If you’re looking for a girl’s birthday range that doesn’t veer towards the pink and frilly, you’ll love our Tree Top Friends collection. Sweet but not sugary, the range has everything you need to create a fun themed celebration and has appeal for a broad age range, from pre-schoolers up to the difficult ‘tween’ age group. With its zingy colour palette of acid green, pink and yellow, Tree Top Friends is a bold alternative to the myriad pink ‘n’ princessy ranges out there, so if you’re looking for party ideas with something a little unusual about them, this is a great place to start.
If you’re lucky enough to be celebrating during the summer, this range lends itself perfectly to a outdoor celebration. Give your outdoor space an ‘enchanted garden’ feel with bunting, balloons and fairy lights – the range includes some gorgeous bunting featuring circular flags reading ‘Happy Birthday’ which can be attached to garden walls or fences, or strung around a parasol or tree. We love the idea of using multi-coloured paper lanterns or pom poms to decorate your outdoor space, too. Available in a multitude of colours, hang a cluster to a tree or canopy – Hobby craft does a good selection in zesty colours to match the other pieces in the Tree Top Friends range.
If you’ve got a pre-schooler with a birthday on the horizon and you’re looking for a theme that’s a little bit different from the ubiquitous pirates ‘n’ princesses, you might like to check out our range inspired by a children’s bookshelf classic. Few parents of kids in the 0-4 age range will be unfamiliar with Dear Zoo, Rod Campell’s internationally best selling story. With this impressive heritage, we were delighted to be able to see the story come to life in our party range, which features original illustrations by the author himself. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a colourful alternative to standard party ware, and includes pieces to dress your table as well as decorative accessories and stationery.
When it comes to ticking off the essentials, you’ll find everything you need to create a party table popping with colour. Bold paper plates, cups, bowls and napkins come in shades of green, red and yellow and feature instantly recognisable Dear Zoo characters; the too tall giraffe, the too naughty monkey and the too big elephant, for example. Serve the classic jelly and ice cream in a co-ordinating treat tub, illustrated with a leaping frog. On the subject of jelly you could stick with your theme and look for some animal-shaped moulds to make your desserts extra special – retailers such as Etsy and eBay are good for sourcing unusual party food supplies.
Reaching the grand old age of 1 is something of a milestone. It’s your child’s very 1st birthday, the first chapter in a tradition that will, in years to come, bring with it excitement and wonder, creating special family memories you’ll cherish as your children grow older. While this celebration won’t mean much to your little one, it does hold significance for other family members – and of course Mum and Dad – so why not do something small but special to mark your baby’s first year? In years to come birthdays will be big, extravagant affairs, filled with noise, laughter and the inevitable tears, but in the early years a children’s parties can be a simple, low-key affair, with just a handful of special guests…so why not enjoy calm, stress-free parties while you can!
That said, if you love nothing more than planning an event and all that that involves – baking, making and decorating – feel free to indulge your creative side and make your gathering a little bit special. Of course, parents of young children don’t usually have lots of free time on their hands for this sort of thing, so it’s a good idea to have some short cuts up your sleeve so the planning doesn’t get in the way of enjoyment. If you’ve been looking for 1st birthday party ideas for a while and haven’t found what you’re looking for you might like to start by taking a look at our Little Owls range, created specifically with birthdays, baby showers and christenings in mind. Bright, whimsical and available in both blue and pink options, it includes all the essentials such as tableware and decorative items that provide a fuss-free way to style your gathering without the stress. Featuring a zingy colour palette and a cute owl design, the range is cute without being cutesy; retro without being old-fashioned. We love it and we think you will too!