Life’s Little Celebrations is launching a new service to help you with your party styling needs which I announced in this post! Perfect for busy mums who want to remain hands on with party planning but want extra inspiration or detailed ideas and sourcing of items to save them time!
Our services include inspiration boards (including inspiration boards for specific aspects of your party if that is all your need) as well as the most comprehensive party styling pack you can wish for, e-mailed to you based on your requirements, vision, colour scheme and budget! For more information please pop in here.
Now for a fantastic giveaway to celebrate this launch!!
Rosanna Decor Bon Bon Footed Bowl - My Garden Party
To celebrate the launch of our new online party styling service & inspiration boards, we are giving you the chance to win a free Online Party Theme Styling pack (from Life’s Little Celebrations) AND a gorgeous Rosanna Decor Bon Bon square footed bowl from My Garden Party!
I’ll also be drawing a 2nd prize to win a custom Inspiration board!
My Garden Party is a new unique party shop & hire service offering children’s tables and chairs for hire. They have vintage and new chairs to make your garden party extra special for your little one, a beautiful range of partyware will also be available when they launch in November 2011. In the meantime look for them on Facebook.
You have the opportunity to gain 2 entries to this competition! To enter:
1. View the Rosanna Products photo album on the ‘My Garden Party’ facebook page and then comment below on this blog post stating which is your favourite cake stand! = 1 entry
2. Subscribe to the Life’s Little Celebrations blog using the subscription link on the right hand side of this blog and then comment on this blog post to state that you have done this= 2nd entry
That gives you 2 fantastic opportunities to enter this giveaway!
We’d love for you to share this competition with your friends! Don’t forget to tag us if you do =)
A few simple conditions:
1. Entries close on Wednesday 14th September at 8:00pm (AEST) when the winner will be drawn randomly and announced on this blog.
2. Entries are strictly limited to people located within Australia
Thank you and good luck!
Note: This is a bit of a wordy post so I’ve dabbled in some pretty inspiration throughout 🙂
Since I started this blog I have received so much lovely, encouraging and positive feedback about how these posts have helped you, inspired you and saved you time in your party planning for your little one’s celebrations. This was the whole point of this blog and I am truly happy that I have been able to help all of you who visit my blog and have become part of the facebook community as well!
Icecream Truck party - Kara's Party Ideas
Embarking on this blog has also helped me realise how much I enjoy providing this service and how it is a much needed service. After being approached by a mum to assist her with sourcing of products for her upcoming child’s party I decided that this was a service I wanted to offer to other mum’s as well.
So today I launch my Online Party Theme Styling service ! Perfect for those of you who want to be hands on with the planning for your little one’s celebration but would like to save time regarding sourcing items & ideas and seeing what would work together.
Tea Party 'Down the Rabbit Hole' - Blue Satin Sashes blog
If you have found my blog posts useful, imagine something like this tailored for you specifically based on your theme, colour scheme, budget, requirements, tastes etc – all e-mailed to you in an electronic document with hyperlinks. It would save you hours of time and help you source some gorgeous as well as practical items! This is what you receive in a “Complete Theme Styling Pack“.
If you are after something smaller then I am also offering Inspiration boards, again tailored to your specific requirements offering either overall inspiration or inspiration for just a specific aspect of your party you want assistance with (Eg: decorations).
Confetti system bronze garland - Third Drawer Down
I put in hours of time into finding unique items for various party themes and you can be assured I will contribute the same amount of thought and effort into these services for you.
You can find more details of my new services here.
I will still be blogging suggested party items for various themes and endeavour to showcase some wonderful ideas to you. My future blog posts will be great starting points for your theme planning however my Complete Theme Styling pack will provide a much larger range of ideas all tailored to your needs.
Ferris Wheel Cupcake Holder - Horchow
In addition to this I will also be doing blog posts showcasing fabulous party finds and general party items which could fit into a range of themes (eg: vintage items, girly items etc)!
Rosanna Decor Bon Bon White Footed Square Bowl - My Garden Party
To celebrate the launch of this new service I will holding a giveaway where you have the chance to win a Complete Theme Styling Pack AND a gorgeous Rosanna Decor Bon Bon Footed Bowl (courtesy of My Garden Party) for first prize, and an Inspiration Board for 2nd prize.
Details will be posted up tomorrow on how to enter, so keep an eye out for this!
In the meantime you can view more details of my new services here.
Thank you for your support and encouragement!
A classic childhood experience is enjoying the merry go round and this Carousel party captures the fun and magic of this as well as the beauty of a gorgeous carousel! Pastel colours, carousel horses and florals can all make for a beautiful setting! This theme could stand on its own or you could incorporate aspects of the carousel theme into a Carnival/Fair or Circus theme as well (have a look at one of my very early blog posts on a Circus theme). It is truly a sweet and unique theme for a little girl!
A few gorgeous invitations (which are often part of a matching set with other items) and as you can see a variety of colour combinations work well for this theme:
Magical carousel invitation – Lovely Little Parties
Carousel invitaiton – Letter D Parties & Paperie
Alannah Rose Take Me to the Fair invitation – Twiggi
Carousel Birthday party invitation – Photo Greetings
Carousels often combine beautiful colours, florals and lights. Recreate this with some of these decorative options:
Paper folding balls – Sweet Style
White ribbed lantern – Details, Details
Lavender paper fan – Little Sooti
Small ruby rose lantern – The Party Parlour
A pretty bunting would look perfect for this party theme:
Alimrose Designs bunting – Tots n Tales
Pretty in pink paper bunting – The Party Studio
Wall decals can really help create an effect and setting for your theme. Here are some beautiful ones for this theme which also is such a gorgeous theme for a girls bedroom as well, so you could definitely reuse them!
Horse Carousel wall decal – Tots n Tales
This lovely carousel horse is available in a range of colours!
Carousel wall sticker – Little Shop of Stickers
For your table, combine pretty colours and patterns for your Carousel setting. Stripes work well for a carousel/fair theme or you could work florals into your table decor as well:
Pink table runner with lace trim – I Love Parties
Pink/white stripe tablerunner – The Party Parlour
Shabby Chic pink table runner – Le Petit Party
Pink rectangle plates – Mon Tresor
Provence rose pink napkins – The Party Parlour
Classic soda bottles are perfect for the feeling of being at the fair!
Glass soda bottle – Invite Me
Combine your drinking bottles with a striking colour paper straw! These striped paper straws could also be made into a creative decoration as they are similar to the poles on a carousel. You could attach a carousel horse cut out to them for a cute touch such as the one I’ve shown below!
Purple paper straws- The Little Big Company
Isn’t this gorgeous? Perfect for straws, cake pop sticks or just to use as a decoration!
Carousel horse topper – Charli Mae
A few items for your carousel theme sweets:
Carousel cookie cutter – CW Cakes
Carousel Horse chocolate mould – Inspired by Chocolate
You can’t have a fair without fairy floss and this soft persian fairy floss is so pretty:
Persian Fairy Floss – Shoppe with Lily
For something different, serve the fairy floss (or other sweets) in these colourful icecream cups. The colourful stripes are perfect for this pretty carousel at the fair theme:
Icecream cups carnival stripe – Invite Me
If you are going for a classic carnival look then these pink and white striped options will look great:
Pale pink stripe candy box – Invite Me
Cupcake wrapper – The Party Studio
I was in awe when I saw this find….a ferris wheel cupcake holder! Could anything be more delightful? It is just gorgeous and it can be shipped to Australia. *Swoon*!
Ferris Wheel cupcake holder – Horchow (US)
This is a simpler version for your candy:
Ferris wheel candy holder – Karas Party Ideas
Special themed ideas
What is wonderful about a Carousel theme party is that any special item you purchase will look wonderful in your daughters room afterwards. Remember for a theme, you may just need one or two stand out items which really bring the theme to life. You can then carry on the theme in smaller details. Work within your budget and go for items you can reuse or display again in your child’s room.
Hiring is another great option for stand out features to match your theme and this amazing Carousel horse is a gorgeous example of that! It can be hired out and would be a great photo spot too during the party!
Carousel horse for hire – Addie and Me
A lovely carousel will not only make a beautiful centrepiece at the party table but also a precious gift for your little girl as well:
Musical Horse Carousel – I Love Parties
Musical Carousel – Flying Dreams
This beautiful music box would make another stunning gift or centrepiece:
Carousel music box – Honeybee Toys
I know rocking horses are different to Carousel horses but these two items are so pretty and could definitely work into this theme as well!
Rocking horse mobile – Kate Finn
Pick a sweet print to display behind your cake table or around another main item in your party area to carry on the Carousel theme:
Personalised carousel canvas – Bright Star Kids
Place a gorgeous welcome sign to welcome everyone to the party:
Carousel door sign – Toadally Cute Products
These carousel horse items could be used to create some of your own decorations or embellishments to attach to party favours:
9 x 17 Carousel Chipboard – Scrapbook Valley
Clip art images – Goodness and fun
Love the colour of these sweet pink carnival tickets which could be attached to party favours or given to the children to use for party games or perhaps you could come up with a creative way to use them as a hanging decoration?
Watermelon pink carnival ticks – Koko vanilla Designs
Sweet little horses you could use to hold labels for your food table:
Placecard rocking horse – Elegant Bomboniere
Cute tin toy for your little girl and as a decoration especially for a vintage style party:
Carousel spinning top – The Hip Infant
This gorgeous pony is beautiful isn’t it? It would make a lovely gift, keepsake and decoration item for this theme:
Alimrose designs jointed pony – Cheese and Pickles
Have your little one dressed for the theme in these items!
Carousel felt crown – The Rice Babies
Milky Pony Tee – Kids Boulevard
Oopsidaisi makes just gorgeous items! Keep an eye out on their page for new releases of items featuring their carousel design:
French Carousel singlet – Oopsidaisi
I just had to mention Vintage Sew and So who makes stunning creations such as this canopy used by Boutique Affairs on this dessert table. You could contact them if you were after a carousel looking canopy for over your dessert table:
Canopy on dessert table (Styled by Boutique Affairs) – Vintage Sew and So
Another option is the use of a playtent such as this one to decorate the area around your dessert table or another space in your party area. Your little one will love it for many months and years after the party!
Pink play tent – Stix and Stones
Take Home Gifts
These lovely Carousel theme gifts will be surely treasured by the little party guests!
Pink Carousel colouring book – I Love Parties
Carousel horse glitter sticker book – I Love Parties
Carousel bag tag – Katy Jane Designs
Sweet windmills and ribbon wands carry on the fun of the fair:
White windmill – Invite Me
Mini ribbon wand Mauve pale blue – Tout Mon Amour
For your sweet favours how gorgeous are these carousel favour bags?
Pink carousel favour bag – I Love Parties
These would also work in well with the party decor with a cute tag attached:
Tote box with handle and window – Mon Tresor
Dusty pink paper bag – Emerald and Ella
Finish off your packaging with some striped ribbon, pretty lace tape or this fun carousel tape!
Provence ribbon – Sweet Style
Pink lace tape – Emerald and Ella
Musical carousel tape – Huckleberry Hill
I really could not find many specific Carousel theme parties online which shows what a unique theme this is. However you must have a look at this amazing party by Sharnel Dollar Designs which is based around Mary Poppins and has lots of gorgeous Carousel features!
As you can see, this is a sweet theme and there is so much you can do with it! It really creates that magical childhood feeling and because of this makes for a memorable birthday theme to celebrate your little one!
Up, up and away! This theme has become popular recently and I am not surprised! Such an enchanting theme and one that captures the wonder of all little one’s. A sky filled with hot air balloons is certainly an amazing sight and this theme gives you the opportunity to share that amazement with your little one!
This round up of party supplies includes many items from vendors on the Life’s Little Celebration’s children’s party directory – make sure you visit if you are planning a celebration!
This theme can work for a boy or a girl (I have some lovely girl selections to show you in this post!) and looks gorgeous as a vintage style party, or you could make it modern and bright!
Think hot air balloons & clouds as well as travel inspired items such as globes and maps! Use stripes to create a classic hot air balloon look or other patterns for a unique look.
Make sure you also check out our previous Aeroplane Theme post and the Peppa Pig theme post which has ideas for some cloud and travel related items as well!
There is no shortage of amazing designs in this theme. Here are a few I found, some of which are also available in other colour schemes:
Girls Hot Air Balloon party printables – 2 Love Birds
Hot Air Balloon baby shower invitation – Coco and Ella Designs
Girls hot air balloon printable invitation and other items – The Paper Lantern (boys set available)
Hot air Balloon party backdrop – Giggles and Grace Designs
For your hanging decorations you can’t go past hot air balloons themselves!
The talented vendors in the “Handmade Decor” category of the children’s party directory can easily create some Hot Air balloon garlands, toppers and other decorations for you.
Here are a few other options you could use:
I also love these handmade hot air balloon mobiles available in different fabrics:
Hot Air Balloon mobile – Down That Little Lane
Some other options for hanging decorations are these lanterns:
Hot air balloon lantern – Celebrating
This is a fun hot air balloon foil balloon!:
Hot Air Balloon foil balloon – Just Party Supplies
Some more garlands and mobiles which can then be used in your child’s bedroom after the party:
Hot Air Balloon paper garland – Young hearts love
Hot air balloon mobile – Trailofivy (ETSY)
Hot Air Balloon mobile – The Bear and the Whale
These vintage paper fans are great for incorporating maps into this theme. They are so lovely!
Vintage map paper fans – Elizabeth St
Lovely hot air balloon garland available in various colours:
Printable hot air balloon garland – Prettiest Print Shop (ETSY)
Of course you could use balloons to create your hot air balloon themed decorations. Love this idea:
Balloon decoration idea – Green Wedding Shoes website
You could use these berry boxes as the base of your hot air balloon decorations.
Berry baskets / boxes – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Gorgeous white pom poms can help create a cloud effect for decorations:
White tissue pom pom – Ruby Rabbit Partyware
Wall stickers are another fantastic way to decorate and there is an abundance of fantastic wall stickers available for the hot air balloon theme! These are often easy to remove which means they can be transferred to the bedroom after the party:
Hot Air Balloons – My Munchkin Home
Bosco bear art Hot Air Balloon – Ekidna Kids
Hot Air Balloon wall stickers – French Key
Some options for your table decor incorporating stripes to match a hot air balloon pattern:
Pink stripe table runner – The Party Parlour
Blue reversible table runner – Just Party Supplies
Hot Air Balloon party plates – Just Party Supplies
Powder blue striped plates – Sweet Celebrations
Pink striped plates – Just Party Supplies
Hot Air Balloon Dessert Table Items
For your Hot Air Balloon dessert table, you can use some of the above printable packages to create your cupcake toppers and buffet labels etc to help theme your table!
You can use this mould to create your own chocolate coated oreos with a balloon shape:
Chocolate coated oreo moulds balloons – Confectionately Yours
For some extra special treats, use these moulds for some cute hot air balloon chocolates and cookies!
Hot Air Balloon chocolate moulds – Inspired by Chocolate
If you’re going with a striped look you could use these small favour boxes to fill up with savoury or sweet items:
Striped favour box – The Party Parlour
This gorgeous hot air balloon fabric (also available in other colours) could be used as a tablerunner, tablecloth or backdrop for your dessert table:
Beautiful balloon fabric in various colours – The Elephant Room
Use these suitcases (available in different colours) to create extra layers on your dessert table while also tying into a travel theme:
Cardboard suitcases – Bickiboo
Some amazing cake and cupcake toppers you could use to decorate and theme your Hot Air Balloon party cake!:
Hot Air Balloon cake toppers – Glistening Occasions
Remember to visit the Cake and dessert category on the Directory to search for a vendor in your location to create a Hot Air Balloon cake or other items (cookies, macarons, cake pops etc). Some of our vendors also post their items such as cookies Australia wide.
Hot Air Balloon cookies – Miss Biscuit
Favours/Take Home Gifts
Hot Air Balloon favour box – Just Party Supplies
Gorgeous muslin bags for a vintage feel:
Hot Air balloon muslin bags – Penny Lane Studio
Unique favour boxes:
Hot air balloon printable favour boxes – Piggy Bank Parties (ETSY)
Hot Air Balloon milk carton favour boxes – My First Paper Love
Top off your packaging with a tag such as these attached with twine or a cute peg for a vintage look.
Hot Air Balloon gift tag – Koko Vanilla Designs
Blueberry twine – Sweet Celebrations
Here are some amazing Hot Air Balloon themed parties to provide more inspiration for you, some of which are by stylists in the Event Stylist category of the Directory:
A gorgeous Up Up and Away party by Kiss With Style
A fresh and stylish Hot Air Balloon 1st birthday party by Red Wagon Events
A pretty pastel Hot Air Balloon party by Opulenticity Party and Buffet Styling
Amazing Hot Air Balloon party setup by Sweet Bambini Event Styling for Confetti Fair
This party which combines Hot Air Balloons and a fruit theme has some fun styling ideas by It’s a Cake Thing by Jhoanee
Simply stylish hot air balloon dessert table styled by Lou Lou Events
A classic and sweet pastel girly dessert table by Little Sooti, featured on Amy Atlas
I hope you have enjoyed this inspiration for a Hot Air Balloon theme and your little one enjoys this enchanting theme! Don’t forget to visit the Children’s Party Directory for all the fabulous vendors you will need when planning this party theme!
One for all the little ladybug’s in our lives this sweet theme is perfect if you are after a girly theme which has a great vibrant colour palette of red, black and green rather than the traditional pink or pastel colours! Of course you can add in pinks or yellows into the colour mix for this theme as well if you wish.
It’s also a great theme if you want a garden theme but something different to Woodlands or Fairies.
Hope you enjoy this selection !
A lovely party set incorporating green and yellow/orange tones:
Ladybug party pack - Jennifer Birkhead Designs
For a bold red and black look:
Ladybug printables - Party Printables
Little Ladybug printable collection - TomKat Studio
Ladybug printables - The Candy Tree
Love this option if you are wanting the Ladybug party but with a pink colour scheme:
Ladybug invitation - Candy Tree
A sweet invitation with more of a red and green colour scheme which works well:
Ladybug invite - Mon Tresor
Such a lovely invitation with a unique shape, which also has other matching items too!
Ladybird invitation - Invite Me
A cute and subtle invitation set:
Lovely Ladybird invitation - Alannah Rose
A sweet ladybug fabric bunting incorporating a nice yellow print
Ladybug bunting - Arti Mardi
Red polka dots work with so many themes meaning you can reuse this fabric or cardboard bunting many times over:
Fabric red polka dot bunting - Occasion by Design
Red polka dot cardboard bunting - The Party Table
For something unique these pom pom garlands have a stand out effect!
Pom pom garland - Ah-Tissue
This cute printable banner has other matching printable items and is a lovely option if you want green to stand out more than black:
Printable Personalised banner - Paper Spice
Aren’t these little lady bugs so sweet? They would look so cute in the party area and lovely in the bedroom afterwards:
Ladybug stickers - The Alphabet Tree
Continue the ladybug theme with some of these hanging decorations:
Red ribbed lantern - Details, Details
Red white spot lantern - Little Big Company
Black white polka dot lantern - Occasion by Design
Green tissue fan - Mon Tresor
Red with black polka dot balloons - Piece of Cake Parties and Celebrations
Lady Bug balloons - Twiggi
For your table, mix and match red polka dots, blacks and greens for a coordinated Ladybug theme look:
Polka dot red tablecloth - Le Petit Party
Black tablecloth - The Party Parlour
Red spot table runner - P is for Party
Ladybug plates - Piece of Cake Parties and Celebrations
Ladybug plate - Little Big Company
Sambellina red polka dot plate - Piece of Cake Parties and Celebrations
White with black polkadot plates - Little Big Company
Lime green polkadot plate - Sharnel Dollar Designs
Black plate - The Little Big Company
Red spot napkins - Details, Details
Citrus Green napkins - P is for Party
Red paper cups - The Princess and the Pirate
Love these black polka dot straws! They match this theme perfectly:
Black dot paper straws - Sweet Style
This cutter will make it easy to make your own themed cookies:
Ladybug cookie cutter - Sweet Themes
Mix and match a few of these goodies for the little one’s at the party or to take home:
Red choc beans - Sweet Style
Green bon bons - Sweet Style
Swizzle stick christmas green apple flavour - The Little Big Company
Dress your cupcakes up to match your theme with these cupcake decorations:
Baking cups black dots - Occasion by Design
Black Polka dot baking cups - The Princess and the Pirate
Red baking cup - Mon Tresor
Cupcake wrappers printables - Paperspice
Personalised ladybird cupcake toppers - Mon Tresor
Ladybug cupcake toppers - Sweet Tashie
Love these bold stands for your cake and other treats:
Red polka dot cupcake stand - Little Big Company
Red polka dot cake stand - Larkmade
Rococo Noir Footed round bowl - Sharnel Dollar Designs
Rococo Noir cake stand - Sharnel Dollar Designs
Small red wooden cake stand - A Fabulous Fete (US)
Top your cake off with this cute candle:
Lady bug candle - Piece of Cake Parties and Celebrations
Special Themed Items/Ideas
These grass mats have become very popular and this is a great theme to use them for, either as placemats or as a table centrepiece:
Grass Mats - P is for Party
Use these on your table to add height to some of your platters, or to display and serve cutlery, napkins etc. They make for great storage items after your party too!
Red and white polka dot suitcase - Twiggi
Your birthday girl will love to see a Birthday message on this wall sticker just for her!
Ladybug chalkboard sticker - Bright star kid
All the little one’s can get into the Ladybug theme with these fun party hats:
Ladybug party hat - Le Petit Party
Polka dot cone hats - The Little Big Company
These fun toys and items can be used as decoration on the day and also make cute play items:
Ladybird wooden bowling game - Baby vegas
Goki wooden push along ladybird - Peanut Gallery
Bouncing ladybird mobile - My Wooden Toys
Lady bug and bee mobile - Echidnas on the loose
Have some fun dressing your little girl up with some of these items:
Lady bug hair clip - Spoiled Rotten Princess
Ladybug bib - Noo Designs
Lady bird wings with antenna - Echidna on the Loose
Ladybird romper - Noo Designs
Ladybird jumper - Noo Designs
Take Home Gifts
There are just so many cute Ladybug favours which you can package up for the little one’s to take home and enjoy!
Lady bug bubbles - P is for Party
Ladybug eraser - Bubbles and Rainbows
Ladybug pencil - Oh So Party
Lady Bug pocket mirror - Iszle Store
Ladybug Castanet - Le Petit Party
Ladybug Maraca - Le Petit Party
Ladybug soap favour - Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations
Bubble bath ladybug - The Party Parlour
Ladybird personalised lollipops - Little Dance Invitations
Ladybug lolly jar favour - Le Petit Party
Ladybug chocolates - Le Petit Party
Love the idea of giving a book as a party favour!
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle - Booktopia
Package up your choices in some of these options:
Ladybug favour box - Party kit in Kaboodle
Black and white dot favour bags - Sharnel Dollar Designs
Red Polka dot bag - The Princess and the Pirate
Polka dot noodle box - The Little Big Company
Topped off with these ultra cute embellishments!
Ladybug pegs - Le Petit Party
Wooden ladybug with self adhesive backing - Little Big Company
Ladybug ribbon - Le Petite Party
Ladybug printable tag - The Candy Tree
Red polka dot tag - The Party Table
Finally a personal favourite which I’m planning on giving my own daughter later this year, are these Award Winning wheely-bug ride on toys, shown here in the Ladybug design. Don’t you think they are just so cute? They are available in 2 different sizes and various animals but I love this one the best! Would make a great gift for your little girl if she loves lady bugs!
Wheely bug ladybird - Peanut Gallery
Here are some real parties to provide you with furtner inspiration for this theme, and as you will see there are many different ways you can theme this party:
Such a delightful Ladybug party by Suzi from Alannah Rose incorporating pink & cute garden touches!
So many cute details in this party from Paper Princess Chronicles
Lovely items in this party and I adore the cookies! Featured on Kara’s Party Ideas blog
A ladybug party with a strong red, green and white theme from the Party Dress
A way to incorporate yellow into this theme from Pizzazzerie
Gorgeous little ladybug party featured on Catch My Party
I really enjoyed putting these items together for this post as it’s such a cute theme for a little girl in a different colour palette to the usual girly themes! Hope you enjoyed it and it will help you with your planning and truly celebrating your own little ladybug!