactly what I had envisaged.

Although I incorporated the masquerade mask, which adorned the extended two tiered black and white cake, I wanted to include my love of bird cages into the design and hence my sweets table included bird candy jars and vanilla cookies using the same bird cage motif as the buffet labels.

Black bird cages were scattered around my deck to create a striking visual element. I wanted to add opulence to the setting and chose a beautiful chandelier candle holder as a centre piece and added just the right amount of tea lights to enhance the mood.  I especially love the fusia onion lanterns and black lanterns purchased from Moonlight and Whimsy that provided just enough lighting on our deck.

The chocolate fountain was a hit and it was lovely to see everyone indulging in my sweet delights.  The beverage menu consisted of vodka and raspberry and an assortment of beverages to help my guests stay hydrated throughout the night.                       

The striking and stunning Versailles Chair was hired from To Embellish, Event Syling and Decor and was the perfect prop for my photo booth!

The sweets menu consisted of vanilla cupcakes, vanilla cookies, cake pops, strawberry mousse, macarons, profiteroles, and a yummy assortment of candy.

My party was featured in HWTM blog, and I feel very honoured have been featured along side some very talented party stylists. You can check out the feature here.

Thanks so much for stopping by xx

Vendor Credits
Sweets and Styling : Studio Cake

A very big thank you  to the following Vendors that helped make my 40th Fabulous!! xx

Photography : Katie Toland Photography
Party printables : Style Me Gorgeous
Black Burlesque ruffled table cloth : Vintage Sew and So
Fusia glass cake stands, black urns and mirrored glass plates: Little Big Company
Candy: Sweet Style
Backdrop :  Polkadot Prints
Edible images : Little Dance Invitations
Event Decor : To Embellish, Event styling and decor
Lanterns : Moonlight and Whimsy
Tissue pom poms : Ah - Tissue

Me....  Celebrating my 40th in style!..... relaxing on the gorgous Versailles Parisian Chair