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

 

Currently inspired by…

…these gorgeous flower arrangements seen at The Boathouse, Palm Beach at my friends’ wedding!

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xx catherine and grace

Dinner & drinks to celebrate Little Miss

In addition to my family baby shower (see related post) I wanted to celebrate with my gorgeous girlfriends and thank them for putting up with me during my pregnancy (let’s just say I don’t love being pregnant!) so I hosted an intimate dinner one Saturday evening, about one month before my little girl arrived.

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Inspired by a recent fashion show invite I sourced some very thick card to create the weighty invites.  The silver, black & white invites set the colour scheme for the evening and informed my styling choices for the event.

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I retained the feature of white paper pom poms, lanterns and mini singlets that I had arranged (with huge amounts of help from my poor husband) for my earlier family afternoon tea over the dining table.  The table was styled simply with thick pillar candles of various heights, silver & white fine bone china place settings and crisp white napkins.  Each guest was gifted a framed photo (one of my favourites of them during “pre-baby” partying) and was asked to find a copy of their photo in a small guest book and leave a message along side it.

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I used Floreat Floral once again for the flowers (I’m obsessed) and Piquant Catering for both the food and serving.  The Piquant team were fantastic.  They were happy to serve alcohol we had sourced independently and were friendly and efficient throughout the evening.  The food was truly divine and there was plenty of it!  I ordered the divine cake from Simmone Logue in Double Bay, which we enjoyed with mascapone as we relaxed post dinner.

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Personally, Im just not into baby shower games so we filled the evening with good wine, good conversation and many laughs.  At the request of my girlfriends I opened the very generous gifts of tiny pink outfits and toys.  There was much “ooohing and ahhing” for the first couple of presents…then true to our style we went back to drinking and chatting and laughing the night away.

As guests left they received a little vanilla cupcake I had baked that morning (baking I can do…cooking, not so much!).  Something to nibble on the way home.

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A truly memorable evening and a fitting farewell to life pre-child…

xx catherine and grace

The details:

* Stationary & signage – created by catherine and grace

* Paper pom-poms & lantern decorations – Papier D’Amour

* White mini coat hangers – children’s 11″-14″ white wooden hangers, purchased from MyCoathangers

* Mini white singlets – similar styles available from Bonds

* Gift bags – created by catherine and grace using white paper bags from Riot Art & Craft

* Flowers – Floreat Floral

* Catering and chair hire – Piquant Catering

* Guest book – DIY album in black, from Kikki K

* Celebration cake – hummingbird cake, from Simmone Logue

* Favour box – white food pail with handle, from QCC Catering Equipment

 

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