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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….

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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

Big Balloon TAssel Tail


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Tassel Tails Big Balloons – DIY

Tassel Tails for Big Balloons – DIY Intructions

Tassel Tail for Big Balloon

I love the impact that our 3ft Big Balloons make, add a tassel tail and they become a real statement piece and provide a touch of theatre to any occasion. You can buy tassel tails for balloons from a number of suppliers for upwards of £30 a piece! With a half an hour to spare and a few sheets of tissue paper you can make one of these for a matter of pence (and something that is hand made is just that little bit extra special).

You will need:

Sheets of Tissue Paper 50x75cm (1 sheet for each tassel, I used 5 tassels)

A sharp pair of scissors

2 meter length of lace trim

other oddments of lace or lightweight ribbon

Fold your sheet of tissue paper in half legthways and then in half widthways

Carefully cut from the bottom edge of your paper up to an inch from the lengthway fold. Make each fringe about 1/2″ wide

Continue along the whole of the folded sheet

unfold the widthway fold and give the fringe a gentle shake to unstick the fringing.

Starting at one end of top uncut section of the paper, gentle roll the paper together

Tie tightly with a piece of lightweight ribbon

With one end of the ribbon you used to tie the paper together with, wrap it around the end of your tassel and tie securely

You have a finished tassel, now make some more!

Lay the length of pretty lace out straight across the floor or table. Tie each tassel to the length of lace approx. 15cm apart from each other. Add any other bits of ribbon and lace as you wish.

Tassel Garland DIY Instructions

You can now tie the finished tassel to your inflated balloon

Tassel Tail Garland Balloon Instructions DIY

Tassel tail Big Pink Balloon

Big Balloon Geronimo

Balloon with Tassel Tail UKBig Tassel Tail Pink Red BalloonPhotographs of the finished balloon by Abigail Fahey


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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!

childrens tea party


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Garden Tea Parties

Our pretty little shop has recently launched a Strawberry Tea Party Pack in support of Breast Cancer Care’s annual Strawberry Tea.

It has certainly put me in the mood to plan some outdoor parties this summer (including a Strawberry Tea). I hope this inspires you to take the party outdoors and put on the kettle.

Pretty Little Party Shop has put together a gorgeous Strawberry Tea Party Pack, £5 of each pack sold will go direct to Breast Cancer Care.

This pretty blousy blue tea party turns tea and cake into a pretty work of art!

Tea Party Themed Party

I love this colourful eclectic table by Mangacomplimenta. We particuarly like the wine coolers and will definitly be reusing the kids sand castle buckets as cute and colourful wine coolers this summer!

bright tea party

Adorable childrens outdoor tea party! From the bunting and the pom poms to mix and match chairs it?s whimsical yet simple. Now all I need to recreate this look is an orchard!

childrens tea party in the Garden

Perhaps not strictly a tea party but more of a picnic, this childrens party setting by World of Vieta is just so sweet. Hanging paper lanterns create a magical atmosphere.

tea-party-picnic

Tea Parties are perfect for any occassion; birthday, anniversary. Mothers Day, Baby Shower, Hen Party and of course a wedding. Here is a beautiful tea party style wedding reception by Littlesootie.blogspot…utterly gorgeous!

tiny 5" balloons


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Tiny Balloons – Party Trend!

Tiny little Balloons are my new 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 and attached to balloon sticks. I tape them to striped paper straws.

Here are a few ideas for tiny balloons from Pinterest

Beautiful Balloons in a Greenhouse


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Balloons From Seed

What do you grow in your greenhouse?

We recently organised a photo shoot for some of the shops lovely new products. As it was due to be a sunny day and as I was emptying our rickety old greenhouse ready for its timely demolition I thought it would be fun to somehow include it in some of the shots. So what could be more apt than to fill it with balloons! I hurriedly started blowing them up (yes no gadgetry involved just plain ol’ puff) and was thinking what a super idea this was…an hour later with only the floor of the greenhouse covered, red cheeked and parched I wasn’t feeling quite so jolly!
I love the results though, well done again to the super camera action of Abigail Fahey.

Beautiful Balloons in a Greenhouse Balloons in a GreenhouseBalloons in  a greenhouse