Clementine’s First Birthday Party

27.03.15

MP11If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen that I shared a few snaps of my beautiful niece’s birthday party that I styled recently. Georgie Abay asked me soon after if I could share some photos of the day on her beautiful blog, The Grace Tales. Georgie also interviewed me, so I thought I would publish a few of my answers here:

What was the theme for this party?
“Clementine lives in Apple Tree Flat, (in country NSW, Mudgee) on a beautiful farm – her parents are Peter and Hannah Logan (my sister), of Logan Wines. Hannah and I thought it would be sweet to bring some country elements to her first birthday party in our older sister’s lovely backyard for all of Clementine’s Sydney based family. We had Kindifarm baby animals, a bit of classic country check (picnic rugs and table cloths) and a touch of the over riding red apple theme, which started with a sweet emailed invitation designed by our cousins, who own the letterpress invitation business, Lion & The Huntsman. Good food was also a focus of the day, we organised lunch with Simmone Logue Catering, and then had some fun with the treats table. The day was a family effort.

What do you love about styling children’s parties? 
The fun part for me is coming up with the theme and sourcing/crafting all of the cute elements. The reward at the end is to see a backyard full of kids having a great time. Nothing beats seeing the joy on their (sugar loaded) faces.

What are the key elements to a successful children’s party?
Hope for good weather on the day, as kids obviously love to be outside, but choose a venue where there is a wet weather option. If you don’t have a big enough space at home, I’ve organised a few parties at community scout halls, which work really well. Instead of giving kids free reign at the treats table, individual lunch boxes are always popular. Pack them with some healthy elements, as well as a treat or two. When in doubt, bubbles and balloons are always a hit with the under 2’s, and consider things like face painting and themed entertainment for the older kids. I’ve heard some great things about the Sydney based entertainment company, Stardust Kids. Oh, and of course the other kind of bubbles for the big kids. Lastly, when coming up with the theme, get feedback from the child. I had a vision for a cute Mexican theme party for my daughter’s third birthday this year, but she is insisting on a ‘pink princess’ gathering. I’m going to have to put my stylist thinking cap on for that one!”

MP7MP21MP3MP5MP2MP20MP15Georgie also shared my ‘little black book’:
Petting zoo: Kindifarm
Clementine’s dress: Tinker & Belle
Clementine’s shoes: Seed
Clementine’s hair bow: Branche Kids
Wine: Bibendum Wine Co Clementine Rose
Honeycomb balls: Factory Direct Party
Cardboard lunchboxes for the children: Vintage Baby
Apple cupcakes and apple ‘smash cake’: The Classic Cupcake Co.
Green glass plate stand: buy similar here
Apple cookies as take home favours: Hello Naomi
Tassel yellow balloons: The Bespokery
Gourmet doughnuts: Woah Nelly Bakes
Felt crowns: Lark Store
Paper cups, paper napkins and straws: The Base Warehouse
Bamboo plate ware and timber cutlery: Manly Freezers
Invitation: Lion and the Huntsman
Gingham yellow tablecloth: Shop Inside
Gingham picnic rugs: Amazon

I hope you all had a great week,

Briar x

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