Teddy’s Blue-thday

Styling: Alexis Teasdale

Photography: Lauren Trompp

My little boy loves blue at the moment. And I mean looooves blue. Which made this years party pretty dang easy. For the record, I’m all for boys loving pink, girls loving blue and all kids loving whatever they like! So this year I just went with what he loves best, which happens to be everything and anything blue.

Blue balloons, food, bubbles, games, drinks, favours, decorations and more.

It all began when I did a big clear out of Teddy’s old toys. A lot were donated to charity, but there were loads of bits and bobs left, that no longer worked or had pieces missing. So instead of throwing them out I started spraying them blue. and eventually had enough for a big ‘ol wall full*, which was completed with a big perspex sign from Letters From Belle.

*I’ve since relocated it all to a wall on his room, a fun bonus.

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With a lot of babies coming, a ball pit was fun. Kmart’s version is budget friendly, and easy to blow up and pack down.  I bought a couple of bags of the spare balls, and just used the blue ones for the party (at $8 it doesn’t break the bank and we use all the colours when we play at home) and you could do this with pink, green, or yellow too. Even Teddy still loves the ball pit at three.

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Now it’s hard to tell, but this is GLITTER JELLY. Yep. It’s a shimmering, wobbly delight. In my search for blue jelly, I stumbled across Aeroplane Glitter Jelly in Berry Blue and totally rocked my world.

I actually couldn’t for the life of me, find circle lollies that would work as the lifesaving rings, so I cut a marshmallow in half, then pushed a hole in it, and squeezed the teddies in.

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I’m a big-time fan of hundreds and thousands. But no matter how much I love a party, I draw the line at separating them into colours. Ha.

I found plain blue sprinkles at melt, bake, party and combined them with a bit ‘o green too.

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Try and find a blue piñata with pull strings RN. Sigh. So I transformed a Star Wars version into this. If you’re throwing your first kids party and they’re under 5 or 6, the pull string piñatas are far less stressful. Just line’ em up and they all pull a string, and one will release the goodies!

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Blu-linis were a take on Bellini’s, with blueberry emulsion in the bottom of the glass, and Prosecco  poured over the top!170806_TeddysBluethDay_394

I was super time-poor before this party, and I was trying to figure out how to make, ice, decorate and freeze the cake before the party. Then inspiration struck: ICE CREAM CAKE.

It was perfect, Teddy loves ice cream, and it could be completely ready before the day, so Icould just pull it out the freezer and serve.

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I bought a few different punnets of vanilla, and added a little colouring and different kind of treats like blueberries and biscuits. I also used the IGA rainbow and just scooped the blue (with some stray hints of pinks and yellow.) These were layered over a couple of days in a round tin with gladwrap completely covering the base and sides to make it easy to remove.

170806_TeddysBluethDay_443When it came to ‘icing’ it, I used regular whipped cream and smoothed it around the sides and top. Because of the temp, it would strart to freeze almost straight away which was quite handy!

Then once the cream icing was frozen, I pressed in Sweetapolita blue sprinkles. My new favourite thing in life, just quietly.

To top it, I pre-made mini scoops. This has a couple of benefits. 1) Looks cute. 2) After singing happy birthday, you can scoop them straight off the cake and into cones for the kids. No fuss and no waiting for the cake to be cut. 3) They were actually quite small, so less sugar for the kiddies without them even knowing. #mumstealth. 4) Then there’s plenty of time (and ice cream!) for the grown ups.

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Ive used Amazing Kids Parties  for Teddy’s last three birthdays, and each time I’ve had one entertainer who did both face painting and balloon twisting. This covers all bases for kids who like both or either, and I requested blue balloons especially!

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Giant noughts and crosses was made from an old yoga mat I had. Then a bit of blue rope made up the lines, and hey presto! Easy to pack away and use again.

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I found plain blue doh and magic sand at KMART, so that along with some blue chalk and colouring in stuff made a fun little craft station for those legendary kids who actually sit still long enough to use it.

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ASOS blue glitter gumboots, the perfect accessory for me!

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Teddy already had this blue kmart shell fuilled with sand. And IKEA’s plain blue spades came in handy too.

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A bagel bar was perfect brunch food for big people and little people.

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Mini blueberry jams proved almost to difficult for me to find. But thanks to my extreme Google skillz, I tracked them down at Hotel Products Direct. The grown ups got a bag of mini jams on the way out, and the kidlets took home a jumbo blue bubble stick.

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Linking balloons: Poppies For Grace

 

 

Teddy’s First Birthday

Styling: Alexis Teasdale

Photography: Alana Landsberry

When you call your kid Teddy, is there any other first birthday party theme other than ‘Teddy bears picnic’?!

I found the perfect venue in a log-style cabin community hall, set amongst a little tree-packed park in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Being winter and forecast to be chilly, I set up a little picnic area inside for the teeny guests with a picket fence, astro turf and the cutest kids wicker benches from Mini Party People. And I couldn’t resist the mushroom table and stools from Tiny Tots Hire.

Did you know, there are NO bear pinatas in all of Australia at the moment? True story. So instead I found a monkey shaped one, moved the ears to the top and created a new face for it. The kids all took turns pulling strings for the bottom until all the lollies fell out. A much safer option than wacking it with a stick.

Afternoon tea was all about tables laden in goodies, one for ‘big’ bears (the grown ups) with platters by Dan The Man, and one for ‘baby’ bears with homemade honey sandwiches, popcorn cups, fairy bread and carob bears.

It wouldn’t be a Teddy Bears Picnic without the song lyrics which I made into felt banners, along with a felt ‘Pin the bow tie on the bear’ game and little name tags for the little guests bear friends so no one got lost.

I made the bear cake myself (I was inspired by talented Coco Cake Land) after two (very essential) practice attempts. Who knew it was so hard to find the perfect shaped biscuit eyes and ears?!

Favours were bags of Tiny Teddies (an iconic Aussie biscuit) for the littlies and jars of honey for the grown ups. So everyone big and small went home with a whole lot of sugar. Oops!

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Sonny’s Naming Day

Styling: Amy Starr & Alexis Teasdale

Photography: Andrew Finlayson

Location: Petersham Oval, NSW

Little Sonny’s naming day theme was sunshine, of course! One small problem… it rained for the week leading up to the party day.

But with some crossing of fingers and lots and lots of refreshing bom.com, the sun came out just in the nick of time!

I was beyond honoured to be asked to be one of Sonny’s godmothers and it wasn’t long before Amy and I started planning a fun,  sun-filled celebration for him.

After choosing the theme, Amy sourced the favours – mini sunnies for the bubs (cute!) and adorable sun-cookies by Sweet Mama Cakes.

The invitation by Letters From Belle was a clever illustration of Sonny wearing his signature sunnies, which we replicated throughout the day on straws and paper cups for the kiddies.

As with everything we do, there had to be a Photo Booth! I crafted jumbo streamers from crepe paper that doubled as a backdrop for the food table too.

When it came to afternoon tea, we filled the table with delicious goodies from cheese platters to mars bar slice, and hand wrote the names of each dish on craft paper.

Then it was time to string up some hand-made paper tassels, throw out some yellow canvas for the babies to roll around on, fill vases with dahlias and daisies, and start having fun.

A perfect sunshiney day for a perfect little boy.


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Chloe’s first birthday party

Creative Director: Alexis Teasdale

Stylists: Alex Whiting and Sara McClean

Photographer: Heidi Boardman

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I love kids parties. The colour! The fun! The tiny little smiling faces!

I was absolutely honoured to style beautiful Chloe’s first birthday party. Her gorgeous mum Jane explained to me that Korean first birthday parties are one of the biggest and most festive celebrations, with lots of beautiful traditions.

My favourite is the Doljabi ceremony, where items each representing different paths the child might take in life, are laid out on the main table. Then the little one is dressed up in a tradition Korean gown and held on the table so they can ‘pick’ their path by choosing an item (like a whisk for a chef, a paint set for creativity or money for a wealthy life etc) I love it!

This meant that the main table was the focus of the party and the place where lots of photos are taken, so I went all out with a hand-made pinwheel backdrop. On the table were five traditional Doljabi towers, which after some serious Googling of how to prepare, I made out of mini pinwheels and scalloped card to match the theme.

The table also featured a gorgeous birthday cake by the oh-so-talented Hello Naomi, and Chloe’s name in little jars of rice, for good luck.

As it’s bad luck to have fresh flowers on the main table, instead we created a ‘flower market’ off to the side with buckets of gorgeous blooms by Deborah Leah Flowers. Guests could then choose their favourite stems from the market stall, and The Festive Co team wrapped them up as a take home gift.

To make sure the little ones were happy, there was a lolly bar as well as a drinks dispenser and handmade straws featuring Chloe’s adorbs face in her traditional Korean cap.

Heidi Boardman beautifully captured the day with all it’s colourful fun.

A big thank you to my ‘Festive Co Fam’ Alex Whiting and Sara McClean for styling on the day, and to Chloe’s mum Jane for letting us be a part of this special milestone in her life!

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Mexican Fiesta first birthday party

Styling by Alexis Teasdale

I’m a bit late to the party (pardon the pun) on this fun celebration I styled last summer!

Gorgeous little Jones had a Mexican theme for his first birthday complete with giant Pinata letters made by moi, a super cute cake by Hello Naomi, totally delicious catering by Cantina Movil, personalised bunting from etsy and lots of other little touches.

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 It was a hot, hot, hot summers day which suited the theme perfectly!