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28 April 2015 Tips for Planning a Kid's Birthday Party

If anyone knows how to host a whizz-bang of a kid’s party, it’s Alana Waterson, owner of online party wares store Poppies for Grace. She’s thrown some pretty amazing kid’s birthday parties in her time, so we asked her to share her top tips for parent’s wanting the celebrate the apple of their eye with one helluva soiree.

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28 April 2015 Dress Up Your Party Hats

We recently realised that the humble party hat is no longer the humble party hat. While there are so many super cute hats available from party stores (just check out the party goods suppliers on our online vendor guide), there are also plenty of ways that you dress them up yourself!

We think that adorning your party hats with flowers, confetti or pom poms can not only add to your party décor (and helps to create some pretty awesome photos at that), but it can also be used as a really fun activity for little guests as a kid’s birthday party. Simply set each child up with a hat and glue, then have plenty of crafty bits and bobs in the centre of the table and let the kids go crazy. Think pom poms, stickers, glitter, fringed streamers, ribbon and anything else you can find at your local craft store.

But if that all seems a bit much, or your guests are older than 12, then perhaps it’s better to decorate the hats yourself. We’ve rounded up some really ways to dress up party hats for kids and adults alike. Get inspired by our picks below!

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Left: DIY Floral Party Hats, 100 Layer Cake | Right: DIY Party Hats, Confetti Sunshine

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28 April 2015 Heather + Tim

Heather and Tim met through their mutual friends Jenna and Ted. Ted invited Tim to come to a gig with Jenna and Heather one night. The pair got chatting, realised that there was a bit of chemistry and the rest, as they say, is history.

Heather and Tim always knew they wanted to get married at Tim’s sister’s property in Leongatha. ‘We really wanted to make sure it was laid-back, lots of fun with great music and lots of dancing!’ said Heather. ‘We just wanted one big party with all our favourite people.’

Having a country wedding meant that the couple was inspired by their surroundings when styling the wedding. There was a ton of greenery with lots of bright native flowers and pops of colour. The clear marquee allowed the stunning views to shine through and the lighting strung up created a beautiful ambience by highlighting the pine trees that towered overhead.

On the menu were plenty of share plates – canapés to start, antipasto, and then slow cooked lamb and snapper for mains. ‘We even had roving desserts,’ said Heather. ‘We just wanted everyone to talk and share food as that’s our favourite way to eat.’

As for the couple’s favourite part? ‘Walking into the marquee being announced as husband and wife to Van Halen’s ‘Jump’, with all our friends screaming and cheering,’ they said.

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27 April 2015 Get Ready for Cinco De Mayo

On May 5, with a taco in one hand and tequila shot in the other, it’s time to welcome Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco De Mayo arose out of a sense of pride and nationalism by the Mexican-Americans after 4000 Mexican soldiers defeated a French Army who was attempting to claim the country in 1862. So while it’s not something that’s celebrated universally across the globe, we think it’s a pretty fantastic excuse to hold one big fat Mexican fiesta, complete with nachos, tacos, sombreros and plenty of colour!

We’ve posted a whole heap of Mexican celebrations in the past that we know will inspire your Cinco de Mayo fiestas. We’ve rounded up the best bits of each of them below, but be sure to click through to the full blogs to get more bang for your…peso (see what we did there).

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A Mexican tablescape via HOORAY!’s Mexican Backyard Fiesta. Photography by Shane Shepherd, Styling by Hope & Lace.

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27 April 2015 One Hour Cinnamon Rolls

The problem with making cinnamon rolls at home is they take a long time. You usually have to wait for them to sit overnight before you can bake them. But, who has the patience to wait for that? Lindsay from Sprinkles for Breakfast certainly doesn’t, so she created a recipe that could be made from start to finish in 1 hour. That’s right – hot, gooey cinnamon rolls on your table and in your face in ONE HOUR! It doesn’t get much better than that.

TIME

1 hour

SUITABLE FOR

Ages 14+

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Dough: 1 3/4 cups warm water | 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp sugar | 1/4 vegetable oil | 3 tbsp active yeast | 1/2 tbsp salt | 1 egg + 1 egg yolk | 5 1/4 cups flour

Filling: 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp sugar | 5 tbsp of brown sugar | 2 tsp of cinnamon | 1/4 cup unsalted butter

Frosting: 3 cups powdered sugar | 6 tbsp of unsalted butter | 2 tsp of vanilla extract | 1/4 tsp of salt | 2- 6 tbsp milk

WHAT TO DO

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius.
  2. In an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix warm water, sugar, oil, and active yeast. Mix on low speed for 3 minutes and then turn the mixer off and let ingredients sit for 10 minutes. The yeast will activate and begin to rise and thicken.
  3. Add salt, eggs, and flour. Mix on a medium speed for 6 – 8 minutes (until the sides of the bowl are clean) and then let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. While the dough is resting, make the filling. Melt butter and set aside. Combine sugars and cinnamon and set aside.
  5. On a lightly oiled surface, roll dough out into a rectangle shape (about 12″ high x 18″ long).
  6. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the melted butter on dough.
  7. Sprinkle filling mixture evenly over dough.
  8. Starting at one of the long edges, roll the dough into a tight cylinder shape.
  9. Cut a 8″ piece of unflavored dental floss. Place the floss underneath the roll about 1 – 2 inches from the edge. Take the two ends of the floss and cross them over the top of the cylinder and pull. Discard the end piece of the roll and continue this process 12 times down the line.
  10. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place 6 rolls on a sheet. Let the rolls sit for another 8-10 minutes before putting them into the oven.
  11. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges become golden brown.
  12. To make the icing In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk butter and powdered sugar on a low speed.
  13. Add vanilla and salt, then add milk until frosting reaches desired consistency (about 2 – 6 tablespoons).

AND THEN

Frost each roll generously.

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27 April 2015 P is for Pinterest: Our Fave Finds

Happy Monday!

We hope you had a splendid weekend, attending dawn service and getting well into the spirit of ANZAC Day with a few games of Two-Up while downing some delicious ANZAC biscuits.

On another note, we have a serious question to pose to you – have you subscribed to our e-newsletter? Head to our homepage, scroll down to the bottom and enter your email address in the newsletter sign-up box. This will ensure you get to see all of the best bits on the blog in a fortnightly roundup, plus you’ll be the first to know any HOORAY! news, including the release of Issue 11 on May 14!

But before you go and subscribe, check out the what we’ve found on Pinterest with week.

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24 April 2015 Autumn Floral Inspo

Autumn is one of our favourite times of year for blooms! Not only is the selection of flowers available so stunning, but the colours just warm our hearts! We love the purples, peaches and deep reds that are typical of Autumn bouquets.

A little while back, floral stylist Jardine Botanic gave us the low down on her favourite Autumn flowers which included Dahlias, Hydrangeas, Garden roses, Water lilies, Cosmos, Tulips, deciduous foliages like grape vine, liquidambar, Japanese maple and wild hops, and fruiting branches such as fig, apples, persimmon. You can read her entire post here (it also includes plenty more Autumn bloom inspo).

But because we still can’t get enough of Autumn blooms, we’ve rounded up a whole heap more below. Pick and print your favourite images and then take them to your florist for recreation!

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Left + Right via The Seasonal Bouquet Project

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23 April 2015 Kaety's Roller Disco

Kaety’s Roller Disco 30th birthday party was inspired by none other than the Patina Roller Jam we featured in Issue 6 of HOORAY! ‘I always wanted something different and fun for my 30th and thought a roller disco would be perfect,’ said Kaety.

Kaety, an interior designer from Sydney, has a love for events and will use any excuse to hold a fabulous party, especially when she can do most of the decorating and styling herself. ‘The roller disco theme was something I loved straight away, so even though it was proving to be almost impossible to find a venue I was extremely persistent so that I could continue with the theme,’ said Kaety. Luckily she found Play Bar, the perfect place to hold her crazy party that also allowed skating! Then once Kaety hired vintage skates from Skater HQ, she knew it was on.

‘Although I wasn’t planning a 70s-themed party, I wanted the venue to look like a 70’s roller disco, so I was inspired by studio 54 and everything glitzy, glam and sparkly. My invitations were pink and gold confetti poppers to inspire my guests to wear something bright and sparkly. They definitely hinted to what the party would be like,’ said Kaety.

Given her crafty nature, Kaety made most of the decorations herself. There were Mylar silver garlands, tassel garlands and foil curtains, as well as a marquee sign made out foam, cardboard and fairy lights (creative much?). There were also jumbo balloons filled with confetti floating along the floor and a projector that played skating videos on the wall throughout the night.

We love that Kaety used one of our favourite parties to inspire her 30th birthday. Now it’s time you let her party inspire yours!

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23 April 2015 Confetti Rice Krispy Treats

Lindsay of Sprinkles for Breakfast considers herself somewhat of a rice krispy treat expert. In fact, she’s been teaching people how to make them for over a decade! So with over 10 years of experience, you’ve got to assume that she’s got this treat down pat.

Today we can officially confirm that she has one of the best rice krispy treat recipes ever! Not only are they crunchy and delicious, they also look super cute! And that’s exactly why we’re sharing her recipe on the blog, because anything confetti-esque gets a tick in our book.

TIME

30 mins + cooling time

SUITABLE FOR

Ages 14+

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

6 cups Rice Krispy Cereal (Rice Bubbles) | 9 cups mini marshmallows | 4 tbsp salted butter | 1/2 tsp vanilla extract | Sprinkles | Melting White Chocolate

WHAT TO DO

  1. In a large pot, melt butter and 7 cups of mini marshmallows on medium heat. Make sure you stir every 15-30 seconds until the two ingredients are combined. Mix in vanilla.
  2. Add in Rice Krispy cereal and mix until everything is coated in the marshmallow mixture.
  3. Let sit for 1 minute to cool.
  4. Add remaining marshmallows 1 cups at a time. Stir after each addition.
  5. Let Krispy mixture sit for 1 minute.
  6. Add 4-5 tbsp sprinkles and lightly mix.
  7. Grease a 9×13″ pan and then pour Krispy mixture into pan. Press mixture down into the pan until it is one even layer.
  8. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  9. Once the treats have cooled, cut them into individual servings and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  10. In a microwave safe bowl, melt a handful of chocolate disks in 30 second increments, stirring between each heating.
  11. Using a fork, drizzle white chocolate over treats and add sprinkles.

AND THEN

Let them sit until the chocolate has hardened, and then serve.

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23 April 2015 Garlands Galore

Sometimes the only thing your celebration needs is a big, fat garland…or a thin one, or a few thin ones, or even a few fat ones. Whatever the case, garlands can be an eye-catching point of your party, or they can simply enhance your decorations by adding some colour and texture.

Hung from the ceiling or along the wall and garlands can give your party décor height and dimension. A whole heap of different coloured and textured garlands bunched together can also work as a great party installation or photo booth backdrop. And we’ve seen plenty of instances where garlands are used as fun ceremony backdrops for weddings!

We’ve lined up a few of our favourite DIY garlands from both our own blog and across the web. If you don’t have time to make your own, check out some of the party suppliers in our vendor guide because you’re sure to something you love!

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Heart Garland, HOORAY!

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