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18 September 2014 Romy's Gingerbread Party

Robyn Lovric, from event business Lettuce & Co, used her creativity, expertise and passion for event planning and styling to create one very special celebration for her daughter Romy’s 3rd birthday.

Because Romy loves the story of the Gingerbread Man so much, Robyn decided to bring the classic storybook to life with this Gingerbread Man themed party. Taking the famous phrase: “run, run as fast as you can”; Robyn labelled the milk bottles with “drink, drink as fast as you can”, and the dessert table with “eat, eat as fast as you can”.  Each of the desserts reflected a different element of the story, like the delicious marble mud cake featuring the gingerbread man flying a floating fox kite, and gingerbread flavoured mini cupcakes.

For entertainment, the kids got their hands dirty at the craft table, decorating their own gingerbread man and getting their faces painted. At the end of the day, each of the kids left with a super cute goodie box (which looked like a mini oven) with a gingerbread man inside. Instead of your typical lolly bag, this goodie box contained gingerbread recipes, a mini gingerbread cookie cutter and a gingerbread man cookie.

We’ve seen lots of little girl’s birthday parties styled with pinks and glitter and all things sweet; and as much as we love girlie get togethers, we were blown away by this party’s originality. Use it as inspiration to surprise your special little girl or boy by creating a celebration based on a story she loves.

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17 September 2014 A Mystical Ballerina

Today we want to share with you a magical styled shoot in a peaceful hideaway, featuring gorgeous pastels, earthy tones and a stunning ballerina style bride.

Feathers, candles, pinecones and teacups set the scene, along with a beautiful flower garland and ballet slippers. The colours and textures of the trees and the forest floor were contrasted with the champagne pink tones in the styling to bring a natural and relaxed feel to the setting.

The shoot’s Creative Director, Stacey from Colour Me Happy, said the ballerina character was inspired by the stunning tulle skirt she’s wearing.

‘I wanted to create a beautiful, passionate dancer spellbound by the tranquillity of the forest,’ Stacey told us.

We think this shoot is a perfect example of how to bring a romantic yet earthy vibe to your big day. It’s also an amazing piece of styling inspiration for those planning a wedding outside in the sunshine, or under a canopy of stunning old trees.

 

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17 September 2014 Love My Shop: Illume Design

Introducing Illume Design, a party wares store that is known for its enormous range of chevron patterned products. The boutique brand was established in 2007 by designer Louise Lazendic and has been rising in popularity ever since.

Illume Design’s party goods are all encompassing, catering for weddings, birthdays, christenings…actually, anything with a cake really! They create stylish paper plates, cups, napkins, treat bags, bunting, cupcake wrappers, invitations, gift tags and more.

The entire collection is consistent with Illume’s unmistakable chevron design, so it’s sure to add a touch of pizazz to any setting (plus chevron is totally on trend right now).

We’re looking forward to the release of Illume’s brand new gold and silver foiled party ware, it’s the perfect balance of fun and style. But our favourite here at HOORAY! HQ has got to be the alternating opaque and chevron bunting – so cute!

To see all of the adorableness for yourself, head to www.illumedesign.com.au

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17 September 2014 A Delicious Desktop

We have fallen in L.O.V.E with these illustrations by Kendra Dandy of Bouffants & Broken Hearts. Not only are they super colourful, but they are ridiculously delicious as well! Brighten your desktop in an instant by downloading one (or all) of these delightful wallpapers.

TIME

No time

SUITABLE FOR

All ages

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

A computer

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Download wallpapers below
  2. For mac, right click file and set as desktop picture
  3. For windows, right click and set as desktop background
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16 September 2014 5 Tips for a Happy Hostess

Ever been to a birthday when a drunken guest offended everybody? Or an uninvited guest offended everyone with just their presence? We’re pretty sure we all have. It’s certainly something we’d care to avoid for our own birthdays, especially when we’re hosting them ourselves! That’s why we’ve decided to be the guiding light for your next birthday, and for all those ahead, to help you avoid these unwanted…situations. Read our tips below and rest assured you’ll never have another awkward or catastrophic moment on your special day.

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16 September 2014 Momento for Every Occasion

This month Momento is celebrating a momentous occasion – ten years of printing your photo memories, all 50 million of them! In keeping with the festive mood we’ll show you how Momento works a treat for hosts and guests of all manner of events. Their cards can help you woo and thank your guests, while their books can collect well wishes, showcase the achievements of the guest-of-honour, and record the whole event experience for future enjoyment.

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16 September 2014 Katie + Ryan

Katie and Ryan have been together for 4 years. They live in Vancouver for 8 months of the year, working hard and saving up so they can go on Indo surf missions for the remaining part of year, chasing the endless summer.

Photographer Justin Hill met the couple in Canggu one afternoon to shoot what he refers to as a ‘Together Session’, where he captured the couple’s connection, the way they like to spend time together and their shared love for ink, Indonesia and the Indian ocean.

We asked the couple a few questions about their amazing shoot:

Why were you interested in taking part in the shoot?

Ryan and I thought it would be a fun new experience because we have never had professional photos together. We checked out Justin’s photography and he seemed like a very rad, unique photographer that was able to capture style and feelings through a photograph. So we figured we would give it a shot and have some fun with it.

What did you enjoy about your photo shoot?

Justin was very good at directing and guiding us with what to do and where to stand. He kept it fun and relaxed the whole time. He also knew how to set the feelings and mood. At one point he told us to close our eyes and think of our favourite memory from our travels together. It made the experience that much more memorable because there were so many special moments we had together during the shoot.

What do the photographs mean to you?

We will forever hold these photos close to our heart. This was a very special experience in our lives. The first session we had with Justin was absolutely magical, and then we took our annual trip to the Gili islands where to my (Katie’s) surprise, Ryan proposed and we got engaged! When we came back to Canggu a week later, we had our second session. Justin was one of the first people to know about our engagement, so it was amazing to share one of the greatest moments in our journey with him and have it photographed! He captured more then just great photos; he captured who we are and who we want to be. I couldn’t have imagined anything more magical.

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15 September 2014 P is for Pinterest: Our Fave Finds

Have you heard? HOORAY! Issue 7 is on sale from TODAY! Check our stockists page to find an copy near you. Otherwise, you can purchase a copy online and get it delivered right to your door with free postage Australia wide.

But you didn’t think with all our Issue 7 buzz we’d skimp out on our Pinterest roundup did you? Because there isn’t much that we love more than Pinterest – except our office dog Polly, we love her A LOT.

So take a look our fave Pinterest finds below and don’t forget to share your Issue 7 snaps using the hashtag #hooraymag x

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15 September 2014 Farmhouse Carrot Cake

Chef Dean Brettschneider says that this is one of his all time favourite cake recipes. ‘I know it is the best carrot cake ever as everyone tells me so! The cake is moist and flavoursome and the cream cheese icing is smooth and creamy. Serve it with a dollop of unsweetened yoghurt and you will find it hard to stop at one slice.’

Dean will be sharing more of his delicious recipes at the upcoming Cake Bake & Sweets Show Melbourne will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 3-5 October 2014, so if you’re in the area make sure you head down and check him out!

TIME

1.5 hours + cooling time

SUITABLE FOR

Ages 12+

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

200g plain flour | 1½ tsp baking soda | ¾ tsp salt | 1 tsp mixed spice | 1 tsp ground cinnamon | 3 eggs | 170g granulated sugar | 170g light or dark brown sugar | 275ml vegetable oil | 150g grated carrot | 90g walnuts, chopped | 70g canned pineapple, crushed

Cream Cheese Icing

105g cream cheese | 90g butter, softened | 190g icing sugar, sifted | 1 tsp lemon zest

Topping

70g dried apricots, chopped | 50g pumpkin seeds | ¼ tsp poppy seeds

WHAT TO DO

  1. Preheat oven to 150°C. Grease and line a 20cm round loose-bottomed cake tin with non-stick baking paper. This is necessary to avoid overbaking due to the long baking time required.
  2. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, mixed spice and cinnamon into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add eggs, both types of sugar, oil, carrot, walnuts and pineapple and mix for 1 minute on slow speed. Scrape down the sides and mix for another 2 minutes on medium speed.
  3. Pour batter into the prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven for 1. hours. A skewer inserted into the centre of the cake should come out clean.
  4. Remove from the oven and leave cake in the tin for 30 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. While the cake is cooling, prepare the cream cheese icing. Place cream cheese, butter, icing sugar and lemon zest into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat at medium speed until the icing is white and fluffy. Use immediately.
  6. Using a palette knife, spread the cream cheese icing evenly over the top of the cake and decorate with dried apricots, pumpkin seeds and poppy seeds, as desired.

AND THEN

Cut into wedges and serve with a dollop of natural yoghurt.

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15 September 2014 HOORAY! Issue 7 ON SALE

HOORAY! The day is finally upon us – Issue 7 goes on sale Australia wide TODAY! This cover is inspired by storybooks of years gone by and is illustrated by the crazily talented Tommy Doyle.

Issue 7 of HOORAY! is jam-packed with glorious inspiration for your next celebration. Inside you’ll find a collection of no-bake kid’s cakes that are perfect for the busy mum or dad. We’ve also got a colourful backyard fiesta, a guide to gifting fresh spring blooms, an interview with the one-lady-crafting wonder Kit Palaskas, plus a DIY costume tutorial by Beci Orpin.

Grab your copy now either online or from your nearest stockist and we promise it will knock your socks off.

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