Five of the Best Independent Party Suppliers

So, you’ve got a special party to plan. Perhaps a birthday, hen party or wedding?  Wouldn’t it be nice to support small businesses and buy unique, beautiful or handmade party supplies?

I’ve scoured the internet to bring you five of my favourite party supply businesses suitable for adults and children alike, I hope you’re going to love them too!

First up … badges and hats …

If it’s a special birthday, Ellie’s Beautiful Mess hand makes fabric hats and number badges that will make you squeal!  The sparkly, glittery, squishy numbers will have everyone singing “happy birthday to you” all day long!

Birthday Hat

Personalised Felt Party Hat By Ellie’s Beautiful Mess

Let’s talk about party decor

Hello Party sell the most fabulous balloon garlands kits that really stand out from the crowd (I really want to cover my whole house with these).  I also think a tassel garland brings a bit of sparkle to any party, plus you can keep it up long after the party is over!

Balloon installation

DIY Balloon Garland Kit by Hello Party

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Tassel Garland by Hello Party

Balloons to Behold

Bubblegum Balloons make it easy to brighten anyone’s day, celebration or party with their inflated and personalised Bubble Balloons – arriving perfectly party ready by post.  Whether you’re hosting a Mermaid themed soiree or a Superhero extravaganza, there’s something for everyone.

Send a balloon in the post

Tropical Bubble Balloon by Bubblegum Balloons

Perfect Pinatas

You’ve decorated your venue and you’ve nailed the badge or hat to wear.  Surely every party needs a pinata?  Kate from Pinyatay hand makes every pinata to order and they’re absolutely BEAUTIFUL.  Possibly too lovely to smash up, so you could just use them as a centrepiece if you can’t bear to destroy them or you could purchase one of the pull string options.

If you’re organising a hen party you might just want to check out one of the listings at the bottom of the page (I won’t say anymore, chuckle, chuckle!)

Hand made cloud pinata

Cloud Pinata by Pinyatay

DIY Photo Booth

Foil letter balloons are bang on trend at the moment and Best Day Ever supply some excellent choices which are perfect for photobooth backdrops.  Add in some tissue paper pom poms or honeycomb balls and a tinsel curtain and you’re good to go!

Alphabet balloons

Foil Letter Balloons by Best Day Ever

These lovely small businesses are my personal favourites, but I’d love to discover more.  Who do you recommend?  Which party suppliers, trends and brands are you coveting on Instagram?

Thanks for reading, my next blog is all about independent suppliers of sweet treat and party table accessories, so please get in touch if you can recommend someone who fits the bill.

Crafty, sparkly hugs,
Lexy x

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Five of the Best Party Favours and Party Bag Ideas

Unique Party Bag Ideas

I’ve hunted high and low to bring you a selection of fun, exciting and quirky party bag ideas and favours. I think you’re going to have a hard time choosing which one to go for!

There’s something really exciting about party bags and favours for children and adults alike.  In contrast, some people are from the school of ‘whats wrong with a bit of cake and a balloon?’  But I love it!  I adore hunting for little bits and bobs that fit the party theme or even better, finding a single item that is both useful and fun!

Furthermore, I also love supporting small and local businesses. The chain stores and pound shops are great for a bargain. However it feels amazing to know that your purchase from a small business is going straight into paying for football or ballet lessons for someone’s child.  Also you get something unique, made with love and generally awesome!

Paint pallet party favour.
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A rainbow paint pallet for a My Little Pony Party

Fabric Party Bags

Make it Friday believe in turning the bag into the gift, as opposed to the contents which are just an added bonus! It seems extravagant, but by the time you buy all of the plastic (argh not the p-word), would it not make more sense to buy a beautiful, reusable, personalised cotton bag? You can pop a slice of cake inside and the bag can be used for all sort of things at home.

Wendy and Emma can create bespoke bags to suit your party and they follow party trends closely. Children (and a lot of adults) love anything personalised, so keeping designs simple with a name or even initial work a treat.

Mini Craft Kits

Here at Made By Me Craft Parties it’s all about the arts and crafts! Hence the perfect party favour to pair with my parties would be from the talented Cotton Twist.  An inspiration for parties & play, they pride themselves on making activities & gifts you’ll love to give, & children will love to receive.  Nostalgic, chic, simple & inherently satisfying, crafts draw upon a palette of raw materials from lolly sticks to boxes, & from twine to felt. Wave goodbye to all that plastic!  And just look at those tins, they are so cute!

Something for the Tweens and Teens

For something a bit more grown-up, look no further than the tasty Willow and Boo!  Their mission statement is ‘to transform the humble lollipop into something delicious and dazzling for every occasion.’  And wow their lollies certainly ‘POP’!  When I first saw the sherbet jars I fell in love!  These grown up treats would be perfect for a teen or tween party favour.  I can also see them going down a storm at hen parties and weddings.

Baking Mixes

Now who would like to go home with a baking mix party favour?  ‘Me please!’  I love the idea of giving party favours where you go home and make something.  A baking mix favour is simply perfect!  Katie Bakes is based in Hampshire and offers personalised baking mix party favours that only need the addition of melted butter.

Beautiful Personalised Biscuits

Don’t get me wrong … I love cake, however I find it often comes home from a party all smooshed up in a paper napkin and then looks totally unappetising.  The solution?  Biscuits By Sarah B.  They’re cute, they’re delicious, they’re packaged up beautifully.  Yum!

Now you’ve nailed your party bags, you might like to check out my blog post about party decorations or check out Four ways to make your celebration cake and party food look awesome.

Finally, this is only a small selection of my favourite, beautiful and unique party bag ideas. But I’d love to know if you’ve got a good idea that you’ve used on the past? Pop your ideas in the comments and I’ll check them out!