On the weekend I got all inspired about my business because we visited the market that I plan to make my start at. I love that feeling! My creative juices are on hyper drive and it's all I think about. I'm constantly writing list and decorating inside my head.
The good news is I have finally come to an agreement with a Chinese supplier and they are sending me a sample of my selected goods, I should receive those this week! These took about 2 months of emails, negotiating and research. Although there is a language barrier - they have been extremely professional and efficient with their responses. This takes care of my Standard Party Box.
I am still researching other suppliers - the one I have found does great kids themes but they don't do things like balloons, decorations, adult themes (no not THAT kind of adult theme!! Dirty! Like luau, Hollywood, hens’ night, movie night, slumber party, high tea, Halloween, baby shower, etc.) They also don’t do any plain colours. So it is obvious I need another supplier to balance out. I have been trolling the net, party shops, craft shops and even eBay for interesting party goods. Buying locally is extremely expensive, it may be because everything in Australia is expensive and added to that where we live is so remote a location.
The fun for me lies in my Premium Party Boxes - these are more unusual themes and unique supplies. I get to basically organise an entire party including; décor, menu plan, invitations, loot bags, balloons, all the essentials and activities/game suggestions.
I have started to create cute matching accessories for the themes. At the moment I'm working on gorgeous popcorn cones, cupcake wrappers & toppers. I searched the web and found some amazing free printable accessories. I can spend hours looking at all of the different ideas. I have made up some of my own templates and designs using my endless supply of scrapbooking and craft materials.
My favourite so far are some cupcake wrappers I've made for a high tea theme box out of paper doilies. They look so pretty and girly, cheap too it works out to 40 wraps for approx. $2 gotta love a bargain!