party planning

Summer birthday party ideas

Looking for summer birthday party ideas? Make the most of the sunshine with these awesome outdoor party theme and entertainment ideas.

From Hawaiian luau themed pool parties to backyard camping and ice cream stations, you will have so much fun in the sun.

Do you have a summer birthday in your house? Make the most of the sunshine with these awesome outdoor party ideas.

Summer party themes

Surf, tropical and Hawaiian luau party themes are so hot right now (ha ha). For decoration, think sand and sea shells, bright flowers and large green leaves, or pineapples and hot pink flamingos. You’ll find lots of decoration inspiration here and a great blog on luau parties here. Pic below from from the luau blog. Picture credit for the water melon drink to karaspartyideas.com - another great source of party ideas!

For refreshments, serve fruit kebabs and smoothies with paper umbrellas, and hand out party favours of thongs, grass skirts or flower leis.

Pool party

If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, your party entertainment is all sorted – just throw in some floaty toys, lay out towels or deckchairs, set up a shady umbrella and hand out icy poles. Don’t forget sunscreen and to keep an eagle eye on the kids while they swim.

Water games

Even without a pool, you can still have lots of fun playing water games. Fill up buckets with water, hand out water pistols and water balloons, and let the kids go nuts. There are also loads of party game ideas that are a little more sedate – try having a relay race where the kids have to run with a bowl of water held on their head. You can find lots more fun game ideas by searching ‘water games’ on Pinterest.

Camping party

Let the kids have an outdoor sleepover – set up a tent or string up some sheets, and create a bonfire surrounded by log offcuts for seating. Let them toast marshmallows on the bonfire, or make s’mores or these delicious campfire cones. For a fun night time party activity, hide some treasures in the garden and let the kids go on a torch-lit scavenger hunt.

Ice cream sundae station

Kids love ice cream, and setting up a DIY sundae station is a super easy way to serve dessert. Lay out various toppings and sprinkles, along with toffee popcorn, choc dots and mini marshmallows. Then scoop ice cream into bowls and let the kids heap on their own toppings. They’ll love it!

Outdoor movies

Hire an inflatable screen and movie projector to create your own backyard cinema. Set up rows of chairs or rugs with cushions, provide some snuggly blankets and bowls of popcorn. Wait for the sun to set and enjoy your favourite DVD on the big screen.

If there’s too much summer going on…

If it’s going to be too hot to enjoy being outside, bring the party inside with these fabulous indoor party game ideas - such as limbo and craft parties.

Happy summer partying!

 

Planning the perfect unicorn party

Unicorn party tips

Unicorns have been popular for many years with young girls.  If you are having a party at home choosing a theme can be hard to do as you want to throw the perfect party for your children.

I always love a unicorn theme and these days there is so much choice that makes it easy to style your daughters next birthday party.

Unicorn Cakes

The showpiece of any party is the cake.  You can order cakes in from many places.  Or you can have a go and do it yourself. Cake 2 the rescue has a DIY cake kit that gives you everything you need to make a gorgeous unicorn cake.  The other option is to do a plain cake and put a beautiful cake topper on it.  Etsy is filled with unicorn cake toppers that can make that cake pop! So you don’t have to be the best cake maker in the world to put together a great unicorn cake. 

 Make any cake special with a beautiful cake topper

Make any cake special with a beautiful cake topper

If you don’t have time to make a cake you can order one.  Art you can eat makes novelty cakes that are fit for a princess in Melbourne.  There are many cake suppliers in Sydney too that can make that perfect cake. 

 Beautiful unicorn cake from Art you can eat

Beautiful unicorn cake from Art you can eat

Finally, you can also do unicorn cupcakes or cookies.  Cupcakes can be simply done using ice cream cones.

 Easy unicorn cupcake ideas from pinterest

Easy unicorn cupcake ideas from pinterest

Fly away pineapple does the most amazing unicorn cookies. Or you can try your hand at getting some fondant out and decorating your own cookies. 

 Gorgeous unicorn cookies from Flyaway Pineapple

Gorgeous unicorn cookies from Flyaway Pineapple

Decorating in unicorn style

There are many decoration shops that will give you everything you need in one stop.  Balloons, plates, decorations. I love Ruby Rabbit for party ware.  She has a whole section dedicated to unicorn parties. 

This giant unicorn balloon by Ruby Rabbit would make any party look amazing! 

 Fabulous unicorn balloon from Ruby Rabbit

Fabulous unicorn balloon from Ruby Rabbit

I also love this pin the horn on the unicorn.  Would be easy to do and fun for everyone! 

 pin the horn on the unicorn from pinterest

pin the horn on the unicorn from pinterest

A piñata also is a popular choice.  Kids love the excitement of trying to get it open and what will fall out of it when it does! 

 A cute unicorn piñata from pinterest

A cute unicorn piñata from pinterest

Invitations

To get the party off to a great start you need the perfect invitation.  Zazzle have a range of party invites which means you can pick the perfect one.  You can then customise it and that’s the job done – just send the invites out!

 Personalised unicorn invitations from zazzle

Personalised unicorn invitations from zazzle

The perfect party

Now that the party is planned and looking great if you need entertainment why not book a jewellery party.  At Pretty Little Things girls make three pieces of jewellery.  We have many different colours and styles of quality beads so girls can tap into their creative sides.  One of the favourite designs girls love uses the colours of the rainbows so can fit in well with any unicorn lover! 

 Bracelet made at a pretty little things party

Bracelet made at a pretty little things party

Too book just choose the party you want and book online. 

Or call Susie on 0433 397 463.  Happy parties! x