21 July 2016

The Adventure Begins Baby Shower



Myself and my husband are avid travellers, so when it came to choosing a baby shower theme it was an easy choice…The Adventure Begins! After our many travels over the years, backpacking around different countries including climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and trekking to Everest Base Camp, we were excited to start our next new adventure and it was the perfect theme representing our personalities. Our nursery is also based around adventure so it was fun being able to purchase some decorative items for the baby shower guilt-free as I knew they would be used in the nursery afterwards.

My mum Cheryl and I run the Hip & Hooray online shop, so it was great to get in and use some of our products for our own event for a change! It’s a boy, so we picked a colour palette of Navy Blue, Teal, Grey and added in some Gold to make it just a little bit more girly. We included mountains, arrows and wild animals as the basis for the theme. It just so happens my sister in law has a grey arrow painted on her wall so that just HAD to be the backdrop and the giant white balloons with cascading peppercorn foliage really popped against the grey. A friend actually thought she painted the wall especially for the baby shower! Check out her beautiful and inspiring home on instagram @this.home.of.mine.

We created a welcoming entrance with a handmade 'Oh Boy' wreath and lined up gold favour bags with gold thank you gift tags underneath.

The main food table was the centre of the styling where we aimed to create a rustic woodland adventure feel, while still keeping things grown up by adding in gold accents such as gold plates, gold napkins, gold wooden cutlery and gold foil handmade bunting I created using my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.

The menu was a rustic home-style afternoon tea with many food items provided by family and friends. Frosted By Nicci designed and made some stunning hand painted cookies to match the invitations. Nicci was such a delight to work with and I would highly recommend her cookies!


I’m obsessed with all the small details that make an event personal and unique, so there were definitely many handmade elements! The backdrop included handmade wooden mountains and clouds (thanks Dad...a creative solution to hide some ugly screws hanging out of the wall).



We also made arrow fruit skewers served standing up in logs, gold foil script bunting, arrow bunting, vinyl animal silhouette stickers to use as glass identifiers and small gold arrows to seal the favour bags. We even included a gift of some special handmade knitted ugg boots from my Nan in the styling.

Always look about the house for props you already have that suit the theme! We used a tee-pee from my nephew’s room as a present area which suited the theme perfectly.






Miniature woodland animals topped the naked cake, along with the 'oh baby' cake topper available in the shop!



My baby shower was an amazing day filled with laughter, family and friendship. It was a truly wonderful day thanks to my Mum, Sister and Sister-In-Law who looked after everything, creating a relaxed atmosphere with some fun activities complementing the theme. When planning any event our best advice here at Hip & Hooray is to make it personal and unique to you!







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3 March 2016

Gold & White Easter

Are you in charge of Easter lunch or brunch this year? Why not glam up your Easter table for the adults! Check out these new super stylish gold foil and white polkadot paper plates and cups by Aussie partyware brand Sambellina.  We also love (& stock) their new wooden cutlery that is embellished with gold foil stripes (dots available too). See them in use below!


Gold foil finishes are spot on trend and we have plenty of options in the shop (click to shop gold).  These solid gold foil paper straws will dress up your cups and are simply a must! 


Our Jute table runner makes a great base to tie the table together.  Simply scatter a few moss pads (available in 2 sizes) across the table and throw in a bunny or two with some glittered eggs to set the scene for a delicious Easter lunch!


Nothing says Easter more than hot cross buns! Pop them in a jute sack for a cute table display.



Shop the Gold & White Easter range now!  

9 December 2013

FREE Printable Christmas Gift Tags!
















A Christmas Tree doesn't look finished without some presents underneath! GET ORGANISED NOW with our gorgeous FREE Printable Christmas Gift Tags designed by Bek.  A perfect match with our Natural Jute String & Chevron Wrap.

I printed these on my 8-year-old printer and they turned out beautifully! Simply download them from our website (on the product page), print them on card or thick paper and cut out! It only took me 5 minutes.

Thanks for using them for your personal use only.


Happy Wrapping!




5 December 2013

All Wrapped Up For Christmas!

SHOP NOW for 15% off Storewide!  Simply enter 'CHRISTMAS15' at checkout

Are you all wrapped up for Christmas?  We have some gorgeous wrap and accessories in the shop to create a gift so stylish your recipient won't want to open it!


I absolutely LOVE the Red Christmas Bells that look and sound fantastic!  The kids will love playing with these and they can be hung on the Christmas tree afterwards.  We also have some matching Red & White Bell Garlands that can be hung up, scattered along the table or even placed on the Christmas Tree as a decoration.

I am a self-confessed chevron fanatic and just HAD to stock this funky Chevron Kraft Wrap for Christmas!  It matches well with the Red Jute Ribbon and Merry Christmas Tags or cute Red Reindeer Tags that the kids will love.

Christmas is less than 3 weeks away so get in quick to take advantage of our 15% Christmas Sale Storewide!  Check out some of our products below...


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3 December 2013

A Classic Kids Christmas


Christmas Day with the Kids = Fun, Festive & FRANTIC! 
Christmas is an exciting time for children so why not make it as fun as it can be.  Start a tradition and encourage your kids to leave Santa a thank you message with some milk and cookies.  Our Thank You Santa Pack is available on our website and can be used year after year!  I wonder what message Santa will leave for the kids on Christmas morning…


Our Christmas Flag Bunting will set the scene over the dining table, entry way or in the backyard (that’s where we will be hanging ours) bringing traditional Christmas colour! We made some layered jelly for the kids and stamped some reindeer names on the spoons with our alphabet stamp kit….what reindeer do you want to be? Dancer is our pick!  Check out our Reindeer Jelly Cup Set.

We used a jelly recipe from the Food Librarian’s Blog: http://www.foodlibrarian.com/2009/02/valentines-5-layer-finger-jello.html


If your Christmas is anything like ours, there will be PLENTY of yummy leftovers…share them around using our Red & Green Chevron Favour Bags 


Our Noel Tea Light Holders make a great candy cane holder for the kids!  Take advantage of our 15% Christmas Discount Storewide and Shop Now

Happy Christmas Planning!



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