Superheros + rockstars: a four year old’s birthday party

Superheros and rockstars - a four year old's birthday party | Image by CATHERINEGRACE | www.catherinegrace.com.au

A little while ago I was asked by the lovely Sam from Dunne with Style {and new venture Ivy & Oak} to contribute to a section in issue 4 of Sweet Magazine that she was guest editing. The issue was all about boys – young and old – and providing party inspiration to men of all ages. I decided to style a four-year old’s birthday party. Slightly out of my comfort zone, being the mother of just one girl – however I gave it my best shot!05 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 201418 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 2014As soon as I saw the stunning we are superheros + rock stars cushion from Sari Jane Home Accents I knew I had my theme! And what little boy doesn’t want to be a superhero, a rock star or both?01- superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 201413 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 201411 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 2014When I think of rock stars and superheros – shiny and bright comes to mind. I reflected this in the styling with gold and silver metallic elements across the scene, including balloons, cushions and capes for the little ones. I used a base of black and white to keep the gold and silver grounded and the look suitably “boyish” and accented with a blush pink, to offset the hardness of the black, white and metallics.14 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 201421 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 201406 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 201420 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 201419 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 201408 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 2014Again taking inspiration from the we are superheros + rock stars cushion; I followed the dripped look of the typography and sourced a custom watercolour batman print and customised the DIY slippery slide, both with a similar drip. Camera prints and play cameras surround the styling – a re-imagining of the paparazzi flocking to the rock stars.22 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 201415 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 201403 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 201416 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 2014For the full DIY slippery slide tutorial you’ll have to check out Sweet Magazine. Sweet Magazine’s Let’s Hear it for the Boys!” issue is out now.09 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 201410 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 201404 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 2014Parties, above all, should be fun! In addition to the slippery slide, which was a big hit, the boys enjoyed channelling their inner batman in superhero masks & capes, playing on their guitars and lots and lots of bubbles!17 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 201423 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 201407 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 201412 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 2014Guests took home goodie bags packed with lollies and a small guitar key ring or play camera – to continue the partying all the way home.02 - superheros - styling and photography by catherine and grace copyright 2014

{thank you} 

Thank you Sam, for including me in your guest edit and to Lisa, from Sweet Magazine, for publishing my little styled shoot.

Enormous thank you to the three gorgeous boys that came to star in the shoot, and of course their lovely mums.

A huge thank you to Jill from Sari Jane Home Accents for not only lending me the we are superheros & rockstars cushion, but for also unknowingly providing me with the inspiration for the entire shoot.

Thank you to Nat and Kristy from Norsu for lending me the Pia Wallen cross blanket {shown over the clothes rack} and Sne felt basket {holding guitars}

{where do I find…}

  • how to create the DIY slippery slide? You must grab a copy of Sweet Magazine, in print or online.
  • the stunning clothes rack? The super hardworking Australian team at Such Great Heights can help you out with their beautiful clothes rack and other pieces perfect for little dreamers.
  • the camera print, camera cushion and large & small triangle print cushions? From super lovely Roxy at Naked Lunge.
  • the gold capes? These were a DIY, cut simply from a piece of faux snakeskin picked up from Spotlight.
  • the gold white guitars? Inexpensive ukuleles, spray painted in toxic-free colour.
  • the batman print? Pop onto Little Pop Studio for this, and many more fabulous, prints and pieces.
  • the soft guitar key rings, play cameras and blush large guitar? These are Numero 74. Numero 74 is stocked at from some super gorgeous kids stores including Kido Store and Mama Papa.
  • the gold leather the crown and black leather mask? The super talented West Australian girls, Jo, Katie & Rosie, at Hubble & Duke create all of these by hand. Be patient if they are not available when you seek them out – they are worth the wait!
  • anything I have missed? Just ask in the comments section below!

xx Catherine JPEG

 

 

 

 

 

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