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Tiny Balloons – New Party Trend Alert!

TINY BALLOONS – THE ULTIMATE IN CUTE

Tiny little balloons are one of my favorite party decoration. So cute and versatile these balloons can be filled with helium (a tiny and very inexpensive amount!) or can be blown up with puff.  There are lots of great things that you can do with these little balloons, I promise you however you choose to use them they are sure to be a real ‘crowd pleaser’.

Thsese cute cupcake toppers are so easy to make: inflate the balloon but not fully, tie it off and poke the blunt end of a skewer or tooth pick into the knot.


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Fringe Tassel Tail Balloons

Tassel Tail Balloons are still a hot party decoration for 2014. You may remember last year I posted a D.I.Y how to make tassel tails for big balloons. Well I thought I would share with you a little balloon-tail cheat.

Tassel tails, (although they look amazing) are quite time consuming to construct, a very quick cheat to get a similar effect is to add fringe garland tails to your balloons.

Balloon Tassel Tail

Trust me kids love these, so for a cheap but ‘jaw-dropping-wow’ feature to a child’s party add fringe tassel tails to your balloons, these are also beautiful for weddings and can be achieved in practically no time and at very little cost. They also make a beautiful little gift for a birthday, baby shower etc.

Balloon Fringe Tassel Garland

Fringe Festooning comes in 5m lengths (more than enough for 5 balloons if you use just one strand), combine a couple of colours and strands for best effect. Simply attach the garlands to the tied base of the balloon with a little piece of glitter tape. These garlands are stronger than you might think but if you are using with Big Balloons take the measure of add a piece of strong ribbon along with the garlands as the piece to be held/tethered to avoid losing your beautiful balloon!

Balloon Fringe Garland Tail

Balloon Tassel Tail Garland

Our Fringe Garland comes in eleven gorgeous shades, have fun creating your own balloon-tails.

Tassel Tail Wedding Balloon

Kids Party Trends UK


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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….

Pretty paper party decorations


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Pretty Paper Decorations

Paper party decorations are pretty and whimsical. Use singly as a centrepiece or in larger groupings to make a pretty display, string them together to make a garland or mix up pom poms lanterns and honeycombs for an interesting textured look.

Pretty Paper Poms and Bunting

Honeycomb Decorations in Garden

Pretty Paper Decorations in the Garden


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Party Tableware – Mix It Up

We have so much pretty tableware and decorations in the shop and wanted a quick and fun way of showcasing it! We asked  Abigail Fahey for inspiration and she cleverly put together a fun and uplifting little video. We think it displays perfectly  how to mix and match pretty paper partyware to create any party theme you like! This fun video always manages to put a smile on my face whenever I watch it! Click Here to watch.