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A Destination for All Things Kids!


  • September 2011

  • Welcome to the September issue of the AlphabetStreet Mini Mag !

    Spring has sprung and as there are many children born in the Spring season we thought it would be a great idea to focus a Mini Mag issue around birthday parties.

    In our family alone there are six birthdays within a 6 week period plus additional kids birthday parties that are starting to pop up as party invites appear on the fridge!

    Thanks to our contributors this month who have written some wonderful articles for us including, Little Sooti, Little Big Company and Sweet Little Birdy as well as a fabulous interview with Sharnel Dollar from Sharnel Dollar Designs and a delicious cupcake recipe from Katrina Higham.

    With a new Mini Mag brings a new competition and what wonderful prizes we have this month thanks to Oobi Baby & Kids, Minifashionista, Rudy and The Dodo,My Munchkin Home and Love JK.

    We hope you enjoy the September issue of the Alphabet Street Mini Magand we hope it assists with party planningin the future!

    Penny PriceOWNER


  • COVER: Our Model Evie

    (left) wears BowtiquePettiskirt and cupcake t-shirt from Lollipop Kids Hamilton

    Alphabet Street Privacy Statement: This issue of the Alphabet Street Mini Mag may containoffers or competitions that require you to provide information about yourself if you choose to take part in. If you provide information about yourself including email address, Alphabet Streetwill use this information to provide you will the products and services you have requested. We will notonsell you details to a third party and will used for our publication only.

    Editorial: Penny Price

    All editorial and advertising enquiries 89826197104

    Photography: Alexandrena


    Mini MagLittle Big Co is an Online Party, Homewares,Toys &Gift Store&Dessert/Candy Buffet Event Styling

    Sweet Little Birdy is an online and local (Hunter Valley NSW) market based store, selling gorgeous things and was born out of a love of home decorating, party styling and event planning, along with all things sweet.

    Little Sooti is a boutique party ware store and event styling company that was created from my love of unique party products and


    Katrina Higham is chef, co-owner of Windsor Deli and owner of food blog

    I am a modern lifestyle portrait photographer with a passion for people and photography which really is perfect for what I do!I love capturing the soul and spirit of you and your family and creating those memories that last a lifetime.I love capturing those candid moments you never knewwere taken.Newcastle PhotographerKylie Mitchell is owner of two fabulous photographyBusinesses; Heart in Motion Photography for kids and families and Spice Photography for women.

  • Introducing...

    Sharnel is a mum to two residing in Brisbane. Combining her love for good design and entertaining, she is the creative director and owner of Sharnel Dollar Designs. Sharnel Dollar Designs design classic and sophisticated dessert tables and stock the most comprehensive ranges of glass candy jars and cake stands in Australia in their online shop.

    Q & A with Sharnel DollarWhat inspired you to start Sharnel Dollar Designs? SHARNEL: When I started blogging my childrens birthday parties a few years ago I had so many requests and questions about where I sourced by goodies from. So many other Mums out there found it hard to locate certain products (especially glass jars and pretty cake stands), so I decided to open my online shop and source unique and fun party goods. What gives you the greatest inspiration when creating? SHARNEL: COLOUR! I get so inspired by colour. Who or what has been the most influential in your career path so far? SHARNEL The encouragement and feedback from Amy Atlas certainly pushed me to start my business.What has been the best experience in your journey to date? SHARNEL: Definitely hands down meeting Oprah. I still pinch myself and wonder if it all really did happen. Most of us have various frustrations to deal with in our business. What is yours?SHARNEL: Learning the business side of things for me is the most painful aspect. Im very creative, Im not great at paperwork!What is one essential item at a child's party that is necessary to create a memorable event?SHARNEL: A happy child is essential. Make sure the theme of the party is suited to the child andthat he or she were included in the planning and theme selection. Also ensure the number of children at the party is in keeping with what your child can handle.What party theme that you have styled has been your favourite and why?SHARNEL: This would have to be Olivias 7th

    Birthday, her Mary Poppins style tea party. Everything came together perfectly on the day. (Stay tuned for the gorgeous images in the Little One Baby Kids Annual.)

    Sharnel Dollar

    Owner and Creative Director of Sharnel

    Dollar Designs


  • We have found some

    of the best party products

    to accessorise your party

  • Garden Party

    Vintage Butterfly GarlandThe Party Studio- RRP- $19.95Candy Stripe Cups

    The Party Studio- RRP- $6.95

    Soft Green Stripe Party Straws Sharnel Dollar Designs RRP- $9.95

    Butterfly Cupcake WrapsSweet Little Birdy-RRP-$6.95

    Mushroom Stool-Sharnel Dollar Designs RRP- $59.95

    Pink Daisy Grass MatP is for Party RRP- $9.95

    Belle & Boo Avas Tea Party Invitations- P is for Party RRP- $14.50

    Polka Dot Lanten: Red Twiggi RRP- $2.35

    Red & White Stripe Party BagsLe Petit Party- RRP $9.95


  • Circus

    Paper Cone Red$5.95 pack

    Circus Invitations-Alannah RoseRRP- $24.95

    Circus Ice Cream CupsTwiggi RRP-$6.95

    Red Clown Noses Available from I love parties RRP- $1.60 each

    Watercolours Smart GarlandAvailable from P is For Party RRP- $12.95

    Cupcake Wrappers Red Circus: Cupcake Wrapper Company RRP- $10.00

    Circus Tent CupAvailable fromP is for party. RRP- $5.00 each

    Candy Cane Party BagsPink Frosting RRP-$9.95

    Polka Dot Plates-Multi-coloured Sharnel Dollar Designs RRP- $6.95

    Ikea Circus TentRRP- $29.99 each

    Felt Pinwheel Cupcake ToppersCupcake House RRP- $12.00


  • Wild


    Pink Frosting 19.95RRP- $24.95

    Cowboys Kids Teepee-MiniStyle: RRP $229

    Sheriiff Badges Twiggi-RRP $0.60

    Robert Gordon Baking Cups TwiggiRRP- $6.90

    Drink Dispenser-39cm Sharnel Dollar Designs RRP- $65.95

    Gold Nugget Bubble Gum-P is for PartyRRP- $2.50 each

    Blue Bunting-Le Petit Party: RRP-$9.95

    Retro Paper Straws- P is for PartyRRP- $9.95 pack

    Cowboy Hat Cookie Cutter-P is for Party RRP- $4.00

    Howdy Partner StickersInvite me: RRP $3.50


  • Sambellina Princess Invitations Details Details RRP- $18.50

    Crown Cookie CutterP is for Party: RRP- $4.00

    Princess BubblesP is for Party: RRP- $1.50

    Retro Striped Straws-Pink Stripe P is for Party RRP- $9.95

    Tissue Pom Pom Candy Pink-Invite Me: RRP- $7.95

    Sambellina Pink Spot Cups Little Sooti: RRP- $6.95

    Fairy Princess Cupcake WrappersCandy Soirees: RRP- $5.50

    Princess Lip gloss party favoursThe Party Parlour: RRP- $3.00 each

    Princess Party PlatesPink Frosting RRP- $7.95

    Pink n' Mix Party Handbags Larkmade: RRP- $9.95

    Princess Coach Meal BoxesSpeckled Freckle: RRP- $2.95


  • Your Invited!

    Magical Carousel fill-in party invitation set RRP $24.95

    Follow Me Party InvitationsRRP $

    Magic Bunny Party $14.95

    Paper Eskimo PopcornInvitations RRP $

    Roll Up Roll $18.50

    Party Bot Double Sided $19.95

    It all starts with the invitation and we have found some of the best invites

    around to get the party started!

    10 Vintage Boys InvitesRRP $

    Dress Up Invitation Box SetRRP $


  • Dress up Monkeys Personalised Party Invites From $24.00 for 16

    Ahoy me HeartiesFrom $37.50 for 10

    Fairy Garden Party InvitationsFrom $42 for 12

    Boys Sleep OverFrom $1.30 each. Minimum

    Carnival Carousel Party InvitationFrom $2.75 for minimum of 15

    Horse & Mousey GreenFrom $2.20 each for 30 postcard

    Fairy Princess InvitationsFrom $2.95 each. Minimum 10 13

  • Hot Air Balloon RRP $

    Enchanted Woodland RRP-$

    Archie Carnival Invitation RRP-$

    Pizza Party Invitation RRP-$


  • Featured Venue

    If you dont like the idea of having everyone at your house or you dont have much space to accommodate active children, a park is definitely a great place for a party.Lake Macquarie Variety Playground will soon be completed after its final stage is constructed. In addition to the amazing pieces of play equipment including a climbing tower and slide, a flying fox, etc, there will also be a Kiosk and Cafe making refreshments easy to provide for your guests. We also cant forget the fabulous bike circuit that keeps kids entertained for hours on end. To keep up with the progress of the final stages CLICK HERE for more info.

  • Party Inspiration

    Some of the b