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


Visit www.hootinvitations.com.au for all your royal accessories for your big day.wedding favours - royal

Is everyone as excited as I am for next Friday night and the Royal wedding?

I came across these gorgeous free printables from The TomKat Studio  that I had to share with you. Perfect to use at your royal wedding gatherings to set the mood.



Click here to go to the Tom Kat studio download page

{Inspiration Board Sources}

Red & White Striped Wedding :: The Knot
Will & Kate Tea :: HomeGoods
Little Man Necktie :: DapperDude
Keep Calm & Marry On Art Print :: TomKat Studio
Champagne Cupcakes :: With Style & Grace
Queen Wall Hangings :: Source Unknown
Royal Pucker Lip Gloss :: Bath & Body Works
Queen Silhouette Hat :: Folksy
Printable Party Circles :: TomKat Studio
Rosette Headband :: Georgia Couture
Kate & Will’s Union Jack Tote :: La Lune Designs

This super cute vintage airplane party was recently featured on Hostess with the Mostest.



The day was announced with gorgeous boarding pass invitations. Contact Hoot Invitations  to create your very own boarding pass invitations today!

I absolutely love the custom suitcase carry bags. Just gorgeous!

Contact Hoot Invitations  to create your very own boarding pass invitations today!



– Photography: Bryan Mikota

Moustache Lollipop Baby Shower favour

Moustache Lollipop Baby Shower favour

The girls at Prudent baby have come up with a gorgeous baby shower favour for all those mum’s out there expecting little boys.


Click here for the crazy simple DIY for these moustache lollipops!

In line with the moustache theme, there are some great freebie cupcake toppers available from A Beautiful Mess

Take a peek at the 1st birthday party Jessica from A little Gray threw for her son, Hendrix that used these moustache cupcake toppers. Too cute!!!

Top Wedding Trends 2011

Posted On February, 10 2011

With the beginning of the year kicking off the biggest wedding planning season, it is only fitting to let you in on the latest trends for 2011.  According to One Wed and TheKnot.com, we’re in for more elegance, nostalgia and romance, an easy complement to our unique wedding favors.  Check out these pairing as this year brings…

1. The Return of Sophisticated Elegance

No more Converses and crazy cakes.  It’s back to basics with simple elegance in 2011. Wedding decor will be classy and understated, with brides choosing modern designs over DIY accents. Scripted calligraphy, custom monograms, brides in pearls and classic wedding cakes embody this trend. One Wed


 2. Grey is the New Black, Digging Deep Blue

We’ve moved from black to brown and now grey.  Yes, grey will be the neutral IT color for 2011 weddings. Not gloomy anymore, shades of charcoal, dove, stone, oyster and shell will be incorporated into wedding color palettes.  Paired with vibrant hues, it will really pop! In addition to groovy grey, navy (and other deep blues) will be popular for the coming year…thanks to Prince William and Kate’s royal wedding. One Wed


3. After Parties

It’s a day no one wants to end.  And with the latest trend of wedding reception after parties, it doesn’t have to—well, at least not as quickly.  Planning a post-reception after party lasting into the wee hours of the night with drinks, entertainment, dancing, and snacks is a fun way wedding guests can keep the celebration going all night long!  While you’re at it, why not send guests home with a trendy cocktail favor? One Wed


4. The Redefined Princess

With a royal wedding around the corner, you can bet Kate Middleton’s going to alter what princess style is all about. Put away the ball-gown skirt because the new princess silhouette will be body-skimming but with a bold train. Add statement-making headwear like tasteful tiaras (seriously!) and cathedral-length veils. And you can count on sophisticated sequins and beading showing up on everything from the wedding dress to the floral arrangements and the wedding cake. TheKnot.com


5. Sultry Ballerina Style

From feathered headpieces and shredded fabrics to airy plumes and pale pinks paired with black, the look of the season is all about Black Swan, right down to an ambience where everything happens after 8 p.m. One idea we love? Romantic ceremonies by candlelight.   TheKnot.com


These Kate Aspen favours and more available now at www.hootinvitations.com.au

Oh the cherry blossom tree! Sakura, to be precise. A different kind of cherry tree provides the fruit. The Sakura cherry tree provides the glorious symbolism.
An omen of good fortune and an emblem of affection to ancient cultures, the cherry blossom is a significant symbol of power to the Chinese. Typically it represents feminine beauty and sexuality and often holds the idea of feminine power. Within the language of Chinese herbal lore, the cherry blossom is the symbol of love. How perfect for your wedding day!

Happy planning!

Outdoor Wedding. Indoor Reception

Posted On July, 06 2010

Some savvy summer brides opt for a brilliant outdoor ceremony in the summer, and an indoor, air-conditioned reception afterward. Best of both worlds, don’t you think? So why not bring the outdoors inside with a beautiful, naturally elegant green and white wedding reception?


Accent your tables and say thank you to your guests with our Kate Aspen green and white-themed wedding favors and you’re set to enjoy the best of your beautiful, “forever” day!

Happy planning!

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