A kitchen tea for a francophile bride-to-be

A French themed bridal shower styled by catherine & grace
held at a private residence in Sydney’s eastern suburbs

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{the inspiration}

The bride-to-be’s love of France and the French culture was the easy inspiration for a Kitchen Tea celebrated with family and close friends.  Not only does the guest of honour speak fluent French {so well, I’ve been told, that French people don’t realise she is not French!} she also lived in France during her university years.

{the stationery}

We used a combination of kraft paper and thick textured cream cardstock {in 300gsm for you stationery addicts!} to create the stationery suite, which included a save the date card, invite, invitee envelope RSVP card & RSVP envelope.

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{the venue}

A private residence in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

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{the styling}

Inspired by a gorgeous little paper garland I saw on Pinterest I created a paper heart garland out of book pages and carried this paper heart styling throughout the event.   In addition to the garlands, paper hearts were sewed onto the tea bags tags and used to style the gift bags {filled with macaroons} that guests took home at the end of the party.
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Guests were asked to write down their best marriage or relationship advice, or some best wishes, for the bride to be which catherine & grace will make into a keepsake book with a photo of each guest next to their advice.

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catherine & grace took two large canvas prints of scenes from Paris and, using some black electrical tape and some white linen, created “windows” so guests good enjoy a Parisian view!

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We hung hessian bunting {made by catherine & grace} outside, however due to the inclement weather guests stayed inside throughout the event.  An art station inside a little teepee was set up to occupy the smaller guests.

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{the florals & the food}

Floreat Floral created a beautiful centrepiece for the main table which held cupcakes, macarons, mini tarts & finger sandwiches.  catherine & grace complemented the main flowers with posies of peonies,  hydrangea & roses scattered throughout the house and on the front porch to welcome guests.

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{the guest of honour}

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{the details}

* Photography – catherine & grace

* Stationery {invite suite and signage used throughout the event} – catherine & grace

* Paper heart garlands, tea bags & favour bags – catherine & grace

* Hessian bunting – catherine & grace

* “Windows” to Paris – catherine & grace

* Art station includes Playon Crayons from Papier D’Amour

* Floral centrepiece – Floreat Floral

xx Catherine JPEG

And they’re off… celebrating the racing season at Quincy

On a hot Sydney evening, with the smell of jasmine in the air that always signals Summer is on its way, Quincy celebrated the launch of the Spring Racing Carnival with customers,  friends and shoes, shoes, shoes!


In addition to gorgeous heels, perfect for Fashions on the Field, guests mingled surrounded by stunning millinery by Suzy O’Rourke and NH Millinery {direct queries to Quincy}, clutches ideal for your race day essentials and Coco Rose London folding flats for an elegant walk home.

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The milliners themselves, Suzy O’Rourke and Natasha from NH Millinery, discussed this season’s racing styles with Maddy King, regular Quincy customers and friends of the Quincy team.


Florals were provided by Floreat Floral.  A paired back arrangement of blossom, rosemary & hydrangea was used so as not to overshadow the various colours and styles of the shoes.  Guests were invited to enter to win a gift bag choc full of goodies generously gifted by Ecoya.  catherine & grace was thrilled to offer event styling for this event.

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Contact Quincy to get your hands on any of the gorgeous styles shown in this post…

Proper Quincy LOGO

76 Queen Street, Woollahra

+61 2 9363 0559



Photography & event styling by catherine & grace

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



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