Sybbie’s Party Picks

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Feb 092017
 

It feels like yesterday when I was cuddling my tiny baby girl, now she is about to turn four… Miss Sybbie is counting the sleeps until her birthday next week and I can’t wait to spoil our little princess on her special day. As many of you will know food has alway been a struggle for Sybil and while we have come a long way she is still a picky eater. Time to put together a party menu with some of her favourite treats:

In the early years one of the very few things Sybil would eat was cucumber and it is still one of her faves. She also loves cheese (how can you not when you are half Dutch?) so I think these gorgeous Edible Tulips made with cucumber, cheese and sausage will be a real winner, they will even fit in with the kindy’s ‘healthy eating’ policy! Bonus: The tulips are a cute wink to her Dutch heritage too.

Another Dutch snack Sybbie can never get enough of is Dutch meatballs, of course with a little Dutch flag proudly stuck in each of them. Thankfully we always bring a big supply of the magic Dutch ‘meatball spices’ back with us from our holidays so we can recreate this famous party nibble at home. It never fails to impress Aussie guests, you simply can’t buy a meatball like that here!

A birthday isn’t complete without a sweet delight and I can’t wait to whip up a delicious batch of Carrot Cake Cupcakes with cream cheese icing. Normally I bake one big carrot cake but this time the birthday girl has asked for cupcakes, hopefully they work out! Miss Sybbie has handpicked the prettiest purple striped baking cups and a big number 4 to go on the top of the cupcake tower.

If you are short on time and inspiration, have a lack of helping hands or are simply not that talented in the kitchen you’ll be pleased to know that there is help available. There are plenty of amazing people out there who love cooking up a storm and who can’t wait to take your next party from average to amazing with the most scrumptious canapés and finger food. Have a chat to some of your local caterers to see what your options are.

A good catering company listens to your wishes and needs and works with your budget, so that come party time you can savour the delights and enjoy the smiles of your guests without the stress (and the kitchen mess). Take for example Flavours, finger food catering Sydney: from sweet to savoury, from cold to warm and everything in between, they deliver the most impressive party treats perfectly suited to your private or corporate event.

What are your family’s favourite party foods? Let me know, I am always looking for new ideas to wow my guests with.

Bake, Make and Take with Paper Eskimo

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Dec 302016
 

School fundraisers, class parties, birthdays, celebrations, festive lunches and BBQs… it has sure been a busy December month of whipping up tasty treats here at Hip Little One HQ. With a big family like ours there is always plenty of baking to be done, so when I spotted all these gorgeous Paper Eskimo party goods on sale at Little Styles I just had to stock up:

The Paper Eskimo party range includes baking cups, paper straws, cupcake toppers, invitations, styling tags and more and it’s all on sale! To save even more check out the amazing offer below:

For a limited time only save a massive 40% storewide at Little Styles (including sale items!), simply enter the code ‘yes40’ at checkout.

I first discovered the stylish Paper Eskimo Baking Cups (RRP $6.95, now $2.95-$3.95) a few years ago and have been a big fan ever since. They hold their shape beautifully (unlike the cheap thin patty pans) and look super festive and fancy, especially when you have a whole cupcake stand fun! Each tube holds 25 baking cups and you can safely store any spares in the tube for the next party. Don’t forget to use the discount code to save an extra 40%!

I have to admit, the one bargain I am most excited about would have to be the lovely Paper Eskimo Classroom Kits (RRP $15.95, now $4.95). When you use the code ‘yes40’ at checkout they come down to just $2.97, now that’s a steal! These ultimate party packs contain 24 paper baking cups, 24 cupcake toppers, 24 cupcake cello bags & inserts and 24 tags & strings; everything you need to bake, make and take the perfect batch of sweet treats. There are several different colours/prints to choose from so you can find the perfect match for the occasion.

To find out more about Little Styles, to browse the Paper Eskimo range and to order online visit www.littlestyles.com.au.

Nov 252016
 

funtastic

It’s that time of the year again and calendars are quickly filling up with long overdue catch-ups, large family feasts and relaxing New Year’s Eve parties with friends. If you are looking for a way to de-stress in December and add plenty of giggles to your Christmas gatherings you’ll love this awesome find from Funtastic:

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Hailed on social media as the perfect party game for the silly season Mouthguard Challenge (RRP $10) is flying off the shelves, if you want to get in on the fun you better be quick!

Mouthguard Challenge proves that the simple things in life are often the most enjoyable. The game requires no talent, little effort and everyone can play as long as you don’t mind making a fool of yourself! Pop in your mouthguard and draw a task card to accept your challenge: From singing a song to saying a sentence and from describing a word to completing a taste test, everyone will be roaring with laughter in no-time.

With 51 different task cards there is plenty of mouthguard fun to be had and you can always create your own dares too, the options are endless. At the end of the game the player with the most points will be crowned the Mouthguard Expert, will it be you?

There are loads of hilarious videos online of people who took on a mouthguard challenge of their own, this being one of my absolute favourites:

The game comes with four reusable mouthguards, simply wash after use so they are clean and ready for your next round. Pleasantly priced at just ten bucks Mouthguard Challenge is kind on the tight Christmas budget and an ideal stocking filler or Kris Kringle gift.

You can find Mouthguard Challenge at your local Kmart store or online at www.kmart.com.au.

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Aug 282016
 

Mad Alice Jewellery

Departure day is finally here! Tonight we will be boarding our plane and heading off on our long awaited 5-week European adventure. We’re starting our holiday with a bang as tomorrow is the twins’ 8th birthday and a little birdie told me the airline has organised a birthday cake on the plane, now that will make for a birthday to remember!

Party Jewels

We all know birthdays tend to fly by (quite literally this time) so it is always nice to have a little token of your special day to look back at later. Lovely mum and designer Lorraine from Mad Alice Jewellery has come up with the perfect unique thank you gift for birthday guests.

When musical chairs has finished, the tail has been placed on the donkey, pass-the-parcel is done and dusted and the last crumbs of birthday cake have been gobbled up it’s time to say goodbye to all the party guests. Now forget about the traditional lolly bags full of sugary treats and plastic nic-nacs and surprise your guests with Personalised Party Jewels (RRP $49, 12-pack), a thoughtful and unique gift that last longer than a sugar rush.

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Each pack of Personalised Party Jewels consists of twelve shiny silk cord bracelets with a swarovski crystal flower, butterfly or heart element and each bracelet is lovingly handmade by Mad Alice Jewellery. Thanks to the handy pull and tie closure with adjustable silver plated beads the bracelets can be adjusted in size to fit the recipient perfectly. As a warm and personal touch every bracelet comes with a sweet Thank You card, personalised with the names of the party guest and the birthday girl. I am so pleased with how my girls’ custom order turned out, the bracelets look super neat!

I think the Personalised Party Jewels are great way to teach kids that while receiving presents is always nice, giving them out is an even better feeling! Being a custom made gift please allow up to 5 working days for your personalised jewels to be made and dispatched. Shipping is free Australia wide.

To find out more about Mad Alice Jewellery, to browse the range and to order online visit www.madalicejewellery.com.

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Oct 312015
 

I know it’s only October but when it comes to festive fashion you can’t start your shopping early enough. For ‘real’ Aussie girls there may be plenty of choice in pretty frocks but for the Australian Girl doll it’s first come first served and if the precious years are anything to go by the annual Christmas dress is guaranteed to sell out in a flash:

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Every year the Australian Girl design team combines their creative efforts to design a lovely new doll dress that will leave you wishing it came in big sizes too. Take a look at the brand new 2015 Christmas Dress (RRP $24.95), how gorgeous is that?!

Australian Girl Mary-JanesWe all know you can’t get more Christmassy than red and green which is why this year’s Christmas dress features a double layer tulle underskirt in a refreshing lime green colour. The red and white polka dot dress is beautifully made with a lined bodice and finished off with a lime green ribbon and bow to match the underskirt. Just add some cute sandals, flats or Mary Janes and your Australian Girl is ready for the festive season!

Australian Girl Dress Christmas

As always the attention to detail is next to none and great care has been taken to ensure a perfect fit and easy dressing and undressing for little hands. Unlike traditional velcro which often pulls and tugs on clothing and hair the 2015 Christmas Dress (like all other Australian Girl doll clothing) is designed with convenient press stud closures at the back that are gentle on the fabric and your doll’s hair, after all no one likes brushing out the tangles.

Australian Girl Doll Christmas Dress

If you’re keen to surprise your little lady with this beautiful party frock for her Australian girl this Christmas please keep in mind that stock is limited and once sold out there will be no more shipments. We recommend you get your order in early to avoid disappointment.

To find out more about Australian Girl, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.australiangirldoll.com.au.

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Oct 222015
 

PartyLite

Now that Spring is well and truly here it’s time to get your home and outdoor area ready for a Summer long of entertaining, true Aussie style. Dust off the outdoor setting, oil the deck, trim the bushes and mown the lawn so you can send out the invites for your first BBQ of the season. As always you can count on the party specialists at PartyLite to make your next get-together a stylish one:

PartyLite Garden Vines

The latest PartyLite catalogue (Everyday Vol.2, 2015) is filled with new fresh and fragrant arrivals that are sure to deliver a real Spring experience. Looking for some inspiration? Put your feet up and click through the beautiful full-colour catalogue online or get a group of girlfriends together for a relaxing PartyLite party in the comfort of your own home.

Garden VinesOne of the highlights of the current outdoor collection is this beautiful Garden Vines Hanging Votive Holder (22cm, RRP $75 each or $135 per set) in classy bronze-coloured metal. It looks amazing hanging from your veranda using the included chain and even more eye-catching when you combine multiple Garden Vines Hanging Votive Holders hanging at different heights. Bonus: I love how the extra height keeps the candles away from curious little hands.

Peach Honey CitronellaOf course you can also place the candle holder on your outdoor table as a unique centre piece for your next dinner party, while enjoying the scent of your favourite PartyLite candle. The glass cup inside is the perfect fit for the famous PartyLite votive candles or tealights, which are available in an extensive range of wonderful fragrances to suit your personal taste, the season or special occasion. The sweet and summery Peach Honey Citronella blend is the perfect pick for the warmer months ahead.

To find out more about PartyLite, to browse the latest catalogue or took book a PartyLite party visit www.partylite.com.au.

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Mama on Monday

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Sep 282015
 

Not only is today the last Monday in September, it is also the last Mama on Monday photo I got to take. I hope you have loved watching our baby grow these last few months and seeing what an everyday mama wears during pregnancy, I know I will enjoy looking back at these weekly updates later down the track.

For this last photo moment with my (rather heavy, round) baby bump I am dressed up for Spring in a light and feminine maternity dress by Australian label Szabo. If you’re looking for a pretty party dress that will flatter your bump (at any size) I can highly recommend it! To celebrate the arrival of our new baby we’re kicking off our big Welcome Baby Giveaway on October 1, we have lots of fabulous prizes to give away so stay tuned!

1 Szabo Sunray Maternity Dress

3 Maternity Dress Szabo

2 Szabo Sunray

Wearing:
Sunray Maternity Dress (RRP $149) by Szabo Maternity
Original Saltwater Sandals (RRP $84, Silver) by Little Pinwheel