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


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!!






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




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


-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



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


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



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


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


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







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


Easter Egg Craft Fun

Every year when Easter rolls around I like to think of easy Easter craft ideas and these decorative Easter Eggs were so much fun!

I love any chance to get my craft on but I have a wee habit of leaving it to the last minute, anyone else relate??

Polystryene Eggs ClusterWhen I ordered in these white  polystyrene eggs into the shop I couldn’t resist pimping them out

IMG_9830With a bit of spray paint, a vivid, glitter and gold glitter tape the world is your Easter egg oyster

IMG_9831Don’t these pink and gold Easter eggs look super cute nesting on our pink shredded paper in our whitewash crates or in the egg carton I also spray painted

IMG_9819Easter Egg CartonAnd for all you last minute Easter shoppers we are offering

20% OFF


Easter collection


Sale ends midnight 31st March and is not valid with any other offer, bank deposits must be received two days after order is placed


March’s PARTY FLATLAY Challenge



St Patricks Day Party Flatlay

Easter Party Flatlay


Christmas Stocking Goodies

Here’s a few Christmas stocking stuffing ideas I have put together for my two eldest children

Every year its tradition to give the kids a Christmas tree decoration so they have a collection for when they leave home

Sophias Christmas Stocking 2014Sophia’s stocking:

Beau Monde Babe carnival truck pillowcase

Flamingo togs from The Warehouse

Fairy Christmas decoration from Farmers

Confetti spotty mason jar

Candy necklace

Mini heart love candy rolls

Reindeer topper

Tattyoo ice cream tattoos from Le Bebe & Me

Knot & Bow party mix confetti bomb

Sonny Doll from Little Eclectic

Beaus Christmas Stocking 2014Beau’s Stocking:

Pop Factory Shop ticket to the moon pillowcase from Beau Monde Babe

Tattyoo Bat Tattoos from Beau Monde Babe

Black train Christmas tree decoration from Farmers

Neon yellow round stickers

White rock candy

Knot & Bow Blue party mix confetti bomb


Raindrop mason jar

Sonny Doll from Little Eclectic

Pirate Stickers

I would love to hear what you are popping in your child’s stocking this year and if you have any Christmas stocking traditions