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Tips on creating a show stopping cake for your Easter soiree

We have collaborated with the very creative Eliza behind a local Collaroy business, Copper Fork Cakes, to create the ultimate Easter centre piece for the long weekend celebrations.

Perfectly tying into our Easter theme this year, her signature semi naked cake is dripping with indulgent buttercream and delicious chocolate speckled eggs.

To recreate this look, Eliza suggests you start by finding yourself a good Swiss meringue buttercream recipe and practice making it until you perfect the texture. A level cake is the second most important thing to be able to create that WOW factor, there are no dome cake tops here!

To achieve the semi naked finish, Eliza suggests “you brush off as many crumbs as you can and use a softer buttercream to cover the outside- a cold stiff buttercream will just pull crumbs away from your cake and make it look messy.”

And when it comes to deciding on how to style and decorate your cake, Eliza’s best tip is to “think outside the box!” Taking lead from her client’s briefs, Eliza draws inspiration from all sources, specifically interior trends, patterns, textures and colours then translates these ideas into the stunning creations you see on her Instagram feed!

Check out her latest work below… trust us, it tasted as good as it looked!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Discover our gift guide, filled with little luxuries that will make your Valentine swoon.

The modern lover

Subtle details leaving a lasting impression. Our true French triple-milled Monogrammed Soap Gift Sets are that little touch of luxury, perfect for the Valentine with an understated elegant style.

The tropical lover
With hints of Tahitian lime and coconut, cinnamon and chai, this perfect gift duo will indulge your Valentine and make them feel as though they are being pampered on a tropical island.

The summer lover
Crafted from raffia, this stunning hat has an extra wide brim and woven hat band. A great summer companion and perfect gift for your Valentine.

BMT 2018

A big thank you to everyone who bought a raffle ticket and came to our Biggest Morning Tea on Tuesday, May 29th, together we raised over $900 for the Cancer Council. The hamper was won by Marisa Salamo, congratulations!

Lina and Tina serving Biggest Morning Tea.

Scones, Jam & Cream

Alfresco Emporium Hamper and Jams.

Sarah drawing the winning ticket.

Chyka Book Signing


A big thank you to everyone who attended Chyka Keebaugh’s book signing on Tuesday night at the Collaroy store, we had such a good time! Chyka demonstrated how to create a stunning bouquet and gave some great tips like “more is always more”, which works particularly well when creating lush flower arrangements. Don’t be afraid to add more of something or worry too much about making everything perfect, as there is often beauty in imperfection. Chyka loves to look to nature for tips on what goes together, sometimes this is a great source of unusual combinations that work. A tip we will definitely be trying at home was to put your flowers outside overnight as the cold will refresh the blooms (best suited to non-frosty states of course).

Chyka answered a few of our cheeky questions on what it is really like behind the scenes on The Real Housewives of Melbourne… She diplomatically declined to comment on some of her, how should we say, more “controversial” housewife colleagues.

An inspirational business women, we were interested to learn about Chyka’s business journey from husband and wife team in a tiny kitchen to highly successful event management business.

Chyka Keebaugh's Book.

Fans hold Chyka's book.

Chyka creating a stunning flower arrangement.

Crowd watching Chyka's flower demo.

Helen Stevenson won the auction for Chyka's flowers.

Fans waiting for their books to be signed.

Guests enjoying Bocelli Proseco.

Fans of Chyka holding up their new books.

Adele Wildash with Chyka Keebaugh.

Guests having their books signed by Chyka.

Phillippa's Nuts and Chyka's Lemonade

Alfresco Emporium staff with Chyka.

A collection of Alfresco products Chyka loves.

Chyka loved our Dynasty Jar collection of blue and white ceramics, especially the pagodas, which are available in store only (sml $259, med $495 & lge $1,095). Our Press For Champagne and Press For Gin signs were also a hit and will be back in-stock in 9 weeks. One of our lovely guests, who has just delivered identical triplets (yes, triplets!) showed this elephant to Chyka, who was delighted by the elephant’s peek-a-boo performance. You can press the elephant’s foot and it sings peek-a-boo while covering its eyes with its ears… too cute.  The elephant is available in-store only, $85.

Chyka was also delighted to explore our flower house and collection of gourmet food.

Once again, a big thank you to everyone who came on the night and made it such a great event.

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We have a few signed copies left, so let us know at checkout if you would like yours signed. If you are heading in-store, Collaroy has a few and Bundall will get theirs mid next week, Wednesday 9th May. Please note stock is limited.

It’s Sale Time At Collaroy

Friday 2nd (9am) – Sunday 4th, February
1021 Pittwater Road Collaroy (in-store, not carpark)

Join us at our Collaroy store for our annual sale on a range of end of line and damaged stock, including kitchenware, furniture and decorator items. We have cleared Backstage at the Collaroy store and transformed it into our annual flea market with $2, $5 and $20 tables. Please note the sale is in-store and not in the carpark.

Credit card surcharge on sale stock will apply.

If you can’t make it to the Collaroy store, select sale items will be available online from Monday 5th.

View store details >

We have put together below a sneak peek of just a few of the items to go on sale.

A compilation of items on sale.