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Cute as Candy

We are delighted to share with you a styled shoot from last year which showcased some of our products. This gorgeous concept shoot is by wedding designer and stylist Louise Beukes at Bloved Weddings. Louise’s theme was ‘Popcorn & Pastels’ and together with Sarah from Creative Candi and photographer Fiona Kelly they put together this oh-so sweet carnival inspired wedding shoot. For the full details and more images of the shoot please visit B.loved.

Tassel Tail Wedding BalloonMini Milk Bottles WeddingPopcorn Garland WeddingBig White Wedding BalloonWe adore this sweet retro pastel theme which is just perfect for a fun springtime wedding, we also completely love the idea of filling a balloon with popcorn! Popcorn is such a great alternative to a candy buffet and Creative Candi supply an array of flavours from Strawberry Cheesecake to Cheddar & Smoked paprika…a taste to suit every guest.

Our own products showcased here include:

Candy Bunting

Mini Milk Bottles

Paper Straws

Paper Garlands

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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….


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Pretty Party Drinks Bottles – Plastic

The shop’s Plasic Mini Milk Bottles are simply flying of the shelves this summer. These little bottles are ideal for all occasions, add a little decoration to match with your colour scheme or theme for the perfect little individual drinks container. Plastic bottles are a perfect choice for children, obviously no messy or dangerous breakages and also ideal to transport. Add name labels so each child can easily locate their own drink or pierce the lid and pop in a straw to solve any spillages.

Here are some pictures courtesy of Pinterest if you need more inspiration!

Square Plastic Bottle with Straw

Square Plastic Mini Milk Bottle with Label

Pretty Little Drink Bottle with Straw

French Style Mini Milk Bottles

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

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

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.

Ice Pop Lolly Party InvitationIce Lolly Invitations

Lolly Pop Summer Party Invite

Summer Party Invite

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