Zzzzz ....... it's a sleep over party!

 

Party Mums are super excited to share the details of our new sleepover parties.

Kids just love having their friends over and a sleepover is the ultimate. After all, you can't beat having all your besties sleeping over in one room can you? Sleep is usually the last thing on the guests agenda at these parties, but our comfy mattresses and soft snuggly blankets ensure that everyone can get a good nights sleep.

Our beautiful handmade A-frame tents are covered in gorgeous printed fabric, they're tall enough to sit up in and long enough to lay down in. Each guest has their own table outside of their tent with their own lantern, perfect for later when it's dark, but we made sure there's still space for snacks and drinks. We know how important those midnight feasts are!

Decorative pillows and string lights make this party truly special and if you want to add extra touches like party bags, cupcakes, balloons or even the birthday cake, we can take care of that for you too.

Our first theme is 'adventure', in black and white colours, perfect for boys or girls. We are already working on our next themes, with an eye on the global trends as well as setting our own! Of course, your input is important to us, so get in touch and let us know what you think would make a great theme.

Do you know that sleepover parties don't just have to be for birthdays, they can work for any occassion. You could plan a movie night or a spa night. For younger children who want a sleepover, but are not quite big enough, our tents work great in the daytime too, a teddy bears picnic is perfect in our tents. The possibilities are endless.

Delivery is in the Leeds area and set-up usually takes under 1 hour. We set everything up and return the following day to collect. We do offer a great price for 2 nights, but we will let you decide if you can handle more of the fun! The minimum number of tents is two and the maximum is of course up to you. For areas outside Leeds please contact us for more information.

So when are you planning the next sleepover?

Call us now to make a booking 0113 8800330

Or email hello@partymums.com

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Simple beach themed party.

A beach theme is a great idea for a summer party, its bright and colourful and suits both boys and girls. Weather permitting, a bouncy castle and paddling pool can provide all the entertainment you need. When it comes to the food, fish fingers and chips served in mini galvanised buckets with checked greaseproof paper, look adorable. Bucket and spades can be used as party bags, filled with treats for the guests to take home.

A simple party idea that looks fab. What are you waiting for!

Pineapples or flamingos?

There is no escaping them ,they're everywhere!! Pineapples and flamingos are dominating instagram and the party world. From giant flamingo pool floats and drinks holders to pineapple ornaments and decorations for your home. Both remind you of summer and their bright colours certainly put you in the party mood. The difficulty is choosing which to go for, or maybe you can use both together? I guess you could party like a pineapple and dance like a flamingo!!!

What about you? Do you like one more than the other?

Tell us what you think.

Moroccan party - part 2

We had so much to share about this tween party in Leeds, that we couldn't fit it all in to one post! So here are the rest of the details for you to enjoy.

VIP passes were designed and attached to a sparkly, jewelled lanyard, which were given to the birthday girl to distribute to her guests on arrival. The pass allowed access to the VIP entrance of the marquee and really added to the excitement of the party.

Activities and games. Although this was a slightly more grown up party, the birthday girl had made a request for a few party games, but not the usual games of pass the parcel and pin the tail on the donkey. Competitive games are more popular with this age group, so we had a chalkboard with game options listed including the cookie challenge and the smarties game. In the end all the games were played by the guests, but the junk in the trunk game caused the most laughter we're told.

We created a craft station where guests could decorate their own sun catcher. This activity fit the theme well, but also doubled up as a take home party favor too. Just make sure this activity is completed early on in the party, to allow time for the paint to dry.

Food for the party was kept quite simple, pizza and fries which suited everyone and was a great choice to allow the guests to enjoy the low table and relaxed seating arrangement. The self service drinks station was popular too.

For dessert we set up a donut station and a sweetie shop, where guests could help themselves, the mini donut wall looked really effective and the gold letter balloons spelling donuts ensured no one could miss it!

A period of free time was planned into the party after food to allow guests time to enjoy some music, or play their own games. Fez hats and belly dancing skirts were provided for dressing up and dancing to the music.

To quieten things down before the guests left we had set up a milk and cookies station, which was the perfect end to the perfect party. 

Party bags in red, purple, blue and black made of organza fabric, tied with ribbon and secured in place with a jewel. Contents included glow in the dark glasses and a ring, flashing glitter bouncy ball, sparkly pen and sweets. Guests also had their sun catcher and VIP lanyard to take with them for nostalgia.

What a truly amazing party and one we would love to plan all over again! We are grateful to have been involved in such a special day.

Games list.

Games list.

Smarties game.

Smarties game.

Sun catcher.  

Sun catcher.

 

Dragon sun catcher.

Dragon sun catcher.

Mini donut wall.

Mini donut wall.

Donut station.

Donut station.

Mini sweetie shop.

Mini sweetie shop.

Moroccan dress up.

Moroccan dress up.

Milk and cookies. 

Milk and cookies. 

VIP passes.

VIP passes.

So many bright colours.

So many bright colours.

Time for home.

Time for home.

Balloons are taking over party world!

We don't know about you, but there is just something about balloons that make you smile. Maybe it's that they come in so many colours, shapes and sizes? Or maybe it's the way they bob about, always misbehaving and not staying where you put them? Whatever it is, they have been a staple of many parties and celebrations for years, always there in the background hinting that this is a great day. 

Well not any more. Balloons are the biggest thing in party world, massive, huge. In fact, balloons ARE the party. You only have to glance through Pinterest to see their presence everywhere from baby showers and weddings, to graduations and retirement parties. Whatever the occasion you are celebrating you can add balloons and depending on your budget this can be a few colour coordinated balloons or a whole ceiling filled with them.

Metallic colours are very popular and marbled balloons are starting to make an appearance too. Giant balloons look amazing and you can trim the strings with decorations too, which can work well in a photo booth situation. Script balloons with the words, baby, love and party look fantastic and individual foil letter balloons in various colours allow you to spell out any word.

Balloon garlands are very effective in creating a focal point and whole walls decorated in balloons look amazing.

Makes us want to get creating something straight away.

 

Moroccan Party - part 1

What a fabulous party this was to plan, bursting with colour and full of gorgeous features that would easily work for an adult party too. We are so excited to be able to share the photos with you.

The brief was to create an evening party for a 10th birthday, the guest list was small, only 8 guests in total, but the idea was big. The birthday girl wanted a grown up theme and if possible an outdoor party, which living in the UK is a challenge in itself. She didn't want it to be formal, just more of a chilled out affair, with a few games for fun too.

After coming up with various ideas, we knew we had it right when the moroccan theme started to come together. A large marquee was the first priority, no chance of the weather spoiling this event! With informal seating inside, which were floor cushions and a table at low level, this gave the feeling of being an intimate affair with a relaxed atmosphere. Bright colours for the tableware and a mix of different fabrics, plus a lantern centrepiece completed the look. 

Decorations inside the marquee coordinated beautifully with the theme. First there was the canopy ceiling to create above the table area, we wanted the guests to really feel like they were eating at a moroccan banquet. We selected rich colours of purple and gold to trim the ceiling and suspended a moroccan lantern from the centre, it really gave the space a different feel.

Around the inside of the marquee we hung gold and silver fringed curtains, which sparkled and shimmered in the evening light and numerous balloons in gold and purple were placed here and there. At the far end of the marquee we created a focal point using a balloon garland and the birthday cake, drawing your eyes to the back of the room.

Creating the balloon garland was great fun and using a mix of colours and sizes worked really well against the black background. We used rose gold letters to spell out the birthday girls name and rose gold numbers for her age below. The birthday cake of course complimented the theme, with matching cookies too.

As this party was to have a more grown up feel, we set up a drinks station where guests could help themselves and included various accessories to trim their drinks like stirrers, straws, mini cocktail umbrellas and an ice bucket, the guests loved getting involved in this.

Battery operated candles in lanterns were placed all around the marquee and at the entrance, in anticipation of the sun setting later in the evening. This subtle lighting gave a gentle glow that added to the atmosphere.

Food options, treats, games and party bags will all be covered in the next post, there is still so much more to share!

So maybe just one last element to mention today.

The entrance. This would be the guests first impression of the party, so it needed to have a wow factor. Gold fringed curtains covered the doorway and a red roped barrier prevented access to the marquee, with a VIP entrance sign on display. This was a select party, strictly for invited guests with a VIP badge. What could be more exciting than that to a group of 10 year olds?

More on that in the next post!

Low level table covered in a velvet feel fabric with gold palm leaves.

Low level table covered in a velvet feel fabric with gold palm leaves.

Bright colours and textures combined together.

Bright colours and textures combined together.

Canopy ceiling created an authentic feel.

Canopy ceiling created an authentic feel.

Balloon garland.

Balloon garland.

The birthday cake.

The birthday cake.

Co ordinating cookies.

Co ordinating cookies.

Cake and cookie table.

Cake and cookie table.

The entrance.

The entrance.

Ready to party

The venue has been decided, the date booked, guests invited and the theme picked. Months of planning and preparation, it's all looking fantastic, just the final bits and pieces to finish off. Then, the great British weather throws you a curve ball! It's the middle of May and yet we have temperatures of 11 degrees and heavy rain and hail forecast. I mean hail in May, what on earth?

So big decision to make, do you carry on regardless with the outdoor themed party and suck it up, we are British after all? Or do you look at the possibility of rescheduling, whilst still keeping an eye on the cost and availability of the venue? It's a tricky one you need to ensure all your guests can still attend, catering needs thinking about and who is to say the weather will be any better for the new date?

One thing is for sure, it certainly keeps things interesting planning an outdoor party with the great British weather! 

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Children's party favors

Party favors used to be something you would only associate with weddings, but now it seems children's parties are getting in on the act too. Yes, they can still come in a party bag, but the emphasise seems to be more on quality now, not quantity. 

The idea is that guests have something to take away from the party that will still be around in a few weeks. When the child plays with the item it can create nostalgia about the recent party. This works even better if you can incorporate a craft at the party for the guests to participate in. The guests get great pleasure in creating their individual item and delight when they discover they can take it home to keep. 

Pottery painting is a great example of this and also stuffing and personalising a soft toy. Wooden toys are always popular and generally last a long time too.  

Happy favor hunting  

 

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Mermaid party

The magical world of mermaids. Every little girl dreams of swimming like a mermaid, with a sparkly mermaid tail instead of feet and long flowing hair. We dive and wriggle around in the water and are drawn to shiny pretty shells, deep at the bottom of the sea. It's no wonder this theme is so popular. The colours of the ocean, turquoise blues and teal greens, paired with soft lilacs and coral pinks of the sand, are just a match made in heaven and when you add a touch of iridescent here and there, it completes the fantasy.

This is the perfect theme to follow a swim party, or if you are lucky enough to get the weather, a party at home with the paddling pool out. It is sure to have your little mermaid flicking her tail with delight!

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Twins parties

Planning a party for twins can be challenging, especially if they are boy girl twins. Whilst the boys may want to charge about making as much noise and chaos as possible, girls tend to enjoy more structured activities and crafts. So what can you do to please both groups?

It might help to start with your theme. If it's their first or second birthday, things can be kept pretty simple, they tend to like similar things. Neutral themes like a circus or farm work really well and favourite characters like Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol will always have them squealing with delight. The classic Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Little Prince and Little Princess are timeless and very cute themes too.

So what happens when they hit 3? They have a very definite idea of what they do and what they don't like, any Mum of a 3 year old will tell you this! This is the time when trying to co-ordinate a birthday party for boys and girls can be a challenge. A great theme that works well, whilst still being neutral, is an "under the sea" theme. Include elements of mermaids for the girls and sharks for the boys, these can easily be incorporated into your party games and the party bags. A Teddy Bears picnic is great fun for this age too and the added option of "stuff your own bears" activity that can be used as a take home gift, is a party they will remember for a long time.

As they reach school age, they seem to really widen the gap between what they see as a girls party and a boys party. A superhero theme can still be a great neutral theme, most boys have a favourite character and it seems that girls have superhero's too, they all seem to think of Frozen's Elsa. Providing capes as take home party favors that can be used during the party, are a big hit and can keep them busy. 

Gender specific themes like Mermaid and Pirate, Knights and Princess, Fairy and Pixies and Cowgirl and Indian are all great themes to work with and will always be a popular choice. There are still many neutral themes that work well too, including a Beach party theme, Glow party, Ninja Warrior, the list goes on. 

Remember to have plenty of activities planned and try to split the groups, this will allow the boys time to run around and burn of some of that energy, whilst the girls can enjoy some time being creative. After 30 mins or so you can swap the groups around, before serving the party food, followed by some party games.

Well at that seems left to do is pick which theme? Hopefully this little blog will have given you some ideas.

Happy planning!