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30 January 2015 HOORAY! It's Friday!

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30 January 2015 Alexis’ Baby Shower

Alexis loves everything about celebrations, and in her spare time she shares her love of gorgeous gatherings via her blog (www.thefestiveco.com) and also helps to plan and style events, so when it came time to plan her own baby shower, she relished the opportunity.

Alexis didn’t know if she was having a boy or a girl when planning her shower, so she decided to go with what comes naturally to her – lots of bright colours and plenty of confetti. Alexis and her partner had been referring to their unborn baby as ‘Tiny Teasdale’, so she incorporated the letter ‘T’ into the styling, with ‘T’ branded canvas goodie bags and ‘T’ cookies. Alexis described the styling as ‘colourful, sweet and fun’.

Guests at the shower gifted ‘Tiny Teasdale’ with a copy of their favourite childhood book, so Alexis could start a library for the baby. ‘It was so sweet reading everyone’s messages about their memories of the book they gave, and why they thought my baby would love it also,’ she said.

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29 January 2015 Gabe's 40th Birthday Party

Gabe wanted to keep things really low-key for his 40th birthday party, so his wife Carlie decided to host a laid back fiesta with their closest family and friends. Carlie enlisted the help of the Beijos Events babes for their amazing party ideas and styling and décor items, as well as Katie from Wylie Weddings, to help dress up the property with lots of beauty and Bougainvillea.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with a welcome table covered in favour bags full of sweets, situated right next to a huge poster featuring photos of Gabe throughout his 40 years of life. The entertainment was kept very family-friendly, with a pool full of toys, plenty of lawn games like badminton and cornhole, and a photobooth area with a basket of moustaches and sombreros. As an extra little treat, a margarita and beer bar was set up for the parents to enjoy while watching their kids.

Mexican-style tables and lounging areas were placed across the property for guests to dine and relax on. Think bright blankets, pink blooms, leather poufs, a hanging chair and plenty of colourful pillows. Catering was taken care of by The Truck Stop – a rad food van that served up amazing fish and pork tacos for dinner and handed out wax paper bags of fresh homemade churros for dessert.

Chill out and check out this fab 40th below.

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29 January 2015 Tips on Planning a Destination Wedding

Planning a destination wedding? It’s tough, no doubt, but totally worth it! We called upon Lisa from Ivy Invite, who organised her Mexico wedding from her home in Australia, to give you the low-down on all of the things you need to think about while planning a destination wedding. If anyone knows what it takes, it’s this gal. Take it Lisa…

‘Firstly, I can’t recommend a destination wedding highly enough! Not only do you get to celebrate your wedding day with your family and friends, the whole experience of travelling to a country together will become memories that you take with you for the rest of your life.

If you’re keen to have a destination wedding there are a few factors to consider:

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29 January 2015 Apricot, Ginger and Walnut Cookie Dough

This pre-made cookie dough not only makes filling the dessert buffet quick and easy, it also makes for the perfect present (hint: Valentine’s Day is fast approaching). Gift it frozen or refrigerated, and don’t forget to include baking instructions. The finished cookie is deliciously chewy and light.

For more sweet recipes and tips on prepping bundles of edible love, see ‘To You, With Love’ in Issue 8 of HOORAY!

TIME

10 mins + 30 mins cooking time

SUITABLE FOR

Ages 12+

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

250g unsalted butter | 100g raw sugar | 200g brown sugar | 2 eggs | 1 tsp vanilla essence | 200g almond meal | 200g plain flour | ½ tsp salt | ½ tsp baking powder | ½ tsp ginger, ground | ½ tsp allspice, ground |  50g candied ginger, finely chopped | 170g walnuts, roughly chopped | 100g dried Turkish apricots, finely chopped

WHAT TO DO

  1. Cream butter and sugars until pale and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla essence. Combine well.
  3. Slowly add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine well.
  4. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead very gently. Form into small balls and roll in extra almond meal. Place a dried apricot sliver on top.
  5. Store in an airtight container until you’re ready to gift. They can be stored in the fridge for one week, or kept in the freezer for up to three weeks.

AND THEN

When ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a baking tray and bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool before removing.

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28 January 2015 Forest + Rose

Set deep in a forest in New Zealand are three barefoot bridesmaids, with flowers in their hair and adventure in their souls, enjoying an afternoon picnic of pink cake, pink macarons and pink champagne. Inspired by vintage boudoir and floral daydreams, this bridesmaid styled shoot, put together by Wild Heart Studio, is a celebration of friendship, beauty and wild hearts.

Who is Wild Heart Studio? It’s a creative collaborative agency based in New Zealand and made up of The Love Collective, Luke Marshall Images, Balencia Lane, Renée Calder Design, Perfect Style and Honey Hire Co.

‘The shoot day was on one of the coldest days in Spring,’ said Samantha, Creative Director of styling business Balencia Lane. ‘It not only rained, but also snowed and hailed all in one day! Very determined to create our story, we still went ahead. Then the sun came out and created the dreamiest lighting for a beautiful afternoon in the forest.’

‘Forest + Rose’ is a little bit sweet, a little bit boudoir and the perfect piece of bridesmaid inspo for a dreamy, vintage-eqsue wedding.

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28 January 2015 Flat Party Shoes

Flat party shoes – for dancing, beach weddings, laid-back brides and backyard BBQs, for those of you who can’t spend more than half and hour in heels, are dating Tom Cruise or simply can’t be bothered. You don’t need to torment your feet in high heels to be a standout at the party, there are so many flat shoe options that are just as gorgeous!

Check out our top picks of flat party shoes below.

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28 January 2015 Valentine's Day DIYs

Purchasing meaningful Valentine’s Day presents can prove to be very tough. Teddy bears are cute, but kind of cliché, jewellery is a little too expensive (plus, wasn’t it Christmas like a week ago?), and every second person will be heading to the local newsagent to check out their spread of V-day related mugs and photo frames. So, what’s left?

We think that rather than purchasing a gift, there’s no better time than Valentine’s Day to get your hands dirty and DIY a heartfelt present for the number one gal or guy in your life. We’ve given you some super cute stationery ideas in Issue 9 of HOORAY! (get the templates here), so today we’ve scoured the web and found our fave online V-Day crafts. Check them out below, then click the links for the full tutorials and surprise your loved one with a unique gift this Valentine’s Day!

You’re welcome x

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Left Breakable Heart Favours via Oh Happy Day | Right Valentine’s Day Gift Boxes via Design Eat Repeat

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27 January 2015 Dale + Luke

Dale and Luke’s wedding took place at Dale’s mum and step dad’s property, ‘The Elm’, situated in Greta South (country Victoria). ‘The Elm’ is set on 10 acres of amazing land, with a flowing creek, gorgeous open gardens and towering gums, which created a tranquil and intimate atmosphere. The sun setting beyond the creek and behind the tall trees made for the most stunning backdrop for their wedding ceremony.

When twilight fell, fairy and festoon lighting lit up the banks of the creek, while fire pits kept guests warm enough to party the night away in the giant teepees and under the stars. ‘It was a truly incredible day,’ said Dale.

The theme of Dale and Luke’s wedding was ‘relaxed bohemian’ to reflect their laid-back spirits and relaxed approach to life. With the styling expertise of Nomad Styling and Luke’s awesome DIY skills, they were able to execute their ultimate vision for the day. Every element of the wedding was designed to incorporate a relaxed, laid-back vibe, without any structure.

To ensure guests didn’t have to stray far from the reception, Dale and Luke also organised Happy Glampers to come in and set up to most amazing high-class tents, decked out with beds, rugs, bunting and everything else needed to be a “glam camper”. The couple also arranged a coffee van to come and serve cappuccinos and hot chocolates the next morning, along with a BBQ breakfast, to assist with the bleary eyed and foggy headed guests.

Get inspired by this truly unique, free-spirited wedding below.

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27 January 2015 Radicchio, Grilled Peach + Goat's Cheese Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

There’s no time better time than the summer time to indulge in delicious stone fruit. Why not take it once step further and incorporate this sweet and juicy snack into a fresh salad? Here’s one that you can serve up at any summer gathering.

For similar recipes, see ‘Spread the Cheer’ in HOORAY! Issue 8.

TIME

20 minutes

SUITABLE FOR

Ages 14+

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

2 x yellow peaches, cut into wedges | Olive oil | Sprinkling of sugar | 2 x radicchio heads, washed, outer leaves removed and quartered | 250g goat’s cheese | 1 bunch watercress | 100g hazelnuts

Vinaigrette: 250g fresh or frozen raspberries | 2 tbsp caster sugar | Juice of ½ lemon | 2 tbsp sherry vinegar | 400ml olive oil

WHAT TO DO

  1. Place raspberries and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until raspberries bleed and sugar has dissolved.
  2. Once mixture has cooled to room temperature, place in blender and puree until smooth. Add lemon juice and vinegar. Slowly drizzle in oil whilst blending, ensuring mixture emulsifies and thickens. Season to taste.
  3. Toss peach wedges in olive oil, sprinkle with sugar and grill until caramelised. Set aside to cool completely.
  4. Layer salad leaves, peaches, goat’s cheese and hazelnuts in a flat bowl.

AND THEN

Finish with a sprinkle of watercress and raspberry vinaigrette.

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