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23 October 2014 Watermelon Printable Ice Cream Cone Wrappers

Give your cones a fruity wardrobe makeover with these super-cute watermelon ice cream cone wrappers from Design Eat Repeat! They’re the perfect addition to any summer soiree or tropical celebration.

Note: The free printable is designed to fit a cone that is 4.5 inches in height and 1.75 in diameter (at the top circle opening). View the original post here.

TIME

10 minutes

SUITABLE FOR

Ages 8+

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

scissors | double sided tape | printable template | quality paper | waffle cones

WHAT TO DO

  1. Print the downloadable template attached on 8.5 x 11 sized cardstock
  2. Cut out along edges
  3. Wrap around cones and secure with double sided tape

AND THEN

Fill your cones with a scoop of delicious ice cream and enjoy (after a few photos, of course)!

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23 October 2014 Aurelius' 1st Birthday

Stylish little Aurelius loves to wear handkerchief bibs and checkered shirts, so it was only fitting to have a Cowboys and Indians themed party for his 1st birthday.

The celebration was held in the family’s Melbourne city warehouse apartment, where 30 guests were invited to dress up and enjoy some of the cutest decorations we’ve seen. ‘I love how it’s so chic and stylish in urban Melbourne. Although it was a kid’s party it still felt really cool and dated,’ said Stylist, Winnie Q.

Old wooden crates were used on the lolly buffet to house the food and decorations. The sweet treats included horse and cow cookies, teepee waffle cones and a cowboy cake. Succulents were also added for a little colour and to give the table a ‘desert’ feel.

Cowboy hats were used to decorate the apartment, as well as some simple cow-print balloons, and the centrepiece for the party was a styled white teepee, which made a fun playhouse for the littler guests, and doubled as a great photo point.

We dare you not to smile with glee as you scroll through all the super cute details of this party. Are we too old for a Cowboys and Indians theme? We think not.

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22 October 2014 Toasted Coconut Pineapple Pina Colada

Whether you’re planning a baby shower, the birthday of a little person, or if you just need a non-alcoholic option for your next gathering, this Toasted Coconut Pineapple Pina Colada is as pretty as it is delicious.

TIME

15 minutes + cooling time

SUITABLE FOR

Ages 12+

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

1 Ripe Pineapple (skinned and pureed in a blender) | 500ml Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice | 200ml Coconut Water | 4-Tablespoons Dried Shredded Coconut | 1-Tablespoon Cane Sugar | Ice to serve

WHAT TO DO

  1. Put the shredded coconut into a frying pan and place on low heat. Toast the shredded coconut (keep stirring with a spoon) until it turns slightly golden in colour.
  2. Turn the heat off. Sprinkle the cane sugar onto the shredded coconut and mix well. Set it aside to cool.
  3. Place the pineapple puree, orange juice, coconut water and ice into a 1.5 litre-capacity jar and mix well.
  4. Sprinkle with the coconut mixture and serve it in baby yellow-lidded mason jars.

AND THEN

Enjoy your yummy alcohol-free beverage. For more mocktail recipes pick up a copy of HOORAY! Issue 7 here.

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22 October 2014 Tea Time

So the big day is rapidly approaching and maybe you’re not exactly as organised as you thought you’d be at this point? You still haven’t finalised the florals, Auntie Marg and Aunite Betty had a fall out, so you have to re-jig the seating plan, and we won’t even get you started on the weather forecast for the day.

Well ladies, it’s time for you to take a few moments to stop and unwind. After all, stress is not your friend and you don’t want to loose out on the glow you deserve to have on your wedding day. Do you know what you really need? TEA!

We think you should set aside some ‘me-time’ before the wedding with a hot cup of goodness. Our fave tea brand at the moment has got to be The Seventh Duchess. They make the most delicious blends of loose-leaf tea and have a whole range dedicated to health and wellbeing.

We also discovered the sweetest little crockery label that we think you should get your hands on immediately. These teacups by Nest the Label are so seriously cute! They feature whimsical illustrations by Brigitte May and are sure to lift your spirits with every single cup.

But if you really want to get the most out of your ‘me-time’, here are a few herbal enhancements (found in your local health food store), that you can add to your cup of tea.

Stressed?

Lemon balm – helps reduce stress and restlessness.

Liquorice root – calms the mind and normalises adrenal levels.

Nervous?

Passionflower – clears those nasty butterflies. But if you’re pregnant, don’t use this one.

Lavender – reduces anxiety and promotes calm, while also aiding sleep and balancing hormone levels.

Can’t sleep?*

Valerian root – induces sleep and lowers blood pressure.

Hops – relaxing, sleep inducing and good for insomnia.

*don’t take sedative herbs while using sedative medications.

So take our advice, put the kettle on and hit the pause button to de-stress, clear the mind and ease those pre-wedding nerves.

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22 October 2014 A Chic Dinner Party

Grown-up dinner parties needn’t be stuffy and formal. Use our Style Guide tips, as seen in Issue 7 of HOORAY!, to design a simple yet sophisticated evening soirée.

TIME

2 hours

SUITABLE FOR

All ages

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Pre loved wooden trestle table | white, bistro-style chairs | white card far menus and place cards | gold ink pens | fresh, colourful blooms | tea light candles | textured or patterned table runner | sculptural vessels | white dinnerware + flatware

WHAT TO DO

  1. In this design, a pre-loved wooden trestle table provides an understated base upon which to build an elegant, fuss-free tablescape. Offset by crisp white bistro-style chairs, the design instantly has a stylish air.
  2. Simple white place cards on thick, good-quality paper stock – with guests’ names beautifully handwritten in gold ink – are an affordable, achievable and effortless option for organising the seating.
  3. Keep your colour palette subdued with creamy, natural hues. Add a few pops of colour using fresh blooms in vibrant pinks, oranges, yellows and greens.
  4. Tealight candles scattered randomly up the length of the table provide just the right amount of warm, ambient light that sets the perfect mood for a grown-up gathering.
  5. Practice restraint when recreating this design. A textural or patterned table runner adds extra interest and provides a base to build from, using sculptural vessels, crisp white dinnerware and high-quality flatware.
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21 October 2014 A Punk Rock Bridal Shower

If you’re looking to shake up your bridal shower, this is the shoot for you! The ‘Punk Rock’ themed garden tea party is quite the palette cleanser from your classic bridal shower. The shoot isn’t exclusive to edgy brides, because anyone thinking of a fun shower can draw inspiration from elements of this styling.

Stylist, Leah‘s, vision was to create a beautiful setting with an edge. She felt that tea parties and garden parties go hand in hand, and allow for lots of quirky details. ‘When I think of garden parties, I also think of tea parties, and I knew that incorporating the tea party element would give us a lot of additional fun and clever details to work with,’ Leah told us.

Our favourite feature of the shoot has got to be the stunning flower wall! Not actually flowers at all, Gina of Gina Paola Design, handmade the wall out of dyed coffee filters (so clever!). Gilded Lily Events arranged bunches of gorgeous fresh blooms to compliment the flower wall, using Garden Roses in tones of pink, purple and yellow.

These sweet colours were continued in the lolly buffet, with pink and yellow macaroons, tarts, and cheesecakes, showcasing a touch of traditional bridal shower design. The tableware also included pink glasses and gold cutlery, and of course, some very sweet and clever name cards made from tea bags full of glitter confetti.

We also love the custom made coasters that were printed with conversation starters like, “My advice for the bride to be…” with space for guests to handwrite – a great game for guests to play upon arrival.

So, if you’re after some cool ideas like the rest of us, then this styled shoot is where it’s at. Look through these pics and get inspired to do your bridal shower (or any kind of celebration centred around YOU, for that matter) a little differently.

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21 October 2014 Treats to Fill your Sweets Buffet

So you’ve made the excellent decision to have a dessert buffet at your party – kudos to you! Now all you have to do is fill it with wonderful things.

The best sweets buffets have a variety of treats to suit everyone’s taste and appetite. Desserts of all shapes, sizes and textures add interest, and keep your buffet from looking flat and dull.

The easiest way to achieve exactly what you’re after is to create it yourself! We’ve rounded up some of our favourite baking posts from our DIY library and posted them right here (with links back to the original recipes), conveniently in time for your celebration! Have a scroll through, click on the ones that tickle your fancy and don’t forget to wipe the drool off your keyboard.

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21 October 2014 Liz + Amin

Liz and Amin met in 2011. Liz had just moved to Kuala Lumpur and Amin happily took the role as her city guide. After this, they spent almost every day together and discovered they have a shared love for the arts, music, and travel.

Liz, a fashion writer and wardrobe stylist, decorated the wedding herself. The wedding style was rustic, minimal, and natural. Nature was used as inspiration for the colour palette, that included browns, greens and white. DIY elements included the signage and the wooden vintage-inspired photo wall.

The wedding was held in the Philippines at a private estate in the forest of Antipolo, located in the mountain slopes of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Liz and Amin chose the venue for its intimacy and natural surroundings. It also features a gorgeous vertical patio that overlooks the city of Manila, where the couple was able to execute their dream single long-table setting.

Liz’s wedding dress was particularly special because it was a modern take on the traditional Philippine dress, the ‘Terno’. The gown was made from pineapple fiber and features handmade callado embroidery, which are century-old traditional hand-woven needlework used in the Philippines.

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to achieve the perfect balance of natural, simple, and rustic themes on your special day, Liz + Amin’s wedding is exactly where you should start.

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20 October 2014 That's a Wrap: StyleSesh with Fox + Rabbit

On Sunday October 12, we held one bloomin’ good StyleSesh workshop in Perth with Rebecca from Fox + Rabbit. Here’s a quick look at how the day went down:

Rebecca arrived at the beautiful Perth City Farm early Sunday morning with a truckload of fresh blooms. Seriously, there were buckets upon buckets of flowers – it was heaven! Soon after, the wonderful team from Her Handpicked Harvest delivered their stunning vintage tables and chairs, which were used as the students’ floral styling workstations.

Jess from Butcher, Baker, Stylist + Creator then stopped by to drop off her divine salted caramel fudge and cupcakes. While she was around, we also took advantage of her amazing styling skills to help complete the setup of the room.

At 11am our students arrived and (as per usual) got stuck into their goodie bags, which included gifts from Coco Daydream, Koch + Co, Type Hype and Butcher, Baker, Stylist + Creator.

Rebecca began the workshop by sharing all of her tips on flower care, getting the most life out of your blooms and what to look for when purchasing freshly cut florals. Students then chose their individual bunches and prepped each flower so that it was ready to be transformed into a beautiful bouquet.

By this time, we were all pretty hungry, so the group stopped for a plated lunch, served up by the amazing Katrina Sykes from Soiree Catering. Then we all treated ourselves to miniature tartlets and fruit sticks for dessert – delicious!

After lunch, students got stuck into creating their bouquets. Suddenly the room was full of activity and, with Rebecca’s help, each student’s floral creation came to life! Then, after a short Q&A, it was time for everyone to head home with an arm full of goodies and a head full of newfound floral knowledge.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our wonderful photographer CJ Williams and our videographers Sam and Esther from Kairos Films for capturing the day perfectly.

If you like what you see, head to our StyleSesh website because we’ve got 3 more workshops happening before the year is up. Next on our schedule is a wedding planning workshop in Sydney with After the Rock on November 8. For more info click here.

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20 October 2014 Throw a Halloween Themed Party!

We’re fast approaching the end of October, and in our minds that means one thing – Halloween! While some of you might be a little too old for trick or treating, you’re never too old to get into the Halloween spirit by decorating your house, or throwing your own Halloween party!

If you’re heading down the party path, you should create a menu full of fun and scary snacks, and most importantly you should ensure that the candy supply never runs out. We especially love the idea of grown-up Halloween candy cocktails. Check out our post on the best candy inspired cocktails here. And if your insatiable Halloween hunger still isn’t satisfied, you can pick up some more inspo from our featured Halloween shoot here.

Otherwise, check out some of our fave Halloween inspired party wares below.

Go ahead – eat, drink, and be scary.

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1. Spider Shot Glass, Pottery Barn | 2. Orange Chevron Party Bags, Ruby Rabbit | 3. Outliving Skull Candle, General Pants | 4. Cauldron Punch Bowl With Ladle, Pottery Barn | 5. Nomskulls Cupcake Hold, Fab | 6. Morelia Decanter, Create & Barrel | 7. Skeleton Prep Bowl, Crate & Barrel | 8. Platinum Crackle Goblet, Bliss Home & Design | 9. Spooky Glitter Garland, Lark | 10. Haunted Lantern, Spirit Halloween | 11. Boo Cocktail Pick, Create & Barrel | 12. Manzanita Candelabra, West Elm | 13. RIP Halloween Candleholder, Down That Little Lane

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