According to Ruby Rabbit Partyware director Alex Bull, planning a memorable shindig (whether that’s an end-of-year work function or an epic kids’ birthday party) starts by choosing a relevant and fun theme.
“There are some classic themes that you can never go wrong with, such as rainbows, fairy princesses, cowboys, pirates and dinosaurs,” Alex says. “In 2015, the unicorn and donut themes have also proven very popular but, with summer approaching, I’d say the most popular themes currently are Tutti Frutti and Palm Springs.”
Alex explains that the Tutti Frutti theme is one for adult parties as much as children’s parties. Think giant watermelon and pineapple balloons, watermelon garlands, chevron-striped straws and other partyware in brightly patterned, juicy colours. The Palm Springs party theme is one that evolved from a recent interiors trend. Think pale blue, baby pink and mint green-coloured partyware paired with pops of bright and bold green cactus-themed items such as balloons, candles and inflatable decorations. And don’t forget to throw a flamingo in here or there.
Alex says the other way to easily theme-up an event is via colour. For the boys, currently, the trend is for monochrome birthday parties. For the girls, it’s all about mixing pink and sparkly gold.
Ruby Rabbit Partyware is a boutique online store filled with unique finds from the international party scene. Alex has her finger on the party pulse and sources her products from all over the world out of countries including France, Denmark, the US and UK. She also stocks pinyatas, cake toppers and tassle garlands handmade right here in Australia.
Before opening Ruby Rabbit Partyware in 2013, Alex spent the majority of her career as a professional event manager planning glittery events in the entertainment and hospitality industry for the who’s who of Sydney, including a position at The Star Sydney casino. She’s organised parties, weddings, launches, red carpets, gala balls, concerts and more.
“This passion for all things that sparkle and make one smile is where the inspiration came from to create Ruby Rabbit Partyware,” she says.
Haven asked Alex to describe her ultimate party…
“My ultimate dinner party guests would be Richard Branson for his business inspiration, Powderfinger for some live music after dinner, and Charlize Theron for a bit of glamour as I’m in awe of her beauty and acting ability. The dinner party would be a relaxed, open-air feast with strings of festoon lights, lots of colourful flowers and greenery and we’d all be seated at a large rustic wooden table.” Sounds like our idea of fun!