Nikau’s Animal Party – Featured Party!

Annaliese has shared her son Nikau’s Animal party and 1st birthday as our featured party!

Nikau just loves lions so we decided to go with an animal theme.

We didn’t follow it through 100% and the theme swapped and changed and ended up being a bit of everything eg mint and silver, confetti and animals.

I’m a daycare teacher and Nikau comes to work with me and his absolute favourite toy that he was so attached to was a plastic lion. Every morning he would seek it out and not let it go for the majority of the day.  That’s how the animal theme came about the other themes came up as I was shopping at Pop Roc Parties and saw so many pretty things!

Popcorn in our Eco Chic cones and cone tray

Cute animal cupcakes

Mini milk bottles with confetti + mint stripe paper straws

Celebrating with my little Nikau. It was a very emotional day for me. It was full of laughter one minute and tears the other. I just couldn’t believe my baby was one.

Nikau also enjoyed his first ever baking (cupcake) and a marshmallow which I think was his highlight.

TIP FROM ANNALIESE:

Enjoy the day and try not to be too stressed, everything will work out!

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Cake Pretty Little Details

Photographer Annaliese

Outfit George Henry number 1 top, Goblin Baby black merino cardigan, black bobux shoes, farmers black tights, MOX white crown.

Catering – Annaliese and her mum

Party Supplies Pop Roc Parties (listed below), Spotlight, Kmart, personalised Nikau Cake topper from Love From Seventeen

-Whitewash wooden crates

-Mini bright confetti dots

-Eco Chic Cones

-Cone Tray

-Eco Chic Wooden Cutlery

-Meri Meri Toot Sweet mint stripe paper plates

-Meri Meri Toot Sweet mint stripe paper napkins

-Mini Milk Glass Bottles

-Confetti Paper Straws

-Mint Stripe Paper Straws

For more party inspiration check out our Animal Party Pinterest board

 

 

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Our New Meri Meri Party Arrivals

I love new Meri Meri party arrivals and as you probably already know, we only have a few deliveries a year with some products selling out in days!

Meri Meri Fiesta Cup

Here are some of new styles I have added to our Meri Meri party collection:

Our next Meri Meri delivery is due to arrive in June, so if there are some items you have been eying up make sure you snap them up before they sell out

Meri Meri Pink Dusty Tableware CollageI adore these new pastel shades of the Meri Meri Toot Sweet stripe range, we have it in dusty pink and lavender.

Meri Meri Toot Sweet Lavender Stripe Tableware CollageThe metallic gold and silver scallop accents make this range so special!

Meri Meri Rose Gold Tableware Collage I have to admit I’m hugely crushing on rose gold for party supplies!  Gold is always the most popular colour we sell but I think rose gold takes a party to another level!

We also stock rose gold paper straws and love script balloons!

Meri Meri Sprinkles Tableware CollageThese new Meri Meri sprinkles cups, plates and napkins are a great versatile unisex party range, perfect for a ice cream party, donut party, cupcake party, baby shower and birthday party!

Meri Meri Fiesta CollageThis pretty fiesta party range includes cups, plates, napkins and bunting in a mixture of 6 beautiful colours in natural floral silhouette pattern.

Which I think works well for a bridal shower, baby shower, garden party and fiesta party!

And like all Meri Meri products they mix and match between designs so well!

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The Watermelon Edit!

I love that fruit is cool enough to be styled into parties and this Watermelon Edit features all of our Watermelon party supplies to create a Watermelon party, Tuttu Frutti party, Summer picnic party or even for adding into a Very Hungry Caterpillar party

Watermelon Party Cups

Watermelon Party Picks

Watermelon Paper Straws

Watermelon party plates

Watermelon paper napkins

Watermelon Slice Pinata

Our ice block sticks make watermelon the perfect party food!

Meri Meri watermelon party napkins

A styled Meri Meri flatlay featuring gold pineapple plates, watermelon napkins and gold scallop paper cups.

Juicy Watermelon Foil Party Balloon

Sunday’s Watermelon Pinata

For more tutti frutti party supplies and party inspiration check out our tutti frutti pinboard.

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2016 Advent Calendar, Christmas Tree & Wreath Competition

Every year we host a Christmas Tree competition over on our Facebook page and over the years we have added the Advent Calendar and Christmas Wreath competition

CHRISTMAS COMPETITION IMAGEThis year we will be hosting all three competitions.  You can choose if you want to enter one or all of them

All entries receive a 15% discount to use in the month of December and each category winner will receive a $50 Pop Roc Parties store credit!

Advent Calendar 15 Kylie HuttonCheck out our winners from last year here

TO ENTER:

Email: julie@poprocparties.co.nz

With your gorgeously decorated Christmas tree (the more creative the better!)

With your name and little bit about your creation

(Please us know if you have used any of our products!)

Sorry no previous entries will be accepted

I will draw one winner from each category and each winner will WIN a $50 Pop Roc Parties store credit

PLUS all entries receive a 15% off your next purchase code to use for the month of December.

The competition period is for 23th November -23rd December

We will draw three winners (one per category) the evening of December 23rd, the winners will be announced on Facebook and here on our blog

The store credit will be valid for two months, is not valid with any other promo or credit and does not include shipping

Conditions: In entering this competition you agree with Pop Roc Parties sharing your image

I look forward to seeing your creations!!

Julie

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Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

I love baking and at Christmas time it’s so busy but I always make time to make these Gingerbread cookies which are perfect for hanging on the tree (punch a hole near the top of the cookie with a straw), giving as gifts and having in the cookie tin

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CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD

INGREDIENTS

100 grams butter

½ cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon salt

1 egg

3 cups plain flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon baking powder

½ cup golden syrup

METHOD

-Set oven to 180°c

-Cream butter, sugar and spices until light and fluffy

-Add the egg gradually until it is combined and creamy

-Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda and add the creamed mix alternating with the golden syrup

-Mix till combined then wrap and chill (you can chill this up to two days before baking)

-Dust your work surface with flour and knead the dough

-Roll the dough 5mm thick

-Cut into shapes and place on a lined baking tray

-Chill for 15 minutes then place into the preheated oven

-Bake for 10 minutes

-Once cold decorate as desired with Royal Icing

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ROYAL ICING

1 egg white

1 ½ cups of sifted icing sugar

Lemon juice

-With a mixer beat the egg white with 1 cup of icing sugar and a couple of drops of lemon juice

-When white and well mixed through, gradually add the other ½ cup of icing sugar

-Beat until thick and fluffy

-Add food colouring gel to create colours and decorate with a piping bag and nozzles

-To fill in water down the royal icing slightly

Use the icing immediately or else keep covered at all times as when it dries out it becomes rock solid

This recipe makes enough for a big batch of cookies or a gingerbread house

pop-roc-parties-christmas-cookie-cutter-setOur super cute Christmas cookie cutter set comes in a gorgeous box

Here is an example of cookies boxed in our kraft window boxes as gifts

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Please note these images are from our supplier of the cookie cutters we stock, not of the actual recipe

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Christmas Stocking Fillers 2016

A few of my Christmas stocking filler ideas…

When it comes to planning my children’s Christmas stocking fillers I’m on the hunt for fun, cool and affordable goodies for me Christmas Stockings is one of the most exciting things about Christmas, my Dad still gives me and my siblings stockings (score!).  Usually in our stocking we got a juice like a Just Juice carton, a few pieces of summer fruit, chocolate marshmallow Santa’s and small gifts/toys.

As part of our Family Christmas tradition, the kids each get a Christmas tree decoration which they have a cotton drawstring bag each for so when they leave home they have a stash of decorations for their own trees.

product_imageI love the Love From Seventeen Christmas decorations.   To fill my stockings I add the Christmas tree decorations, generally with some small gifts, a drink and chocolate.

Here are few ideas:

ice-cream-bubblesunicorn-pink-bubbles-necklaceIce Cream + Unicorn Bubbles from Pop Roc Parties

rebelkitchen_orangechoc-600x600 Rebel Mylk with no added sugar from Natural Things or the supermarket

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blueberry_1278414956_1024x1024 Jack n’ Jill Toothbrushes + Toothpaste from Little & Loved

meri-meri-christmas-tattoosMeri Meri Christmas Tattoos from Pop Roc Parties

hurraw_vanillabean-600x600My girls would love these Hurraw Lip Balms from Natural Things

bb_bear_egg-cup_hat_1024x1024Buddy + Bear egg cups for the children who love boiled eggs for breakfast like my kids, from Little Whimsy

grey-bow-alba-iPretty hair bows from Alba & I

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Rock chalk from Global Baby

sd_classic_hires_pixie_sandpearl-f_grandeThe sleekest sunglasses from Pop Factory Shop

hellotoes_happydays_grandeHello Toes happy days crew socks from Pop Factory Shop

img_6360_2_grandeKitty knee high socks from Jamie Kay

regan_reindeer_2015Chocolate Reindeer lollipops from Devonport chocolates

I hope this gives you a few ideas for filling your children’s Christmas stockings, I would love to hear what you pop in yours

x Julie

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Easter Hampers

Last year I started a new family tradition:

Easter Hampers

Kids Easter Hamper CollageI thought I would share what I gave them last year:

Small whitewash wooden crates

Bunny jars, schleich bunnies spray painted (we sell a range of jars you can use)

G Nancy pajamas and Pop Factory Shop pjs (a sweet collab between these two fab ladies) it basically started an obsession with G Nancy, Beau will only wear her pjs!

Jack n Jill Tooth brushes and tooth paste from Little & Loved

Mini buckets with a blackboard stickers for their name for the Easter egg hunt

And a chocolate bunny, we gave Coco a mossy rabbit instead of chocolate

I love the idea of having re-usable items such as the crates and bunny jars, I actually even kept the shredded paper in the crates to reuse this year.  The crates were kept in top of the kids wardrobes but you could easily use them as storage in their bedrooms or playroom during the year

We give these to the kids on Easter/Good Friday

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