Celebrate unwrapped: the beauty of balloons

When you have a large space to decorate and with limited time – balloons are the perfect option! They create a huge impact but are easy to setup once you have collected them from your balloon supplier. So they were the perfect decoration for the Celebrate conference day where we had less than 2 hours to decorate our lovely venue.

Balloon queen Michelle of Party Splendour worked alongside Shannon of Born to Party to create balloon magic at the venue  and today I am showcasing some of Michelles amazing work on the day of Celebrate as well as some of the new balloon trends and decor she has been creating in events around Sydney:






You can see here how the whole room was made beautiful through the gorgeous touches of balloon decor:



Here is more of a sample of the gorgeousness Michelle of Party Splendour has been creating around Sydney:




Balloon walls and arches have become a popular trend for dessert table backdrops:






I am also loving the orb balloons as seen here in rose gold mixed with confetti balloons!




Balloon hoops are another fun trend which make such a stunning decoration:





Party Splendor really can create balloon magic at your next event or kids party! You can speak to them about a particular arrangement or developing something unique and custom for you.

If you’re not in Sydney you can still shop from the Party Splendour website where you will find a range of partyware and balloons.

We were so grateful to have Party Splendour on board to help create such a lovely look and ambience to the venue for Celebrate and we highly recommend their services!






Celebrate Unwrapped: Balloon Arrangements

Gone are the days of the humble balloon being tied together in a bunch and hung from whatever could be found for decoration.  Instead, these days we’re treated to spectacular colours and sizes, adornments, fillings and let’s face it, next level styling with these decorations!

Our Celebrate conference was held at the beautiful Sydney venue, The Deckhouse, with stunning water views of Sydney Harbour and the Harbour Bridge thanks to being surrounded by floor to ceiling windows. So room decoration needed only help bring the table styling together and provide backdrops for our guest speakers, rather than detract from our beautiful surrounds. But nothing short of spectacular either!

born to party

So to pull it off, we called in the help of Sydney’s own balloon Queen, Shannon from Born To Party, to design a custom balloon arrangement and add some great visuals to the room itself.

Shannon shared the load of the Celebrate balloon decor with another balloon master – Michelle of Party Splendour and we’ll be showcasing her work at Celebrate in a future blog post.

balloon arch


This balloon arrangement was truly a show stopper and everyone at the conference commented on it!







I loved how it looked like a waterfall of balloons was spilling out over the floor near our guest speakers! It created a brilliant feature at the front of the venue:

balloon styling

With no limit to what Shannon can do with balloons, balloon arrangements are a great addition to any event, and don’t be afraid to think big and be bold with your arrangements by combining tassel tails, mixing and matching the colours, styles and sizes for a dramatic effect. You can see more of Shannon’s designs on the Born To Party Facebook page.


born to party












You can find a great range of balloons and of course Shannon’s expertise at her shop in Mosman, or visit her online store where you can shop for invitations, decorations and  tableware too.


THANK YOU so much for your balloon magic Shannon!



Celebrate unwrapped: mini pinata’s

In my last post, I promised you more details of our Celebrate conference so you can steal our style for your next event, or just get a head start on finding the perfect vendor to pull off your own vision. If you missed the post, you can read it here for all the details on our table centrepieces, and stay tuned as we bring you a more reveals each week.

Today we’re looking at another table detail which was a huge hit as they were are a hugely popular decorating item that doubles as a game, but aren’t often found as mini’s or used for table decoration like we used them for!

Mini Pinata’s

Yes, MINI pinata’s!!

In my opinion, styling is about personalisation and interpretation. So when I came across these mini pinata’s by Party Pony designer pinatas, I knew they weren’t destined to be hung, and certainly not bashed by a stick (would have made for a very interesting conference…).

mini pinata party pony designer pinatas mini pinata pinatas

Instead, we used them on tables – and were styled by Paper Face as part of some of the centrepieces.

Owner Nicola created a mix of diamond and heart shapes in our theme colours, which we then used as centrepieces on tables. Pinata’s are hugely popular as decorations these days, doubling as a bit of (bashful) fun, but using them in an unexpected way is a great talking point for guests.

Nicola can custom make these to your requirements, so let your imagination run wild and run your ideas past her – think cake toppers, photo props or room decor.
number one pinata


cactus pinata


flamingo pinata


swan pinata




unicorn pinata


Nicola also creates custom tassel garlands and balloon tails for a cohesive look to your event, and you can see more of her work or shop from her website.


tassel garland


I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work on this event Nicola! Contact Party Pony Designer Pinata’s to see their full range or order a custom pinata

I hope this feeds your imagination and has you thinking about how you’ll use an item differently. I’ll be bringing you more details of the styling, props, balloons and more soon so stay tuned!



Party supplies for gorgeous style

Sometimes the hardest part of organising a party is just getting started – would you agree?

With so much inspiration provided by our talented LLC directory vendors, it can get a little overwhelming if you don’t have a theme in mind, and we can all relate to changing our minds over and over after seeing so many amazing ideas on Pinterest or Instagram!

I often find working backwards in the planning process can be helpful, albeit strange! Finding inspiration in the smallest details normally left for later in the planning process like decorations, tableware or the colour of the party outfit can sometimes be just what you need to get you off the starting blocks – backwards!

So when it comes time to pulling it all together, start with where you would normally source your products, such as LLC directory partner, The Party Parlour. What I have always loved about this site is that it’s literally a one stop shop for both inspiration and all the party supplies you’ll need to execute a coordinated event.


floral party theme


If you’re stuck for ideas, their party packages are a great place to start, presented in styled shoots with all the required items already curated for you to add to cart to complete the look. Themes are categorised by First Birthdays, Baby Showers, Colour and themes for boys and girls for easy navigation.




If you already know the theme of your occasion and just need the supplies to pull it all together, shopping by category makes ticking off your list a breeze with everything you need from invitations to tableware, unique balloons and garlands, glassware and favours, plus they post Australia wide for added convenience. Tick, tick, tick!

Or if you’re like me and partial to falling head over heels for new paper plate designs, their new arrivals can also provide a great starting block, like these gorgeous new items from Paper Eskimo. These would be so great for a circus or ice cream party! Just pick an item and let your imagination go.


paper eskimo party supplies



doughnut party theme



spring party theme


These plates are exactly the type of product that back up my suggestion of working backwards – now just to find the occasion to use them…


party supplies


Regardless of having a theme or not, The Party Parlour is a great place to start – from start to finish or finish to start!

What are your thoughts on my suggestion for working backwards when planning a special occasion?




Add a personal touch to your kids party!

Adding custom and personal touches to a party is what will always make it that extra bit special.

The foam names and signs from Celebrate conference sponsor Foamtastic do exactly this – they create a personalised and unique feel to any celebration! Celebrate attendees will also be able to see some of Foamtastic’s work on the day in a custom sign she will have on display!

As you can see – custom Foam signs add the wow factor and a totally unique decor item for a party!


foam sign


Gorgeous custom name signs such as this can also be kept and easily displayed in a child’s bedroom after the celebration. Being made of foam , the signs from Foamtastic are light and easy to fix to walls:


foam sign


Foamtastic can create any shape or design with foam meaning that you can create a fun theme specific backdrop that is quick and easy to attach to any wall:


foam sign


Foam carousel and name by Foamtastic. Styling by Party in a package

Foam carousel and name by Foamtastic. Styling by Party in a package



Foam signs also make a gorgeous entrance prop such as this stunning teapot!:


high tea foam sign



They are perfect for special first birthday parties and would also help create a lovely photo area:


first birthday sign foam



foam blocks



The foam signs from Foamtastic truly do add that personal touch that ALL celebrations need and your child’s face will light up knowing the decorations have been created just for them:


foam name sign


Get in touch with Natalie from Foamtastic at foamtasticpartydecor@gmail.com and see more of her amazing work on her facebook page 

You can also find her anytime on the Directory under “Handmade decor”