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Tutti Frutti Kids Birthday Party

When the super talent Sugar Coated Mama decided to plan a birthday party for her (cute-as-can-be) daughter, we knew were were in for a treat. And were weren’t disappointed. Every sweet image from Redmoose Photography paints the picture of one of brightest, happiest birthday soirees we ever did see, and there is even more fun waiting for you here.

I love summer and pool parties and juicy fruit and yummy gelato, so creating a theme for my beautiful client Mira’s 8th birthday party was easy peasy – “TUTTI FRUTTI POOL PARTY” BABY! Summer is one big smiling face, a season devoted to good times with people you love. This party takes me back to fun as a little girl and the excitement of swimming in the warm sun and squelching on watermelon and playing fun party games by the pool, just love it. Mira’s favourite fruit is pineapple, so this was the main fruit featured across the party. I particularly love the real mini pineapples we painted for the girls drinking cups as well as the pineapples to house the gelato. Other pineapple beauties included the pineapple cake pops, cupcakes, lollies and even mini chocolate pineapples on the cake which was topped off with a real pineapple head. It was a pineapple lovers paradise, beautifully photographed by Redmoose Photography.

First things first – the colour palette. Party girl Mira loves bright colours, so we created a vibrant palette for the invites and printables that carried through to the whole party – pinks, orange, yellow and green. It’s such a happy colour combo and guests couldn’t help but smile when they walked into the party!

The main feature of any party I style is of course the dessert table, where all the yumminess resides! For this dessert table I wanted to really bring out the yellow of the pineapple and the accent of pink for the watermelon. The trestle table, which is a door from Bunnings, was painted in a gorgeous bright yellow with trestle legs from Ikea in a pop of pretty pink for a yummy contrast. Sarah from Style Me Gorgeous created a simple yet perfectly summery backdrop to compliment the vibrant desserts and stunning cake by Get Frosted.

Another favourite summer treat is Gelato, so we created a super fun poolside Gelato stand with bright honeycomb ball decorations and gelato served in real pineapples.The super cute sweets cart which we hired from Bits and Parties completed the Gelato Bar vision!

The girls were all seated on long white trestle tables with white wooden chairs to keep the room clean and bright. A pop of colour was added with pink and white striped plates, yellow and pink pineapple drink cups which had their name hanging from a cute swing tag, bright orange ceramic pineapple and beautiful fresh flowers with cut lemons in the vase to bring in the “Tutti Frutti” theme.

To entertain the 20 tweens, we created a cupcake decorating station, nail salon station and then played crowd favourite pass the parcel with fun fruit quizzes at each unwrapping, bobbing for apples, balloon pop game, and set up a photobooth with giant balloons and fruit props. Then of course there was the Gelato station and the sparkling plunge pool to indulge in!

As well as a candy station to fill up their party bags, the girls received a cute thank you gift with a porcelain pineapple light from Typo, some fruity lipgloss and strawberry bath bomb pack. The girls were squealing with excitement…

Photography: Redmoose Photography | Flowers: Belflora | Cake Pops: Amanicci Creations | Cake, Cupcakes, Pineapple Chocolates, Jelly Cups, White Choc Mou: Get Frosted | Cookies On Sticks & Cookie Toppers: Crumb | Giant Balloon: Balloonaway | Graphic Design, Printables, Backdrop: Style Me Gorgeous | Pineapple Shaped Drink Dispensers: Leo & Bella | Styling, Flower Design, Goodie Bags, Cupcake Decorating Fun, Fru: Sugar Coated Mama | Sweet Cart: Bits & Parties | Table Runner, Striped Balloons, Jelly Beans, Rock Candy Sticks, : Little Big Company | White Trestle Tables, Wooden Chairs + Yellow Outdoor Chairs: The Wedding Designer

How To: Almond Milk

Making your own almond milk is actually really simple. All you need is a little prep time and an open mind! We added some natural sweeteners to make it a little tastier because it definitely tastes like almonds! But its not a necessity. This is a great option for those that need dairy free ideas. I use it for my morning cereal (and coffee!) and it’s great for baking and cooking too! xoxo, Irrelephant

Raw Almond Milk
prep time
8 Hour/s 30 Minute/s
cook time
total time
8 Hour/s 30 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 1 Cup of organic almonds
  • 6 Cups of filtered water
  • 1 Tablespoon of RAW or organic honey (or less)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Organic Vanilla
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Celtic Sea Salt
  • Cheese cloth/metal strainer
  • Blender
  1. Soak the almonds overnight or at least for 8 hours in salt water
  2. Remove the almond husks by pinching the almonds to remove the skins. You may remove or leave the husks and use a strainer/nut milk bag to separate the pulp after blending.
  3. Put all the ingredients in a high speed blender at the same time. Blend well. (I used a vitamix)
  4. Strain the almond pulp through a cheesecloth and also through a metal strainer if you want a very thin consistency. You may have to do a few times to get all the milk out! Also, you can save the exes for other things like baking or even a body scrub!
  5. Pour the milk into an airtight container and it will save for 3 days.
  6. This recipe will yield 4 pints of RAW almond milk. You can double or half the ingredients to suit your fancy. Milk is good for 3 days.

Joanna & Molly

Contributing Editor: Lifestyle
A Trip Through France on Film

I wish I could express how much I love Melanie Gabrielle for sending this gorgeous walk through France with us, but I’m just so awe-struck by each breathtaking image words have escaped me. As someone who would pack up and move to France at a moments notice, this gallery has given me serious motivation to make that move tomorrow, or at the very least, frame each of these stunning works of art for myself.

I love to travel. It’s a longing deep in my soul. and Europe has a special place in my heart since my family is from there; in fact, my mom still has family living throughout France. Normandy is one of my favorite places in France. It’s quiet, there are chateaus everywhere, and the people are some of the sweetest you’ll ever meet! The south of France is where my heart is though. The lavender, the olive trees, the stone buildings with beautiful blue shutters, the cobblestone streets… it’s heaven on earth.

Last may, I attended the Sylvie Gil Workshop in Normandy and decided to take my soon-to-be husband with me and do a little traveling before and after the workshop as a sort of “pre-honeymoon” trip since our wedding was only 6 weeks away! (ps. taking the train is THE way to travel around europe! It’s not too expensive, easy to navigate, and takes you almost anywhere you need to go!)

We started in the South of France, and had the most amazing time walking the streets of Grignan. We then made our way to Normandy where we visited Mont St. Michel (one of my favorite places on earth) and spent some time at Chateau le Val and Bruce Chateau for the workshop.

After the workshop was over we headed to Paris to spend the last few days exploring the city of love. We stayed at the Hotel Splendid and highly recommend it! It has the PERFECT view of the Eiffel Tower and it’s romantic twinkling lights. 

A few days in to our stay in Paris, we took a day trip to Strasbourg in Alsace, a little town on the border of Germany with a lot of German influence, to visit some family.

Our last night in Paris, we made reservations at 58 Tour Eiffel, one of the restaurants on top of the Eiffel Tower, had the most amazing meal, and watched the sun set over Paris. It was the most romantic night in the city of love, and I can’t wait to go back!

Photography: Melanie Gabrielle | Bed And Breakfast In Grignan: Pour Les Vacances | Chateau: Chateau Le Val | Chateau: Bruce Chateau | Eiffel Tower Restaurant: 58 Tour Eiffel | Film Processing And Scanning: Richard Photo Lab | Hotel In Le Mont St Michel: Hotel Mercure | Hotel In Paris: Hotel Splendid | Workshop: Sylvie Gil Workshop