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Day Thirteen: Christmas Morning Breakfast Menu

Day Thirteen: Christmas Morning Breakfast Menu

When I think of Christmas morning, what tends to come to mind first are the smells that come with it. The smell of the real Christmas tree, the smell of fresh coffee grinds and steamed milk, the smell of bacon and slightly burnt toast and […]

Gnocchi Arrabiata, baby!

Gnocchi Arrabiata, baby!

Last week on my lunch break I was craving my usual chicken and salad banh mi with extra salad and no onion. This particular craving has lasted about six weeks so far with no end in sight. My friend and colleague Mika, on this particular […]

Day Twelve: Christmas Table Setting Ideas

Day Twelve: Christmas Table Setting Ideas

Do you love entertaining? Yes.

Do you love Christmas decorations? Yes.

Do you love food? Yes.

THEN THIS IS THE POST FOR YOU.

Combining all things festive and Christmas and food and hosting and entertaining and eating and being merry, today we will be looking at some really incredible (and easy to achieve) Christmas Table Setting Ideas to make your get together just that little bit special this year! Though I am partial to a grazing table with people milling about the house happily, I also love sit down meals where there is just masses of food lining the table and there are arms and limbs going everywhere passing the potato bake and the chicken and the salad and the prawns amongst one another.

With everyone coming to our place for Christmas this year (because I will be huge and tired and probably pass out halfway during the day), I get to decorate our house once again and make cookies and make the place as Christmas-y as possible. We have a beautiful dining table which is the main hub of our home and I am so excited to deck it out with Christmas treats, beautiful napkins and little decorations here and there. There is nothing more rewarding to me than people’s first reactions when it comes to decor – and there is no one more important to me than my family and my extended family – so I have trawled the web for inspiration for Christmas Table Settings and I am going to share them with you here, today, RIGHT NOW.

Probably my favourite table setting decor that I came across was from Eclectic Creative whose owner and creator, Jess, has an Australian background. Her Australian-inspired Christmas table is absolutely stunning AND she has included personalised cookies for each table place which is totally up my alley. I definitely plan on using a lot of the elements that feature below for my own Christmas table this year (in just thirteen days!). Instead of my usual vanilla biscuits that I make, for the big day I will be making spiced ginger biscuits with fondant icing – some of the cookies I will press with Christmas messages like the ones from Eclectic Creative, while others I will decorate with Christmas sprinkles that I have bought specially for the occasion. I also love the accents of the baubles that are scattered on the table and, knowing my mum, she will bring big bunches of flowers that we will place on the table as well!

 

From Homes to Love I loved the Christmas cracker on each table place as well as the small plates of nibbles and sweets (especially nougat, always nougat). The simplicity of this table setting, with a bit of a 60s feel with the light mint green plates and funky cutlery, is gorgeous and the simple lace tablecloth is a little bit pretty, a little bit elegant and a little bit festive. Yes, yes and more yes.

 

For something very simple to make that is still super pretty, The Stylist Splash created these really sweet mini rosemary wreaths that are held together with twine. By now you should all know (and probably be totally sick of hearing about it) that I am a big fan of the natural, rustic, country, homemade aesthetic. CANNOT GET EOUGH OF IT. This ticks that box and they are adorable. TINY WREATHS. Love.

I found this image on Pinterest but I wasn’t able to source where it was from – but I love this idea for cutlery. I didn’t realise how festive and versatile rosemary was as a decoration! I’m obsessed now! I love the twine/rosemary/hand-drawn swing tag combo of this and again, it is such a simple idea to execute and so beautiful. I also want this cutlery set, but I guess that isn’t really the point of all this..

 

My mum has so many decorative things in her house. She loves a floor vase or any kind of ceramic pot of jug. She love stones and pebbles and bowls. And for some reason she has a wicker basket that is full of pine cones. I have never understood where she got the pine cones from as I have never seen her collecting them, but she has had them for years through NUMEROUS moves. NOW though, I have a use for them! From A Piece of Rainbow is this DIY snowy wintery themed table decoration that features, you guessed it, PINE CONES!

 

And finally, for all of you with little ones, from Brit + Co is this Christmas Table Setting Idea should inspire the hell out of you! LOOK HOW CUTE THIS IS. Make the kids feel special by creating placeholders for them as well as fun activities to tick off, craft, colouring-in sheets and some Christmas treats to satisfy their sweet tooth! I cannot tell you how excited I am for our little man to be old enough that I can do this! Ahhh. Yes. (Also, every single idea on that Brit + Co hyperlink is AMAZING and I want to – and will – do all of them!)

Day Ten: Christmas Cookies

Day Ten: Christmas Cookies

So a few weeks ago, I made these bad boys for Unwritten Cafe: And I am happy to report that they all sold out! Over the weekend, I made a new batch of Christmas cookies that are on sale, in-store at Unwritten now!! They are […]

63 days until due date

63 days until due date

Sixty-three days?! That’s nothing. I have all the feelings. I am thirty-one weeks today and oh boy, do I feel it. Generally speaking I am doing well! I feel healthy, I have enough energy each day to get me through until about 1.30pm and although […]

Day Six: Best Christmas Reads for Kids and Adults

Day Six: Best Christmas Reads for Kids and Adults

Christmas and books and books about Christmas – THIS POST HAS IT ALL. I have always wanted to have a tradition where I read Christmas books throughout December. Until now, this has remained but a thought and a wish.. this year however, I plan on changing that. As well as that, for the years to come, I want our little man to get excited for Christmas – just like his Mama – and I want him to have Christmas books surrounding him to get him in the festive spirit!

Adults

The Harry Potter Series

This probably wouldn’t be your first guess or go-to for a Christmas read, but for me, the Harry Potter series holds a special place in my happy little Christmas heart.

This could definitely go in the kid’s section as well, but I am including it in the adult section because just a few years ago at Christmas time, I bought myself the entire Harry Potter collection (the editions picture – SO PRETTY) and it got me through a terrible breakup. I churned through the entire series in a matter of days. Much like the movies, the magic, whimsy and wonder of the wizarding world that J.K. Rowling has created absolutely screams Christmas to me. The rugs in the Gryffindor common room and the log fire and the Christmas feast that Dumbledore makes appear is everything I want for Christmas and more. I am of the firm belief that the Harry Potter series are the most immersive books I have ever read. I lost myself in the world of Hogwarts and, at a time where I felt like I didn’t belong anywhere, especially around Christmas time, it felt like the huge, festive, end-of-year hug that I needed.

A Christmas Carol

Possibly the most well-known, influential Christmas stories of our time. First published in 1843, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a man who has no time for festivities, who is cruel and selfish, who is only interested in his own wealth and who detests Christmas. On the night of Christmas Eve, Scrooge’s life is changed by a series of ghostly visitations that show him the bitter truth about his choices and his life. This is an absolute classic; a funny, heartwarming and beautifully told story about the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas Days: Twelve Stories and Twelve Feasts for Twelve Days

This book really intrigued me when I first heard about it. I don’t know how I hadn’t heard of Jeanette Winterson – a New York Times best-selling author – before, but I am glad I know of her now. Christmas Days: Twelve Stories and Twelve Feasts for Twelve Days is a festive season must-have as far as I am concerned. Winterson brings together twelve of her brilliantly imaginative, funny and bold tales as well as a personal and incredibly introspective story of her own Christmas memories. These tales give the reader a portal into the spirit of the season, where time slows down and magic starts to happen – and seriously, what more could you want from a Christmas book, or any book really?! What’s more is that to accompany the twelve Christmas tales, Winterson has included twelve festive recipes including some traditional Yuletide favourites: red cabbage, gravlax, turkey biryani, sherry trifle, Winterson’s own mince pies and more.

Buy. It. Now.

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Whenever the subject of Bridget Jones comes up (which happens more than you may think, in my world), the first thing I think of her mum’s annual Christmas turkey curry buffet. What even is that?! Anyway, I digress. Much like the movie, Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding is a standard, reliable go-to for Christmas. It is a light, humorous and fun read that you will churn through quickly, but with the undercurrent of Pride & Prejudice and the backdrop of cold, white London in December, you will always finish this book feeling entertained, romanced and Christmas-sy.

Letters from Father Christmas

Most famously known for The Lord of the Rings series and The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien is a worldwide literary favourite. It was only when I started doing a bit of further research for this post that I discovered he wrote Letters from Father Christmas, and, when I learned what it was about my heart completely swelled in adoration for the late writer. Get this, every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful coloured drawing or painting – the letters were from Father Christmas. (SWOON, RIGHT? I am definitely doing this for my little man. Cheers, Tolkien).

The letters told wonderful stories about life in the North Pole such as how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place, how the accident-prone North Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house into the dining room or how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house, and many more. The book includes photographs of Tolkien’s original letters to his children and it is all very charming and lovely and heartwarming and oh-so-Christmas.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is the story of Santa Claus, from boy to jolly old fellow, as imagined by L. Frank Baum, the creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Every one of us has, at some point in our lives, wondered about the man in the big red suit – why does Santa travel via reindeer? How does he fit through the chimney? How does he deliver all those toys in one single night? First published in 1902, Baum creates a world full of charm and whimsy as we are taken deep into the forest where a wood nymph discovers an abandoned baby. Raised among mythical forest creatures, the child learns to outwit evil as he grows towards adulthood and must discover how to re-enter the human world, which leaves him determined to share gifts and spread love to his fellow man. SO. GOOD.

Kids

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

From the master of children’s books, Dr. Seuss introduced us to the Grinch in his Christmas classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This book has gone on to be made into two movies (the Jim Carrey one being the obvious superior film), as well as the name Grinch now being used to describe anyone who is a bit of a grump around the holiday season. With a heart two sizes too small, the Grinch is the meanest creature you’ll ever meet. He hates Christmas and the whole festive season. But when he hatches a dastardly plot to steal Christmas, he’s in for a big surprise! The story’s heart and soul lies in its catchy, sing-songy rhyming text which takes readers on a journey, watching the Grinch’s heart grow a few sizes just in time for Christmas.

The Jolly Christmas Postman

I remember picking this book up from my primary school library and absolutely falling in love with it. From the award-winning husband and wife team of Janet and Allan Ahlberg comes the Christmas favourite The Jolly Christmas Postman. It’s Christmas Eve and the Jolly Postman is hand-delivering letters and cards to all of our favourite fairy tale characters – there’s a card for Baby Bear, a game appropriately called ‘Beware’ for Red Riding Hood from Mr Wolf, a get-well jigsaw for hospitalised Humpty Dumpty and three more surprise envelopes! The magic of this book lies in it’s removable and completely interactive cards, letters and games. It is the perfect read-aloud book that marries great children’s fiction writing, Christmas AND fairy tales.

Merry Christmas, Mary Christmas!

I can’t remember where I picked this book up from, but the moment that I flicked through it’s pages I loved it. The illustrations are the absolute winner for me when it comes to Merry Christmas, Mary Christmas! The spreads are bold and bright in colour and I have always loved a picture book where there are multiple things to look at, point out and discoverMary Christmas’ family goes above and beyond for Christmas – they always have the biggest tree, the brightest lights and the most amount of presents. Mary Christmas wishes that her family celebrated a little bit differently. When Mary confides in Santa about her feelings, he suggests that maybe she can find a way to embrace (and spread) her family’s enthusiasm. She does so by persuading them to share their celebration with the larger community in the local park—tree, gifts, and all.

Madeline’s Christmas

I have always been a big fan of Ludwig Bemelman’s Madeline. Always. I loved the television series and every single one of the books. Madeline was the curious, adventurous and inquisitive girl that I always wanted to be. Madeline’s Christmas was actually the authors sixth and last book that he wrote, illustrated and published before his passing in 1962. It’s the night before Christmas and everyone is sick in bed. All except brave Madeline, who is up and about and feeling just fine. Taking care of eleven little girls and Miss Clavel is hard work, but Madeline finds help from a magical merchant peddling flying carpet door-to-door. Now the girls are going on a Christmas journey that will surely make them forget all about their sniffles and sneezes.

Dear Santa

With hard-wearing, durable lift-the-flap pages, Rod Campbell’s Dear Santa is the perfect book to share with your little one this Christmas. With big, bold illustrations and minimal text it is ideal for a read-aloud where parents can add their own spin to the simple story. A letter to Santa asking for a Christmas present starts off a merry chain of gift-wrapping, but nothing seems quite right and each time he thinks better of his choice. Get your tiny human to lift the flaps to unwrap a present and find out how Santa chooses the perfect gift. There’s a special surprise at the end!

Babar and Father Christmas 

Much like MadelineBabar was a HUGE part of my childhood. I used to surround myself with the books while I watched the animated version on television. Not your average Christmas story, Babar and Father Christmas is a unique and imaginative story from Jean de Brunhoff. Babar’s children have caught wind of a fellow in Man’s country named Father Christmas who brings joy and toys to little children. “If only we could bring him here,” they wish. So they write the Christmas saint a letter inviting him to visit them. When they get no reply, Babar, ever the good father, rushes out to find the red-suited one. After much searching, and with the help of a dog named Duck, Babar reaches Father Christmas’s workshop in the snow. Can Babar find a way to bring him to Elephants’ country?

Maisy’s Christmas Collection – Maisy’s Christmas Presents, Maisy’s Christmas Day, Maisy’s Christmas Tree, Maisy’s Christmas Eve

From setting up a Christmas tree to Christmas Eve celebrations, from preparing a Christmas dinner and buying presents for your friends the collection of Maisy Christmas stories is a must-have for parents of little ones everywhere. There are lift-the-flap pages and tabs that your children can pull to reveal surprises as well as Lucy Cousins signature bold illustrations and simple, fun text. The board books are hard-wearing so that you can be sure that these will last you one Christmas after another, after another.

The Smallest Gift of Christmas

Peter H. Reynolds’ The Smallest Gift of Christmas is an incredibly sweet tale about a little boy called Roland who, after waiting ALL YEAR for a Christmas present, discovered that his was very, very small. TOO SMALL. It had to be the smallest gift he had ever seen! So Roland wishes for something bigger, and bigger, and bigger. But he’s still convinced there must be a bigger gift somewhere in the universe. Will he know it when he sees it? The illustrations are beautiful (especially the shade of green he uses – STUNNING) and the premise is utterly heartwarming.

Dear Father Christmas

Dear Father Christmas by Alan Durant is another touching and delightful lift-the-flap book FULL of letters and a surprise gift at the end! When Holly sees a man who looks like Father Christmas, she decides to write him a letter: “Dear Father Christmas – is it snowing in Lapland? Please answer. Love Holly.” And so begins the start of a touching pen pal friendship with Father Christmas himself in which Holly learns about the magic of elves, reindeer and life in Lapland, as well as getting some very special Christmas surprises.

The illustrations and edge-to-edge spreads make me so freaking happy. The colours are so festive and fun and, once again, there is so much to look at and discover and discuss on each page. Dear Father Christmas includes so much more than removable letters! You’ll discover an advent calendar, a Santa Claus ornament, a foldout reindeer guide (with answers to common questions, plus favourite reindeer jokes), and one last, special treasure that Holly finally dares to wish for.

 Christmas Cookies! A Holiday Cookbook

Christmas? Yes. Baking? Yes. Baking Christmas themed treats? Yes. Baking Christmas themed treats with my little man? Yes. Baking Christmas themed treats with my little man with this cute book that includes Christmas stories? YES. This very sweetly illustrated cookbook is the perfect way to get your kids involved in preparing Christmas treats and getting into holiday mode! Clearly presented, these seventeen recipes — from shortbread to snickerdoodles to stained-glass Christmas trees — are accented with useful tips and intriguing bits of Christmas lore!

Day Three: Everything I Love About Christmas

Day Three: Everything I Love About Christmas

There is just so much to love about Christmas. So much. And it isn’t just the day itself that I love and look forward to – it is the entire build up to Christmas that I get inappropriately excited for! As it gets towards the […]

The (Oblivious) New Mama’s 25 Days of Christmas

The (Oblivious) New Mama’s 25 Days of Christmas

It’s December! It’s Summer! It’s the festive season! Our Christmas tree is up! Our cat has discovered a love of tearing baubles off the tree and waking us up at 5am by chasing them down the hallway! Seriously though, I am so freaking excited that […]

Baby Shower Supplies

Baby Shower Supplies

Whether you are going all out and hiring a venue and catering and the whole shebang, or if you are doing something at home with a budget, your baby shower can still ooze fabulousness, instgrammableness and loveliness! I have always loved hand-making as much as I can, mainly because I love doing craft but also because when you make something yourself it is often cheaper and incredibly unique. Of course, not everything can be handmade (that would be the dream!) and heading into parenthood is expensive. Pete and I have managed to cut some corners without skimping on quality goods for us or bub, so I do hope that even SOME of these ideas help for those of you throwing a baby shower on a budget!

Our BUB-beque is this Saturday. We are having it at home and there are about forty people coming over for lunch, drinks, nibbles and frivolity. More often than not, the baby-to-be’s godmother will throw a baby shower for the mama-to-be but that isn’t something that I wanted for myself. Instead, I wanted to be surrounded by friends and family and mot importantly, I wanted Pete by my side. It just so happens that it is Pete’s birthday in mid-December and getting everyone together can be so difficult that it was yet another great excuse to simply throw a party.

That doesn’t mean that our house won’t be all about BABY, though. Oh no.

Last weekend, Shari and I went shopping for the big day and surprisingly we didn’t spend nearly as much as I thought we would (or could have). Everything that we bought for the BUB-beque (except for alcohol and meat) was bought from Kmart, Aldi, Coles or Big W and for a lot of what we got, you wouldn’t guess it!

Food

A few posts ago, I wrote about how we are turning our dining table into a huge grazing platter for the day. There are cheaper options for food which would include salads, bakes and perhaps some meat however, just because of the size of our house and the amount of people that we are having over, a grazing platter for us was definitely the best option. I also don’t want to be running around trying to make sure that everyone is fed on the day, this option means that all of the food is there and ready to be devoured and I don’t need to think about it again.

Having said that, where I could be frugal, I was.

We went to Coles first to get all of the antipasto elements of our grazing table including cheeses, olives, fruit, nuts, pickles and a myriad of other things in jars with oil (pickles, etc.). For the cheeses, we chose a few really nice ones that were a tad more expensive, however the majority of the cheese we bought (we bought a fair bit because there is no such thing as too much cheese) was the Coles brand! I have bought their brand of cheese before and it is just as delightful and creamy and heavenly as their branded counterpart that is triple the price.

The fruit that we bought wasn’t too expensive, and fresh produce is something that I choose not to skint on anyway. We bought a lot of blueberries and strawberries (they were on special), as well as grape tomatoes, carrots, cucumber and a variety of other fruits and vegetables to freshen up the table. Of course if you want blackberries and figs and the more exotic fruits, then yeah, your costs will go up a fraction, however like I said – fresh produce deserves the best.

The same thing applied when selected our antipasto favourites. We bought Coles brand olives, both kalamata and stuffed green, semi-dried tomatoes and dried fruit such as sultanas and apricots. When then filled in the gaps with some branded goods such as mini gherkins and cheese-stuffed peppers. By way of dips, I can almost 100% guarantee you that one brand or another will be on sale on any given day. Although my favourite dips are the Red Rock Deli variety, the line of Mercer Valley dips were half-price so we loaded up on them instead! The flavours that I wanted were exactly the same, and in that one decision alone I saved over ten dollars. Plus, all dips are delicious anyway..

We went to Aldi to buy all of the crackers and chips and although these elements are cheap in Coles and Woolworths and most shopping chains, that dollar or two that you save at Aldi for these staples add up as well (especially when you are buying in bulk).

We didn’t buy the meat, the bread or the seafood elements last weekend as I want them to be as fresh as possible. So, on Saturday morning I will be heading back to Coles to their bakery and their deli section to pick up the remaining elements of the grazing table. It is only very recently that I discovered the Coles deli section whereas I used to just walk along the refrigerated section for all of my deli meats. Not only do you get to choose the exact quantity you want over the counter of the deli section, but the meats are far higher in quality (the prosciutto is always freshly sliced in front of me) and a hell of a lot cheaper than buying multiple packets. For the bread, I love the Coles brand french bread sticks and their olive sourdough loaf. They are a couple of bucks each and go a long way!

By way of sweets, treats and desserts – I spent all of Sunday baking personalised baby shower cookies! I also went to Big W because their confectionery section is legit – they still have Yupi and Trolli lollies so I was all over that. I also bought wafer biscuits from there because for some reason they are always on special at Big W. I will also be making fairy bread with blue sprinkles because fairy bread is life (and cheap). For our cake, I am lucky enough to have Mum and the incredible team at Unwritten baking our cake. Having said that, if that wasn’t an option, I would have made my own cake. I find that homemade cakes (even when you suck at baking) are far tastier than ones that you have to order weeks in advance. Again, I am a fan of the homemade, but if saving money is what you’re after then spending that little bit of extra time making things will result in a fair amount of savings!

Drinks

Unfortunately, alcohol is alcohol. Aside from shopping around at different stores and grabbing things while they are on special, alcohol and drinks will always be one of the most pricey elements of a get together. Pete bought all of our alcohol from Dan Murphy’s and I bought some non-alcoholic sparkling wine from Aldi as well as a bottle of Seedlip for those who aren’t drinking alcohol.

I saw this idea on Pinterest and absolutely loved it – a Mum-osa Bar.

Shari and I bought a cheap metal container from Kmart where there will be bottles of champagne sitting in ice, as well as four plastic jars that we will fill with fresh fruit and three glass bottles filled with different kinds of juice. I bought a cheap frame from Kmart and designed and printed a little size to slip inside it, as well as wooden swing tags and twine that I will write on to identify each juice! We also found some stunning champagne glasses (as I didn’t have any) that came in boxes of six. I bought two boxes and then a packet of glittered plastic champagne glasses in case we needed any spares. The disposable ones from Kmart are actually really pretty and photograph really well, so if you didn’t want to spend the extra money on proper glasses, these are a great option!

We also bought boxes of canned soft drink on special from Big W!

Decorations

Once again, Kmart and Big W provided the goods when it came to Shari and I choosing the theme and buying the decorations for this weekend. Like I have mentioned, we are going for a very rustic and natural colour theme with pops of blue throughout. To start things off, I handmade a Woodland Creature Bunting as well as a cake topper both of which only took about an hour all up (and cost next to nothing!).

At Kmart, they have a wide range of buntings that are insanely cheap! I went for the hessian flag bunting as well as two of the DIY blackboard buntings that come with chalk. I chose these two because it ties in with our theme and the DIY buntings means that I can dedicate one to our baby boy, while the other will be a birthday one for Pete!! I am planning on having the buntings layered throughout the house, rather than just stringing each of them up against a wall!

We ordered the balloons for the baby shower from Big W. I ended up going for two bouquets that will sit on the floor instead of table-top ones. The balloons are in metallic green, pearl white and some really pretty clear latex ones, some that are being filled with rose gold confetti and others that aren’t. I personally didn’t want any balloons that said ‘boy’ or ‘baby’ – however there are a number of cheap options available on eBay that you can purchase and then get filled with helium closer to the day! We also bought some really creepy looking plastic babies that are meant for a baby shower game called “My Water’s Broke” but 1. I don’t do games and 2. I thought that they would be great to dot around the table.

When my mum and I hosted my godmother’s baby shower for her baby girl, we bought a number of toys that we used as a part of the grazing table. Not only did it look great they were also some extra presents for her to take home at the end of it! For our little man I bought some Hot Wheels, some Lego Duplo and a few plush toys. If you are having a baby shower where you don’t know the sex of the baby, there are some great neutral toys you can get including teething rings, fabric books and neutral soft toys all of which are available at Big W and Kmart!

Also for the table, and for around the house and on top of the cake, Mum is going to Sydney Markets on Thursday morning to pick up some Australia native flowers. If you want to include flowers as a part of your decoration for your baby shower, I strongly suggest hitting up the markets. The flowers are always incredibly fresh and SO much cheaper than they are at the florist. It does get hectic at the markets and it can be a pain, so if you can, get there early in the morning! Again, these suggestions are all to save some cash and although it will take that little bit more time and effort, the flowers will be fresh and vibrant and lovely.

Back at Kmart again, Shari and I managed to find some really sweet napkins! I originally wanted simple napkins, however when we saw these three options, we knew that they would work together and play off the theme nicely. We have the pop of blue, the rose gold lettering matches the champagne glasses and the ballon and the black, white and gold ones suit everything! I found it difficult to find nice looking plates.. but we landed on these silver striped zig-zag kinda’ ones. We found them at Big W in the party section and they were also available in rose gold and standard gold. Most of the plates that we came across were really bold colours and flimsy plastic. These are sturdy enough that if we wanted to, we could wash them and use them again – though I doubt that we will do that..

I also bought some hanging decorations from Big W – just those white crepe-papery ones – they come in packets of four or five and you need to pull them out and make them yourself. They are extremely cheap but if you can get creative and intertwine them with a few different types and colours, and maybe some smaller balloons then you will have a really pretty (AND SUPER FANCY) decorative feature goin’ on!

After the weekend has passed and we have celebrated our little man with our family and friends, I will be sure to post photos of everything that I have mentioned here, as well as things that I probably missed! Also, just a little side note, you will have to excuse me if this post seems rambly or doesn’t make sense – I am still adjusting to the third trimester and it is hard and I am big and constantly hot (so much so that I think I may evaporate) and tired and have reflux so my brain is a tad foggy. Apologies.

The (Oblivious) New Mama Personalised Baby Shower Cookies

The (Oblivious) New Mama Personalised Baby Shower Cookies

This coming Saturday is our baby shower, and over the weekend Pete and I were all systems go. Over the weekend, Shari and I did a huge shop for all of the food for next weekend, as well as ordering the balloon bouquets and buying […]