Matariki birthday Party


Ariki’s godmother chose the theme for Ariki’s First Birthday – Matariki – Maori New Year. Matariki is the Maori name for a cluster of stars which rises over New Zealand mid-winter. In 2018 Matariki is celebrated on June 15th. Common themes for celebrating Matariki include celebrating a fresh new year, being thankful for the year gone by & wishing for great health & love for the coming year enjoyed with friends and family.

Matariki Maori New Year(Image sourced from


The girl’s at Månae Parties styled this gorgeous party. They share with us all the beautiful details. I just love that this party is so special and unique to New Zealand.


Matariki Party

Matariki Party
Matariki as a theme is celestial, much like the loved Nursery Rhyme ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star‘. Rich navy, black, silver with pops of metallic colour helped set the scene. The balloon garland truly stole the show – four metres of gloss & chrome goodness set before a navy sateen backdrop. Children’s tables were kept relatively monochrome & simple, bold stripe covers with silver star detailing helping ensure the entire look was cohesive & modern.

Matariki Party

Party Food:

Children are natural grazers so a grazing ‘spread’ of fresh fruit, pastries & savoury snacks that our little party goers could enjoy was perfect. Food plays a huge party in Ariki’s culture so alongside the graze guests enjoyed a full BBQ spread & pizza for the children.

Matariki Party

Matariki Party


Party Fun:

In order to cater to a range of age groups, both a bouncy castle &  children’s soft play gym equipment were hired. To capture lasting memories children & adults enjoyed the twinkle theme DIY photo booth – fairy lights & quirky photo props included.

Matariki Party


The centrepiece of any party – the cake – featuring lashings of buttercream goodness on top of rich chocolate sponge. Sitting pretty up top, a custom gold glitter cake topper.

Matariki birthday Party


Each little party goer received their very own paper loot bag with customised label. Packed with twinkle themed loot such as glow sticks – mini telescopes – bubbles & coordinating stationary. To top it off they were set free on the Candy Buffet filled with quality sweets and chocolates.

Matariki Party


Full Event Styling including all Decor, Candy Buffet & Kid’s Graze  – Mānea Parties
Cake – Rijanne’s Home Baked Goodies  
Bouncy Castle – Blast Off Entertainment  
Monochrome Kids Chairs – Far, Far Away NZ

The girl’s from Månae parties have some tips for you:
Where you can afford to do so, go fuss free! While DIY is lots of fun & can help keep costs lower sometimes it comes at the cost of truly enjoying your event & celebrating that special moment with loved ones. We are dedicated to offering affordable event solutions and providing seamless guidance from front to back so that clients can focus on what matters most – like what outfit they should dress the Bday child in! (Ps. we can help with that also if need be #discountperks

Thanks so much for sharing another gorgeous party with us Månae Parties. This one is especially special and I love it! Happy 1st Birthday Ariki!