Sometimes I find it impossible to create new invitation designs and come up with fresh concepts. It always seems that the best ideas come to you when you least expect them to. I dropped into a beautiful vintage style clothing market a couple of weeks ago and picked up some gorgeous little outfits for my daughter (ok I confess I may have picked up a couple of crochet adorned singlets for myself). The outfits were trimmed with frilly sheer ruffles, adorned with stunning laces and decorated with knitted crochet flowers. They reminded me of outfits that my grand mother had created for me as a young child. I was so inspired by the intricate detail and workmanship on these beautiful garments, that I immediately headed to one of my favourite fabric spots to pick up some pretty lace swatches. And after a day of brainstorming and designing, the vintage inspired Girl’s theme was born. I think this would make the perfect setting for a baby girl’s Christening, or for a young girl’s “vintage inspired” birthday party. Here is what a little trip to a vintage clothing market inspired me to create…
Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of participating in a baking master class at the Australian Women’s Weekly Test Kitchens, run by the very talented Pamela Clark (AWW test kitchen director).
I was joined by my wonderful mother (and super talented baker) Artemis, my Le Petit Party partner in crime, Anna, and my dear friend (and dessert taster connoisseur), Caterina.
What an experience! Have you ever gathered a bunch of women in the kitchen for a cook off? It all starts off fairly civilised – one is beating the eggs, one is measuring the flour out… a few glasses of champagne later… and what do you know – the flour is flying across the room in a flour fight and the eggs aren’t far behind! OK, so we weren’t that badly behaved, we did have an awful lot of fun though.
So if you are thinking about what you should do for your next birthday, or a fun way to celebrate your child’s birthday, why not organise a baking party? It is great fun for any age and will keep the kids entertained for hours. You could go sweet or savoury, the food options are endless.
Here are some pics from our little baking party…
Mum, Me, Anna and Pamela
Anna and Caterina cooking up a storm
Anna whipping up her fudge brownies
My gorgeous mum
Mum and I had the worst profiteroles in the class
Anna and Caterina on the other hand had the most perfect looking ones in the class (and so Anna keeps reminding me!)
Fudge brownie prep
Fudge Brownie finished product YUM!