Can you believe that it’s less than nine weeks away until Christmas? We are bursting with Christmas cheer already here at OIP HQ! And being Melbourne based, it is only fair dinkum that we celebrate Christmas the Aussie Summer way – Long days and warm nights, lying by the poolside sipping a pina colada while the kids run around high on eggnog. This year we had the absolute pleasure of collaborating with Chelsea Thomas from I Heart Bargains (who was beautified by Makeup by Natalie Ioannou) and her gorgeous family; Craig, her hubby, Jude, her cute little man and Clementine, her sweet little girl. With their help, we were able to make our Summer Christmas styled shoot merry and spectacular.
Now it ain’t Summer without a cheeky lick of some delicious fruity popsicles from Proud and Punch that are proudly made from fresh and real ingredients. Now that’s a treat worth having! Punchy, real, authentic flavours that taste as yummy as they look! Even the Grinch won’t be able to wipe a smile off his face after having one of these bad boys. Chelsea and her family really got into the spirit of Christmas festivities whilst enjoying their delightful afternoon treat. Now to keep the pops nice and cool, and not dripping everywhere making a huge old mess, was Kollab cooler bags to save the day.
But let’s be real, what is Christmas without PRESENTS! You get a gift! You get a gift! Everyone gets a gift, okay – you get the drift. It’s the only time that giving just feels so good. This year, spoiling Chelsea was on our number one agenda, as a hardworking mum in today’s modern age, it’s a tricky balance act that drives the best of us mad at times! To say the least, Chelsea was treated to a variety of goodies from Crabtree and Evelyn, that ranged from Pink Rocker (Pear and Magnolia Treats) Bauble stocking fillers, Hippy lippy Shake lips and hand treats to Go On Milk It to the goat milk and oat care packages.
Mrs Darcy was also a popular gifting option as who doesn’t love a luxe (and glorious) smelling candle and diffuser set! But what really was a winner is those gorgeous clutches that were also from Mrs Darcy that will win over any fashionista. Even Craig got more than just the usual socks and jocks combo this Christmas, he was also treated to some goodies from Crabtree and Evelyn and personalised gifts from Stuck on You.
And we can’t forget about the kids, they were treated with personalised Santa sacks, t-shirts, ornaments, decorations and the best backyard game ever, cricket wicket stickers to put on the trusty old rubbish bin. Who doesn’t love a game of backyard cricket in those warm balmy evenings in Melbourne over summer? And to keep those chubby toes clean, Clarks Australia provided some fun and bright sandals for both Jude and Clementine.
But why you’re all here is, of course, the party set up – which will not disappoint! Epic Christmas catering by Olivia & Thyme – who brought Christmas Ham, a delicious grazing table, and a fun array of fruits in a cut-out watermelon. The dessert station was a massive joint effort from Zippys Kitchen Creations who made the epic Ginger Bread houses, Patty Cake Patty Cake who made the mini pavlovas and meringue tower, and Baking Workshop created the cute little flamingo globe cake, Christmas trifle and Christmas themed cookies. Kiki Sprinkles provided us with her fun cake toppers to bring all the festivities together and who can forget the amazing floral arrangements for this styled shoot by the wonderful Rosaline Flowers.
All in all, it was a jolly great time, and we hope all the vendors and businesses involved can help inspire you to plan an epic Summer Christmas with you and your family this silly season!
Creative Concept, Styling & Photography: Oh It’s Perfect
Models: Chelsea Thomas of I Heart Bargains & Family
Popsicle Ice-creams: Proud & Punch
Customised Decorations, Santa Sacks, T-shirts, Cricket vinyl sticker: Stuck On You
Candles, Diffusers, clutches (used as gifting): Mrs Darcy
Gift boxes of Hand creams, Teas, Body lotion, Bonbons (used as gifting): Crabtree & Evelyn
Cooler Bags & Drink Bottle: Kollab
Shoes: Clarks Australia
Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Natalie Ioannou
Ginger Bread House Cakes: Zippy’s Kitchen Creations
Cookies, Trifle & Pink Flamingo Cake: Baking Workshop
Meringue Tower, Mini Pavlova’s: Patty Cake Patty Cake
Cake toppers: Kiki Sprinkles
Catering: Olivia & Thyme
Florals: Rosaline Flowers