I still call Australia home…

three ways to style your Australia Day celebration

Australian natives, structural elements and simple styling – keep it easy breezy to beat the heat on January 26th and celebrate being Australian.

{rustic elegance}Australia Day blog image 1 Australia Day blog image 2{i love a sunburnt country}Australia Day blog image 3 Australia Day blog image 4{green & gold}Australia Day blog image 5 Australia Day blog image 6Happy Australia Day!

xx Catherine JPEG

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

{the venue}

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

xx Catherine JPEG

Simple summer sundays: a family engagement celebration

A simple engagement dinner for my brother and his beautiful fiancée, using a palette of gold & white and lots of fresh flowers – a look that can easily translate to your Christmas table

{the inspiration}

I have been styling the house in a palette of gold and white in preparation for the festive season – see Feathers & fairy tales – a catherine & grace Christmas – so I wanted to carry that colour scheme through to the styling of the engagement dinner for my younger brother and his beautiful fiancée.  Not only does gold scream C E L E B R A T E  – it also meant I could use some of the items I had sourced or made for my holiday styling.

{the styling}

A piece of beautifully soft, white linen was strewn down our wooden table, twisted slightly and used as a very organic looking table runner.  Mini bottles were filled with white flowers & green foliage and placed along the table.  Guests were guided to their seats by place cards attached to kiwi fruit – a nod to the fact that my new sister-in-law to be is a New Zealander.  White linen napkins, white plates and crystal wine glasses on white & gold coasters completed the table setting.Hessian {burlap} cut into luggage tag shapes and dipped in gold glitter, together with crisp white paper tags were used as place cards, attached to kiwifruit with a toothpick.  Tip: use under ripe kiwifruit so you don’t get kiwi juice all over your table setting!Gold washi tape was used to decorate simple cream coasters.Armfuls of hydrangea, peonies and roses were sourced the morning before and casually placed in buckets along the console behind the lounge, together with a small posy at the front door.2013-12-01 - Will & Lou engagement diner BLOG - copyright Catherine Wilson for catherine & grace15Simple Summer Sundays BLOG image 1Simple Summer Sundays BLOG image 2Simple Summer Sundays BLOG image 3

{the food}

Keep things really simple for a Sunday evening, or for Christmas lunch.  Serving all cold dishes not only keeps you out of a hot kitchen on a hot Summer’s evening, it also removes the need to time the cooking of the meal… which means more celebrating for the host!  A quick trip to the fish markets in the morning and we came home with smoked ocean trout, prawns and Sydney rock oysters, plus ingredients for salads and some amazing cheeses and sourdough.  Place all the food on share platters, either in the middle of the table or on a side bench as we did.  Ensure there is plenty of ice-cold champagne, relax and enjoy!will & lou engagement dinner image 5

{the guests of honour}2013-12-01 - Will & Lou engagement diner BLOG - copyright Catherine Wilson for catherine & grace24{the details}

– Styling & photography by catherine & grace

– Kiwifruit & hessian place cards – a catherine & grace DIY

– Plates – Grosgrain dinner plate, by Vera Wang for Wedgwood available from Peters of Kensington

– Napkins – square white linen, by Linen & Moore, tied with Vandores white paper cord from Papier D’Amour & Gutermann gold embroidery thread from Spotlight {available at most good sewing stores}.

– White & glass mini bottles – catherine & grace

– Coasters – cream coasters decorated with gold washi tape from Crafty Creations 2013 on Etsy

– Florals – sourced from EQ Village Markets, styled by catherine & grace

– Vases & buckets – stylists own.

xx Catherine JPEG

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