Um…Hello incredible popsicle party! I mean if you were going to put on “kid’s party”, as in the whole shebang, you’d want to do it right wouldn’t you? By right I don’t mean just whipping up your favourite Woman’s Weekly party cake, I’m talking about something as spectacular as this!
Samantha Dunne, stylist and owner of online store (Dunne With Style), put together this immaculate birthday party for her little girl. First we’re going to show you some photos from the event and then you can read from Sam herself about how she managed to make life of this popsicle paradise..
So why’d you decide on a popsicle party for your little lady!?
Some kids love cake and some love lollies, but my little Eloise would choose a popsicle in any weather over any sweet treat, any day! So it was only fitting that we celebrated her 3rd birthday with a popsicle party.
Can you chat us through the party planning process?
I always start the party planning process by deciding upon the mood that I want to capture at the event. I find that identifying the mood you’re trying to achieve helps guide many of the elements and keeps the aesthetic of the finished product strong and consistent. For Eloise’s 3rd birthday it was all about bright, colourful, exciting fun.
I like to decide upon a colour palette and theme, and after the popsicle theme being an easy choice I chose 4 fruity popsicles to design the backdrop around (orange, pineapple & lemon, strawberry, kiwifruit) and let the colours of fruits inspire the entire event.
I wanted to include some watercolour elements as it tied in with the ‘icy’ effect, so we included a slight colour gradient in the backdrops which mimicked the dip dyed table cloths
I wanted the overall effect to be bright and summery, but used a lot of shades of the original colour (peach through to orange, lemon through to yellow etc.) as well as the gradients and sombre effects to give the overall event a softer feel. And by avoiding trying to colour match each element perfectly it adds depth to a display and makes each element stand out on its own.
Li-Ann from Ham & Pea designed a range of popsicles which were used within the invitation and backdrops; with these I made the popsicle favour boxes which guests could fill with desserts and lollies, and also the popsicle garlands which were stitched together.
I wanted to create a tablecloth that had vertical striped sections to tie in with the colour blocked backdrop, so I dip dyed fabric to create a sombre effect for each section.
To accentuate the colour blocking that I had created through the decor, I had Debbi from Studio Cake design desserts to tie in with each fruit and colour and then a white chocolate and raspberry mud cake for the birthday cake which featured a watercolour effect and fondant fruits bringing together all of the colours and elements from the dessert table.
Was it a crazy challenge to turn this awesome vision into a reality?
There’s nothing more appealing to me than a crazy challenge! I really love creating events that transform a space into a world so far away from where it really is, and a kid’s parties are the perfect excuse to make a world that’s a little bit surreal and indulgent.
What’s your best advice for anybody preparing to tackle their own kid’s epic birthday party?
Be organised and know your capabilities. There is no such thing as too early and too organised when planning a kid’s birthday party. I generally start brewing themes and ideas in my head about 6 months in advance, which may sound crazy but it means I have 6 months up my sleeve to keep my eye out for elements that will help bring the design to life (and generally means I can keep my eye out for sales and specials too!), so often you’ll come across the perfect prop when you’re not searching for it!
Be realistic about what elements you can achieve yourself and where you might need help. For me, I am notorious for neglecting to take a single photo at my own kids parties, so I always have a photographer come so I can relax and know that I’ll have an album to sit back and enjoy at the end of it. So whether it’s photography, a backdrop or a cake that you know isn’t your strength, either organise the help of a professional or allocate the task to a willing family member or friend so you can sit back and focus on your strengths.
Photography: Lee Bird Photography
Event Planning & Styling : Dunne with Style
Decorations: Dunne with Style
Cake & Desserts: Studio Cake
Stationery: Ham & Pea Paperie
SAMANTHA DUNNE | Dunne With Style
INTERVIEW | Sophie Gidoomal