Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Giggle & Hoot Dessert Table

Remember we told you we had some exciting news to share with you in our last blog post?

We are now able to reveal that the legendary guru of event styling, Amy Atlas, has featured a Little Birdie dessert table on her blog. Amy's work is much admired, and we feel very honoured to be featured. Click here to have a look.

As we mentioned in our last post, two days before Gerri had baby Lulu (now 5 weeks-old), we were asked to style a Giggle & Hoot inspired dessert table for cute twin girls, Abi and Emi, for their first birthday. The birthday party was just over two weeks away, and was to cater for 60 guests!

We love styling dessert tables, so we did some pretty quick work and immersed ourselves in this project. We had a lot of fun, and we're very happy to be able to share the details of this dessert table with you. We have included vendor credits throughout and at the end of the post.

The colours of Hoot inspired the orange and blue colour palette of the party. We enjoyed working with a theme that was different to the typical one-year-old girls' birthday party. We especially loved working with the orange and blue colours, and enjoyed finding interesting ways to bring in "a touch of Hoot".

We really enjoyed working with our wonderful suppliers, Rosie at Jocelyn's Provisions and Judy at Cakes by Judy C, to create the gorgeously coordinated sweet treats for the dessert tables. We also love the cakes made by Sara at Delicious by Sara.

Dessert table featuring Hoot

Just days before the event we designed a mini Hootabelle dessert table to feature an additional cake. This table featured Hootabelle's pink and purple colouring.

Mini dessert table featuring Hootabelle

We like to combine innovative ideas with a striking tablescape. If we can, we prefer not to be too literal with a theme. Instead of using the image of Hoot, we took aspects of Hoot's design and featured these on the decorated vanilla biscuits (see the blue-and-white-coloured stitched heart design), and New York Vanilla cupcakes (like the orange button atop the buttercream frosting).

New York Vanilla cupcakes decorated with orange button detail by Cakes by Judy C
Vanilla biscuits decorated with blue based and white stitched heart detail by Cakes by Judy C

Jaffa macarons and chocolate marshmallow hearts worked nicely with our colour palette, which also featured chocolate brown.

Jaffa macarons by Cakes by Judy C
Jaffa macarons and New York Vanilla cupcakes by Cakes by Judy C
Marshmallow hearts (shortbread biscuit, raspberry jam, and white marshmallow dipped in rich dark chocolate) by Jocelyn's Provisions

We love to work with patterns. For this table we used beautiful paper to wrap individual Lindt chocolate bars, completed with personalised stickers we created using the image of Hoot. The patterns also featured on our risers.

Marshmallow hearts by Jocelyn's Provisions, and Decorated vanilla biscuits and Jaffa macarons by Cakes by Judy C 
Lindt chocolate bars

We chose a very simple backdrop with colour-coordinated pom poms. We were delighted to have a corrugated iron background to work with, as this is consistent with Giggle and Hoot's recycling theme.

Candies on the table included lemonade lollipops, jumbo choc orange balls, blueberry clouds, and sherbet flying saucers. Colour-coordinated mini jellybeans lined plates to display other sweet treats.

Lemonade lollipops and jumbo choc orange balls
Blueberry clouds and sherbet flying saucers sitting next to decorated vanilla biscuits by Cakes by Judy C
Jaffa macarons by Cakes by Judy C displayed on orange mini jellybeans

The mini Hootabelle table featured shortbread hearts, meringues, rosewater pashmak (Persian fairy floss), strawberry bon bons, old-fashioned candy sticks, and sherbet flying saucers.

Meringues by Jocelyn's Provisions
Shortbread hearts by Jocelyn's Provisions

We loved the Hoot and Hootabelle cakes. They were excellent centrepieces for the tables.

Hoot cake by Delicious by Sara
Hootabelle cake by Delicious by Sara

Vendor Credits
Concept, design & styling: Little Birdie Events
Stationery: Little Birdie Events

We are creating more beautiful dessert tables for our clients. We are looking forward to sharing these with you over the coming months.

In the meantime, head over to our Facebook page, and "like" us to receive updates on what we are up to.

Carole & Gerri


  1. I know I just commented on your facebook page.. but I seriously love the table! Great job!

  2. Giggle & Hoot Dessert Table is truly looking fantabulous. Each and every detail is really inspiring me. For my sister’s birthday, have booked one of themed New York venues and looking for great nice ideas to make her 13th birthday memorable. I wonder if you can help regarding this.