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!
What do you do if you’re a design-savvy couple who want a smart, uncluttered look for your wedding scheme? Perhaps you hate sugary colours and aren’t fans of hearts, flowers or butterflies – motifs that tend to dominate when it comes to decorative items for your special day. It might seem that finding something a little less fussy and a little bit more utilitarian is an impossible task, so you’ll be pleased to hear that we have a range that’s perfect if you’ve been searching to no avail. ‘Just My Type’ is a collection of accessories and decorations that cleverly combines sleek, simple design with a vintage aesthetic, creating something that has a distinctly retro feel without being fusty or fussy. It uses a bold, retro font-face that typography aficionados will love and a brown paper bag effect – trust us, the effect is more elegant than it sounds! Simple embellishment comes courtesy of a single red heart, making this range perfect for those who like their vintage to be chicly utilitarian rather than shabby chic. This collection has a big dose of style rather than chintz, so while there’s bunting in the range (surely everyone loves a bit of bunting?!) there’s not a floral flag in sight. Bunting makes a great fuss-free way to dress your venue, whether strung around a marquee, used to decorate the new couple’s car or attached to the top table chairs to give the bride and groom’s seating some subtle enhancement.
This range has been designed to offer an understated and unobtrusive look, leaving plenty of space for your other accessories to do the talking. Splashes of red and white allow you to have some fun with your floral displays – how about co-ordinating with bold red and white roses or enhancing the retro vibe with jam jars filled with fresh-from-the-meadow wild flowers? Tie your jars with a luggage tag, adorned with red and white string to give even the simplest of displays an extra flourish. Pop a chocolate square onto each table setting or choose a heart-shaped sweet treat, covered in co-ordinating red foil. A scattering of table confetti adds a sweet but subtle addition without detracting from the timeless elegance of a table set with heavy silver cutlery, sparkling glassware and crisp white table linen.