500 fans Giveaway!

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To celebrate reaching 500 Facebook fans and Two Red Sparrows first birthday at the end of March, I have joined forces with Charli Mae and Whimsy Farm Twine to have a giveaway full of lovely Easter goodies. These ladies have lots of wonderful products and ideas that are perfect for Easter, so make sure you check their pages out!

Entry is only open to AUSTRALIAN residents.

Prizes:

First up, from Whimsy Farm Twine: 1 x spool each of Bella, Jemima and Delilah.

Secondly, from Charli Mae: 1 x pack of yellow chevron starws, 1 x pack of pink chevron bags with Easter tags and blue standing paper bunnies.

and last, but not least, from me: 1 x copy of Kara’s Party Ideas book and 1 x copy of Planet Cake.

Two Red Sparrows Giveaway

Entry is by clicking Two Red Sparrows ’500 fans Giveaway’ starting at 7pm (Qld time) on 26/02/2013 and finishes at 7pm (Qld time) on Friday 15/03/2013.

Two extra entries can be gained by commenting on this post! Please note, your post won’t show up immediately, as due to an overload of spam on page I now need to approve comments first. Rest assured I will be monitoring my blog closely and will approve all competition comments very quickly :)

Enjoy and good luck!!

Tarja x

Luka’s Woodland Baptism

I had the absolute honour and pleasure of styling a dessert table for my cousin Luka’s Baptism back in July. I had full creative control and wanted to do something really special. I also wanted to steer away from the traditional blue, white and silver colours used for boys, but still keep the theme and colours appropriate to the occasion. I thought a woodland theme would be perfect and loved the idea of using bold colours. My biggest consideration in planning the table was to keep it travel friendly, as everything had to fit within a 23kg suitcase to fly between Brisbane and Canberra.

For the decorations, I handmade the pinwheel fans using a tutorial I found on pinterest. Click here to see the tutorial. They travelled really well in the suitcase folded up and I just used some double sided tape to join the ends when I arrived and stuck them up with blue tac. I also ordered the hand cut wooden Luka sign from My Little Wish which also doubled as a keepsake for his nursery after the party was finished.

Luka’s Woodland Baptism dessert table

My original idea for the cake was for it to be three tiered with the bottom tier having ombre green fondant ruffles. Unfortunately, although my ruffled tier survived the flight down to Canberra, the fondant and gumpaste glue did not like the gas heater when I arrived and all the ruffle layers slid off my Styrofoam dummy right before of my eyes. It broke my heart to see so many hours spent making the ruffles just wasted :( Aside from losing the bottom tier, I am quite happy with how the cake came together. The cake was caramel mudcake with chocolate ganache and fondant and tasted delicious! The gorgeous milk cake stand was purchased from the lovely Leanne from Sweet Style for the table.

Woodland cake by Two Red Sparrows

Here is a close up of the owl topper which was inspired by a gorgeous owl cake that I spotted on pinterest by The Designer Cake Company.

Owl cake topper by Two Red Sparrows

Keeping with the Woodland theme, I made chocolate cupcakes with a mint flavoured buttercream. The gorgeous toppers were custom made by Charli Mae. They were a big hit at the Baptism and were the first to go!

Woodland cupcakes by Two Red Sparrows

Angela from The Little Pop Shop custom made the cake pops which were chocolate orange flavoured and sent them from Victoria. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one to taste and it was divine!

Chocolate orange cakepops by The Little Pop Shop

I came up with the idea to make chocolate mousse pots from this pinterest pin. The recipe is super simple only using only two ingredients. The glass pots were also purchased from Sweet Style and featured labels from Charli Mae.

Chocolate mousse pots by Two Red Sparrows

I purchased these cute mini lollypops and caramel rock candy swizzle sticks from Louisa of Little Big Company. The swizzle sticks were a big hit at the party! I was also very honoured to have this party featured by Little Big Company on their blog here.

Lollypops and rock candy swizzle sticks by Little Big Company

Charli Mae also made these adorable personalised chocolate wrappers for the party which the guests took home with them.

Woodland chocolate wrappers and cupcake toppers by Charli Mae. Photo credit Charli Mae.

These boy party ideas were also featured on Spaceships and Laser Beams.

Vendor Credits:

Styling, cake, cupcakes, mousse pots by Two Red Sparrows

Paperie by Charli Mae

Photography by JM Bonner

Cake pops by The Little Pop Shop

Luka sign by My Little Wish

I hope you find some inspiration from my party for your own woodland theme!

Tarja x

Alex & Katie’s Engagement Party

I decided to put together a mini dessert station for my beautiful friends Alex and Katie’s engagement party back in April. Katie had chosen a cream and turquoise palette and requested that I incorporate birds into the design. This is what I came up with!

 

The mini dessert table

The cupcakes were vanilla bean with embossed fondant (bird and swirls pattern) with butterflies and flowers.

Vanilla bean cupcakes with embossed fondant, butterflies and flowers.

The cookies were kiwi and strawberry flavoured sugar cookies with embossed fondant.

Heart kiwi and strawberry cookies with embossed fondant

The happy couple!

Congratulations and best wishes to Alex and Katie who have recently wed and have embarked in a new adventure overseas! I hope you are both enjoying life as newlyweds!

Tarja x

My Easter Dessert Table 2012

My Easter dessert table 2012

I wanted to do something special for Easter this year for my boys Casper and Indiana, so inspired by Torie Jayne’s 2011 Easter table I decided to have my first go at styling a dessert table. I made the cake, cupcakes and cookies myself, but looking back now, I can see how far I have grown in my baking and decorating abilities since April. Other features of the table were Cadbury pastel eggs, pink and white marshmellows and pastel meringue bites.

The pinwheels and fans were purchased from Invite Me. I was searching the web for apothecary jars and came across Invite Me. I saw the pink and white pinwheels and fell in love! The rest of the table grew from there. I came across the gorgeous bird trees, bird house and white bird at Bed, Bath & Table. I was even more excited when I walked back past a few days later and all their Easter goodies were 30% off. So I stocked up on the little chickens and the dyed porcelain eggs.

The lovely Rach at Charli Mae made the cupcake toppers and standing paper bunnies.

Vendor credits:
Styling, cake, cupcakes and cookies by Two Red Sparrows (me)
Cupcake toppers and paper bunnies by Charli Mae

Easter egg cookies

This was my first try at sugar cookies and taught me many valuable lessons! Firstly, after making cookie dough best to leave wrapped in glad in the fridge overnight rather than work with it only refrigerated for an hour! The cookies were rosewater flavoured and decorated with fondant. While I am not a fan of Turkish Delights, I loved the subtle hint of the rosewater cutting through the sugar in these cookies.

Although Easter for this year is long gone, I hope you find some inspiration from my table for 2013!

Tarja x