Events: A Pretty 60th Celebration


By Brie Stanley

Hello Blog Society! I'm honoured to be here today to kick off Jaclyn's week of guest posts while she's in Boston and I'm looking forward to sharing some event pics and tips for the fabulous Blog Society community today!

My mum just celebrated her 60th Birthday and being an Event Stylist herself, we wanted to take all the planning away from her and put together a no fuss pretty lunch including great food, company and a few pretty things along the way.

The venue is always the most important choice, and we decided on a long Sunday lunch, so after some research, the warm, open room of the newly refurbished Centennial Hotel in Woollahra was perfect!  Once the table was booked, we worked on colour scheme, mum loves soft pinks and gold so we tied the two together with a few little table decorations.

Firstly, the cake, a gorgeous soft pink fondant quilt cake, topped with a sugar flower, made by the lovely Marie from Couture Cupcakes. Next, the florals, a centrepiece of white ranunculus and pink Blushing Brides, and Flower crowns for all the girls to wear made by my sister Nicola from Concrete and Honey, also posy cones wrapped in happy birthday paper as little party favours.

I made little ring boxes with gold sequins balls and popped a little eternity ring  in each one for the girls too. The boys received lindt balls wrapped in pink packaging. We shared Woodfired breads with olives, dips and a warm broccoli salad whilst sipping on white wine, and slowly made our way to our mains (the shared mac and cheese was a hit), followed of course by the delish chocolate ganache cake for dessert!

We had such a nice day and mum was touched to have all 5 kids, partners and hubby by her side. A few party tips I wanted to share too are:-

  • Always confirm booking and numbers the day before
  • Choose a colour scheme and stick with it….less is more!
  • Try and create something special for each guest, just a placecard, little chocolate or flower on their napkin can make such a nice touch
  • Don’t over do it! Even just a nice bunch of flowers can make the table look gorgeous

Good luck with your party planning!

Brie Stanley can be found over at Sugar Coated Events or on Instagram at @Beebees80


Link Love // The Friday Files


It feels good to be Friday.

It's been a busy week - of work changes and a new promotion thrown into the mix, working on the details for some upcoming and exciting events which I was able to (finally) announce this week.  It was so satisfying and slightly terrifying to hit go on some of these events that I've been working on. There is always the moment of self doubt that creeps in that you have to push past, I suppose it's comforting to know that everyone has those moments but I'm grateful for the support I've received (thanks guys!). Lots more work to be done but always feels good to move in the right direction and step out of your comfort zone.

Feeling a bit under the weather also forced me to slow down and rest up this week, which luckily meant copious amounts of tea, time in bed and far to much House of Cards and Downton Abbey watching.  It did however mean that I was back in fighting form to ring in a very special birthday for my better half and this weekend I'm whisking him away for a surprise getaway. Hope your weekend is full of possibility, here's a bit of link love as we say goodbye to Friday...

  • Can't wait to finally have lunch here tomorrow, fingers crossed for good weather.
  • Happily celebrated a year since this wonderful moment happened, my how time flies.
  • This Sydney class will kick start your blogging mojo and then some.
  • In my quest to feel better, I've decided I need more smoothies like this in my life.
  • Don't have a green thumb? Neither do I, but for this class you don't need one.
  • Always remember, you are only in competition with yourself, no one else.