Childrens party essentials including t-rex party bags, colourful cups and bunting
Lifestyle | Thursday 3 August 2017

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Celebrate good times with our guide to throwing the perfect party. Just draw up
the guest list and we’ll handle the rest

Kid’s party essentials

Year in, year out, there’s always pressure to pull out a sparkling new party theme for your little cherubs. Simplify the prep by opting for one of our ready-made party boxes (we’re looking for an excuse to order those unicorn balloons!), or go all out with bunting and pinatas. Smiles all round.


Essential for a children's brithday party: colourful paper cups and statement straws
Children's party bag featuring unicorns and tassles
  • Our children’s Styleboxe party boxes include matching party bags – buy multipacks of stickers and books for easy, crowd-pleasing fillers
  • Save money by hosting the party at home. Invest in bunting and fairy lights that you can reuse (and trust us: play the piñata game in the garden, not the living room).
  • Don’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to party games – your little ones will love the traditional ones as much as you did. Remember how exciting a game of pass-the-parcel could be?

Sweet treats

Win at parenting with this easy, crowd-pleasing recipe: Chocolate-dipped marshmallows.


Chocolate dipped marshmallows presented on a silver plate



Prep and cook time: 15 minutes

  • 12 marshmallows
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • Sugar pearls




1. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering (not boiling) water. Remove from the heat and allow to cool and thicken slightly.

2. Line a tray with non-stick baking paper.

3. Put the marshmallows onto skewers or lollipop sticks and dip halfway in the chocolate, then dip into the sugar pearls. Place on the tray to set.

Baby shower

 Is your BFF expecting? A baby shower is the perfect opportunity for a fun get-together. Don’t hold back on the girlie - go for heaps of pastel paper pompoms, pretty cupcakes and beautiful jugs of fresh flowers.



  • Get Styleboxe to do the room styling for you. Their party décor is full of sophisticated flair and you can buy a package that includes everything you need, from balloons to serving plates.
  • For a personal touch, print out a baby photograph of all the invited guests and post on the wall (it’s a great conversation-starter, too!)
  • As a table centrepiece, pull together a bundle of baby essentials that the mum-to-be is going to need. Opt for a mix of practical (create your own babysitting service “vouchers” and snap up Sam Faiers’ guide to motherhood) and adorable (the teddy you want to cuddle yourself).


It’s a fact: weddings can cost the earth. Make the day feel more personal (and save a small fortune) by looking after the decorations yourself.



  • Download an app to keep track of everything you need to do. It’s a great way to keep everything in one place (and it feels great to tick things off!).
  • The right lighting will create a magical atmosphere. If you plan on being outside, hang string lights from trees. Inside, tea lights on the tables will add a sweet glow to the room.
  • Give dull chairs a sophisticated upgrade with an organza bow.
  • Put a disposable camera on each table so that your guests can capture more candid, 'towards-the-end-of-the-evening' shots.
  • Keep little ones entertained with activity packs of colouring books, puzzles and pencils.

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