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ISSUE NO. 01

HELLO Here we are – the first issue of fête for 2012. We are thrilled to see how much celebrating our readers have enjoyed over the past two months. This issue our simple ideas make Valentine's Day worthy of a revisit, it's really not that hard to spoil each other. We get bored teens out of the house, music to mothers' ears after the school holidays – plus so much more! We've had a ball hitting the shops, finding all manner of perfect party products – some are everyday basics, while others are rare finds. We've also matched each story with some very cool looks – so your next brilliant party is just a click away. Our inbox is bursting with submissions from our readers and suppliers and of course we have some great ideas of our own up our sleeve. After you've read this issue cover to cover please keep watch on our Facebook page for loads of extra ideas, must-have buys and of course, news of our next issue that will be released early April.

ANNABELLE KERSLAKE A N D JA N E CA M ERON

PHOTOGRAPH BY © 4KHZ

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D E L IG H TFU L LY SWE ET TO U C H ES FO R EVE RY EVE N T SweetStyle’s gorgeous dessert and candy tables add the perfect, personal touch to every occasion

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dinner for two

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1. White and Pink Peonies $10 per stem in assorted vases and vessels by Bison in Green Tea and Tea Rose from $14 each poppiesflowers.com.au

4. Bone Spoons $2.95 each onerundle.com.au

2. Tapas Cereal Bowl $9.95 and Pasta Bowl $14.95 countryroad.com.au

6. Venus Dining Chair $99 freedom.com.au

3. Acacia Salt Dish in Natural $2.95 freedom.com.au

All other products stylists' own.

5. Pink Heart Labels besottedbrand.com

BY ANNABELLE KERSLAKE

I can’t remember the last time my husband and I celebrated Valentine's Day. Being busy is no excuse to ignore a chance to get loved up. Valentine’s Day – amongst all the commercial overkill – can still be made special and personal.

LOVE YOUR BUSY LIFE We all know the drill – on the average day you race home from work to cook dinner for the family, feed the pets, bathtime, bedtime stories, homework… it goes on and on. At the end of it all, once it’s all done you may just get a chance to sit down with your significant other, share a glass of wine and collapse on the couch together. So even if you are not a romantic at heart, why not take just a few minutes to spoil each other, lay out a beautiful table and reconnect… Sounds all too hard? We have a foolproof plan for maximum love with minimum effort. All you need is a pre-ordered takeaway meal, a special bottle of bubbles and a quick, easy sparkling dessert (made with love of course). I, for one, never get flowers on Valentine’s Day, so I buy my own to avoid disappointment – that way I know I will get my favourites to adorn the table. The whole look can be pulled together in a mere matter of minutes.

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Keep plans realistic and order in a meal that can wait until you're ready to eat – rushing around to make sure my dinner doesn’t go cold certainly isn’t my idea of relaxation and romance. Sushi is a good choice… it looks great on the plate, it can wait patiently for you until the last little ones are in bed and it’s perfect for a warm February evening.

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1. Assorted Sushi cherryblossomsushi.com 2. Tapas Cereal Bowl $9.95 and Pasta Bowl $14.95 countryroad.com.au 3. P ink Heart Labels from besottedbrand.com, jazz up store-bought toothpicks.

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P L AY L I S T LINGER

The Cranberries SHE

Elvis Costello YO U R B O DY I S A WONDERLAND

John Mayer TURN ME ON

Norah Jones HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART

Al Green YOU SEND ME

Aretha Franklin YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME

Jewel J U S T L I K E H E AV E N

The Cure

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ON THE MENU Sushi including: Egg and Mushroom Chicken Teriyaki California Rolls Pink Grapefruit Granita Chocolate Truffles French Champagne

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A pink grapefruit granita is a spectacular and easy dessert – perfect for a balmy, summer's evening. A most cooperative sweet, it can be made days before needed and prepared when everyone's good and ready. Served in Champagne saucers it feels like a real treat.

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1. Pink Grapefruit Granita by foodbusiness.com.au. Be sure to check our website for the recipe fetepress.com.au 2. Arcoroc Professional Coupe a Champagne chefshat.com.au

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Valentine’s Day is all about romance after all, so a little note and a decadent treat is the perfect surprise to cap off the night. Why not use this one day in the year to stop for a moment to make each other feel spoiled and special. It’s the perfect opportunity to show your other half that you haven’t lost that twinkle in your eye that you had when you first met. With a night this easy to prepare it may even turn in to a regular date night!

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1. Glassine Bags $4.50 per pack thepartystudio.com.au 2. Chocolate Truffles from local supermarket 3. Pink Heart Labels as before 4. White Tolix Stool available to hire $39.50 each placesettings.com.au

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VA L E N T I N E 'S D AY 1. Heart Plate in Pink and Grey $19 each perfectpieces.com.au 2. Spegels Olive Bowl in Oak $28 funkis.com 3. Tapas Cereal Bowl $9.95 and Tapas Pasta Bowl $14.95 both from countryroad.com.au 4. Haigh's Chocolate Truffles $12 per kilo haighschocolates.com.au 5. Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial $79.99 danmurphys.com.au 6. Jackson Bright Dinner Paper Napkin cittadesign.com for stockists. 7. Bone Teaspoons $8.95 each balhannahbydesign.com.au 8. House Doctor Set of Five Ceramic Vases in Assorted Designs (two designs not shown), nelsonandco.co.nz for stockists. 9. Heart of Gold Hand Printed Stationery Set USD$20 besottedbrand.com.

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VA L E N T I N E 'S D AY 1. Soft Summer Scarf $19.95 witchery.com.au 2. Cascade Sequin Tank $79.95 seedheritage.com 3. Amile Underwire Bra $89.95 and Knicker $49.95 oroton.com 4. Bottega Veneta Eau De Parfum 30ml $100 davidjones.com.au 5. Neon Nights Skinny Leg Jean $190 sassandbide.com 6. Crystalline Points Cuff USD$298 anthropologie.com 7. Mini Jewel Sandal $149.95 seedheritage.com.au

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odette's fourth birthday party

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STYLING BY ROSEBUD DESIGNS PHOTOGRAPHS BY MILK & HONEY PHOTOGRAPHY

ODETTE'S FOURTH B I R T H D AY PA R T Y When planning for her little girl’s birthday party, Anni wanted to avoid the typical commercial stereotypes and fast food onslaught. Wholesome organic party food and the prettiest, vintage details were a unique combination for Odette’s special day. Reminiscent of her own parties in the 70s, Anni, with some help from Rosebud Designs, created an old-fashioned vintage dress-up tea party. So vintage in fact that Odette’s party dress belonged to her mum when she was a little girl. The party was every little girl’s dress-up dream in vintage hues of cream, green, pink and blue – proof that children will love something unique to them, all it takes is a great idea.

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1. Pin the Tea Cup on the Teapot made by rosebuddesigns.com.au

1. U nique details including retro carnival kewpie dolls and assorted ribbons from rosebuddesigns.com.au

2. Organic spelt scones with strawberry jam and cream at agaperestaurant.com

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1. Agape Restaurant was the setting – serving up a delicious organic spread for their little guests 2. Paper Poms rosebuddesigns.com.au

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ON THE MENU Organic Spelt Finger Sandwiches: Chicken & Mayonnaise Ham & Cheese Organic Spelt Scones with Jam and Cream Plain Scones, Strawberry Jam and Cream

Organic Sweet Bites Chocolate Spelt Brownies Pink Frosting Baby Cupcakes Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Gems Sprinkle Teapot Birthday Cake, made by Odette's mum, Anni.

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Trying to avoid the character-themed dress-ups of today, Anni encouraged mums to find some old-fashioned props. It was all about big shoes, voluminous hats and glamorous costume jewels. The mums did a fabulous job finding long-forgotten treasures in their wardrobes and scouring op-shops for special bits and pieces. Odette and her nine little guests loved trying on different variations of their outfits at the party. Anni made it even more exciting by creating a dress-up stand with extra strands of beads, brooches, hats and dresses for some tryon fun! In between playing dress-ups they all enjoyed some old fashioned party games including pass the parcel, musical chairs and pin the teacup on the teapot.

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1. Hand Made Decorations including Pin Wheels, Bon Bons and Giftwrapped chocolates where all made by rosebuddesigns.com.au

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A B I R T H D AY PA R T Y 1. Flower Bed Tumbler $11.95 lovemae.com.au 2. Vintage Butterfly Garland $19.95 for 1.5m string of eight butterflies, thepartystudio.com.au 3. Heart Paper Lantern $15.95 frenchbazaar.com.au 4. Mini Kewpie Dolls $3 each papierdamour.com.au 5. Hessian Bunting $35 for 3 metres (flowers not included) followstudio.com 6. Utterly Scrumptious Napkins $6.95 for pack of 30 larkmade.com.au 7. 25cm Milk Glass Cake Stand in Pink $99.95 sweetstyle.com.au 8. Paper Crown Party Hat $9.95 seedheritage.com 9. Natural Woven Ribbon in Pale Pink $12.95 inkyco.com.au

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STATIONERY • FLOWERS • ST YLING

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A B I R T H D AY PA R T Y 1. Girls Lurex Block Cardigan $69.95 seedheritage.com 2. Peasant T-Shirt in White $24.95 countryroad.com.au 3. Pink Ribbon and Sparkle Necklace (part of necklace and earring set) $16.99 diva.net.au 4. Seven Pack Glass Pearl Bracelets $14.99 diva.net.au 5. Embroidered Coin Purse with Bee $21.95 appleandbee.com.au 6. Tulle Frill Skirt in Toffee $24.95 witchery.com.au 7. Glitter Ballet Shoes in Silver $59.95 seedheritage.com 8. Gifts wrapped in assorted papers, $3.95 per sheet lovemae.com.au

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a girls' gathering

S T Y L I N G B Y S P L E N D I D D AY S P H O T O G R A P H S B Y I L O V E W E D N E S D AY S

A G I R L S ' G AT H E R I N G This special spot, set amongst the backdrop of glorious vineyards and lavender plantations is transformed into a fairytale setting for the ultimate ladies' afternoon tea – a perfect way to celebrate a bridal shower.

Finding a jaw-dropping location for an event can be simple, any stylist or event supplier worth their salt should have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to secret locations. The key to working in such an amazing setting is to keep the details simple. Hand picked garden flowers, vintage mix-and-match chairs, plates, crystal and silverware are all this setting needs. Easily hired or sourced from family, friends and the local bric-a-brac shops for next to nothing. Plain linen cloths add continuity and calm to this eclectic decorating style. The amazing, draped marquee offers an intimate alternative in the garden, open sides allow the summer breezes in but keep the heat of the day out.

1. Set among the vineyards and lavender at Talits Estate eventsinthevines.com.au

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1. Styling, Marquee, Furniture and Linen splendiddays.com.au 2. Cut Glass Crystal, Bone China, Cutlery, Vintage Crockery and Tea Canisters thevintagekitchen.com.au

3. Flowers wornoutwares.com.au 4. Afternoon Tea catered by Monkey Place Catering facebook.com/ monkeyplacecatering

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There is no better setting to enjoy a fabulous, long, lazy afternoon filled with girltalk and giggles, flowing bubbles and old fashioned afternoon tea. Not so long ago, decorating an event with a selection of vintage pieces meant months of sourcing products – now there are some very talented suppliers who hunt out these gems, doing all the hard work for you and hire out their finds for great effect.

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1. Cut Glass Crystal, Bone China, Cutlery, Vintage Crockery and Tea Canisters thevintagekitchen.com.au 2. Styling, Marquee, Furniture and Linen splendiddays.com.au 3. Flowers wornoutwares.com.au

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Old-fashioned favourites are served up for afternoon tea. Have a caterer do the hard work for you or rally friends and family around to pitch in with their specialities.

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A GIRLS' GATHERING 1. Vintage Royal Doulton Somerset Pattern Entrée Plate from Lowood Antiques, one of many vintage plates found at ebay.com.au 2. Louis Roederer Cristal $299.99 danmurphys.com.au 3. Vintage Napkins $15 each household-linens.com 4. V&B Miss Desiree Champagne Flute $18 each petersofkensington.com.au 5. Vintage Daher Floral Tin USD$12 from Zees Vintage, one of many found at etsy.com 6. Bentwood Chair in Walnut $14.75 to hire from placesettings.com.au 7. Liberty Cake Plate in Blue $8.80 to hire, Liberty Milk Jug $3.30 to hire and Liberty Sugar Pot $2.27 to hire, all from hiresociety.com.au 8. Signature Tea Cup in Pastel Yellow $24.95 cristinare.com

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A GIRLS' GATHERING 1. Florentina Fur Stole in Chartreuse $49.95 sportsgirl.com.au 2. Tempest Wool Floppy Hat in Cognac $99.95 mimco.com.au 3. Large Hoop Earrings $20 kookai.com.au 4. Grande Carpet Bag No. 25 USD$335 marykaiserltd.com 5. Flower Patch Dress £55 topshop.com 6. Paula Enamel Bangle in White $39.95 sportscraft.com.au 7. Elsa Peretti® Cabochon Ring $3,650 8. See by Chloe Cut Out Heeled Shoe Boots £270 asos.com

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N OT S I M P LY H O M E WA R E S …

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jane's birthday party

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A B I R T H D AY PA R T Y BY JANE CAMERON

With a birthday that falls smack bang in the middle of the summer holiday season, there's really no excuse not to celebrate with a party. It's a time of year when everyone is in relaxation mode, done with the hectic busyness of Christmas, not yet thinking of work, just looking for a chance to get together with friends, share good food, a few drinks and some great conversation. As we live in a small, heritage cottage our entertaining area is limited so we had to be clever when it came to feeding 50+ people, making sure each one had a cold drink and a place to sit and chat. Our courtyard is tiny and houses the world's biggest dog kennel so we didn't have a lot of room to move – the small space did however make the mood more intimate which worked just fine. I am completely enamoured with festoon party lights and use any feeble excuse to put them up. They can transform any environment into an enchanting celebration and impart such a beautiful light it's hard to resist them. We simply bought the ordinary coloured variety from our local hardware store and swapped out the coloured globes for low-watt frosted globes. Long after the party has been and gone I am resolved to keep them up for as long as they keep twinkling.

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1. Pokal Glass $0.95 ikea.com.au

1. Arlec Ten Piece Party Light Kit $24 bunnings.com.au. Coloured globes swapped for low-watt frosted globes $3.95 each also from bunnings.com.au

2. Wooden Crate from a variety to hire poppiesflowers.com.au 3. S  triped Cushion $29.95 onerundle.com.au

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My husband, John, is a chef so he, and our friend and chef, Ines, set about creating an Asian feast, all pre-prepared before the party, or cooked to order on the night in a giant wok they brought home from the restaurant. We served each dish in takeout containers so guests could help themselves to whatever course they fancied. We could have easily ordered takeout from our favourite restaurant but it was exciting having it cooked right in front of our guests. FĂŠTE 01 PAGE 56

ON THE MENU Cold Rolls with Dipping Sauce Spring Rolls Char Kway Teow Sambal Prawns Pawpaw Salad Steamed Buns with Peanut Sauce

1. Pokal Glass $0.95 ikea.com.au 2. Wooden Crate from a variety to hire poppiesflowers.com.au 3. Wooden Picnic Forks $4.95 for pack of ten emeraldandella.com.au

4. Wooden Chopsticks $5.50 for pack of 100 pack-mart.com.au 5. Glass Confit Jar $40 loveloansandlinen.com.au

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Styling was kept simple. We hired lots of wooden crates and used them for all manner of purposes – upturned with cushions for seating, overflowing with glassware, or scattered around the courtyard as a place to rest a glass while eating. We kept the drinks' menu tight and set up a station outside with lots of ice, fresh lime wedges and clean glasses so guests could help themselves when we weren't nearby. Bottles of each brew were stashed in galvanised iron tubs, filled to the brim with ice so a cold one was never far away. FÊTE 01 PAGE 58

THE DRINKS MENU Alcoholic Ginger Beer Gin and Mint Punch Gin & Tonic

1. Wooden Crate from a variety to hire poppiesflowers.com.au 2. S triped Cushion $29.95 onerundle.com.au

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3. Fino Noodle Bowls 18cm $7.95 each freedom.com.au

Mineral Water

4. Vase $139 balhannahbydesign.com.au

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John surprised me during the evening by opening a very special vintage bottle of Champagne, one that he had been saving for such an occasion. It was enormous – a three-litre Jeroboam – which meant each one of our guests was able to share in a glass and toast to a brand new year.

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A B I R T H D AY PA R T Y 1. Pokal Glass $0.95 ikea.com.au 2. Storage Box for Wine, nelsonandco.co.nz for stockists. 3. Wooden Forks $6 for pack of 20 thepartystudio.com.au 4. Takeout Containers 8oz $15 or 16oz $18 for pack of 50 pack-mart.com.au 5. Wooden Chopsticks $5.50 for pack of 100 pack-mart.com.au 6. Tanqueray London Dry Gin $39.99 per 700ml bottle danmurphys.com.au 7. Stella Artois Beer $44.99 for case of 24 stubbies danmurphys.com.au 8. Festoon Party Lights available to hire, try lxproductions.com.au or purchase Arlec Ten Piece Party Light Kit $24 bunnings.com.au 9. Fancy Round Globes $17 for pack of 10 lightingpro.com.au

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boutique photography for your family and your celebrations

VALENTINE'S DAY lunch for family

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STYLING BY LITTLE SOOTI & HAM AND PEA DESIGN PHOTOGRAPHS BY LEE BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

VA L E N T I N E ' S D AY L U N C H F O R FA M I LY Not everyone has a significant other with whom to share Valentine’s Day so inviting extended family around to spread the love is the next best thing. It’s simple and authentic entertaining at its best. Flowers are synonymous with this loved-up day so go to town – beautifully arranged bouquets in vibrant greens pretty up a natural and organic-style setting and create a fresh focal point for the tablecentre. Simple, seasonal produce on the menu includes green olive and lemon pasta for entrée and salmon with bean purée and smokey lemon dressing for the main. A generous cheese board and a selection of desserts will have everyone satisfied. Create some amazing family moments sharing a meal across the table and enjoy the love that surrounds you.

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1. Concept, Design and Styling littlesooti.com.au & hamandpea.com 2. Invitation and Printables hamandpea.com 3. Flowers aschajolie.com.au 4. Linen Cloth available to hire from littlesooti.com.au 5. Serving Plates available to hire from littlesooti.com.au

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Simple linens and a roll of butchers’ paper is all that’s needed to set the tone for this family gathering. An abundance of fresh flowers can be pre-ordered and collected the day before and clever xo stationery can be arranged as a special detail on the day.

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1. Concept, Design and Styling by littlesooti.com.au & hamandpea.com 2. Invitation and Printables by hamandpea.com 3. Flowers by aschajolie.com.au 4. Linen Cloth available to hire from littlesooti.com.au 5. Serving Plates available to hire from littlesooti.com.au

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1. Cheese, Jams, Chutney and Dried Fruit farmgatecheese.com.au 2. Stationery and Printables by hamandpea.com

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A selection of homestyle sweets including lemon-toffee cheesecake and macarons, make an impressive spread. Sweet treats entice guests to linger longer, happy to share favourite stories all afternoon. What isn't eaten at the table can be sent home with family as thanks for a great day. Chilled vanilla panna cotta, presented in miniature flip-top jars make a perfect takehome treat, packaged up and ready to go at a moment's notice. Chances are there won't be a morsel to spare with a menu this tempting.

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1. Cake and Desserts from sweetcheekscookiesandcakes.com.au

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VA L E N T I N E 'S D AY LU N C H 1. Panama Straw Hat $59.95 seedheritage.com 2. Janice Floral Scarf $24.95 sportsgirl.com.au 3. Broderie Tunic $149.95 witchery.com 4. Redeagle Sunglasses $39.95 sportsgirl.com.au 5. Feather Charm Bracelet $14.95 seedheritage.com 6. Taliah Bag $249 countryroad.com.au 7. Pippa Ocelot Purse $39.95 seedheritage.com 8. Caleb Boot $249.95 wittner.com.au

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VA L E N T I N E 'S D AY LU N C H 1. Mini Spice Jars with Clamps $12.30 for set of six crateandbarrel.com 2. Josephine Entrée Plate $15.50 perfectpieces.com.au 3. Natural Jute Twine Spool $4.50 each followstudio.com 4. Macarons $2.50 each ciboespresso.com.au 5. Donna Hay for Royal Doulton Small Board $18 petersofkensington.com.au 6. S&P Natural Baguette Platter and Oil Dish saltandpepper.com.au for stockists. 7. White Basics Cake Stand 31cm $39.95 maxwellandwilliams.com 8. Carpineto Chianti Classico $19.99 danmurphys.com.au 9. Laguiole Cheese Knife Set $89 alfrescoemporium.com.au

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Extraordinary Pieces For Your Everyday

a pool party

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photographs by shona henderson

a pool pa r t y When you’re a teenager, school holidays seem to go forever – and often you can’t wait to get back to school to catch up with all the girls and swap holiday hero stories. Jane’s good friend, Mo and her husband, Simon, have just wound up their busy holiday schedule with their two daughters Ceci and Lulu and their youngest, Jock. The girls planned a back-to-school pool party to catch up on all the gossip with their friends, making the most of the February heat. Amongst the sharing of holiday tales there were loads of laughs and lots of fun in the pool. Teenagers love photos and with iPhones at the ready all these good times make the best happy snaps. Claudia and Lulu downloaded the Hipstamatic app – a super cool, retro-filter for the iPhone camera – it made taking photos a lot of fun and they all ended up with some great pics to post on Facebook that night.

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1. L-R: Ceci, Lulu, Tiana, Ellen and Claudia roll up for some poolside action. Ellen wears Swing Sweat Dress $69.95 countryroad.com.au

1. Havana Stripe Beach Towel in Yellow $24.95 birdsnest.com.au 2. Hipstamatic App $1.99 itunes.apple.com/au

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Ceci and Lulu planned a taco bar, with refried beans, and loads of fresh ingredients piled up high for friends to help themselves. Together with some delicious dips and nibbles there was plenty to keep everyone happy. Fancy soft drinks, stashed on ice, added a pop of colour and kept everyone’s thirst quenched throughout the day.

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1. Ceci wears Waterfront Bikini jets.com.au 2. L ulu wears Reminisce Bikini jets.com.au Other girls wearing their own swimwear.

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VEGETARIAN CHILLI BEANS

250G LIMA BEANS 250G KIDNEY BEANS 2 ONIONS 5 S TA L K S C E L E R Y 750G CARROT 2 B AY L E AV E S ½ BUNCH FRESH THYME 25G DRIED CHILLI FL AKES 25G GARLIC 250ML VIRGIN OLIVE OIL 250M L V EG E TA B L E O I L 500ML TOMATO JUICE 5 CANS TOMATOES S A LT TO TA S T E – 2 T S P P E P P E R TO TA S T E – 1 T S P S U G A R TO TA S T E – 2 T S P

Soak beans separately overnight in three times their volume in water (ie 750ml each). Boil beans in separate pots until just cooked. Times will vary due to differing beans, between 45 minutes to 90 minutes so check regularly. Once cooked, rinse beans well in cold, running water. Chop onions, celery, carrot and garlic and fry off in vegetable oil until well caramelised. Mix in cooked beans, add canned tomatoes, chilli flakes, herbs and juice then transfer to large baking tray, cover with foil and bake for 3-4 hours at 175 oC. When it comes out of the oven, season with salt, pepper and sugar. Mix through cold virgin olive oil and serve. Beans can be made well in advance and frozen until needed. Can be frozen for approximately 6 months. RECIPES BY THE FOOD BUSINESS

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1. Bowls part of Eva Five Piece Serving Set $29.95 freedom.com.au 2. Waratah Salad Servers in Orange $14.95 sunnylife.com.au 3. Sugo Large Platter $49.95 countryroad.com.au 4. Basic Tumbler in Avoca $7.95 each sunnylife.com.au

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Vibrant and wholesome, these dips look as good as they taste. Served up with filled flatbreads they keep the hunger pains at bay for a house-full of growing teens. Get some friends together the night before or the morning of your party and make your own dips to mix with store-bought ones. We loved the guacamole and mango salsa dip – so easy to make and an economical way to feed the masses when served with an overflowing bowl of corn chips.

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1. Assorted Dips foodbusiness.com.au & bubblensqueakonline.com.au 2. Mangowood Divided Tray Three Part $19.95 freedom.com.au 3. 26l Tubtrug in Orange $16.95 howardsstorageworld.com.au 4. Assorted Schweppes 300ml Bottles $4.49 for four from local supermarket

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1. Mango Salsa Dip served in Chip & Dip in Avoca $22.95 sunnylife.com.au 2. Mocktails served in Plastic Martini Glass $0.70 each from local supermarket or party supply shop 3. Korobond Parasols $1.49 for pack of 24 from local supermarket

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For a bit of fun the girls loved the idea of serving up mocktails after lunch. On a hot day, filled to the brim with ice and garnished with cocktail umbrellas, pineapple and ruby red grapefruit they went down a treat.

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1. Friend, Bec, served the girls drinks, wearing Bells Shift Dress in Tangerine $39.97 sunnylife.com.au

3. Jock and his mate, Jimmy, have a go at a bit of backyard cricket using Beach Cricket set $34.97 sunnylife.com.au

2. Bec is carrying Serving Tray in Avoca $22.97 sunnylife.com.au

4. Tiana wears bikini in Solmar Sea by roxyaustralia.com.au

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P L AY L I S T PUMPED UP KICKS

Foster the People PA R A D I S E

Coldplay TURN ME ON

David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj WILD ONES

Flo Rida featuring Sia I LOVE IT

Hilltop Hoods featuring Sia FEELS SO CLOSE

Calvin Harris TA K E CA R E

Drake featuring Rihanna D E D I CAT I O N T O M Y E X

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To cool things down the girls shared fresh fruit skewers while they kicked back and relaxed, listening to their favourite tunes – all the while, texts, secrets and laughs were being exchanged!

1. 35.5cm Platter in Avoca $24.95 sunnylife.com.au 2. Picnic Rug in Clifton $39.95 sunnylife.com.au 3. Mandalay Sounds, water and sand resistant radio and speaker box (suitable for iPhones and iPods), $49.95 sunnylife.com.au

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A POOL PART Y 1. Hand Painted Bowls $35 each orsonandblake.com.au 2. Candy Stripe Bags in Yellow $5.01 for pack of 20 thepartystudio.com.au 3. 26l Tubtrug in Orange $16.95 hsw.com.au 4. Waratah Salad Servers in Orange $10.47 sunnylife.com.au 5. Sugo Large Platter $49.95 countryroad.com.au 6. Eva Five Piece Serving Set $29.95 freedom.com.au 7. Deckhaus Deck Chair $69 freedom.com.au 8. Marimekko In Good Company Oiva Plate in Turquoise $19 funkis.com 9. Retro Stripe Paper Straws in Lemon $10 for pack of 24 thepartystudio.com.au

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A POOL PART Y 1. Wide Brim Fedora in Natural $29.95 sportsgirl.com.au 2. Flourish Bikini in Marigold $119.95 tigerlilyswimwear.com.au 3. Oversized Metallic Top $79.95 seedheritage.com 4. Yellow Van der Woodsen Necklace $29.99 lovisa.com.au 5. Ellery Ginger Sunglasses $330 grazmulcahy.com 6. Double Pocket Relaxed Short $79.95 countryroad.com.au 7. Braxton Wedge $69 ninewest.com.au 8. Canvas Beach Bag in Natural and Yellow cittadesign.com.au for stockists

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A POOL PART Y 1. Red Palm Print Bandeau Bikini £26 topshop.com 2. Beach Cami in White $69.95 witchery.com.au 3. Deco Stone Collar $29.95 sportsgirl.com.au 4. TV Plastic Square Sunglasses in Yellow £16 topshop.com 5. Broderie Detail Denim Short $49.95 dotti.com.au 6. Vibe Sandal $49.99 billabonggirls.com.au 7. Emanating Light Clutch USD$198 anthropologie.com 8. Vertical Print Tote $59.95 countryroad.com.au

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all your party needs

a day at the races

STYLING BY GEORGEOUS PHOTOGRAPHS BY SARAH WOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

A D AY AT T H E R A C E S When race day hits, our talented friends at Georgeous take corporate functions to whole new level. Bold statements are made with a vibrant colour palette, which of course is masterfully pulled back with some neutral basics. This look is far removed from the ho-hum clichĂŠ of business entertaining and bound to be a winner. Racing is always synonymous with fresh, vibrant florals, here a mix and match of colours is sublime. A combination of loose arrangements set on simple kraft paper-covered tabletops, make room for some very special, hand made details. Light and bright this setting is bound to get race-goers raring to go.

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1. Race Day Styling by georgeous.com.au 2. Flowers by ceciliafox.com.au 3. The felt covered stools were custommade for the day by georgeous.com.au

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Floral genius, Cecilia Fox, created the table arrangements. A collection of poppies, Bells of Ireland, sweet peas, spray roses and peonies in mix-andmatch coloured glass vases come to life on the tabletops. This vibrant palette inspired hand tie-dyed and sewn cushions, dotting bursts of colour around the seating areas.

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1. Flowers by ceciliafox.com.au 2. Coloured Glass Vases georgeous.com.au

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Flowers, en masse, in a variety of shapes and forms add interest to complement vases in varying heights. It's all about scale and proportion and creating visual interest – the team at Georgeous makes it look so easy.

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1. Flowers by ceciliafox.com.au 2. Coloured Glass Vases georgeous.com.au

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Even the best in the business use some simple tricks of the trade – kraft paper tablecloths provides an understated blank canvas for a clever combination of colours. Each placesetting is artfully embellished with hand drawn illustrations – no one will forget their place, even after a drink or two!

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Georgeous in-house creative guru, Claire Gilbert, individually stitched cutlery pockets for each guest's setting. A screen printed horse, in a vibrant shade of watermelon graces each pocket, an understated reminder about the purpose of the day. Small details that make a grand statement.

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1. Screen Printed and Hand Stitched Napkin Pockets georgeous.com.au 2. Styling by georgeous.com.au 3. Flowers by ceciliafox.com.au

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A D AY AT T H E R A C E S 1. Frosta Stool $14.95 ikea.com.au 2. Diod Glass Vase in Blue and Turquoise $3.95 each ikea.com.au 3. Heather Phillips Prize Ribbon in Orange USD$10 curiosityshoppeonline.com 4. Horse Stencil $3.99 etchglassaustralia.com.au 5. Raw Linen Napkins in Natural/White $24.90 for set of four wallacecotton.com 6. Jewel Glass Vase in Amber and Grass Green $40.25 each diversedecor.com.au 7. Party Treat Box in Kraft $12.95 for set of 12 sambellina.com.au 8. The Society Inc. Colours Paint in Grosgrain murobond.com.au 9. Marbig Kraft Paper Roll 600mm x 340m $71.39 officeworks.com.au

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A D AY AT T H E R A C E S 1. Hand Made Flower Fascinator $69.95 birdsnest.com.au 2. Agent 99 Trench $299 gormanshop.com.au 3. Opium Sunglasses $179 mimco.com.au 4. Burberry Body Eau De Parfum 35ml $90 davidjones.com.au 5. I Touched The Clouds Frock $469 alannahhill.com.au 6. Simone Perele Romance Push Up Bra $94.95 and Bikini $44.95 davidjones.com.au 7. Anya Hindmarch Valorie Matte-Rubber Clutch ÂŁ216.67 net-a-porter.com 8. Raw Stone Ring in Rose $29.95 witchery.com.au 9. Goldeneye Pump in Coral $139.95 mollini.com.au

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