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Not only does Kikki.K have the most beautiful collections of stationery and homewares, they’ve just introduced their very first party collection called Confetti – and it’s perfect! I thought their gorgeous new range of confetti party staples would be a lovely way to brighten up a grey winters day, and maybe inspire you to host a bright confetti themed party this winter! Be sure to take a peek at their stunning new collection here, it’s too perfect for words – I’d love to know what your favourite piece is, I’m a completely smitten with the hanging paper gem, straws and of course the wooden greeting stamp set. I hope you all have a lovely day planned and are tucked up somewhere warm and safe away from this awful winter storm. x

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Hello, Ben here! In what has become a bit of a yearly tradition I let Rachael rest today and do a post for her. Happy Birthday Rachael!

When we originally put this blog together it didn’t seem possible that this could become her full time job. I read about people who do something on their own that they love and it seems like another world, but here she is, years later, using Made From Scratch as a starting point for some pretty amazing projects. I am so proud that she’s invested so much her time and life in to something so incredible and that she has made it her job.

Even though the blog has grown over the last few years, Rachael still reads every comment and replies to most of them on here, Instagram and Facebook. If you’ve got a minute and you enjoy Made From Scratch please send her a note to say Happy Birthday! After her day out she’ll sit on the couch and love to read through them all.

Thanks for reading. Ben.

Happy Friday everyone, I hope everyone has had a really lovely week and are looking forward to the Auckland long weekend! I’m beyond honoured and so thrilled to share this gorgeous Hen’s Garden Party that the absolutely stunning and wonderfully talented Mel from All the Frills styled – I adore the idea that a Hen’s party can be turned into a beautiful flower filled event. Plus how gorgeous is Julie’s dress, the host of this gorgeous party, and of course the adorable puppy proudly wearing a bow tie! I couldn’t think of a more perfect event for a beautiful-bride-to be as everything from the dessert table, drinks table and flowers have been styled to absolute perfection – plus my jaw dropped when I saw the dahlia ring favours, they’re such a lovely idea! In other exciting news, Mel has just launched her very first online shop – it’s a perfect extension of her stunning brand and everything is absolutely to die for! I’ll share a little more about this later but for now, you must have a peek at the rest Sarah’s Garden Hen’s Party, and of course All The Frill’s Shop, it’s so hard to leave empty handed, everything is so amazing! x

Oh gosh, I’m so excited about the end of this week drawing closer and closer – is anyone else excited that Christmas Day is only a week away and that our glorious summer holidays start this weekend?! I’ve had such a wonderful time teaming up with Tip Top Ice Cream creating delicious ice cream posts for you to enjoy over summer, that I thought it was only right to end 2013 on a lovely and very easy Ice Cream Sundae Dessert Table, complete with the cutest cake pops from Cake Pop Kitchen, that really does only take a matter of minutes to prepare for your gorgeous waiting guests. This delicious and oh so cute dessert really would be so perfect for any Christmas or New Years Eve celebration or of course a beautiful summer wedding – the best part is you can choose what ever flavours and colour pallets you like. I hope everyone is having a lovely week so far and enjoying the last few working days of 2013. xo

Click read more for what you’ll need to create your own Ice Cream Sundae Dessert Table

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end-of-MBA After two incredible yet very hard years of balancing uni, work, coding, renovating, family matters and everything else that life tends to throw at you – my absolutely amazing hubby Ben walked out of his final exam of his MBA {Masters of Business Administration} yesterday to a weeping wife who is so unbelievably proud of what he has achieved over the past two years! For those who have been with us on this at times seemingly never ending journey, thank you so so much – you’ll never know how much your support has meant to us as we truly wouldn’t have been able to do it without your understanding as to why we couldn’t go anywhere for two years as our weekends, evenings and any spare moment was taken up by study. For those who have the absolutely honour of knowing Ben will know that he is easily the smartest, kindest and hardest working person, ever! His mind is truly amazing and I still to this day have no idea how he managed to do so well at uni while also working a 50+ hour a week job, coding countless websites on the side and of course always, always being there and taking the time for the people he loves. I’ll never ever have the words to tell him how truly proud of him I am, he’s absolutely incredible and has done so so well! Have a wonderful weekend everyone, we’re off to celebrate the end of Ben’s MBA with our friends and family! xox

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The festive season really is well and truly here – with gorgeous Christmas inspiration and gift wrapping ideas popping up everywhere and of course countless invites to end of year parties it really is the most wonderful time of the year and the perfect time to indulge in a little sparkle! And of course what could be more perfect than a beautiful sequin party dress, accessories, invites and party horns to help celebrate the night away. x

earrings | party horns | nail polish | lipgloss | dresspop, fizz, clink | bobbi set | clutch |

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high-tea Happy Tuesday everyone, I hope you all had the most glorious long weekend and were able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful sunshine. I’m so thrilled to share this gorgeous tea party in celebration for tonights High Tea at Studio 46 that was featured in the latest issue of Homestyle - there really is something so magical about tea parties and this decedent party complete with pink horse cake toppers, bell jars and beautiful flowers would be so perfect for any celebration. Be sure to take a peek at the full schedule of upcoming workshops at Studio 46 in the lead up to all the wonderful Christmas celebrations, they’d also make a perfect gift for someone special. x

| Styling, Annie O and Red Creative | Cakes, Made From Scratch | Photography, Kelley Eady Loveridge |

| Featured in, Homestyle |

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14 I’m so thrilled to share this incredible little boys party that the very talented Dots n Spots styled – I could only imagine how excited and amazed a group of boys (young or old!) would be walking into a party like this, it’s just amazing! Everything for this construction themed party was so perfectly thought out, from the hard hats and boots for everyone on arrival, construction themed games and of course the most wonderful dessert table complete with a digger cake! I’ve no doubt that this party was the absolute dream for a group of very lucky boys and one incredibly special birthday boy! Be sure to click read more below to see what Dots n Spots said about this amazing party and of course take a peek at her wonderful website! x

| Styling: Dots n Spots | Party Supplies: Dots n Spots | Photography: Leah Hoskin Photography | Printables: Leah Hoskin Photography | Cake: Kelly Warwick Cakes |

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