Giveaway: Handpainted Birthday Countdown Sign

I’m thrilled to be running a giveaway for this cute Birthday countdown sign from Ashdown & Bee who create bespoke handpainted signs, as well as beautiful styling and unique prop hire in Sydney.

I’m sure your children would love to see this sign hanging up around the house counting down the weeks until their birthday! Of course you could use it for yourself as well ūüėČ

 

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Flamingo Party Theme

One of the party styling trends which is still going strong is the bold pink flamingo.

 

Tutti Frutti dessert table - Opulenticity Party & Buffet Styling

Tutti Frutti dessert table – Opulenticity Party & Buffet Styling

 

Lots of people are loving this fancy bird for a theme for a birthday party or baby shower.

You could use it as a stand alone theme or incorporate it into a tropical/Hawaiian theme or a pool/water based theme. Flamingos also work well into an Alice in Wonderland themed party.

You could go mainly with pinks, or incorporate greens/oranges for tropical, blues for a water feel or a stylish black & white to mix in with the hot pink!

Since this is quite a unique theme which you may not easily find decorations for – make sure you browse the businesses in the Handmade Decor” category of the party directory. Some of the talented ladies there will be able to make you some flamingo garlands, flamingo toppers or other custom designed flamingo items!

I’ve also been pinning away some ideas on my flamingo¬† pinterest board so make sure you check it out

 

Invitations

Your invitations and printables set the colour scheme and theme so here are a few with different looks to choose from:

 

Flamingo Party invitation - Bonjour Berry

Flamingo Party invitation – Bonjour Berry

 

 

Flamingo party printables - Paper Blossom Creations

Flamingo party printables – Paper Blossom Creations

 

 

Flamingo printables – Sweet Scarlet Designs

 

 

 

Flamingo invitation – Say it loud designs (ETSY)

 

 

 

Pink flamingo invitations – Punky Prep

 

 

Flamingo Party Decorations:

Some fun party decorations to work in the Flamingo party theme:

 

Giant pink flamingo balloon - Ruby Rabbit Partyware

Giant pink flamingo balloon – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

Flamingo and Pineapple garland - Sugarlicious parties

Flamingo and Pineapple garland – Sugarlicious parties

 

Flamingo Pinata - Party Pony Designer Pinatas

Flamingo Pinata – Party Pony Designer Pinatas

 

Incorporate feathers to go with the bird theme:

 

 

Feather garland - Ruby Rabbit Partyware

Feather garland – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

 

Pheasant tail feathers – Feather.Com.Au

 

Mix these in with some general pink decorations:

 

Pink paper fan - Emiko Blue

Pink paper fan – Emiko Blue

 

Pink honeycomb balls with tassels - The Little Big Company

Pink honeycomb balls with tassels – The Little Big Company

 

 

Flamingo Party Tableware

 

Loving this pink ruffled tablecloth for a Flamingo dessert table:

 

Pink ruffled tablecloth - Saffy and May

Pink ruffled tablecloth – Saffy and May

 

Other party tableware which would work with a pink flamingo party:

 

Pink chevron tablerunner - Love The Occasion

Pink chevron tablerunner – Love The Occasion

 

Flamingo dot paper plates - Favor Lane

Flamingo dot paper plates – Favor Lane

 

 

Pink stripe plate - One Kite

Pink stripe plate – One Kite

 

 

Flamingo napkins - Favor Lane

Flamingo napkins – Favor Lane

 

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Flamingo party straws, spoons and toppers - Merc + Jones

Flamingo party straws, spoons and toppers – Merc + Jones

 

Flamingo party picks - Party Splendour

Flamingo party picks – Party Splendour

 

Pink dot wooden spoons - Love The Occasion

Pink dot wooden spoons – Love The Occasion

 

These flamingo straws are must haves for this party!:

 

Flamingo straws - Favor Lane

Flamingo straws – Favor Lane

 

Gorgeous coloured confetti to sprinkle on the kids table for a truly festive feel!:

 

Flamingo Confetti - Ruby Rabbit Partyware

Flamingo Confetti – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Flamingo Party Dessert Table items:

A few items to work into a Flamingo dessert table:

 

Flamingo lollipops - The Little Big Company

Flamingo lollipops – The Little Big Company

 

Perfect toppers to help theme your food:

 

 

Flamingo toppers - Glistening Occasions

Flamingo toppers – Glistening Occasions

 

 

 

Create your own lollipops using this Flamingo mould:

 

Flamingo lollipop mould - Confectionately Yours

Flamingo lollipop mould – Confectionately Yours

 

These gorgeous pink ombre chocolates would work well into this Flamingo colour scheme:

 

Pink ombre chocolates - Winnow Chocolates

Pink ombre chocolates – Winnow Chocolates

 

You can create your own cute Flamingo birthday cake using this fantastic DIY cake kit!:

 

Flamingo DIY Cake kit - Mumma Cakes

Flamingo DIY Cake kit – Mumma Cakes

 

Find vendors in the Directory to create custom Flamingo cookies, cake pops, and more for this Flamingo party! A lot of the cookie makers can post Australia wide. How gorgeous are these Flamingo cookies?:

 

Flamingo Cookies - Frosted by Nicci

Flamingo Cookies – Frosted by Nicci

 

The perfect candles to add a Flamingo touch to a cake!:

 

Flamingo candles - Ruby Rabbit Partyware

Flamingo candles – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

A gorgeous pink cake stand for a Flamingo party!:

 

Pink cake stand - Petite Portions

Pink cake stand – Petite Portions

 

Such a fun cake topper with colours which would well for a Flamingo party theme:

 

Mini tassel cake topper - Party Pony Designer Pinatas

Mini tassel cake topper – Party Pony Designer Pinatas

 

 

Special themed items

Add some real flamingo touches to this party with these party props such as this sign which would make a fun prop at the party entrance:

 

Flamingo gold foil print - Sugarlicious Parties

Flamingo gold foil print – Sugarlicious Parties

 

 

Flamingo yard decorations - The Little Big Company

Flamingo yard decorations – The Little Big Company

 

 

 

Mini 1 inch flamingos – Doris Dotz (ETSY)

 

Some of the vendors on the Directory have gorgeous Flamingo prints which are perfect for bedroom decor but you could display on the day of the party:

 

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Flamingo watercolour print - ELK Prints

Flamingo watercolour print – ELK Prints

 

Flamingo print -  Fairydust Stylish Stationery

Flamingo print – Fairydust Stylish Stationery

 

Flamingo print - Paper Blossom Creations

Flamingo print – Paper Blossom Creations

 

 

Flamingo Party Hire

There are plenty of fantastic props you can hire for your kid’s parties to help theme the party. Here are a few ideas but browse the HIRE category on the Directory to find some party hire businesses in your state.

 

Garden flamingos for hire - Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

Garden flamingos for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

 

Such cute pink chairs for the kids in Sydney! For Melbourne try Tiny Tables and Chairs

 

Pink bubble chairs for hire -  Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

Pink bubble chairs for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

 

 

 

Flamingo props for hire - Party Prop Hire (QLD)

Flamingo props for hire – Party Prop Hire (QLD)

 

 

Flamingo Party Favours & Packaging

 

Love this glittery flamingo favour bag!:

 

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Click the image for a tutorial on how to make this fantastic flamingo favour bag!:

 

 

Flamingo party bag tutorial – Oh Happy Day blog

 

Or some other packaging options which would look sweet with a flamingo gift tag:

 

 

Pink favour bag - Love The Occasion

Pink favour bag – Love The Occasion

 

Hot pink favour bag - Little Kite

Hot pink favour bag – Little Kite

 

 

Real Parties

For more party inspiration check out these flamingo themed parties:

Such a fun tutti frutti setup incorporating flamingos by Opulenticity Party and Buffet Styling

Love this retro flamingo pool party by Sweet Style

Gorgeous and bright orange and pink flamingo first birthday featured on Kara’s Party Ideas

Some clever decorating and food ideas on this flamingo birthday party from the Jacinda Hale-Yeah blog

Lots of fun DIY ideas in this flamingo party from the Confetti Sunshine blog

 

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Hope you enjoyed the flamingo selection!

Make sure you browse the children’s party directory to find some quality party suppliers when planning this celebration!

 

 

Party Finds – July 2013

Every now and then I enjoy doing a round up of some of the kid’s party items which I have spotted online which have caught my eye! Click on the image to be taken directly to where you can find the item online.

Always helpful to note which stores to find different coloured lollies etc and I spotted a sweet new confectionery range available from The Party Parlour:

 

Fizzoes – The Party Parlour

 

 

Love these melamine platters to create a clean look on a dessert table! They come in white and black in a few different sizes. I couldn’t find these in my local stores so it was fantastic to find them online from Occasion by Design!:

Melamine platters – Occasion by Design

 

One of the newest advertisers on the Children’s Party Directory Ruby Rabbit Partyware have some lovely products including some gorgeous tassel garlands if you need to get some at short notice!:

Pastel tassel garland – Ruby Rabbit Partyware

 

Always like seeing some new look kids party tableware. These new goodies are from Sweet Little Soiree

Striped partyware – Sweet Little Soiree

 

 

Chevron is also making its way into more tableware for kid’s parties, such as these from The Little Big Company:

Chevron paper cups – The Little Big Company

 

Fantastic divider box for a candy buffet perhaps for an ice-cream theme, or vintage/rustic theme or woodland theme:

Wooden 3 section display box – The Little Big Company

 

With the Peppa Pig show coming soon to Australia there has been a lot of Peppa Pig party inspiration floating around and so I had to include this cute Peppa Pig party bunting I spotted from Just Party Supplies:

Peppa Pig party bunting – Just Party Supplies

 

Stylish new look ribbon cake buntings I spotted (which also comes in a few other colours) from Love The Occasion:

Ribbon cake buntings – Love the occasion

 

 

I am loving anything ombre at the moment such as these ombre paper lanterns available in a range of colours:

Ombre Lanterns – How Divine

 

 

If you love celebrating (and I know you all do) then this Birthday Reflection book is a perfect way to record memories of all the special Birthday celebrations for your children. Found at Kikki K:

Birthday reflection book – Kikki. K

 

 

With my daughter’s 3rd birthday being a “Ballerina” theme in November I am on the hunt for anything Ballerina and spotted these cuties at TYPO:

 

Ballet slippers - TYPO

Ballet slippers – TYPO

 

Spotted these sweet party hats recently available from Down That Little Lane with various patterns available. Too cute! Love the little poms:

Woodland fairy party hat – Suella for Kids at ‘Down That Little Lane’

 

I hope you enjoyed the selection of goodies and found something for your next child’s birthday party!

 

 

 

 

 

Cowboy/Western Party Theme

I’ve seen a few fantastic cowboy parties recently which inspired this blog post. There are so many ways to make a Cowboy/Wild West party fun with a chance for the kids to dress up and many fantastic props you could use to decorate/style this party theme.

For this theme think patterns such as cow print, bandana print, gingham or stars. As for colours you can incorporate reds, denim blues, whites and blacks or rustic browns and wooden props.

Have a browse through the categories in the Party Directory to find some wonderful businesses you can use for this theme. You can also view my Pinterest board on this theme for some inspiration.

 

Printables

Here are some fun invitations and printable options for this theme to get you started!

Love the rustic look of these printables incorporating denim, bandana and cow prints:

Cowboy printables – 2 Love Birds

 

Clever 3D invitation with folding saloon doors:

3D Cowboy invitation – I Will Invitations

 

Cowboy stationery – Amity Invites

 

Cute idea for a cowboys and indians party:

Cowboys and Indians printables – Fairydust Stylish Stationery

 

 

Cowboy printables – Anders Ruff

 

Decorations

A few decoration options to fit the colour scheme/patterns of a Cowboy theme:

Paper fan decoration set – Just Party Supplies

 

Taupe lanterns – Occasion By Design

 

 

Cow print balloons – The Party Parlour

 

Red bandana pom poms – Ah-Tissue

 

Cowboy bunting – Sew Many Possibilities (ETSY)

 

 

3D western paper garland on jute twine – Carson Creatives

 

Tableware

You could put together a fun kids party table for this theme with cowboy hats, sheriff badges etc at each place setting, which would also double as favours. Here are a few items you could use for your table settings:

 

Red gingham table cover – Party and Co

 

Reversible table runner – Just Party Supplies

 

Kraft striped table runner – The Party Parlour

 

Red stripe paper plates – Occasion By Design

Eco servingware round dinner plates – Occasion by Design

 

Red gingham napkins – The Party Parlour

 

Candy Cane napkins - Sweet Celebrations

Paper Eskimo Napkins – Sweet Celebrations

 

Red star glass bottle – Love The Occasion

 

Brown paper straws – Saffy & May

 

Cowboy can holders – Party Kit n Kaboodle

 

Kraft hamper trays – The Party Parlour

 

Sweet Treats

 

 

Cowboy hat cookie cutter – Party & Co

 

Red star cupcake wrappers – Occasion By Design

 

Gingham cupcake cases – Sweet Celebrations

 

 

Love these cupcake wrappers!:

Horse cupcake wrappers – Spaceships and Laserbeams

 

Fantastic toppers for cupcakes or you could pop them in savoury food as well:

Cowboy cupcake toppers – Charli Mae

 

Cowboy cupcake kit – Ready To Party

 

Treat cone red checkers – Fantasy Kids Parties

 

Star rock candy – Occasion By Design

 

Jansen & Co red cake stand – Leo & Bella

 

 

Props/Special themed ideas

These mini fences are great to wrap around platters or risers for this theme:

 

Mini picket fences – Saffy & May

 

These brown blackboards are great for a rustic cowboy theme party:

Blackboard easel – Occasion By Design

 

A hat and bandana for each child can double as party favours as well as fun dressing up for the kids:

Child’s Sheriffs Hat – Shindigs

Blue kids bandana – Party Products

 

 

Cowboy boot Pinata – Party & Co

 

 

Sign cutouts – Ready To Party

 

These suitcases are great to use for risers or for unique ways to display food/drinks:

Red cardboard suitcases – Bickiboo

 

For a rustic look, these timber boxes would also work well for risers or displaying party favours or drink bottles:

Whitewash wooden boxes – Saffy & May

 

Hire

This is a new category I’m including in my blog posts due to some of the wonderful hire businesses I have as blog sponsors and advertisers. Here are some items for hire to help you theme this cowboy party and particularly put together a really fun kids party table like these ones:

Party hire package – The Candy Tree (WA)

 

Table, chair & prop hire – Little Wish Parties (Sydney)

 

 

Rustic tiered stand – Sweet Soirees (Sydney)

 

 

Children’s wicker chairs for hire – My Garden Party (Sydney)

 

white wooden milking stools for hire – Little Chair (Melbourne)

 

 

Pail of red apples for hire – Party Prop Hire (QLD)

 

 

Wagon wheels for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

 

Rustic boxes and wheelbarrow for hire – Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

 

Tablecloth for hire – Sweet Celebrations

 

 

Blue ghost chairs, cowboy tablecloth, tree hat stand and more for hire – Mini Party People (Melbourne)

 

Perfect for a lolly buffet if you are going with a rustic feel are these compartment boxes for hire:

Wooden compartment box – Sweet Celebrations (Sydney)

 

Party Favours & Packaging

This is a great, practical and delicious favour idea –¬† baking mixes packaged¬†in a cute re-usable milk bottle:

 

Cowboy customised milkies – Sweet Health

 

Love the bandana print in this loot bag topper:

Loot bag & topper – I Will Invitations

 

Create a wild west feel using these wicker baskets with some favour items:

Mini woven baskets – Occasion By Design

 

A few other ideas for packaging and favours for this theme:

Small red favour bags – Just Party Supplies

 

Paper Eskimo party bags with star – Occasion By Design

 

Fabric party bag – The Petite Party Company

 

Blue gingham favour bags – Sweet Style

 

 

Gold nugget gum – The Little Big Company

 

Harmonica – Party & Co

 

Cowboy crayon roll – Mrs Crafty RVing (ETSY)

 

Top off your party favour with some denim blue twine:

Denim blue twine – Occasion By Design

Real Parties

For some more inspiration, have a look at these amazing Cowboy theme parties:

Wild west showdown party by Sharnel Dollar Designs

Fantastic Horsey Cowboy party by Kate who owns the store Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations

Love this cowboy party incorporating the cowboy print featured on Kara’s Party Ideas

Lots of great ideas in this cowboy party featured on the Hostess with the Mostess blog

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Hope you enjoyed all the ideas and inspiration! Happy planning!