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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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Tassel Garlands – The Ultimate Party Accessory

How to style your party using tassel garlands

Tassel Garlands are a huge party trend for weddings and events. These garlands make a big statement and are a simple and quick way to make an impact at any event. There are many different ways that you can use these pretty garlands, here are just a few:
Tassel Fringe Balloon   Tassel balloon
Attaching a Tassel Garland to a Big Balloon creates a stunning feature and the perfect prop for photos
Tassel garland Dessert table backdrop
Simply string behind a dessert table for maximum effect
Tassel Garland in Nursery
These beautiful tassel garlands are too good to just use for celebrations, they look fabulous as decoration in the home. (I love the different length tassels in the picture above, don’t be scared to chop your tassels!)
Tassel garland Styling
What a clever use of a tassel garland
Tassels on Chairs Cute
This pretty party uses tassel garlands split into smaller sections to add fringing to the backs of the chairs.
Tassel garland outdoors
Tassel Garlands look very special outdoors
Tassel Garland Backdrop
 Use en masse to create a stunning backdrop that doubles up as a work of art.
Find a collection of Tassel Garlands just waiting to pretty your party at Pretty little Party Shop
PINK TASSEL BALLOON: TOUCH OF MAGIC ETSY
GOLD AND SILVER TASSEL BALLOONS: GERONIMO BALLOONS
CARNIVAL DESSERT TABLE : PICCOLI & ELFI
NURSERY DECOR: THE GLITTER GUIDE
NUMBER TASSEL GARLAND: STUDIO DIY
TASSEL CHAIR BACKS – 100 LAYER CAKELET
BEACH GARLANDS – GREEN WEDDING SHOES
TASSEL BACKDROP – STYLE ME PRETTY


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The Weeks Pretty Little Round-up

Party ideas I love this week!

Some little things I love from the ‘party world’ this week. (links below)

Party Ideas round up by Pretty Little Party Ideas Blog

Bright Paper Flowers, a Thanksgiving Party and Flower DIY (By Make My Lemonade)

These Crackers will create the prettiest confetti showers (from Anthropologie)

Use these cute Star Cushions as party seating for little ones (from Numero 74 at Range ta Chambre)

Pack up your troubles in these adorable little suitcases, Garland DIY (by Oh Happy Day)

The perfect napkin for dinner parties! Learn How to fold these and be the envy of your guests (by Smarty Had A Party)


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Lego Party Ideas

Lego Party is a winning theme for boys and girls. With strong colours and recognisable shapes Lego Theme Parties are a real crowd-pleaser. Simply combine your partyware in your favourite Lego colours and accessorise!

Lego Party Theme Ideas

1. Lego Head Storage Box from EllieEllie, 2. Plates, 3. Baking Cups, 4. Tablecloth, 5 Straws, 6 Lego Crayons, 7. Lego Lunchbox by EllieEllie, 8,Polka Dot Balloons

For more Lego party ideas please visit our Lego Pinterest Board.


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Friday Fiesta – Pastels

I have been inspired this week by the fabulous book by Selina Lake Pretty Pastel Style. The book reveals how pastels are making a revival, and not the sugary, saccharine pastels of old but a new versatile breed of pastel shades on ‘the cool side of sweet’.
From sultry sophistiated shades to funky neons I adore them all. Pastel hues are particularly wonderful to use for parties and celebrations, to be honest when styling a party you can get creative and add just a touch of pastel for a pop of colour, or like me follow the ethos ‘more is more’!
Pastel Styling
Pastel Party Styling
Pastel Decor
Pastel Honeycomb Ball Decorations
Pastel Balloons and Pastel Party
Pastel Partware
Pastel Ideas for Parties
Image Credits
1 – 4 – Fjeldborg Blog
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….

Big Balloons and Beach Party


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Beautiful Party Balloons

I have a bit of a balloon obsession and I am not ashamed to admit it!

Balloons are such a great way of styling and party celebration. They give bags of impact for very little cost and make perfect decorations, photo-props, gifts and play-things.

London based Bonbon Balloons create “the most wonderful balloons you ever did see!” You can send one of their amazing balloons as a gift perfect for any occasion. On arrival it will float up out of the box and the strings will carry your own specially personalised message. They have a beautiful selection of colours and you can choose from a gorgeous range of hand-crafted garland strings.

big round balloons with tassel Tails

Big Round Balloons

bonbonballoons.com

Big round balloons have been seen gracing the pages of some fabulous wedding magazines lately and they do look amazing! I love these balloons more for their appeal to children, the big, soft, over-sized, dream-like nature to these giant balls is straight out of Fairy-tale Land. This shot from A Subtle Revelry is just so beautiful. These balloons look fabulous and when used for children I think they are far more fun without helium. Pretty Little Party Shop have a range of these perfectly round 3ft balloons for sale.

big round balloons on the beach

Photograph by A Subtle Revelry

Mini Balloons are one of my new finds although I am sure that balloon stylists have been using them for years. These little 5″ balloons are just adorable, I have seen them stuffed by the dozen into other clear 11″ balloons and have also seen them mixed in displays with other sized balloons. Here Oh Happy Day cleverly used them as oh so cute place-card holders.

mini 5" balloons

Photography by Heather Zweig for Oh Happy Day

Potter and Butlers lovely Etsy shop sell a beautiful cleverly designed kit for you to create this stunning cake topper using pretty coloured 5″ balloons…just add cake!

Potter and Butler Etsy shop mini balloons

Potter and Butler

Balloons can create a stunning backdrop for a party table of photo booth. My Little Day have mixed shiny metallic helium balloons with their range of pastel and bright tissue paper decorations to create a fun and fabulous display.

Mixed balloons and paper decorations

My Little Day

Styling a party with balloons is easy, inexpensive and fun. With thousands of designs, colours, shapes and sizes to choose from you can really let loose.  I love this display of marble effect balloons mixed with pretty fabric bunting with standard balloons and a pretty pink 3ft balloon.

Mixed marbleised balloons

photo Pinterest

Pretty Little Party Shop have a large range of balloons including tiny balloons, polka dot balloons 3ft balloons and diamond clear balloons