You might remember The Tale of Hannah and Clementine Logan, which we featured on the site last year when Clementine was just five months old. Its hard to forget the charming Australiana wallpaper in the nursery, and well, every single detail about the spectacular farmhouse. Clementine has just celebrated her first birthday and were so excited to launch our party section with her beautifully styled birthday celebration. Styled by her talented auntie, Sydney-based interior decorator and editor of Sunday Collector Briar Stanley, the country themed party was inspired by her home in Apple Tree Flat in Mudgee, NSW. We caught up with Stanley to find out more about the inspiration behind little Clementines big day and also to get her little black book of go-to party suppliers
What was the theme for this party?
Clementine lives in Apple Tree Flat, (in country NSW, Mudgee) on a beautiful farm – her parents are Peter and Hannah Logan (my sister), of Logan Wines. Hannah and I thought it would be sweet to bring some country elements to her first birthday party in our older sisters lovely backyard for all of Clementine’s Sydney based family. We had Kindifarm baby animals, a bit of classic country check (picnic rugs and table cloths) and a touch of the over riding red apple theme, which started with a sweet emailed invitation designed by our cousins, who own the letterpress invitation business, Lion & The Huntsman. Good food was also a focus of the day, we organised lunch with Simmone Logue Catering, and then had some fun with the treats table. The day was a family effort.
What do you love about styling childrens parties?
The fun part for me is coming up with the theme and sourcing/crafting all of the cute elements. The reward at the end is to see a backyard full of kids having a great time. Nothing beats seeing the joy on their (sugar loaded) faces.
What are the key elements to a successful childrens party?
Hope for good weather on the day, as kids obviously love to be outside, but choose a venue where there is a wet weather option. If you dont have a big enough space at home, Ive organised a few parties at community scout halls, which work really well. Instead of giving kids free reign at the treats table, individual lunch boxes are always popular. Pack them with some healthy elements, as well as a treat or two. When in doubt, bubbles and balloons are always a hit with the under 2s, and consider things like face painting and themed entertainment for the older kids. Ive heard some great things about the Sydney based entertainment company, Stardust Kids. Oh, and of course the other kind of bubbles for the big kids. Lastly, when coming up with the theme, get feedback from the child. I had a vision for a cute Mexican theme party for my daughters third birthday this year, but she is insisting on a ‘pink princess gathering. Im going to have to put my stylist thinking cap on for that one!”
Briars little black book:
Petting zoo: Kindifarm
Clementines dress: Tinker & Belle
Clementine’s shoes: Seed
Clemntine’s hair bow: Branche Kids
Wine: Bibendum Wine Co Clementine Rose
Honeycomb balls: Factory Direct Party
Cardboard lunchboxes for the children: Vintage Baby
Apple cupcakes and apple smash cake: The Classic Cupcake Co.
Green glass plate stand: buy similar here
Apple cookies as take home favours: Hello Naomi
Tassel yellow balloons: The Bespokery
Gourmet doughnuts: Woah Nelly Bakes
Felt crowns: Lark Store
Paper cups, paper napkins and straws: The Base Warehouse
Bamboo plate ware and timber cutlery: Manly Freezers
Invitation: Lion and the Huntsman
Gingham yellow tablecloth: Shop Inside
Gingham picnic rugs: Amazon
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