Firstly I am wanting to send a big virtual hug to all of our loyal followers. Some of which are friends, family, previous customers, current customers and/or fellow party and event industry vendors. Many of you fall under more than one of the above. Either way though, we are all effected in some way, shape or form by the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
For that reason I wanted to share some happiness. I will begin by telling you a little bit about myself but before I do, please know that I am not a writer so please forgive me if this is not the most professional and well written blog you've ever read. I am a mother of two who is more often than not, smiling and/or laughing with my family and friends. Not surprisingly, one of the main reasons I run an online party, event and wedding supply business is because I love to celebrate life. Something that I believe with all of my heart is that life is a gift. Yes it's a common figure of speech and whilst I use it often, it's not one that I throw around lightly. You see, over the last 14 years I've lost both of my parents and some very dear friends. I know that each and everyone of them, even in these difficult and frightening times, would give anything to have just one more day on this earth. It has taught me that life is short, life is precious and life should NEVER be taken for granted. It's not only taught me that life is a gift but also that life should be celebrated.
Now that you know why I love to celebrate life, you won't be surprised to hear that I am devastated to hear about all of the parties and weddings that have had to be postponed or cancelled due to the current social distancing laws. Baby and Bridal Showers, Engagement parties, weddings, christenings, birthday parties and more! So what do we do in this time of social distancing? How do we tell our children that we can't celebrate their birthday? The short answer is, we don't have to. We can either reschedule the events (and I do not say that lightly as I realise that in itself is no easy feat), or have a small scale celebration at home with our immediate family or house mates.
The word CELEBRATION does not have a size restriction. A celebration doesn't need to be big. Ever heard the saying, less is more? Well sometimes it is. At the end of the day, it's our only choice at the moment. The celebration can still be a happy one. On the plus side, it may be a little less stressful and it could also be a more economical solution at this point in time.
Okay, so here are some ideas:
Let's start with my favourite party product, Balloons! They make everything better! These days they come in every shape, colour and style, yes that includes numbers and even 'script font' word balloons. This makes them perfect for birthdays and anniversaries.
Image Credits: Styling and model @misslilioli Number 3 Balloon @favorlaneparty
Image Credits: Number Balloon @favorlaneparty Streamer Backdrop Hire @epic_installs_ Neon Sign hire @theneoncove
Feeling the love for this beautiful backdrop by @madeofsugarandspice
Adorable capture by @dilkarraphotography. Featuring tassels and script balloon from Favor Lane
Don't be scared to try your hand at ballooning. It's actually easier than it looks. Have a go at one of our many balloon garland kits. They include everything you need to make a stunning feature (including simple to follow instructions) And don't forget, I am always at the other end of an email, Instagram direct message or Facebook private message to answer any questions you may have. Alternately, you'll find some video links on our website or countless video tutorials on YouTube.
Image credits: Balloon Garland Kit + Number Balloon - Favor Lane Party, Styling - @life_with_two_daughters, Cakes - @cakebyjennamarie, @thecakeryadelaide, Props - @belleandcoliving, Niki's Dress - @plumnyc
Turning one is twice the fun for these little cuties! The celebrations are in full swing with balloons by @stylishsoireesperth sourced from our #partyshop
Image Details + Credits: Theo’s first birthday 🍃 By @event_intel
Balloon Garland by @frankieandevedesigns featuring our balloons 💚
Image Details + Credits: Stunning Capture by @myfabtouch_photography
Styling by @beeboo_kidspartystyling @styledbyrosigleeson
Ice cream Kisses Cake by @lacakeart3
Cake Topper from our party shop and made by @kiki_sprinkles
Image Credits: Kylie from @sweetdaisymay put on her styling and baking hat to give her gorgeous daughter ‘Maya’ a birthday party to remember. Cakes + Cookies by Kylie. Streamer Kit, Jumbo Confetti filled Balloon + Confetti from our party shop.
Cake Topper by @xoxodesign_au
Image Details + Credits: Little Winta, you are soooo photogenic! Happily taste testing your 2nd birthday cake by @flourish_cakesandsweets What a neautiful job mama @seedsofopium did to celebrate her special milestone. Featuring Balloons purchased from our online party shop.
Everybody loves a treat right? And food is a great way to do that. Bake your child a birthday cake and jazz it up with a cake topper. Make some cupcakes in sweet cupcake wrappers and other yummy treats. There's also the option of freezing any extra from your batch, to prevent wastage and/or use as school holiday treats.
Styling, Cakes + Cookies - @sweetdaisymay Balloons + Decorations - @favorlaneparty Cake Topper - @xoxodesign_au
For those who are expecting, you may like to have a little baby shower with your partner and/or future siblings. We have some cute little products to help them share the news. Then there's engagement, pregnancy and/or gender reveal announcements. Now's the time to be posting those snaps and announcements on social media because lets face it, that's where most people are right now.
Set up a sweet little cake or dessert table for the family. Here are a few examples, however be sure to head to our Celebrate at Home Pinterest board which is being updated daily..
Image Credit: Ginger Ray UK. Balloon Garland kit available online.
Image credit and styling: Creative Themes Perth , Napkins: Favor Lane Party
Styling - Favor Lane Party Desserts: Niknaks Sweetest Treats
Image credit: @shopparis312
Take the celebration out to the backyard and have a family picnic.
She’s a Gem 💜💎 This is what Carly from Sassy Snaps Perth says about her mum Kim. I say she’s a little gem too given she organised this small last minute gathering at sunset for her mums 45th birthday. All at 37 weeks pregnant🤰💖
Shop the look & Perth services below: Concept & Styling: @sassysnapsperth , Acrylic Signage @xoxodesign_au
Partyware & Balloons @favorlaneparty , Cake & Magnum Pops @cakes2celebratebylisa
Dress up the main birthday present or create a theme around it.
Styling by @mama_and_wills_events Balloons purchased from our online party shop . Plaque by @_shartruese
Image Details + Credits: Styling by @allegrasevents Featuring Balloons purchased from our online party shop.
Not only does our son Jacob love Wolves, he is always hungry like one. We thought this would be the perfect theme for his family afternoon tea.
Balloons and styling - Favor Lane , Hand Drawn Wolf Print - Mr Favor Lane
I hope that this has left you with some inspiration and some new ideas on how you can continue to celebrate any milestones that may come up over the coming weeks. Stay tuned for our 'Easter at Home' Blog which is coming very soon. Until then our 'Celebrate at Home' Pinterest Board does include some small Easter Celebrations.
Stay safe + well.