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Monday, September 26, 2011

Somewhere over the Rainbow!

A perfect theme for a 1st birthday- colourful and fun. My friend Anya threw a fantastic rainbow party for her daughter Piper. Every detail of the party followed the theme and all the clever ideas were created by the host. Most parties these days especially children's parties, the focus is usually on the desserts and decorations. In this party however Anya had a clever idea of the rainbow theme being represented in the lunch as well, with hamburgers and all the colourful ingredients set out just like a rainbow.

Details details.......

The gorgeous garden was transformed into a rainbow wonderland with a colouring station, pall pit, colourful mat and obstacle course, all surrounded by Bali flags of every colour.
The serving table was decorated by tissue pom poms, paper lantern and balloons.

The Food:
For lunch HAMBURGERS yum- with all ingredients set out just like...... a rainbow
Dessert- rainbow cake, cupcakes, fruit kebabs, fairy bread & jelly Jars

 Ingredients for the hamburger fillings

Rainbow Dessert table
 Colourful fruit kebabs

 fairy bread- a must for all kids parties

 Rainbow jelly jars- this creative dessert was made by the host such a wonderful idea!

Even the inside of this delicious cake had a rainbow- made by the host Anya

 Gift bags: filled with lots of "rainbow" goodies purchased from Little Styles

Thank you to Piper and her creative mum and dad for letting me share your wonderful party!

Enjoy planning your next Event........

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Delightful Afternoon party

I love any excuse to throw a party. So when my Father in law asked if us "kids" could organise something for my mother in law's birthday, my husband and I gladly volunteered. We decided with spring around the corner to have a afternoon party with a earthy and green theme. 

Details, Details....
Decorations: Using the green palette I used small paper lanterns from Pink Frosting. I also created a paper chain using two wrapping papers cut into strips and linked using double sided tape. Paper chain are the "New Thing" in paper decorations at the moment- very cheap, easy to create and effective.
Napkins: apple green cocktail napkins also from Pink Frosting
Plates & cutlery: wooden plates and cutlery from Donna Hay General store

Green paper lantern and paper chains

wooden cocktail plates & apple green napkins

We decided to something different from our usual family BBQ and have all finger food, but things we have never made before. Each couple was to bring a couple of plates. It was success- the food was superb!
Cheese board on a slab of timber. Included homemade pumpkin dip, pepper brie, aged cheddar, spiced pear paste & sugared and black pepper fruit (courtesy of the amazing Donna Hay and her recipes I adore)

 Potato & vege mini pots

Roast pork belly & caramelised apple

Rare steak and salsa verde on toast
Coconut, macadamia prawns skewers with tartare and chilli dipping sauces

Scallops on pea puree & potato

 Gorgeous & delicious flourless chocolate and raspberry cake with strawberries made by my sis in law

I made a refreshing apple and ginger punch

Recipe for punch:
1 part ginger beer with 3 parts cloudy apple juice, apple slices and mint leaves serve with lots of ice

Enjoy- and get planning for your next EVENT!!!!