The Fab Weekend Entertainer’s Courtyard

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It’s the weekend, and the weather in Melbourne is gorgeous!  I am super inspired to come out of hiding and start entertaining again.

So what to do if you don’t have a big backyard for a barbecue?  You can still make your small outdoor (or indoor) space completely stylish!  My fabulous friend recently invited a group of us for a simple and glamourous Sunday brunch in her small courtyard.  Apart from being a brilliant cook, she made the day special using these touches:

  • Create a theme – here the green and white was fresh, and enhanced the lush outdoor feel.  Even if you are indoors, you can add some flowers for an outdoor feel.
  • Small touches count – my friend had grown her own rosemary, and as well as using it in her cooking, she made little displays in small glasses.  It didn’t take up too much space on the table, but having real herbs with beautiful fragrances really made it feel like spring.
  • Fresh food can be the best ornament of all – it may sound boringly functional, but where space is tight, using your meal as a centrepiece can actually be very exciting!  Think beautiful fresh fruits, lime in glasses, and great, colourful salads
  • Keep it simple – you don’t need to overcrowd with big floral arrangements that people can’t see over!  Keep the hero of the day as the food you serve and the fabulouscompany you keep!

Happy weekend everyone!Image

BIG spaces for little people

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Growing cities, shrinking spaces…. and kids.

Some of my inner suburban friends have recently found themselves with a growing family in a small apartment space.  So how do you make sure your kids are still connected to the BIG world around them?

Thankfully, there are some great shared spaces where our kids can still run free, fall over, climb fences, and get muddy, all while learning about the world around them! The brilliant volunteers at Collingwood Childrens Farm in Abbotsford provide education in a very fun environment.  My little friends love the chickens, goats, pigs, cows and horses, and can learn everything from how their jumpers are made (thanks to some lovely ladies spinning wool), to where milk comes from (and even have a go at milking the cows).

Even better for Mums, Dads, and grown up friends, the Farm Cafe is full of freshly made, healthy food and brilliant coffee.

So even though your space may be little, don’t forget to use the world around you – parks, trails, rivers, and other shared spaces can be a great way to broaden your little space and connect you to your local community.

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