A blog post on a blog post!

The Kikki K Celebrate Today shoot has wrapped and is now up on the Kikki K Inspiration Blog.

In case you missed my post the other day, @catherineandgracestylefile {which is where you can find us on Instagram} was one of five winners of the Kikki K {@kikkik_loves} Instagram party styling competition!  I submitted a number of ideas, all of which you can see on my Instagram feed {and, as promised, I will post a full blog post here soon}, however my winning idea came from Little Miss’ christening party, where I stamped her name on bamboo cutlery, placed the cutlery into little bamboo pots filled with pieces of pink fruit.  Here is my winning Instagram pic:

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Along with the other winning ideas from @juzsavage@supajulo@paperrunway (who worked with @stylelifehome) and @lulu_lucky, my idea has now been brought to life by the Kikki K team with their new Celebrate Today collection. Here is how it appears on the Kikki K blog:

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I have to admit, it was quite thrilling to see my idea brought to life by Kikki K, so please pop on over to their blog, check out the other ideas and leave a comment or two.

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A christening celebration

A few weeks ago we had our little girl christened.  My husband was in charge of the church part and I was in charge of the party!

Thank you to Chris from At Dusk Photography for the absolutely amazing photos – we could not be happier with how the day was captured.  All photos in this post are Chris’ unless otherwise credited.

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Our daughter’s nursery is decorated in grey & hot pink, with splashes of turquoise (you can check it out here) so after spying these gorgeous invites on Etsy I decided to carry the pink theme through to her christening and used stripes in the styling for a bit of fun.

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I added various pink, white & grey felt balls to an oversized dome, which we ordinarily use in our living room, to display the invite as part of the styling for the day.  What I love about this display is the height of the dome, used to complement the lower serving of sandwiches for people to nibble on.

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I also used the felt balls to create a garland which I strung on our living room ceiling to frame the view of the outdoor area and invite people outside.

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I wanted to celebrate our little one’s big day with a bit of fun & whimsy and with a number of little people attending, everything had to be as “kid-proof” as possible.  We filled an apothecary drinks dispenser with strawberry punch and set out little vintage style milk bottles with candy striped straws to drink it out of.  While I must admit I much prefer to have my champagne out of a beautiful glass, I compromised for the sake of safety and sourced sturdy plastic champagne glasses for the celebratory toast.

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It was lunch time by the time guests arrived at our house so I wanted to be sure they were sufficiently fed, however I did not want put on a proper sit-down meal.  Our family helped out enormously making delicious cocktail style food, which I then arranged on wooden chopping boards.  The boards pulled in a rustic feel to the day and again ensured that all serving “platers” were completely shatter proof if tipped by a toddler!  Guests were offered small bamboo plates and utensils, stamped with our little girl’s name and I sourced tiny bamboo cups to fill with chopped pink fruits.

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Following our wedding almost 2 years ago, my mother-in-law kindly stored the top level of our cake (which was a rich fruit cake) in her freezer.  At the time I had visions of using the top layer as a christening cake for a future son or daughter, so I decided to give it a go.  I styled the cake with some fresh figs, flowers & brown string and it was (somewhat surprisingly) absolutely delicious, if a little crumbly.  My father-in-law, who reportedly does not even like fruit cake, had three pieces! For those interested in the freeze and defrost instructions, I’ll include a blog post soon.

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We were hoping for, and were very lucky to have, a beautiful Autumn day for the celebration which allowed us to use our outdoor space to its best advantage.  Lanterns, recently purchased at Easter markets on the Southern Highlands, were hung from our avocado tree and filled with citronella oil to keep any insects at bay.  I set out giant bubble wands for the kids, which proved a hit.

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As guests left, they received a small parcel of lollies filled with chocolate freckles & caramel buds, tied with twine & a little card from Little Miss.

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A lovely day for a truly lovely little girl.

xx catherine and grace

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The details:

* Florals – once again its Floreat Floral!

* Invite – celebration invitation (stripe), SimplicityPapers, on Etsy

* All other stationary & signage – created by catherine and grace

* Felt balls – 2cm balls,  Felt & Yarn

* Glass dome – purchased from Papier D’Amour.  Similar styles available from Freedom.

* Apothecary drinks dispenser – Sweet Style on Down That Little Lane

* Mini milk bottles – A Creative Lifestyle on Etsy

* Note pink & white striped paper straws – Donna Hay

* Plastic champagne flutes – Coles (in store)

* Pink, white & floral paper napkins – Plenty Kitchen & Tableware, at Westfield Bondi Junction

* Bamboo plates, mini cups, forks, dessert spoons & tea spoons – Donna Hay

* Customised stamp for bamboo cutlery – Sweet Style on Down that Little Lane

* Pale pink & white striped and polka dot paper cups – Donna Hay

* Wooden boards – various, including Fab Slab chopping boards from Harris Farm Markets in Bondi Junction.

* White wooden letters – No Chintz.  Similar styles also available from Typo

* Christening cake – the top layer of our wedding cake by Faye Cahill

* Hanging lanterns – market find

* Bubble wands – Kmart

* Lolly bag pink & white striped tags – Donna Hay

* Little Miss’ pink dress – Jacadi

* Little Miss’ head piece – base headband from Seed, customised by catherine and grace, using my wedding veil from Neil Grigg Millinery

 

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