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EDITOR’S HELLO

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Our first issue for the year and a brand new look! I wanted to shake things up a little and have something on the cover that stood out, was a bit different and completely on trend - the flatlay look is here to stay. We jazzed up the masthead, and what better way than to scream CONFETTI from the front cover and make sure people know we are here? And to be kind to the environment we are now printing on uncoated paper. We hope you love the new look as much as we do. The magazine is still pack full of gorgeous parties, loads of inspirations, doit-yourself’s and our regular features; Head Space, Party Antics, Things we Love and more. Throwing a great party isn’t just about inviting the right guests, it is about creating an environment that your guests can have fun in, a space that you can add your own personal touch and create a lasting impression. That is what Confetti Fair Magazine is about; fun, personal touches and leaving a lasting impression.

e Clair xo

Enjoy!

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this issue 32. fondant cake | tutorial 34. edible images | tutorial 36. easter egg hunt | diy 38. do it yourself party | diy 47. the perfect birthday 56. party influence - air, earth, fire, water

real celebrations 86. mono easter 96. not so sweet 16 104. vintage fireman 110. pastel 114. art party 120. mad scientist 128. ben and holly 132. barefoot wedding 140. ten year 144. twinkle twinkle

every issue 5. editor’s hello 8. awesome contributors 11. insta crush 13. book club 15. what’s new | edible art

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17. things we love | party plates 19. head space | your one and only 23. fab find | the mirror frame 150. the raw ingredient | coconut balls 156. party antics | the dress code decoder 159. competition - little studio booth party


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a t s n i CRUSH

In the world of social media nothing stands out like gorgeous pics. Here are some of our favourite creative Insta peeps right now.

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“YOU’VE GOT TO CREATE AND CHASE YOUR DREAMS. THEY DON'T JUST FALL OFF TREES.”

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WHAT’S NEW ARTISTS TAKE BRUSH TO CANVAS, SWEET MAKERS TAKE BRUSH TO FONDANT, WELL THEY WANTED TO, BUT THERE WASN’T A FOOD PAINT THAT COULD WORK ON ALL MEDIUMS, UNTIL NOW. WE CHAT TO MIRANDA PIOTROVSKA OF SWEET STICKS

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WHO HAS CREATED THE FOOD ARTISTS DREAM PRODUCT - EDIBLE PAINT.

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How did you come up with the idea? I've been specialising in sweet treats on a stick for a good three years now and have discovered along the way most of the design requests are detailed, intricate and time consuming to make. By the time you're finished its more a labor of love rather than making a dollar. For me, this had to change. I follow alot of different cake groups on social media and this is a huge topic within the cake industry. Not making enough money for the time that is spent on the finished product. I totally had to change this. While researching I stumbled across a few different products in the market and one day when I was bouncing ideas off to a friend of mine her words 'make your own' totally stuck in my head. It wasn't until a few months after that conversation I thought, why not? What was the lead up like to getting the product right? It was actually really fun and really interesting. I became a mad scientist for half the year. When my boys would go down for the night I would research different ingredients and learn what each of them do. Then I bought of all these crazy ingredients plus some and started playing around with each of them. Friends would come over and we’d have mad scientist nights to help develop the paint. Endless emails and phone calls to cake friends on advice and questions and learning all the background information that's required in creating a product. Before Edible Art Decorative Paint launched it was called Paint On Chocolate and within just weeks of launching it my supplier offered a new ingredient they just developed and once I tried it, I knew this was it. It was better, so much better and not only did it paint on chocolate but it changed everything, because it painted on practically anything. The paint was taken offline, a patent was filed, it was re-launched as Edible Art Decorative Paint and here we are! Who can use it? This is the beauty about this product. Anyone can use it. From the hobbyist cake decorator to the professional cake designer, the cookie artists, chocolatiers, cake pop makers and to anyone who wants to paint on food rather than a canvas. It pretty much caters for everybody. Describe yourself? I'm a wifey, a mum of two, a food lover, blogger, online store owner, recipe maker, presenter, no-bake baker and now a food paint developer. I wear a lot of hats but we only live once and I want to make sure I have no regrets in life. My thought process is; at least I tried, what's the worst thing that can happen? It doesn't work? Ok cool, learn from it and take that experience into making something else amazing. All the dots do join up at the end of it all I believe. You’ve got to create and chase your dreams. They don't just fall off trees.

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WE ARE A BOUTIQUE DESIGN STUDIO, CREATING CUSTOMISED AND AFFORDABLE COLLECTIONS OF PERSONALISED INVITATIONS, CARDS AND PARTY PRINTABLES. ADD A STYLISH TOUCH TO ANY DESSERT TABLE OR EVENT. SIMPLY PRINT, CUT AND PARTY!

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FAB FIND

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mirror FRAME

When styling a party you need one key piece of furniture to wrap every other idea around, it could be a recycled piece, something passed down from your gran or even a curb-side pickup. Once you have the staple piece you can use it in a number of ways for many celebrations to come. Here are three different ways to use an ornate mirror frame... WANT TO READ MORE? BUY THIS ISSUE OR SUBSCRIBE FOR A YEAR

CREDITS : Jimket (styling, props and floristry), My Proposal Co (proposal space), Dessert Inc (dessert cups), Ianessa Creations (naked cake, cakepops and cupcakes)

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DO IT YOURSELF

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Everyone loves a little DIY and if you have creative blood pumping through your veins chances are you will want to add your own little DIY elements to your next celebration. Deliciously Yours teaches you have to cover a cake with fondant, Custom Icing shows you how to personalise your party sweets with edible images, Party Affairs gives you tips on creating a fun Easter soiree and Confetti Bash shows you just how easy it is to put together a party with some cool DIY tips.

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PARTY INFLUENCE WITH LIFE’S LITTLE CELEBRATIONS

air My vision for the Baby Shower to relate to an "Air" theme was to include clouds, balloons and kites. To tie in the baby shower element, I brought in the “About to Pop” as it relates to both air and baby. I also wanted to make it pastel, fun and a bit quirky, with a pop of colour at the same time. There's also a subtle underlying geometric theme to it with the different shapes scattered throughout. The kites, the bright pink geometric shapes, the hexagon copper wire baskets, the painted wooden boxes, pyramid chocolates and the diamond shaped featured on the cake, all assisted in creating this look. The perfect invitation was created as it included a confetti filled balloon, contained in a box. When the box was opened the balloon “popped” out, and confetti pops were featured for the favours. Our location had textured wasll that I could hang a floating foliage installation and cookies down from it. I wanted to do this to tie in the air element as it would give a floating feeling to the look. The wall made from packing crates created the ideal backdrop for what I wanted to achieve, as it enabled me to tie, hang and float down from it. With the foliage installation, instead of making it hang down exactly the same at each end, I made it flow from one end and down on one edge to make the scene flow. And rather than having the cookies sitting on a plate they were hung down from the wall secured by fishing line. The cake board was intentionally left under the cake, as it added a bold white circle, which tied in with the clouds and the shapes, and gave extra touch of visual interest. As the different colours and textures were a feature in the look this added to the quirky feel. Handmade elements were the floating foliage installation, florals, the cloud cushion on the couch, which I made by cutting around the inside of a cushion insert and wrapping battery operated fairy lights around it. I hand painted the wooden boxes with pink paint, deliberately in two separate geometric patterns, and then painted the main box the cake sat on in solid pink to draw the eye in... WANT TO READ MORE? BUY THIS ISSUE OR SUBSCRIBE FOR A YEAR

CREDITS : Peppermint Sunday (concept, design, styling, flowers confetti balloons, props and straws), Jo Studio (invitation, welcome sign, “Pop” straw tags, bag tags, confetti pops and lip gloss favours), Frosted by Nicci (hanging cookies), Treats for Evie (cake), Chocobo (pastel pyramid chocolates), Merc & Jones (cupcake toppers, cloud straw tages, Oh Baby backdrop sign), Glistening Occasios (cake topper), Sweet Petite Creations (macarons and cupcakes), Love the Occasion (treat bags, baking cups, honeycomb balls and pastel striped ice-cream cups), Petite Portios (cake stands), My Sweet Event (drink dispenser, milk bottles, cake stands and teal table), Kmart (mini cloud lights and copper baskets), Spotlight (cloud light), Good Day Rentals (white trestle table, drinks trolley, love seat) Melbourne Arts Club Studio (venue), Neiyo Photography (photography).

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PARTY INFLUENCE WITH LIFE’S LITTLE CELEBRATIONS

earth Love is a celebration, a journey, a collection of thoughts and feelings. Everything on the table relates to the all important thing in life, finding your true love. Drawing from the colours and textures of the earth I created a relaxed bridal shower table. Set outside in a gorgeous courtyard, the table was laid with an eclectic mix of display stands and platters incorporating natural elements such as stone, wood, paper and metal. Upon the display sat proudly the beautiful desserts in shades of greens, greys and sandy whites. The earthy tones on the table are contrasted by pretty floral arrangements featuring orange and peach. Guests could take home party favours created in little glass bottles, labelled and filled with organic tea. Hand painted leaves and feathers scattered around the table symbolising items in life that may have been collected or walked over on the path to find that one true love... WANT TO READ MORE? BUY THIS ISSUE OR SUBSCRIBE FOR A YEAR

CREDITS : The Simple Party (concept and styling), Sweet Heavenly Events and Party Hire (props and cake stands), I Will Invitations (menu cards and place cards), DIY Parties by Renee (cake topper), Elk Prints (feathers, leaves, typewriter page), Kels Gift Labelling (labels and tags), Party Splendour Balloons (balloons), Foamtastic Party Décor (foam love sign), Floral Fix (flowers), Sweets With Love (naked cake), Best Dressed Cookies (cookies), Dom’s Strawberries Delight (strawberry tower), One Bite (macaron tower), One Sweet Chick Couture Cookies & Cakes (cake pops and chocolates), Inspired Health by Dee (loose leaf tea), Captured by Kirri Photography (photography).

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PARTY INFLUENCE WITH LIFE’S LITTLE CELEBRATIONS

fire Inspired by fiery young hearts in love, this engagement party had a light-hearted, modern and playful feel to it. The colour scheme was inspired by the colours of a blazing flame including lots of red, orange and yellow set against a clean white background to highlight the fiery colours. The handmade invitation and backdrop inspired by word search puzzle added the fun and frisky touch to the set up. The theme was brought to life with lots of red hearts and elements of fire on the table including heart shaped macarons and cookies, mini dessert cups with hearts on them whilst the cake and cupcakes represented fire. An engagement celebration wouldn’t be complete without a little bubbly and berry, which was also featured on the table. The jumbo red balloons with the fiery tails completed the set up with a fun and happy note... WANT TO READ MORE? BUY THIS ISSUE OR SUBSCRIBE FOR A YEAR

CREDITS : The Pumpkin Carriage (concept and styling and mini dessert cups), Born to Party (jumbo balloons, mini balloons and honeycombs), Paperface (backdrop, balloon tails, garland and paperie), Prop My Party (cake stands), Savvy Cakes by Lena (cake and cupcakes), The Sweetpop Kitchen (chocolate pops), Miss Confetti (decorated cookies), Arelio Sweetbox (macarons), Captured by Kirri (photography).

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PARTY INFLUENCE WITH LIFE’S LITTLE CELEBRATIONS

water What better way to celebrate a water theme than through the carefree joy of being at the beach. This enabled the little ones to just be; running in the sand, collecting shells by the bucket full, splashing in the waves, eating crab stick cookies and more. We chose an Under the Sea theme to represent water and used countless amazing elements such as the hand crafted lemonade stand and rustic timber stand. Every other element was hand chosen to coordinate with the stunning water theme. The flower garlands were in the colours of aqua, purple and gold. The feather head-dress pieces were handmade and the pop of colour in these completed the little ones matching outfits. Octopus tops for the boys and mermaid tutus for the girls were the outfits for the day and the kids loved that they had something special to wear, it really brought the whole look and feel together. The stunning seaside themed cake smelt simply amazing. No party is complete without balloons and these two gorgeous balloons set the scene, and all around knew we were celebrating... WANT TO READ MORE? BUY THIS ISSUE OR SUBSCRIBE FOR A YEAR

CREDITS : Sprinkled Event Stylist (event styling and coordination), Giggles and Grace Design (party invitations and printables design of backdrop and chocolate wrappers), Tiny Tutu Cake Couture (cupcake tutus), Frosted by Nicci (clam cookies and mermaid tail cookies), Petite Cookies (crab stick wands and gingerbread mermaid cookies), Sweetcheeks Cookies and Cakes (birthday cake and buttercream cupcakes), Chocobon (chocolate coated strawberries), Glistening Occasions (custom made under the sea cake topper, sea shell and mermaid cupcake toppers), DD Brand (handmade tassels, garland and giant balloon tassels), Kreate a Dream (feather headdress), Merc & Jones (mermaid tags, mermaid signage and mermaid dessert spoons), Hanging Pretty (handmade flower garlands and head pieces), Little Kite (turquoise lolly bags), Boutique Balloons (giant balloons), Port Melbourne Surf Life Saving Club (beach), Astir Images (photography).

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REAL PARTIES

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Alexander loves everything fireman, he adores wearing a

With all these gorgeous bright red treats on open display,

firemans helmet and has a beautiful bright yellow one. He

and a party for 50 plus in a nearby park, meant standing

also has a vintage fireman toy box that he loves to use as

guard and keeping an eye out for little fingers. Park friendly

his very own fire truck. Lynne is one of my dearest friends,

pigeons proved to also be a challenge from the moment we

and when she asked me to join in celebrating Alexander’s

arrived, they had their eyes on everything, and my two little

third birthday with a fireman theme, I was beside myself with

boys had their eyes on them, chasing away any that came

excitement.

too close!

Having worked with Lynne before on Alexander’s first

But to them it was all part of the fun and adventure. It meant

birthday, she felt comfortable to leave it to me. After sharing

keeping a lookout across the display for the entire event,

a few ideas as inspiration we were away, and the feature

but it meant I could chat with the mums and dads as they

colours became evident, and the overall look more and

arrived, all amazed at the beautiful display.

more obvious. To complete the vintage look I used a lot of rustic timber, Whilst I worked tirelessly to bring everything together for

(timber paling lemonade stands were used as the feature

Alexander and his 25 little guests (plus mums and dads),

for the display, and two were required to piece everything

Lynne worked very hard on a very special project of her

together), rustic timber crates were used as props and display

own, 25 cardboard firman trucks complete with steering

surfaces, tin pales, timber log cake stands, hesion, and little

wheels, truck wheels and personalised number plates.

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Needless to say these were a big hit with party goers of all ages and sizes. Each little party guest went home with a pail full of goodies, personalised chocolate bars, beautiful fireman’s cookies (with edible images that matched the overall printed design), natural confectionary company lollies, lollypops, and more. Delicious cupcakes and cake pops were also popular take home goodies.

CREDITS : Sprinkled (concept, styling and props), Giggles and Grace (invitations and thank you cards, chocolate bar wrappers, thank you tags, cookie toppers, and backdrop), Queen Baker (cake), Sugar Pop Bakery (fireman hat and star cakepops), Sweet Sticks (acrylic cakepop stands).

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REAL PARTIES

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The perfect theme for little Miss Sweet Pea’s birthday party

It is old school hospitality making the sweet and savoury

had to have a rainbow of pastels. An afternoon tea and

delights for your guests instead of throwing processed food

crafting was planned and invitations hand delivered to her

on the table. I understand this takes time. I like to make at

besties at school.

least one item when I throw a party but usually I bake and make everything from scratch. Most food for kids parties

As an event stylist I have collected some gorgeous vintage

can be prepped beforehand and just involves heating any

pieces from local markets and travels abroad. I knew this

last minute items.

sweet little dolls dresser would take centre stage at this party. A scattering of handmade paper strawberry box favours

The girls had a wonderful afternoon sipping on home-

in soft vintage hues perched on this divine blue dresser.

made organic raspberry cordial and a raspberry tea cake with sprinkles. A table of giggling girls singing along to

I love to add handcrafted items to parties and celebrations.

Taylor Swift as they got their craft on and they could

It adds a uniqueness and attention to detail which you

not have been happier. They made their own pom-

cannot buy from the local party shop. Little Miss Sweet Pea

pom garlands to take home and decorate their rooms...

loved making this ribbon garland which is easy to assemble,

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the hardest part was picking the ribbons. The kids love to be a part of the preparation giving them a sense of pride and also valuing the time it takes to throw a party.

CREDIT : In All Things Beautiful (styling, cake, favours, photography).

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REAL PARTIES

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ART PARTY

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When my friend Natalie, Madison’s Mum quizzed me for

flavoured swiss meringue buttercream, and cookies and

ideas for her cutie’s second birthday, I asked what she loved

cream eclairs. We also had some amazing paint palette

to do the most. When I found out little Madi was quite the

cookies, the cutest gold glitter paint brush and paint

budding artist, I just knew I had to do an Art Party theme for

drip cake pops and mini macarons with swiss meringue

her. Luckily Nat agreed it was a great idea and so Madi’s Art

buttercream and freeze dried raspberries that we placed in

Party was born! Drawing on a colourful mix of pastels and

mini paint pails and dressed with a paintbrush each.

fresh edible flowers on the desserts, the party had a Frida Kahlo twist and as Madi also loved balloons, a balloon arch

The table was complete with the gorgeous balloon arch

was definitely part of the set-up.

with a giant silver foil number 2 with a balloon tassel tail. And scatters of mini balloons on the floor finished

The cake was extra special; an upside down drip cake and

off the look which definitely pleased the birthday girl...

semi naked buttercream beautifully applied in a very arty

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way. The fondant pieces adorning the cake consists of the all-edible painbrushes, paint palette, paint tubes and the number two. There was an abundance of desserts on the table such as the apricot and mango cheesecake cups with its all-edible vanilla bean chocolate cup and the most delicious filling garnished with edible flowers, meringue kisses on cookies, lemon and lime meringue tarts, blueberry coconut tarts, chocolate raspberry tarts, vanilla cupcakes with bubblegum

CREDITS : PaperPlayground (concept, styling, paperie, backdrop, custom chocolate bars and photography), Pretty Pedestals (cake stands and pedestals), House of Party (balloon arch and balloon tassel tail), Cakes By Cliff (cake), Freckly Donna (fondant adornments), Love by Zee (apricot cheesecake cups, meringue kisses on cookies, tarts, vanilla cupcakes and cookies and cream éclairs), Sugar Bee Cakes (paint palate with paintbrush cookies), Sugar Pop Baker (cakepops), Arelio Sweetbox (macarons).

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REAL PARTIES

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Harry loves science experiments and learning new tricks,

And a four tier dark couverture chocolate cake with smooth

so a science party was an easy solution for his 7th birthday

chocolate ganache and salted Caramel drizzle towering

party. We Googled scientists and stumbled upon the turn

at massive half a metre tall with the cake topper custom

of the century labs of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and

designed by Glistening Occasions to match Harry’s very own

more, so the decision was made to replicate their turn of

custom made “element” - H7, representing his initial and

the century labs with vintage wooden desks, dusty books,

age, which was represented again in the cake pop sticks.

glass beakers and original turn of the century lab props, all sourced from vintage markets and prop warehouses.

Natural wood finishes like Oak & Beech, aged and worn metal, shades of brown, rich caramel, black, white and pops

I found lots of inexpensive props at Kmart and Typo and

of red were used to complete the antique science look...

some key pieces from The Little Big Company but the main

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pieces were found through vintage prop warehouses, like the original science and math books which were used to display food instead of cake stands to have a continuity of a messy science lab belonging to a nutty professor! A call out on some local Facebook pages found me the original school desks used as the dessert tables. As usual, the birthday boy’s dessert list was both extensive and very precise; salted caramel, Nutella, popcorn, chocolate, popping Candy, so I created some fun favourites just for him.

CREDITS : Sweet Empire (styling and all desserts), Glistening Occasions (cake topper and cake pop sticks), Sweet Scarlet Designs (name tags, dessert table signs and thankyou tags), Mad About Science (giant syringes. petri dishes, test tubes, scientist glasses, kids science coat, science experiments and science party games, Little Big Company (glass milk bottles, striped straws, large glass dome cloche), Lee Bird Photography (photography).

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