1.  Calligraphy

I’ve loved the use of gold calligraphy in framed quotes. This has reached into the wedding scene and now can be found in kids parties. A stylish framed calligraphy print with your child’s name, age or a special saying for them as a centre piece on the food table would look fabulous. Use a gold calligraphy font through invitations, decorations and labels. Calligraphy cake toppers are all the rage and even calligraphy balloons are the go.Gold Calligraphy Gold Calligraphy Canvas from The Warehouse $22.00

Calligraphy Balloons

Calligraphy Balloons                                                      Calligraphy Balloons from Miss Mouse Boutique $4.95

Calligraphy cake topper

Calligraphy Cake topper

Calligraphy Cake Topper                             Calligraphy Cake Toppers by LavishLaser Single letters $7.00 Numbers $11.00 Custom writing $40.

Gold Calligraphy BannerCalligraphy Gold Alphabet Banner Pennants from Pop Roc Parties $7.70

Calligraphy PrintCalligraphy PrintCalligraphy Gold Prints from Kmart $7.00

  1. Foodie Parties

I love getting creative with ideas and I could brainstorm my little heart out on this one. With foodie shows like Masterchef and MKR so popular kids are getting more into cooking. Instagram flat lays of food have also spurred on this trend. Get creative with your party food ideas; how about have a food truck come to your party. Food trucks have become the new gourmet. You could have an international food truck, donut truck, potato spirals or even just an ice cream truck. Imagine how excited the kids would be to see a food truck pull up your driveway! To contact a food truck pop down to where ever they park up and chat with the owners. In Christchurch try Friday Night Food Trucks in Cathedral Square from 4-9pm until 25th March 2016 or read here for great info on Christchurch food trucks. In Wellington try your local farmers market or visit WellingtonFoodTrucks for a comprehensive list of trucks. Aucklanders can visit The Street Food Collective in Ponsonby for ‘the best street food pop ups’. Another foodie party idea is getting the kids making the food; set up a taco station, burger station. Make sushi, pizza, crepes. Set up a table so kids can decorate their own cupcakes or biscuits. Little chef parties like those hosted at La Porchetta’s are all the rage. Your little birthday person gets to learn how to prepare and make their own pizza with an instructor. This option is great for busy mum’s.

Cupcake decorating party                                                             Cupcake decorating party from Rosebud’s Sprinkle Party.

Ice Cream ParlourIce Cream Parlour Party from Home by Heidi

Food TruckMamacita’s Taco Truck in Christchurch. Image from Doug Richardson, www.stuff.co.nz

Pizza partyMake your own pizza station from Real Simple or head to La Porchetta and let them do all the work.                                     Photo by Tara Donne.

  1. Social media your party

Another trend that has started in weddings but moving into kids parties is the use of event hashtags and photo booths. This is a fun way to record memories from your party and guests can share their photos from the party. You can set up your own photo booth by pinning a colourful sheet up as a backdrop and adding some playful props that match your theme. Leave a sign out with your parties hashtag. After the party guests, family and friends can browse party photos through the hashtag. This is a great way of documenting and sharing your kids party. You could hire a photo booth as the highlight of your kids party. Auckland company Little Black Photobooth have a special red photo booth just for kids.

Photo booth

Photo from Classic Photo Booths. They hire photo booths for kids parties in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

DIY Photo BoothDIY Photo booth from Oh Happy Day with instructions.
Photo BoothPhoto Booth Props from Kmart $3.00