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!!



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



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.

A few ideas when you want to personalize your party

Party planning is a serious business. By that we mean that when you are going to hold an event, its important that the outcome matches the expectation.  So its important to get it right.

This is probably why there are professional party planners and event organizers, and these might be ideal for larger events, such as a wedding or a christening. These kinds of events almost need a choreographer, and often have rehearsals.

But what about events such a kids birthdays? Disappointing a child is one of the things we would all prefer to avoid, but in most cases the budget is limited to what we have at hand. Ourselves, our time, and fortunately these days the internet.

So lets start with the basics. As this is an Australian focused blog about parties, and party supplies the things we discuss will have an Aussie flavour.

Lets start with themes. Are you going to have a theme at your child’s birthday party? If you are, age relevance is important. If you are going to have a kids birthday party with a theme, the invitations should reflect that. And while there are a large range of invites and Australian kids party invitations – be they boys or girls birthday party invitations that you can buy online from all manner of sites you need to be mindful that you generally get what you pay for, so buy from a reputable vendor.


Will you use gerneric fill in invites or custom and personalized invitations? An excellent question. There is no doubt that using personalized stationery looks better, and gets a better result. More people at your party means a more well attended event, which is more likely to be a success. So it makes sense to personalize both invites for girls birthdays or boys birthday parties

Once you have sorted out the invitations and the guest list, another part of your party planning that is quite critical is the food. Cakes sweets and lollies are expected at many parties, and although a candy buffet table for a kids party doesn’t have to be overly elaborate, its important that they at least look nice. Tasting good is kinda important too.

To see a nice range of some candy and lollies for sale the internet makes it easy, Many online shops sell candy, lollies, chocolates and party sweets, but some sell these as well as the candy jars to display them in. If you can find a shop that sells the lot, well that just makes the deal all the sweeter if you will pardon the pun.

Little Dance Australia is a specialist party and event supplies online and real world shop based in Melbourne. They deliver birthday party, wedding, christening and other custom event supplies Australia wide.







Occasional baby suplies – from birth announcements and onwards to birthday invitations

Having a baby? Congratulations. If your previous life revolved around Friday night drinks after work followed by souvlaki and a 3am cab home, brace yourself. Things are never going to be the same again after baby’s arrival.

That’s right. Some people hold on to a fantasy that once baby arrives they will be back out on the party circuit. And, after a fashion that’s actually true. It might not quite be the endless round of partying that you were once used to but parties there will be, nevertheless. And we think that these might be just a touch more rewarding than what went before.

That said, perhaps we should explain ourselves a little more. For example.

Lets take what happens before baby is born. Usually, many ladies hold a baby shower party. Now yes, this is a party. Guests are invited, usually with baby shower invitations. These can take many forms, from traditional paper invites, to boxes filled with lollies, flowers, nappies, you name it – this is a chance to get seriously creative with invitations.

Guests arrive, get welcomed, get served food, perhaps some wine, silly games are had, and a good time is had by all. No souvlaki, or dodgy cab ride home. Which one is more rewarding in terms of bonding and quality time?

And after the baby is born, with friends and relatives clamouring to know if all is well, and to get  first glimpse of bub, many couples elect to send out photo birth announcements. These usually have a picture of the baby, vital statistics, and a happy custom message. By default, this is also an invitation of a sort – to become a part of a slightly bigger family. Now that’s not wuite a party but its a very special invitation to receive.

Of course, it doesn’t end there. Most couples have either a naming, christening or baptism ceremony in a child’s first year. Christening invitations are usually the printed sort. Very few people opt for cheap invitations or the low budget electronic versions – simply not done for a christening or a baptism. For a non traditional ceremony however this can vary. Now imagine being in a room with your broader family and friends, united in welcome and love for a young family member. Kinda beats the taxi, souvlaki/burger and the inevitable hangover, does it not?

And last – but by no means least, lets have a think about kids birthday parties. From a first birthday for a little boy or girl at the end of their first year, to a second, third, fourth, fifth, tenth, sixteenth, eighteenth, 21st….from the second you start sending out those kids party invitations you will begin to realise just how much fun, love and laughter lies ahead.

And suddenly those weekends of waking up broke and feeling seedy, chasing taxis at 3am while trying not to spill sauce on your party dress…..

Just don’t seem like so much fun anymore


Ideas to make your little girls birthday party be the best it can be.

Girls Birthday Party Ideas – how to make your little girls birthday party be the best it can be.
A young child’s birthday party is a must have event on any family social calendar. But more than that, however, it needs to be right. Now that’s a big word, fraught with meaning. Lets make it easy to understand. When we say right, we mean – its got to meet expectation. In other words if you build up your childs hopes and dreams you had better make the effort to make their birthday party something to remember.
Now, this post is about little girls birthday party ideas, and the aim is to help you to plan and hold a birthday party that will indeed be remembered. Now where to start? Lets start with what your little princess likes, and turn that into a theme. Perhaps she likes fairies. Or horses. Or maybe just the colour pink. Are we on track yet? Lets pick an easy one to use as an example – the colour pink, and then we are going to plan a pink themed girls birthday party.
OK. Now we have our theme lets look at venue choices. Home, hire a hall, public park or playground, or even one of those places that specialise in kids parties, such as an indoor playground. Each has advantages and disadvantages but the choice boils down to do you want lots of children in your house? If your house suits this then it will make an excellent girls birthday party venue. If not, lets go external.
Themes. We picked pink didn’t we?
Invitations. Easy. Now we have our theme shouldn’t we just use pink girls party invitations? Yes and no. Pink yes but how much. All pink or just a little? Photo invitations or generic? Do we make our own invites, download printable invitations off the internet, or take the really easy option and shop online? Now there’s your checklist in a nutshell. We go with shop online. Saves time, money and a great result.
Entertainment and Activities. Now there aren’t many party entertainers with a pink theme. If we had picked pirates or reptiles that would have been easy but no, we picked pink. So lets run with pink themed personalised party decorations, such as girls party banners, pink tableware party supplies, and pink tissue paper pom poms. For a little girls party with a pink theme a good choice is a pamper type party.
Food? Now this is easy. Everything pink. Candy, lollies and sweets, all pink, perhaps presented perfectly in curved candy jars with lids. These are called apothecary jars, and they look great at candy buffet tables.
Thank You Gifts. Lastly, but certainly not leastly, some cute party favour bags or lolly boxes to send your girls birthday party guests home with. Don’t forget these. They can be personalised for your occasion, or generic, but above all make them look good if you want to send the right impression. There you go. You have your mission.
Good luck