All kinds of party ideas for all sorts of birthday parties in Melbourne, Australia

There are lots of different types of birthday party you can hold for a younger child. Many people elect to hold a cheap, low budget supermarket style birthday party, easy, simple, yes we understand the appeal. Cake in Aisle seven, snacks and fingerfood in the freezers, paper plates, some sparkly decorative stuff, some balloons and voila.

But what if you want something special. A truly memorable party, with a wow factor that resonates among the guests for weeks on end. Not to mention seeing the eyes of the party boy and guests light up in amazement on arrival. Something special indeed, which may take a bit more effort than a stroll around the supermarket.

But relax. Not much more effort at all. For starters, we will do our walking and shopping with a keyboard, or mouse, for the most part. A visit to a good party supply shop in Melbourne might still be on the cards if needed.

This post is mostly going to be about boys birthday parties. Kids birthday parties are always fun, but being a parent of two boys means more experience with boys birthday parties. Hence this post.  Over the years we have had many boys party ideas, the only shame being that you can only have one birthday party per year per child. From the moment the invitations go out, the fun begins. The anticipation, the planning, and yes a little bit of online shopping.

Some of our favorite themes were the pirate birthday party, the superhero party, and the cowboys and indians themed birthday. For each of these we used custom made and personalised photo invitations. These are quite clever, and use a photo of the birthday boy cut into a themed surrounding. They send a strong message to the party guests about what to expect, and what to wear. We even had grown ups arriving as pirates and cowboys, and yes, superheroes. Fantastic.

As a consequence, we highly recommend using themed invitations for a kids party, no matter what the event being held. From there, it was logical to theme the rest of the party supplies and decorations in the same theme, from welcome banners, balloons with helium in them, and an edible image for the birthday cake. Speaking of food, we were even able to find a place that sells custom and themed candy for our birthday party lolly tables. Match that with gorgeous apothecary style candy jars, a well decorated table and a custom backdrop in the party theme and you have the makings of a sweets table from heaven.

These are a few basic suggestion we hope will help you in your party planning. Have a grreat birthday party!!

 

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Birthday supplies to set your event apart from the rest

When someone special in your life is going to get another year older, the natural thing to want is for their big day to be extra special.

Its worth mentioning – and perhaps we all know- that extra special birthday parties don’t just happen all by themselves, sometimes they need a little help along the way.

So lets get started. Hmmm…one of the first items on the to – do list is to sort out good invitations. These will be the first information your guests see about your party. Sure, they need to say where and when the birthday celebrations will be held, but there is more to an invitation than that. Good invites will not only inform but excite and engage your guests, and inspire them to attend with the enthusiasm needed to get your event started right. This is particularly important if you are holding a themed party for a child’s birthday. If you are, then themed kids party invites are a must have.

Gone with a theme? Excellent. At around the same time as you are organizing your invitations, you should be planning your party supplies. Personalized birthday supplies are a great way to go if you have a theme. If you have chosen a custom theme or a personalized theme, often the business that made your invites – if you have chosen a good one, that is, can match your birthday supplies to your invitation design, colors and themes.

These might include a welcome banner, for example, but could well extend to bonbonniere, party bags and boxes, party labels, even a fully fledged DIY candy table if that is on the list. In Australia, there are quite a few party shops, both online and offline. While choice is a good thing, its easier to go with a reputable company that has been around for awhile. It can also pay to engage the services of a provider that has a landline contact number.

Once you your supplier organised, make time to think about decorations. These can be simple, such as balloons, stramers or similar, to more elaborate themed items. Remember too, that the kind of birthday you are holding will very much influence the type of decorations you will need. Boys and girls birthdays are obviously very different and with that, girls and boys birthday decorations differ also. One would think the point doesn’t really need to be made but, well, it just does. Starting with the colors, and the themes, even the very style of the decorations.

Looking for some good places to look online or in the real world? The local mall and supermarkets are usually average, so online we go. Ebay, Zazzle, and large websites like that with hundreds of operators competing on price can be tempting but remember you generally get what you pay for. We recommend using Google Australia to find exactly what you are after.

 

 

 

Party planning in 2015 – some new product ideas

Welcome to 2015.

As we see in the new year – now that the hubbub of Christmas has come and gone, and the world slowly returns to normal, people start to party plan. Weddings, birthdays, christenings, baby showers and more. And with that, we have some fun new party products and supplies to make your party the best it can be.

With hot new birthday designs released by our invitation and party designers as well, you can style your party better than ever, with ease. Forget the mall, shopping online or at a well provided specialist shop means you can almost effortlessly buy the perfect supplies for exactly the type of party you want to hold – why settle for second best?

If you are looking for invites to a baby shower, we have some ultra cute themes that are proving to be very popular with mothers to be. From cute baby animals, to pastels, and more. We have themes just for girls, and baby shower designs for when a boy baby is expected as well. All custom personalized for your baby shower. Wityh each design, a matchin range of baby party decorations is also available. This means you can carry your theme right through your event supplies, with a stunning effect.

Personalized photo invitations are a specialty. With hundreds of designs available for all occasions, we will have one to suit your event. From a kids birthday party to grown ups events such as 21st, 30th, 40th and similar. Some hilarious themes and even caricature style invitations – these look great and are custom made just for you. If you are considering DIY invitations but are time poor, we make getting good invitations easy, and affordable.

With one of Australia’s most comprehensive range of custom party supplies online, we have niche event supplies that the most discerning party planner will enjoy. Huge party banners custom printed for events. Welcome banners and posters a specialty.

How about affordable bonbonniere you can buy online in Australia – we say affordable for a good reason. Bonbonniere is almost expected at many events, such as weddings and christenings for example. Bonbonniere is also sometimes known as party favours. These can be quite elaborate and, because they are custom made can often cost more than expected. We have a number of stylish and very pretty bonbonniere options in our selection. With low production costs, these are simple, yet professional, and always well received by our event guests.

With both an online and a real world shop for your convenience and peace of mind, it has never been easier to buy the perfect personalized invitations and party supplies.

Thank you for stopping by our blog. We hope your party or event in 2015 is the success you would like it to be.

More hot party products and gifts – just in time for Christmas 2014 in Australia

Wow. 2014 is slowly drawing to a close. And with it some happy memories of great parties. From boys birthdays to babies baptisms, weddings and more. And now, with the summer season in  Australia just around the corner, a visit from Santa is probably not too far away as well. Provided of course that you are on the nice list, and not the other one.

At this time of year people start to think about giving gifts and presents. And while it may seem that party planning takes a back seat, the planning is still happening,. After all one twelfth of the worlds population has a birthday in January. And that means more parties,, weddings, baby showers, birth announcements, and so on.

Here are some of the fun products we have dreamed up : we think you will like them.

For the Thermomix lovers at Christmas time – a special and sweet stocking filler.

Do you own a Thermie? Perhaps you are a demonstrator, with a small army of loyal followers that you help with recipes, and follow up service. Would you like to give them a gift that is sure to raise a smile? Have a look at our thermomix themed candy – its green, and on the inside is the word “Thermomix”, along with a stylised blade on the inside, much as you would see looking down in to the mixing bowl. Yummy, too.

If you are looking for a slightly different Thermomix themed Christmas present have a look at our mugs as well. Cute, very stylish and long lasting.

We make plenty of other party and special event products too, not just personalised gifts. Photo party invitations are a specialty. We have been designing, personalizing and selling these online in Australia since 2007. With thousands of parties, weddings, christenings, birthdays and other events helped to become truly special since then, we have hundreds of designs in a wide variety of popular themes. We have a range for kids, and another for adults. Special designs for boys and girls too.

Baby showers are some of our favorite occasions. There is something that is extra special when it comes to a baby shower. New beginnings, life, love and familty. Our range of custom event supplies and invitations, custom made for your baby shower are very popular. We have themes for when you are expecting a baby boy, others designed especially for girl baby showers. Or if you are keeping everything a surprise till the big day, no worries, we also have gender neutral designs.

We are not just online however. We also have a Melbourne based party and invitations shop where we make, create, design and despatch all sorts of fun and affordable personalized party supplies. From invitations to huge wide format digital printed banners and balloon party decorations, edible images for your birthday or event cake and even the lollies for your lolly buffet table. We love meeting our customers, and helping them to plan the perfect event.

Thank you for stopping by – we will be posting a few new party products ideas every now and then, so do visit us again.

Personalized event stationery ideas in Australia

With Summer around the corner in Australia people start to emerge from winter’s hibernation and start planning things. Sure, a certain event on December 25 takes its toll on family budgets and time but the fact is that right after that is New Years Eve – surely one of the biggest annual parties in Australia. After that the evenings of barbecues, parties, and celebrations stretch out through summer, evening after evening, party, birthday or wedding.

Its fair to say that many of these will be impromptu. But that being the case, it is also true that most of life’s most important events are anything but.

Lets start at the beginning. In 2005, we looked at the state of things. Events were largely generic. They needed stationery that was a bit more fun, family oriented, and best of all affordable. So we decided to act.

We decided to create an online shopping website specializing in personalized invitations.  And announcements.  In Australia.

Birth Announcements

Lets start at the VERY beginning. Do you remember being born? Neither do we. In fact, most of us didn’t even realize we had been born until well after the event. Many people in our lives today likely know about it long before we did. Back then, the arrival of a new baby was usually done in the classified section of the newspaper.  Pre Facebook days, we thought, there has to be a better way to announce a new baby.  So we started to design photo birth announcements. These feature an image, a photo usually, of bub, with a personalised message. Here is one of our latest birth announcement designs below.

 

Photo birth announcements

 

Baby shower invitations

OK. So perhaps that wasn’t the very beginning. You see, before baby arrives, the women usually get together for a special secretive event. Its called a baby shower. No, there isn’t usually water involved fellas. The mum to be gets given gifts that will be useful when baby arrives. And they have fun, and make a huge fuss of the expectant lass. Lots of other things happen too but we were sworn to secrecy. To get to one of these events you will need a ticket to get past the door. These are called baby shower invitations. Here is one of our favorites :

 

Australian baby shower invites

 

Kids birthday invitations, for both girls and boys events are something we have spent a lot of time on. With hundreds of personalized designs, all can be ordered online in Australia. We have printed invitations as well as ones you can print yourself – yes, printable kids party invitations. If you are looking for invitations made with photos there are plenty to choose from. We cover most popular children’s birthday party themes, such as princess, angel, fairy, magic, fireman, superhero, cops and robbers, trampoline….the list is long, and detailed. Here is a rather bouncy invitation now…boing….boing…

 

Peter Pan themed kids party invitation design

 

Party Invitations

Once we move past children’s parties, into the tween years, then on to 18ths and 21st birthdays things get a little more detailed. With a wide range of custom invitations for grown ups parties, and some stunning designs we are kept quite busy. We offer matching themed party supplies that we deliver Australia wide, such as wide format banners, candy buffet supplies, decorations and more besides. We find that if you are going to hold a party, many people want things to be just right. To match. So if you can have the same theme made in the one online shop, it all gets a bit easier, taking all the stress out of party preparation.

 

Personalized adults party invitation

 

Weddings

And so we save the best for last. One of the biggest, most important journeys in life. Just as well you will have company. That’s right folks, we are talking about weddings. Getting hitched. Tying the knot. You know GETTING MARRIED. We have a range of designs for different styles. If you are going to have something quite formal we have affordable personalised wedding invitations that are well worth considering. If your wedding is going to be a bit less formal and more of a fun celebration with friends, we have a special engagement and wedding invite range for this as well. Here are a few ideas :

Wedding invitation

Well those are the major events in life, and our take on invitations and announcements for them. We hope you like them, but in any event, to quote two great men “No matter who you are and what you do to live, thrive and survive there are some things we ALLLL need. You. Me. Them. Everybody”

We hope, with this in mind, that your event is the success that every event deserves to be – thanks for stopping by our blog.

Some Personalized Christmas Supplies ideas for 2014 in Australia

Or…how to have the family Christmas you want to have.

If you are like us Christmas time is a very important time of year on the family event calendar. Regardless of whether you place religious connotations or uphold Pagan traditions in regard to December 25th, there is no denying that the big day presents an ideal opportunity for family and friends to gather. From near and far, celebrating each other, and being together.

Christmas itself has several different versions regarding its origin. Again, that aside, there are always expectations around Christmas that there is no getting away from. You know, things like Christmas presents, family lunches and Christmas dinners. These events are often anticipated very strongly, particularly by younger family members. And we don’t want to risk letting any of them down now do we? Of course not. That’s where some timely planning followed by Christmas shopping is a good idea.

Planning for Christmas in Australia

If we look at various search term trends, people often start their Christmas shopping and searches a few months in advance. There’s not much worse than leaving it all up to the last minute and being caught in the crush. Well there is actually.  Its called doing your Christmas shopping and finding there is nothing there that you want to buy.

That’s why the internet and online shopping is such a boon to people getting ready for the big day.

Here are a few of our favorite Christmas themed products this year.

Personalized Christmas greeting cards

Although sending a real card is less popular than in years gone by, there is no denying that getting a real card is still a nice feeling. When it comes to Christmas cards one option is to buy cheap bulk packs of cards and fill them out by hand. Another option these days that is quite popular, is to buy personalized Christmas cards online. Easy and affordable, with many websites that sell them. Quality can vary however so its best to pick an online shop that has been online for a long time and has good feedback.

 

custom Christmas card

 

Christmas lolly jars

Lollies are compulsory at Christmastime. If you are going to serve candy at your Christmas function, we can’t think of a better way to serve candy, lollies and sweets to your guests or family that in a cute mason jar. Combine these with a Christmas themed label, and you have personalized Christmas lolly or favor jars. Yum!

 

Glass jar full of lollies for Christmas

 

Christmas ornaments

An old family tradition is to decorate the Christmas tree.  A Christmas tree is a sapling that is cut down and kept inside the home, in modern times but in years gone by it could have been a tree at the middle of the village, for example. Traditionally this happens at the beginning of December, usually on the first of December.  In some homes, tradition dictates that this is where presents are left. Trees can be decorated with all sorts of brightly colored decorations, such as tinsel and Christmas baubles. We really like these personalised Christmas tree decoration ornaments – they have your name or personalised message on them

 

Angel themed personalised Christmas tree decoration

 

Christmas Candy

A few paragraphs ago we talked about festive season lolly jars. Now where would these be without special Christmas candy,. You can order online, as this sort of thing often is seasonal and not carried in many real world retail shops.

 

Christmas themed candy

 

Christmas themed lollipops

Still on the candy theme are lollipops. An easy way to serve candy at Christmastime. These themed Christmas lollipops are personalised – have a look at the picture below :

We think this is a handy little list of some very cute – and very affordable Xmas themed products for sale online in Australia. These  are available in loads of different and custom themes, and are able to be ordered online as well as bought in a handy shop in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Personalized lollipops for Christmas

 

Decorate your party with style – choices, tips and ideas

Elements of party planning

Every good party starts with a plan. Planning well can really make a difference to the result, so its a good idea to spend some time on your party planning and party supplies. For example, if you want a particular theme at your birthday party, planning is essential to ensure all of the different parts work in well together. Lets talk about some of these now.

For starters, all parties need a venue, invitations, and party supplies. Birthdays will need birthday cakes. Each of these is a fairly broad category in itself, of course.  Often, your choice of each is dictated by a chosen theme, and everything else is planned around that. So for example you might have a pool themed party, with a Hawaiian Luau in mind. So Hawaiian shirts, large flowers, and so on become your party choices. This page is about party decorations, however, so we will move to these now. And as we mostly blog about things with an Australian theme, the items below are all things that you can buy online in Australia

 

Now lets talk party decorations

Also a very broad category, so we will cover a few party decoration ideas that are more popular, along with some you may not know about. You can buy all of these online in Australia

Balloons

Birthday party balloons. An old favorite and always popular with younger children. Some of the advantages with balloons are that they make quite cheap party decorations, that can also be used as a party game for younger children. They are easy to theme by color. If you don’t mid spending a little more money, filling balloons with helium, or having foil balloons made up for your party can make even this party favorite extra special.

Party balloon decorations

 

Bunting

If you don’t know what bunting is you are about to find out. Bunting is strings of cloth or plastic hung on a line, to make a barrier or border.  Decorative party bunting flags can be cheap and plastic, or if you are after something more special, fabric party bunting is very pretty, and adds a stylish touch – ideal for a baby shower or a younger child’s party, or perhaps a girls birthday party with a theme involving pretty things.

Fabric bunting for sale online in Australia

 

Tissue paper pom poms

Bright, and colorful, and with a completely different look to balloons. And they don’t deflate like balloons do. Pom poms made from tissue paper are available in a huge range of colors. They especially suit girly type events, as well as weddings. They make awesome candy buffet table decorations, as well as retail display window dressings.

Tissue paper pom poms

 

Tassels

Paper tassels are brightly colored, and are put together on strings. With a different look and feel again compared to pom poms and bunting, they are a happy, almost hippy, look and atmosphere builder. Paper tassel decorations are not only welcome at birthdays, parties and celebrations – they also make quite nice decorations around the home, perhaps to dress a room up and make it a bit special.

Paper tassel party decorations

Wide format party banners

Up to six feet long and three feet wide you can buy personalized banners and posters online at a number of websites. Smaller door poster welcome banners are the perfect way to welcome your guests with style. If you are going to have a candy buffet or a lolly table at your event, a big backdrop will make a stunning background. The same can be said for a custom made birthday cake  – why not put a happy birthday banner behind it? These can have photos on them, a personalized message, and even be in the same theme as your other party supplies  – if they were designed by the same place.

Thanks for stopping by – we hope our short list and the pictures have given you some useful ideas. Don’t forget to stop by again soon, as we will be publishing more party ideas, and helpful suggestions from time to time.