Trick or Treat Tips

A couple of years ago we did a blog about setting up Trick or Treating in your street.  Having done it a few times now I have to say although I was skeptical at first, I am now a Halloween convert! Setting up Trick or Treating in our area has meant that we have met many neighbours, young and old, that we wouldn’t normally see.  In fact I was stopped by an elderly neighbour at the shops the other day asking if we were doing it again as she loved seeing all the children and giving them treats!!

So here is out Trick or Treat Tips

Trick or treating

Trick or treating is really taking off in Australia, but not everyone is ready for it! If your kids are keen to go from house to house in their costumes, the best thing to do is get organised and let your neighbours know! The week or so before Halloween, drop a flyer into your neighbour’s letterboxes.  Decorate the flyer with a large Halloween pumpkin or another Halloween symbol and make sure you explain that the children will be trick or treating on the 31st of October between given times.  Let them know that if they are happy for the children to knock, they should leave the pumpkin sign on their front door or gate. You could also invite their children to join in and meet with an adult at a given house, or corner and you can all go together! Most people are happy to have the kids call if they know they are coming and they have stocked up on treats!! This is also a great way to meet neighbours if you don’t know them and it will be lots of fun for everyone involved.

Halloween street invite


Kids love to dress up and Halloween is a great time to do it. Even older children (who wouldn’t dress up at any other time) still love dressing up as something scary or ghoulish. However, dressing up for Halloween doesn’t have to be scary. If you have little ones going trick or treating, let them dress up as a prince, princess, goblin or fairy – they may even get more treats that way!

Planning a party at home?

Then don’t miss our 8 great Halloween games blog form last year - click here to get all the ideas!

Halloween party


DIY Party Garlands

Put a garland up and you are on your way to a fabulous party space. Decorative garlands are very popular for parties of all types and they can liven up an area instantly.  This month’s blog is all about DIY Party Garlands!

Click the photos for credits and how to make them !


garland bow                                                                animal garland

These cute garlands are perfect for a First Birthday Party and you could also use them as the party invitations – so cute and easy to make !



dress garland

How gorgeous is this little dress garland ?  It’s just what a little girl’s birthday party needs. Use the dress cut-outs as a craft activity for the children. They could colour them in, or use some beautiful sparkles, glitter and patterned paper to decorate each individual dress, then hang them for everyone to admire.



napkin garland

When creating garlands let your imagination go and recycle, reuse or just create from the things you have around you. This colourful garland was made from paper napkins – who would have thought ?



garland iceblock                                                                     garlnad cupcake

Ice-creams and cupcakes ! These creative garlands are a fun decoration and the bright colours will add lots of party cheer !


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Spots and stripes, straws and coloured paper – these garlands add the perfect touch to the dessert table. Use them for parties for any age group and the spots could also be made form paper decorated, or painted by the children.



Party garland TMNT

Spell it out !!! Add a birthday banner to the party backdrop for extra impact.



Pink Birthday Cake                                                      

Decorating cakes with gorgeous garlands is very popular and an easy way to make a simple cake, look extra special. Don’t be scared to use a few garlands grouped together on a cake – it can look spectacular.


Enjoy these garlands and create some beautiful decorations to personalise your party spaces and cakes.




Fun Party Favours for Birthday Parties

We often get requests on our website, or through our Facebook Page, about fun Party Favours for birthday parties.

It seems that many people are looking for an alternative to the party bag full of lollies, but is still affordable.

Here are some great party favour ideas straight from mums who have shared their parties on our website!

Food Favours

Instead of a bag of lollies – why not make the favour a single food item that you have made yourself, or personalised for the party.

Love these ideas – little bags of Jelly Beans turned into butterflies for a Fairy, Very Hungry Caterpiller, Rainbow or Garden Party.  Wrap a cute cake pop in celophane or a small plastic bag and you have an instant party favour, like these Frozen cake pops.  And what Minecraft party goer wouldn’t like to go home with some Minecraft chocolate crackles to munch on!

Party favours               Frozen Party favors              Minecraft party favours

Love these personalised food favour ideas as well.

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Costume favours

If you are having a party theme that kids can dress up for – why not make part of the costume the favour that they take home?

In this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party the homemade shell, pool noodle sword and mask were the party favours.

Or perhaps a hat that goes with the party theme.  Fairy wands or princess crowns also work really well as favours – these tulle wands are great!

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Keepsake favours

A keepsake momento is a great favour for kids parties.  Perhaps the kids could make a necklace or bracelet, like at this Frozen party and then take it home.

FRozen party activity make a bracelet

Or what about this crayon idea from an earlier blog – see how to make them here


These hats were a real hit a Horse Riding Party and the girls loved that they could take them home!

hat party favour


Toy favours

Sometimes the favour could be something that the kids can play with at home.  This pool noodle pony was a Pony Party favour.  Play-Doh and bubbles are always popular for the little ones – just label them to suit your party theme. Or perhaps a pot of slime for the older ones!

There are some great tips on how to make play dough and slime  here:


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To see even more party favour ideas, make sure you visit our Shared Parties page – there is bound to be something to suit your party theme!  See the Shared Parties Here





Creating A Sprinkle Party !

Ruby Rabbit Partyware has given us some amazing tips and ideas to create a beautiful and very on trend Sprinkle Party !

What’s not to love about a sprinkle party?! It’s so much fun and suits all ages. Creating a sprinkle party for your child’s birthday party is easy with a few feature pieces, some fun party food and an easy to decorate sprinkle cake. What you will need:

  1. Cake
  2. Invitations
  3. Decorations
  4. Treat bags
  5. Party food

Let’s start with the cake – we love this ‘Funfetti Sprinkle Cake’ 

How much fun are these sprinkle invitations and matching treat bags?! You can shop them at, designed by Poppies for Grace. Fill the treat bags to the brim with colourful lollies and favours to bring a smile to each guest’s face!


Team these with some bright coloured confetti scattered on the party table, and paper decorations such as mini honeycomb balls and tiny balloons for a fun and pretty look. Paper decorations can be hand cut and made by yourself if you love being crafty, or of course purchased ready made. Use a simple white table cloth for a clean fresh display and let the colourful decorations be the ‘pop’ of colour that screams party!


Last of all here’s a few ideas to create colourful party food to complement the cake and decorations. Marshmallows dipped in chocolate and sprinkles popped onto sticks or paper straws, donuts with icing and sprinkles, and your favourite cupcakes or cookies topped with sprinkles. Nearly anything can be dipped in sprinkles to pretty up the party table! Serve these on plain white platters and stands for a clean fresh look. You can never have enough sprinkles so don’t be shy, sprinkle away!!!