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Target festive celebration

What’s the best part about this time of year? Opening up your home to entertain friends and family, with no further excuse required to crack a bubbly or whip up a cocktail at any time of day.

If you’re off the hook for hosting Chrissy lunch this year, perhaps (like me) you’re thinking about throwing a bit of a party this Christmas / New Year period.

With that in mind, I’ve put together a little shoot to inspire your upcoming festive celebration.

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Get the look from Target: wreath, hurricane lantern, square lantern, tree decorations, cushion, ceramic trees, polka dot flutes, polka dot tumblers, drink dispenser, black platters, dress, ring, necklace.

Thanks to The Man for helping with the photography since yours truly is in some of the shots.

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Competition closes midnight Wednesday 18th December and winner will be announced on Thursday 19th December. Sorry, open to Australian residents only.

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Hot chocolate jar homemade gift with free printable label

My latest project is up on Polka Dot Bride.

It was designed as a sweet wedding favour, but without the wedding-specific label it would make a great idea for homemade Christmas gifts.

Check out the full post!

P.S. Don’t forget about the free blog event I’m speaking at tonight at Woodcroft Library! Meet some likeminded people and ask some local lifestyle bloggers about why they blog and the future of the industry. Hope to see you there!

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confetti party

 

Yes, I’m still alive! I know I’ve missed a few days of posting recently and have practically dropped off the social media planet and for that I apologise.

There has just been so much going on with the business and other projects that there literally aren’t enough hours in the day to actually work on any house projects, let alone blog about them.

To distract you from that fact, I am going to show you CONFETTI and CAKE!

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On the weekend we went to the first birthday party of a good friend’s little girl and it was the cutest party ever! (No surprise that it was so well styled, since she runs the beautiful gift store Table Mantle Pantry.)

How adorable is the mini cake? There was a matching big version too.

 

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Hope your weekend was full of good things too!

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Spending an entire afternoon enjoying a lazy meal with friends and family is one of my favourite simple pleasures. It somehow feels so much more indulgent doing this at lunch not dinner, don’t you find?

It’s been a while though, so when some interstate rellies announced they were visiting this weekend we thought it was the perfect chance to have a relaxing Sunday lunch. The weather doesn’t look like it will be quite nice enough to eat outside but we might at least crank the barbecue for the first time this season (whole fish? roast lamb? can’t decide).

So this weekend, why don’t you enjoy a Sunday long lunch?

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With our bathroom having been in a state of mid-renovation chaos for the last few weeks, entertaining friends hasn’t been on the cards.

Now that it’s fit for use again, I’m itching to have some friends over and bust out the bar cart I set up earlier in the year.

Not only does it free up valuable kitchen cupboard space, but you can keep all your entertaining essentials together so there’s less preparation to do when you have guests over for a spontaneous martini.

So this weekend, why don’t you set up a bar cart?

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It seems winter is trying to make the most of the last couple of weeks of the season and give us day after day of dreadful weather.

Still, all the rainy days mean it’s perfect weather for baking!

I tried my hand at this citrus mud cake with, shall we say, mixed success. Only halfway through the cooking time it was well and truly browned so (after a quick skewer test) I deemed it ready. Unfortunately it was totally undercooked in the middle. It was very tasty though!

Happily, I had more luck with the cake topper. You can find the tutorial today over on Polka Dot Bride.

Thanks to Little Sweet Styling for lending me the beautiful cake stand.

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Pie buffet

With the public holiday on Monday this week has simply flown by, which means it’s time for another Polka Dot Bride project.

I’ve already shared the cherry pie and pumpkin pie recipes, so here’s how to pull the whole look together.

Click to read the full post.

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American readers, don’t laugh but I had never even eaten pumpkin pie before (it’s not a ‘thing’ here) but nevertheless I wanted to try my hand at making it.

I had to adapt a recipe a fair bit (for example, using fresh pumpkin because you can’t buy pumpkin puree here) but it worked out well. It looks a little too browned on top but it was the perfect consistency.

It got the thumbs up from the family, especially from those who don’t have a big sweet tooth.

Find the recipe over on Polka Dot Bride today!

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Tea print by Handz

Brr! The temperature is dropping by the day as we head into winter next week. I’m on my third hot drink of the day just to try to warm up a bit.

With tea and coffee on the brain I’ve chosen to round up some of my favourite tea time essentials for you kitchen.

Click over to see all 20 picks over on Houzz.

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Tomorrow morning we are picking up a new car (!!) which is a tad exciting. We are planning to drive to the coast tomorrow and the hills on Sunday to take it for a spin.

Do you have any fun adventures planned for the weekend?

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I have wanted a bar cart for the longest time. I was picturing a gorgeous rounded art deco or mid-century piece, but – even if the budget stretched to an antique – we simply would have nowhere to put it.

My brother-in-law’s partner is a keen painter and when we were admiring the latest piece in her studio recently I spotted the cute Ikea Råskog cart she used for her art supplies.

Not long after, I spotted it on the Ikea website for a steal ($49 down from $79) and immediately raced down to snap one up.

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It makes a great bar cart for a small space. The middle shelf is adjustable so we could fit the tall bottles on the bottom shelf and glasses on the middle shelf.

We certainly don’t need hard liquor on hand on a daily basis (we’re mainly wine/beer drinkers) but it has freed up almost an entire cupboard in the kitchen. And you know how excited I get about additional storage space!

I’m also happy that the original mid-century anodised ice bucket that I inherited from my late great-auntie now has a suitable place to be displayed out in the open instead of shoved at the back of a cupboard.

I would still love an antique bar cart one day, but I didn’t hesitate about buying this for the same purpose as it’s such as versatile piece I know we’ll always find a use for it. We’ve already discussed an artists’ trolley and a bar cart, but how about a mobile craft station, bedside table, bathroom storage, cleaning supplies storage or perhaps its advertised use: extra kitchen storage?

Til then, I think I can feel a cocktail party coming on…

What do you think about bar carts? Do you have one?

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