I’m not often lost for creativity – how can I when I’m surrounded by so many inspiring creatives! But every now and then a theme is put in front of me and I’m thrown.
Today, that theme is Pokemon.
What is Pokemon anyway? All I know is that it’s yellow and millions of people are wandering around the world trying to find him on their phones. Period. The fact that my kids aren’t personally into it doesn’t help, but a quick whip around social media and asking other mums tells me it’s super popular and something I better brush up on ASAP!
So whilst I brush up on my Pokemon knowledge, I put the call out to our talented LLC vendors for some inspiration on what is clearly a popular party theme, just in case you’re like me and wondering what all the fuss is about and where to start (other than yellow)! Hopefully by the end of it both you and I will not only be able to pull together an awesome Pokemon party, but may even know a little more about the game too!
Styling by Mary Ronis Events. Backdrop by Edge House Design and printed by Jos Signs by Design
Opulenticity Party and Buffet styling
So let’s get this party started!
Pokemon Party Decorations
Apparently Pinkachu is the name of the yellow character (who I thought was Pokemon) that we so often see, and there’s a gazillion other characters with strange names like Nidoking, Clefairy, Jigglypuff and Diglett. There is no way I can learn them all, but the best part is there is lots of colour to choose from for decorating your party! Use bold primary colours as your base, and build on it with any Pokemon themed finds like balloons to help distinguish it as a Pokemon party and not a super hero party!
Pokemon Go Invitation – Easy Breezy Parties
Pokemon Go Printables – Easy Breezy Parties
Backdrop by Edgehouse Design. Printed by Jo’s Sign by Design. Styling by Mary Ronis Events
Tissue Fringe Garland – The Party Parlour
Name sign – A La Roch
Poke Ball Foil Balloon – This Party Started
Paper Fans – The Party Parlour
Theme It Party Boxes
Jumbo balloon – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Honeycomb balls – Love The Occasion
Pom Pom Garland – Hip & Hooray
18 inch Paper Fan – Emiko Blue
Pokemon Party Tableware
So far so good! Now comes the easy part, setting the table! Stick with the bold colours of the characters and simply introduce a little interest with patterns on plates and other coordinated tableware.
Table Runner – The Party Parlour
The Little Event Company
Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Happy Little Soiree
Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Food boxes – Love The Occasion
Hip & Hooray
Pokemon Party Cakes and Desserts
This really wasn’t as hard as I thought! We all know the main attraction of the party is always the cake too, so if you haven’t done too much in the way of theming up until now, let your cake maker bring it to life!
Sweetcheeks Cookies & Cakes, Melbourne
Petite Cookies, Melbourne
Poke Ball Chocolate Moulds
One Sweet Chick Couture Cookies & Cakes, Sydney
Macarons – Arelio Sweetbox, Sydney
Pokemon Cake – Love That Lolly Bar, Sydney
Pokemon cookies – Flyaway Pineapple, Sydney
Pokemon Cake – Sweet Treats by Jules, Sydney
A few finishing touches for any homemade desserts:
Paper Eskimo Baking Cups – Emiko Blue
Chevron Cupcake Wrappers – Love The Occasion
Red Number Candle – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Pokemon Party Favours
Send your Pokemon crazed fans home with some personalised treats, ready to keep searching for more characters.
Sambellina Red Stripe Treat Boxes – Emiko Blue
Sambellina Favour boxes – Emiko Blue
Glitter and Glue Designs
Glitter and Glue Designs
Whilst I’m officially still in the dark on how to play the game, I must admit it looks like a lot of fun and definitely makes a great party theme! Thanks so much to our vendors for making this so much easier than I originally thought – this is definitely achievable, even for a Pokemon novice like me!
What is the perfect first birthday theme for a summer baby? A flamingo party of course!
So when it came time for Pam – one half of styling duo Willow and Duck Event Styling – to choose a theme for her daughter’s first birthday, a fun and colourful flamingo theme was at the top of the list! The result as you can see – is amazing!:
As you can see, this fun flamingo first birthday transported guests to a tropical paradise with the decor and desserts!
You can find them any time also on the Directory under “Event Stylists” in Melbourne
Gone are the days of boring baby showers that no one wanted to attend! These days they are quite the social event social and fill our social feeds with gorgeous images that can make even this mother of 4 want to do it all over again!
One trend we’ve been paying close attention to is the rustic baby shower theme. So, so divine and works well as a gender neutral theme, or can be adapted to a slightly more masculine or feminine feel with colour if required.
Key features to include in a rustic baby shower are natural, earthy tones, natural elements such as wood, florals and even fauna, and a few vintage elements like lace and mason jars. You can also work in some metallics for a special pop of colour!
To get your inspiration flowing, we’ve found some great items you can easily source from our LLC Vendors to get a head start.
Styling and props by Sweet Heavenly Events Hire, Sydney
Rustic Baby Shower Invitations
Set the tone of your event with beautiful invitations that the mum-to-be can add to her keepsake box. We love these ones printed on wood by Eve & Co which could be customised to suit a baby shower theme:
Rustic Baby Shower Stationery, Eve & Co
Rustic Floral Baby Shower Invitations, Giggles & Grace Design
Rustic Tribal Baby Shower Invitation, Emma Smith Stationery
Rustic Baby Shower Decorations and Tableware
Sometimes starting with a blank canvas can be a little daunting and sometimes end in a creative block! But in this case, you can’t go wrong by starting with a neutral colour palette of woods, kraft paper, hessian, florals and adding muted, pastel colour for a gorgeous layered rustic theme or throwing in some metallics for some extra wow factor!
A gorgeous authentic chalkboard sign such as this suits the rustic feel perfectly and is a special way to welcome guests and personalise the baby shower decor:
Chalkboard sign – Scripts with Style
‘Baby’ Script balloon, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Blossom Paper Lantern, The Little Event Company
Hessian Table Runner, The Party Parlour
Recycled Wood Trestle Table Hire, Petite Events Hire, Sydney
Decorative Vines, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
‘Hello World’ Rose Gold Bunting, The Little Event Company
Gold neutral balloon tails – Favor Lane
Enviro Party Kit, Party Kit Co
Blossom & Brouges Paper Plates, The Little Event Company
Champagne Candy Stripe Plates, The Party Parlour
Rose Gold Floral Plates, Love The Occasion
Square Bamboo Plates, Love The Occasion
Hello world rose gold plates – The Little Event Co
Deluxe Wooden Forks, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Rose Floral Paper Straws, Hip & Hooray
Kraft Straws, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Rustic Baby Shower Finishing Touches
Favour bags, themed props and cake toppers add those final touches to any event, and you’ll find plenty available in your neutral theme colour palette.
Scalloped Kraft Favour Box, The Party Parlour
Kraft Paper Party Bags, Ruby Rabbit Partyware
These cookie mix bottles (which can have customised labels) are a gorgeous favour for guests to take home and enjoy and they also suit the rustic decor!:
Rustic Themed Cookie Mix Favours, Sweet Health
To add some rustic flare to your cakes and baked treats, try these items!:
Kraft Natural Baking Cups, Hip & Hooray
Custom Cake Topper – A la Roch
Bunting Cake Topper, DIY Parties by Renee
Baby shower gold cupcake toppers – Sugarlicious Parties
A few more rustic props to help theme your event!:
Tree Stump Platters, Petite Events Hire, Sydney
Three tier rustic cake stand – Tiny Tots Toy Hire Sydney
Wooden Signage, Jo’s Signs By Design, Sydney
Troy Wooden Rocking Horse, Sweet Heavenly Events Hire, Sydney
Pallets for hire – Saffy and May Qld
This theme is a real classic and easy to pull together, assuring a timeless event the mum-to-be and guests will look back on fondly and want to do all over again!
“Watermelon…watermelon..I love…you love…watermelon! ”
Most kids love watermelons which have made it a popular kids party theme in recent times which has also led to a range of fun watermelon partyware
Inspired by this gorgeous summer fruit comes this fantastic new range of edible art paint by Sweet Sticks in collaboration with Alisha Henderson of Sweet Bakes
Alisha Henderson of Sweet Bakes started her cake journey in 2013, quickly establishing her unique, untraditional style of sweet making.
Her obsession with edible illustrations & love for watermelons have finally united with this watermelon paint set!
So now you can have your paint and eat it too!
You can find this delightful range on the Edible Art Paint website for $24 and have fun with your own watermelon creations!:
You can also view an amazing range of other colours available in edible art paint which has taken the baking world by storm with many bakers sharing their creations on social media using the edible art paint from Sweet Sticks
So although we have headed into Autumn, bring some summer back into your life with this fun watermelon range!
Party planning comes with the territory once you’re a mum. For some of us, we love it! Others find it stressful and aren’t sure where to start for something that will look coordinated but also be EASY!
Thankfully there is a business like Party Pax – which is a one-stop shop that makes DIY party planning fun and simple, so you can share in the delight of hosting for your loved ones.
You can choose from 16 different themes and you get everything you need in a box, delivered to your door. In this post, the images share what could be created using the Ballet party theme box.
Party Pax offer DIY cake packs, DIY cupcake packs, decorations, tableware, balloons, invitations, lollies, and a little inspiration! Today they share their 5 simple tips to give your party the wow factor!
- Choose a theme
Choosing a theme will help with planning and styling your party. Consider choosing a colour, character, or activity. Integrate your theme throughout each element of your party – invitations, decorations, tableware, food and games.
- Plan, plan, plan
Having a plan (and sticking to it) will ensure your preparations and party run smoothly, and you keep to your budget. Make as many elements of your party before the big day so you can enjoy a stress-free, fun-filled party!
- Add personal touches
Little details will make your party stand out and make the party personalised and special.
Whilst your little one may not remember all the details of the party, they will remember the effort you went to. Have a go at making the birthday cake or personalise the decorations.
- Organise games and activities
Party games will make your party come to life. Traditional party games can be loads of fun for kids of all ages (like musical chairs, pass the parcel, pin the tail on the donkey) and having a chill-out area with craft activities can be a hit too, especially with older kids.
- Say “Thank you”
Don’t forget to thank your guests for helping to make your party special, and for their gifts. Hand out pre-prepared lolly/loot bags, and follow up with a thank you note and even a photo from the day.
For an easy way to style and decorate your kids party for a wow factor, view the range of party packs available at Party Pax to suit a range of themes!
The gorgeous party featured above is using their ballerina party pack – and as you can see a beautiful result can be achieved without too much stress!