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The cutest gift ever! Daddy Daughter Date

The cutest gift ever! Daddy Daughter Date

We've come up with the most adorable way to spend a Sunday morning. In collaboration with The Moksha Room, A Box Of Workshops hosts the sweetest "Daddy Daughter Date" in Townsville, with braiding and pigtail lessons and a side of healthy lunch box making ideas so much fun was had by all.

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Women following their Dreams: Rebecca Abraham of Bellies & Beyond

Women following their Dreams: Rebecca Abraham of Bellies & Beyond

Rebecca Abraham founder of Bellies & Beyond and Rapt by Bellies & Beyond is a women following her dreams and we are delighted to be chatting with her today.

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Women Following their Dreams: Bettina Clark founder of Sagitine

Women Following their Dreams: Bettina Clark founder of Sagitine

Tina Clark, Owner and Founder of Sagitine a line of luxury wardrobe care products is truly an inspiration. A complete change of life has seen her unleash her entrepreneurial spirit and create a business that allows her to follow her passion and creativity.

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Healthy Lunch Box Ideas Workshop - Friday October 27th Townsville

Healthy Lunch Box Ideas Workshop - Friday October 27th Townsville

Is the daily grind of lunch box making getting to you?  Looking for healthy & nutritious lunch box ideas that are actually quick, easy & achievable?

 

Lunch box ideas

(Don't worry we won't actually be using skewers as weapons don't belong in lunch boxes but look good for the photo!)

 

Join me for a fun and informative "Healthy Lunch Box Ideas" cooking demonstration that may help take some of the pain out of the mundane or at least add some ideas to your lunch box repertoire!  

 

While I demonstrate 5+ lunch box ideas (none of them are sandwiches!) & give some time saving tips/ lunch box hacks you can enjoy a light lunch sampling the food and a glass of bubbles.

 

 Lunch Box Ideas Workshop

Come on your own, with a friend or as a group and take away with you a list of over 100 lunch box ideas and the recipes for everything created on the day.

 

Lunch box ideas workshop

 

Friday 27th October 11.30am - 2pm

North Ward Townsville 

$75 purchase your ticket here to secure your spot but get in quick as places are limited!

 

Lunch box ideas

 Looking forward to some laughs and shared sense of lunch box inspiration!

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Blow Dry's, Party Platters & Cocktails Workshop

Blow Dry's, Party Platters & Cocktails Workshop

We are so excited to announce the second of our "A Box Of... Workshops". This time we are doing it with the wonderful ladies of The Moksha Room in Townsville (this is another Townsville based event) & it's going to be so much fun! A Girls Night In (& Out!).

Come on your own (we're friendly), with a friend or a whole group and let us help you kick start your night with a demonstration lesson in how to create the perfect party platter, a couple of cocktails (and of course taste testing) plus be pampered by getting your hair blow dried at the same time. You can then be all set to continue on with your night out. As an additional extra you can also have an express make up too.

The first of this series of workshops is;

Saturday 16th September

5.30 - 7.30pm

The Moksha Room

2 Dibbs St, South Townsville (next to Ribs & Rumps on Palmer St)

$95 per person

You can buy your ticket here & if you have any questions please email hello@aboxof.com.au 

(Limited Spaces Available so book now. Confirmation of your spot will be on receipt of payment).

Follow along The Moksha Room Facebook and Instagram and A Box Of FB & Instagram to keep up to date with some special prizes for the night too. 

Stay tuned to A Box Of Instagram Stories to see how the "Stress Entertaining" Dinner Party Workshop is going tomorrow night (1st September).

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Tablescaping - The Whys, What's, My 4 Top Tips & favourite sites for Inspo

Tablescaping - The Whys, What's, My 4 Top Tips & favourite sites for Inspo

At A Box Of... we are all about living life beautifully & creatively and delivering kindness & thoughtfulness to people in our lives. Inviting friends and family to share a meal fits right into all of that. Dressing the table can help create the mood you are after so today we are talking about "tablescaping".

Tablescaping to the uninitiated is simply decorating the dining table but with purpose. It doesn't need to be stressful or expensive and it can be as simple or extravagant as you like.  Most importantly you are meant to have fun with it.

Boho picnic

image source: Style Me Pretty

 

If you follow along on the A Box Of Facebook or Instagram pages you may have noticed some very pretty images of tables set for functions. This little tangent was inspired by the "Stress Free Entertaining" Dinner Party Workshop I'm delivering on Friday.  

The main focus of having people around for a meal is, and always will be, the food and company but decorating the dining table helps create a theme, mood or experience for your guests and it can also give you creative pleasure in the lead up to the event. Yes, really, it can!

 

Yellow tablescape

Image source: Etsy Weddings

 

To help you plan how you want to "tablescape"  you need to think about the reason for the party. Is it to catch up with friends? Is a girls night in? Is it a work related event? Does everyone know each other?  Answering these can help you decide how casual/formal you want to make the setting and what atmosphere you are trying to create.

 

Green tablescape

Image source: Ruffled Blog

A couple of years ago my girlfriends threw me a surprise farewell party when we moved from Sydney to Townsville - the table was decorated with golden pineapples and all things tropical to send me on my way to North Queensland. I was so touched by the effort they all went to & it's amazing what you can do with spray paint!!

Golden Pineapple

My Top 4 Tips to Styling a Dinner Party 

1. Pick a theme

By theme, it could mean romantic, pineapples, Mad Hatter Tea Party if you like, rustic, sparkly or it could mean pick a colour or two and style everything with the theme in mind. I'm still deciding whether I go with soft pastels or white and green for the Workshop.

Boho tablescape

This table was in the middle of being styled for a "boho" themed bookclub, very clever use of an old door and vintage crockery

2. Choose a centrepiece or several for the table

Consider how much space on the table you will need for food and condiments and this will help you decide whether you go for one centrepiece or several smaller pieces down the table.

Image source: Casa de Perrin

 

Centrepieces can be as simple as a vase of flowers (or golden pineapples) or a glass bowl of lemons or lots of candles for example. Pinterest is awash with dinner party centrepiece pictures as is Instagram and some of my favourite sites for inspiration are:

Oh Happy Day

Image Source: Oh Happy Day

Again, stick your theme & colours & see what you have in the house that you can utilise, maybe some foliage and tiny fairy lights in a vase will be enough of a statement with napkins and some foliage in them too to tie the theme together.

wedding table

Image source: Foxtail Weddings UK

3. Personalise 

Place cards are a great way to personalise your dinner party and depending on how you do them they can also be a take home gift for your guests as well. Putting names on places saves any awkwardness about who sits where and also the Australian party phenomena where the men congregate at one end and the women at the other!! (Sometimes we like it like that I know but at dinner parties it's good to mix it up at least until dessert!!).

You could simply hand write your guests names on a place card and put it at their spot or you could make it a feature with the napkins. A little plant like the one below is a cute idea and so are mini kokedama's with the name tied to it. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination (& Pinterest!).

Personalise placesetting

Image Source: Pizzazzerie

4. Pick a play list

While the play list isn't part of the table it definitely helps set the mood. Spotify and Pandora are great for this and you can have fun choosing your play list in the lead up to the night. BTW my husband is banned from choosing playlists for the time being, his love of Country & Western & the 70's/ 80's soft rock doesn't really create the atmosphere I'm after, (except that one time we had a 70's Retro party, he was in his element)!

If you want some easy entertaining food ideas I've got plenty on my other blog, Boiled Eggs & Soldiers, so feel free to pop in over there to check it out (they are all most definitely at the achievable scale of cooking!) or, if in Townsville, come along to the next workshop, dates will be released soon.

Do you like entertaining at home? Do you tablescape? 

 

 

 

 

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Stress Free Entertaining - Dinner Party Demonstration Workshop 1st September

Stress Free Entertaining - Dinner Party Demonstration Workshop 1st September

I'm so excited to introduce a collaboration of both my little businesses "Boiled Eggs & Soldiers" & A Box Of... with the launch of  "A Box Of....Workshops". This will be the first of a series of workshops all designed to help us live life beautifully & creatively.

The very first workshop is for the people of Townsville.

Who would like to join me for an exclusive dinner party style workshop all about Stree Free Entertaining?

Over a meal cooked by me I'll give tips, tricks and ideas for easy entertaining so that you can entertain at home with confidence, style & ease and most importantly spend time with your guests rather than in the kitchen slaving away!

Friday 1st September from 6 - 9pm

North Ward Location

Tickets: $119 pp

Enjoy canapés, dinner, dessert, a glass or two of bubbles, a menu for a stress free dinner party, table styling tips, take home recipes and a fun night out.

Come on your own, with a friend or partner or book out all 8 spots for a group night out.

Bookings close Monday 28th (booking & location will be confirmed on payment)

Click here to secure your spot

Any queries contact me via hello@aboxof.com.au

I can't wait to see where these new venture takes us.  Are you interested too?

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Women Following their Dreams: Ashleigh Furlong of Haru Home

Women Following their Dreams: Ashleigh Furlong of Haru Home

Today, as part of our "Women Following their Dreams" series we have the ever lovely Ashleigh Furlong of the divine textile homewares brand, Haru Home.  Ashleigh is talking to us about what, how and why she does what she does, all out of her tropical island home on Magnetic Island, North Queensland.

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