2012 is getting off to a great start, I don’t know that I have been more happier to see in a New Year. Maybe it’s because we have exciting things happening this year or maybe it’s because the New Year offers the opportunity to start fresh and revisit some of your goals…or create new ones!
We had a fabulous Christmas and New Years, we were lucky enough to have family friends out from Italy to celebrate with us. It was a good excuse to leave our daily routines behind and just spend time together.
Christmas as usual was filled with copious amounts of food, lots of laughter and many a late night. I thought you might like to see some of the elements of our Christmas get together (at my parents place)
We chose to do away with custom back drops and table linen for the dessert buffet. Instead we decided to use a Garry Shead artwork that hangs on the dining room wall as inspiration for the table. Lots of deep warm colours with an elegant gold frame.
New Years Eve was incredible, we were extremely privileged to be invited to stay at an apartment in Sydney’s iconic ‘Toaster Building” aka The bennelong apartments. The apartments overlook Sydney Harbor so we had an un obscured view of the Bridge and Opera House.
I knew that the view would be amazing but it literally took my breath away when we walked into the apartment. You know that feeling you get when you want to act like a child and jump up and down screaming with excitement……I managed to compose myself long enough to enter the bathroom and do some jumping up and down in private lol.
The fireworks were amazing, I felt so proud of our city . My almost 90 year old grandmother was there and it was so fabulous to see the look on her face as well…just priceless!
Thank you all for your huge support in 2011, we hope you continue to enjoy the ride with us this year! There are lots of exciting things to share with you all which we hope to do so very soon.
I hope you enjoy the pics xx
New Years Eve!
We would like to wish you all a safe and wonderful Christmas filled with love and happiness!
We have had such an amazing year, filled with lots of ups and downs and twists and turns. The year started off not so well which left me wondering about a few things. Now that the year has passed I can see how important and good for me these changes were. I have learnt a great deal this year and can honestly say I am more grateful than ever for the blessings that I have been given. I could not have asked for a better support network of family and friends who have encouraged me when I have felt discouraged and most importantly have celebrated LouLou’s achievements with me.
We have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing people this year, we have also been blessed to have such amazing clients. Only just yesterday we received a beautiful thank you note from a wedding we worked on earlier in the month. I have to say it was the most beautiful note we have received to date, it made my day and was a perfect way to end the year. It’s so nice to know that we have contributed to someones day in such a fun and memorable way.
The New Year brings many changes for us, the biggest of all being LouLou’s new home. We are so thrilled and super excited with what it will mean for us. A place where we can be creative and a place for our clients to visit.
There will be many changes and additions and new ventures which we will fill you in on in the New Year. We can’t wait to share pics of the new studio!
Lots of love
This is the last of the holiday posts! This post is dedicated to the amazing farm stay in the North of Italy. The Agriturismo (meaning agriculture and tourism)
We spent a few nights at a picturesque Agriturismo in the north of Italy (Mantello), it was such a pretty place to be. Everything we ate was grown, reared or made on the farm, including the cheese, cured meats, butter and bread. The children were able to see and touch the animals as well as learn how cheese was made. There were cows to milk and most importantly fresh gelato to indulge in! A high recommendation for anyone with a young family. Agriturismo’s are dotted all over Italy.
Well this is the second last part to our traveling adventures. I hope you have enjoyed reading about it as much as I have enjoyed re living it whilst blogging xx
Part 3 takes us to Sardegna (not sweets related I know, but this is where you go when you need to re charge after the many many late nights that come with being self employed )
Sardegna is such an amazing place to visit. You feel so far away from everywhere that you have no choice but to relax and soak in the atmosphere.
Below are pics I took of some of the remote beaches we visited, only accessible by boat. Hiring a boat and spending the day visiting the beaches and grottos was such an unforgettable experience.
I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of my recent trip,
Part 2 is filled with lots of delicious sweets I found on our travels.
The hardest part about buying sweets as take away in Italy, is to not rip the packaging open before you get back to where you are staying. It took me a few trips to realise that the only people eating as they walked were the tourists. Sweets purchased as take away are packaged so amazingly. I wish I had a photo to share however the package never stays un opened long enough for me to get a pic.
On one occasion my husband and I thought we would be really good and only share a pastry instead of having one each.We stood in line, waited patiently for our turn and orderd the fattest Sicillian cannoli we could see. The lady so lovingly placed it in a tray and proceeded to wrap it perfectly using a gold cardboard arch to buffer the wrap from the sweet. She then proceeded to tie a pretty bow around the package…meanwhile my husband is looking at me as if to say ‘make her stop’ lol.
We ran out that patisserie as fast as we could, stood by the doorway of the next shop and ripped the package open like two crazy people that had never been fed. We then split and ate the cannoli. (To this day I still swear he ate the bigger portion than me). After we ate the cannoli I remember coming to and noticing people staring at us, as I looked at my husband I saw his chin covered in icing sugar (imagining mine was the same) I swore I would never eat on the run in Italy again!
I thought I would share with you a little snippet of the sweets.
Part 3 will follow with pics of Sardegna and our stay at the most incredible farm stay
This post has been a long time coming, I can not even believe that I have been back from my trip for just over 2 months now. Time seems to fly these days!
I have decided to split these posts as there are just too many beautiful pics to share.
I wanted to share with you not only some gorgeous sweet finds on my travels but a little bit about the place I call my second home.
Growing up I would never boast about my heritage as living in Canberra it was better to try and fit in with others than to point out your differences. Once we moved to Sydney (when I was 14) it changed a little, but my how things have changed since then.
More and more people seem to appreciate the European culture and the edible delights that come with it. The language, the fashion, etc etc
Although George Clooney and other celebrities have probably put Lake Como on the tourist map, I am and have always been in love with the place I call my second home. We have been very fortunate to have our children experience the culture in its pure form and with each trip they seem to take more away with them.
I always feel rested when I am there, even if I am running around visiting family and friends, one look at the lake and it’s as though your troubles melt away.
On this trip we also took a side vacation to sardegna (an island off the mainland). It was our first time to Sardegna but I am hoping it won’t be our last.
As it was just off peak season (end of Summer) the tourists had mostly gone and the weather was perfect! We hired a small boat/zodiac for 60 euros and visited all the unspoiled beaches on the east gulf of Sardegna (Orosei and it’s surrounds)
We cruised up 50 meters from the many beaches, anchored and swam to shore. It was incredible! We also swam to some grottos which was amazing.
Although the beaches are mostly pebbles (it takes a few agonizing steps to get used to) it’s a nice change from having sand in swimmers…then car…then house…. and then my washing machine. Its still amazes me that we could swim 50 meteres from the shore and still see the bottom of the ocean (no goggles required) such crystal clear waters.
I did a lot of vintage shopping from flea markets sourcing vessels and other props for work, as well as anything I could fit into my suitcase.
I also made it my duty to try as many pastries, sweets and gelato that I could get my hands on (the things I do for my job lol) I wonder if I can claim Weight Watchers as a tax deduction??
One Of the highlights of the trip was stumbling across a small park like courtyard in Milan in the middle of an old museum.
Right In the middle of the courtyard under a big old tree were tables set up with picnic baskets. For a small fee you got a picnic basket , which you then filled with your choice of food from the vintage styled van. This included Panini, pastries, fruit salad, coffee and juice. We were also given a picnic blanket with cushions to sit on (these all had to be returned when we were finished)
My husband and I lay on that rug for what seemed like hours whilst our children played with all the other children there. I think what made it so impressive was the fact that it was completely unexpected and only a few steps away from the bustling centre of Milan. It was actually an American styled company called the “California bakery”. They have a cafe not far from the park but also offer the service of the roving van…….i’m totally in love with the idea. I will have to dedicate a post to them sometime.
I’ll be back with part 2 very soon where I will share some of the sweet goodness I found along the way. (and all the other pics I couldn’t fit into this post)
I hope you enjoy the pics
I am VERY excited to welcome the uber talented and ever so stylish, Laura Oliveri to the LouLou Events team. Some of you may have already met Laura as she has been helping me out with recent bookings.
Laura also happens to be my Sister and my go to person for laughs, shopping advice and has always been my shoulder to lean on.
As we have taken more work on lately, I really needed someone to help carry the load. Someone who shares the same vision as me and also someone I can bounce ideas off.
Laura joins us with a background in both Media and Marketing and has worked on many large branded events during her employment at MTV.
The love for styling and beautiful things definitely runs in our family! We are looking forward to sharing many more styled events with you soon.
Last weekend the old gang got together and ventured up to Coffs Harbour for a good friends wedding. We decided to drive the 7 hours instead of flying so we would have the car when we got up there , I’m sure it would have made more sense to fly and hire a car but we had golf clubs and other goodies to take up with us.
We had such a good time, I haven’t laughed so hard in ages. The Chemistry of the group is perfect, even if it’s been a while since we have seen each other it always feels like it was just yesterday when we catch up. The conversation flows so easily (as do the drinks) and there is always lots of side splitting laughter. Someone always manages to make a complete fool of themselves which gives us ample laughing material for our next catch up.
We were child free for the three days which was heaven. Sleep ins and no nappies to change was pure bliss, although I did miss their good night kisses and their morning snuggles when they jump in our bed.
I was totally spoilt by my girlfriend who sent me off for a massage which was then followed by a very relaxing lunch. Limited reception meant we were without internet and mobiles for most of the weekend, I was worried at first but completely enjoyed not checking my phone for e-mails and messages every 5 minutes.
Whilst the weather was pretty miserable the Wedding was so pretty and intimate. The bride and groom chose a lovely cafe in a garden centre that had a real romantic and vintage feel to it. Lots of great photo opportunities, especially when the birds gathered around for the ceremony, almost as if they had been formally invited.
It was a 9am Wedding followed by a very scrumptious breakfast. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the different start time as most of the Weddings we go to are in the late afternoon followed by a dinner reception.
Another plus side was the fact that the nursery was open for business so I managed a quick shop after the wedding was over (in my heels and ‘good’ clothes) much to my husbands dismay. I think my husbands words on the way home were something like ” you’re incredible, even at a wedding you manage to shop” I’m choosing to take that as a compliment.
The trip home was equally as good as the trip up, filled with stops in pretty little towns and listening to all our favourite music with no kiddy tunes!!
I thought I would share a couple of pics of the cake and other decorative accents that I thought were so pretty!
I hope you enjoy xxx
Tanya from Life’s Little Celebrations
Congratulations Tanya!!! I know you are going to love these gelato cups. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your shipping details and I will get these off to you by tomorrow.
A big thank you to all that entered the gelato cups competition, we hope to offer more fabulous prizes to our fans in the coming months.
We are so excited to be able to share this giveaway with you. These gorgeous gelato cups are the perfect size vessel for your ice cream, gelato or to use on your next sweets buffet! We have used this type of cup many times on our tables, see here and here.
These Gelato Cups by Rosanna are made of refined porcelain and are both microwave and dishwasher safe. Valued at US $45 plus shipping
All you have to do to be in the running to win a set of four of these pastel coloured gelato cups, is tell us by posting on our blog what you would use them for. The winner will be drawn randomly on Tuesday the 23rd of August via random.org
Be sure to pop over like our facebook page and tell us your favourite ice cream or gelato flavour under the giveaway post. This will count for a second entry into this gorgeous giveaway!
This giveaway is open to everyone, both here and overseas!