Ah, shopping around for party supplies… some love it, some hate it. For those that would prefer to spend their Saturday afternoon hanging with the kids or enjoying some ‘me’ time, I’ve got something to share with you today that I know will help!
You will be thrilled to discover what I’m introducing to you today from The Kit Source who want to make it as simple as possible to prep for a party. They create stylish kits of party supplies, so you can have your party sorted quickly.
But they realised that wasn’t enough, many people wondered if they could create their own Party Kit. Well, now you can, using their proven party formula and the CUSTOM KIT BUILDER.
As an extra bonus – as a fan of the Life’s Little Celebrations blog, The Kit Source is offering you a HUGE 30% off the first Custom Party Kit you build – that’s a saving of up to $40! Simply use the code LLCPARTYTIME by 31st May 2016.
WHAT IS IT?
Their exclusive Custom Kit Builder is a handy platform that guides you through the process of choosing your own plates, cups, napkins, cutlery, straws and favour bags, to match the party theme of your choice!
I know that I love to be able to coordinate partyware and using this custom party kit builder I can visualise how all the different items will mix and match together on the day!:
Lel from The Kit Source explains where the idea of their Custom Kit Builder originated from: “With all the amazing, unique party themes out there, we simply couldn’t create a Kit for all of them. We all love to customise what we purchase, to match our own style or preference. So now you can create a Party Kit for any theme imaginable!
We know that there are tonnes of other party stores, all with amazing products, but rarely do they help you purchase exactly what you need, for the amount of guests you’ll be having. Most stores leave you to your own devices, to style everything on your own, while struggling to working out how many of each item you’ll need. With our web-app, we’re taking the guesswork out of party planning.”
WHERE DO I START?
It’s easy! First, launch the Custom Kit Builder.
Next, you simply work through the steps, selecting your number of guests, then each of your party items.
Once you’re happy, you simply add it to the cart and you’re done. Too simple!
BUT THERE’S MORE!
They also have a great range of party decorations already in Kits, but are working furiously behind the scenes to launch a Custom Decoration Kit Builder. It sounds like its going to be amazing – hanging decorations, confetti balloons in a range of colours, streamers, bunting and more!
Oh, and if you need inspiration for your own Party Kit, they’ve put together a number of sample looks into a swanky lookbook; some of my faves are the Tropicana, Natural Chic and Minecraft themed creations!
I’m sure you’ll have fun creating your own themed party kits, and just a reminder that as a fan of the Life’s Little Celebrations blog, The Kit Source is offering you a HUGE 30% off the first Custom Party Kit you build – that’s a saving of up to $40! Simply use the code LLCPARTYTIME by 31st May 2016.
So what are you waiting for?
Time to party plan and build your own party kit!
If you’re a mum in business it is fantastic to be inspired by and learn from other entrepreneurs! This week I am introducing you to LLC partner Louise from Illume Partyware! The Life’s Little Celebrations directory is filled with many amazing entrepreneurs and it is wonderful to hear their story and advice!
Enjoy this Q and A as you find out more about this gorgeous online party boutique:
Describe your business in 1-2 sentences:
Illume Partyware is a stylish high end fashionable partyware brand, every product is design by us in Sydney, Australia. We offer everything you need for your next birthday, wedding, kids party or any other fancy festivity.
When and how did Illume Partyware come about?:
When I was putting together my sons 1st birthday party. I found there was a lack of fashionable and stylish party products out there in the market. I wanted to style a party and have everything co-ordinate together from the tableware to decorations. There was plenty of partyware out there but I couldn’t find any items that where high end, high quality and up with the current fashion trends.
How has your business evolved over the years?:
I started out back in 2007 originally designing personalised wedding and christening invitations. In 2011, I decided to move on from personalised invitations and launch Illume Partyware. A stylish high end fashionable partyware brand, that launches a new collection every year.
What did you do before starting your business?
I started my design career designing ceramics and home-wares for Australia’s large department stores it was the first job I had after graduating from Graphic Design. A few years later I was recommended to a contemporary digital art company that contracted me to design a whole range of digital artworks for canvas and perspex. I worked together with them for 1 year developing their new range. I was then recommended to Bauer Media (formerly ACP magazines) where I became the advertising Art Director for ‘Australian Gourmet Traveller’ magazine. I worked there for a few years before I launched Illume Partyware.
What is one of your business achievements you are most proud of?:
Being able to make a living in this extremely competitive party industry. I have spent many years building the brand Illume Partyware and we are finally being recognised world wide. I am so proud to have a brand that is now known across the other side of the world. And that customers still call or email me with excitement that they have found our products.
What do you love about running your own business?
I love that I am able to design and create products that I believe in and I can share them with others all over the world. After working for many years with other companies to their design briefs I love that I now have the freedom to create and design products for my own brand Illume Partyware.
What is one thing you would like to achieve in 2016 for your business?
Illume Partyware is fast going global, so this year we are hoping to get more distributors onboard in countries all over the world.
What advice could you offer to other small business owners?:
Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, be yourself, do what you do best and what you believe in. Get a business mentor, someone you can talk to for advice. When it comes to running a business you don’t have to re-invent the wheel. Ask for help in areas you are struggling in.
Thanks Louise for sharing about your business! Visit Illume Partyware here and see their gorgeous range of partyware and tableware!
Today I am featuring one of the vendors on the Life’s Little Celebration’s Directory: Ruby Rabbit Partyware which is an online party boutique for unique & stylish party & event supplies.
I know so many party wares are available easily at bricks and mortar stores these days and if you’re going to buy online you want to know you will find something unique – and that is exactly what Ruby Rabbit partyware provides!
You can shop for gorgeous hand-sourced tableware, invitations, decorations, bakingware, favour & party bags, tape & twine, & party accessories to create your special occasion.
Ruby Rabbit Partyware specialises in the latest on-trend & handcrafted partyware for birthday parties, baby showers, christenings, engagements, weddings & celebrations. You will find everything you need in the one store to style your party:
Some gorgeous and fun products are available at Ruby Rabbit that you cannot source easily elsewhere which is probably why Ruby Rabbit partyware has been featured in magazines such as Hooray!, Sweet, Cake! and Confetti Fair:
You can find a range of stylish partyware also to suit various kids party themes:
Ruby Rabbit Partyware is run by Alex who has a background as a professional event manager & headed up the events team at Sydney’s casino ‘The Star’ for many years.
Based now in Perth, shipping is Australia wide & internationally too. Follow Ruby Rabbit on Instagram & Facebook to keep up to date with latest products, specials & party inspiration! You’ll want to make sure you keep them in mind when you are shopping for your next kids party!
Today I’m pleased to introduce you to Love The Occasion which is a boutique, online store providing all things beautiful to create a celebration.
Online you will find everything you need to plan a birthday, anniversary or baby shower, an engagement, wedding or to turn a simple gathering into a fabulous and memorable occasion.
From invitations to tableware, decorations to glassware and gifts, their inspiring solutions, exquisite products and practical tools make theming and styling your own event a piece of cake!
I personally love that when browsing the Love The Occasion store you will find items you don’t find in other party boutiques.
Every product has been thoughtfully sourced or created with love and uniqueness in mind. Although they prefer to source locally and love to create and hand-make their own products, they also scour the globe in search of products that will add something a little bit different to an occasion.
They have wonderful and fun party products to suit a range of kids party themes and occasions:
Love the Occasion is the creative vision of Megan Wolfe.
I was lucky enough to meet Megan in person when she exhibited at Confetti Fair Sydney (you can see her beautifully presented stand below) – she is cheerful, down to earth, lovely and honest to deal with!
Immersed in a traditional and imaginative childhood, she watched her mum and nana conjure up magical celebrations year after year. Megan’s talent for combining traditional with modern, quirky with stylish and fun with elegant ensures there is something unique for everyone!
This encapsulates the essence of Love the Occasion and everything Megan loves in life – celebrating, treasuring and enjoying every moment with family and friends.
I highly recommend browsing the Love the Occasion online store next time you are looking for some stylish party supplies for your next celebration!
I love discovering new online party stores that I can browse when I’m party planning and today I’m introducing you to Little Red Chick Party Boutique which is a one stop kids party shop!
This charming little store offers a gorgeous range of stylish and affordable party wares and party hire items perfect for any party occasion or theme
Ultimate fairy party pack
You can shop a variety of children’s birthday invitations, party decorations, party tablewares, baking goodies and other party essentials from the best local and international designers including Paper Eskimo, Sambellina and Invite Me.
They also have a handy selection of colour and trend themed party packs ready to go for those needing to pull a party together hassle free and quickly.
Lime green party pack
Little Red Chick also helps you make your children’s parties, christenings and baby showers memorable with their stunning party hire collection if you’re in Sydney – candy buffet jars, cake platters, styling props, kids chairs, tables and more!
Candy Jar Hire Pack
For that extra special touch, you can hire one of their adorable styling prop packs that will give your party a magical (and professional-looking) finish!
Mermaid party prop pack for hire
Use their hire items along with the partyware available in store for a complete package for your child’s party:
Ghost chairs for hire and partyware for purchase
Customers can stop by this lovely little children’s party and gift boutique in Sydney’s south for great service and variety, complimentary gift wrapping and easy parking – kids welcome!
It’s wonderful to be able to shop and see partyware in person and with all their gorgeous items in store you can pick up some special gifts for the birthday boy or girl while you’re there!
It also means if you need a last minute party purchase you can drop into their store without worrying about shipping and delivery times.
You of course can also shop online for fast, Australia-wide delivery.
One of the unique services Little Red Chick Party Boutique offers is a custom Pass the Parcel pack for your child’s party filled with little gifts children will actually keep and use rather than $2 store items which will be thrown away! Speak to the staff at the store to organise your pack.
Pass the Parcel pack
I love supporting and promoting other mum’s in business and it’s always interesting to hear how their vision and passion became a reality. Jodie who owns and runs Little Red Chick explains how her store came about:
“Not long after having my second child I realised my dream of opening a specialised children’s gift and party boutique that had that something special not found in department stores. After scouring the globe for beautiful things that adults love to give and children adore to have, Little Red Chick was born. Now 3.5 years later I have three delightful children, three staff members and a raft of fantastic suppliers, super talented designers and a newly launched online store.”
Woodland party pack for hire
I was personally thrilled when Little Red Chick came on board as a blog sponsor as I had been a fan of their gorgeous range of children’s toys, linen and clothing and was excited to see and promote the party branch of their store.
Here are some more partyware picks I love from their online party boutique:
Fill in party invitations – Little People Balloon bunch
Rainbow confetti dot garland
Lilac party plates by Sambellina
Cupcake favour boxes
Pink party flag bunting
Party lanterns navy and green stripe
Pink tissue puff hanging decoration
You can find Little Red Chick party boutique online, on facebook or if you’re in Sydney, find them at 94 Cawarra Road, Caringbah.
Happy party planning!