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{Client Event Feature} Mick & Holly’s Vintage Wedding

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Last year I received a phone call from one of my favourite clients, Melissa from The Sweet Society in Melbourne. It was on the eve of breathing life into my new brand Penny Lane Studio. ‘I have a brief for vintage wedding. Nothing too flowery. I am thinking Navy, Doilies and Burlap’. Together we went to work on seeking inspiration.

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As the creative unfolded, I found light when I hand died some imported French Lace paper doilies. The Navy dye picked up the detail in the doilies beautifully. They were adhered to kraft bags and embellished with kraft discs stamped with the bride and grooms name. The detail was finished with ribbon. To this day, nearly 12 months later, this will still remain my favourite design.

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In lieu of a cake the Bride and Groom decided to go with a Cheese Tower. We decided to go with a Cake Bunting. I hand painted their names onto a kraft flags in white guache. The table was finished with a kraft heart garland, also designed especially for the wedding.

For the antipasto bar, I hand stamped some timber spoons with a Navy Lace design. From vintage napkins a bunting was born.

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Melissa’s styling was reflective of an organic natural approach. She accented the styling with elegant lace, stunning florals and a touch of ribbon to ensure the feeling of a ‘special celebration’ was still felt throughout the room. Use of white cake stands and frames tied the styling in with the modern italian brasserie which the wedding took place.

Gorgeous details including Olive Oil as gifts for the guests, a photo booth and kraft paper and twine for the guests to wrap posy’s on their departure ticked the boxes for a well considered and beautifully executed event.

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More about this wedding can be seen in Kiss The Bride Magazine.

Vendors credits:

Styling and Candy Buffet: The Sweet Society
Favor Bags, Kraft Heart Garland, Cake Bunting, Vintage Bunting, Stamped Spoons: Penny Lane Studio
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hotography: Casamento Photography
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aperie: Green Beansie Ink

{Client Feature Event} Fletchers Splash Pool Party

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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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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 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.

When opportunity takes you to a place unknown

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This morning a rare moment unfolded where I had the opportunity to go to my favorite dawn yoga class. So I Rugged up and met the misty drizzle of a mountains morning to find the studio….empty and dark – school holidays!
Back in the car I decided not to let the opportunity for some quiet time pass me by and headed to my favorite place to go, sans kids.
If your a fan of our Facebook page, you’ll know that new things are happening for red elephant creative. We are teaming up with one of my most respected creatives (and longest friends), the person who made red elephant happen for me. We have more than just one project in the pipeline, and whilst this opportunity is leaving me with less than a winks sleep, I couldn’t be happier.
I am being challenged creatively, and this makes me happy, it grounds me in the oddest ways. Just like this morning, whilst we have plans on paper now, I am really not sure where all these ideas will take us in 12 months, 2, 5 or 10 years time…but I do know in my heart it will be a place that dreams are made of…that’s what you get when you team two very determined strong minded creatives with the utmost respect for each other, balanced perfectly in skill and temperament (she doesn’t have half the potty mouth I do)!
But wait! This doesn’t mean curtains at all for red elephant creative, instead it means bigger and better opportunities for our products and more importantly our customers, say tuned people…your gonna LOVE it!!