I LOVE it that my first post for January is going to whisk you away to the warm and beautiful coast of Australia!  This gorgeous seaside party was sent to me by Amanda at Tout Mon Amour, and I fell in love with every detail!  It is hard to know which photo to show you first- you will love them all!  I adore these precious mini cakes~ and all of the delightful desserts…

The sweet heart-shaped sugars are just perfect for a dainty tea~

The tablecloths definitely caught my eye…they are amazingly gorgeous~

The girls enjoyed having tea by the sea and playing under the lovely canopy~

The design for the invitation and matching party accessories are so sweet- I love the little girl with the teapot!

The chocolate bar party favors had the precious little image, too~

Wow, Amanda~  your party inspiration is stunning!  Thank you for sharing so many fabulous ideas!

Amanda’s shop is full of delightful and  beautiful party wares- be sure to have a look at Tout Mon Amour.

Party Styling- Tout Mon Amour

Tablecloths, Tea Set, Cake Pedestals, Cupcake Stands, Cushions- Tout Mon Amour

Party Stationery- Sprowt Graphic Design

Sweet Treats- Chocolate 2 Chilli

Canopy- Tara K Designs

Dolls- Miss Kiki of Cherry Blossom Lane

Dresses- Chicoco

Photography- Andrea Sproxton Photography

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