A stylish birthday breakfast

A birthday breakfast for a loving, and much loved, mother & grandmother at Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club, styled by catherine & grace

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We recently styled a birthday breakfast for a gorgeous Eastern Suburbs women, held at her husband’s club, The Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club in Point Piper.  Our guest of honour had almost eighty women celebrate with her.  Guests enjoyed a celebratory champagne with their breakfast, which was catered by the yacht club {with Iggys bread added on special request} and styled by catherine & grace {with a big thanks to the birthday girl and her friend for helping with the flowers}.70th birthday image 12013-12-12 - 70th birthday BLOG - copyright Catherine Wilson for catherine & grace082013-12-12 - 70th birthday BLOG - copyright Catherine Wilson for catherine & grace33{the styling}

The birthday girl wanted simple and clean with bright pops of colour on white linen.  We used kraft card for the invites and place cards and added colour blocked hydrangea heads in rectangular vases to the centre of each table.70th birthday image 22013-12-12 - 70th birthday BLOG - copyright Catherine Wilson for catherine & grace0270th birthday image 32013-12-12 - 70th birthday BLOG - copyright Catherine Wilson for catherine & grace032013-12-12 - 70th birthday BLOG - copyright Catherine Wilson for catherine & grace1470th birthday image 4{the food}

Platters of fresh fruit and French pastries were laid out for the guests, followed by a main course served at the tables.70th birthday image 5 70th birthday image 670th birthday image 7

{the details}

+ Stationery by catherine & grace

+ Flowers from Mayfarm Flowers at EQ Markets

+ Vases hired from Floreat Floral

+ Styling & Photography by catherine & grace

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Silver & string for a stylish sixty

‘Silver & string’… the inspiration for a recent 60th birthday dinner we styled.

Held at the Deckhouse, Woolwich

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{the inspiration}

A couple of months ago while Little Miss and I {and the husband over the weekends!} were spending some time in the Southern Highlands I spied a gorgeous piece of kraft wrapping paper with delicate silver leaf prints and had to have it as I knew I would incorporate it into an event or project soon.  Just a few weeks ago I was asked to style and organise a 60th birthday dinner for a very stylish and party loving birthday girl.  I was given a very wide brief so I knew just what my inspiration would be!

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{the venue} 

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{the stationery & wrapping}

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{the styling}

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Signature catherine & grace… there is always room in the styling for some wooden pegs!

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{the guest of honour}

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The birthday girl, seen here with her husband, thoroughly enjoyed her evening.  A very special family occasion!


{the details}

* Photography – catherine & grace

* Kraft wrapping paper with silver leaf prints – The Brown Bookshop, Bowral

* Silver & white washable paper bag – Uashmama, available from The Design Hunter, Bronte

* Thin brown twine – Bunnings

* Large spool of thick brown twine – sourced from the Bowral Markets

* Small cream ceramic milk bottles – sourced from the Bowral Markets, available to hire from catherine & grace

* Invitation suite, menus, Happy Birthday signs & wrapping – all catherine & grace

* Large letter “b” – Typo

* Favour bags – created by catherine & grace

* Large wooden pegs – sourced from Roots and Wings Design, available to hire from catherine & grace

* Gift table florals – Floreat Floral and catherine & grace

* Silver candlesticks – available to hire from catherine & grace

* Table centrepiece florals – Floreat Floral

* Centre wicker basket – available to hire from catherine & grace

* Silver votives – West Elm candles



It starts with a little art… inspiration for Little Miss first birthday party

How to use your child’s art as the inspiration for styling their next party

The inspiration for Little Miss Turns One {a small afternoon tea to celebrate our daughter’s first birthday} was a small painting Little Miss made a few months earlier.  I love the look on her face when her chubby little fingers press paint into the paper and colour magically appears.  However, as much as I love my daughter’s colourful pieces, using children’s art to style a party requires balance and a few fresh ideas.  Here is how we did it…


The inspiration…

The simplest way to have your kids create gorgeous art that can be used to inspire your event styling is to control the colour choice.  This is the number one rule!  Pick colours you like or colours your child likes – just be sure to pick only a few colours.  Oh… and ensure to remove the masterpiece before it’s all mixed into a brown mess!

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{The piece we choose for Little Miss Turns One}


The stationery suite…

To begin with, we scanned Little Miss’ painting to create a digital print copy.  Once cropped slightly, this print formed the basis of the stationery suite.  We created an invite, RSVP card and a thank you card (and all associated envelopes) all using the publishing layout within Word and iPhoto on a MacBook Pro; so no fancy software is needed.

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{Front of the invite.  The back of the invite was a full version of the original painting.}


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The styling…

Bunting is having a moment.   Through the genius of Spoonflower {one of my favourite new finds} we uploaded a copy of the painting and turned it into fabric.  A triangle template, some cotton tape and a bit of sewing later and the bunting was born.

Spoonflower makes it easy to turn your child’s artwork into fabric, wallpaper, small fabric sticky decals and wrapping paper.  How special to include your child’s creativity in such a unique way?

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I like guests to leave with a little something so I usually do a small lolly bag or boxed cupcake as a treat for the drive or walk home.  To introduce Little Miss’ painting into the favours we uploaded her art to Moo and created small favour tags {known as Moo Mini Cards in the Moo world} to attach to the favour bags with mini pegs.  We also created some stickers using our catherine & grace logos to keep the favour bags closed until the end of the party!

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What else…?

We displayed the original artwork on the gift table in an acrylic frame.

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We hung a copy of the artwork, printed on quality paper, on the front door to guide guests to the correct house and used another copy as part of a dome installation inside.

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We used the Moo mini cards as gift tags on small gifts for the grandparents to thank them for all their help over the year.

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Have you got any other ideas to share?   We would love to hear them!


{and… xxLittle Miss_PNG-72ppi}

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