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There’s always so much going on in the party-planning world. Party guru Alex from Ruby Rabbit Partyware shares with haven readers the best themes, colour schemes and party supplies around right now.

  • Monochrome. For the little lad who doesn’t care much for themes and costumes, a simple black and white party can be a great (and easy!) alternative. Get creative with patterns and textures and add pops of silver or gold for extra pizazz!
  • Wild One. Host a safari/jungle party with gold accents, leopard print party bags and giant animal balloons for a fresh take on an old classic. Think black, white and orange/gold, add some leafy garlands and go wild!
  • Cowboy. Saddle up for a great day by throwing your party in the Wild Wild West! Take advantage of the cactus trend and use a giant (spike free) balloon as your centrepiece. Even the littlest cowboys and cowgirls will love running amok in their cowboy hats.

Allow 6-8 weeks for planning a party. Decide on a theme and get the invitations out 2-4 weeks before the big day.

Stick to three core colours when decorating for a party – pink, peach and white are popular for girls and white, blue and silver are great for boys’ parties.

Tableware, like cups and straws, are an easy way to decorate for a theme and there are so many colours, patterns and themes to choose from.

Get creative with party favours. Lollies can be replaced with temporary tattoos, pencils and crayons, novelty glasses or masks for extra party fun!

We love giant letters and number balloons but you can take things a step further with new-release full word balloons in fun colours and cursive writing!

Visit www.rubyrabbit.com.au for more party inspo.

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