6 Ways to save on your next kids party (and for it to still be fabulous!)

Every fortnight or the past few weeks I have been sharing helpful party planning tips from my dear friend Natty Faulks. Natty is a children’s party entertainer through her company Strawberry Fundaes, and she keeps your children happy at their parties by dressing up as their favourite character. Natalie is a complete expert when it comes to party planning, so here are her top tips for cutting catering costs at your next party…

Kids parties are so much fun! But sometimes we can get carried away with what we think it needs to be and then we blow out the budget. That is where I can help to keep you on track!

Here are my top 6 tips to cut costs on some of the wallet draining items, but still have an awesome party!

1 – Invitations
Create your own or go digital!
You can make your own invitations, at home on various online platforms and then you can either print at home or save as a jpeg or PDF and email out. My go to sites for this are Canva or Greetings Island. They look great too!

2 – Decorations
Firstly… Less is more! The most simple of decorations can look fab. Eg – a whole wall of single balloons stuck down makes a great backdrop and only costs around $5 tops! Also, I highly recommend choosing a colour theme to decorate with instead of using licensed product. Eg – Instead of using Frozen branded cups, plates and balloons, just stick to generic blues and whites and silver. You will save a stack of $$$ right there but it will still look really effective!

3 – Party at the park or at home
Venues can cost a bomb, so unless you really want to factor them into the budget, go for the free options – the park or at home. Just remember that wherever you choose to hold your party to always have a wet weather plan.

4 – Free online party printables
I have used this option many times. Simply google ‘free online party printables’ and there are heaps of options. You can download and print at home birthday signage, cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, name tags, favour bag tags and more!

5 – Ditch the party bag
To be honest, I am not a fan of party bags. Lots of parents are not that keen on lollies these days (And it can get sketchy with allergies etc.) and I also find lots of party bag fillers really are just rubbish or choking hazards. And the average bag costs a min $5 filled. So my alternatives are – Bubble wands with a thank you tag or sticker (Wands are 75c at Kmart), Balloons on a stick (These can double as decorations at first and then the kids take home), keep cups (Buy $1 glass jars with straws and the kids take those home) Lucky dip gift wrapped in blue or pink tissue paper ( wrap random boys and girls stuff like rubber snakes, matchbox cars , lip gloss, bath bombs. These are all individually cheaper than a lolly bag.) Take home cupcakes.

6 – Cake Hack! (Or make your own)
I am terrible at making cakes so if I can’t afford to outsource one, I buy two mud cakes from Coles or Woolworths (Around $4 each) stack them on top of each other and then cover them both with butter cream (You can even just buy a tub of Betty Crocker Icing if you really are time poor!). Set in the fridge and then decorate with themed figurines or flowers! Super easy!

1 – Invitations
Create your own or go digital!
You can make your own invitations, at home on various online platforms and then you can either print at home or save as a jpeg or PDF and email out. My go to sites for this are Canva or Greetings Island. They look great too!

2 – Decorations
Firstly… Less is more! The most simple of decorations can look fab. Eg – a whole wall of single balloons stuck down makes a great backdrop and only costs around $5 tops! Also, I highly recommend choosing a colour theme to decorate with instead of using licensed product. Eg – Instead of using Frozen branded cups, plates and balloons, just stick to generic blues and whites and silver. You will save a stack of $$$ right there but it will still look really effective!

3 – Party at the park or at home
Venues can cost a bomb, so unless you really want to factor them into the budget, go for the free options – the park or at home. Just remember that wherever you choose to hold your party to always have a wet weather plan.

4 – Free online party printables
I have used this option many times. Simply google ‘free online party printables’ and there are heaps of options. You can download and print at home birthday signage, cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, name tags, favour bag tags and more!

5 – Ditch the party bag
To be honest, I am not a fan of party bags. Lots of parents are not that keen on lollies these days (And it can get sketchy with allergies etc.) and I also find lots of party bag fillers really are just rubbish or choking hazards. And the average bag costs a min $5 filled. So my alternatives are – Bubble wands with a thank you tag or sticker (Wands are 75c at Kmart), Balloons on a stick (These can double as decorations at first and then the kids take home), keep cups (Buy $1 glass jars with straws and the kids take those home) Lucky dip gift wrapped in blue or pink tissue paper ( wrap random boys and girls stuff like rubber snakes, matchbox cars , lip gloss, bath bombs. These are all individually cheaper than a lolly bag.) Take home cupcakes.

6 – Cake Hack! (Or make your own)
I am terrible at making cakes so if I can’t afford to outsource one, I buy two mud cakes from Coles or Woolworths (Around $4 each) stack them on top of each other and then cover them both with butter cream (You can even just buy a tub of Betty Crocker Icing if you really are time poor!). Set in the fridge and then decorate with themed figurines or flowers! Super easy!

 

A huge thank you to Natty for these incredibly useful tips!

You can find more information on Natty’s packages here.
Explore her beautiful Instagram account here.

Lots of Love!

 

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5 ways to cut the catering costs of your next kids party…

A couple of weeks ago I shared a guest blog post from a gorgeous friend of mine which had an incredible response, so I decided to get her back to share more of her party planning wisdom! You remember, my party planning expert Natty Faulkner! Natty is a children’s party entertainer through her company Strawberry Fundaes. She keeps your children happy at their parties by dressing up as their favourite character. Natalie has been to more than her fair share of children’s parties, in fact she’s been to hundreds! So here are her top tips for cutting catering costs at your next party…

Something I also see a lot at kids parties is over catering and food wastage!
Kids generally don’t eat much at parties. They are busy running around playing games and are very distracted. So… Here are my top 5 tips to help you cut back on your party catering costs and waste.

1 – PARTY LUNCH BOX
This is seriously my all – time favourite! Individually portion each lunch box (cardboard or paper bag made in advance) and then encourage all the kids to sit down to eat together. It helps to create a moment of peace and gives structure to your party.

Here is a list of food I use in my party lunch boxes
1 x Sandwich – (Or a wrap or sushi)
I often use cookie cutters to make the sandwich a fun shape.
1 x cheese stick.
1 x popcorn cup or pretzels/crackers.
1 x cupcake ( or jelly cup or cookie, muffin etc)
1 x fruit cup or fruit stick

2 – JUGS, JUGS, JUGS
Serving drinks in jugs or drink dispensers is much more cost effective than the individual juice or cordial packs. I use paper cups or keep cups that can be an alternative favour to take home.

3 – THE 4 PLATTER RULE
Have you heard the 4 platter rule? Well, I made it up! It keeps you on track and on budget. This is how it works…
Platter 1 – Fruit – You can make it look as pretty as you like. Don’t buy too much fruit though. Kids will only eat an average of 3- 4 pieces each. (also don’t use banana as it goes brown)
Platter 2 – Sweets and chips – Think fairy bread, jelly cups, chips, pretzels, popcorn, lollies, crackers, cheese. Only choose 3 things on this list. You definitely don’t need to serve all! (Remember we are saving money)
Platter 3 – Main food – This platter can have sausage rolls, pies, pizza, sandwiches, sushi, bbq sausages on bread, mini hamburgers, fried rice in cups, nuggets and chips, etc. Only choose 1 type of ‘main food’ to be served on this platter.
Platter 4 – Cake! – Cake and cupcakes are your final serving of food at the party.

4 – ADULTS, SHMADULTS…
I am sure most mums and dads will agree that when we attend children’s parties, we don’t expect to be fed. (Obviously this is a different story if you have been invited to a family event.) There is no need to create a whole menu for the adults. Most mums and dads will usually pick from the kids platters anyway!

5 – KEEP IT SIMPLE
At the end of the day, a small table of snacks followed by a main serve and end with cake will do the trick. Choose foods that are filling and then you won’t need as many snacks (which add up the $$ and get wasted the most). And remember… the food doesn’t have to look like a 5 star Pinterest party! Kids will not notice!

A huge thank you to Natty for these incredibly useful tips!
You can find more information on Natty’s packages here.
Explore her beautiful Instagram account here.

Lots of Love!

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5 Common Mistakes Made When Planning a Party (and How to Avoid Them)

Parties are so much fun right!?  But planning them can be super stressful.  So for this blog post I needed to call in a party expert Natty Faulkner who really knows how to party!  Natty is a children’s party entertainer through her company Strawberry Fundaes.  On weekends you will find her glammed up and dress up as anyone from Snow White to Moana, and all the children’s favourites in-between.  Natalie has been to more than her fair share of children’s parties, in fact she’s been to hundreds!  So here are her top tips for avoiding common party mistakes…

Common mistake #1 – Planning an outdoor party with no back up plan.
This is the most common party mistake I see!  Parties in the park are a great idea… Until it rains.  I highly recommend looking at the weekly forecast before and always have a back- up plan.  Your back up location could either be at your house, a friends garage or their home (if they have the space and are willing), or perhaps you could set up a marquee for shelter, use the local church or YMCA / community hall or even sporting club. Have that back up plan sussed out well before the party.   Note – Some parks actually have huge rotundas you can reserve through local council which means you can still host your party in the park, rain, hail or shine!

Common mistake #2 – Planning a party on a national holiday or event without realising.
Before you set the exact date of the party, consult with your calendar to ensure that chosen date does not fall on holiday weekends and school breaks.  Celebrating two occasions can be fun sometimes, but when those days are meant to be spent in a tight-knit family circle, it is silly to expect your child’s school friends to want to attend a big bash party on a date they might want to be with their family.

Common mistake #3 – Over Catering Food
This is easy to do.  I recommend collecting RSVP’s to have a clear estimate on how many guests are attending.  And remember kids don’t eat a whole lot in the time frame they are at a party. A good party time frame is about 2 hour maximum for little ones and they get so over whelmed and distracted with playing or being entertained that they often only pick at the food.  Pick just a few food options and make them easy to eat. Or create little ‘snack packs’ to encourage kids to sit down and each their own individual portions ( this is great for less mess too! )

Common mistake #4 – Planning a party time during nap time
If your child has a nap at midday, don’t force a party time then because it suits your mum/ grandma/ uncle/ cousin. Or if you do, expect to have one cranky child!  Everyone’s nap times are different, but your child is the one being celebrated so try your best to accommodate. Even if it means attempting to pop them down earlier than usual.

Common mistake #5 – Failing to have any activities for kids
Not everyone has the budget to hire an entertainer, so here are my quick and easy options to keep the kids busy at your next party.  Colouring in sheets, pencils and stickers, craft station, Hoola Hoops, Dancing, singing, cupcake decorating, old fashioned party games or water play.

A huge thank you to Natty for these incredibly useful tips!

You can find more information on Natty’s packages here.
Explore her beautiful Instagram account here.

Lots of Love!

 

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‘Into the Woods’ Themed Baby Shower

“If you go down the woods today you’re in for a big surprise…”  Ari’s ‘Into the Woods’ (Woodland) themed baby shower was almost three years ago now so it’s been a challenge to piece this blog post together, because Mum brain! Woodlands is such a great theme that can be used for so many different occasions!  How amazing are baby showers?!?  Friends and family coming together to celebrate love, friendship and a new life!  So here’s some inspiration for Mamas and Mamas to be…

Location/Theme Background
I am a real girly girl, so even though I knew I was baking a baby boy I wanted to keep the theme gender neutral to reflect both of us.  Woodland can be taken in so many different directions but I wanted to keep it earthy, pretty and light, for a formal sit-down lunch at my Mother’s house.  We hired tables and chairs from a local party hire company who dropped off and picked up making the set up a lot easier.

Invitations
“If you go down the woods today you’re in for a big surprise…”  The invitations for this baby shower were probably the most detailed that I have put together.   I had a lovely friend help me design and print them.  The actual invite was printed and cut then rolled into a scroll and tied with a piece of blue ribbon.  We then placed it into a clear package which was stuffed with fake moss purchased on Ebay.   The clear package was then pulled together with twine and tagged up with a pretty golden leaf.  Most of the packaging and decorative details were purchased from Kmart.  In the write up we included details of the party, my baby shower registry and a note asking people to bring a new/used book instead of a card.  The book idea was fantastic and we now have a whole library selection of beautiful reads.  My guests wrote well wishes to the Ari in the front of their book which I now read to him at night.

Decorations
Being that I was having a formal sit-down lunch, we set up long tables on my Mother’s veranda, she has a stunning view so it was the perfect spot.  I used cheap calico material to create table cloths which I still use now.  The centrepieces where DIY, made from cut tree stumps and long twigs.  I set the twigs into the stumps to create a small tree then hot glue gunned fake flowers to them.   The bases of the tree like centrepieces were then decorated with fake moss, feathers, more fake florals and pine cones that I had collected.  I purchased real flowers the day before the party and scattered the tables with them and placed arrangements in vases.  Fresh fruit also made for cheap but in theme decorations.  Being that the party was a few weeks after Easter I was also to pick up a lot of woodlands style animal ornaments in the sales.  All the plates, napkins and cutlery were deposable to make clean up simple.

Floral Crown Station
We set up the most divine station where guests could make their own floral crown to wear on the day and take home.  I purchased inexpensive blooms from a local florist and places them in pretty buckets, (if you arrange this in advance they can often get cheap ones from their wholesale markets.)  All the wire, cutters, ribbon etc were bought online.  One of my friends is an expert floral crown maker and could help give the girls guidance on the best way to make theirs look beautiful.  The biggest cost of the station was in the flowers but it was so worth it, making for a fun activity and gorgeous photos.

Party Favours
I love giving my guests something to take home as a thank you and this time I found the perfect green candles at Kmart for only $1!  The little ones weren’t forgotten either and each one went home with a personally selected gift (just from Kmart!)

The Food & Drinks
My family loves food and we decided on a sit-down buffet style lunch.  There were so many options but some of my personal favourites were the chicken and leek pies (pre- vegetarian life,) pumpkin frittata, the huge selection of salads and of course the sweets!

No party is complete without cake!  The Cupcake Teahouse made the sweetest Woodland inspired creation with sweet little animals and toadstools.  I opted for a chocolate mud cake which was gluten free so that it would suit all dietary requirements needed.

A mimosa drinks station was set up to keep everyone refreshed.  Guests could make their own champagne cocktail with bubbles, juices and fresh fruits.

Games
Call me cheesy but I love baby shower games, they really help to make a party feel like a baby shower!  We did all the regulars like guess how big the bump is using a piece of string and we got into teams to make a diaper out of toilet paper.  My favourite was when we split into teams of two where one person was blind folded and had to feed the other baby food!

Opening Gifts
Now this seems to be a controversial subject and less and less people are opening their gifts at the actual shower.  In my opinion do it!  Opening pressies only adds to the happy baby shower vibes. Plus everyone wants to see you open their gift and gush over teeny tiny baby clothes.

TOP TIPS FOR BABY SHOWER PLANNING

  1. Hold the shower at someone’s house if possible it’s so much cosier and practical for young children attending.
  2. Nominate a friend or family member to keep track of the RSVPs.
  3. Ask for a book instead of a card they are much more useful.
  4. If you are doing the catering yourself give family members a platter to fill.
  5. Set up decorations the day prior if possible and say yes to help.
  6. Delegate tasks in advance instead of leaving it to the day, including someone in charge of taking photos (even on their Iphone,) someone to organise the games and assist with gift unwrapping. 
  7. Before you go buying any decorations check your house for items that will suit your theme.
  • Don’t work too hard Mama.
  1. Ask a friend to make a music play list for the day.  Mine featured a mish mash of songs with the word ‘baby’ in them.
  2. Choose a theme that suits DIY projects to save money.  
  3. Keep a budget and stick to it.
  4. Make your own table cloths that can be used for years to come.  
  5. This could possibly the last party that will be thrown for you in a while so put your feet up and enjoy yourself!

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AND NOW FOR THE SPAM!

 Photography – http://www.nicolahollandphotography.com.au/

*Disclaimer: At times this website contains posts where items and experiences have been sponsored, gifted or blog posts have been paid for in return for advertisement/promotion.  Where this applies it will be clearly stated at the bottom of the blog post. Natalie Sullivan and www.thissweetlofeofmine.blog only endorses brands/items that her family uses, loves and highly recommends. To read the full disclaimer see here

Chloe’s Rose Gold Cake Smash

Oh how I love a good cake smash!

The inspiration behind Chloe’s smash came from a friend of mine. She thought that natural toned styling would perfectly compliment Chloe’s fair hair and big blue eyes… oh boy was she right! I loved the idea so I set to work finding the perfect pieces and people to bring this vision together.

Little Lotus Photography captured our beautiful images. Shelley has a gorgeous studio at her house located on the Sunshine Coast where we live.  She had all the props that I was looking for including light timber look flooring, a white cake stand and four claw bath… she also had all the tricks to get those oh so rare smiles out of Miss Coco.

Penny’s Pieces custom made Chloe’s gorgeous suit. I sent Alison an image of the sort of thing I was looking for including my picks for fabric and she came up with the sweetest neutral piece. The quality of the suit was just breathtaking and its definitely one that I will be keeping in her baby box (maybe even my grandchildren could wear it oneday!)

Chloe’s absolutely stunning floral crown was handmade by Shabby & Sweet. I so adore this small business, which is located in Tasmania, and I have formed a beautiful friendship with it’s Mama owner. I sent in my colour palette, then not one but three crowns were produced for me to choose from! I fell in love this particular one due to it’s blend of pink and apricot tones.

Our beautiful cake topper was from Xoxo Design. We used their ‘One’ in a natural timber finish which I absolutely loved. It was a tough choice because they have such a huge array of toppers but this one worked out perfectly. The totally delicious cake was made by a lovely Mama friend (if you are on the coast and need a cake lady let me know!)

I supplied my own balloons for the smash and of course I went to Parties Made Pretty to find them. They recommend their set collection of rose gold balloons called ‘All That Glitters Range – Rose Coloured Glasses.’ Parties Made Pretty are my go to for all things parties, their website is full of all the latest party decor.

Chloe and I had a great day shooting her smash together and I had a lot of fun styling it. I think this one goes down in history as our best Mummy Daughter day to date!

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SUPPLIER RECAP
PHOTOGRAPHER – http://www.littlelotusphotography.com.au/
OUTFIT – https://pennys-pieces-oz.myshopify.com/
FLORAL CROWN – https://www.shabbyandsweet.com.au/
CAKE TOPPER – http://www.xoxodesign.com.au/
BALLOONS – https://www.partiesmadepretty.com.au/

*Disclaimer: At times this website contains posts where items and experiences have been sponsored, gifted or blog posts have been paid for in return for advertisement/promotion.  Where this applies it will be clearly stated at the bottom of the blog post. Natalie Sullivan and www.thissweetlofeofmine.blog only endorses brands/items that her family uses, loves and highly recommends. To read the full disclaimer see here

Chloe Turns One… Flamingo Pool Party

So it has been a whole year since Miss Chloe was born and we wanted to celebrate her birthday in a big way!  We settled on a flamingo themed pool party with 38 adults, 21 children, sweet treats, a pool full of inflatables, and a whole lot of fun…  Let’s Flamingle!!

Location
The rental which we are currently living in has a decent sized pool so it made for the perfect location. We left all of our furniture in their usual place but set up a white gazebo to house the food tables.  Being that the party was at home I was able to set up most things up the night before when the babies were in bed and then really enjoy the morning with them.

Invitations
Jess from Little J Design creates all of our invitations, I simply tell her our party theme and she always comes back with something incredible.  The invitations are then sent to my door with envelopes provided so no running around for Mama! For this party we went with tropical florals, gold and of course flamingos.

Decorations
You can’t go wrong with a Flamingo theme… and I had an absolutely ball putting the party decorations together!  You can pick up tropical pieces from pretty much anywhere at the moment, but the best place I found for those statement items was Parties Made Pretty.  Their website has the most incredible selection of party decorations, and it is all saved under themed tabs so that made my selections super easy.  I chose an assortment of balloons (three giant balloons, a flamingo and a large 1) and their Mumbo Streamer Set which I set up as a back drop for the cake table.  Big W are my go to for blowing up balloons I had them add gold tassel to the large orb balloons for extra sparkle.  I then found a lot of cheap bits and pieces from Kmart which I added to the tables, my favourite finds were some flamingo shaped fairy lights.  I hollowed out pineapples and added fresh blooms from Aldi (thanks for the idea Pinterest!)  Zoe’s Pic n Pieces created a custom 1 artwork piece which I framed and will now keep in Chloe’s room, and I also framed a gorgeous picture from her cake smash (photographed by Little Lotus Photography.)  To decorate the gazebo I visited my local Dollar Store and picked up some fake flowers and foliage then wired them together to create something special to hang from the roof.

Food
I like to do as minimal cooking on the day as possible so decided on mainly cold dishes.  To lighten the load I also gave a platter plate to my Mother, Mother in Law and Sister in Law to fill.  The menu consisted of quiche, fritters, sushi, chopped vegetables and dip.  I put popcorn, chips and pretzels in little cups for the busy children to grab, and I heated up sausage rolls and mini quiches.  Sweets treats were rocky road slice, chocolate covered marsh mellows on sticks, cupcakes, fruit cups (because you have balance right?) and of course the birthday cake!

Cake
Oh my gosh… so I had so many compliments about the look and taste of this cake!!  Ang’s Cakes made an absolute masterpiece consisting of alternating layers of chocolate and white chocolate with a raspberry filling.  It was fully  iced and a pink drip was added to the side.  Ang arranged fresh blooms on the top and added our flamingo cake topper which was from Parties Made Pretty.  Pretty, pink, perfection!  Ang also made two dozen delicious cupcakes with a pink butter frosting and topped them with pink flamingo cut outs which I had purchased on Ebay.  The flavours were Nutella and vanilla passionfruit/pineapple… yummo!

Tableware
Most of the tableware was purchased from ether Kmart, Ebay or cheap shops.   I went for as much flamingo stuff as I could find… plates, straws, toothpicks used as decorations, serviettes and paper cups used as popcorn bowls for the children.  You can’t go past cheap shops to keep your budget down. I dressed up the table with gold sequin material which covered my cheap calico table cloths that I made years ago.

Party Favours
For the kiddies party bags I hit my local Big W were you can buy bags full of little goodies perfect for this!  The children went home with a mix of lollies, slinkys, toy cars, mini skateboards, plastic bracelets, bouncy balls and a little water gun.

Keepsake
I wanted to have a special keepsake for Chloe’s baby box so decided on a finger print memento.  Zoe’s Pics n Pieces designed and hand drew a gorgeous piece which I had at the entry of the party for guests to mark their finger print using ink.

Chloe’s Outfit
I purchased the most perfect Flamingo swimwear from Cheeky Chickadee Store and it even came with a gorgeous matching headband!

Photographer
Nicola Holland Photography is a beautiful friend to our family and captures all of our most special occasions.  I think it is so important to have an additional person on hand to take photos of these important days.

Supplier recap:
INVITATIONS – https://www.littlejdesign.com/
BULK OF THE DECORATIONS – https://www.partiesmadepretty.com.au/
PARTY BAGS & MISC DECORATION – mix of Big W, Kmart & cheap shops
CAKE & CUPCAKES – https://www.instagram.com/angescakes/
CAKE TOPPER – https://www.partiesmadepretty.com.au/
ARTWORK & KEEPSAKE – https://www.instagram.com/zoes_pics_n_pieces/
PHOTOGRAPHER – https://www.partiesmadepretty.com.au/


TOP TIPS FOR PLANNING A STRESS FREE CHILDREN’S PARTY

  1. If you are doing the catering yourself give family members a platter to fill.
  2. Set up decorations the day prior if possible.
  3. If someone offers their help say yes.
  4. Deligate tasks in advance instead of leaving it to the day, including someone in charge of taking photos (even on their Iphone.) 
  5. Before to go buying anything check your house for items that will suit your theme.
  6. Shop around for decorations.  Find your key statement pieces and then fill in the rest with bits and pieces from cheap shops.
  7. Be budget wary.  You don’t want to break the bank and regret it later… nothing but happy memories oft his day please.
  8. Make your own table cloths which can be used for years by cutting calico or other cheap material.
  9. Children’s birthdays aren’t just for the kids… you are also celebrating the fact that you have just survived another year of parenting.. make sure you enjoy yourself as well.
  10. Take a few minutes to stop and soak in this special day!

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AND NOW FOR THE SPAM!

*Disclaimer: At times this website contains posts where items and experiences have been sponsored, gifted or blog posts have been paid for in return for advertisement/promotion.  Where this applies it will be clearly stated at the bottom of the blog post. Natalie Sullivan and www.thissweetlofeofmine.blog only endorses brands/items that her family uses, loves and highly recommends. To read the full disclaimer see here

 

Ari’s Cake Smash

At the end of January we will celebrate our little Chloe’s 1st birthday, with a flamingo themed pool party.  Before that we will be giving her a very special cake smash photoshoot that I can’t wait to share!

At times it feels like only yesterday that we were rugged up in the hinterland for Ari’s 1st birthday smash.  I have been thinking about that day a lot lately, it is still one of my favourite shoots.  I baked the cake myself, and we decided to make the afternoon a family affair.  Here’s a look at the photos which were taken just over two and half years ago when I was secretly pregnant with his sister…

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Photos – Nicole Holland Photography – http://www.nicolahollandphotography.com.au/

*Disclaimer: At times this website contains posts where items and experiences have been sponsored, gifted or blog posts have been paid for in return for advertisement/promotion.  Where this applies it will be clearly stated at the bottom of the blog post. Natalie Sullivan and www.thissweetlofeofmine.blog only endorses brands/items that her family uses, loves and highly recommends. To read the full disclaimer see here