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UK Party Trends 2013

Party Styling is becoming ever more popular in the UK, not only for big events and weddings but for smaller occasions, childrens parties, and get-togethers! Some of the trends are truly modern, others I feel definitely harp back to past decades, I hope you like them!

1. Non-Branded Patterned Tableware

The UK trend is following those in the US and Australia away from character/cartoon based themes. The trend towards non-branded partyware has allowed a greater variety of party themes which can be better and more uniquely personalised to the child/occasion (Beach Party, Parisian party, arty party, western parties, Sweet Shop Party, Construction, automobiles… the list is simply endless!).

Patterned tableware in particular has been hot this year, polka dots, stripes and chevrons continue their popularity, in addition look out for more patterns such as houndstooth, plaid, harlequins and other printed shapes!

Patterned Tableware for Parties

2. Colour Combining

It is becoming the norm to consider colours when styling a childs party. Rather than the usual explosion of multicoloured balloons and ‘last thought’ paper plates parents are now approaching childrens parties as if styling an adults celebration or wedding (albeit on a much smaller scale). Choosing a palette of two or three colours to fit their theme is a simple idea with a big impact, producing a more cohesive look.

Colours for Parties 2013 Trends

Pretty Little Party Shop  – Deasogmia Blog  – My Little Day  

3. Photo booths and Photo Backdrops

Photo booths have become increasingly popular at weddings and adult celebrations and fast becoming a regular addition at childrens parties. From professional hired walk-in photo booths to a simple string of coloured bunting, a defined photo area provides guests with an everlasting memory of the party.

Photobooths and Backdrops for Parties

4. Cute Accessories

There are so many gorgeous products on the market currently that can be used to transform your party table into something unique and wonderful. Paper straws, disposable cutlery and drinkware can be prettied up even more with some glitter tape, bakers twine or charming stationery.

Party Accessories, Tape, String, Washi, Bottles

Mason Jars – The TomKat Studio, Milk Bottle Labels – Torie Jayne Blog, GlitterTape – Papermash, Carnival Tickets – Thatch and Thistle, Divine Twine – Cutetape, Rainbow Bakers Twine Box – Pinterest,Wooden Cutlery – Etsy, Washi Tape Napkins – Hello Happiness Blog, Cake FlagsHerriott Grace

5. Personalised Touches

As party styling has become more creative it has also become more personalised. There are plenty of talented individuals and companies specialising in producing products that give that extra personal touch. For the more creative amongst us we can get personal with the help of a little washi tape or a laser jet printer!

Personalised Party Crackers – Tille Mint , Industrial Letters – The Letter Room , Personalised Cup – Papermash Personalised Bag – Bags Buttons & Bows , Persoanlised Badges – Edamay , Personalised Napkin DIY – A Subtle Revelry

6. Fun Food

Modern parties are about more than just the decor! Childrens parties inparticular are a great opportunity to get creative with Food. Bento style food*  is becoming really popular in the US and I think we’ll be seeing more of this trend on British shores soon. Children go crazy for food that looks great, a sandwich train or a cucumber caterpillar, it really is true…we eat with our eyes!

*Bento a Japenese style of serving food where the food is prepared as much for the eyes as for the palette, traditionally served in a Bento Box, a box with compartments.

All images from Pinterest

More Party Trends Coming Soon….

Ice lolly invites for summer

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Summer Party Invitations

My soon to be six year old has been desperate to make some Invitations for her Birthday Party to hand out before the end of the school term. We (eventually) decided on having a bright and fun summer theme and have everything crossed that it will be on a sunny day and we can host it outside in the garden.

Inspired by a recent blog post I spotted on the fabulous site Funky Time we decided to make some cute Popsicle (Ice Lollys here in the UK) invites. Funky Time have some really fantastic Free Printables and their Popsicles can be downloaded and simply cut out.

Popsicle Party Invitations

Printing out was not an attractive idea for my five year old today as she wanted to do lots of sticking! So we made our own out of scrap paper. We printed the party details on a piece of coloured paper, cut it out in an Ice Lolly shape and stuck it to another Ice Lolly shape with a 1/4 length piece of paper straw stuck between them to make the lolly stick, we then decorated them! They do look particularly cute in Glassine Bags.

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Lolly Pop Summer Party Invite

Summer Party Invite

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Pretty French Partyware

We are delighted to announce that Pretty Little Party Shop now stocks a beautiful range of paper party goods designed by the Lovely French Company My Little Day. There is something for everyone in this range from pretty pinks and cool blue stars to multicoloured confetti triangles!

Peppa Pig Pinata Game

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Top Ten Childrens Party Games

What is a children’s party without a party game or ten?

Party Entertainers are very talented, they have up their sleeves some amazing and ultra-fun games and activities for kids. For those of us who wish to get involved and host the games ourselves here is my personal top ten party games (in no particular order)

1: Scavenger Hunt or Treasure Hunt 

This is definitely a game for outdoors! A Scavenger Hunt is where a list of items is given to the children for them to run off and collect the list of items in bags and bring back to be checked off, this is great for younger children. You can easily theme these hunts to match in with your particular party. Here is a beautiful Scavenger list and collecting bag from a Woodland Fairy Party by Thecul-de-sac BlogSpot.

Kids Party Game Ideas Scavenger Hunt

Treasure Hunts generally follow clues (great for slightly older children). For a recent Rainbow themed party I rolled up clues in scrolls of paper and hid them around the garden, each scroll gave a clue that lead the children to the next and finally ending up at a Rainbow (I couldn’t manage a real Rainbow but they seemed happy with a tissue paper one) and at its end a crock of Gold.

I love hunts like these and so do the children, It is also a perfect time filler whilst you prepare the party food. You can make your hunt as short and easy or long as you wish it could even become the main event of your party.

Childrens Treasure Hunt, Kids Party Game Ideas

2: The Bean Game

A personal favourite of my eldest daughter. This game requires no music but plenty of space and is really high energy! It sounds a little odd, but trust me this is a true ‘crowd pleaser’!

The children begin by walking around the room in any direction, on your command they need to carry out the following ‘bean’ actions:

    Jumping Bean – Jump around the room

    Runner Bean – Run on the spot

    Broad Bean – Jump in a star shape

    Baked Bean – Lie on the floor in a foetal position

   Jelly Bean – Wobble around the room like a jelly

   String Bean – Stand on the spot reach for the sky make yourself as tall as possible

   French Bean – Hand on hip, strike a pose and shout ‘Ooh La La’

Come up with any other bean poses that you wish to throw in; Magic Bean, Beans on Toast, Tinned Bean, Mr Bean etc etc etc.

There is no winner in this game, it is a fun and fabulous warm up to the party or could be used filling in the time when the parents are arriving to collect the children.

3: Pinata

It is no secret that in our house we LOVE pinata’s. I make the children one every birthday and it is not unusual to come to our house and find one at Easter, Halloween, Christmas or simply just ‘because’!

The smashing of a Pinata excites children like no other party game I know. This activity does need parental supervision, I recommend making a line with some tape and ensuring that all the children (other than the child who’s turn it is) stay beyond the line. Once the pinata has burst open we let the children dive in and gather the contents but ask them all to put there bounty of sweets into a large bowl, we then share the bowl among the children or add it to their party bags.

Girls pink pinata, Childrens Party Games Pig PInata

4: The Pirate Ship

Along a similar vein to the Bean Game is The Pirate Ship, Obviously perfect for Pirate themed parties! The children stand in a line facing the adult ‘Captain’ and obey the Captains commands, A great way for the adults to get in role!

Whenever you call ‘Maindeck’ –  the children run back to the line

    Scrub the decks – Children crouch and mimic scrubbing the floor

    Climb the rigging – Children mimic climbing a rope ladder

    Man over board – Children run and jump

    Walk the Plank – Children have to walk one foot in front of the other with their arms outstretched

    Captains Coming – Children salute and shout ‘Aye Aye Captain!’

    Port – Run to the left

    Starboard – Run to the right

    Captains Wife – Everyone courtseys! (causing lots of laughter, especially from the boys)

    Hit the Deck – Everyone sits down (and like in musical bumps the last to sit down is out of the game)

Once the children have mastered the commands you can shout them out at some speed, throwing in ‘Hit the Deck’ to try and catch them all out!

5: Charades

Charades is played very little these days by Children but it can be a superb party game for smaller groups and ideal for children aged over Six. If you are hosting a Childs Movie Night, Picnic or Sleepover a game of Charades is sure to result in squeals and giggles a-plenty. Its a very simple game to teach the children and once they start it will keep everyone entertained for hours. You could make you own charade cards using simple films, TV shows, books, or words.

6: Musical Statues 

A classic! Children can dance their hearts out and when the music stops they have to hold their pose like a statue. The first to move is out! Make it a bit harder for older children by making them stand on one leg when the music stops! Tip: to stop the children getting bored when they are ‘out’ let them help by being your referees!

7: Balloon Pinata

Pop little wrapped sweets inside big 3ft balloons (you could also add tissue paper confetti). Place the balloons around the room and the children can chase them around, sit on them, squash them until they burst releasing there sweeties. A great pinata alternative for young children.

8: Musical Islands

Musical Islands or Musical Pumpkins/Toadstalls/Teddy Bears/Bunnies etc. This game is based on musical chairs, I often have more children to cater for than I have chairs! Using A4 or larger paper or card cut out shapes to suit your party. (I last did this for a halloween party and made orange pumkins). Make the same number shapes as children and spread them out onto the floor. When the game starts the music will play and when it stops playing the children need to find an island/pumpkin to stand on. Each time the music stops take away a pumpkin this will leave one child with no island, that child is out of the game, repeat until there is only one island left. Tip: if you have a large amount of children take away two or more islands at a time or this game may go on a bit too long!

9: Pass The Parcel

Children have come to expect pass the parcel at parties, and it is as popular as ever. In recent years it has become the norm to put a prize in every layer and this has the added complication that you have to remember which children have and have not had a prize yet! If you choose to do it this way a solution is to put a badge or sticker in each layer as a little prize and ask the children to put them on (indicating to you who has yet to win one), I have also seen pass the parcels containing paper hats and sunglasses which can work in the same way! Tip: pass the parcel can become a little boring when there are more than about 10 children, so get the children to form two or more pass the parcel circles and prepare more than one parcel, it will help if you get an extra adult or older sibling to help you with each circle.

10. Limbo

Limbo is still a much loved party game for boys and girls (and adults!). You can create a simple limbo game by getting two adults to hold the Limbo stick, or get a bit more creative and build one out of some bamboo, tape and string, add some coloured tissue paper and voila! It’s so simple, the children take turns under the Limbo stick, with every round the stick is lowered and if they knock the stick they are out of the game. Tip – proper limbo-ing is difficult for younger children and they end up bending or crawling under, make things a little more interesting for the younger children by making them go under the Limbo; really quickly, with their eyes closed, holding hands with a partner, wiggling, whilst singing etc etc. There really doesn’t have to be a winner, the children won’t mind at all because they will be having so much Fun!

DIY Limbo Party Game Ideas

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Pretty Spring time pom poms

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A Fresh and Fabulous First Birthday

I was delighted to be asked to be involved in the styling of a little girls very special First Birthday Party. Marnie is ultra-cute, full of personality with eyes the size of saucers and a permanent sunny smile. Mummy Hannah let me have pretty much free rein on the decor from Pretty Little Party Shop but we agreed it should be light and fresh with a springtime feel.

Christenings are rarer these days so a first birthday party for children and adult friends and family alike can be such a great opportunity to get together for a big celebration. The decor needed to appeal to children but also provide a pleasant atmosphere for the adults.

The venue was Rubicon Bar in Surbiton, a really lovely space with attractive decor friendly staff and enormous windows! I decided upon spring coloured Poms to fill the windows and pastel coloured tableware. On the tables we put mini milk bottles filled with the first of springs daffodils and added polka dot balloons (a favorite of all children) weighted down with toy building blocks. For the children there were pens and colouring pages, toys and a bubble machine to keep them entertained along with a delicious spread of party food, whilst for the adults the bar was open and there was chat and catching up a-plenty.

Pretty Spring time pom poms

Polka dot balloons Polka Dot and Striped Paper Plates and Cups  Paper Pom Poms and Polka Dot Balloons Yellow Paper Pom pom Paper Pom Poms in a window flowers on table birthday girl row of bags close up Pretty Paper Straws tags DIY Balloon Weight

Bath Bomb Party

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A Perfect Girly Party!

My own Big Little Girl turns eight in April and has been busy planning her eighth birthday party since her seventh! Her request is for a pamper party combined with a craft party…’erm…ok’ I stammer.

So my usual repertoire of pass the parcel combined with a bit of disco dancing followed by playing the ‘bean’ game and finishing off with bashing the stuffing out of a pinata just isn’t cutting it anymore!

Then I stumble over a fabulous company who make beautiful and delicious smelling bath bombs and soaps…they have recently branched out into children’s parties!!! Bath Fizz and Melt is run by the lovely Siobhan and (unfortunately for me) is based in Carrickfergus Norther Ireland, perhaps I can twist her arm into branching out to Surrey!

What a fabulous idea, pampering and craft rolled into one. The children get to make, wrap and take home a beautiful fragrant fizzy bath bomb and a colourful funky shaped soap. What eight year old girl wouldn’t love these:

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Bath Bomb Parties

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