Island Times AHOY!
A magical weekend away on Stradbroke Island to celebrate one my besties turning FOURTY! She's the creative genius behind the brand kindsir alongside her husband Mark who designed my website.
Was such a special treat to have been able to work alongside Stace to bring her ideas to life and even more special to bake and create her birthday cake. Below are some tips from Stacey to throw your own island-style gathering and to make a milestone an ultra fabulous one.
1. FORAGE IN NATURE FOR STYLING PIECES
We love nothing more than finding treasures in nature to use when styling. Nature knows colour best and is so good at being effortlessly amazing. Our palette for the day was muted greys/browns/greens so it was super easy to find what we were after in our own backyard. Fan Palms and Pandanas are aplenty on the island and so a foraging we went for dropped fronds, seed pods and old palm leaf bases, which incidentally, double as a brilliant fruit bowl afterwards. Two glorious Spanish melons took centre stage alongside fresh beets, strawberries, cut kiwi and the almightly pineapple; an island styling given.
2. USE WHAT YOU HAVE // BORROW FROM FRIENDS // SCOUR LOCAL OP SHOPS FOR GOLD
Set aside some time to go on a treasure hunt around your house/garage/parents'/friends' houses (you get the picture) and see what you can use. You just never know where a bundle of worn ropes, vintage fishing baskets, maritime books, maps or old, beautiful hats might be hiding. In the spirit of "use what you have", we hired pewter goblets, a selection of Moroccan cushions and muslin runners from our beautiful friends at AVIdeas. The gang there have a comprehensive inventory full of gold, just waiting to be utilised. We've also seen goblets like this at local op shops if you're looking for a set to add to your every day after your soiree.
3. MAKE GOOD FOOD & GOOD CONVERSATION A MUST
There's nothing like sharing food and good, robust conversation to bring people together. Who doesn't love discovering a new cheese combo at the grazing table and picking at tasty morsels while chatting? We decided a combination of relaxed cheese grazing, a selection of fresh salads/crudites and a lush dessert table made for the perfect island feast. We picked some of our favourite cheeses from the gang at Farmgate Cheese, who are the kings of flavour and live for celebrating the moment. Don't be afraid to start up a convo with someone you don't know. Open your cirle. Learn something new. Engage in a topic you don't know much about. Your next best friends could be lurking at the next party you attend.
4. PLAN YOUR MUSIC SET UP & PLAYLIST AHEAD OF TIME
Music is integral to our family so it goes without saying a killer playlist is king and setting aside time BEFORE your event to nut it out is paramount. Ask around for good recommendations (all our best music comes from friends' music recs, why re-invent the wheel we say) and load up. One playlist we love is by CoquiCoquiOfficial - L'Epicerie Merida featuring artists like Perry Como, Buena Vista Social Club and The Andrews Sisters. Another goodie for island vibes is Bobby Alu and as the sun sets, switch to a little Isaiah Sharkey & DustinTebbutt.
Sweet joy in every note.
5. BONFIRE + GUITAR. CHECK.
Nothing like lingering long after the party's over with a bonfire going and guitar on hand (and someone who can play it, of course). We kicked into bonfire mode as the sun set and broke out the s'mores for s'more island fun.
Let the fun happen naturally and you just never know where your shindig will end up.
And here's my tip..
Choose a friend who supports you through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, a friend who makes you laugh in the sunshine and in the rain, who makes you see the good when in the worst of times, who makes you laugh like no-one else, one who will make up ridiculous nic- names for each other aka 'schnitzel socks' and one that you just know always has your back. Cheers to FOURTY Stacey Peric, you are one the finest humans to grace this planet. XO
Venue: Sunset Beach // Couran Cove Island Resort, South Stradbroke Island
Eats: FIG & SALT, Farmgate Cheese
Cake & treats: FIG & SALT
Styling: @staceyperic, gatherandplan, FIG & SALT
Photograhy: Tobias Baxter