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Throwing a party is all about having fun, and Parties in Packages is here to help you celebrate in style. Our goal is to meet the themes and budget of each and every customer so that impressing your guests doesn’t cost a fortune. From costumes, posters and props to plates, place cards and balloons, we stock all the themed kids party supplies and decorations you need to make the event one to remember!

Choose from over 15,000 items from more than 130 distinct party themes

We have an enormous range of party decorations and supplies for Australia and NZ delivery that are sure to cover absolutely any occasion. Whether you are planning a kids or adult birthday, Christmas, Halloween, Australia Day, New Year’s Eve or any other occasion or milestone, we have you sorted with all the supplies you need! Our range includes:

  • Invitations
  • Plates, cups and napkins
  • Centrepieces
  • Lootbags
  • Costume accessories
  • Pinatas
  • Games
  • Balloons
  • Tablecloths

This is just a snippet of the thousands of decorations we have available, so have a browse through our online store and see how you can ensure your next event is a success.

Our huge variety of themes includes Mexican fiesta, baby shower, minions, Hollywood, beach bash, jungle safari, Hawaiian luau, time period, Disney, countries and so much more! We also have a broad selection of plain party supplies with a variety of colours to choose from so you can mix and match colours with ease.

Why choose us for calendar events, milestones or kids party decorations and supplies?

Parties in Packages was founded by Sara Frost and is a fully Australian owned and operated company with customers locally and in New Zealand. Since 2000 we have become one of the first choices for party themes in Australia and NZ with an emphasis on a wide range of stock at affordable prices.

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Mini food is growing rapidly as a party trend in 2015/16 with party hosts offering their guests food in manageable portions. Tasting stations have also taken over the cocktail hour with anything from oyster shucking stations, dessert bars & D-I-Y taco stands to local food trucks pulling up to the party. The idea is to surprise your guests with an unexpected assortment of party food. With so many food truck options available you should find many choices in your area to suit your party's theme. Below are a few examples:- Grill'd Healthy Burgers Airstream - Australia wide Cornutopia Taco Van - Melbourne Vic. Woody Mobile Bar - Northern NSW, Gold Coast, Brisbane & Beyond Liana Raine Personalised Popsicles and/or Pop Cart Hire - Sydney NSW Polka Dot Brides website lists more food cart & trucks located throughout Australia

A selfie station is the perfect way to keep your guests entertained during any type of event. Also a great way for guests to get to know each other, whether it be a birthday party, wedding or even a corporate event. Set up a funky backdrop , then add an old suitcase or trunk full of assorted costume accessory props such as wigs , hats, themed photo prop sticks (some examples below), fake moustaches, etc. For a twist on the selfie option you could provide disposable cameras for guests to use so you get to keep the photos at the end of the party, or hire a photo booth.

Spook-tacular Haunted House - Dress up in a super scary costume and set up a haunted house adjacent to the dance floor. Keep the scary vibe up throughout the entire space by incorporating fog machines, giant spider webs using ropes and a completely blacked out room to heighten the intensity. Click here for decorations Creepy Carnival - put an adult twist on the traditional circus theme where timid souls tremble and evil clowns abound. Check out our Circus and Halloween theme pages for lots of spooky delights. Candyland - Food trucks are a huge party trend this year along with colour coded candy bars and D.I.Y. food stations for guests to make their own snacks such as hot dogs, ice-cream sundaes and flavoured popcorn. Click here for decorations Around the World - Your guests can travel the globe in just one night. Decorations from around the World include landmarks such as Eiffel Tower from Paris , Beefeaters & London Buses & Big Ben from the UK , Statue of Liberty & Uncle Sam from USA , along with hanging Asian Dragons , table-ware from all over the World and much more. You could even re-create your own German Oktoberfest . Complete your themed room with food stations set up to sample the tastiest treats from various regions of the World - Pimms & Strawberries & Cream from London, Pizza from Italy, Tacos & Nacos from Mexico, Thai curries, a BBQ in Australia. You are only limited by your imagination. Royal Madness - Have all guests dress up as a royal that best suits their personality and decorate the party area with a variety of British themed decorations. Finish off with Union Jack themed party food. Click here for decorations Moustache Madness - throw a party with a cool moustache twist asking all your guests to wear a mo (fake or real) . Or we sell heaps of different style fake moustaches you could hand out to guests as they arrive, matching the style to their personality. Easiest costume ever. Click here for decorations Best Night Ever (movie) - Vegas theme with bridesmaids, brides, strippers, showgirls, popular vegas celebritites such as Elvis, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. Lot's of neon, champagne and shot glasses. Check out our Hens Night, Casino and Plain Party Supplies theme pages for decorating ideas. Gender Reveal Party / Baby Shower - Invite all the guests to participate in guessing games throughout the party and then reveal at the end using scratch cards or you could cut a cake to reveal blue sponge for boy or pink sponge for girl. Click here for decorations Hawaiian Luau - Aloha! A luau is a traditional Hawaiian party or feast. This theme is the most popular in our range, full of colour, fun, relaxing music and tropical food. Get the party started with a flower lei and/or hula skirt for every guest as they enter. Parties In Packages offer a massive range of Hawaiian themed decorations including table-ware, inflatables and party games for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to read our Hawaiian Party Guide for lots of free tips and ideas. Fiesta is Spanish for "festival" and "party". Most fiestas offer traditional Mexican food, mariachi music & Latin dance. Guests love to dress in traditional Mexican dress such as serape ponchos, sombreros, fake moustaches & flower hair clips. Our Fiesta party themepage offers a massive range of colourful decorations, table-ware and games including maracas, chillis and pinatas. Break out the Tequila & Corona Beer to complete the atmosphere. Time to get loco!

Everyone remembers Dory the wide-eyed blue tang fish who suffers from short term memory loss from the tremendously successful Disney Pixar Finding Nemo movie, so there is much anticipation for the new Finding Dory movie release on Thursday 16th June 2016. The characters voices include an array of Hollywood stars including Ellen DeGeneres as Dory, Ty Burrell as Bailey the beluga whale, Albert Brooks as Marlin, Diane Keating as Jenny and Ed O'Neill as Hank the octopus. This sets up the perfect theme for your childs' birthday party. At Parties In Packages we offer a massive range of themed Finding Dory party decorations including invitations, plates, cups, napkins, tablecloths, balloons, party lootbags and favours, games and many more colourful ideas for you to complete your party room. Our Finding Dory themepage also offers themed food ideas. Start shopping ...

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Our Parties In Packages party tips have been provided to help you “create an atmosphere” at your celebration, no matter what the occasion. As the party host, it will be your job to co-ordinate the events leading up to the big day and to also make sure things run smoothly on the day. Your objective or mission is to throw a fun and exciting party that holds special memories for all that attend. There are a few important decisions to be made before you send out your invitations. Party Date - It’s a good idea to check the proposed date and time with “key” friends before committing. Party Time - It is important to state a starting time on the invitations. You may also wish to state a finishing time, especially if the event is held at a hired venue. For children generally 2 to 3 hours is ample and you will generally find many younger children tend to get tired in the afternoon/evening so a morning party may be good for the little ones. Lastly, leave plenty of time to send out the invitation. Party Location - You have the basic choices of home or hired venue or outdoor park, with the most popular being “home” where you’ll have plenty of time to set-up and have all your supplies close at hand. The obvious disadvantage is, cleaning the house before and after the party, possible damage and space limitations. Remember to include on the invitation anything you may wish the guest to provide such as alcohol or a themed costume. If you plan on providing alcohol, make sure to add a footnote that guests should arrange alternative transport home, rather than driving. Depending on the size of your party you may also wish to register with your local police station and hire security. You have to enjoy the party! The golden rule for the party host is, don’t try and do everything on your own. Arrange for friends to help with the food and serving at the event. Alternatively you may choose to hire wait staff or have the whole event catered, allowing you to enjoy the celebration as much as everyone else. The Checklist Tick each of these items off to make sure your party will be a blast! 1. Pick party date & time 2. Choose a theme 3. Purchase invitations & decorations 4. Send out invitations 5 Plan a menu & order a cake if necessary 6. Decide on the entertainment 7. Arrange for help on the party day 8. Write out final schedule 9. Finalise an exact guest count 10. Go shopping for party food 11. Charge the camera, get ice & other incidentals 12. Pick up the cake, if necessary Lastly remember that mishaps may occur so keep your sense of humour, even if not every aspect of the party goes off as planned. The most important part is to relax, take a breath, and try to enjoy the party as much as your guests. Thank you for including Parties In Packages in your celebration and we wish you the best of luck with your party.

"Christmas is such a busy time of year we are offering you quick and easy ways to impress your guests". Easy to make Strawberry Santas filled with ricotta & icing. Even easier to make strawberry & icing Santa Hats Red ribbon and a Christmas decoration or tree ornament will transform plain dinner table chairs, giving them a traditional Christmas feel without any fuss. Candy C ane Pl acecard H olders - ​ Simply glue 3 candy canes together and tie with red ribbon Okay these Santa Suit Candy Cups will take a little more effort but we couldn't resist because they are so cute. For the kids, or the big kids in all of us. Click on the image below to view the creators step-by-step instructions.

Are you looking for more than just Hawaiian Shirts and Hula Skirts ? Then you have come to the right place. Our Parties In Packages party guide has been provided to help you “create an atmosphere”. As the party host, it will be your job to co-ordinate the events leading up to the big day and to also make sure things run smoothly on the day. Your objective / mission, is to throw a fun and exciting party that holds special memories for all that attend. Are you ready to start preparing for your party? Okay, let’s get started with some suggestions to help relieve the stress. The Invites There are a few important decisions to be made before you send out your invitations Invitation Theming - Sprinkle some silk flower petals or hibiscus scatter into the envelope for a bit of fun. You could also add a lei and ask guests to wear it along with their best Hawaiian outfit to start the party off with lots of colour and fun. You can even create a more personalised invitation by taking your photo in the Luau Couple photo poster and using that as one side of your invitation. Date - It’s a good idea to check the proposed date and time with “key” friends before committing. Time - It is important to state a starting time on the invitations. You may also wish to state a finishing time, especially if the event is held at a hired venue. Also leave plenty of time to send out the invitation. Location - You have a couple of basic choices with the most popular being “home” where you’ll have plenty of time to set-up and have all your supplies close at hand. The obvious disadvantage is, cleaning the house before and after the party, possible damage and space limitations. Remember to include on the invitation anything you may wish the guest to provide such as alcohol. If you plan on providing alcohol, make sure to add a footnote that guests should arrange alternative transport home, rather than driving. You have to enjoy the party! The golden rule for the party host is, don’t try and do everything on your own. Arrange for friends to help with the food and serving at the event. Alternatively you may choose to hire wait staff or have the whole event catered, allowing you to enjoy the celebration as much as everyone else. The Ambience Choosing an outdoor location with a lot of greenery and sand is preferable for a Luau. If your outdoor area is lacking in these areas you could hire palm trees and have sand delivered to the location for great affect. The cheapest and most effective way to decorate the party area is by using beach towels as table covers, umbrellas, old fishing nets, hammocks. You could use leaves from banana palms to decorate the food tables and place pineapples, coconuts, watermelons and other fruits around the table to create a tropical theme. Then hang hula skirts around the edges of the tables. If your budget doesn’t allow for hula skirts, silk flower leis and headdress for each guest, make sure it does cover the wait staff. Advise partygoers to attend in traditional attire such as Hawaiian shirts and shorts, sarongs & bikini tops and flip flops. As each guest arrives have the costumed wait staff at the front door with a lei and a welcome cocktail for each guest. The Entertainment What’s a Luau without a Hawaiian band complete with hula dancers? By hiring a themed band, not only will you be supplied with great songs all night but you can also learn how to hula from the experts. To bring out the adventurous side in your guests you could hire a Mechanical Surf Rider, which is a fantastic simulation of real surfing. Most companies provide padding and require and area of 5m x 4m x 3.5m high. Hiring fire breathing entertainers is the perfect way to complete the party atmosphere. Party games are a great way for guests to get to know each other better and get everyone into the party spirit. Everyone should remember the Limbo and this game will provide loads of laughs for all. Hula Hoops are also entertaining and you could have group competitions to see who can swivel their hoop for the longest. The Food What better way to celebrate a Luau than with a spit roast or hungi. Look in your local yellow pages or google for companies that provide spit roasts or you could make your own Hungi at home . Dessert can be made easy with platters of fruit. The most appropriate way to serve beverages is in cut-out pineapples, coconuts and watermelons and then decorating with straws, drink umbrellas and cocktail animals plus lots of fruit. The Checklist Tick each of these items off to make sure your party will be a blast! 1. Pick party date & time 2. Plan a menu & go shopping 3. Decide on the entertainment 4. Arrange for help on the party day 5. Write out finale schedule 6. Get an exact guest count 7. Buy remaining party food, charge the camera, get ice and other incidentals Lastly remember that mishaps may occur so keep your sense of humour, even if not every aspect of the party goes off as planned. The most important part is to relax, take a breath, and try to enjoy the party as much as your guests. Thank you for including parties in packages in your celebration and we wish you the best of luck with your themed party.

Your objective is to throw a fun and exciting party that holds special memories for all that attend. Are you ready to start preparing for your party? Okay, let’s get started with some suggestions to help relieve the stress. Our parties in packages party guide has been provided to help you “create an atmosphere”. As the party host, it will be your job to the invites There are a few important decisions to be made before you send out your invitations. Date - It’s a good idea to check the proposed date and time with “key” friends before committing. Time - It is important to state a starting time on the invitations. You may also wish to state a finishing time, especially if the event is held at a hired venue. Location - You have a couple of basic choices with the most popular being “home” where you’ll have plenty of time to set-up and have all your supplies close at hand. The obvious disadvantage is, cleaning the house before and after the party, possible damage and space limitations. Invitation Details - Remember to include on the invitation anything you may wish the guest to provide such as alcohol or a themed costume. If you plan on providing alcohol, make sure to add a footnote that guests should arrange alternative transport home, rather than driving. When sending out invitations, allow plenty of time. The golden rule for the party host is, don’t try and do everything on your own. Arrange for friends to help with the food and serving at the event. Alternatively you may choose to hire wait staff or have the whole event catered, allowing you to enjoy the celebration as much as everyone else. the ambience Choosing a location where load music can be played is a necessity. Outdoors is best suited so that you can string up lots of colourful lighting and lanterns in traditional style. The cheapest and most effective way to decorate the party area is by hanging up strips of brightly coloured material or old sheets. Also striped beach towels can make great table covers. Decorate the food tables with potted cactus and fresh chilli’s, bags of corn chips and lots of salsa. Another idea is old bottles of Tequila and Tabasco sauce. Then dig through your junk cupboard for old sombreros to hang from the ceiling. If your budget doesn’t allow for poncho’s and hats for each guest, make sure it does cover your wait staff, then ask partygoers to attend in traditional attire. As each guest arrives have the costumed wait staff at the front door offering each guest a welcome cocktail. Idea’s for the Senorita’s include free-flowing skirts with scarves and flowers for hair. And for Senior’s pinstriped suits with Panama hats or bright shirts with white or black suit pants. Top it off with a pair of two-tone winklepickers. the entertainment What’s a Latin Fiesta without loud music and lot’s of colour. You could hire a couple of Latin dancers from your local dance school to provide a demonstration and then even have the guests join in to learn how to tango from the experts. Another option is to hire a Latin band offering great music as well as lively entertainment. it’s party time Party games are a great way for guests to get to know each other better and get everyone into the party spirit. No Latin Fiesta party would be complete without a piñata. In Latin America, piñatas were traditionally used to entertain children at most festive occasions. In Mexico, the word “piñata” actually means party. Piñatas have become a vibrant part of American culture, used as festive decorations or in the traditional party game sense for all ages and add zest to any celebration. To bring out the adventurous side in your guests you could hire a Mechanical Bucking Bull, which is a fantastic simulation of real bull riding. Most companies provide padding and require and area of approx. 5m x 5m x 3.5m high. the eats In Latin America everything is hot & spicy and tapas is the most popular form of serving food. A great alternative to making your cocktails is to hire a Daiquiri machine. Check your Yellow Pages for details of your nearest operator. PICADILLO - (4 servings) 1 medium onion chopped, 1 clove garlic minced, 1 pound ground extra lean beef, 1⁄4 cup sherry (optional), 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin, 1⁄2 teaspoon oregano, 1/8 teaspoon salt, pinch ground red pepper, 1⁄4 cup raisins, 1 cup diced fresh or canned pineapple, 1 medium green bell pepper chopped and 1⁄4 cup chopped red bell pepper. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef, onion, garlic until the onion is tender and the meat is no longer pink and the juices run clear. Drain off all fat. Add all remaining ingredients except the green and red bell peppers. Bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes. Add green and red bell peppers and heat through. Serve with rice and bread. TEQUILA SUNSET PUNCH - 1 Qt. Tequila, 2 Qt. Orange Juice, 2 litre lemon-lime soda, 1 Pint Orange Sherbert Sherbert, 1/4 Cup Grenadine. Mix all tequila, orange juice and lemon-lime soda together. Chill. Add Sherbert just before serving and drizzle grenadine over the top. MARGARITA - 11⁄2 oz. Tequila, 3⁄4 oz. Triple Sec (or Cointreau), splash of sour mix and dash of lime juice. Shake with ice, serve on the rocks or strain to serve up in a salt rimmed glass. Add more juice and blend with crushed ice for Frozen variation. Garnish with a lime wedge. The Checklist Tick each of these items off to make sure your party will be a blast! 1. Pick party date & time 2. Plan a menu & go shopping 3. Decide on the entertainment 4. Arrange for help on the party day 5. Write out finale schedule 6. Get an exact guest count 7. Buy remaining party food, charge the camera, get ice and other incidentals Lastly remember that mishaps may occur so keep your sense of humour, even if not every aspect of the party goes off as planned. The most important part is to relax, take a breath, and try to enjoy the party as much as your guests. Thank you for including parties in packages in your celebration and we wish you the best of luck with your themed party.

Are you ready for some fun in the sun? The Invites There are a few important decisions to be made before you send out your invitations - Date - It’s a good idea to check the proposed date and time with “key” friends before committing. Time - It is important to state a starting time on the invitations. You may also wish to state a finishing time, especially if the event is held at a hired venue. Location - You have a couple of basic choices with the most popular being “home” where you’ll have plenty of time to set-up and have all your supplies close at hand. The obvious disadvantage is, cleaning the house before and after the party, possible damage and space limitations. Remember to include on the invitation anything you may wish the guest to provide such as alcohol or a themed costume. If you plan on providing alcohol, make sure to add a footnote that guests should arrange alternative transport home, rather than driving. When sending out invitations, allow plenty of time. The golden rule for the party host is, don’t try and do everything on your own. Arrange for friends to help with the food and service at the event. Alternatively you may choose to hire wait staff or have the whole event catered, allowing you to enjoy the celebration as much as everyone else. It’s Party Time A great way to incorporate the Beach Party theme is by having your party at a nearby lake or beach and including fishing in the days’ activities. H i r ing play equipment such as a waterspout or waterslide is a great way to entertain children and even the adults. Digging for buried treasure - Hide a number of themed toys in your sandbox and let the guests take turns or jointly dig through the sand in search of the fun treasures. Finders’ keepers! The Ambience The cheapest and most effective way to decorate the party area is by using beach towels, umbrellas, old fishing nets, hammocks, a sandpit and buckets & spades. You could use leaves from banana palms to decorate the food tables and place pineapples, coconuts, watermelons and other fruits around the table to create a tropical theme. It is easy to create a lake feature from jelly. Make up a blue jelly packet mix in a large bowl or platter with only a small lip (sides). Once the jelly has set chop/mash it up to create the effect of waves. Then grab some oranges, cut each in half and carefully scoop out all the flesh, using play dough or blue-tac to help keep the halved orange upright on a tray. Mix up a variety of colour jelly packet mix (using not quite as much water as instructed on the pack). Pour the jelly into the orange skins right to the top, let the jellies set and then cut each half orange into 3 segments. To make the sails simply use toothpicks and triangles cut out of paper. The Eats Barbeques are perfect for Beach Parties with hamburgers, hot dogs, kebabs. Spread beach towels over tables as tablecovers. For small children, make sure to remove toothpicks, skewers and any other sharp objects from food before you serve it. Make sure an adult is in the room at all times in case a child chokes. Dip the rim of each glass in lemon juice then add sugar or coconut before filling. You could also cut the top off a watermelon, hollow it out and fill with punch. Try to serve at least a few types of healthy food. Make sure it looks colourful and appetising and you’ll probably find it will disappear in time Fruit platter - Ingredients serve 6 200g tub of vanilla yoghurt Small pinch of ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon honey 1 medium banana thickly sliced 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 kiwi fruit, thickly sliced 1 small seedless watermelon cut in half, hollowed out and cut into cubes 1 tub of strawberries, halved Combine yoghurt, cinnamon and honey in medium bowl. Drizzle banana with lemon juice. Display the food in hollowed out watermelon half with yoghurt mixture. Jelly treats Make up a variety of jelly packed mixes using slightly less water than instructed on packet. Then set in shallow plastic trays or ice cube trays without dividers. Cut the jelly into cubes and then thread onto skewers alternating the colours. Another easy treat is layering coloured jellies in glasses, waiting until each colour has set before adding the new coloured layer. Check List 1. Pick party date and time 2. Plan the menu 3. Decide on activities and games 4. Arrange for help on the party day 5. Order the cake 6. Go grocery shopping so that you can make as much food as you can before the day and freeze 7. Write out final schedule of activities 8. Get exact guest count 9. Buy remaining party food, film, batteries, candles and matches for cake, and other incidentals 10. Child proof party area. If you are having a large party you will want to consider hiring security for the gate 11. Take plenty of pictures to commemorate the special day 12. Plan an after party nap for yourself Please remember mishaps may occur so keep your sense of humour. Even if not every aspect of the party goes off as planned, the most important part is to enjoy the day. Lastly, we’d love to receive a photo of your “themed” party to place on our website.

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The invites - There are a few important decisions to be made before you send out your invitations Date - It’s a good idea to check the proposed date and time with “key” friends before committing. Time - It is important to state a starting time on the invitations. You may also wish to state a finishing time, especially if the event is held at a hired venue. Generally 2 to 3 hours is ample for children. You will generally find many younger children tend to get tired in the afternoon/evening so a morning party may be good for the little ones. Location - You have a couple of basic choices with the most popular being “home” where you’ll have plenty of time to set-up and have all your supplies close at hand. The obvious disadvantage is, cleaning the house before and after the party, possible damage and space limitations. For children, nearby parks are nice because they’re usually free, with plenty of space to run around and usually have a play structure to entertain the kids. The downside is, having to haul the supplies to and from the park plus lack of privacy and overcrowding. Local indoor play centres are becoming more popular for little children and the best part is there’s no cleaning up afterwards. Invitation Details - Remember to include on the invitation anything you may wish the guest to provide such as alcohol or a themed costume. If you plan on providing alcohol, make sure to add a footnote that guests should arrange alternative transport home, rather than driving. When sending out invitations, allow plenty of time. If sending out children’s invitations, allow plenty of time for guest’s parents to change their plans if necessary. The golden rule for the party host is, don’t try and do everything on your own. Arrange for friends to help with the food and serving at the event. Alternatively you may choose to hire wait staff or have the whole event catered, allowing you to enjoy the celebration as much as everyone else. The ambience - Before you start decorating the party area go to your local Discount Stores or Dollar Shops as they are affectionately known as and buy any items you can find with a Jungle theme. They can all be used to help decorate the party area. Also look out for tapes or CD’s that have jungle animal sounds. Make ‘Beware’ and ‘Turn Back Now’ signs on old pieces of wood nailed to trees along the drive/entrance. Decorate the party area inside or a porch or backyard to look like a jungle. Wrap crepe paper around wire coat hangers and bend them to create jungle vines in various shades of brown and green hanging from the ceiling. Make large leaves from dark green cardboard and cut- outs of various life-sized jungle animals. If you’ve got some large pot plants bring them into the party area. Purchase a few large inflatable jungle animals along with stuffed animals to hang from the “vines”. You can also use sheer blue curtains or material with fairy lights to create a waterfall and then dark blue crepe paper and green crepe paper to create the water and grass below. For children’s parties take a bunch of huge boxes (ie. refrigerator and TV) and put them together to resemble caves and tunnels, all intersecting with various "exits". Then spray paint jungle vines and leaves all over the boxes and have silk vines/greenery hanging over the exits. Place more inflatable and stuffed jungle animals all around, in, and on the caves. The kids will have a ball pretending to be animals!!! It's party time - Party games are a great way to teach children about winning, losing, fairness and luck. Keep each game relatively short to keep children interested and if they begin to appear irritable, move on to a new game. You should always be prepared for problems such as squabbles about who won or who got what prize, so be sure to explain the rules before games begin. While waiting for all the guests to arrive you could play ‘The Jungle Book’ movie, or similar, in the party room to settle everyone down. Jungle safari hunt – Hide toy animals, animal shaped lollies and blow-up jungle animals throughout the party room and out into the yard for children to find. The children could either keep their find or substitute it for a small stuffed jungle animal to take home. Make the hunt more challenging for older children by making jungle tokens for them to find. Place one cartoon jungle animal sticker on neon cardboard and cut around it, leaving a small area of the neon showing. As each child finds a token, they turn it in and receive the inflatable jungle animal that matches the picture on their token. Hiring themed amusements such as a turtle sandpit or crocodile teeter-totter from your local toy library are great ways to amuse smaller children for hours. For older children you could blow up a crocodile pool float and then take a photo of each child sitting on it pretending to wrestle just like the famous ‘Crocodile Hunter’. Once the party begins you will generally find that younger children need constant supervision. Older children usually like to be left in peace at least some of the time during the party, only needing to be checked from time to time to make sure everything is all right. Remember to be vigilant around balloons. If they pop young children could choke on the rubber bits. The eats - A great idea is to make a selection of jungle themed goodies to snack on. Snacks could include sandwiches cut with animal cookie cutters, spider cookies (using Oreos and chocolate dipped Chinese noodles), and crocodile eyeballs and guts (peeled grapes and pasta noodles cooked with a bit of oil). For animal feed combine 1 cup plain or assorted rice crackers, 1 cup banana crisps, 1 cup shredded or flaked coconut, 1 cup sultanas, 1 cup raisins, 2 cups toasted muesli, 4 cups fresh popcorn, 1 cup sunflower kernels and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl and mix well. Then place in containers for serving. Jungle Juice - In a large serving bowl, combine 850ml unsweetened pineapple juice, 3 cups apple juice and 450g can unsweetened crushed pineapple. Stir lightly to combine; cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour and just before serving, add 750ml chilled lemonade or dry ginger ale. Garnish with mint and sherbet around the glass rim. You could substitute orange and mango juice for apple juice. Zebra Sandwiches – Spread 3 slices of white bread with butter and either vegemite or hazelnut spread. Stack slices, spread side up. Top with the unbuttered side. Press down gently. Using a sharp knife, cut crusts neatly from bread. Cut the stack in half to make rectangles, and then slice each rectangle crossways into four fingers. Then if desired, use animal shaped biscuit cutters to cut out sandwiches. Around the food tables you could hang signs saying ‘Please do not feed the animals’. For small children, make sure to remove toothpicks, skewers and any other sharp objects from food before you serve it. Make sure an adult is in the room at all times in case a child chokes. Dip the rim of each glass in lemon juice then add sugar or coconut before filling with sparkling drink however do not overfill the children with fizzy drinks, they have a nasty habit of erupting later leaving you a nasty mess to clear up. Plan to include food and drinks for grown ups in case anxious parents stay or come to pick their child up early. Try to serve at least a few types of healthy food. Make sure it looks colourful and appetising and you’ll probably find it will disappear in time. Try not to be over adventurous when planning the food as many children are picky eaters. The party food shouldn’t be too hot as just-cooked food such as cheerio’s or sausage rolls can burn little mouths. Cut the party cake into thin slices as most children will have had enough to eat by the time the cake comes around. You could wrap up the left over slices for children to take home in their loot bags. The cake - Slithering Snake Ingredients - 250g dark chocolate melts, 250g milk chocolate melts, 250g white chocolate melts, 2 x (20x30cm) rectangular cakes, 2 quantities butter cream, 250g dark chocolate melted, caramel-brown food colouring, large white chocolate buttons, liquorice strap cut into thin strips, for outline & eyelashes, small black jellybean, halved for eyes, orange jube, cut for mouth Follow the same instructions as loopy lion to make and cut out the snake shape. Beat melted dark chocolate into 2/3 of the butter cream. Ice head and body of snake. Reserve 2 tablespoons of any remaining icing; tint caramel-brown. Ice cake as shown and decorate with chocolate buttons and sweets for face. Note – Recipe can be found within Family Circle edition of Kids Party Book Other cake ideas below:- Check List Pick your party date and time Plan a menu and go grocery shopping so that you can make as much food as you can before the day and freeze Write out a final schedule of activities and games Arrange for help on the party day Order the cake Get exact guest numbers Buy remaining party food, film, batteries, candles and matches for cake, plus other incidentals Child proof the party area Take plenty of pictures to commemorate the special day Plan an after party nap for yourself Please remember, if you want the children to have a good party, plan it and keep it short and simple. Mishaps may occur so keep your sense of humour, even if not every aspect of the party goes off as planned. The most important part is to enjoy the day as you celebrate the life of your child. Lastly, we’d love to receive a photo of your child’s “themed party” in action, to place on our website. Thank-you for including parties in packages in your special day and we wish you the best of luck with your themed party pack.

The best way to create a Western theme is by turning your backyard into your very own ranch. Spread some hay bales around to use for seating and you could even build a little haystack and scarecrow. A white picket fence can easily be created using small stakes and white cardboard. Using a large old white sheet you could even paint your own red barn façade to pin up on the side of the house as a feature. Other great props include wagon wheels, ropes, cactus, saddles, Indian rugs, horseshoes and even makeshift forts, tepees and wagons. Don’t forget the country music. In this day and age with many children growing up within a city or metropolitan surrounding, a lot of them haven’t even touched a lot of animals and therefore this activity will be a real treat for all the guests. The Invites There are a few important decisions to be made before you send out your invitations Date - It’s a good idea to check the proposed date and time with “key” friends before committing. Time - It is important to state a starting time on the invitations. You may also wish to state a finishing time, especially if the event is held at a hired venue. Location - You have a couple of basic choices with the most popular being “home” where you’ll have plenty of time to set-up and have all your supplies close at hand. The obvious disadvantage is, cleaning the house before and after the party, possible damage and space limitations. Remember to include on the invitation anything you may wish the guest to provide such as alcohol or a themed costume. If you plan on providing alcohol, make sure to add a footnote that guests should arrange alternative transport home, rather than driving. When sending out invitations, allow plenty of time. The golden rule for the party host is, don’t try and do everything on your own. Arrange for friends to help with the food and service at the event. Alternatively you may choose to hire wait staff or have the whole event catered, allowing you to enjoy the celebration as much as everyone else. The Entertainment These days’ companies hire a wide range of amusements to suit any celebration. Depending on the age of the guests at your western celebration, you have a range of activities to choose from including live ponies, horse and cart rides, merry-go-round or even a mechanical bull. Theme d games can include square dancing competitions, war paint face painting and pie eating contests. Ask all your guests to dress to suit the occasion. There are great costumes to choose from such as Cowboy or girl, Indian, Billy the Kid, Undertaker, Rodeo Rider, Sheriff or even a Horse. Accessories that can be used are cowboy boots, hats leather vests, guns, jeans, bandanas, sheriff badges, chequered shirts, straw hats, beards and moustaches and ropes. The Eats You have a lot of choices for Western themed food such as a full BBQ or snack food like nachos, guacamole, buttered corn cobs, potato wedges, hot dogs, sausage rolls and meat pies. TEQUILA SUNSET PUNCH - 1 Qt. Tequila, 2 Qt. Orange Juice, 2 litre lemon-lime soda, 1 Pint Orange Sherbet, 1/4 Cup Grenadine. Mix all tequila, orange juice and lemon-lime soda together. Chill. Add Sherbet just before serving and drizzle grenadine over the top. MARGARITA - 11⁄2 oz. Tequila, 3⁄4 oz. Triple Sec (or Cointreau), splash of sour mix and dash of lime juice. Shake with ice then serve on the rocks or strain to serve up in a salt rimmed glass. Add more juice and blend with crushed ice for frozen variation. Garnish with a lime wedge. The Checklist 1. Pick party date and time 2. Plan a menu & go grocery shopping then make as much food as you can before the day to freeze 3. Decide on the entertainment 4. Arrange for help on the party day 5. Write out final schedule 6. Get an exact guest count 7. Buy remaining party food, film, batteries, ashtrays, ice and other incidentals Lastly remember that mishaps may occur so keep your sense of humour, even if not every aspect of the party goes off as planned. The most important part is to relax, take a breath, and try to enjoy the party as much as your guests.

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