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Party Planning Tips with Qualatex

November was an extremely exciting and birthday filled month for us. While everyone else seemed to be busy Christmas shopping, or discussing Christmas shopping, I was still chaotically hunting for birthday presents and haphazardly party planning. Fortunately everything came together and we celebrated Izzie turning five and Poppy's first birthday with a fantastic joint princess party.

Still feeling guilty that Izzie didn't get a proper party last year, and because it was a celebration for both girls, I decided to arrange a slightly larger bash than usual. I invited our friends and family, as well as, Izzie's classmates to help us celebrate. We hired our local community hall, a bouncy castle and even invited Queen Elsa!
We have used the community hall many times before and I have always found it hard to decorate and fill the big, grey space. I started looking for ideas and quickly came across Qualatex balloons manufactured by Pioneer. They also make a range of coordinating party supplies, which includes everything you need for your party from cups and plates to banners and goody bags.

Qualatex kindly put me in touch with a local party store, Simply A Party, who are based in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire. The lovely Lisa from Simply A Party created these stunning bespoke balloon arrangements using Qualatex balloons to fit in with our princess theme. Both Izzie and I were completely overwhelmed when we went to collect them.

As well as two bunches of helium balloons for the party table (£10 each), Lisa created two personalised arrangements with the girls' names and ages (£30 each) and an arch of balloons for the cake table (£25). Izzie adored her personalised balloon arrangement but my personal favourite had to be the balloon arch that beautifully framed the girls' birthday cake. Lisa's fabulous bespoke creations really go to show the possibilities of decorating with balloons. She can create arrangements for all occasions (including Christmas), just take a look at the Simply A Party Facebook Page. Lisa is generously offering a discount for all Along Came Poppy readers. More information can be found at the end of this post.

To complete our party look, Qualatex also sent us a selection of fantastic party supplies from their princess range. The cups, plates and napkins looked great together on the kids' table and coordinated with the bespoke balloon arrangements perfectly. Simply A Party will be stocking this princess range as well as other popular Disney characters very soon. Alternatively most of these items can be found online at Party Pieces.

Included in the bundle of goodies from Qualatex were some Quick Link balloons, which I used to create some banners myself. I would certainly recommend these for all celebrations as they are available in lots of different designs and are very easy to use. I inflated them with air using a hand pump and tied them together to create several long banners, which I attached to the wall using the special stickers supplied. Once inflated they lasted for several days so could be prepared prior to any celebration.

Now I bet what you are really wondering is did the party go smoothly? Well, I am not going to lie to you, the party day itself was fairly chaotic even with my little team of helpers (thanks Mum). However the adults all survived and, more importantly, the children had an absolute blast so I'm going to call that a success!

With three children still under 6, I have many years of children's parties ahead of me so I would love to hear your party planning wisdom. Here are my top five party tips:

1. Involve the birthday girl or boy in the planning. 
Children always have the best imaginations and ideas. 
2. Choose a theme. 
This could be something as simple as a colour but it makes it much easier when deciding on entertainment and party supplies.
3. Decorate with balloons. 
They are so versatile and, as you can see, are fantastic for creating an impression and filling large spaces.
4. Serve Birthday Cake as dessert at the party rather than putting it in the goody bags
This saves money plus no-one really wants to eat squashed cake!
5. When opening presents keep a note pad and pen to hand. 
It will help you keep track of who brought what. A useful tip for Christmas too!

Just have a look at these amazing Christmas balloon arrangements created by Lisa at Simply A Party.

We hope you enjoyed our post, if you are planning a party of your own the following posts may also be of interest to you:

Until next time... HAPPY PARTY PLANNING! 
Kate & the Mini Reviewers xx

*Disclaimer: We were sent a range of party supplies from Qualatex and received the stunning balloon arrangements created by Simply A Party for the purpose of review. All opinions are, as always, my own.


  1. You have to love a kids party. These balloons look great. We did a party at jhome for Max's first birthday but thats it now till hes in school. Theres plenty of time for parties then :) #KCACOL

  2. Wow what a party! It looks so good! We're off to my nephews birthday party today and their balloons are going to look a bit lame in comparison haha Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

  3. The arch looks fabulous my daughter would love something like this for her birthday. I've never heard of these before but I'll definitely look outo our them when it comes to birthday time! #kcacols

  4. Looks like an amazing party with Brilliant decorations. I'm sure your girlies felt like fairy princesses. You EVEN had an Elsa there.I now know where to buy balloons for our next party. #kacalos

  5. Looks like an amazing party with Brilliant decorations. I'm sure your girlies felt like fairy princesses. You EVEN had an Elsa there.I now know where to buy balloons for our next party. #kacalos

  6. aww beautiful decorations! I want to do something for my son when he turns 4 this year so will take a look. it sounds like you had a busy nov indeed :) pleased it went well though overall, if chaotic! these things always are though aren't they! #KCACOLS

  7. Wow!!! Lucky girl looks like an awesome party! I'm glad you adults all survived!! Well done! #KCACOLS

  8. This looks wonderful. What a lucky girlie. And fab tips. I know it sounds crazy but I love organising stuff and just would t have thought of asking little one for ideas lol it might be because I have a two year old but next year defo asking him this year. Thanks for the ideas.