Ten Tips for Planning a Hens Party

Planning a hens or bachelorette party (for my US friends) can be lots of fun.  It’s like any party you plan and host.  You should have an idea of the theme, budget, venue, date and guests to invite.  You can then slowly build up from here with invitations, party decorations, party favours and entertainment etc. [...]

Madame Bonbon’s Garden Party – Part 2

So continuing on from my first article on our birthday garden party, I’ve posted a few more images from the day. (Click HERE to visit the first post of this series.) After arrival cocktails on the front lawn, guests moved to the private dining room of Gardens House for a semi-formal luncheon, where a delicious three-course menu [...]

Madame Bonbon’s Garden Party – Part 1

Wow! What a crazy couple of months it’s been. Monsieur Bonbon and I celebrated our joint birthday party with a garden party at Gardens House in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Being city dwellers we utilise the botanic gardens like it’s our backyard.  We’ve spent many weekends having parties, picnics and photographic walks through the beautiful gardens [...]

Styling My Garden Party – The Table

I’ve been missing in action for a few weeks (again) so sorry!  BUT I have a good excuse.  I’ve been madly preparing for a 40th birthday garden party – mine in fact!  Monsieur Bonbon and I decided to hold a joint birthday celebration (we’re three days apart) at a beautiful venue called, Gardens House in [...]

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 [...]

DIY RSVP to a Superhero Party!

Mlle Belle recently received an invitation to a Superhero Party.  Inside the invitation was a ticket stub and a plain black mask with a little bag of embellishments.  The guests were instructed to create their own masks and come as a known Superhero or as their own superhero figure.  Such a fun idea. I like [...]

TMOD Party Hat Cards

Earlier this year I picked up a couple of TMOD Party Hat Cards at the Finders Keepers Market.  We saved one to give to Mademoiselle Belle for her birthday this year.  The cards are beautifully designed and come with a section on the inside for you to write your message. Once the recipient opens the card they [...]

DIY Party Favour Luminary

At a recent vintage beach themed party, I created tropical print luminaries to give to guests as party favours. They are quite easy to make and look wonderful when assembled. I bought some transparent paper (100gsm) from my local paper store and printed an A40-sized tropical pattern through my colour printer at home. Once the [...]

Vintage Beach Party Celebration

We recently celebrated my mother’s 60th birthday in beautiful Port Douglas. The weather was perfect – glorious warm sunshine and clear blue skies. All of our guests travelled to Port Douglas for the celebration. Guests received little welcome bags on arrival, which included, a hotel door sign, crisps, a chocolate bar, a map of Port [...]

Party Prep: Dinner Menu Fans

I’ve created themed menu fans for a birthday dinner next week. The theme of the celebration is vintage beach. It’s a 60th birthday celebration in Port Douglas, Queensland. The restaurant is set outdoors (under a rainforest canopy), so it will be quite warm and humid. I decided to make these menu fans as they are [...]

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