A Ruby Red Shoes inspired party

My daughter loves Ruby Red Shoes. For those not in the know about this fabulous little rabbit, Ruby is a very aware hare who lives in a gorgeous caravan with her grandmother and spends her time tripping off to Paris and London. She’s also very mindful of others and of the world around her. It’s magical.

And while my daughter loves Ruby, I (unashamedly) love planning my children’s birthday parties. We’ve done Peter Rabbit, a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Under the Sea, Princesses and Pirates. But this time it was all about Ruby Red Shoes. Such a delight.


For the invitations, I created a faux terrarium using little glass jars from the local discount shop. My dad kindly sliced up an old tree branch and I used that, along with some pretend moss, a little toadstool, a flower (I bought a spray of small flowers and pulled it apart) and one of the (almost business-card size) Ruby Red Shoes cards as a background.


The jar was tied with a piece of calico that I hand-stamped with the invitation wording. This took too much longer than what I thought it would (I used one of those stamps that you can change the letters on, so it was line.. by line.. by line), but I was so happy with how they turned out. Until I realised I hadn’t actually included the date. So.. I started them all again.. line.. by line.


I used the slipcase that the books came in as the inspiration for the cake and created a fondant Ruby sitting with her bundle of books.


For the party food, I decided to make some miniature edible gardens of chocolate mousse and fondant vegetables, which were then finished off with an edible sign for Ruby’s garden. The carrots were used to top carrot slice.


We also served chocolate brownies (topped with little fondant toadstools) and almond croissants (to celebrate Ruby’s recent adventure to Paris).


The garden-themed floral cupcakes were made using the new Russian icing tips. They are nothing short of amazing and so incredibly quick.


Our little guests sat down to a table with fresh flowers, linen and a mix of vintage and antique china tea cups.



I themed the favours and presented the little girls with a ‘Rare Rabbit’ hair clip, a pencil with an inspirational quote and a Ruby Red Shoes melamine plate, while the boys took home a pale blue china mug with a little white rabbit perched on the edge (and sweets).

It’s always a lot of work, but so enjoyable. My little boy’s birthday is in August – he’s requested a fire truck theme.




A few of my favourite things ..

There is something so wonderful about a parcel arriving at your door. A small flatpack. A giant box. Coming home and finding one of those little Australia Post cards makes my day.

Do I know what’s inside? Maybe.. maybe not. (You know when you’ve waited so long for something to arrive, you’ve forgotten all about whatever it was you needed to buy..)

Will it be intact (or, God forbid, broken and requiring some kind of Paypal claim)?

I am the first to admit I have made some dubious online purchases in my time. But I have also bought some of the most amazing, beautiful things that I hope I never have to part with. A perfect Friday night is when the children are in bed and I can sit on the couch and trawl through pages of French antiques on Etsy (it’s either that or fold a pile of laundry, so no competition really).

French wash basin

A 19th century French boudoir wash bowl and pitcher. So gorgeous. And huge. So happy it was handled with care on its postal journey .. now it just needs to be kept out of reach of little hands at home.

The problem (if you could call it that..) is that the longer I spend clicking through the pages, the more random my purchases tend to become. Who knew that I needed about six different part rolls of antique wallpaper? Or an antique hessian sack used by a bride two centuries ago? Or a second old sack for that matter, which was used to carry mail in the 1930s?

Liberty wallpaper

Random part-rolls of French wallpaper. If only I could buy enough to do a whole room. This is a fabulous 1900s piece from Liberty that I think I’ll get framed as a large print for the wall.

French painting

A 19th century French oil painting that I’ve hung in our bedroom. I seriously put this painting in and out of my cart a thousand times before finally buying it.

French wedding sack

A French wedding sack dated 1889. Literally needed a hose when it arrived, after being uncovered in an old barn and arriving in ‘as-is’ condition.

Antique fabric

The most delicious French fabric – antique chintz with roses and ‘Paris pink’ velvet. Cushions are in order, I think.

My husband is now at a point where, as long as it doesn’t involve a removalist truck, he turns a blind eye. Wise move.