Thursday, 18 October 2012

Love is Sweet

The lovely Tracey and Graham asked me to create a sweet table for their wedding reception which was held at the beautiful and historic Ayers House in Adelaide.  

The table was designed to complement the venue, style, details and colour of the wedding.  Thus, it was vintage inspired with a delicate lace backdrop and risers, strings of pearls, reels of ribbon and pearl and diamante brooches.  A pretty posy of pale pink roses and lilly of the valley gave the table a fresh, yet extra sweet touch.  The colour palette featured chocolate (the colour of the bridesmaid's dresses), cream and pink and hint of gold (the bride wore a pale gold gown).  

Guests filled personalised preserving jars with sweets including toffee and strawberry bon bons, milk chocolate hearts, white lindt balls, ferrero rocher, m&m's, milk bottles, chicos, teeth, musk sticks, marshmallows, lemonade and strawberry jelly beans, dollar musks, pink chocolate beans, licorice and raspberry bullets and gluten free lollies (for guests with specific dietary requirements).

It was such a joy and honour to create this table for Tracey and Graham and I wish them both so much happiness and love in their lives together.

Nicole x

Photography by Mel Boulden

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Ribbons, Roses & Pearls ~ High Tea

Recently, I designed a styled a pretty high tea for my husband's Nan's 90th birthday.It was a very special afternoon with many friends and family joining together (some even travelled from interstate) to celebrate Thora's wonderful milestone.

The theme for the party was ribbon, roses and pearls with a colour scheme of mint green and blush pink. Ribbons were chosen to symbolise Nan's love of sewing and craft, roses to symbolise her favourite flower and pearls to symbolise how special Nan is to everyone.

I created the backdrop, hand stitching lengths of ribbon and strings of pearls.  The lovely flower posies featured pink and white roses and ranunculi.The table featured both savoury and sweet morsels.  

On the savoury menu were a selection of gourmet sandwiches including marinated cucumber sandwiches with creme fraiche, chicken and almond ribbon sandwiches and herbed cream cheese and smoked salmon pinwheels.

Sarah from Vanilla Bean - Cake Design fulfilled my brief for the cake perfectly.  The single tier dark chocolate mud cake was was simple yet elegant. The stunning and delicate sugar rose and pearl detail complimented the theme perfectly.

Other desserts included coconut and pistachio macaroons, vanilla cupcakes, strawberry tartlets, banana caramel tartlets, lemon almond meringue tarts, cream puffs, mini meringues, chocolate dipped strawberries and scones with strawberry conserve and cream. 

It meant a lot to me to be asked to create this table for the Pearson family.  Thank you and happy birthday Thora (Nan) x

Vendor Credits:

Design & Styling:  Sooti & Sweet

Macarons:  The Mac Factory

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Ollie's First Birthday - Woodland Theme

On Mother’s Day this year, my little son Ollie turned one.

I had been planning Ollie’s party for some time.  It meant a lot to my husband, and me to celebrate Ollie’s birthday in a special way. He has brought so much love, laughter and joy to our lives and we wanted to share this with our family and friends. 

Ollie loves being outdoors and also books about animals.  As a baby, he also seemed to receive many toys and books featuring owls.  I decided to combine all of this with a woodland themed party.

Earthy, autumn colours formed the colour palette for the party – mainly red, green, mocha and chocolate brown as well as a hint of yellow, orange and blue. 

My lovely friend Skye from Little Ladies and Little Lads created all of the party printables. The invitation featured woodland critters such as owls, deer and squirrels as well as acorns, toadstools and bunting.  The cupcake toppers, food labels and party favour tags complimented the invitation beautifully.  Skye's designs were perfect and set the scene for the party (thank you so much x)

Our guests firstly lunched on roast chicken, chicken & pine nut and roast vegetable frittatas, pumpkin slice and a selection of salads.

Dessert followed!  The centrepiece of the dessert table was an amazing two tiered banana cake with dark chocolate ganache by Sarah from Vanilla Bean – Cake Design.  The very cute deer and toadstool toppers were made from icing as was the forest trees on the bottom tier.  I adored this cake and Sarah did a fantastic job!  Thank you Sarah x

Other desserts included white chocolate brownies, choc chip cookies, dark chocolate cupcakes, Tim Tam & Mint Slice cookie pops and salted caramel, cherry ripe and maple & pecan macarons.  My personal favourite were the woodland cookies by Spoon and Fork, decorated with fondant icing and hand painted and stamped details.  Just gorgeous! Our little guests loved the strawberry jelly most. I think they really enjoyed the fun way of eating it - from the cute decorated glass pots with stamped wooden teaspoons!

When thirsty, guests filled mini bottles with forest fruit punch from a glass dispenser and sipped it through green and white striped paper straws. The dispenser and bottles were displayed on an old-fashioned style drinks stand that was made by my dad.  We sat up late one night, designing it and it turned out perfectly.  It was decorated with a hessian bunting, sewn together by my beautiful mum. Other drinks included a variety of flavoured mineral waters, served in a wooden barrel.   

Our little guests were kept entertained with pine cone decorating, ball games on the oval adjacent to our home and posing for photos wearing adorable felt woodland animal masks in the photo booth.  My dad especially made the photo booth for Ollie’s party.  Little guests entered through the black curtain at the back of the booth, popped on a mask and struck a pose.  A digital camera was provided to take the snaps.

As a thank you gift for coming to Ollie’s party, all of our guests were invited to fill a kraft paper bag with lollies.  They scooped the lollies including apple, raspberry and lemon bon bons, M&M’s, jellybeans, chicos and raspberries from glass apothecary jars.

Ollie’s little friends also received a mini terrarium (a little glass jar filled with sand, pebbles, moss and a tiny toadstool), which were personalised with the child’s name.

Ollie had a wonderful time and Tom and I felt so happy and lucky – to be blessed with a beautiful child and also friends and family that care for him so much.

Vendor Credits

Design, concept & styling: Sooti & Sweet

Photography: Mel Boulden Photography

Invite, labels, cupcake toppers, name tags (party printables): Little Ladies and Little Lads

Cake & cupcakes: Vanilla Bean – Cake Design

Cookies: Spoon & Fork

Macarons: Maple Jane Macarons 

Brownies: Four Seeds 

Tartlets: Muratti Cakes & Gateaux 

Cookie Pops & Choc Chip Cookies: Sooti & Sweet 

Bunting: ChikkieMoo Designs 

Mini Terrarium Jars: Sweet Style 

Felt animal masks: Maholo