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3 June 2015 Throw a Cotton Candy Pink + Mint Party!

Look no further, we’ve got the theme for your next party sorted – cotton candy pink and mint! Not only is it a great colour combo for any occasion, especially a gender neutral baby shower or birthday, there are also endless ways to style these pastels into your next event. Trust us when we say this is a great theme, because really, how many other colour combos can also pass as something edible? Cotton candy pink + mint gets our tick of approval.

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1. Mint Honeycomb Ball, Ruby Rabbit | 2. Pink Heart Stickers, Little Monster Co | 3. Memphis Mint Large Plates, Bash Party Goods | 4. Tassel Garland, Ruby Rabbit | 5. Party Favour Bag, When It Rains Paper | 6. Honey Candles, Poppies for Grace | 7. Pale Pink Pegs, Ruby Rabbit | 8. Pink + White Popcorn Box, Little Monster Co | 9. Mint Green Baking Cups, When It Rains Paper | 10. Candy Pink Paper Star, The Party Cupboard

3 June 2015 Winter Wedding Shoot

It’s time for a white wedding, literally. Yes, summer may be a few months away for us here in Australia, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any cool inspiration for all you brides-to-be in this season!

Happy Endings Barcelona have pulled together this winter-themed styled shoot, to inspire your inner ice queen. This series gives us all the inspo we need to incorporate the natural beauty of the season and makes for some pretty incredible images.

The colder months always boast rich colour palettes, and this dark green and golden brown mix is a stand out against the snowy white backdrop. When it comes to styling a winter event, this team has definitely gotten it right. Using the natural greenery and blooms of the season (and pretty much anything you’d find in a forest) they give us an effortlessly rustic theme.

There’s even room to play with the style of the bride too, because colder weather usually means warmer clothes, and this is where winter brides can explore their dress options with longer sleeves. We are in awe of long sleeves and this shoot is no excuse!

So if you’re considering planning an event in the colder months, here is all the inspiration you’ll need!

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3 June 2015 Vegan Coffee Coconut Ice Cream

Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a little ice cream. Here is a delicious recipe from The Macadames that we’re sure you and your dinner guests will love. Serve it alone or alongside a delicious baked dessert (queue brownie)!

TIME

1 hour + freezing time

SUITABLE FOR

Ages 14+

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

2 cans full fat coconut milk | 1/2 cup maple | Pinch sea salt | 3/4 cup strong coffee (I basically just made a long black), chilled | 2 tbsp of cornflour | 2 tsp vanilla extract

WHAT TO DO

  1. Shake the can of coconut milk well. Combine the 3/4 of the coconut milk, maple, salt and coffee in a saucepan and bring to a simmer until the sweetener thins through.
  2. In the small mixing bowl, whisk together the cornflour with the remaining coconut milk until well combined.
  3. Pour the cornflour mixture into the saucepan and stir until it slightly thickens. Should take 5-8 minutes. DO NOT BOIL.
  4. Add in the vanilla extract and mix through.
  5. Pour the mixture into a bowl and allow to cool completely for at least 4 hours or over night.
  6. Pop into an ice cream maker and follow the instructions. I just turned mine on for 20 minutes.
  7. Transfer to a freezer safe container to set. Leave for at least 3 hours but overnight is ok too. If you freeze overnight, you should get it out at least 20 minutes before you want to serve.

AND THEN

Enjoy!

TIPS

Storage: in the freezer for up to a week.

The coconut milk should be full fat as this will ensure a creamier ice cream. Don’t go for the light options.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, although it doesn’t quite end up quite as creamy, make sure the mixture is cool when popping it in the freezer and then rigorously whisk it every half hour for 2-3 hours while it freezes.

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2 June 2015 Meet a...Events + Wedding Planner + Pop-up Caravan Bar: Gathering Events

Meet Jen, one half of Brisbane based events and pop-up caravan bar, Gathering Events:

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am an eternal optimist, romantic and dreamer.  I am also an owner and operator of a vintage caravan bar based in beautiful Brisbane. My husband and I renovated our 1970’s vintage caravan, converting it into a fully operational bar and mobile venue – the life of any party!

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2 June 2015 Piñata Ice Cream Cone Cookies

This is such a cute idea for a kid’s party snack! It’s also something that you and the kids can make together, because seriously what child wouldn’t go ape over these little beauties? Bonus – they don’t melt!

TIME

30 minutes

SUITABLE FOR

Ages 4+ (with adult assistance)

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

1 container of meringue cookies | 2 boxes of ice cream cones | 2 large bags of small candies (we used Skittles + mini unwrapped Starbursts) | 1 bag white chocolate chips | Rainbow jimmies or sprinkles | Plastic or paper cups

WHAT TO DO

  1. Start by prettying your meringue cookies with rainbow sprinkles. The first thing you’ll need to do is melt your white chocolate. Put about half the bag of white chocolate chips into a microwave-safe glass bowl. Place your bowl in the microwave, and using the defrost setting, start melting the chocolate in 15 second increments. Be sure to site the chocolate between increments. Repeat this step until the chocolate is completely melted.
  2. Next, dip the top of the cookie into the chocolate. Let any excess chocolate drip off and sprinkle the top with jimmies or sprinkles.
  3. Set aside and let the chocolate harden. If you want to speed up the process, you can stick your cookies in the freezer for a few minutes.
  4. Now it is time to work on the cones. Dip the top of your cone into the chocolate. Make sure the top rim is completely covered, otherwise your meringue cookie will not stay attached to it.
  5. Next, fill your cone to the top with candies, being careful not bump the wet chocolate on the rim of the cone.
  6. Grab a meringue cookie and stick it on top of the cone. To make sure the cookies would not fall off, we dipped our fingers in the chocolate and filled in the gap between the bottom of the cookie and the top of the cone.

AND THEN

Place your completed cookie in a plastic cup to harden. We doubled up cups to make sure that they were heavy enough so that the weight of the cone didn’t tip it over. Just like with the cookies, you can stick the cups in the freezer to help them harden faster.

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2 June 2015 Sarajoy + Tony

Sarajoy and Tony met on a holiday overseas, then went on to spend their dating days backpacking around the globe. So, when it came to their big day, a destination wedding was the obvious choice.

A dreamy Cambodian location set a very relaxed and natural theme, so the couple used stationary as a way to combine elements from their travels and their different heritages. They used lots of natural materials, mismatching patterns and textures, and bright colours like summery yellows and gold.

The decorations were mostly homemade by Sarajoy and her family, which included an array of crafty pieces like table décor, the bouquets, and other rustic bits and pieces, including the groomsmen’s bowties! The local markets were able to supply everything else the newlyweds needed, like pineapples as table number holders, handmade fans for the guests and of course, the flowers.

‘We really wanted to incorporate plenty of local culture into our wedding, as this is the magic of having an overseas wedding. We felt like the colours and playfulness of the Cambodian ceremony was quite fun,’ they told us.

Having a destination wedding can be challenging, especially when it comes to coordinating the logistics of the event. It was the number one goal for the couple to make sure that their guests didn’t have to worry about a thing. But not everything always goes to plan, and moments like being pushed into the pool at the end of the night was not something the couple had intended to do. ‘It was quite a ‘pinch me’ moment to see all our guests (many still fully clothed) in the pool cooling off after a night of eating, drinking and dancing. We could never have planned something so fun and memorable,’ they said.

Even after the event was over, the celebrations continued with a two-week “mini-moon” with their guests around Siem Reap. Yes, we are very jealous we missed out on an invite, but at least we can live through the photos of this incredible beach wedding!

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1 June 2015 Winter Warmer Desserts

If you haven’t had your taste buds explode with goodness during a hot dessert marathon, you’re doing winter wrong. Seeing as this might just be the case, we’re here to help with some insanely scrumptious winter dessert recipes, perfect for a dinner party on a chilly winter’s night. They’re sure to warm up the stomachs of you and all of your guests.

Don’t know where to start, or need some dessert inspo? Check out the indulgent recipes we’ve found below and treat yo’ self!

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Left: Melted Hot Chocolate with Sea Salt Whipped Cream, Adventures Cooking | Right: Chocolate Molten Cake, Delicious Shots

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1 June 2015 Pretty Packaging Inspo

It’s been a while since we’ve given you some serious wrapping inspiration – so here you go! Today’s post is inspired by all things pink and pretty, which is just how we like it. But don’t be afraid to mix it up, depending on who you’re gifting too! We’re not sure if hubby would appreciate a hot pink and confetti wrapped gift as much as your bestie. But he might like a potato stamped gift-wrap, hand-crafted by the kids (with a little help from you, of course).

Each of the wrapping ideas below is beautiful, achievable and affordable. You’ll probably find most of the adornments sitting in your wrapping box, or left over from past parties. There’s even a super sweet idea for using left-over candles – so cute!

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Left via Lovely Indeed | Right via The Sweet Lulu Blog

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1 June 2015 P is for Pinterest: Our Fave Finds

Happy Monday lovely people!

It’s the first day of winter! You’re probably wondering why we sound so excited about the cold weather, because traditionally it means the party season is over. But if you know HOORAY! you’ll know that our style is anything but traditional. Entertaining doesn’t have to stop just because things are getting a little chilly. It just means that you have to do things a little…differently.

Over the next 3 months we promise to give you a whole heap of winter entertaining ideas, tips and tricks on the blog, as well as a plenty of winter recipes. You’ll never have thought winter could be so fun!

But for now, check out what we’ve been pinning on Pinterest this week.

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29 May 2015 Meet a...Wedding Planner + Stylist: Sourced by Sam

Samantha Clarkson of Sourced by Sam is a wedding planner and stylist based in Sydney, the Hunter Valley, the Southern Highlands and the South Coast:

Tell us a little about yourself

I am a mixed bag, jack of all trades! Professionally (and essentially( I’m a freelance stylist designing weddings, commercial events, photo-shoots and the odd interior job. Personally, I’m about to become a first time Mumma and move out of the big smoke to the Southern Highlands. Exciting times to expand and have my team down south, across Sydney and up in the Hunter region.

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Photography Rachael Muller

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