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Wynona Leach knows a thing or two about parties. Not only does she love planning amazing birthdays for her own daughters, she happens to be the creative director of party powerhouse Little House of Dreams, a lover of all things crafty and a genius cake decorator. So when her little girl Ivy recently celebrated her eighth birthday with a space-themed bash, we were dying to get a peek. The small, sweet party at home was a blast: rockets, a treasure hunt for ‘moon rocks’ and a special trip to the theatre were just part of the fun!
Here, she shares how she put it all together…
Is there a story behind the space theme?
Ivy loves the theatre and wanted to celebrate with a trip to see a play based on Oliver Jeffers’ book, The Way Back Home, an inter-galactic tale of a boy seeking adventure. She also wanted a small party at home, with her closest girlfriends. Making a space-themed party a little girly was a fun challenge. Ivy and her sister, Poppy, both love traditional party games so we played musical statues and had a treasure hunt with ‘moon rocks’ made of foil.
Where did you source all of the amazing decor?
The rocket ship was purchased as a kit from Art Friend – the girls and I spent a fun day painting and decorating it. The balloons were from Balloon Blasters and the paper decorations and tableware were from Dreams and Confetti. I hand cut and assembled most of the party printables, which were a mixture of pre-made designs from Etsy and our in-house designer at work.
The dessert table is an amazing centrepiece! What other elements did you have on the day?
I am a dessert table stylist and cake decorator by trade, so I am used to making an extra effort in this part of the celebration. I like to involve the girls, and they get a big say in the desserts, savoury food and party bags. The dessert table display and presentation items such as cake stands, platters, drinks dispenser, table and tablecloth are hire items from my workplace, Little House of Dreams.
Tell us about the party food, and that amazing cake – did you make it all yourself?
I love making my daughters’ birthday cakes every year. I worked on this cake over a few days, including drying time of the topper and fondant decorations. Assembly of the cake was done the day before. Other desserts included cotton candy, cupcakes, popcorn and wafer biscuits. Savoury food was all homemade, easy to prepare and kid friendly. We served sausage rolls, pizza scrolls, chicken nuggets and star-shaped sandwiches. We served fruit punch and customized bottled water.
Any planning secrets you’d like to share?
I did all of the planning myself, which was very manageable because it was a small group of 10 girls. I organised for a mini bus to take us all to the theatre and back home, where the party was held. We set up most of the décor the night before and the food was pre-prepped, so it was easy to get right into the party once we got back from the theatre.
Photography: Mita Kelder Photography