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There are few more important parties in life than your baby shower, your child’s first birthday and a good old-fashioned birthday bash (especially a birthday ending in zero!). Here we share some of the most experienced party people’s thoughts on how to throw a memorable shindig – whatever the celebration.

“Oh” dear – it’s a birthday with an “oh” at the end. Whether you’re 30, 40, 50 or more, you can either choose to dwell on the fact that you’re leaving one decade behind or celebrate the fact that you’re starting a fresh new one! The Prophouse’s Jano Dawes has been creating memorable events across Brisbane and beyond since 1995. The Prophouse offers every imaginable prop for styling a noteworthy event and in her 20+ years in business, Jano’s seen her fair share of birthday bashes.

40th Birthday 2Jano says there are a couple of key things to consider when styling a birthday party. Firstly, think about an entry statement. “It gives your guests that sense of arrival and first impressions last,” Jano says. “And make sure there’s a focal point for the party. It could just be one feature that provides your guests with a spot to take photos or a place to make speeches from.” Jano suggests focal points such as oversized letters or numbers, festoon lighting or even a hanging mass of parasols to provide some real splashes of colour and interest.

Jano says it’s important, firstly, to read your crowd and also consider the space you’re using. From there you can decide on what theme will work best and what pieces you might need to hire or what decorations you should use. For enthusiastic, good-spirited friends and family, a dress-up party is always fun. But dress-up parties don’t work if your crowd is tame.

“My friends and I will dress up at the drop of a hat!” Jano laughs. And she’s not wrong. For her own 40th, Jano hosted an 80’s party that “went off!”. She wore an ex-Cirque du Soliel costume of bright head-to-toe lycra, a Cher wig and leg warmers. Jano suggests other great dress-up themes including cowboys and indians (think cow hides, red/white checkered tablecoths, pig on the spit and a hired shooting gallery game), carnival/ circus (think carousel horses, clown games, oversized beach balls), Bollywood (think amazing food, music/dancing and loads of colour) or a tropical luau (think oversized palm trees, oversized shells filled with ice and cold drinks and a lei for each guest on arrival).

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For more party inspo, check out Celebration Central // The Baby Shower & Celebration Central // The 1st Birthday.

Belinda Glindemann

Belinda Glindemann  

Belinda knew she was destined for a career in communications and publishing from the age of 11 when her Year 6 teacher introduced her to poster projects and glitter pens. She completed her journalism cadetship in the Whitsundays and went on to hold various newspaper and magazine editor roles across Brisbane in a media career spanning more than a decade. When Belinda's not writing for haven, she runs her own PR agency, kid-wrangles two young daughters and drinks way too much sweet tea.