A White Party Theme

I was asked to coordinate a corporate end-of-year celebration in December last year. The venue was already chosen, so all I needed to do was come up with a theme, decor, logistics and entertainment – easy!  So with six weeks to the big event, I quickly gathered a small event crew to help me plan [...]

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a wonderful festive season with your family and friends. We spent New Year’s Eve in Melbourne, on our city balcony in fact.  After dining on fresh seafood and champagne we tucked Mlle Belle into bed and spent the rest of the evening on the balcony listening to the sounds of the [...]

DIY Party Crowns

I thought I’d share this quick DIY project from my last New Year’s Eve party. I made these sparkly gold crowns after I realised that I didn’t have any party hats for my guests. I quickly looked around my craft box and spied some sparkly gift wrapping paper leftover from Christmas. I whipped out my [...]

DIY Festive Door Bells

I found this lovely DIY project, Festive Door Bells, from Real Simple (via Pinterest).  It inspired me to create something similar. The “door bells” turned out so beautifully that I decided to make a set for each of my neighbours. Mademoiselle Belle eagerly assisted me and we hung the bells over the front door handles to (hopefully) pleasantly [...]

Cocktail Hour: Pina Colada Twist

Cocktails are a lot of fun to make, but there a some times when we just want a drink that is quick to make, but still tantatalising on the taste buds.  Well, have I got a drink for you  I call it a Pina Colada Twist – why? Well because it has absolutely no cream [...]

Christmas Wreaths at Flower Temple

Last Saturday I attended a flower arranging workshop at Flower Temple in the city. Originally I was looking to purchase a wreath for home this year, but when I saw this workshop being offered, I thought it would be fun to learn how to make my own. There’s something special about a freshly-made Christmas wreath [...]

Festive Season Party Highlights

I love the festive season. Everybody starts to wind down and prepare to celebrate either the religious holiday that is Christmas or the end of a very busy year.  Around Melbourne, city streets are full of end of year parties with people doting santa hats and reindeer ears, whilst loudly singing christmas carols. It’s hilarious [...]

DIY Accordion Paper Trees

These fun DIY accordion paper trees have been created by crafty bloggers around the world this festive season. I thought I’d throw a spin on my own accordion paper trees. They were quite easy to make using this Julep template.  All you need is some unused wrapping paper, coloured card or patterned scrapbooking card (like [...]

DIY Advent Calendar

We’ve been very busy with festive craft activities at home this week. So keep an eye out for my posts this December.  I’ll be sure to  showcase each project for you.  Last week we just managed to whip up our family Advent Calendar.  Mlle Belle opened her first calendar pocket on Saturday and was super [...]

Madame Bonbon is back!

Wow!  What a busy couple of weeks I’ve had. I must apologise for missing a couple of weeks’ postings. Our days have been full of birthdays, a wedding, parties and events to plan, not mention the travel.  I’m back on track now and have some fun decorative Christmas projects to share with you in the [...]

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