We’re not sure how it happened either, but the year-end party season is imminent! Yes, that’s right. It’s time to take note about who has been naughty or nice, while adding a bit of sparkle to your wardrobe and embracing those dates in your calendar where you have nothing booked (tip: block out some dates now for the family to rest!).

Love or loathe the festive time of year, there’s no getting away from it. We have put a our own spin on Silly Season in this edition of haven, adding loads of gift-giving ideas and party planning tips to see you through this busy social time. But it’s not all about Christmas – our ‘Celebrate’ edition has many of your different types of celebratory events covered. You’ll find a rainbow of gift ideas inside and our contributors also weigh in on the best experiential gifts and teacher thank you gifts. We’ve also got some fun tips on adding tropical flavour to any party this season. I am buying up bulk pineapples – you’ll see why on Page 16.

I actually love this time of year. The weather warms right up and we start the count down to summer holidays. It sure can be busy with year-end recitals, school events, wind-up parties and seasonal soirees, so stay on track, enjoy the shows and let us help you get a handle on how we can help Santa with his shopping list this year.

Speaking of parties, we can’t wait to wrap up the year with all you girls at our first annual Girls Day Out high tea! There are still two tables left as I write this column, so gather the girls or come along and meet some new faces!

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Keeley O'Connor

Keeley O'Connor

Keeley has always been a keen entrepreneur and creative and takes great pride in watching her business grow and flourish in parallel with her young family. Keeley started in online publishing with ‘Savvy Mama’ in early 2009 and now publishes a monthly family/lifestyle print magazine called haven. With 25,000 copies of haven distributed monthly between Brisbane and Byron Bay, as well as a vibrant and engaged digital community of followers via her online and social channels, Keeley’s team is keeping affluent parents up to date on all things family, news, food, fashion, education, travel and more. Her combined passion for raising happy, healthy children and celebrating her local community are what fuel her creativity and are the foundations of her business success.