Ruby turns 5 with her Greatest Show!

She’s FIVE!

Last weekend we celebrated five laps around the sun for Miss Ruby! Exactly this time last year shortly after her Moana / Hawaii themed 4th birthday (inspired by our trip to Disney Aulani) I dragged her along to see The Greatest Showman with her older siblings. Pure lack of babysitter is how she ended up there as I was certain it would be too mature for her and I would end up sitting in the hallway for the majority. As it turned out she LOVED it, like became completely obsessed. Three times she saw it at the movies, soundtrack on repeat. It was true love.

Over the 11 months that followed Ruby dreamed up ideas for her “Greatest Showman” themed party and not once did she change her mind. Top of her ideas list was that she would dress as the “little girl who does ballet” and that Andy and I would go as the Mum and Dad ha ha (I ran out of time to blonde wig myself or cut my legs off at the knee but Andy certainly nailed P.T Barnum !!)

The styling magic was left up to the truly talented stylist Poppy & Pear Event Styling, she never ceases to amaze with her creativity and hard work to make the venues she works on transform into a scene of absolute enchantment! We focused on a vintage circus style and celebrated with a tonne of big top fun!  I bought the amazing themed cake from the super clever Create me a Cake. And the rest of the food I threw together myself. Hot dogs, Popcorn, Jelly, Lolly pops, fruit and we were done!!

Entertainment this year we decided on Mr Oopy, a super hilarious kids entertainer here in Adelaide with music, games and the most epic bubble show! Followed by face painting by my dear friend Kylie!

Usually I mainly share photos of the styling and products from our events here, but to be honest my feelings about that have changed a bit in recent times. I don’t blog nearly as often, and if I am going to put the time in I really want to be able to look back on it and see our special memories too. So here you have it a snippet into our real world full of our fabulous friends and family. It’s a modern-day round the clock real life circus and we wouldn’t change it for anything! xxx Claire

Find us on instagram!

Me!: @clairecollected

Event styling: @poppy_and_pear_event_styling

Cake: @createmeacake

Lighting: @amuselighting

Mr Oopy: @eliomusic

 

 

 

 

 

 


Our Healthy Yoghurt Pops

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After lots of requests via my Instagram account (@clairecollected) here are the healthy yoghurt pops I posted to my feed the other day! My kids LOVE these. And I literally race them for them because YUM, so good!!!
These recipes are very healthy. Literally just fruit of choice, natural yoghurt, and a splash of honey. They are a tiny bit on the tart side, but I love that, I am a lover of natural yoghurt from way back so that’s a win for me. And for the kids I drizzled a teeeeeeny amount of white chocolate over the top. This could easily be done with a sugar free alternative if you prefer. I just used a splash of good quality chocolate because, well, delicious.
I mixed all my ingredients using a Nutri Ninja Slim I got for a bargain price from Coles (linked here). I have higher powered blenders but I find this one really handy because it’s small and so easy to clean, so I can whip up four (or more) flavours super fast without loads of mess, lots of washing, or excess mixture. It churns through everything even frozen fruit and ice really fast – it’s literally just blitz and pour. A sinch! Before pouring in the fruit and yoghurt mixture I pressed sliced fresh fruit inside the moulds for a fun effect, tipped in the rest, popped in the sticks and  that’s it. Freeze for atleast 6 hours, and you’re done!
Strawberry:
Fresh strawberries
Natural yoghurt (I use either Chobani or the full fat natural yoghurt from The Yoghurt Shop, because – all natural and higher protein content)
Honey to taste.
Extra fresh strawberries to garnish
Papaya
Fresh Papaya – make sure it’s ripe
Natural yoghurt
Honey
Kiwi & Pineapple
2 parts pineapple
1 part kiwi (make sure it is ripe, for this batch it wasn’t super ripe, and I probably did more of a 50/50 kiwi/pineapple mix. It was far too bitter, inedible, go long with the pineapple, and if you have a sweet tooth a generous splash of natural sweetener of choice. We used honey. I might even add a little pineapple juice next time I think that could be a winner)
Natural yoghurt
fresh kiwi to garnish
Blueberry/Banana
Frozen blueberries
Natural yoghurt
Honey to taste
Banana to garnish ( I make it quite thick, I love the consistency of frozen banana, I think this one is probably my favourite).
My kids are used to natural yoghurt so the sweetness of the fruit and a bit of honey is fine for them. You can definitely still taste the ‘natural’ taste of the yoghurt, which we love, but if you’re not into that, try adding a stronger natural sweetener such as agave syrup or even a splash of natural fruit juice to sweeten it up. But I think they’re prefect just like this. This was our first batch of these, next time I want to get even more creative. I would LOVE to hear your recipe suggestions! X C