Celebrate In Style
What are the best party ideas this year? 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 [disclosure].
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.
Fortnite Party Decorations
Fiesta Birthday Set
Bunting For Outside Or Inside
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.
Happy Birthday Confetti Balloons
Happy Birthday Balloons
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
Colourful Paper Bags
Go the more eco-friendly route with coloured paper party bags.
Pre-Filled Party Bags
The no-hassle party bag solution. You can buy exact numbers so you’ll probably save money too. See also our blog post on how to keep your party bags plastic free.
One of the toy crazes of the year. Perfectly sized for a party bag.
Mini Play-Doh Pots
We love these small size pots with real Play Doh.
Bubbles are always a winner. A bubble machine at an outdoor party for toddlers is a great idea too.
Mini Soft Toys
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