When it came time to prepare for my daughters 2nd birthday I was really excited, there were so many ideas that I wanted to try out, and I absolutely love all things party, so I was in heaven. 

But what theme and colours to choose, what food to prepare and how do you keep 2 year olds happy and busy? I decided on a garden themed party.

I knew I wanted to prepare a candy buffet, so I used artificial turf as my table cloth, to bring the outdoors in, and butterfly and dragonfly accents. There were cute little garden pails to pop the sweet treats in, and candy galore.

I made lovely little cupcake pops, and cake pops with chocolate butterflies which were a big hit, and am really excited with how my Martha Stewart Ruffle Cake attempt came out.

 The little kids had so much fun with their butterfly wings, and I kept them busy with pink and blue coloured play-doh with butterfly cut-outs, and garden themed pictures of butterflies, bees and rainbows I found online at http://www.coloringcastle.com to colour-in.

Lolly bags were our Paper eskimo floss stripe bags with a custom Thank you tag completing the look.

Invitations, thank you tags and lolly bags are available from Hoot Invitations now.


Beautiful Topiary Place Card holders

Posted On May, 10 2011

Recently featured in a Style Me Pretty real wedding are the Kate Aspen brand Topiary place card holders. These are now available at Hoot Invitations.


Photo by The Studio Photographers.

Ask us about creating a custom place card to match your event decor.

We also have other lovely bomboniere to suit your garden/green themes, including the ‘peas in a pod shakers’ and the natural bamboo coasters.

These and more are now available at www.hootinvitations.com.au

Simple wedding flowers from MADE

Posted On May, 07 2011

Today I came across these beautiful handmade napkin flowers on MADE. They are as Dana says, simple but elegant!

These amazing napkin flowers could be used for all types of decor, and not just for weddings.

Use the flowers as centrepieces, cut out small circles to use as confetti, create party favours by including a small tag, the possibilities are endless!

For full instructions click here to visit MADE. We can also create these for your big day, just email us for a quote.

Royal Wedding wrap up

Posted On May, 03 2011

Prince William and Catherine Middleton official picture (Pic: Hugo Burnand/Clarence House/PA)


It is said that 2 billion people worldwide watched the royal wedding on Friday 29th March 2011 and I was definitely one of them.

I was completely glued to the tv, watching every move, the vows, the glances, and that gorgeous Alexander McQueen gown. I just loved it all! The pomp and cermony of it, the grand coaches, the streets lined with royalists, the marching bands, the horse & riders in full regalia, and all the excited guests waiting for a peek at the new royal.

Even though it was such a public event, we did get to see those little glances between the princess bride and her prince, just the same as any other wedding day. The little ‘ you look beautiful’ from William as Kate arrived at the alter. It just made me melt!


royal wedding

The look


royal wedding cake


This amazing 8 tiered cake was made by master cake maker Fiona Cairns and contained over 900 sugar flowers!

I love the delicate vintage glamour, the restraint in this cake. It is just beautiful.

I’m really not sure what Princess Beatrice & Eugenie were thinking with their choice of hats, but chins were wagging for all the wrong reasons!

I absolutely love the getaway car. It really showed the royals still have a sense of humour.

getaway car


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