Choosing a party theme – Top Tips!

The number one struggle Mom’s tell us in store and online is that they can’t find items to match the theme that their child has chosen. Mom’s we hear you! Make party planning simple and easy, here are the top tips straight from our in-house professional party planner on how to choose a theme that works for you.

  1. Visit your friendly party store: See what they have in stock right there and then. Wittle down the choices to 2 or 3 that you think your child will love.
  2. The big choice: Chat with your child and let them choose between your 2 or 3 choices.
  3. Buy your party items online: Taking your child to the party shop can lead to confusion, soooooooo many choices. Little kids can become indecisive when faced with all those choices.
  4. Let them unwrap the party store parcel: When your order arrives via courier, let your child open it and see the items. They will feel part of the process and the excitement will start to build!

What advice do you have for other parents when it comes to choosing a party theme?

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Alternatives to traditional party packs

After the recent media attention about party packs, specifically mentioned on 702 radio this week, we thought it best to look further into the whole idea of party packs.

A party pack or lootbag is traditionally a parting gift give to each attending child to thank them for their company at the birthday child’s party. It is now commonplace to fill a party pack with trinkets, treasures and treats(oh the treats). Let’s think about this, a birthday party can and often has some or all of the following edible items: Birthday Cake, cupcakes, cake pops, biscuits, sweets, chips, cooldrinks and ice-cream. That is already ALOT of sweet treats, do the little guests really NEED more treats for the ride home?

Let’s look at party packs differently, we do believe that it is a nice idea to give a parting gift to each attending child to say thank you… but we also know that a pack filled with sweet things is not the only option.

Here are some “party pack” ideas:

– A small toy for each child, dependant on the childrens ages and the theme of the party, a few cost effective options are hand made ribbon wands for a princess party or a bag filled with craft material like crayons and perhaps some stickers. Let your imagination and party theme guide you or get some inspiration from pinterest.

– If there is a craft activity at the party, the finished product will work as a unique parting gift.

– A simple thank you card, hand written by the birthday child – back to traditional values.

Do you think that party packs are a necessity at a child’s party? Would you be upset if your child didn’t get a party pack? Leave a comment

Happy planning

MPS Team



Party Kits, kids party shopping convenience simplified

All the themed kids party supply items you could need in one easy to purchase package. That’s what a kids party kit is, My Party Supplies kits are compiled for groups of 10 kids,  if you have 20 guests, just buy 2 kits. Each kit comprises:

  • 10 x themed party paper plates
  • 10 x themed party plastic / paper cups (dependent on theme)
  • 10 x themed party serviettes
  • 10 x themed party bags
  • 1 x themed plastic tablecloth / table cover
  • 10 x matching 11″ latex balloons.

Once you have your basics, add your extras, from themed foil balloons to party hats, candles and party pack fillers. All available at

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Happy planning

MPS Team


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Party Kits – the starting point for any great party

We at My Party Supplies HQ have an aim, we want to help you throw a brilliant birthday party with the least amount of effort. It is for this reason that we have put together themed party kits, the absolute basic starting block for any great party.

These party kits includes:

10 x themed party paper plates

10 x themed party cups

10 x themed party serviettes

10 x themed party bags

1   x themed tablecloth

10 x 11″ matching latex balloons.

Once you have your basic party supplies organised you can add on the cute and colourful extras.

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Happy Planning…

MPS Team


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Baby Shower party games… fun for all ages.

Baby Showers are a special occasion marking the arrival of a new tiny member into the family, it’s supposed to be a fun and light hearted affair and there is no better way to celebrate it than by organising a few games that include all the guests. Baby Showers generally last 3 – 6 hours dependant on what time of the day they are being held and the theme thereof.

Once you have organised your table settings, and laid out the food, it is time to prepare a few games for the guests. These can be mandatory or optional, if optional just put them aside, away from the main activities.

Fun for everyone:

The gift opening party of the baby shower can take a while and although it is cute to watch the new parents open all their gifts some guest may find their minds wandering to other things. Keep them entertained and engaged with these fun game ideas:

– Baby Bingo: Print out cards with the general gifts (whats on the gift registry) in each block. The guests use candy such as skittles to “mark” a block when the parents receive that gift that is on their card. First one to get a line wins.

– Lullaby Lyrics: Get your guests to complete the lyrics to some age old lullabies, the guest with the most correct completions wins.

– Baby Songs: Your Guests have 1 minute to write down as many songs as they can think of with the word “baby” in.

– Name that Baby: Get your guests to write down a few name suggestions for a boy / girl in 2 jars. The parents may actually like 1 or 2.

– Don’t say “baby”: give your guests 5 pegs each, to be attached to their clothing. Everytime someone hears another guest say “baby” they take away a peg. The one with the most left at the end wins.

– Water breaking: Freeze some tiny plastic baby dolls in water, leave these out for your guests, they need to place 1 in their drink and the one whose baby is released from the melting ice first yells “my water broke” – they win.

– Where’s the baby? Buy lots of small baby dolls. Hand 1 to each guest as they arrive. They can either hold them, put them down or hand them to someone else. Any baby doll not being held by someone else can be picked up by another guest. The guest with the most babies wins.

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Don’t forget the Dad’s / Dudes. 

– Bottle Chugging: Fill baby bottles with your drink of choice, the first to finish his bottle wins.

– Blind nappie changing: Inflate some balloons, blindfold the guys, and get 2 at a time to change the baby diaper (material) with a safety pin without bursting the balloon.

– Tie your shoes: Give the guys a balloon, which they are to inflate to capacity. Once inflated they need to place the balloon under their shirts and tie their shoes. The first one to get that right wins.


Any way you look at it, a baby shower or sprinkle is an opportunity for friends and family to come together and have a bit of fun.

Do you know of a baby shower party game that we haven’t mentioned but really enjoyed? Please leave a comment.

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Baby Shower, food fit for a little king.

Whether planning a baby shower or sprinkle, there are a number of aspects of your event that need to be planned ahead. In this post we will touch on what type of food and drinks you could serve at the event. It is of course dependent on what theme you choose, if you for example choose a BaByQ theme – the food may be more braai / salads than finger foods.

Is it okay to serve alcohol at a baby shower? 

This is a question that we believe best be presented to the guest of honour, does she mind having alcohol served at her shower or would she prefer it be a mocktail event. Most baby showers take place in the morning or over the course of an early afternoon, not really traditional drinking hours, so perhaps the addition of a fruit punch or mimosa’s would suffice.

Mocktails / Preggatinis! Or non-alcoholic cocktails -> Here’s a link to 50 easy Mocktail recipe’s

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Food, om nom nom:

Cake and finger foods are often served at Baby Showers. There are a few types of foods that pregnant women are advised to stay away from, these include:

– Sushi (uncooked seafood)

– Raw egg or anything containing raw egg such as hollandaise sauce.

– Soft cheese such as Brie and Camembert, all soft cheese that is made from pasteurised milk are safe.

– Pate.

Here are a few pictures from our Baby Shower Pinterest Board illustrating some food ideas and inspiration.

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A number of baby shower themes are available on – our favourites are

For a Girl: 

Baby Minnie, see our blog post on planning a Baby Minnie themed party here.

Little ladybug, see our blog post on planning a Little Ladybug themed party here.


For  a Boy: 

Baby Mickey, see our blog post on planning a Baby Mickey themed party here,


Gender Neutral:

Baby Clothes theme or Tatty Teddy.

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Stay tuned for our next installment in the Baby Shower series: Games!

Happy Planning


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Planning a baby shower? History and tradition

A bit of history of the baby shower: 

The term shower is often assumed to mean that the expectant mother is “showered” with gifts. The baby shower may have derived its name from the custom in Victorian times for the presents to be put inside a parasol, which when opened would “shower” the mom-to-be with gifts. As the party centers on gift-giving, the baby shower is typically arranged and hosted by a close friend rather than a member of the family, since it may be considered rude for families to request gifts on behalf of their members.

Diaper showers or Sprinkles refer to a small-scale baby shower, generally for subsequent children, when the parents don’t need as many baby supplies but would still like to celebrate and welcome their new additions.

Grandma’s shower refers to a shower at which people bring items for the grandparents to keep at their house, such as a collapsible crib and a changing pad.

Today it is generally acceptable for both both parents and their friends / relatives to attend baby showers and be party of the celebration.

The invitation:

Find a graphic designer who can assist you in this regard, they can give you a printable file or you can email / whatsapp / Facebook the invitation out. Here are a few examples (all found on our Baby Shower Pinterest Board) of different invitations based on specific themes and their clever wording for inspiration:

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Keep an eye out for the next installment in this series…

Happy Planning


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Kids Party table settings, what do you need? The basics…

So the date is booked, you have decided on your venue, now to purchase and plan the party itself. What exactly do you need for your little guests table settings?

There are a few considerations when deciding which party supplies to get for your tables.

1. Age of children.

Babies and very young children will not require cups to drink out of. Also think about purchasing the smaller 7″ plates for this age group, easier for little hands to manipulate than a bigger plate.

2. Theme of the party.

The normal table set up includes a table (jolly for the younger kids) and a chair as the very basics. But what if you are wanting something a bit different, like a picnic or beanbag bohemia? Decide what and where (or if at all) your guests will be seated.

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3. Type of food being served. 

The traditional party spread of treats fits perfectly well on a normal plate. However if you intend on serving something softer, example ice-cream, a bowl or “treat tub” is a more practical option. Treat tubs also work well for younger children as they tend to spill and mess less with tubs as compared to normal plates.

Treat Tub example
A Treat Tub 

At the very least you need to plan and budget for the following items for each guest,

  • Plate
  • Cup
  • Party bag or Party box
  • A chair / blanket / bench i.e.: somewhere to sit and eat.

Optional extras:

  • Balloon for each child (use a balloon stick, no chance of balloons flying away)
  • Bubbles or Toy for each guest.
A party set up by Hassle Free Kids Party.
A party set up by Hassle Free Kids Party.

Stick to your budget. hire out tables, chairs and linen, it is the more cost effective option and less hassle overall. Visit Hassle Free Kids Party, our preferred hire supplier (Johannesburg only) and request your quote online.

Happy planning

MPS Team


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