November 29, 2010

Christmas Inspiration


My visual thought process for the Chriastmas table this year.  Am leaning towards a read, white and blue colour scheme and can't wait to start buying supplies and getting crafty.

Oh and PS, I realise there is a rabbit in the images, but replace that with a reindeer and voila!  Christmas :)

November 5, 2010

Caulfield Cup Delights

It was the wettest Caulfield Cup in history, but rain and freezing temperatures aside, it was a fantastic day.  I spent a fair amount of time working on decorations and experimenting with materials but was thrilled with the result - I think it was pretty good for a first effort!  Next project will be the Christmas table, watch this space.















September 29, 2010

Just quickly...

I need to make sure I never forget this photo.  It is so quiet and beautiful.  Inspiration is moments like these.


{image courtesy of saipua}

September 28, 2010

Caulfield Cup Inspirations

It's that joyous time of year when the sun shines a little warmer, the days are a bit longer, the trees are green again and the events scene hots up. The most exciting thing on my calendar at the moment is the Spring Racing Carnival, and with my apartment located minutes from the Caulfield Racecourse, it would seem a crime not to attend the Caulfield Cup.

I'll be having a pre-race event for my friends, just a small group who I will hopefully delight with breakfast goodies whilst there is last minute hair styling and lipstick application.

The colours of the Caulfield Cup logo are purple and gold so I will use these (as well of horse racing of course!) as my theme.

I'm thinking vases of lavender and hydrangeas finished with gold ribbon bows, paper lanterns, exquisite papers, white linen cloths, artificial turf, little horse accessories and a few more details that will make this small and low key event a little bit special.

On the menu we will have banana and choc chip muffins, mini vegetarian quiches, mini bacon and eggs pies, "horse poo" chocolate mud cupcakes, a fresh fruit platter and of course, champagne cocktails.

I will report back after the 16 October to show you how my ideas came to fruition!










        







{Click on the images to go to their source}

September 12, 2010

Candy, sweet candy!

Brace yourselves. How would you feel if I told you that you could get this, right here in Melbourne?






The Candy Buffet is a Melbourne based event catering company with a twist.  They provide a delicious selection of candy treats to compliment your wedding, birthday, corporate event, anywhere you want sweet tasty goodies!  

I recently saw their work at the Cancer Fighting Foundation's Red Ball where they set up an incredible spread of crimson coloured lollies (see picture above). The smell in the room was amazing, I can't even begin to describe the delicious aroma that filled the (extremely large) foyer. 

I can't take my eyes away from how beautiful the design of each buffet is.  The colours, lollies selected  and theme are all specific to your event, making it personalised and unique.  The best thing is every buffet is supplied with take home bags, so guests can not only enjoy the lollies during the event, but will be able to take some home as a reminder of a fantastic event.

Visit The Candy Buffet here or contact them for a quote.  Yum!

September 8, 2010

Swoon!

I would like to introduce you to ... drum roll please ... my brand new and completely gorgeous business cards!


  


Thank you to Stefanie di Russo from Mod Pod Design for such fantastic (and speedy) work!

Girls Night In

The other week I saw an ad on television for the Cancer Council's Daffodil Day that really moved me. The message was that 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer. This statistic is frightening and so I jumped on the Cancer Councils website to see how/what/when/if I could become involved.

Welcome the Girls Night In! Every October the Cancer Council asks women around Australia to host an event, invite their girlfriends, and raise funds for the fight against women's cancers. I've registered to host an event that I'm really enjoying putting together and can't wait to get into the nitty gritty as the date approaches. Here is a breakdown of my thought process to land the perfect idea for my Girls Night In:

Idea 1
Invite girlfriends over for a catchup, some Nintendo Wii and a glass of wine.  Girlfriends donate what they would have spent on a typical night out on the town.
Potential to be raised = $250

This is good, but I can aim higher.

Idea 2
Invite girlfriends, friends of friends and Mums over for some food and drinks.
Potential to be raised = $400

More people means more funds raised, but how am I going to fit all those people into my apartment, and how would I entertain them without spending too much of my own money?

And so Idea 3 was born
Let's not have a girls night in, but a girls night out!

Girlfriends, friends of friends, Mums, Aunties, colleagues and even our male partners in crime (only allowed to attend if they wear pink mind you) will be invited to a night at the movies, drinking wine, eating popcorn and delighting in an entertaining flick.

If it all works out as planned I can raise a total of $1,000 for the Cancer Council.  Yippee!

Let the event planning begin!

August 22, 2010

Thirsty?

I received a pamphlet in the mail the other day, and while I usually pay no attention to advertising material, this one caught my eye.

The Wigs Cellar provide a unique service where they deliver alcoholic beverages cold, to your door.  This would be a great help if you are putting party, dinner, or special event together and don't have the time, energy, or muscles required to cart around cartons of beer or cases of wine.  They also provide ice, glasses, ice tubs and nibbles.  Their prices are fair and not much more than what you would find in the local bottle shop.

So next time you don't have time to stock up before your event, head to the website and check out their selection.  Free delivery in the Melbourne CBD too which makes it a great idea for work events!!

August 10, 2010

Success! An online portfolio

After lots of procrastination and some denial, I have finally managed to create an online portfolio displaying images of all of my events to date. It was an incredibly rewarding thing to do, and I am extremely proud of what I have managed to create.  It was also quite a memorable experience, looking over photos of events gone by and remembering all of the hard work I have put in, and the fantastic shows I put on!  And yes, I am tooting my own horn, but sometimes I think it's necessary :)

So here is a brief preview of just some of the shots that feature in the portfolio.  For a full view, click here



 



Please respect that these images are copyright and do not take or 
copy them from this blog or my portfolio

July 27, 2010

Paper lantern 101

Following my previous post I've had paper lanterns on the brain and have been scouring corners of my apartment to fill with those floaty, colourful balls of paper.  Today I'll share my thoughts with you and give you tips on how to inexpensively decorate your next event.

    

    
{Click on images for their source}

Where to buy
Available from almost anywhere, paper lanterns are seriously cheap.  Ikea sell plain white ones, but also check out Asian markets or two dollar stores as they tend to have a multitude of colours, patterns and sizes.  There is of course also an incredible amount available online and a quick Google search will uncover some handy online stores. 

Arrangement
When decorating, think about how you want the lanterns to hang.  Will they be outside from a tree, patio or marquee, or inside above a dining table?  Depending on where you hang them you will need to consider the arrangement. 

Grouping lanterns together looks fantastic and works best above a table, dance floor, or if you have the space, the entire room!  Be sure to vary the size and height to give a relaxed effect.  Lanterns can even be used to frame a focal point (say, a bride and groom) by stringing them together vertically (tutorial coming soon).  Being so light, they can be hung from the roof with a tack and some fishing line or ribbon. 

When hanging outside from a tree, spread the lanterns out to give little bursts of colour throughout the garden.

To illuminate, or to not illuminate...
You can purchase LED lights to illuminate your lanterns which will spread a warm, soft glow over the space.  This will obviously make the project more expensive than a single paper lantern, but will give a magical effect, especially at night.  You can purchase battery or solar operated LED lights online, or visit your local hardware store.  

July 26, 2010

Inspiration Overload

It's been a few weeks since I've put my head down and written a post, and for the record, it is definitely not due to a lack of inspiration!  I find I am constantly being bombarded with ideas as my eyes feast upon images all over the internet.  I decided to create a new type of post simply titled "inspirations" as that is what they are, so let's not complicate things :)

Hopefully they will stimulate your creative mind as much as they do mine.

{Click on images to be taken to their original destinations}












July 7, 2010

Events and Fashion


The hype of the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF) may be low during winter, but there are still some  events buzzing around in their program.  The one that really caught my eye was Event Marketing: connecting with your customer.

This seminar focuses on events as the new marketing tool (in fashion) and one of the best ways to directly target your customer in a creative, personal and interactive way.  Being an event manager I couldn't agree more and enquired about attending the session but alas, it is held on a Tuesday and full time work prohibits me from attending.

Topics covered will include:

• Brand positioning - what is the right event?
• Engaging with your consumer - a captive audience
• Leverage your sponsorship
• Depth of reach through marketing and communication initiatives
• Working collaboratively with your event partner
• PR value of events

Head
here for more info or email to book a place.  If you do go, I'd love to hear your feedback!

July 1, 2010

Tim Burton - The Exhibition

Last night I went to see the Tim Burton exhibition at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and...wow.

The exhibition, exclusive to Melbourne and direct from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, consists of Burton's back catalog of illustrations, advertisements, costumes and sculptures from movies such as Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sleepy Hollow and more recently, Alice in Wonderland. 

"Curated in direct collaboration with Burton, the exhibition brings together over 700 works, including paintings, drawings, puppets, costumes, storyboards and film. Discover the elements of gothic fantasy, dark humour and motifs that characterise Burton's work as director, concept artist, illustrator and photographer."
{taken from ACMI}

The scale of the exhibition is incredible.  It would have been an massive feat to curate and put the show together, I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when it was all going up.  The exhibition is also complimented by vision and audio from his more famous movies, giving you a complete sensory experience. 

This is a must see event and lucky for you it runs until October 2010.  Head to ACMI for the full program, including movie screenings and workshops, tickets and times.






{Images courtesy of ACMI}

June 29, 2010

The Wonderful World of Cupcakes

I am currently putting together a morning tea for my colleagues to celebrate the organisation's third birthday.  Wanting to do something extra special I thought of jumping on the cupcake bandwagon.  In my research I not only discovered how easy it is to make any event sweet and glamorous, but also discovered a surprising amount of small businesses and decorations dedicated to our sweet teeth right here in Melbourne.  

Most businesses will create custom cupcakes for your event or organisation, and even have online stores to purchase decorations (think edible glitter and images) and supplies so you can bake your own masterpieces at home.  

Here are a couple of my favourites:

Apart from doing beautiful traditional cupcakes for birthdays, weddings and corporate events (your company logo on a cupcake - I like it), they also do cocktail cupcakes - are you kidding me?!

{Image courtesy of Love at First Bite}

Specialises in all things sweet.  Think cookies, chocolates and decorations as well as stencils, wrappers and gifts (for the baker!)

An amazing array of flavours here from cookies and cream to lemon meringue...yum!

Beautifully displayed and decorated and a fantastic array of imaginative flavours.  My favourite has got to be "The Hangover" (cinnamon cupcake injected with mapel syrup, mapel syrup frosting and bacon crumbles).  

Also check out:

And for the ultimate DIY baking treat, how is this for some cupcake sophistication?  Teacupcakes by Fred & Friends.




{Image courtesy of Fred & Friends}


Happy baking!

June 24, 2010

The Owl and the Pussycat

Last night I was a guest at a Melbourne art gallery I had until recently volunteered at for several months. The Owl and the Pussycat in Richmond has been open for nearly a year now, and last night was the director's first solo exhibition, "Some Bodies".  I took my camera with the intention of documenting the event, but it wasn't until I was halfway home that I realised I had been too busy gas bagging to actually take any pictures!  It was a really great night - intreguing artworks, tasty mini pizzas, White Rabbit brews, and a comfortable amount of friendly faces to make you feel welcome.

I suggest you head down there yourselves to check it out, or email the gallery to be added to their mailing list and maybe I'll see you at the next show!

    
{Images courtesy of The Owl and the Pussycat}

June 20, 2010

The perfect desert

Looking for an easy yet professional desert for your next special occasion?  Look no further!  Enjoy!


Banana choc & peanut butter ice cream terrine

{Image courtesy of taste.com.au}

Stationary and pretty paper things

A few months back now I held a small dinner party at my new abode.  Not liking to do anything by halves, I set out to find materials to make menus, place mats, a centerpiece, place cards, etc etc.  I actually found this to be extremely difficult, finding spectacular stationary stores was a challenge, so I thought I'd share with you what I found to help make things a bit easier for you.

Believe it or not, but Lincraft have some amazing and modern products in their craft section. They have an array of scrapbooking paper, adhesives, patterned hole punches, stamps, feathers, etc, etc.

I don't know if I'm lucky or cursed to have a Card & Caboodle right next to my work, but this place is full of the most amazing cards (that I often use to make artworks), paper, embellishments, beautiful napkins and ribbons.  Definitely worth a visit.

Another gem for paper and stationary, with lots of accessories including tapes, glues, pens, as well as japanese paper and a great selection of delicate specialty papers.  Find these guys in Hawthorn.

An online store of happiness.  Go there.

Fantastic for candles, vases, votives, even cheap glasses and crockery if you need to pull together a matching set.  Try to go one evening during the weekend, because on the weekends this places turns into  a living nightmare, screaming children and slow walking couples with trolleys included.

Don't be afraid to shop online, you can find anything on here, and can get a lot of products in bulk saving a ton of money.  Just google the product you are looking for and compare costs.  See if you can source things from Australian sites before going overseas, just to speed up the shipping process (and costs).

The photo doesn't do it justice, but at least gives you an 
idea of what I came up with for a "snow" theme. 

June 17, 2010

Vuvuze-what?!

So the FIFA World Cup is upon us.  It's hard to avoid even if, like me, sport is as fun to watch as an airport departure board.  So tonight I head out into the city to catch Germany vs Serbia and down a few bevies with friends, although tomorrow is the big one, with Australia vs Ghana.  If you want to catch our boys head down to new bar 1000 Pound Bend tomorrow from 8pm for soccer celebrations.


Bring on the vuvuzelas!

{Image courtesy of 1000 Pound Bend}

June 15, 2010

Step one: post something

Welcome.  If you have stumbled across this page I applaud you.  Please stay tuned for more to come, as I learn my way around these interwebs to connect you with some inspiring images, events, products and themes to help you create unforgettable celebrations.