March 2016 Party Flatlay Challenge

Pop Roc Parties PARTY FLATLAY MARCHSt Patricks Day Party FlatlaySt. Patrick’s Day

Mini Balloon Topper | Dark Green Stripe Paper Straws | Green Rock Candy | Ball Green Pint Jar | Gold Coins | Rainbow Polka Dot Cupcake Cups

Pop Roc Parties Fruit Party FlatlayFruit

Pop Roc Parties Easter Party FlatlayEaster

Easter Egg Hunt Kit | Surprise Carrots | Shredded Paper

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 11.04.33 pmCongratulations @tiny_trends_nz for winning our March party flatlay challenge


Breakfast Baskets

I love the idea of brunch parties and these healthy Breakfast Baskets are a perfect treat to serve

Breakfast Baskets

You can make these a few days in advance and store them in an airtight container until you’re ready to serve

Breakfast Basket Close Up

I adore how versatile these baskets can be, depending on the season you can add whatever you have in the fridge

Breakfast Baskets BirdseyePhotographed on our beautiful Wundaire Cantina hire plates

Breakfast Baskets

Makes 5-6 small baskets

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup shredded coconut

2 tbsp chia seeds

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup + 1 tbsp coconut oil

2 tablespoons of honey


1 cup natural yoghurt or coconut yoghurt

Top with fruit of your choice and decorate with edible flowers and black chia seeds


-Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees

-Combine oats, coconut, chia seeds and cinnamon in a large bowl, set aside

-Melt coconut oil and honey in a small saucepan or in the microwave

-Pour melted oil & honey over dry mixture and stir well

-Place spoonfuls of the mixture into greased (I used coconut oil to grease my tins) tart tins, using the spoon to press down into a basket shape

-Bake for around 15 minutes, checking to ensure they don’t brown too quickly

-Remove from the oven and quickly press into the tin using the back of a spoon a second time

-Allow to cool completely before removing from the tins

-Add spoonfuls of the yoghurt into each basket and top with desired fruits, edible flowers and black chia seeds!


Pop Roc Parties Studio

Pop Roc Parties Shop PegboardI’m pretty excited to announce that we have done a major shuffle around of our Pop Roc Parties Studio!

All of our party supplies have been set up as a fun PARTY showroom shop

Pop Roc Parties Shop Tableware Close UpAlthough its set up like a shop at this point we are not totally operating like a retail store.

We are currently open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 9-12pm and all other times by appointment to fit in with my busy mum life!

You can order online at our studio and we only have cash and credit card (via our website) payments accepted all going well we will extend our hours and offer eftpos too!

Pop Roc Parties Pegboard Gold ProductsI thought having the shop set up would be a great opportunity to showcase what we supply and give our customers an opportunity to pull items and see them all together to create your own party theme!

Coco Reaching for Unicorn BubblesI totally wish we did this sooner as it’s so amazing seeing our very cool party collection on display!

Pop Roc Parties Shop Tableware ShelfOf course you are always welcome to place an order online and pick it up.

We will be more than happy to add to you order when you are here also.

Pop Roc Parties Shop Gold Tableware CloseupI have arranged our party tableware into colours, patterns and themes

Pop Roc Parties Jar ShelfAn example of our collection of glass jars and party cups on display

Pop Roc Parties Shop Cups DisplayI hope you pop in at some point!

x Julie









February 2016 Party Flatlay Challenge

Our February Instagram party flatlay challengePRP PARTY FLAT LAY FEBPop Roc Parties Valentines party flatlayValentines

Mini Polka Dot Kraft Paper Bags | Kraft Heart Stickers | Gold Glitter Heart

Pop Roc Parties red and pink party flatlayPink & Red

Mini Red Heart Doilies | Mini Pink Stripe Paper Bags | Pink Shredded Paper | Pink Heart Jar

Pop Roc Parties picnic party flatlayPicnic

Small Whitewash Crate | Noodle Box | Wooden Cutlery | Teeny Weeny Pegs | Mini Milk Bottles | Red Stripe Straws | Water Jug (Hire Collection) | Red Check Napkins | Kraft Flat Paper Bags | Eco Chic Boat Dishes

February Party Flatlay WinnerCongratulations @petalpocket_nz!!





Homemade Marshmallow

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Marshmallow and Star Wands | Twinkle Twinkle Little StarI think Marshmallow just has to be my absolute weakness, I just love the texture!

I have tried a lot of marshmallow and I have to admit this recipe is my favourite it has such a depth of flavour, I think it is the honey!

My brother is a Bee Keeper so I always use his Manuka blend

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Cocos Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party Star MarshmallowsI made this marshmallow for Coco’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Pop Roc Parties Blog |Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party Marshmallows

For Coco’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party I cut the marshmallow into star shapes with a mini star cookie cutter

(We have a range of cookie cutters for hire)

Chocolate Marshmallows

Yesterday I made the chocolate version which is amazing!

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Chocolate Marshmallow Flatlay

Homemade marshmallow is the ultimate!


Yields 234 pieces

  • 1.5 oz/40 g gelatin
  • 8 oz/230 g water, cold, for hydration
  • 24 oz/680 g sugar
  • 12 oz/340 g glucose syrup
  • 4 oz/110 g honey
  • 4 oz/110 invert sugar
  • 6 oz/170 g water
  • 1 oz/20 g vanilla extract
  • 1:1 confectioner’s sugar/cornstarch blend, as needed
  1. Stir the gelatin into the cold water to hydrate.
  2. Combine the sugar, glucose syrup, honey, invert sugar, and water in a saucepan and cook to 122°C/252°F.
  3. Pour the cooked sugar into a 12-qt planetary mixer bowl and allow to cool to 100°C/212°F.
  4. While the syrup cools, melt the hydrated gelatin over a water bath.
  5. Mix the melted gelatin into the cooled sugar. Whip on high speed for 8 minutes, or until well aerated. Add the vanilla extract
  6. Spread into a half sheet pan lined with parchment paper and well oiled.
  7. Place a piece of oiled parchment paper on top of the marshmallow. Flatten the top by hand until smooth. Alternatively, marshmallows may be slabbed to 1/2” thickness for dipping in chocolate. Allow to set overnight.
  8. Dust with a sifted mixture of equal parts confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch. Cut on a guitar, suing the 22.5-mm cutter. Dust the pieces with the starch mixture, and sift vigorously in tamis to remove the excess starch.
  9. Note: When the marshmallow mixture is properly whipped, the specific gravity should be below 0.40.

Chocolate Marshmallows: Mix 90 g sifted cocoa powder into the marshmallow after full whipped. Add one-third cocoa powder to the starch mixture for cutting.

Coffee Marshmallows: Add 50 g coffee extract at the end of whipping.

Passion Fruit Marshmallows: Add 70 g passion fruit puree (reduced by one half) after fully whipping.

Cinnamon Marshmallows: Add 10 g ground cinnamon to the sugar while cooking.

Anise Marshmallows: Add 10 g ground anise while cooking the sugar. Add 30 g Pernod after fully whipping.

Various Flavored Marshmallows: Various manufactured flavors may be added at the end of whipping, either with or without accompanying colors.

Thank you to The Culinary Institute of America for letting me share this amazing recipe! – I use the Chocolates and Confections cookbook by Peter P. Greweling, 2010 edition (which is probably half the quantity) but the recipe above is from The Culinary Institute of America’s website

Chocolate Marshmallow in Cello BagThese make a fabulous gift packaged in our cello bags tied with string












Woodland Fairy Party – FEATURED PARTY!

I  love woodland parties and combining fairies and the woodland theme is a match made in magical fairyland!

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Woodland Fairy Party Table

Jen had incorporated so many cool details in this party, some of my favorites are:

Flowers + pine cones – natural elements always look so good in parties!

The hanging floral backdrop

Fairy themed party food

Fairy flower crowns

The fairy garden kits are genius!

Pallet tables are brilliant!


Pop Roc Parties Blog | Woodland Fairy Party Food

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Woodland Fairy Party Cake

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Woodland Fairy Party Cupcakes


Pop Roc Parties Blog | Woodland Fairy Party Food

Inspiration behind the theme: Our two daughters have wild imaginations and love playing dress ups, fairies is a popular favourite but we wanted something a bit more than just a fairy party so that’s how we decided on a Woodland Fairy Party. Perfect time for it, just coming out of autumn with all the leaves etc

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Woodland Fairy Party Floral Crowns

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Woodland Fairy Party Garden Kit

The Most Memorable moment from the event: Would have to be making the fairy gardens. We hired two fairies to come and entertain the children which they loved! But they all really enjoyed getting their fairy garden kits which were personalised and creating a special garden to take home. We had one of the mothers tell us that her daughter kept rearranging the garden once she got home and put it outside for the fairies to come.

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Woodland Fairy Party Fairy Garden Kits

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Woodland Fairy Party Favors

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Woodland Fairy Party Table

Tips from event: basically I collated all the ideas I really wanted and many weeks ahead just started chipping away at them. The best and most effective items or ideas often come from somewhere you would least expect. e.g. pallet seating for the children, lace table-cloth from trade me, birds nest to put the enchanted jelly beans in, driftwood from the beach etc. I put together a party box for my theme and as I collect the items I put them in there ready for the party, (even though it may be months away!!)

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Woodland Fairy Party Set Up

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Woodland Fairy Party Girls

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Woodland Fairy Party Fairies


CAKE – Made by a friend Alexandra Jones

OUTFITThe Canterbury Playcentre shop


Moss, plates, doilies, toadstools from Pop Roc Parties

Birds nests and willow wreath – Dots n Spots

Flower Crowns – Dollar store and ribbon from Spotlight

Butterflies from Downies florist in Christchurch

Cake Topper- Schleich fairy figurine

FAIRY GARDEN KITS – pots from Bunnings, fences and trees from Terrific Terrariums on trade me, glass vials from Pop Roc Parties

INVITATION – LuckyPlumStudio on Etsy.

Thanks so much for letting me share Jen xx








Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake

Pop Roc Parties Lemon and Poppy Seed CakeIt’s no secret I LOVE baking, especially when I have guests coming it’s always a great way to try out something new!

Years ago I use to make lemon and poppy-seed muffins sprinkled with sugar and saturated with lemon juice, sadly I stopped making them as I was the only one who would eat them

Pop Roc Parties Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake Flatlay

So when I was planning my PARTY FLATLAYS for April, the theme was CAKE.

I really wanted something quite contrasted that would be easy to whip up (I’m no cake decorator!!)

I thought I would try lemon with contrasting poppy seeds and then a pink icing to contrast the yellow of the cake

Pop Roc Parties Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake with HandHere is my take on a Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake:


This recipe makes a three-layered 20cm cake, you can half the recipe if you like


2/3 Cup poppy seeds or two boxes of poppy seeds

1 1/2 Cups milk

4 Cups plain flour

2 Teaspoons of baking powder

400 Grams softened, diced butter

Finely grated zest from one large lemon

1 Cup of castor sugar

6 Free-range eggs

½ Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice


½ Cup castor sugar

3/4 Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Shredded zest from one large lemon


Pre-heat oven to 160C 

Grease and line three 20cm round cake tins

Mix milk and poppy seeds in a small bowl; set aside.

Place butter, sugar and rind in bowl of electric mixer and mix until combined.

Scrape down sides of bowl, then beat in eggs one at a time.

Add flour, lemon juice, and milk poppy-seed mixture and stir until just combined.

Scrape into the pan and bake for around 40-50 minutes

[if cake browns too quickly cover loosely with foil].

When cake is ready leave in tin.

Meanwhile, make syrup: place all ingredients into small saucepan and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves.

Increase heat and boil for five minutes or until thick.

Using a skewer make a few holes in cake then pour over the syrup.


Can of black Doris plums

250 Grams cream cheese (not lite)

150 Grams soft butter

320 Grams icing sugar

1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract

Separate about 5 plums from the juice and remove the stones

Whip the cream cheese and butter together in a stand mixer until smooth

Gradually add the icing sugar, then plums and vanilla extract once the icing is creamy and thick, add a spoonful of plum juice until you reach the desired pink tone

Once the cakes have cooled assemble, ice with the plum cream cheese icing and drizzle with extra plum juice.

x Enjoy










Whitewash Crate Love!

Pop Roc Parties | Whitewash crates | stacked with fontOur very popular whitewash crates are back in stock in size small, medium and large (sorry extra large is sold out!)

Pop Roc Parties | Whitewash Crates Love | Small Medium LargeI have so much love for how versatile these crates are!
I use a small one on my desk for storing paper, pens and other stationary goodies.

Pop Roc Parties | Whitewash Crates Love | Mini Milk bottles in whitewash crate with flower strawsYou can use them for serving mini milk bottles or drinks at a party

Pop Roc Parties | Whitewash Crates Love | Strawberry Puff Wreath on Whitewash Crate With Vintage Serving Sliceor at a picnic!

Pop Roc Parties | Whitewash Crates Love | Cake on Whitewash Crates Beaus Monochrome PartyStack them up to create height on dessert tables

Pop Roc Parties | Whitewash Crates Love | Small Whitewash Crate Stand | Mary Poppins PartyAfter your party use them around the house or in the children’s rooms

Pop Roc Parties | Whitewash Crates Love | Easter Whitewash Crate HamperThey make amazing hampers for Easter, Halloween and Christmas!!
And they look lovely stored on a shelf filled with treasures.

Pop Roc Parties | Vans Bunny Easter Cookies in Whitewash Crate

Bunny cookies by Van’s Cakes

Pop Roc Parties | Whitewash Crate with Christmas GiftsYou can also use them to serve food!

Pop Roc Parties | Whitewash Crates Love | Small Crate with Orzo Salad ConesI hope you love all these crate storage ideas!




Glitter Feather Balloons

These white and silver Glitter feather balloons are such a simple DIY party decoration idea for a Boho or Swan Lake Party

Pop Roc Parties | Sophias Swan Lake Party | Glitter Feather BalloonsI actually made these balloons for Sophia’s Swan Lake Party

All you need is:

Pop Roc Parties | Sophias Swan Lake Party | Glitter Feather Balloons |White Balloon Pack A packet of white balloons


Pop Roc Parties Blog | Glitter Feather Balloons | White FeathersWhite long feathers


Pop Roc PArties Blog | Feather Balloons | Jute Rope Roll - LargeJute String


Pop Roc Parties Blog | Swan Lake Party | Feather Balloons | Silver Glitter PouredSilver Glitter


PVA glue and a paintbrush

Total cost is $12

Glitter Feather Balloons |Pop Roc Parties Blog | Swan Lake Party | White Helium Balloon With Feathers

To prepare paint each end of the feather with PVA glue and sprinkle it with silver glitter

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Feather Balloons Close Up | Swan Lake Party

Leave these over night to dry, once dry cellotape the ends of them together

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Sophias Swan Lake Party Feather Balloon Close Up

On the day of the party, fill each balloon with helium and tie to a balloon weight with fishing line.

You can also attach them to the white balloon sticks we stock as a favor to hand out to the children at your party!

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Sophias Swan Lake Party White BalloonThen attach the feathers with jute string, tie continuously around until they are well attached.




Swan Lake DIY Party Straws

I originally spotted these amazing swan straws on Pinterest by Shop Sweet Lulu

When I planned Sophia’s Swan Lake birthday party I knew I had to make these swan lake DIY party straws!

My versions of these straws slightly differ from the ones I spotted on Pinterest but I’m really happy with how they turned out!

Pop Roc Parties | Swan Lake DIY Party Straws | FlatlaySo you need:

Hot glue gun

White pipe cleaners

Small white feathers

Small polystyrene balls

Small screw driver


PVA glue

Paintbrush for gluing on glitter

Silver glitter

Silver foil paper straws

Pop Roc Parties | Swan Lake DIY Party Straws | Supplies Collage

 Pop Roc Parties | Swan Lake DIY Party Straws | Silver Glitter

Pop Roc Parties | Swan Lake DIY Party Straws |Silver Foil Straws in PacketTo start carefully poke a hole through the polystyrene ball with a small screw driver (about the width of the straws)

Place the straws through the holes of the balls almost half way down the straw

Pop Roc Parties | Swan Lake DIY Party Straws |Shaped S

Shape the pipe cleaners into a S shape

Pop Roc Parties | Swan Lake DIY Party Straws |Trimmed Pipe Cleaner Trim the end of the pipe cleaner and poke another hole 2/3’s of the way down the ball and insert the pipe cleaner

Pop Roc Parties | Swan Lake DIY Party Straws |Swan Neck Close Up

Pop Roc Parties | Swan Lake DIY Party Straws |Trim Feathers

Trim the feathers back with scissors so they proportional to the balls

Pop Roc Parties | Swan Lake DIY Party Straws|Feathers

Glue the feather on the ball horizontally with the glue gun

Pop Roc Parties | Swan Lake DIY Party Straws |Feathers & Glitter

Then glue another feather pointing upwards, then repeat on the opposite side

Pop Roc Parties | Swan Lake DIY Party Straws | Swan Straw Lying Down

With a paint brush add some PVA glue to the end of the feathers where they were glued on, then sprinkle with silver glitter

Pop Roc Parties | Swan Lake DIY Party Straws |Swan Straw

Pop Roc Parties | Swan Lake DIY Party Straws | Swan Straw & Cookie

I served the girls lemonade with these pretty swan lake straws in our quilted jars!

There are so many variations you could do to theme it your party!

If you give these a go, we would love to see!