The theme for my Birthday party was "Time to drink champagne and dance on the tables", there is oodles of inspiration out there and as usual I headed to Pinterest for lots of ideas. First things first was designing the invitation which for me 'sets the scene' and decides on my colour palette...
Ahh yes PINK and GOLD was the choice so I set about to make some decorations..a photo booth so inspire lots of great memories of the party and a backdrop for the dessert buffet which came out later in the night after the savoury treats had been devoured.
Lilly put together an amazing array of photos (black and white) in the shape of a big 50, so much fun to look back on the fashion (and hairstyles) of the past fifty years!
The cake was AMAZING, a six layer pink ombre cake from Martha Stewart of course...sadly it was a the end of the night and I have learnt as much as you plan for people to take photos it never happens LOL.....
So finally (yay says my family) my Birthday celebrations are over...tme to take down the decorations, write my thank you notes and reflect...I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family and to my special friends..."you are the family I choose"..thank you for spoiling me xox
For those of you who are regular readers you will be aware that a few weeks ago I celenrated the big 50 Birthday....first a Vintage Tea Party was planned to celebrate with a few girlfriends.
Of course like all party planning the invitation sets the scene...
A trip to the Flower Markets was a definite must and with the help of a beautiful friend lots of vintage flower creations emerged.
Lots of "pretty" flowers were chosen.....
We filled jars with lace, vases and bird cages with stunning floral creations....
It was a suoer hot day in Sydney, a scorching 40' so we waited until the last possible moment to set up the backyeard (for fear of melting LOL)
Alas the weather had other ideas and only minutes after we stepped back to admire the setting the rain came...the temperatures dropped about 15' which was pleasant but the rain, thunder and lightening was perfectly times to my guests arrival!
Consequently I am a little light on photos of the afternoon tea...the rain eventually went only to reappear an hour later, it was just one of those days but we all laughed as we enjoyed the celebratios both inside and outside!
Lots of yummy 'afternoon tea' goodies to wash down with champagne (and the odd tea and coffee)...
Taylor was in charge of the Birthday cake and decided on a yummy yoghurt and lime coconut cake....delicious!
All in all it was a wonderful afternoon (despite the weather not cooperating), a great way to kick off my Birthday celebrations and I was thoroughly spoiled by my beautiful girlfriends.
I am long overdue for a FABULOUS FIND post and also long overdue on my promised Birthday party celebrations....the last week has been a flurry of entertaining and work and visitors...so bare with me, promise I will get myself and my photos sorted soon...until then let me share with you one of the fabulous ideas I discovered whilst party planning..
Tori Spelling is these days as well known for her party planning and entertaining as she was for her acting days in the tv hit show 90210...a while ago the girls bought me her CelebraTORI book and I came across this fabulous idea to breathe some new life into an old vintage photo frame.
First stop your local Op shop to purchase an old frame, pull it apart, sparay paint the frame to fit the mood or theme of your party, cover the existing board with the fabric or paper of your choice, again this can fir the syle of entertaining you are doing...for me it was for a Vintage Tea Party so vintage sheeting was the perfect choice.
A quick staple to hold it all in place then put the backing and glass in place and voilla you have a newly repurposed, recycled tray to display food or drinks...
Last week in preparation for my Birthday Celebrations I headed to the Sydney Flower Markets. Visiting the markets has almost become a tradition before any party or event and is a wonderful way to start the "party planning".
The theme for Saturdays Birthday celebration was "Vintage Tea Party" so I was after lots of "pretty" flowers that I could bring together in glass jars and vases to display...the markets did not disapooint!
Back soon with some photos of the celebrations...watch this space!
Wow what a week it has been, I recently celebrated the big 50 and was thoroughly spoiled!! I wasn't really sure how I wanted to celebrate turing 50 (at one stage I must admit going on a family holiday and just escaping was looking like the perfect option) but slowly I came around and decided it was worth celebrating! Thenm suddenly I went from planning a party with family and friends to also having a Vintage Tea Party with a few girlies....so much fun!
But first the Birthday...just another day of work and after school activities but managed a few lovely treats along the way....Taylor and Lilly took me down to Manly for a special breakfast at Fika Swedish Kitchen a must if you are ever in Manly - yummo...at lunch I went for a sneeky pedicure with Taylor and a good friend ...then tapas and a lovely cold glass of Pinot Grigio with hubby in the evening before a delicious lemon tart and pressies later when we were all gathered back home...did I mention that amongst flowers, pressies left on my doorstep, heaps of phonecalls and text messages, loads of love on Facebook and a mialbox of cards, I was given a brand new pair of Nike gym shoes from the girls (so generous, love them!!!) PLUS a Tiffany bag (yes Tiffany, the blue one) with stunning diamond earrings...woo hoo...!!
Back again with some Vintage Tea Party inspiration as promised! You may recall I organised an afternoon tea party for a dear friend a while back (you can find all the details and pics here)....well as I plotted and planned my own Birthday celebrations I decided that "when you are on to a good thing..stick to it"....
My dining room table looks like "Vintage Tea Party Central" at the moment with vintage tea cups, cake platters, doillies etc...I cannot wait to hit the flower markets early next Friday morning and get started with the decorating and baking!
As usualy Pinterest has been a wonderful sourse of inspiration, here are some of my favourite pics!