Tuesday, August 11, 2009

rubber ducky you're the one.....

Quack, Quack, who wouldn't be delighted arriving at this Duck themed party! We love the original idea...worlds away from princesses and super hero's...a visual feast of colour and style.

Not that we would expect anything less from the very stylish Suzi of Alannnah Rose stationary....here she offers up her tips for creating the perfect party...like this one held for her duck loving daughter recently.

- Start with the invitation. Our new kids range of invitations has been designed to be easy to theme. Pick a colour, pattern or element in the design and go from there. For our Little Duck theme we worked around the colour palette of red and white with a touch of yellow.

- Balloons and lanterns were used in red and white to introduce colour and to pick up on the polkadot pattern in the invitations.

- On the table clear glass candy jars were filled with red and white lollies, and finished with red and white polka dot ribbon.

- Flowers are also a great way to bring in colour and add a soft touch to the table - for the duck party we put a pretty mix of white and yellow and finished the white pots with red bows.

- Food choices also followed the colour palette - honey joys in red patty pans, cupcakes with icing ducks and homemade duck gingerbread seamlessly fit with the overall theme.

- Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns, and add little details. Patterned fabric around store bought drink bottles is a simple craft project with big effect. Ribbon is also a great inexpensive way of adding colour and festivity, so get creative.

- Think about your party theme and what games you can play to tie in with your theme - Felt was cut out a duck shape to play pin the beak on the duck - an easy to make alternative to pin the tail on the donkey. Pass the parcel was done to the 'Five little ducks' song and a duck Pinata was found at a local balloon store.

-Finish on theme - Alannah Rose's new party bag tags add the perfect finishing touch to your party bag. A little rubber duck was added into each bag as a thank you for guests.

Gingerbread Ducks Recipe

Gingerbread is easy to make and kids love it. Cookie cutters are readily available in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so it's likely you'll find one to fit your invite theme. If you can't find the right shape, stick with a basic shape like circles and ice in different colours to make polkadots in your theme colours.

Arrange on white plates or pack individually in cello bags for a take home treat.

Preparation Time
30 minutes
Cooking Time
8 minutes


* 2 cups (300g) plain flour
* 1 tsp bicarb of soda
* 2 tsp ground ginger
* 90g butter
* 1/2 cup (80g) brown sugar
* 1/3 cup (125g) golden syrup
* 5cm biscuit cutter in shape of choice (we used a duck shape)
* Prepared icing


1. Sift flour, soda and ginger into a bowl. Place butter, sugar and golden syrup into a saucepan. Cook over low heat, until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Cool.
2. Pour the syrup into the flour mixture, and combine. Take the dough out of the bowl and knead until smooth. Cover with plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface until 5mm thick. Cut out shapes and carefully place onto trays. Bake for 8 minutes.
4. Cool biscuits on trays for 5 minutes, then onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Ice with Royal icing
* 1 eggwhite
* 1 1/4 cups pure icing sugar, sifted
* 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
* drops of food colour of choice

Using a fork, beat eggwhite in a bowl until foamy. Gradually beat in icing sugar until combined.
Stir in lemon juice. Add food colouring to desired colour. Decorate gingerbread with icing. Set aside for 20 minutes or until set. Serve.

Thanks Suzi!!!