Celebrating the Barossa

We had a wonderful Easter this year in South Australia visiting my husband's Dad and his wife and also had the opportunity to visit during the Barossa Vintage Wine Festival which was FABULOUS!!  I do love a good drop of red and especially something big and bold like a Shiraz so the Barossa is definitely the place to go and enjoy the vines and a glass or two of the new harvest.  We had a great Family Day at Seppeltsfield Winery filled with ice cream, rides, magic shows, grape treading and the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and it was a good thing we got there early because as we left we saw just how far everyone had to park to be able to join in the fun!
The Amazing Magician

A chance to meet the rabbit

{Celebrate} Audrey's Fairy and Wizards Party

Twas the night before Audrey's Party,
and not all was done
there were meringues and paper flowers
that kept us up 'til 1!

I dreamed of the macaroon tower
which never got made
and all of the sweets that
yet needed to be displayed!

I woke in the morning
to the sun shining bright
l then knew that everything
would be all right!

The weather was perfect
who could ask for more ...
then came my helpers
1, 2 ,3, 4 ...

We all worked hard
through out the morn
making and creating
and then the party was born!!

Out came the wizards
and the fairies
all for little Audrey
who was turning 3!

Oh such fun
to see them play
on such a fine
and beautiful day

This party could not
have been done
without the help
from everyone!!!

So Thank You
from Audrey and me
for helping create
the Perfect Party!
Thank you to my kitchen team who worked so hard making all the savory food -
my Mum Viv, my sister in law Em, and sister in law to be Deb and thanks to dear Nikki who was very sick but still worked tirelessly making the girls look gorgeous and helping with all the jobs that needed to be done!!

Thank you to my set up and decorating team -
my gorgeous husband Lawrence and my wonderful brother Alex who worked very hard to make my vision a reality and to Simon for helping tie up 90 balloons!!

Thank you to Kym for your delicious quiches and Camille and Jaime for your sweet treats!

Thank you to Rea for being my Fairy for the day and doing such a Brilliant job!

So here are some pictures for us to share of Audrey's 3rd Birthday Party

The sign and tissue flowers set the mood for the party!

So many Balloons and flowers everywhere!
Pretty lanterns were also hung
The dessert table
Pretty Cupcake Cases and Toppers from Robert Gordon
The meringue mushrooms in the berry forest
Pretty Crown Vanilla cookies
The delicious brownie toadstool cake pops
The drinks station complete with enchanted punch
The Fairy bread was a favourite
The party was a hoot!
The Tepee which inspired the party!
Fairy Rea starting the magical transformations
Millie knew exactly how she wanted her face painted!  Only Pink Please!
Wizard Byron up to his usual tricks!
Gorgeous Audrey and Lucinda just can't wait for Face Paint!
Audrey and Cooper play in the Tepee
The Craft Station

The wizard and fairy wands ready to go!
mmmmm now which ribbon do l want??
Kaitlyn and her wand creation
Olivia and Kaitlyn showing off their wands
Millie and Olivia obviously enjoying the Dessert buffet!

They boys and their creations
Fairy and Goblin Dust ready to make
What a gorgeous sunny day!
Aunty Em with Lucy!
Gorgeous Evangeline went the healthy option!
The giant bubble ball was a Huge hit! Ali getting in on the action!
Audrey with Millie flittering about in the garden
Fairy Ariane was on a mission to conquer the trampoline!
Happy Birthday Audrey!!  I hope you had a wonderful day!!

Fairy Party Countdown

This past week l have had so much fun creating and decorating for Audrey's 3rd Birthday Party!!  At one point l was wondering if there were too many elements and whether this would make the party look just a little too Frou Frou!!!  But now seeing it all come together l am getting quite excited!!  

I have been very busy getting the kids to help me too but Audrey gets bored quite easily and it has been a hard task distracting her from all the lolly pops, marshmallows and lollies lying about the house!!  Of course there has been some taste testing along the way just to ensure quality standards!!!  The mallow sticks l bought are just simply delicious and l have to admit l ate 2 for lunch yesterday!!! hahaha!

So here are some pics of the items l have created and decorated this week and l have to say the hot glue gun has become my best friend however my poor little burnt fingers would prefer it otherwise!! (oh by the way l do use a lot of !!!! as it is a bad habit of mine) Well l hope you enjoy this glimpse and l will post more photos of the party after Sunday!

The mosquito net given to me by Sarah from Happy Bumbles which l pimped with Jewelle flowers
The ribbon box l made for the girls to make their fairy flower wands
This was so much fun to make and oh so pretty!
The lolly jars and tins with pretty ribbon collars
The pretty Jewelle branches with butterflies and flowers designed by Kaitlyn and glued by me!
These butterflies and flowers were created using Grace Taylor Paper Crafts by Grant Archival
The Fondant Flower Fairy l made!!  She ended up being a bit on the plump side but very cute!
The back of my Flower Fairy!! She was so much fun to make!
The pretty stool l picked up at the op shop and reupholstered.  It will now take pride of place for the fairy make overs!
The wizards party bags which the kids decorated and the gigantic magical bouncing balls

Meringues, Macaroons and Mushrooms

Chocolate Mushroom Meringues inspired by Maida Heatter
Mushroom Cake Pops inspired by Bakerella

My Girls Collecting Veggies from the garden for homemade tomato chutney which Dad made!

Raspberry jam and chocolate macaroons and pops inspired by Bakerella and Adriano Zumbo!  
I hope you like this little glimpse of my adventures in the kitchen this past week!  Thanks so much Nikki for giving me the courage to try to bake macaroons.  The quest has now begun to find the perfect recipe to master this delicious biscuit!!