Hola señoritas!


Who's inner 8-year old wouldn't want a smashing, colour filled señorita party? Ours certainly does! 

A few months back we had the idea to throw a señorita inspired party for a special 8-year old and since then, we haven't been able to stop thinking about all things Mexican! Here's a little sneak peak of the ideas we've got up our puffy, frilled sleeves...

Custom headpieces for guests
Hanging garlands + balloon tassels + honeycomb decorations
Gold piñatas (yep, GOLD piñatas... eeeee!)
Coloured cutlery + matching tableware
DIY necklace making
Potted cactus favours
Fringing.... lots of fringing! 

We can't wait to put this one together... and we think there'll be a few super excited kiddos who are going to have a fun afternoon at this soiree. Watch this space.... Ole!

(All pics from Pinterest, check out the full inspiration board for this event here)

The tropics

Pink flamingos... Check. Pineapples... Check. Balmy, Brisbane weather... Check. 

Just last month we were lucky enough to help our Christmas competition winner, Anna, put together a fabulous soiree for her Mother's 70th birthday and boy, do the photos not do it justice (although the pics are pretty fabulous too, thanks to Summit Studio for being there to capture it all). 

Anna's brother was kind enough to offer up his 70's style, open-plan home and it was the perfect set up for this Palm Springs/tropical sit-down lunch for over 50 of Ruth's friends and family. Along with Before Dinner, the wonderful people at Wine and Dine'm put on a lovely spread and we had the pleasure of using plates by Under the Green Fig Tree (all made from bamboo so no noisy clinking in the kitchen while guests were trying to talk - one of the requirements from the birthday girl herself we hear). 

The theme all started with the coasters Anna picked up from Ruby Rabbit Party and it was just all full on colour from there.... We tied in all the little details to match, from the handmade placemats to the individual menus. Top it off with pineapple vases filled with tropical florals including roses, gerberas, lilies and custom flamingo skewers, the tables were dressed to the nines for this lunch.

We have it on good authority this was one hell of a party - proven if nothing else by the pizza delivery required at 8pm by the hangers on... That's our kinda party. 

Thanks for having us Anna, Guy, Ruth and family. We hope you had a flamingo-od time! 

Styling + set up incl. invites, placemats, menus, table runners, flowers, bar cart - Before Dinner
Coasters, cutlery + napkins - Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Plates - Under the Green Fig Tree
Catering - Wine & Dine'm
Photos - Summit Studio

All the 'uns'

If it was Tuesday (or Thursday, or Friday), we'd be hash tagging this one TBT, FBF, etc, etc. But it's only Monday *sigh* and well, we need a pick me up so we decided we couldn't wait another 24+ hours to post it. 

A few months back now we had the pleasure of designing, styling + working on one of the most unconventional, uncustomary, untraditional, out of the box weddings (get the title now, all the 'uns'?). And when we say 'we', we technically mean, well, me.... me being the owner of this here little business and the wedding being my own.

Right from the start, we made it clear to everyone involved we didn't want traditional (did we mention the bride wore black? Yep, you heard right). So much so that we avoided calling it a wedding as much as possible - this was a PARTY! 

The theme - plywood and black. The style - industrial, modern, unconventional, minimalist. The special projects - custom made plywood signs telling guests the where, what, how; colouring-in for the kids at the ceremony; and, the piece de resistance, that epic neon sign (all thanks to the un-official bridesmaid). 

This party was about us. This party was about our family + friends. It was about more than just flowers and decor and a room and table settings. It was about people feeling comfortable, like they were at our house, having a drink, being casual, but getting dressed up to do it. 

It was about standing in front of everyone after 13 years together and saying 'hell yeah, I do!'.


Venue: The Joinery West End (huge thanks to Maria + Penny for all your help!) 
Styling + signage: Before Dinner
Photography: The Real Deal Photography
Celebrant: Paul Voge
Bride's dress: custom made
Bride's accessories: Shoes - Nine West, earrings - Chanel, bag - Olga Berg
Grooms suit: Jacket - Leif Lyons LLC + The Cloakroom, pants - Country Road, shoes - Aquila
Furniture + lighting: Brandition (and Before Dinner)
Neon sign: Neon Poodle
Catering: The Joinery West End
Balloons + tassels: DD Brand (with help from Baby & Birthday Balloons)
Invitations: Print on Wood
DJ: Cut a Rug

Note: some images were taken on an iPhone prior to guests arrival , hence they don't look as professional as the rest.

Pass the champers, it's Christmas

What an opportune time to start our little blog over here... Christmas! 

Ok, so it's technically January already and Christmas/New Year has well and truly passed (come baaaaack) but the event we're sharing is Christmas related so that counts, right? Well, we think so. 

We had a hell of a lotta fun putting together this beautiful Christmas Day table, and it wasn't just because we cracked open the bubbles before it was finished...

Inspired by a beautiful gum tree wreath (you can see it hanging there on the wall), we brought some of the Aussie-outside in with foliage (eucalyptus gunni) a few festive baubles and good 'ol classic colours of grey, black and white (yes, yes, technically not colours, but whateves). 

Lunch for four was dressed to the nines with a few special items such as the Elm Paper tags (from The White Bungalow) adorning gorgeous gold-rimmed Karen Walker champagne glasses that make you feel like you're in The Great Gatsby, matching gold cutlery and beautiful matt charcoal dinnerware. Add a few personal touches such as the hand illustrated menu and framed print (both created by Before Dinner) and you've got a lovely light, summer lunch, perfect for a hot, Aussie Christmas day. 

Merry everything.
BD xx