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


Creative Blogger Portrait Session // And A Day Photography


You know that when confetti, champagne and cheesy 80's pop hits come together you can pretty much guarantee a good time. Well that's exactly what happened and I can honestly say our most recent headshot workshop for bloggers was our most fun event to date. That's a bold statement because I tend to have a blast at ALL our events but there was just something about having everything come together seamlessly that made this afternoon creative portrait session an absolutely blast to be a part of.

To start I think it had to do with the fact the Lisa and Pete from And A Day Photography are such fun to hang out with. Not only are they super talented but this duo immediately makes you feel at ease and can get you laughing in no time.  Secondly the group of girls we had all immediately clicked and everyone was ready to have a great day and that's exactly what happened.  We ate way too much food, drank mimosa's and listened to my ridiculously cheesy playlist that kept us dancing all afternoon.

I'm absolutely thrilled with how everyone's photos turned out and wish I had room here to share them all because they all were fantastic - including some great outdoor lane way balloon shots that we snuck in before the weather turned.  We'll be hosting another portrait session soon so if you missed out this time make sure to send us a note so you can be notified when tickets are available!

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Special thanks to Bespoke Balloonery, Ashdown & Bee and a few our students for sharing their photos Barbara, Emma, Emma, Jarmila and Danielle. All photos from And A Day.