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Kara’s Party Ideas Workshop

Sometimes opportunities tap you on the shoulder and you leap at the chance to dive into them. Other times you need a little convincing. When the news of Kara’s Party Ideas Workshop popped up on my Facebook feed I cannot deny that I was excited about the mere idea of being in the same room as the party guru herself, Kara. But at the same time, the voice of reason kicked in and I was weighing up the reality of only throwing two parties a year (one for each of my boys) and whether that was reason enough to spend both the money and the time to attend a whole day workshop on party planning.

Kara's Party Ideas Workshop

Kara's Party Ideas Workshop    Kara's Party Ideas Workshop

Kara's Party Ideas Workshop    Kara's Party Ideas Workshop

Reason was quickly traded in for fun and with not-so-much convincing from my sister, we both had bought our tickets to the full day workshop. I walked into the absolutely stunning Williamstown Town Hall with very little expectation. With only a few steps into the majestic hall, I knew that this was going to be vastly different. The gorgeous stands set up by all the vendors, the sweet smell of freshly baked cupcakes and the laughter infused chatter of strangers saying hello set almost a picture-perfect tone, or better still an instagram-perfect tone.

Kara's Party Ideas Workshop

Kara's Party Ideas Workshop

I was like a giddy fan-girl when Kara walked into the room, but in her laid back polka dot shirt and chinos I had nothing to fear from this superstar. She was down to earth, humble, funny and I suspect feeling quite tired from the whole extravagant Australian tour she was on. The story of her rise to fame was inspiring. The reality that from something she loved grew somewhat of a party empire showed me that the key to success is to believe in yourself and follow your passion in life, one small step at a time. The personal anecdotes that she shared, sitting awake at night with ideas racing through her head, the stress and anxiety before hosting a party, left me content that in a world defined by difference, we are all actually the same.

Kara's Party Ideas Workshop

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Kara's Party Ideas Workshop

Now I went to the workshop quietly confident that Kara with her amazing site and extravagant parties would be inspiring in real life. What I didn’t know was just how much I would fall in love with the awesomeness that is Sugar Coated Mama. Sarah was the MC for the day, but she was so much more than that. She was the-bomb! She was a whirl wind of positivity, oh-so funny, engaging and so real that I think most women in the room instantly wanted to become her BFF. Her positive energy was contagious and perhaps the most valuable lesson of the day I learnt from her.

Kara's Party Ideas Workshop

Kara's Party Ideas Workshop    Kara's Party Ideas Workshop

Kara's Party Ideas Workshop

We have a choice in life, whether to tackle the world and its daily grind feeling defeated before we even begin – or feeling ready to get on the roller coaster and have a great time. Sarah seems to approach everything that she does with a radiance of hope and optimism, sending out such positive energy into the Universe can only bring positive energy back to you. Perhaps a little bit of giving what we hope to receive.

Kara's Party Ideas Workshop    Kara's Party Ideas Workshop

Kara's Party Ideas Workshop

So while the day started out being about cake stands, cupcakes and the perfect photo backdrop, it ended being about life and how to keep sane amongst the crazy and to always have a good time – it is a party after all.

For more awesome details and images from Kara’s Party Ideas Workshop check out adelphi mou’s post here.

And a HUGE shout-out to all the amazing talent showcased here; My Sweet Event, Love Every Detail, Two Little Jays Lolly Buffet, Igby Productions, Grain & Co, Tiny Tables and Chairs, Nectar and Stone and Stylish Little Parties. Kara’s Party Ideas Workshop was presented by Sugarcoated Mama and supported by Confetti Fair.

What is your best party planning advice or tips? Are you a Kara fan-girl too?

  • Loree

    I have yet to throw the perfect party …

    • Oh I don’t think the “perfect” party can even exist – I think the best we can hope for is lots of fun and not too much exhaustion from the party hostess!

  • LydiaCLee

    I’m all enthusiasm (at the invite stage) but then lose interest…but no one I know throws parties anymore, unless it’s for a birthday, so I figure they can’t complain. Our latest invites went out, and it’s a Spy party, and every person asks, as soon as they get their invite “What’s it for?” assuming it’s a birthday. Just for fun is the answer…I’d love someone to come and organise it, but it will just be whatever goes no doubt…though I do have a tonne of Martini glasses for the James Bonds that will be turning up…

    • I really want to throw a party “just for fun” I was even telling my sister we should the other day – sounds so wonderful to me!

  • Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    OMG I am over stimulated with all of that gorgeousness! Everything is so beautiful and perfect!!! It sounds like it was an amazing day where you met so many amazing people. There is nothing more inspirational than hearing from those who take that leap and make there dreams come true. Glad you had a great time x

    • Renee, the whole day left me overstimulated!! I wanted all-the-things and I wanted to do-all-the-things!

  • toushka

    it all looks so beautiful!

  • TwitchyCorner

    My eyeballs just sucked in some stunningly colourful calories! Beautiful images, Josefa. How lovely for you to attend something so inspiring, and with your own sister for fun company!

    • Oh many a photo of me actually consuming these calories was left out of this blog post Twitchy 😉

  • I’m so glad you went Josefa! It really looks like the perfect thing for you! I’m not a big party person, but even I love the ideas here.
    I also really want those wooden love is flags. Wonder where I could find some of those.

  • The Plumbette

    This looks gorgeous! I love that it wasn’t just about parties but about enjoying life too! The photos look divine!

    • I think that was the resounding message – everyone there enjoyed life so much – I think that is why they were able to throw such inspirational parties!

  • Why was I not invited to this event? WHY WHY WHY!?!?!? x

  • Pinky Poinker

    Just looking at all the pretty settings makes me feel happy! So much lovely pink!

  • Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo

    I need to organise one of these workshops. Mine will be entitled ‘How to host a part with $1.50, a packet of popsicle sticks and a bottle of good tequila’. Would you come to that?

    • Oh lovely, you crawled into my mind and read my thoughts! I walked out of this so inspired, but also overwhelmed to share party planning ideas that didn’t involve unlimited budgets! So in short “yep!” I’l come to your “$1.50 and awesome workshop” – I’ll even blog about it 😉

  • Martine Oglethorpe

    Great pics and makes me want to throw a party! Some people are just so creative!

  • Fab colours. Great party.

  • Looks like a fantastic event-sounds like Kara was a great source of inspiration for you .

  • So many ideas and inspiration – I think I would get confused with all the choices! That cake is amazing!

  • What a great little business. So many choices and variety. I like to think I’m creative, but this is beyond me! Looks like you had a great time.

  • OH MY! That is all delightful. I love to organise parties but mine are never that fabulous.

  • My goodness how tasty and beautiful are all these photos. I’ve tried very hard in the past year to get past negativity and try to be more positive, blogging has helped and now I try to moan less about my crazy life and be positive. xx

  • TeganMC

    Oh wow those cakes look amazing. My one party tip is that there is no shame in outsourcing parts (or all) of the party.

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