16 January 2012

Party Ideas: Eti's 5th Birthday Adventure and Duck Party

Would you be game to host an adventure birthday party for a group of five-year-olds across Sydney Harbour? Anni from Milk and Honey Photography was! Anni created a fun adventure for her son Eti's fifth birthday, starting with a ferry trip across the harbour, a stroll past Luna Park and play time at the magical Wendy Whiteley Garden, culminating in a treasure hunt to fill your own goodie bag. Eti loves ducks and Anni also added yellow ducks throughout the party. And how gorgeous are Eti's thank-you cards that he sent out to his special friends! Anni's tips follow...

Birthday: 5th Birthday Party adventure
Organised by: Birthday Boy Eti and his Mum Anni
Location: An adventure starting at Balmain East Ferry Wharf and ending with a treasure hunt and birthday picnic at Wendy Whiteley Secret Garden, Lavender Bay, NSW.
Theme: Adventure + Yellow Ducks

Cake: Yellow Duck

Decorations: Djeco hand-sewn birds, orange vintage sheet bunting.

Handmade: Eti drew the duck picture for his invitation, Mum made the cake, muffins and chocolate chip cookies in the shape of ducks with the help of a cookie cutter. Dad Matthew painted yellow letters on the paper bag goodie bags so that the kids could choose their own letter.

Catering: Bagel House mini-bagels.

Tips: The kids made their own goodie bags by collecting treasure hidden throughout the garden, including wooden finger-puppets and mini toys sourced from Sydney's Paddy's Markets, Smiggle duck erasers and mini chocolcate bars.

Something Special: The adventure of catching the ferry and walking past Luna Park to the Wendy Whiteley Garden was great entertainment for the kids. The treasure hunt was a great way to build the goodie bags and tire out the guests at the end of the day.

Get This Look:

Here are some ideas for creating a party inspired by Eti's 5th Birthday Adventure and Duck Party:

1. Mexican oilcloth bunting (great for outdoors)
2. Metallic party hats
3. Green spotty cupcake wrappers
4. Duck cookie cutter
5. Duck party candles

Images: Laura from Milk and Honey Photography


  1. Such a great party!
    Love the ferry ride, and the duck inspiration!
    Beautiful photography, and all of the baking looks fab!
    Loads of lovely memories I'm sure!

  2. Love the idea of the kids fillig their own goodie bags as part of the party! That's one I'll remember for when Liam is a little older... Love the pics, and especially the invite. Matthew & Laura were actually the photographers for my sister's wedding a couple of days ago - such lovely people and can't wait to see the photos!! Such a coincidence to see Eti's party blog post just after Liam's :) Carolyn xx


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