Sunday, November 29, 2009


Today's real party photos come Kate, proud mum of Ollie and Hugo.

Kate recently hosted parties for both her boys. Love the homemade party touches...
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Super cute homemade party hats

An icecream smash cake

Vanilla biscuit wands (love love love these!)

And a sensational jelly train cake.
Great job Kate! You are also in the running to win the Radio Flyer scooter!

Friday, November 27, 2009


Today, I want to feature some very cute party pics sent in by mum, Amanda.

These party pics are particularly special becuase the party girl was/is lactose intolerant, but her very special mum worked some magic in the kitchen to ensure she still had an amazing birthday party...
Here are some ideas and tips to take away from her big day:

* Meringues are easy to do and completely dairy free so perfect party food.

* Most people put lollies into loot bags and with that not really being an option as most contain dairy I had pencil rolls instead which was a really big hit amongst the kids and had many mums and dads thanking me for not giving their kids sugar to take home.

* Royal icing fondant is dairy free so I rolled that flat and used a heart cookie cutter to cut out hearts and then pasted half a heart at a time onto the cake with jam

* Donuts usually contain dairy and are usually fried too, so I decided to bake donuts and ice them instead so much healthier and easily made dairy free.

Gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing Amanda. You are in the running to win the Radio Flyer scooter for Christmas!

Sunday, November 22, 2009


We really really really love Christmas at I LOVE PARTIES.

Here are a few Christmas gift suggestions from the I LOVE PARTIES range...

Pretty musical carousel...

Gorgeous totem tree....

Tin signs to hang in the bedroom or around the house...

And our retro sticker books would make great stocking fillers...

In the weeks ahead, I am hoping feature gift suggestions from other websites that we love. So, avoid the Myer checkout on 24 December and feel good about supporting Australian small business this Christmas!

Friday, November 20, 2009


Very lucky to be a special guest blogger on Pepper & Pollywogs (big big big party site in the US)!

Also wanted to share some the newly arrived I LOVE PARTIES badges - tres cute. If your really really lucky, you might find one in your next ILP package...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Submit your party photos for your chance to win a Radio Flyer scooter just in time for Christmas!

As you may know, at I LOVE PARTIES we want our little blog to become a destination for mums (and dads) to share all things party party party.

So... if you have hosted an amazing party or two in your time and have any great decorating, food and other ideas that you'd like to share with others, then please email your photos to me via the email button to your left.

The emphasis is on sharing great party ideas, whether on a small or big budget. Parties made with love are all we are looking for...

Having said that, to incentivise everyone to share, we are offering an inaugural "Party of the Month" prize, being a Radio Flyer - My First Scooter (suitable for 2-5 years olds) (valued at $130).

NOTE THAT you also need to become a FOLLOWER of the blog be in the running to win, and I have to receive your entry BEFORE 15 DECEMBER in order to post before Christmas. Australian and NZ residents only. Needless to say, by entering you also agreed to the images you supply being posted on the blog.


So so so excited that the I LOVE PARTIES Vintage Circus Party is featured on the very popular Creative Party Place blog today!!!


Sunday, November 15, 2009


Well, we have searched high and low for cookie and cupcake inspiration for your I LOVE PARTIES party selections...below are just a few of our favourites. There are some incredibly talented cookie and cupcake makers out there!
Vintage Racing Party

L to R: Kylie Lambert (LeCupcake) on, specialcakes/tracey on, and IrresistableDesserts on
Pink Carousel Party

L to R: Cake from and cookies from

Vintage Circus Party
L to R: Cupcakes from Marie'sShots on cookies from Creative Cookies on
Happy Hippie Party
L to R: Cake by BravabravaMariosa on Cookies by Frippy on

Retro Surf Party

L to R: Cakes by Kika'sCupcakes on and cookies by
Garden Tea Party

L to R: Cakes by CarmenAbercrombie on Cookies from Whipped Bakeshop on
50s Baby Party
Cake by

See also these beautiful cakes (trust me, worth clicking through):

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


We are very excited to be featured on Kidspot this week.

Fab review at:

Monday, November 9, 2009


We are very excited to have a somewhat regular party colum on ESSENTIAL BABY...

Check out tips and suggestions for boys' and girls' party themes at:


Sunday, November 8, 2009


We have added a few new items to the Shop (check out under "Miscellaneous" tab in "Make Your Own" section):

Retro Popcorn Bags...

Retro Peanut Bags...

Brown paper flat bottomed satchels...

Old-fashioned Admit One Tickets...

Hope you like!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Another year, another glorious Melbourne Cup Day, another series of failed bets.

I consoled myself variously with pink cupcakes, lamingtons and champagne.

Our little sweep...hope you had better luck than me.