Friday, October 12, 2012

11 on 11 ~ October.

Some amazing photographers and bloggers (Angie BaxterSharon MallinEl HoganChantelle Ellem) that I follow have been participating in a project once a month - 10 on 10. Where they take 10 photo's on the 10th day of the month. I decided to take part in October, unfortunately I was working on the 10th, so pushed it back to the 11th and took 11! So here they are:

 1. Breakfast / writing grocery list / reading blogs.

2. Claire waking up.

3. School drop-off.

4. Groceries waiting to be unpacked.

5. Lighting the fire / cold outside today.

6. Cleaning bathroom / not my favourite job.

7. Afternoon homework.

8. Preparing dinner.

9. Shower after dinner.

10. Brushing her hair after shower.

11. Preparing lunch orders for tomorrow. 

I really enjoyed 11 on 11, so hope to continue this project each month.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Claire's Balloon Themed 3rd Birthday Party!

Yesterday we celebrated our baby girl's 3rd birthday. Where have the last 3 years gone? It only seems like yesterday that we were preparing for her arrival.

I found her party dress a few months ago on Pinterest and traced it back to Etsy. It had a balloon theme, so we decided to theme the party around the balloons.

Next came the invitations. I searched online and found the perfect invitations on the Tinyme website. The colours were pale and dark pink and orange, matched her dress perfectly!

The cake design was inspired by a hot air balloon cake that was featured in the Donna Hay Annual Kids Magazine. I adapted it to suit the colour theme and made it much more girly! The cake was pink coloured white chocolate mudcake filled with ganache and covered with fondant.

Of course the party had to feature a dessert and lolly table. The balloons and pretty paper chains were a highlight of the table. The goodies included apple slice, custard slice, butterfly cakes, vanilla sugar cookies, jelly cups and lots of lollies. The take home party boxes were filled with lots of sugary goodies!

We took the opportunity to have a mini photo shoot before the guests arrived. This was fun to start with until the birthday girl lost interest and became more interested in the balloons than looking at the camera. Here are a few photo's of Claire and her brothers Lachlan and Oliver.

Happy Birthday beautiful girl x