CONFETTI MINI MAG
In This Issue Editor's Note
Holiday Inspo: Dreaming of a Bright Christmas
Holiday DIY: Wrapped with Love
Holiday Recipe: Sausage Dog Winter Cookies
Feature Party: A Fairy Tale Christmas High Tea
Feature Party: An Aussie Christmas
Feature Party: Brunch and Bubbly Christmas
The Confetti Fair Christmas Product Guide
Time to Sparkle and Shine
Shop Talk: Christmas and NYE
Above, balloon wreath by Belle's Decorations by Design; 'Joy' foil balloon from Favor Lane Party Boutique.
Credits A Little Cake Place Alstonville Florist Belles Decorations by Design Cakes2Celebrate by Lisa CandeLuxe Cosmic Events Confections Creative Themes Elk Prints Favor Lane Party Boutique Glass Slipper Entertainment Glistening Occasions Hello Red Hen Honey Bee Baby Shoppe Kate Johnson Photography Kura & Freya Party Couture Lafin Packaging Little Designer Closet Lovely Occasions Mama Bears Kitchen Mooi Co Niknaks Sweetest Treats Natalie O'Donnell Photography NN Visual Stories
24 One Five 8 Designs Oxfam Ruby Rabbit Partyware Sassy Snaps Perth Schooza Handmade Secret Garden Bowtique Sugarlicious Parties Sweet CakeArt Sweet Petites Talking Tables Party The Cake Nook WA The Party Project The Sweetest Crumbs Typoflora Vintage Sugar Co Desserts Wiggle Piggle XOXO Design
Top, Bubbly and blush Christmas by Sassy Snaps Perth; and above, Merry Christmas topper by Lovely Occasions 3
The Magazine Team Managing Editor ESTHER KEFALOUKOS Creative MARIA ANDRIOPOULOS
AMY SALES Glass Slipper Entertainment ANNA HOGBIN Mama Bear's Kitchen CARLY STEVENSON Sassy Snaps Perth SALLY BRUCE The Party Project ELIZABETH KELLY Elk Prints 44
Editor's Note How did we get here again? 2018 feels like it went NYD blink Easter blink Halloween blink Christmas. Wow, what a year! This year Confetti Fair has had some pretty awesome milestones such as our printed issue hitting the newsagents, reaching 40k followers on Instagram, launching our podcast series, four online magazines including our Halloween bonanza! This year we also got to meet and work with so many amazing and creative businesses which allowed us to continue to provide the party world with inspiration for all their events. I can go on about all the 2018 goodness but I know you want to skip this long text (and page) and check out all the Christmas love in this edition of our magazine! Before I sign off, I just want to say a very very BIG thank you to everyone for their support in Confetti Fair, this is not only the vendors who work with us, but those people who read our magazines, follow us on social, like our posts and read our emails. Without you we would not do what we do! We are so grateful. Thank you so much! Happy holidays and all the best for 2019! We have some great things in store for you!
Esther x Take care,
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Dreaming of a Bright Christmas LIGHTS, BRIGHTS, JOY AND STARS. CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS HAVE SO MANY COLOURFUL CONNOTATIONS! NEON HUES AND VIVID TONES ARE CERTAINLY TRENDING FOR THIS OCCASION RIGHT NOW! HERE IS OUR TAKE ON IT.
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VENDOR CREDITS Photographer: NN Visual Stories; Christmas balloon wreath: Belleâ€™s Decorations by Design; Christmas tree plates and Merry Christmas sign: Kura & Freya Party Couture; Neon light up star cake topper: One Five 8 Designs; Dreaming of a Bright Christmas cake topper: LaFin Packaging; Cookies: Cosmic Events Confections; 6 inch cake: The Sweetest Crumbs; 4 inch cake: Sweet Petites; Christmas stocking personalisation: Secret Garden Bowtique; Reindeer ears: Schooza Handmade 10
Gift Wrapping Ideas THE VALUE OF A GIFT DOES NOT ALWAYS LIE IN THE COST OF THE ITEM ITSELF. A SIMPLE GIFT CAN BE SO ELEVATED BY SPECIAL WRAPPING. IMAGES AND IDEAS BY ELIZABETH KELLY OF ELK PRINTS. It's the thought that counts they say. It's true. But what better way to make that thought extra special by adding a unique touch to your gifts? Gift wrapping, and giving, like parties are a perfect opportunity of creative expression in our otherwise dreary lives, and makes your recipient feel oh so extra special! Elizabeth Kelly, an artist and owner of party stationery business Elk Prints, was kind enough to give us some of her tips for personalising gifts.
Firstly, use kraft or white art paper for your wrap. It's blank and much more cost effective! For the brown paper, we have used the parcel wrapping paper from Officeworks, it's perfect for it. For embellishment, keep it easy by layering lots of ribbons of different sizes and textures. Another idea is to decorate your gift with beautiful foliage or flowers. Painting directly onto the paper to make your own style of wrapping paper. is another idea.
ELIZABETH'S GIFT DRIP DIY Why not design your own wrapping paper? You too, can create something unique like this gift wrapping drip DIY! You'll need white art paper (you can find this at Officeworks, Riot Art & Craft or a dollar store), a brush of your choice and some high flow acrylic paint. As the paint comes in a bottle, it is rather easy to create the drip effect on the edge. Just make sure you've put some paper down to control the mess! Once that is dry, you can then go over it with the brush and create strokes of your choice. Voila! Your very own gift wrap design!
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Sausage Dog Winter Cookies THE PARTY PROJECT HAS CAPTIVATED INSTAGRAM ALL YEAR WITH THE CUTEST SWEET TREATS AND SALLY BRUCE, THE NAME BEHIND THE FEED HAS GIVEN US AN ADORABLE DIY TO TRY. 1. Roll out your cookie dough and cut out your dogs with the cookie cutter remembering to dip the cutter in corn flour in between so it doesn’t stick. Chill the cookies on their tray in the fridge for ten minutes prior to baking so they keep their shape. Bake the cookies and let them cool. 2. Roll some fondant onto your knitting weave mould. Carefully peel it off. If it is sticking, dust the mould with some icing sugar and start again. 3. Using a sharp knife cut out some little clothes for the dogs. A scarf, hat, coat and a collar. Use the cookie cutter as a guide for sizes. 4. Once the cookies are cooled, its time to ice. Prepare some royal icing in a bowl, enough to cover the cookies. Mix it to a toothpaste like consistency. Add a little brown food colouring. Pop it into an icing bag and then line the cookies to create a dam for the thinner icing not to leak out.
5. Empty the leftover contents your icing bag into a bowl and add a little water. I just add a sprinkle at a time as it doesn’t take much. This will thin out your icing to a shampoo like consistency. As you are using the same icing the colour will match perfectly and disguise the dam. Pop your icing into a new icing bag and ice the cookies inside the dam, using a toothpick to get rid of any bubbles. 6. Now you can dress your dogs with the cute outfits you have made! If you have made a collar, add a silver cachous. Let the icing dry. It can take several hours. 7. Make some darker brown royal icing to the thicker toothpaste consistency. Pop it into an icing bag and pipe on the nose and the ear. 8. Using a small paintbrush and edible art paint finish off your dogs by adding the eyes! There you have some very cute winter sausage dogs.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED EDIBLES •
Wilton gel colour, brown
Edible art paint, black
Meri meri sausage dog cookie cutter Rolling pin
Knitting Weave Mould
3 icing bags (I use sandwich bags and a clip)
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A ChristmasHigh Tea Fairy Tale A ROYAL FAIRY TALE CHRISTMAS PARTY FIT FOR LITTLE PRINCES AND PRINCESSES! BY AMY SALES OF GLASS SLIPPER ENTERTAINMENT.
Why should grown-ups always get the fun Christmas parties?
The tea party theme goes perfectly with our princesses and brings so much elegance to it. We decided to hold this shoot at a very secret location (a local elderly coupleâ€™s back garden) as it was intimate and stunning; perfect for our theme. We paired this shoot with just a few simple present props, a lolly table, tea party and a few baubles.
Welcome to the fairy tale Christmas party. What a wonderful way to kick start the holiday season! Gather the children, set up a high tea table, invite some special friends and off we go! Too often we see the traditional Christmas of red and green, The location was the main prop with the gorgeous so we wanted to show the beauty of Christmas in modern colours. The scheme for this party was white archway of flowers, hedges and water fountain. Definitely a feeling of being in a land far far away! and gold, with pastel colours.
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VENDOR CREDITS Concept and characters: Glass Slipper Entertainment; Styling and coordination: Creative Themes; Photographer: Kate Johnson Photography; Childrenâ€™s clothing and accessories: Little Designer Closet 19
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A RUSTIC AUSSIE CHRISTMAS WRITE OFF WINTER AND CELEBRATE THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WITH THIS LOOK BY ANNA HOGBIN OF MAMA BEAR'S KITCHEN.
I've spent many Christmas seasons silently wondering how to reclaim the essence of an Australian Christmas while being bombarded with a tirade of unseasonal paraphernalia inspired by the Northern winter.
the dresser. I propped up two old window frames picked up from the tip shop and street rubbish collection. Using tartan checked ribbon, I tied three iced gingerbread cookie rings to the glass panel.
Snowflake tree decorations, Frosty the Snowman and delicious hot chocolate drinks might evoke thoughts of Christmas for our northern neighbours, but surely, I reasoned, there must be a way to express the joy of the season while embracing our natural beauty, vibrant colours and golden sunshine, preferably without resorting to putting Santa on a surfboard, or heaven help us, in board shorts.
While I cringe at the tacky snow inspired decorations filling our stores, there are some traditional elements of Christmas I chose to include in my display. To me, Christmas is not Christmas without gingerbread cookies, reindeer, rosemary springs and tartan checks. In keeping with the colour scheme, the tartan ribbons matched perfectly.
It is with these thoughts rattling away in my mind that I was prompted to style a Christmas dessert table which reflects our unique Australian beauty, while still holding onto the traditional elements that we all love. The theme was undoubtedly inspired by a gorgeous sideboard I own with vintage hot air balloons painted along the front. The colours of ruby red, Christmas tree green and golden yellow became the chosen palette for the entire display. These hues were also reflected in the vibrant native flowers, herbs and summer blooms used. I started by gathering vintage props and tins from my collection, to use as risers and cake stands, giving height to the display. Old tool boxes, kitchen scales, checked shortbread tins and vintage thermoses brought cohesion to the colour scheme while also adding points of interest. I wanted to keep the backdrop simple, so as not to compete with the sunshine colour of the wall behind
As the table is quite busy with two generous flower arrangements and vintage props, I wanted to keep the baked elements simple in terms of decoration. Gingerbread cookies were left plain with the exception of a tartan ribbon and a sprig of rosemary or cinnamon stick. Tying ribbon around a stack of gingerbread men makes for an easy and very cute Christmas gift. A naked gingerbread cake was adorned with two adorable deer and an abstract cookie Christmas tree. To give the cake a woodland feel, I put rosemary, yellow daisies and gum nuts behind the deer and sprinkled star anise, crushed cinnamon sticks and dried cranberries at their feet. Let me tell you, the cake smelled amazing! The star of the show was the tall red velvet cake decorated with dried orange slices and star anise, placed around the white chocolate buttercream frosting. This is an easy, yet stunning way to decorate any cake and suits the Christmas theme beautifully (continued overleaf).
(cont.) Cupcakes were also decorated with gingerbread star cookies tied with string or gold dusted cherries and edible gold stars, for a bit of Christmas magic. It did not escape my notice that there is a strong green and golden yellow accent throughout the table. In keeping with my desire to create an Aussie themed display, I felt these elements, along with the addition of ruby red to keep it all in the spirit of Christmas, helped bring together a richly coloured, bright and joyful dessert table, perfect for our Australian Summer.
VENDOR CREDITS Concept, design, styling, baked goods, props and photography: Mama Bears Kitchen; Flowers: Alstonville Florist and also Mama Bears' own garden
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Brunch and Bubbly Christmas
CARLY STEVENSON OF SASSY SNAPS PLUS SHOWS OFF HER CHRISTMAS STYLE WITH THIS BLUSHIN' BRUNCH AND BUBBLY HOLIDAY LUNCH WITH GIRLFRIENDS.
I love hosting my girlfriends over for a Christmas celebration and blush is currently my favourite trending colour (I’ve even decorated my house in blush tones). Hence the theme of this party! Elements featured in this event include the balloon garland, mimosa bar cart, dessert buffet, and my favourite feature; the blushing Christmas tree.
match. Rose gold is really trending right now and I’ve always loved that colour so wanted to incorporate that too. The end result was really warm and welcoming and the pinks made it really fun. A totally different vibe to last years cool white and silver.
Our dessert buffet featured the adorable blush reindeer cake by Lisa from Cakes2Celebrate with the rose gold antlers custom made by Emily from XOXO There were also some DIY hacks. The centrepiece Designs. Nikki from Niknaks Sweetest Treats provided was created using artificial Christmas greenery from me with Christmas desserts to match my theme Bed Bath N’ Table and large and mini Kmart baubles including cake pops, Christmas cookies, eclairs and assembled then tied together using wire. truffles. The gingerbread house was from Woolworths (pre-decorated) and I whipped up the mini pavlova The Christmas bonbons were a new DIY I wanted to do this year as I had the stunning reindeer headpieces nests using ready made nests, pink whipped cream made and didn’t want anyone replacing them with the and added a raspberry and mint leaf to garnish. paper crowns from the Christmas crackers – this way I Our bubbly cart featured our custom made Bubbly could also add what I wanted to the bonbons (lots of sign from XOXO Designs, with rose gold script to treats). match our theme. We also got the gorgeous rose gold antler stirrers for our drinks. Champagne was Our cake pop stand was created from a sleigh we picked up from Kmart that we spray painted gold. We pre-poured in coupe glasses and garnished with lime, cut to size and added some styrofoam to the inside to raspberry and mint for our guests on arrival. stand the cake pops in, then covered up using gold sweets. All of the food was made - I didn’t make a thing. Our brunch of quiche Lorraine, Caesar salad and potato salad was pre-made by Woolworths for a quick and easy serving along with fresh rolls. I highly recommend this for anyone who either doesn’t have time, can’t be bothered, or doesn’t know how to cook (me)! Inspiration for the colour scheme for this event came from my house. We recently moved and I was finally able to decorate from scratch and I wanted to go with blush tones, and as a result I wanted our Christmas to
Our dinnerware featured gold cutlery and gold charger plates with pink plates. Kmart also released brand new pink and gold drink-ware which was featured on this table setting. I know every Christmas party features those paper crowns that you pop out of Christmas crackers, but I wanted something more magical for this event so I asked Liz from Schooza Handmade to craft some adult sized Reindeer crowns (in rose gold of course). My guests loved these as a keepsake instead of the paper crowns that usually wind up in the bin on the way out.
VENDOR CREDITS Styling, props and photography: Sassy Snaps Perth; Partyware and balloons: Favor Lane Party Boutique; Confetti garland and Orbz Balloons: Ruby Rabbit Partyware; Rose Gold Antler Crowns: Schooza Handmade; Reindeer Cake and mini cupcakes: Cakes2Celebrate by Lisa; Cake pops, cookies, eclairs and truffles: Niknaks Sweetest Treats; Acrylic Signage (bar sign, stirrers, name place settings, cake toppers): XOXO Designs; Gingerbread house, mini pavlovas, quiche and caesar salad: Woolworths
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Jot Down the Joy What better way to bestow your love and greetings than with your own words in beautiful stationery.
Clockwise from top left; Christmas Ball Flex Card Pack: Oxfam; Christmas Yearbook: Little Kids Business; Hand-painted Llama Gift Tag: Elk Prints; Christmas Cat Card: Lovely Occasions; Festive Floral Cards: Typoflora
Keep It Fun and Fancy
Glistening Occasions Product Image Credit: Natalie O'Donnell Photography
Tis the silly season! It's the best excuse to decorate, embellish and be extra!
Clockwise from centre, Santa Hat: Schooza Handmade; Fabelab Christmas Stocking Lovely Deer: Wiggle Piggle; Gold Crown: Schooza Handmade; Santa's Magic Key: Glistening Occasions; Star Cake Topper: Mooi Co.; Meri Meri Bonbons: Lovely Occasions. 32
Send SomeSweet Love Go beyond the Cadbury Favourites with these custom and curated sweet treats. Opposite, Christmas Unicorn cake: Sweet CakeArt. Clockwise from centre, Cake Jars: A Little Cake Place; Stocking Cookie pack: The Cake Nook WA; Cookie pack: Cosmic Confections and Events; Profiterole Tower: Vintage Sugar Co Desserts; Biscuit packs: The Cake Nook WA; Gift pack: CandeLuxe
Make it Personal Clockwise from below; Personalised Santa Sack: Honey Bee Baby Shoppe; Personalised Christmas Countdown Calendar: Hello Red Hen; Custom family wreath: Glistening Occasions; Personalised Bauble and Santa Plate: Secret Garden Bowtique; First Christmas Milestone Card: Glistening Occasions
Glistening Occasions Product Image Credit: Natalie O'Donnell Photography
When they've got everything, give them a gift with the unique and special touch of personalisation.
'TIS THE SEASON TO SPARKLE AND SHINE! ALL THE SPARKLY AND SHINY THINGS YOU NEED FOR A PERFECT HOLIDAY CELEBRATION THIS CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR!
Clockwise from top left, Gold glitter wooden stag head bunting: Favor Lane Party Boutique; Jolly confetti cup: Lovely Occasions; Rudolph reindeer unicorn cake topper: Sugarlicious Parties; Gold foiled Christmas pudding paper napkins: Favor Lane Party Boutique. 38
Talking Tables glitterati disco ball lights, disco ball stirrers, foil curtain, mini party hats Bar by Talking Tables Party; Celebrate silver glitter cake topper: Lovely Occasions: Disco ball plates: Favor Lane Party Boutique; Silver star foil balloon: Favor Lane Party Boutique; Silver cocktail napkin - pack of 20: Lovely Occasions.
Shop Talk; Christmas & New Year WE CHAT TO SOME OF OUR PARTY FRIENDS ABOUT CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR. WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE DISH? "My favourite Christmas recipe is a festive salad in green, red and white. Start with quartered baby chat potatoes, celery, cherry red tomatoes, cranberries, mint leaves and marinated chèvre or goats cheese balls as a base. Usually I layer in a few other things as well, depending on where my inspiration for the year takes me. Always looks colourful and Christmassy and goes well as a side dish to whatever turkey, ham or prawns are being served".
ELIZABETH, ELK PRINTS "My signature Christmas dish would have to be Rocky Road. I can’t have Christmas without making some delicious, nutty, chewy, marshmallowy homemade rocky road!"
ANNA, MAMA BEARS' KITCHEN YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS?
"I want to learn 3 new things that will help me develop my skills, so I plan to undertake a few courses."
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"Take the time to recharge, exercise and spend time with people I love"
SHANNON, TYPOFLORA "I am going to spend more time playing with alternative techniques to further my skills and also just to enjoy creating new designs"!
CAITLIN, A LITTLE CAKE PLACE "Mine is to live by the motto 'you can do anything but not everything'"
AMY SALES - GLASS SLIPPER ENTERTAINMENT WHAT ARE YOUR FAVE TRADITIONS?
"I love Christmas Eve with my extended family, where we indulge in the more traditional Christmas elements, such as baked ham and bonbons, compared to the Greek style lamb on the spit on Christmas Day".
ESTHER, CONFETTI FAIR
All the best for the holidays, 2019 and beyond! Love from Confetti Fair