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1Apr

A simple Easter place setting

A simple Easter place setting

We’d barely put the Christmas decorations away and before you know it, Easter is upon us. The giveaway surely should have been the hot cross buns in the shops by January 1, but hey – we’ve been busy, right?

If you’re having people over for an Easter brunch, we’ve got the simplest idea to take you from hero to zero. Egg name cards! Simply use a Sharpie pen or artline and use your best cursive writing on hardboiled eggs. We found our cute egg cups from Ikea and sprayed them gold (if you can spray it gold – why wouldn’t you?) To make it more autumnal, we simply raided the backyard for fallen leaves in shades of orange and rust, offset by some beautiful ruby red pomegranates we picked off the tree for a simple and really organic table runner. Using our library cards for menus and kraft scallop tags with our alphabet stamps adds a sweet and stylish touch. Make sure you check out the Miss Bunting Pinterest page for more Easter ideas!

31May

A classic wedding masterclass: Jodie & Scott

A classic wedding masterclass: Jodie & Scott

When we get our Martha Stewart on, the whole house usually suffers as we’re consumed by one DIY project after another. This time it was salt dough shapes, inspired by Jodie – a friend as gorgeous as she is hilarious and her classically styled wedding in Mosman Bay, Western Australia.

Being a self-confessed control freak – totally necessary in her job as marketing manager for a major newspaper, Jodie’s wedding to Scotty was planned with military precision right down to every last detail. Surrounded by her gang of trusty bride-slaves, Jodie was walked down the aisle by her father who’d stopped cracking jokes for long enough to beam with pride at his beautiful daughter who was dressed in a stunning ivory lace gown and finger curls. She also wins top marks for dressing her bridesmaids Oscar-worthy gowns from Sana Boutique.

A classic wedding packed with vintage touches and a nod to Great Gatsby deco styling, pretty touches were evident everywhere here. A tree adorned with long ribbons that fluttered in the breeze, birdcages and galvanized buckets loaded with baby’s breath set the scene for a simply sweet ceremony. Inside, the place settings were simple and stylish – yours truly dug out the calligraphy pen from years ago and wrote the name cards, which were then placed in gorgeous frames the bride’s mum had painstakingly painted gold. The Miss Bunting Flash Card Table Numbers were used for the table settings and my favourite detail of all – the salt dough tags were handmade by the bride’s mother-in-law and tied with twine around the napkins. It’s these small touches that really add to the personality of an event – you can really see the love involved when friends and family all pitch in to help.

You can see Jodie & Scott’s wedding here, photographed by Teneil Kable.

Credits 

Dress from Brides by Design

Styling & Flowers by WED on Beaufort

Hair by Chilli Couture

Makeup by Yvette Grey

 

 

Here’s how you can make your own Salt Dough Tags.

1 cup of salt

2 cups of flour

1 cup of warm water

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, roll out between 2 sheets of baking paper and cut into shapes using a cookie cutter if needed. If you want to get fancy, use lace or foliage to create an impression in the dough like we’ve done here. If you intend on tying it to something, be sure to create a hole with a skewer for your twine. Bake in a preheated oven at 120 for 2 ½ hours or until dry and firm.

11Mar

Goodbye Summer: Harvest Fresh

Goodbye Summer: Harvest Fresh

We can hardly believe the Australian summer will all be over shortly – the trees around us are turning a brilliant hue of orange, and the streets will soon be lined in a crisp blanket of autumn leaves. Take your colour cue with corals and dusty oranges, but keep it fresh with a shot of mint – here are some delicious finds from around the net. We’re also loving the idea of bouquets with succulents – something a little different, modern and utterly inspiring.

23Nov

Grace under pressure: Emma & Chris’s wedding

Everyone’s got one. The friend that is always so glamorous, stylish and put together – y’know, without even trying. Actually, I’ve got a few, and if I didn’t have such solid self-esteem, I’d be in a perpetual state of anxiety. One of them is Emma from Scanlan PR – my firecracker friend and resident crazy lady, Em is as close to my heart as family and one of Miss Bunting’s biggest supporters. Fiercely loyal, feisty and funny, Em is always cheering me on from the sidelines while she juggles a successful career with motherhood to beautiful baby Leo. Blessed with model looks, an innate sense of style and a finely tuned radar for what’s new and chic before anyone else does; it goes without saying she’s my soundboard for all of Miss Bunting’s product ideas.

Dressed in a stunningly simple Vera Wang gown, Emma married her dashing hubby Chris in 2010, against the picturesque background of Clairault winery in Dunsborough, near Margaret River, Western Australia. Unflappable under pressure, Em demonstrated anything but bridezilla qualities when faced with a delivery of wilted flowers from her appointed florist. Instead of carrying out what I would consider to be a well-warranted diva tantrum, Em delegated her most trusted hit squad to scour the entire southwest. Their brief? To find an eclectic array of flowers in varying colours and buy up what was in stock. Roadside, service station, florist and supermarket were duly emptied of flora, and while this sounds excessive – that was pretty much the entire roll call of retail outlets in the rural southwest. The groom’s father stopped off at a rose farm en route (and also provided a gorgeous cane-cut viognier from their vineyard for guests to take home), and family picked flowers from their own gardens in Perth and packed them carefully for the 3 hour drive down south. And while this deviated from the planned colour palette, what she ended up with was a dreamy collection of flowers in a celebration of colours, and a romantic, relaxed, effortlessly chic vibe to which most were none the wiser to what had just happened a mere 12 hours ago. The lesson? No pressure, no diamonds – and this diamond day proved some disasters can turn into happy accidents; it just depends on how you approach them. See more pictures from Emma’s wedding here.