Valentines Day 2017- What to buy for your lady

Uncategorized, Whats on in Melbourne

Valentines day is that time of year, 

Where a flying naked baby,

Spreads love and cheer.

Todays blog will give you gift ideas,

And tell you what to do,

But if you’re wanting to get crafty,

Get out your sprinkles and your glue.

The Melbourne Event Blog, 

Is here to provide, 

Your Valentines Day, 

Insiders guide. 

Gifts for her: 

Jewelry:

Jewelry is always a safe bet when it comes to spoiling your lady, whether your budget is modest or you have  more cash to splash we have you covered.

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Butterfly Silver  -“Sterling Silver heart Pendant”. Made from Sterling Silver, This fantastic Heart pendant features a beautiful Cupid’s bow . $20


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Gold Mark  “Silver love ring”. Made from sterling silver  $35


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Pandora “Luminous heart earring studs”. The epitome of feminine elegance, these double heart shaped studs are adorned with 14ct gold and pearl.  $99


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Tiffany and Co.  “Elsa Peretti, Open heart pendant”. The simple, Evocative shape open heart shape celebrates the spirit of love.  $205

Stationary: 

Stationary is a great gift option, whether she is a Student, Works  or Stays at home – At some point we all need stationary. Today stationary can be personalised  and there are so many great options to choose from.

Typo “Alpha Sticky Notes”, A very useful gift which can be personalized  to spell a name or in this case N loves B . Coming in at only $4 Each.

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Kmart – This sticky Notebook in holographic materiel is super useful. Featuring sticky tabs, a sticky pad and lined paper it can be used as a diary, to do list or just a compact way to keep stationary all in one place. $5


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Kiki.K “Met you, medium personalized planner” This limited edition online exclusive leather personal planner was created to spread love. The insert features To do lists, Sticker notes, Meeting sheets and a whole lot more. We here at The Melbourne Event Blog swear by this planner. Another option is to buy some of the other items from the collection to compliment your gift. $75


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TDE “13 Inch Laptop case”. This Laptop case made from Saffiano leather is a great choice for anyone with Tech. The cases can be personalized with up to 4 letters free of charge and for an additional charge  you can add up to 10 letters.  Hardware, Font and Size can be chosen in a variety of options. If your loved one does not own a laptop, TDE has Phone and Tablet cases available for purchase. $150 +

Leather Goods:

Small leather goods are a great way to gift something exquisite that wont break the bank.   The Melbourne Event Blog understands that not everyone supports Animal leather, So we have included some Vegan Leather options. 

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Matt and Nat “Yul coin purse” This Coin purse is animal free, Made using recycled water bottles. This great design opens up into a spacious box with plenty of room to store coins and notes. $45 


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Monpurse  “Red heart key ring, Grainy Leather” A chic way to organize a set of keys, or the perfect compliment to any handbag .  Can be Ordered in a variety of colors and shapes can  and be personalized. $50


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TDE  “Pale pink pouch” Made from saffinao leather TDE’s signature pouches are perfect for everyday use to carry Money, Cards, Makeup and can be used as a clutch when going out. The cases can be personalized in many colors and hardware and with different letters and emojis available. $90+


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Marc Jacobs “Stitched hearts card case” – This designer card case is made from cowhide and is a great alternative to a purse- With the ability to hold up to 5 cards. . $125


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Saint Laurent “Mini Love Heart Chain Bag” This Italian made leather bag  is the perfect accessory- elegant yet so much  fun, this gift will have your lady bragging about you for years to come. $910 

Sweets:

Who doesn’t love some sweets? Despite always claiming to be avoiding sweets the TMEB team will always reach for them if they’re around – especially if they are as beautiful as what we are about to recommend. So set the mood right this Feb 14th. 

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Chocobon Chocobon is located in Bentleigh East and ships to other Australia states. Specializing in chocolate covered strawberries and personalized chocolate bars. Ordering a gift hamper or personalized chocolate covered strawberry assortment is a fantastic gift – and equally as yummy.  Allow up to a week for your order. 


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@Pattycakepattycakebyfleur This Instagram cookie master is selling “we make a great pair”, “you melt me” and “heart box”s for only $15. What an adorable and thoughtful gift. Place your order by emailing pattycakepattycake@iinet.net.au or 0419 341 397


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Lamanna loacated in Essendon has a variety of specialty Valentines cakes, doughnuts and cookies on offer.  This Beautiful cake signifies that you would love to be in each others lives forever, although the cake might not be. Contact them at cakes@lamannas.com.au or call 90269205 and ask for the patisserie. 


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Chocolateno5_ Located in Delahey Victoria 30 mins outside the Melbourne CBD, Chocolateno5 are masters of all things chocolate. Their signature gift box this year features, Nutella, Roses, Strawberries, Pretzels and more. This gift box is your one stop shop for valentines day if you’re willing to splash your cash.  Contact Badria.c@hotmail.com to place your order.

Flowers: 

To top it all off our last recommendation is that you head down to your local florist or market and pick up a bunch of flowers. Pick her favourite flowers or if you’re not sure, make your selection based on her favourite colours- Ask the florists for some help. 

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A great romantic gesture is to send flowers to her work place or home, Given that valentines day is on a tuesday this year. A great site to order from is Easyflowers where flowers start from $39 with the ability to add balloons and other gifts. This year they have a free delivery special with %35 off flowers.

Hat boxes are the biggest trend in Flowers right now, Fleur Lamour located in Melbournes Northern suburbs has some beautiful options this valentines day. Check out their Instagram of give them a call on the contact number below. 

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The Melbourne Event Blog would like to wish everyone a fabulous valentines day filled with Lots of love and happiness

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Chinese New Year Melbourne 2017, Whats on, Where to go, What to do.

Uncategorized, Whats on in Melbourne

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With the year of the Rooster fast approaching, Chinese New Year celebrations are taking place all over Melbourne from the 27th of January. TMEB has compiled a list of must see events to help you reign in the Lunar New Year on the 28th of January.

 

The Emporium Melbourne:  27th January to 5th February

Times: 12 noon to 6 pm daily

The Emporium will be hosting an installation as part of Chinese New Year. The instillation is a mirrored glass cube in which you step inside. The cube celebrates “the sentiments of Longevity, Prosperity, and Happiness”.

#thereflectionroom

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South wharf:  27th  January – 12th February

DFO South Wharf will be featuring blossom light displays, handing out fortune cookies and have traditional Chinese performances and sales on to celebrate the Chinese New year. Traditional Chinese entertainment at will be on at 12pm, Saturday 28th January, Saturday 4th and Saturday 11th February.

There is also a chance to win a $1,000 DFO Gift Card by Tagging @DFO_Southwharf and use the hashtag #CNYatDFOSW.

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Queens Victoria Market:  28th January 10am- 2pm

“Delight in traditional performances from local and international acts, marvel at the mythical creatures and receive a message of prosperity from the Hongbao wall. Plus, go into the lucky draw for the chance to win prizes and special offers!”

Entertainment Schedule

10am – 12pm:
Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne Lion Dance Team
Lai Zhou Chinese Martial Arts Academy
Chinese Performing Arts Development
New Eastern Chinese Instrument Group
Time Chinese Dance School.

10am – 2pm:
Chinese Fortune Journey & Hongbao Wall – win prizes and special offers.

12.30pm – 1.30pm:
Free cooking demonstration with Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival ambassador Elizabeth Chong.

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Free Tai Chi, 30th January –  10th of February:

Queensbridge square,southbank

7:30am – 8.15am

Free Tai Chi classes will available every morning during the festival  period. “Tai Chi has been used for fitness as well as to prevent and cure disease amongst Chinese people since the 16th century. The Tai Chi classes are designed to strengthen the well-being of the residential and corporate communities. The morning classes will feature a Tai Chi trainer who will guide participants through movements regardless of their age, Tai Chi experience or fitness level.”

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Target Centre: January 16- February 13th

Come and enjoy the festivities this year at the Target Centre, located in the Chinatown Precinct in between Chinatown (Little Bourke Street) and Bourke Street. Take the scenic route and enter the Target Centre via Bourke Street.  The target centre has lantern ceiling installations & have the gods  of prosperity  wandering the centre daily.

Food Truck Park Chinese New Year Theme: 27th of January – 12th February

The best in Asian street food across the city this summer. Visit us in Southbank’s Queensbridge Square and Docklands to experience street food plus spectacular lighting installations, fireworks, cultural performances and family friendly activities designed to bring people from all backgrounds together and celebrate.

SOUTHBANK – QUEENSBRIDGE SQUARE

Queensbridge St, Southbank VIC 3006
27 January
New Year’s Eve Countdown
11.30am – Midnight
28 January to 12 February 2017
Queensbridge Square Celebrations – Culture Kaleidoscope
Serving Lunch and Dinner from 11.30am – 9.30pm daily

DOCKLANDS

Harbour Esplanade, Docklands VIC 3008
27 January to 12 February 2017
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Serving Lunch and Dinner from 11.30am – 9.30pm

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Chinese Museum Open Day: January 29th 1opm- 5pm  

As part of the 2017 Chinese New Year festivities in Chinatown, the museum is open to the public for free today!This is your chance to see five floors of Chinese Australian history. Explore the Gold Rush and the stories of early twentieth century migration in our permanent collections; see new exhibitions Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting, the Unruly Art of Leo Tien, and more; and get involved with craft workshops for the whole family!

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Melbourne central- February 1st 10am- 10pm 

“Between special food pop-ups, exclusive shopping offers and the classic Treasure Hunt” Melbourne central is a hot spot this Lunar New Year.
Check out the Melbourne Central website for all the special offers.

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National Ballet on China: February 15th – 18th 

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Bookings and further information available at:
www.asiatopa.com.au

Set in the 1930s on the lush tropical island of Hainan, The Red Detachment of Women is based on the stories of an all-female company of the communist Red Army.

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Chinese New Year Concert: February 3, 7:30pm

The Plenary, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf

On 3 February, The Federation of Chinese Association and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the 2017 Chinese New Year Concert in Plenary. Featuring two of China’s premier entertainment groups, don’t miss this stunning display of colour, music and dance.

For discounted tickets, please contact the FCA. Email: bearlam@qq.com

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For more information on Events visit:

http://www.chinesenewyear.com.au/

http://www.cnymelbourne.com.au/

http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/chinese-new-year-festival#.WIWt5VN96Uk

 

Wishing you a very Happy Chinese New Year, with luck and prosperity in the year of the Rooster. 

Blogger: Nicki B

Email: themelbourneeventblog@gmail.com

Instagram: @themelbourneeventblog

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Cake Trends 2017 – Melbourne Suppliers & DIY

2017 Trends, Cake, Uncategorized

 

” Let them eat cake” – Marie-Antoinette, 1789

Throughout history Cake has been used for different celebrations, across many cultures and has been created in many forms. Cake trends began in The Viking Era and have continued all the way up until today.

Whether you are throwing a large function or a small party at home, these 2017 cake trends are sure to impress and inspire.

All the cakes featured in this blog have been made in Melbourne. Hovering over an image will reveal the supplier, with extended details at the bottom of this blog. Links to DIY options from different bloggers around the globe attached at the bottom of each segment.

Drip Cakes

Drip cakes are created when a cake covered in Fondant or Buttercream has Ganache, Royal icing or Melted chocolate poured over the top to created a dripping effect. Bakers usually couple the drip cake with other trends such as flowers, Macarons, Chocolate shards and fruit, to compliment the design of the cake.

DIY Drip Cake

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Macaron Cakes

The Macaroon cake trend is the art of placing Macarons of any flavor or colour, on or around a cake for decoration.

DIY Decorating a cake with Macarons 

                 DIY Macarons            

Geometric Cakes

Geometric cakes are shaped or decorated with shapes and lines typically used in geometry. Including triangles, Hexagons and Parallelograms and other fabulous shapes.

 

DIY Geometric Cake

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Marble Cakes

The idea of a Marble cake is to resemble the look of Marble stone.Marble cakes are covered in Fondant. Created by twisting white and black  together and then covering the cake with the Marbled Fondant.

DIY Marble Cake

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Glossy Cakes

The shiny coating that creates the mirror glaze on Glossy cakes is a thick gelatin based liquid. The liquid is poured over a freshly baked cake or any size  or shape.

 

DIY Mirror Glaze 

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Feature Flower Cakes

Feature Flower Cakes use flowers as the main decoration. Flowers can be Real, Artificial, or made from Sugar. Florists are able to create Real of Artificial flower arrangements for purchase, for cake decorating purposes. Purchasing toppers from professionals ensures real flowers have been prepared properly for safe food handling. Sugar flowers can be purchased or Pre-ordered from cake decorating supply centres. Alternatively all options can be DIY’d.

DIY  Fresh Floral Topper 

DIY Artificial Flower Topper 

DIY Sugar Flowers 

Naked Cakes

A typically cake is covered by Fondant, Buttercream or a Glaze. However this trend forgets tradition and symbolizes new age cake decorating. The typical naked cake uses buttercream to stack the tiers, with a small amount or no buttercream to cover the outside.  Naked cakes should be treated with caution in hot weather or outdoors as they have a tendency to melt when exposed to the elements.

DIY Naked Cake 

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Ruffle Cakes 

Although this had been a consistent trend for a long time it is still sure to ruffle a few feathers! Created by piped Buttercream or manipulated Fondant to get a Ruffle effect.

 

DIY Buttercream Ruffle 

DIY Fondant Ruffle 

Water coloured Cakes

Simulating watercolor  can be created by painting food coloring on a cake covered in white fondant, or by placing colored buttercream on a cake covered in plain buttercream and blending it in.

DIY using food colouring

DIY Using Buttercream 

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Geode Cakes

The aim  of a  Geode cake is to simulate the look of precious stones such as Amethyst or Quartz. This is done by Mixing fondant and or placing sugar rocks in certain positions to look like an open gem. Who doesn’t want a gem of a cake?

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DIY Geode Cake 

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Succulent Cakes 

Created by either piping different succulents out of royal icing  or buttercream or placing non toxic real succulents species  as decoration.The trend is down to earth and perfect for those who want a unique yet understated cake.

DIY Piped Succulents 

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Gold Cakes

How do you make a Gold cake? You add 24 carrots *Insert audience laughter*. Gold is placed on cakes by  using edible gold leaf sheets, Gold luster dust, edible glitter or via edible paint.

DIY Painting with luster dust 

Chalkboard Cakes

The chalkboard cake takes us back to our school days. Mimicking a class room chalkboard, this trend can be used to created romantically beautiful cakes.  Created by using black fondant and white powder, along with white edible paint or chalk to draw the designs.

DIY Edible Chalk and Cake

DIY Painted Chalkboard cake 

Black Cakes

Black cakes are for those who would like to match their cake to the color of their soul. Just kidding of course. Black cakes are created when Black  Fondant ,Ganache or Buttercream are used to cover the cake. This trend fits perfectly into the themes of black and white or Monochrome.

DIY Black Fondant 

DIY Black Buttercream 

DIY How to color Ganache 

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Lace Cakes

In the 1400’s lace was created as a decoration for garments, and in 2017 we use it to decorate our cakes. Lace on a cake is created by piping with royal icing or fondant or gum paste using molds.

DIY Making lace with molds 

DIY Piping lace on small surfaces

 Hand Painted Cakes

Paintings have always been a way to express ones tastes and likes. The emerging trend of hand painted customized images is gaining popularity. Whats not to love about having a talented decorator paint your favorite images on a cake for your special event. This is done by painting on Fondant with food coloring or specialty edible paints. This however can be pricey  and as an alternative DIY can be attempted.

 

DIY How to make cake paint 

DIY How to paint on a cake 

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Sequin Cakes

Roll up, Roll up come Sequin this amazing cake trend. This dazzling cake trend brings edible sequins to cake. Sequins are attached when piping gel is spread on the outside of the cake, they are then pushed into the gel to stick.  Sequins can then be colored by using luster dust or edible paint.

DIY Sequin cake

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Concrete Cakes: 

Ever been driving or walked passed freshly laid concert? Ever thought “Wow i’d love to recreate that look on a cake”? Well do we have news for you! Some incredibly talented Melbourne decorators have managed to turn a not so impressive concept into fabulously designed cakes. Featuring harsh edges and mostly toned down palates, looking hard as rocks but are ever so moist, introducing ……CONCRETE CAKES!

 

The Melbourne Event Blog is wishing you happy event and the best of luck in finding or making you perfect cake

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