Friday, April 19, 2013

Have you met Wild Rose Sweets and Styling yet?

When I last did a post for Sweet Little Birdy, I told you about the winners of the Sweet Little Birdy Party Table competition. I have been waiting for one last winner so that I can take your breath away with her gorgeous competition table.

So without further ado, here is Allison from Wild Rose Sweets and Styling....

What was the celebration for?
The event was put on as part of 'Australia's Biggest Morning Tea' - a fundraising initiative of the Australian Cancer Council.  So while we enjoyed a delicious morning tea, we also brought along some clothes, books and odds & ends and 'bought' them from each other, donating all the money to the Cancer Council.  It was such a fun way to declutter our houses and support a fantastic charity at the same time.

What was the theme?
A pretty vintage theme of white, pink and a hint of blue. 


That sounds beautiful, why did you pick a vintage theme?
I am a Mum of 4 boys  and am used to working with blues and reds, so I knew whatever I did that pink would be involved :-).  I actually fell in love with the gorgeous 'Hello Spring' Printables from Fairydust Stylish Stationery. They are a gorgeous combination of pinks, blues and lace and I used them to dictate the table design.

What was your favourite thing about the fundraiser?
Oh so many things!  In particular I loved using my Grandmother's tea cups as part of the table, the doily backdrop, the printables, and working with Giuliana from Living Light Photography.  She was so lovely and really captured the 'prettiness' of the table.


What 3 Sweet Little Birdy products did you use?
I used the Robert Gordon jar for my meringues, my white tin pails for the White Chocolate & Pistachio Rocky Road and Raspberry & White Chocolate macarons. The pretty pink pails from the turntable as risers, and the Sweet Little Birdy pastel pink straws.  I love all my Sweet Little Birdy products and they really made my table!

What food did you serve?
My business is baking and I am a complusive over-caterer so there was lots of sweets on offer!  I had a White Chocolate & Raspberry 'Rose' cake, a Vanilla 'Petal' cake, macarons, meringues, Citrus Twist Sugar Cookies, Dark Chocolate Mud cake pops, White Chocolate & Pistachio Rocky Road, Vanilla Cupcakes, Lemon & Ginger Sorbet, and jellies, lollies and biscuits for the kids. 


What do you plan on spending your Sweet Little Birdy winners voucher on?
I spent it straight away!  Sweet Little Birdy has so many gorgeous things that I found I had a hard time trying to decide!  My favourite things I purchased were the pink compotes and another Robert Gordon Jar.

What's your best party planning tip? And would you change anything?
-Don't underestimate how long it takes to set up the table!  While I always have a vision in my mind of how I want it to look, it can 
take me an hour or two to get it exactly right.   

- Printables are a great way to give your table a professional look without a huge budget.  They are also a great idea when providing a large selection of food so your guests can easily choose from what's on offer.

-Lastly, if you have the budget, look into hiring a professional photographer.  It was so lovely to know that Giuliana from Living Light Photography would focus on capturing the event, which meant that I could just focus on enjoying the sweets and the company.

Tell us a little bit about Wild Rose Sweets & Styling and what makes your business different?

My business is 'Wild Rose Sweets & Styling' - a boutique dessert styling company specialising in quality, handmade sweets and custom-designed dessert and candy buffets.  I love baking and my Sweets Menu includes buttercream cakes, cupcakes, macarons, homemade marshmallow, cookies, cake pops and a variety of other sweet treats perfect for any theme, colour and occasion.  I make all my sweets from scratch ensuring a fresh, delicious product made specifically for your event.  I also love the art of styling and working with my clients.  Whether it's in close consultation to recreate their vision for the table, or I'm given a small brief and my imagination can go wild,  I do everything possible to ensure that the reality surpasses their expectations.  

Sweets and Styling by Wild Rose Sweets & Styling

Photography by Living Light Photography

Cake stand by Mums Little Party Secret

And that's it! Thank you to everyone who entered the Sweet Little Birdy Party table competition and congratulations again to all the winners. We really enjoyed seeing your entries. Don't forget that Sweet Little Birdy is having a sale so click on the link now to find some great bargains!

This is my last post as a guest blogger for the wonderful Tara of Sweet Little Birdy. I have enjoyed blogging about such gorgeous products and dessert tables. Just like Tara (who is busy working as a very successful Travel Agent), I am onto new and exciting adventures as a mum and Private Feeding Speech Pathologist in Newcastle (my business is called 'Let's Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology'). Thank you for being involved in our blogs, Tara and I will miss it!

Yours in blogging

Saturday, February 16, 2013

M&M party for a 13 year old! (A post by Tara)

My baby boy recently turned 13!  Yep, 13... as in teenager 13!!!  I can't believe how fast that tiny little 7lb1oz baby who arrived in January 2000 has grown...

To celebrate we decided on a M&M themed party ~ the perfect theme for his age... and as we figured this would probably be the last party he'll want to have at home and next birthday he'll be more interested in going to laser tag or the movies or somewhere 'cool' with his mates. 

It was such a fun theme to do, and Mr soon to be 13 helped plan and create the menu and the cake design. 

Mr Sweet Little Birdy (aka dad) went to Vegas for work and bought home personalised m&ms for the party ~ what a hit they were!!!

M&M mini donuts
M&M cupcakes

M&M marshmallows
Rocky Road
Hot Dogs and Burgers

And finally... we experimented with putting dots in the cake - with success!!!

An awesome party for an awesome boy!!!