Any excuse to have a party and I'm down, but seizing the opportunity to embrace the occasion of my beautiful daughter Harper turning three by blending her special day with my passion for party planning & decor just made sense. Each year we spend months discussing the perfect birthday theme and developing an over the top event, and this year that tradition continued but with a photo shoot rather than our usual party. But lets be real, the whole concept is pretty awesome! With promises of sparkles, limitless candy and stacks of presents Harper was equally as excited. No matter how many breathtaking events I plan or spectacular galas I attend, I can honestly say that there will never be anything better than creating special moments for you and your kids. Enjoy ... and Happy Birthday Harper!
STUDIO X is located in Ottawa's City Centre and offer a variety of classes as well as private rental space. This professional dance studio has a selection of 3 bright rooms with ballet barres attached to beautiful mirrored walls as well as dramatic high ceilings. Each studio design is unique with the largest room finished with a modern textured wall and stunning chandelier. However, for our photo-shoot, we chose their medium-sized Studio #1 because the combination of smooth white walls and painted original brick became the perfect blank canvas.
WISHTREE INVITATIONS & STATIONARY absolutely blew us away with all of the designs they provided for us to choose from. We fell madly in love with the combination of colours, whimsical illustrations and expressive typography for our final selection that helped mix things up while injecting a little fun. Krista was absolutely wonderful to work with while her genuine enthusiasm and passion for design definitely resulted in the perfect introduction to our magical theme.
It's simply not a party without cake, so lots of amazing cakes can only add to the fun! CRAVE DESSERTS made this special occasion even sweeter with three edible works of art. Cake designer Alyssia's colourful creations were almost like a fairy-tale come true and added the perfect touch of child-like wonder to the party concept. Three custom-made masterpieces piled high with sculpted lollipops, puffs of cotton candy, and endless treats. We can't imagine a more perfect way to have your cake and eat it too ... and then have a little more!
COPIOUS FASHIONS has once again gone above and beyond with her stunning one-of-a-kind designs. The cut of the birthday girl's specially designed top added a level of maturity while the reflection of light from the gold sequins made her look and feel like a real princess. Another element that helped enhance the festive look was Carissa's hand-crafted unicorn horn-inspired party hat; delicately wrapped with a gold and white rope. Copious continues to be a shining example of all that is downright artistic in the world of fashion.
BAKE MOB are renowned for their cute cake pops, delicious cupcakes and gorgeous cakes but they also make the most delicate French patisseries known as macarons. These pastel coloured, almond-based meringue cookies are quite simply little clouds of heaven that melt in your mouth. We were already mad for macarons, but as if that wasn't enough, she also made a batch were trimmed with colourful sprinkles that truly captured our imagination. Merci Jelena!
COCOHARI is truly one of a kind. Owner & chocolatier Aaron creates handcrafted stunning works of art with the highest quality ingredients and responsibly sourced dark chocolate. Every precious gem is an extraordinary labour of love and decadent indulgence with its glossy tempered chocolate exterior and traditional Belgian-style fill. With mysterious names and unique flavour options like '1001 Nights' with guava-orange blossom-cardamom to 'Persian Rose' with pomegranate-rose, every single one of these little treasures are hard to resist - an extraordinary delight to taste and savour.
Ottawa-based LUX EVENT RENTALS has an extensive collection of decor items to suit everyone's personal taste, style and budget. Dana is always expanding her inventory, and we chose luxurious gold sequins from her vast selection of linens to enhance the aura of celebration and excitement for our mythical theme.
REVELRY PARTY COMPANY makes custom ordered handmade products and sells unique party supplies for all kinds of events. Owner Danielle's creative skills added an innocent charm to our event by creating a rainbow coloured tissue garland that held down the massive 36" heart shaped balloon, which literally had our birthday girl smiling from ear to ear with excitement.
JENN & JULES DESIGNS are a team of self-described love birds and an extremely talented pair too. They specialize in creating custom products out of metal, wood and acrylic for the home, office or special events. They are the creative team behind our dazzling gold unicorn cake-topper and stir-sticks, as well as our unique, personalized laser cut place cards, which doubled as a fun party favours for guests.
MIKAZA HOME sells curated collections of reproduction contemporary designer furniture, lighting and decor at affordable prices. They have showrooms in both Ottawa and Montreal, maintain a distribution network across Canada, and even offer luxury furniture rentals for gala events. Co-owner Katia, provided a very cute modern element in the form of enchanting miniature Louis Ghost Chairs.
FLUKE DECOR & DESIGNS made-to-order vinyl decals can add a personalized touch to any decor. Themes range from floral, environmental, cultural, geometrics, colour based and even metallic finishes to add a subtle shimmer. Owner DJ, designed huge sprinkles as removable decals that were applied to the floor in the shape of paths throughout the space creating an exciting, immersive experience.
POM VILLAGE offers a wonderful selection of handmade colourful tissue paper pom poms, vibrant flowers, and a wide assortment of dazzling party decorations. Mihaela's customized rainbow confetti filled balloons were absolutely enchanting and the high quality of the natural rubber latex provided hours of playful fun.
The two artisans behind the company PETITE CREATION hand make amazing realistic miniature food and food jewelry at tiny scale of 1:12. Each piece is created with air-dry clay and silver-plate or sterling silver and their attention to even the smallest detail is so charming that we adore everything they create together. Our birthday girl was very excited to receive the special gift of a little doughnut ring complete with sprinkles. It's visual appeal is nothing short of total sweetness!
Once again, this photo-shoot clearly demonstrates why JACK LOVES MARY PHOTOGRAPHY have rapidly become one of Ottawa's most sought after photography companies. Enhanced by the glitzy setting, every priceless image captures both the beauty and innocence of turning a year older. Childhood is fleeting, and through a variety of lively candid shots the talented Lead Photographer Kaja was able to capture one of life's special moments, turning this special day into a beautiful lasting memory.
A big thank you to my mini and gorgeous model. Happy Birthday Sweetie!
Thank you to all vendors involved that helped to create this spectacular blog feature including the GLOSS events & decor team who created the life-sized paper mache unicorn.