A Pups 1st Birthday

You know we love a good party and when I was asked by Mindy of Twig and Arrow to share this doggy 1st birthday party I couldn’t resist!

 

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The idea was the brainchild of the photographer and golden retrievers ‘Shelby’s’ mum Anna Munro.
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Anna and her assistant Miranda Zander worked with cake maker Grace at Sweet bakery to design a concept and whole menu of totally dog friendly treats.
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They asked me to style it and I think I said YES!!!!
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Quiet loudly with the excitement of getting to work with some very cute dogs.
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I was inspired by the gender neutral colors of grassy green bright tennis ball green black and white.
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Grace of Sweet bakery and Cakery made beautiful completely pet edible deserts that the dogs when crazy for.
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I sourced goods and materials from:

Stables Imports – Dog Pillows

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KmartDog Treats Poop Bags

BunningsFaux Grass

I handmade the coffee sack bow tie collars

GET THE LOOK!

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Grey Stripe Paper Bags | Square Eco Chic Plates | Black Stripe Napkins

Blackboard Pegs | Black Bucket | White Balloons

Yellow Balloons | Black Balloons | Green Balloons

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If you would like to throw a pup party make sure the dogs know one another.

These three all play together regularly so it made for a really chilled afternoon. We until Shelby discovered she was tall enough to eat from the table.

But she was the birthday girl so…

Photographer:

Anna – Wellingtonphotographer.net

Food:

Grace – Sweetbakery.co.nz

Styling:

Mindy – Twigandarrow.com

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Batman Party Inspiration

I thought I would share some inspiration on throwing a Batman Party……….

 

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I have always loved Batman, I have such fond memories of watching the 1960’s tv series with my dad and brother as a child.  Which actually inspired Beau’s Batman 5th birthday party that I threw last year!

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I have curated a Batman Party collection on the website in a black, white and gold colour scheme

PARTY TIP:
When planning a party once you have decided on a party theme choose your colour scheme I usually pick 2-3 colours plus a metallic accent colour like silver or gold.

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Our batman mask doubles as a party table setting decoration and party favor the kids can take home!

Our gold foil letter balloons spell out NA NA NA which was the perfect simple backdrop for this theme

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If you can set up the table and backdrop the day before the party that gives you a chance to play around with where everything is going to be placed and what food will go on what dish.  Pop a post-it note on the dish of the food that will go on it so if anyone is helping you, you can easily direct them to set up the food on the table.  I have to admit that I actually didn’t plan it out to well for this party I just thought I would wing it so there are so many things I would now tweak.

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Black foil number balloon + black marble balloons work in well for the monochrome colour scheme

A black perspex batman cake topper I had custom made by Love From Seventeen (which is available to hire) made the perfect statement piece for the simple birthday cake I made (sitting on our black milk glass cake stand)

A wee party flatlay of the party items, I loved keeping the colours monotone but working in patterns of the products to keep the table setting interesting.
I used a black stripe napkin paired with a marble hexagon shaped paper plate, mini milk bottles with black chevron paper straws.

I served chicken nuggets and hot chips (Beau’s favourite) in our noodle boxes

In keeping with the marble I made these marble fondant sugar cookies using our batman cookie cutter.
These cookies were actually easy to make, here’s a link to making sugar cookies.  You can make sugar cookies a week in advance (they last for so long and I love being able to make things earlier, the less you have to make the day before right!) and the fondant can be done a couple of days earlier.  Here’s a link to making the marble fondant and you can attach the fondant to the cookie with apricot jam.

Batman Mask

Oreo cookie stack on our small hire black milk glass cake stand

Batman sugar cookies packaged in our long cello bags tied with black 12 ply bakers twine for take home party favors.

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The sugar cookie batch makes so many cookies, these were a cheap addition to the party favors

Black chevron paper straws in our mini milk bottles for the adults, each child had a bottle on their table setting.

Old fashioned lemonade served in our mason drink dispenser, these dispensers are such a great size and I always pop mine on a whitewash crate (upside down) so there’s enough room to place a cup or bottle underneath without having the dispenser on the edge of a table.

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I make up homemade lemonade (or a punch without the lemonade) a day before the party and store it in the fridge in recycled plastic bottles so the day of the party I can easily give someone else the job of placing ice and the drinks in the drink dispenser!

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Always have food to serve adults, I created this platter of Oreo marshmallow sandwiches, sausage rolls (extras from the kids food) seeded crackers I made with brie and Magnolia Kitchen chocolate macarons.  This platter was placed on our coffee table away from the party table.

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When planning a party I always start with creating a pinterest pin board, I pin my favourite ideas and products I want to use so I  can see everything together just like creating a mood board and I can link back to ideas like DIY marble fondant closer to the time.  I always find there is some great idea I have forgotten about but its on my pin board to remind me.

BATMAN PARTY PINBOARD!

GET THE LOOK!

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Gold Letter N A N A N A Balloons | Black Marble Balloons

HIRE IT!

 

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The products featured in Beau’s Batman Party that are available to hire:

Black Small Rococo Cake Stand | Large Black Rococo Cake Stand
Black Small Milk Glass Cake Stand | Black Medium Milk Glass Cake Stand
Mini Milk Bottles | Mason Drink Dispenser | White Petite Sweets Compotes
Children’s Tolix Chairs | Children’s Trestle Tables | Whitewash Crates

Party Styling by Juls Cavanagh

Photography by Nadine Canestri

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How To Style Latex Balloons

I’m sharing some of my favourite ways to style latex balloons………

Latex balloons have been a party essential forever!
Not only are they a cheap party decoration they can be styled in so many amazing ways.

Black marble balloons + black latex balloons styled as a bunch and tied at different heights with fishing line onto a balloon weight.

Latex balloons can be filled with air or helium.
Sophia modelling her birthday balloons – a bunch of gold and white latex balloons by Kathleen.

PARTY TIP: I buy a helium tank from the warehouse (keep an eye out for when they go on sale) and fill my balloons up at home!  A $50 tank easily fills a number foil balloon and several latex balloons and can be stashed away for another party!  One tank will only fill two jumbo balloons!  You can also hire larger helium tanks from balloon shops if you have lots of balloons to fill.

Style latex balloons in bunches with a number foil balloon for a real statement or have a bunch on either side of table to balance the table visually.
(We have more black number balloons arriving in the next week)

I love how the black latex balloons are matt black, they look so cool with our gold number balloons!

For creating these Halloween balloons I wrote on our black balloons with a blackboard pen.

Decorate latex balloons with stickers.

I used vinyl wall stickers to decorate these pink latex balloons for Sophia’s Ice cream party.

Using balloon sticks instead of helium is a cheaper alternative and it also makes great party favors that children can take home their own party balloon!

Create a balloon number shape backdrop for a birthday party table.
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Create  a simple balloon tail for jumbo balloons like Tarryn made for her sons party out of fresh greenery or our willow garlands.

I made these pretty glitter feather balloon tails for Sophia’s Swan Lake Party, you can find the tutorial on the blog.

We stock marble balloon packs in three colour ways: pink, blue and black.


We sell standard sized 30cm helium quality balloons in plain colours: nude, white, pink, red, orange, yellow, lavender, purple, blue, teal, green, black, silver and gold packs.

And nude, white, pink, blue, black, silver and gold jumbo balloons.

Nude standard and jumbo balloons are perfect for filling with our tissue confetti, anything heavier weighs down the helium.

PARTY TIP: Use a funnel to fill nude balloons with confetti, gently fit the neck of the balloon around the funnel and gently push the confetti through with a pen or pencil (I like to use the rubber end of a pencil)  When filling the balloon with helium do so slowly.

Here’s a guideline for filling balloons with helium.

If you are doing a baby shower gender reveal use our black jumbo balloons and the pink or mint tissue confetti to reveal your babies sex.

Tie nude helium balloons filled with confetti to chairs.

Create a balloon garland, here’s a simple video DIY tutorial by classy clutter.

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PARTY TIP If your hubby has a compressor its quicker to fill them up instead of blowing them up by mouth.  If filling with helium make sure you fill them the day of the event
Using balloon weights is the perfect way to weigh down your helium balloons so they don’t float away!

Just to note, all balloons are temperamental and delicate they can be affected by heat.  When inflating balloons be careful not to tear the neck of the balloon, fill them too fast or too big.

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Party Decorations

We can help you create an amazing party with our range of party decorations………

You may of noticed how popular party decorations are becoming
Party Balloons have become a real statement piece to decorating a party and having birthday photos.
Most party decorations we sell are also being reused in children’s bedrooms

White Latex Balloons used a balloon garland and I used jasmine from the garden, you can use our willow or ivy garlands for the same effect | Gold Triangle Garland | Unicorn Garland from Love From Seventeen

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Meri Meri Fiesta Bunting | Gold Glitter Pennant Letters spelt out as love!

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Gold Glitter Letter Pennants (used as a Sophia garland) which now hangs in Sophia’s bedroom | Silver Foil Number Balloon

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Meri Meri All Wrapped Up Happy Birthday Garland + birthday cake by Little & Loved

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Decorating a birthday party can be as simple as a garland hanging behind the party table or a foil number balloon filled with helium!

We have an amazing range of party decorations curated so you can be creative with how you express yourself through your party and budget!

My MUST HAVE party decorations would be a foil number balloon + willow garland!

PARTY TIP: I buy a helium tank from the warehouse (keep an eye out for when they go on sale) and fill my balloons up at home!  A $50 tank easily fills a number balloon and several latex balloons and can be stashed away for another party!  One tank will only fill two jumbo balloons!  You can also hire larger helium tanks from balloon shops if you have lots of balloons to fill.

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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo!

Life is a fiesta!

Here are some ideas for celebrating Cinco de Mayo……….

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Our Meri Meri Fiesta party garland is the perfect Cinco de Mayo party decoration

Pop Roc Parties Meri Meri Fiesta CupsWe stock matching Meri Meri Fiesta paper cups in the same six colourways

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Meri Meri Fiesta square scallop edge paper plates, perfect for serving up tacos!

Pop Roc Parties Fiesta NapkinsMatchy matchy adorable Fiesta napkins

Cinco de Mayo food ideas………

Here’s some yummy appertiser ideas for Cinco de Mayo party food:

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Hot Mexican Street Corn Dip by Rookie Cookie

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Cheesy Queso Fundido (cheesy chorizo dip) by The Suburban Soapbox

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Visually delicious 7 layer dip by The Girl Who Ate Everything, I think these would look perfect served up in our clear cups.

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Tostadas by Somewhat Simple

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Cinco de Mayo | Flank Steak Tacos

Flank Steak Tacos by The Garlic Diaries

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Homemade Churros are so delicious and actually quite easy to make, I think thought would be perfect served up in our Eco Chic Cones

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Mini Choco Tacos by Spoon Fork Bacon

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Cinco de Mayo | Pink Senorita

Want an alternative to margaritas to serve your guests?  Try this pretty pink senorita cocktail by Superman Cooks

For more Fiesta party products check out our party collection here and Cinco de Mayo inspiration on Pinterest.

 

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5 TIPS FOR THROWING THE PERFECT BABY SHOWER!

Baby Shower Planning Tips With Global Baby…………

 

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The lovely Anita from Global Baby asked me to share some tips on throwing a perfect baby shower on her blog so I thought I would share them with you too:

I love throwing parties and pregnant Mummas are always a great excuse to celebrate! I actually had a baby shower for each of my three pregnancies and I have to admit things had changed a lot in those five years!

Here are some of my top tips to throwing a gorgeous wee baby shower for that special Mumma to be……….

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1 – Plan a theme

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Most parties are put together well but having a theme and colours to follow, it makes it easier to narrow down choices and fine tune the aesthetic you are aiming for/wanting.  Always keep in mind what you think the mother to be would love.

My favourite baby shower themes are:

Milk & Cookies

Garden Party 

Donut Party

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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2- Invitations

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Invitations are always the beginning of planning and they should always match the party theme in some way or another (colours, patterns or theme). If you would like to create your own you can do so on Photoshop,  Canva  which has loads of free layouts, and it’s easy to use. Once you’ve chosen your theme it’ll be a lot easier to select an invitation template in Canva, this gives your event consistency, and gives your guests a hint about what to expect on the day. Another great free design site is Picmonkey.

Otherwise Etsy offers a amazing range of printable invites which you can get cheaply printed at Warehouse stationery or your local print shop.

3 – Food

Throwing a baby shower in the afternoon allows you most of the day to prepare and means you can serve easy appetisers.  Grazing platters are so on trend at the moment and I have to admit I love them!

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Food ideas:

-mini savory muffins with a slice of cream cheese slotted on top
-cheese and crackers with relishes (assortment of hard cheeses is a good idea)
-macarons or mini cookies
-mini pizza pinwheels
-About to POP popcorn in cello bags as single servings
-mini servings of granola, yoghurt and berries
-bliss balls or raw slices
-mini cupcakes

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4 – Games

Party games are fun, but you can have too much of a good thing, plus you want to give the guests a chance to talk to each other too.

-Guess the baby stats
-Pin the dummy on the baby
-Advice for the mum to be cards
-Guess the baby food

5 – Thank-you cards

It’s always nice to send out thank-you cards after the event, and trust me, even if you’re tired and pregnant, it’s still much easier if you get them out before the baby arrives!

You can use the same template for your thank-you cards that you used for your invitations.

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For all your baby shower party supplies you can shop our range here and for party inspiration check out our baby shower pinterest board

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Gift Registry

If you’re planning an upcoming baby shower make sure you check out Global Baby’s new Guest Registry function on their website.

It makes it so easy for the host/mum to be to set up for all those items they need, and saves on all those double ups and makes it stress free for the guests to buy a fabulous gift.

Here are some of the most popular items on Global Baby’s gift registries right now:

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Bugaboo + Storksak Leather Nappy Bag 

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You Simply Can’t Spoil a Newborn book by Dorothy Waide

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Chekoh Original Wrap

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Sleep Tight Baby – The Legs Out Swaddle

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Bodie’s Dinosaur Party – FEATURED PARTY!

Inspiring Dinosaur Birthday Party………

I’m so happy to share this natural inspired Dinosaur party.

This party is created by our amazing customer Tracey, for her son Bodie’s 3rd birthday party.

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I hope sharing this party will inspire you for creating a boy’s themed birthday party!

You can also check out Bodie’s 1st birthday Ice Cream Party here

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I love the food stacked on our wood slabs (from our hire collection)

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Pop Roc Parties Party SuppliesBalloons + Willow Garland + Ivy Garland + Mason Jar Drink Dispenser + White Wash Crates + Monsteria Leaves

Pop Roc Parties Party HireWooden Slabs + Wooden Log Seats + Children’s Trestle Tables

Magnolia KitchenDinosaur Birthday Cake + Cinnamon Donuts

Cockle Bay Bake ShopDino Cupcakes

Styled + photographed by Tracey Atkin

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