Party Ideas and Inspiration

By | 30/04/2018

Celebrate In Style

Party Ideas For All Ages

What are the best party ideas 2018? We’ve put together a list of what works well for birthday parties (and, in fact, all kinds of celebrations) and what’s new and on trend for parties this year. In case you can’t find any of these products locally, we’ve included links to Amazon.

Party Ideas – Invitations

An electronic invitation always seems to work best for most parties. There’s plenty of free templates available on Canva which is super-quick and easy to use. Just attach your design to an email and off you go.

Party Ideas – Decorations

There’s loads of inspiration for party themes and decorations on Pinterest which is always our first stop. Bunting, banners and honeycomb hanging decorations are all perfect for adding some pizzazz to any setting.

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Fiesta Birthday Set

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Bunting For Outside Or Inside

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Party Ideas – Balloons

Balloons never go out of style for a birthday. They are a good ice-breaker for the early children to play with while others arrive. Kids never seem to tire of bashing them up in the air and chasing them around the room. A helium-filled balloon is a great going-home gift but as you probably expect, the canisters you buy online don’t keep the balloons up that long. We love the new confetti balloons. Remember balloon weights if you’re using helium balloons for decorations on tables.

Confetti Balloons

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Happy Birthday Confetti Balloons

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Happy Birthday Balloons

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Emoji Balloons

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Helium Canister

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Party Ideas – Inflatables and Props

Inflatables are a great way to dress a setting without having to spend too much money. Children will love playing with them too. They also make a very desirable going home present. Photo-booths are a current trend for birthday parties. There’s a wide range of props to buy online. These make brilliant photo memories for social media or making in to Thank You cards.

Inflatable Monkey

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Dinosaur Inflatable

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Photo-Booth Props

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Party Ideas – Party Games

You won’t need reminding of all the traditional party games but there are some family games that work well in larger groups too. Here’s two of our favourites:

Bop It

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Hot Potato

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Party Ideas – Face Painting

Face Painting can work well at a party for younger children if there’s other activities – such as a bouncy castle – on offer too. We recommend practicing styles and not trying to be too ambitious. Sometimes, a smaller motif such as a butterfly on the cheek works well but doesn’t take too long if there’s a queue.

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Party Ideas – Party Bags

Party bags are the perfect way to round off a party. If you don’t want to go the traditional route, read our post on alternative party bags. See also our page on Latest Toy Crazes for ideas. Otherwise, here are our favourite bags and fillers:

Beautifully Crafted Paper Bags

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DIY Cone Sweetie Bags

Make sure you have a mix of larger, lighter sweets (flumps or marshmallows are good)  and smaller treats or the cones will be too heavy.

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Colourful Paper Bags

Go the more eco-friendly route with coloured paper party bags.

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Pre-Filled Party Bags

The no-hassle party bag solution. You can buy exact numbers so you’ll probably save money too.

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Squishies

One of the toy crazes of the year. Perfectly sized for a party bag.

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Mini Play-Doh Pots

We love these small size pots with real Play Doh.

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Bubbles

Bubbles are always a winner. A bubble machine at an outdoor party for toddlers is a great idea too.

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Mini Soft Toys

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Dinosaurs

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