{Client Feature Event} Fletchers Splash Pool Party

Splash Collage

I’ve been busting to share the photos from this gorgeous party for such a long time. Last year the gorgeous Gillian from Crumbs of Comfort Cake Design came to me armed with a brief and a few inspirational pics to develop an invitation for her sons ‘Splash’ 3rd Birthday Party. 

And so, with the element of ‘Bubbles’ in mind, together we developed to creative Fletchers invitation, party bags, welcome sign and backdrop and cookie art. Embedded within the design was my love for retro inspired typography. The colours were reflective of the ocean with a little bit of sunshine for good measure.

Gillian went to work on the gorgeous cake with Fletcher sliding into his pool. The the styling of the whole event was reflective of Gillians clean and modern approach, I love that she incorporated the folded towels into the beverage stand, bringing together the reflection of a true pool side party! The drink dispenser was simply green cordial, giving a boost of colour to the layout. Gillian made the cookies with edible transfers – a clever way of incorporating the creative onto the table.

Bubble garlands and bubble spoons (by our decor brand Red Elephant Creative) decorated the beverage station and buffet. The favour bags were also a part of the bespoke package by Penny Lane Studio.

Styling and Cakes by Crumbs of Comfort Cake Design

Photography is by the gorgeous Melinda from Musie J Photography.

For the printable artwork for this party, visit the Penny Lane Studio etsy store 

For party supplies including bubble garlands and bubble spoons visit the red elephant creative etsy store

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Valentines is Coming

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Whether we like it or not, Valentines is on its Merry Way! Next week we have a gift to share, but in the meantime, I wanted to share this picky, its a far cry from the tacky rose red and pink hearts on white which, well I just can’t bring myself to adore…but when I spied this fabulous styled pic, I felt relief to find truth that valentines can be uber cool…like you and me, really 🙂

Stay tuned for next weeks gift…from yours truly, to help make your valentines, well, uber cool…with a Penny Lane Design, of course! 🙂

source: http://pinterest.com/poppytalk/

 

 

New online store is stocking up!

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick note to say our online store is coming together. I am keeping it open as I add new products each day so you can check back and see us grow! Whilst we will be offering the usual with Vintage style straws (our very own brand I might add!) along with exclusive ranges of hand printed spoons, our very own printed calico favour bags and of course blank supplies available no where else!

Check out our ranges as they grow here….and make sure you check back real soon to watch our store grow!

Warmest wishes

Nicole xo

Meet the Stylist: Amanda from Red Wagon Events

The first time I saw Amanda’s work I was blown away with colour, movement, texture and fabulousness of a beyond beautiful Bollywood Theme. The detail and approach to such a colourful theme made me want to find out more about this amazing talent behind such a beautiful event.

Fast forward to not so long ago I received a message from Amanda…would I collaborate with her on a theme? WOULD I? As a creative specialising in event decor I am blessed with working with fabulous stylists who take my work and make it look AMAZING beyond the dreams I have when it leaves my studio. And so I felt privileged to be working with Amanda, who surely did exceed beyond these dreams once again.  (More about that fabulous and fun event shortly on my red elephant creative page, I promise)…

And so, today I am so very excited to share with you some other photos of Amanda’s styling as well as an insight into what it is that inspires her beautiful work, and how she manages to style it so fabulously and with versatility every single time!

Describe your style in five words?

Clean, balanced, versatile and detail driven

What has been your favourite theme/event to date?

Oh that is such a hard question to answer because I seem to have a new favourite each time I style a party. If I was really hard pressed to say one though it would most likely be my son’s modern geometric penguin party. Everything came together perfectly on the day and I love that I was able to take such a commercial theme (of happy feet) and make it totally unique and inspiring to others.

Where do you look for inspiration?

I think I find myself inspired by the simplest of details. A colour, a prop, a setting, anything. Take a step outside your front door and you really can be inspired by all that is around you.

Name one of your all time favourite event décor elements.

I would be totally lost without my milk glass cake stand collection. The smooth clean modern shape offers the perfect basis every time to display stunning desserts. My dream is to own the whole collection one day (I’m slowly getting there!!)

What is your number one piece of advice for planning an event?

Mocking up. Know your set up inside and out. Not only can you edit from your initial vision but it really does lessen setting up time when you know exactly where each stand, dessert label will be going.

For more beautiful photos of Amanda’s work, like her page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/redwagaonevents

Bespoke personalised hand stamped tags for a wedding celebration

We were recently asked by fabulous stylist Gillian from Crumbs of Comfort to design a vintage influenced personal tag for a wedding celebration in Brisbane.

The brief was elegant, vintage influence, personalised with text from the client. The size was to be petit enough to fit on a small cube like box.

This is what we came up with. Each tag is hand punched, stamped and laced with satin ribbon for a quality result.

Meet the Stylist: Justine from Sensationally Sweet Events

 

 

Whilst Sensationally Sweet Events is a relatively new business venture for Justine, she has been working in events for years (as it turns out, we have crossed paths in our former lives, rather my former life in corporate events, Justine is still holding rank in a fabulous Surfers Paradise Venue). When you see her work, you can see that the years of industry experience has done its due course for establishing a well rounded and very well considered stylist.

I am a huge fan of Justine’s eclectic style. Her work lends to layers of decor, which is executed beautifully in telling the story of the theme. I love that she uses pieces out of context yet it all still seems to fit so perfectly, for example a frame as a platter or jellybeans to line the plates.

I really look forward to seeing more events from Justine and I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did.

Describe your style in five words?

Experimental, instinctive, evolving, eclectic & organised

What has been your favourite theme/event to date?

My favourite party I have styled so far would be the girly bridal shower I styled recently for my friend Zoe. I am the mum of 3 young boys so have not had very much opportunity to “do girly” before. There was lots of pink & florals – heaven!

Where do you look for inspiration?

I get inspiration all over the place, definitely from admiring the work of other stylists on blogs and Facebook (I can get lost on-line for hours at a time jumping from link to link) I have also found inspiration for party props in the strangest places such as taking a morning walk and finding old pieces of fencing or strangely shaped sticks and wondering how I could use those things on an upcoming table. I am a tragic garage sale and op shop enthusiast too – I just can’t walk past the chance to make something new and unexpected out of something old

Name one of your all time favourite event décor elements.

Hard to name just one! I guess I would have to say the humble old wooden crate – I own a few and have used them on quite a lot of my tables, I love them because they are functional in that you can sit things on them or in them, they add height and dimension to the table plus they have character and I guess they just suit my decorating style

What is your number one piece of advice for planning an event?

Be organised! I am the queen of writing lists plus I often have the “bare bones” of multiple tables set up in different areas of my house for several weeks in advance so that I can determine what equipment I am going to use on what table and what else I might need to source (I don’t like leaving things to the last minute – it stresses me out!!)

For more info, visit: http://www.facebook.com/sensationallysweetevents

Photography Credits: Mr and Mrs Smith Photography

Penny Lane Studio, a new place and a new face for Red Elephant Creative


Its been quite a journey that has been taken for me to reach the point that I write this blog post. A tale of true friendship and insomnia dreamt ideas and creations which has allowed me the opportunity to reach this point, a turning point in the blossoming tale of Penny Lane Studio.

Penny Lane is evolving as a place of beautiful celebrations and I am so excited to be updating you about the journey today.

What is Penny Lane Studio?…
The name Penny Lane is the brain child of a very special girlfriend and I. With her encouragement, is is the new place in which I will be evolving my ranges and designs. The name is reflective of my love for vintage, which undoubtedly influences my work and whilst I will still keep my original designs of paper garlands, printed spoons and tags under the red elephant creative name, they will eventually be made available on the Penny Lane site along with a range of other new and exciting pieces when we open our very own online store next year.

The Blog…
The initiation of this website will allow me (as promised to many of you) to start blogging a range of creative tutorials, inspiring parties and continue the event stylist interviews which I started on my other website redelephantcreative.com. For those who have been following us for a while, you may noticed I have also copied over the previous blog posts to our new home, just so we can ensure everyone has access to what we have to share, including the new followers of Penny Lane Studio.

The Products…
When we open our new store next year, we will be bringing to you a silver platter of Printables, handcrafted event decor and stationery, beautiful (and unique) supplies, red elephant creative products and more. Like a good wine takes time to age, bringing all of these pieces to one place will take a little while and so, we are really excited to have you join us from the beginning, as we evolve the website and build our dream as a one stop shop for beautifully handcrafted events.

In the meantime…
We are open for business!! Like our Facebook page to get the absolute latest news Facebook page. I am a very lucky girl. Penny Lane has actually had orders for quite some time now and so, I am already working with amazing creatives and helping them bring to life their vision with our bespoke designs for a range of weddings, birthday and christening celebrations. Contact us via our Facebook page or email us studio{@}pennylanestudio.com.au so see how we can bring YOUR vision to life!

Thank you for stopping by, we look forward to sharing lots of new and beautiful ideas with you really soon!

Nicole xo

Setting the menu for children’s parties: A healthy approach PART 2

 


 

This weeks blog is a follow on from Part One posted last week, where Naturopath Brooke Jenkins gives us the tips on balancing some healthy options onto our children’s party menu. This week, Brooke takes us through the beverage menu, provides tips on serving allergy conscious foods and shares her recipe for a wheat, dairy, egg and sugar free cake!

 PART 2

Drinks

While water may not be the most appealing drink for a birthday party, it really is the most preferable. Try serving water with funny straws or in colourful cups. Add more colour by making ice cubes from carrot or beetroot juice!

An excellent alternative is coconut water. Slightly sweet and very refreshing, kids love the taste of this nourishing drink.

Fruit juices should always be watered down and avoid products with additives, preservatives and added sugar. Also, consider the type of juice, as some children may be sensitive to some fruits like orange or strawberry.

Cordial is another drink option that is best avoided due to its high sugar content and its potential to exacerbate symptoms in asthmatic children. Soft drinks should be completely avoided and are considered inappropriate for children.

Allergy

An important thing to consider when organising your party menu is whether you need to cater for any children with allergies or intolerances. 90% of food reactions are caused by milk, eggs, peanuts, treenuts ,wheat, soy, fish and shellfish and while some of these allergens are easy to avoid, others can be hidden in foods that you may not realise are present.

It is important to communicate with parents to understand what foods need to be avoided. Ask about allergies or dietary requirements on party invitations and discuss menu suggestions with parents. Ask lots of questions, knowing as much information about the allergy can help you to be discreet  and make sure everyone feels included.

Be aware that when preparing allergy free foods that extreme care should be taken not to cross contaminate. Thoroughly wash all utensils, bowls and chopping boards. You may also need to dedicate special plates and cups to avoid cross contamination.

Preparing low allergenic foods is especially challenging, since alternatives are often very processed foods with little nutrient value. Here is a recipe for a birthday cake that is made with natural, wholesome ingredients that everyone can enjoy.

Vanilla and coconut cake (wheat, dairy, egg and sugar free)

1 1/2 cups white spelt flour

1 tsp gluten free baking powder

3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup brown rice syrup

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/4 cup rice milk

1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)

Raspberry icing

1 cup coconut oil, warmed

1/4 cup of raspberry pulp*

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbs sunflower seed butter

  1. Preheat oven to 180° and grease a 20cm (8 inch) round cake pan and line with baking paper
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a medium sized bowl. Add the coconut and stir till combined
  3. In a small bowl, add the vinegar, vanilla, brown rice syrup, coconut and rice milks and coconut oil and mix together. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Pour into prepared cake tin
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 30 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely
  5. To make the icing, blend all ingredients
  6. Cut the cake in half, horizontally using a serrated knife and place base on a cake stand. Spread with half of the icing, top with cake top and spread remaining icing over cake

* to make raspberry pulp, place 3 cups of raspberries into a saucepan and cook down until it is very thick and pulpy. It should reduce down between 1/4 – 2/3 cup.

For more information about Brooke Jenkins, with lots of inspiration for healthy eating for children http://brookejenkins.com/

Photo by red elephant creative, blossom straw printable by Penny Lane Studio

 

 

Inspired event styling: Layers in White


We are 6 days from my youngest first birthday and lets say I am less than organised. It seems that everyones birthday falls in September and I am blessing my lucky stars that business has been crazy busy. The one thing that I have organised is the Cake. When asked what colour I would like the icing, I asked for white….’Wouldn’t you like anything else?’ asked the baker, ‘the white might be a bit plain.’

Truth be told I will be adding other accents of colour in true red elephant style, but the statement did get me thinking…is white plain? Does a white background, with white feature pieces and white accents get totally washed out with, well, white?

This week I bring to you a new feature to the red elephant creative blog of inspired event styling to, well, inspire… this weeks focus is Layers in white and I am sure you will agree, there is no wash out in this beautiful styling, with a balance of contrasting texture combined with natures neutrals, done well white definitely makes the right statement.

photo credits: (from top left) 1. Styling: Merryl Brown Events, photo source: bowtiesandbliss.com 2. Styling: unknown, photo source: harryritchies.com 3. Cake By: The Cakegirls from Chicago, photo source: australiaentertains.com.au  4. Stylist: Amy Atlas, photo source: amorelashes.blogspot.com  5. Styling: Sunday Suppers, photo source: sunday-suppers.com 6. Styling: unknown, photo source: myweddecorations.blogspot.com

Setting the menu for children’s parties: A healthy approach PART 1

I remember when baby number one came into our world, as most Mums do, I laid out plans in my mind for the best start to life, starting with his health. A quick and nimble fellow from the beginning (crawling at 5 months and fast crawler at that), I limited his sugar intake to, well practically nil for the first year of his life.

Fast forward and my friendship formed with Naturopath Brooke Jenkins. Whilst chatting to her about kids parties, I asked the big question, is there a more healthy approach to planning our children’s parties? Of course when she forwarded me this article for the red elephant blog I was blown away at what there is to offer….as for the message, I love that we are still allowed to have our cake and eat it too, by adding or substituting just a few dishes at our parties we can have the traditional sweets and balance it out with a few not so sugary alternatives.

The recipes listed are also great for snacks for your little (and big) ones.

PART ONE

When its time to celebrate, we relax our food rules and enjoy things we don’t usually eat every day. Party foods are often sugary, processed foods with lots of fake colourings and non-food ingredients, but enjoying food at a party doesn’t need to be a fake-food affair. Its easy to prepare and serve a menu of nutrient dense wholefoods that everyone can enjoy.

Here are some exciting and appetising ways to provide nutritious food at your child’s next party!

Something substantial

Dedicating a time for everyone to eat together can be a good way of making sure kids have something substantial before or inbetween all the snacking and party games. Whether you’re having a BBQ or serving some simple sandwiches or salads, this is a good opportunity to introduce some protein, which will keep the kids feeling fuller for longer and not constantly snacking on party food (whether its healthy or not).

–      Sausages, chicken or home made rissoles

–      Sandwiches or wraps: chicken and salad, tuna and avocado or hummus and salad

–      Rice salad: cooked brown rice, tempeh, mixed, diced vegetables and tamari dressing

–      Mixed raw vegetables: tomatoes, cucumbers, zuchinni, celery and carrot sticks

–      Vegetable ‘chips’: cut sweet potato into chips, coat in olive oil and a little salt, bake on a baking tray in the oven at 220° for 40 minutes. Serve with hummus

–      BBQ’d corn on the cob. Serve with butter and parmesan for a delicious side dish

Healthy snack alternatives

–      Colourful fruit platters

–      Fruit skewers can look as fabulous as they taste, but always consider the age of the children before you end up with a bunch of kids running around with sharp sticks!

–      Healthy brownies (see part two next week for a recipe)

–      Pikelets with sugar free jam

–      Rice crackers with hummus

–      Cheese cubes and chopped raw vegetables

Healthy banana ice cream (pictured. This is good, its really good, and toddler approved!)

Blend frozen bananas with a little milk of your choice until a creamy consistency is achieved. You can also add some raw cacao powder to make chocolate ice cream or some frozen strawberries to make strawberry ice cream.

Store your ice cream in the freezer until its time to serve. Allow a few minutes for it to soften and then scoop it into little bowls or ice cream cones for serving.

Ice blocks

You can be as imaginative as you want! There are so many combinations and flavours to experiment with. Here are a few favourites, each flavour makes 6 ice blocks:

Banana coconut

1 banana, cut into chunks

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Blueberry apple

2 cups blueberries

1/3 cup apple juice

1/3 cup coconut water

Watermelon lime

2 cups blended and strained watermelon juice

1 lime, juiced

Cucumber mint

2 cups blended and strained cucumber juice

1/2 cup of chopped mint steeped in 1/2 cup hot water, strained and cooled

1/3 cup coconut water

  1. Place all ingredients for ice blocks in a blender and process til smooth. Add a little water if necessary
  2. Pour into ice block moulds and leave to set overnight (or at least 8 hours)

Stay tuned to the blog for part two next week which includes a great cake recipe and some ideas for party drinks.

For more information about Brooke Jenkins, with lots of inspiration for healthy eating for children http://brookejenkins.com/

Spoons pictured by red elephant creative.