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Kids Frozen Party ideas

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Kids Frozen Party ideas

As a parent of a Disney Frozen obsessed child I came across some great ideas from Martha Stewart for a Frozen themed party. Check them out….

 

Scandinavian princess cake

Scandinavian princess cake

Ice blue frosting and doily/snowflake topper, recipe from Martha Stewart here http://www.marthastewart.com/342413/scandinavian-princess-cake

snowflake lights

Snowflake light Garland

Make these gorgeous lights from paper doily’s and white string lights to decorate your ice castle.

svens carrots

Sven’s Carrots

Instead of the traditional lolly bag try wrapping trinkets and surprises in coloured crepe paper ‘carrots” just watch out for hungry reindeer’s.

snowman cupcakes

snowman cupcakes

Do you want to build a snowman? why not give pre made cupcake’s to your guests and have them decorate them into mini Olaf’s with white icing, marshmallows and lollies.

Snow globes

Snow globes

Set off your own eternal winter with these easy snow globes. Prep the jars first and then let the kids decide on which figurine they would like to use. Best to do this activity at the start of the party to allow for glue drying time and finish off just before the party ends.

Sand the inside of the lid until the surface is rough. With clear fast-drying glue, adhere the figurine to the inside of the lid, and let the glue dry.

Fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water; add a pinch of glitter and a dash of glycerin to keep the glitter from falling too quickly. Don’t add too much, or the glitter will stick to the bottom of the jar when it’s flipped. Screw on the lid tightly, being careful not to dislodge the figurine. Turn the jar over and back again — and let it snow.

Snowman pencils

Snowman pencils

Styrofoam balls skewered onto pencils make cute snowman favors for your party guests.

Braid Bar

Braid Bar

Enlist the help of a friend that is good at braiding and set up a braid bar and let guests choose whether they want the “Anna” or the “Elsa.” For Elsa’s ice-queen look, do a single classic braid down the back. For Anna’s, make two low braids, pigtail-style.

Home Office Ideas

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Is your office the dumping ground for everything miscellaneous in your house? Good organisation is they key.
Check out some of these ideas for some home office make-over inspiration.

I have recently had an office clean out and incorporated some new Ikea office furniture, I’ll post the pics soon, its not quite ready yet 🙂

home office traditional by Polsky Perlstein Architects

home office traditional by Polsky Perlstein Architects

home office built in storage AMW Design Studio

home office built in storage AMW Design Studio

elegant home office by KL Interiors

elegant home office by KL Interiors

craft room office space by Collaborative Design Group-Architects & Interiors

craft room office space by Collaborative Design Group-Architects & Interiors

blackboard wall office by The Cross Design Interior Designers & Decorators

blackboard wall office by The Cross Design Interior Designers & Decorators

Good use of wall home office by Robert Thomas Homes Architects & Building Designers

Good use of wall home office by Robert Thomas Homes Architects & Building Designers

Hidden office by Butter Lutz Interiors, LLC Interior Designers & Decorators

Hidden office by Butter Lutz Interiors, LLC Interior Designers & Decorators

office with a view by Merzbau Design Collective Architects & Building Designers

office with a view by Merzbau Design Collective Architects & Building Designers

studio shelving and office by Schmitt + Company/Poor House General Contractors

studio shelving and office by Schmitt + Company/Poor House General Contractors

Screening Alfresco Areas

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In the U.S. screened in patio’s or screen rooms have always been around. I can’t help but wonder why they haven’t caught on here in Australia considering that the size of some of our insect friends can be quite scary.
What do you think would you screen in an entire alfresco area or is this not for you?

Waterside screen room

Waterside screen room

A frame screen room

A frame screen room

screen room 2

multi zone screen room

multi zone screen room

Hamptons style house screen room

Hamptons style house screen room

Outdoor Decking

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I love decking outdoor’s and recently I have developed an unhealthy obsession with the new range’s of composite decking that is available on the market. These all weather composite decking materials require very little maintenance and are resistant to pest’s and doesn’t require painting or staining. I must say when it all comes down to it I don’t mind admitting that I’m far too lazy for that type of ongoing maintenance. One of my favourite products at the moment is a product called Trex  http://www.trex.com/au/index.html
What’s your thought’s? have you used it or do you prefer the real deal? below are a few photo’s of both options.

deck 1

deck 2

deck 4

deck 3

deck 5

deck 6

Picture sources from Houzz.com  and Trex

BBQ Area Design

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We posed this question on our facebook page a couple of weeks ago. What do you like in your outdoor area and what is too much? Some people love the idea of an outdoor kitchen whereas others prefer something a little less permanent that can be moved to suit the season. Either way there is no shortage of inspirational pics out there to suit your style.

Hampton style Outdoor BBQ area

Hampton style Outdoor BBQ area

Classic stone built in BBQ

Classic stone built in BBQ

 

Rustic Outdoor area

Rustic Outdoor area

Modern BBQ area

Modern BBQ area

Exposed beams outdoor area

Picture source: Houzz

 

Outdoor Living

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Just in time for the Holiday season we have some new outdoor living lines on our website  www.urbanspice.com.au

Limited stocks of some lines so be quick.

New Season Alfresco Homewares

New Season Alfresco Homewares

 

Coronarita Recipe

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It seems my thoughts have been on Chistmas Cocktails lately but judging by how popular our post on facebook was with our Coronarita Cocktails I thought I would share on the blog.

Corona-rita

Corona-rita

Coronaritas
6 bottles Corona Beer
1 part Tequila
2 parts Margarita Mix
1 part Triple Sec
1 Lime Wedge

Method: In a cocktail shaker, pour the Tequila, Margarita mix and Triple Sec into a cold shaker. Shake vigorously until ice cold. Strain into tall glass with crushed ice and salted rim. Top with Corona beer, lime wedge and straw.

Tip: please make sure you use large glasses that can accommodate a Corona bottle, these are typically made in the U.S. with Coronitas which are a smaller size bottle but are unavailable as yet in Australia.