Culture Crush

Culture Crush

It seems like everyone is on holidays at the moment, doesn’t it? Whether it’s basking in the endless sunsets with an Aperol Spritz in hand on a beach in Italy or charging the powdery slopes in New Zealand, social media is awash with friends and strangers enjoying dreamy exotic locations. FOMO, anyone? But before you hit up Flight Centre, why not check out some of our new international packages for a mini vacation…without the long airport delays! Inspired by some of our favourite places for holiday (or at least, in our dreams!) the packages offer some mix-and-match options to surprise and delight your guests at your next event. No passport needed! This month’s cultural crushes: TURKEY What we love: the food, the colours, the vibrancy! Event tip: serve a big shared selection of stuffed vegetables, pilaf, doner and koftas with plenty of pickles and yoghurt. Burn incense or add some frankincense, oregano and clove essential oil to a diffuser to set the scene! Package: Embrace the bold and bright with our Middle Eastern Infusion package. JAPAN What we love: the humble hospitality, the landscape and the big city skyline. Event tip: offer a selection of green teas, jasmine tea and herbal teas in beautiful teapots and a ceramic mug for each guest. Delicate floral arrangements and silk cushions will add a luxurious touch. Package: our Asian Occasion package is perfect for a special morning tea or an all-night festival! FRANCE What we love: the flowers, the beautiful architecture and of course…the romance! Event tip: champagne, champagne, champagne! For some gorgeous rosy alternatives, sparkling grapefruit juice, iced hibiscus tea or strawberry-infused mineral water...
Welcoming our new Prop Stylist

Welcoming our new Prop Stylist

I invited our new Prop Stylist for an informal chat to understand a bit more about the personality and taste of this creative professional that is now working with us. In this interview, Sydney Cornish talks about her musical and food tastes and tells us about a few of her backpacking stories and plans for the future. What’s your favourite type of cuisine? My favourite type of cuisine is spicy Indian street food. Basically, curries, any spicy food with lots of flavours is my go to dish. I love naan bread; butter garlic naan is probably my favourite, but anything with a cold coke hits the spot. What kind of music do you listen to? Well, it really depends on my mood. I like most genres but I tend to go for indie rock with an upbeat rhythm remix (call me dj squid) or anything Jack Johnson, Beyoncé and Shania Twain. I also love a bit of soft tech, and song with a solid beat gets me going. What was the most incredible exotic place you’ve ever travelled to? The south of Sri Lanka, in a beach side town called Unawatuna. I was trying to extend my Indian visa so I had to leave the country for a few days and Sri Lanka was the easiest option. After a few days in the capital city I decided to keep travelling and ended up staying over a month slowly working my way down south and then east, finishing with the most memorable train ride I’ve ever had from the east coast to the west travelling through hundreds of tea plantations,...
End of Financial Year Flashback

End of Financial Year Flashback

What a year we have had so far. We thought we’d take a look back at some of our favourite moments before we begin our preparations for Christmas – yes that time of year is just around the corner for us already! We’ve packed a lot into the last six months, working with our favourite clients old and new. At last count we hired over 1,350 props to over 330 clients, dressed 650 mannequins and put more than 25,000 baubles onto Christmas trees around the Great South East. Our showroom at Leopard and Vulture Street got a golden facelift with a new facade and illuminated signage. The Prop House Throughout the past six months our clients have taken our imagination to the Middle East, visiting the races and even into their own homes, giving us the opportunity to display how versatile our styling can be. Our most vibrant event was definitely the Somerville House Arabian Night theme which was a truly rich and decadent event. This theme was about creating a grand and extravagant evening, feeling as though you were in the Middle Eastern desert. We used Aladdin for inspiration, thinking magic carpet, desert, feathers and rich colours. The launch of a new development in Brisbane saw The Prop House style a marquee at Raymond Park on a stunningly sunny day. The Moroccan inspired interiors of the development translated into the Luncheon Setting with patterned lanterns, natural finishes and pops of colour through florals & greenery. The guests enjoyed a delicious meal whilst overlooking the city views from amongst the trees. Creating a party atmosphere at a stunning home on...
CHRISTMAS IN JULY….LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW

CHRISTMAS IN JULY….LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW

Nothing beats an Australian Christmas in the summer. However, with the cooler temperatures on the horizon, everyone after a more traditional Christmas experience now has the perfect opportunity to do so.  This winter our fabulous stylists are thinking Winter Wonderland as an exciting party theme. Think Chronicles of Narnia and stepping into the wardrobe, through the fur coats into this Winter Wonderland theme inspiration provided by yours truly The Prop house! Whether you require event styling or prop hire, our showroom is brimming with festive inspiration. From the perfect ornate Sleigh to Illuminated Maple trees, a reindeer (Okay he’s not Mr. Tumnus….but he’s pretty darn cute), and a rather impressive Polar Bear, The Prop House have whipped up a magical world of frosty enchantment! Whether you’re having a corporate event or getting the family together for a festive meal, we have some fabulous Winter Wonderland centerpieces to choose from. Keep it simple with our Mirror Pyramid adorned with Christmas baubles and a silver feather, or go for the more extravagant Candelabra with crystal beading. Feeling festive and inspired? We are open Monday-Friday 9 am-4:30 pm Come and visit! Alternatively, shoot us an email with any inquiries you may have at...
FALLING FOR THE COLOURS OF AUTUMN

FALLING FOR THE COLOURS OF AUTUMN

The Prop House is always looking for ways to inspire our clients, and what better way then to give you a pop of colour!! Our talented stylists have picked three Autumnal colours which they feel could be used to create an Oh So Stylish event! The Colour Purple Continuing from last year’s pastel trend, purples will hit the scene with an impact.  The purple trend is inspired by metals, space, stars and clouds. The Prop House suggest: Sprinkle purple with transparent fabrics, floaty silks and sheers which will create a lightness and soft romantic element to this trend. Gorgeous Green The year of 2017 was kicked off with colour masters Pantone stating Greenery as their Colour of the Year, and autumn is an optimum time to change over from last season’s fresher shades to rich and bold emerald. Green is a very versatile colour as it comes in muted, earthy tones which give a grounding effect, to heavy and stronger emerald and jewel tones that give a luxurious and luscious feel. The Prop House suggest:  Why not pair together a strong green with gold and brass colours in order to achieve an Art Deco trend or pair it with more earthier colours/textures such as terracotta, rattan and cork.  The Prop House have added our Bedouin Jar tall below for some extra inspiration. Spicy Orange The Prop House feels that there is something sincerely chic about the burnt, flushed hue of spicy orange. This season spicy orange is bursting on to the best runways and red carpets. This warm colour comes into its own in the cooler months. Once again...

Easter Cupcakes

The Prop House team don’t really need an excuse to eat cake but given it’s Easter in less than two weeks, what a perfect “excuse” to make these delicious cupcakes for everyone to enjoy!     This cupcake recipe has been one of my all-time favorites for the last ten years and it’s been a winner every time- by the looks of it, the team here at The Prop House have given it their approval!!     Enjoy making your own Easter Cupcake creations – let your imagination run free.  Just don’t eat all the chocolate eggs before you have finished decorating your cupcakes!     EASTER CUPCAKES WITH VANILLA BUTTERCREAM Prep Time: 15 mins   |   Cook Time:  20 mins   |   Buttercream Prep Time:  15 mins INGREDIENTS  For Cupcakes 125g unsalted butter at room temperature 125g caster sugar 2 eggs at room temperature ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons milk at room temperature   For Buttercream 125g unsalted butter at room temperature 3½ cups of icing sugar (sifted) 2 tablespoons of milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract   INSTRUCTIONS Put all ingredients except the milk into a mixer/food processor and blend until smooth. Slowly mix/pulse while slowly adding the milk Spoon mixture into cupcake liners so that they are half full Bake at 1600c (fan forced) for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.   TIP:  For flat top cupcakes bake on a lower temperature for a longer period (i.e.1400c). For a high top or domed cupcake, bake at a slightly higher temperature (i.e.  1700c or 1800c).   All ovens are different so this must be taken into account.     To make...