Okay, I admit it. I’m addicted to Pinterest.
For all of you who don’t know, Pinterest is an online pinboard filled with funky, inspiring images of anything and everything. While browsing it, you are overcome with what I have dubbed “The Shayna Blaze” — a sense of confidence that you are in fact a masterful design guru.
I often spend hours scouring Pinterest or Google, saving hundreds of kids’ party images to my phone, dreaming that my party guests will compliment me on my luxurious and seemingly effortless styling and baking abilities.
But this never happens. Ever. I never, ever nail it.
At the last minute I find myself frantically buying a cake and sausages from Woolies and blowing up some balloons … and as a last minute attempt at a theme, I buy some jungle cups and plates from the local party store. Bugger.
So, to help the time poor, “wannabe Shayna Blaze” mums out there without a crafty bone in their body, I have created the ultimate list of local businesses that can help you Pinterest your party!

A memorable main attraction

Teepee Belle Tents & Events – Cherrybrook

My inner ’tween girl is high-fiving the owners of Teepee Belle Tents and Events for coming up with these sensationally gorgeous kids’ party tents. The company was developed by Hills District locals and sisters, Michelle Carter and Katherine Berger, after searching for party venue ideas for one of their own daughters' birthdays and coming across beautiful, quality-made bell tents from Belgium. This helped them throw an exciting backyard party that kept the kids out of the house!
The Teepee Belle-styled tents look impressive in any location. They can be the main attraction at your party or they can be a unique addition to your event — and they do all the work, including delivery, set-up and pack down.

Party styling – Cloud9 – Castle Hill

Cloud9 provides professionally styled party hire packages for children’s birthdays and other special occasions. They help reduce the running around and extra expense of party planning by providing unique, themed hire packages with handmade and beautifully matched decorations. You can choose from their growing list of popular party themes like Forest Friends, Nautical, Construction, Princess, Raindrops and Rainbows, Garden Party, Enchanted Woodlands, Aeroplane, Pirate Party and more at www.thecloud9project.com/parties. Each theme is easily customised or they can create an entirely new design for your party.

Wow factor food

The Love of Sugar


I once baked brownies and spotted all the kids at the party spitting them out, as I had burnt their bases. Another fail. Enter The Love of Sugar, a beautiful dessert catering company which attentively produces a range of patisserie products such as gateaux, tarts and dessert cups — and they are oh, so decadent! Packages can be customised to suit your event needs, including budget, dessert products, colours and dietary requirements.

Tea party time!

Pretty n’ Perfect Vintage Collectibles – Thornleigh

Okay, kids definitely aren’t English Breakfast sippers, but their parents are. Plus, it looks ultra classy in your social media snaps! These are great to whip out at any event you hold, so it’s fair to say it’s worth investing in a beautiful tea set from Pretty n’ Perfect Vintage Collectibles. The handmade cake stands start from $25. The tea sets vary greatly. The trios start from $15 with whole sets averaging $150-300. What a stunning addition to your party set-up. You can find Pretty n’ Perfect Vintage at www.facebook.com/prettynperfectvintage/ ☐