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September 2011

Welcome to the September issue of the Alphabet Street Mini Mag ! Spring has sprung and as there are many children born in the Spring season we thought it would be a great idea to focus a Mini Mag issue around birthday parties. In our family alone there are six birthdays within a 6 week period plus additional kids birthday parties that are starting to pop up as party invites appear on the fridge! Thanks to our contributors this month who have written some wonderful articles for us including, Little Sooti, Little Big Company and Little Eats as well as a fabulous interview with Sharnel Dollar from Sharnel Dollar Designs and a delicious cupcake recipe from Katrina Higham. With a new Mini Mag brings a new competition and what wonderful prizes we have this month thanks to Oobi Baby & Kids, Minifashionista, Rudy and The Dodo, My Munchkin Home and Love JK. We hope you enjoy the September issue of the Alphabet Street Mini Mag and we hope it assists with party planning in the future! Penny Price OWNER 3

I graduated in 2010 from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and have been sponsored by Olympus Australia for two years. I am inspired by films, photography, music, culture, Europe, my sister, real life and of course children. I am now represented my U.S photographic agency Treehouse Reps and have recently began shooting commercially. I inherited the lung and digestive disease ‘Cystic Fibrosis' when I was born and I hope to create awareness for the disease through the exposure of my photography. Whilst Cystic Fibrosis does not define me as a person it has helped give me extreme passion and drive to be successful in everything I attempt to do. I dream to one day shoot for Vogue Bambini and travel the world doing what I love most.

Little Big Co is an Online Party, Homewares,Toys &Gift Store&Dessert/Candy Buffet Event Styling Co Jemma Reynolds is a Mum to two gorgeous little chickadees and owner of family friendly dining website Little Eats. Little Eats provide Melbourne families with a comprehensive reviewed list of cafes around Melbourne that are suitably friendly for families with kids.

Mini Mag Editorial: Penny Price All editorial and advertising enquiries ABN: 89826197104 Photography: Alexandrena Parker

Little Sooti is a boutique party ware store and event styling company that was created from my love of unique party products and events

Katrina Higham is chef, co-owner of Windsor Deli and owner of food blog

COVER: Our Model Lucy wears the Tutu Du Monde Posy Tutu: Dusty Lilac

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Introducing... Sharnel Dollar

Owner and Creative Director of Sharnel Dollar Designs

Sharnel is a mum to two residing in Brisbane. Combining her love for good design and entertaining, she is the creative director and owner of Sharnel Dollar Designs. Sharnel Dollar Designs design classic and sophisticated dessert tables and stock the most comprehensive ranges of glass candy jars and cake stands in Australia in their online shop.

Q & A with Sharnel Dollar What inspired you to start Sharnel Dollar Designs? SHARNEL: When I started blogging my children’s birthday parties a few years ago I had so many requests and questions about where I sourced by goodies from. So many other Mums out there found it hard to locate certain products (especially glass jars and pretty cake stands), so I decided to open my online shop and source unique and fun party goods. What gives you the greatest inspiration when creating? SHARNEL: COLOUR! I get so inspired by colour. Who or what has been the most influential in your career path so far? SHARNEL The encouragement and feedback from Amy Atlas certainly pushed me to start my business. What has been the best experience in your journey to date? SHARNEL: Definitely hands down meeting Oprah. I still pinch myself and wonder if it all really did happen. Most of us have various frustrations to deal with in our business. What is yours? SHARNEL: Learning the business side of things for me is the most painful aspect. I’m very creative, I’m not great at paperwork! What is one essential item at a child's party that is necessary to create a memorable event? SHARNEL: A happy child is essential. Make sure the theme of the party is suited to the child andthat he or she were included in the planning and theme selection. Also ensure the number of children at the party is in keeping with what your child can handle. What party theme that you have styled has been your favourite and why? SHARNEL: This would have to be Olivia’s 7th Birthday, her Mary Poppins style tea party. Everything came together perfectly on the day. (Stay tuned for the gorgeous images in the Little One Baby Kids Annual.) 5

We have found some of the best party products to accessorise your party

Polka Dot Lanten: Red Twiggi RRP- $2.35

Soft Green Stripe Party Straws– Sharnel Dollar Designs RRP- $9.95

Pink Daisy Grass Mat P is for Party RRP- $9.95

Belle & Boo Ava’s Tea Party Invitations- P is for Party RRP- $14.50

Garden Party Mushroom Stool-Sharnel Dollar Designs RRP- $59.95

Butterfly Cupcake Wraps Sweet Little Birdy-RRP$6.95

Candy Stripe Cups The Party Studio- RRP- $6.95

Red & White Stripe Party Bags Le Petit Party- RRP $9.95

Vintage Butterfly Garland The Party Studio- RRP- $19.95 7

Red Clown Noses Available from I love parties RRP- $1.60 each

Watercolours Smart Garland Available from P is For Party RRP- $12.95

Paper Cone Red Dot RRP-$5.95 pack

Polka Dot Plates-Multicoloured Sharnel Dollar Designs RRP- $6.95 Circus Ice Cream Cups Twiggi RRP$6.95

Circus Tent Cup Available from P is for party. RRP- $5.00 each

Candy Cane Party Bags Pink Frosting RRP-$9.95

Ikea Circus Tent RRP- $29.99 each


Felt Pinwheel Cupcake Toppers Cupcake Wrappers Cupcake House RRP- $12.00 Red Circus: Cupcake Wrapper Company RRP- $10.00

Circus Invitations-Alannah Rose RRP- $24.95


Howdy Partner Stickers—Invite me: RRP $3.50

Cowboys Kids TeepeeMiniStyle: RRP $229

Robert Gordon Baking Cups Twiggi RRP- $6.90

Drink Dispenser-39cm Sharnel Dollar Designs RRP- $65.95

Cowboy Hat Cookie Cutter-P is for Party RRP- $4.00

Wild West Gold Nugget Bubble Gum-P is for Party RRP- $2.50 each

Sheriiff Badges Twiggi-RRP $0.60

Pink Frosting 19.95 RRP- $24.95

Blue Bunting-Le Petit Party: RRP$9.95

Retro Paper Straws- P is for Party RRP- $9.95 pack 9

Sambellina Pink Spot Cups Little Sooti: RRP- $6.95

Tissue Pom Pom Candy PinkInvite Me: RRP- $7.95

Princess Coach Meal Boxes Speckled Freckle: RRP- $2.95 Pink n' Mix Party Handbags Larkmade: RRP- $9.95 Fairy Princess Cupcake Wrappers Candy Soirees: RRP- $5.50

Princess Bubbles P is for Party: RRP- $1.50

Sambellina Princess Invitations Details Details RRP- $18.50

Crown Cookie Cutter P is for Party: RRP- $4.00

Princess Party Plates Pink Frosting RRP- $7.95

Princess Lip gloss party favours The Party Parlour: RRP- $3.00 each

Retro Striped Straws-Pink Stripe P is for Party RRP- $9.95 10

Party Inspiration Some of the best party stylists share some inspiration with you!

by Sharnel Dollar

Theme: Wild West Showdown Photography Leanne Stamatellos Photography Cookies and Whoopie Pies Bubble and Sweet Invitations, thank you tags, sweets table signage Invite with Style Party design and styling Sharnel Dollar Designs 13

By Sweet Little Birdy

Theme: pretty and pink Decorations: Tulle pom poms and tulle pom pom garland, balloons and streamers, pearls and ribbons, Style Me Gorgeous printables and fresh flowers Cake Stands, set up and food: Sweet Little Birdy


Zoe’s Vintage Hot Air rd Balloon 3 Birthday By Little Sooti

Theme: Vintage Hot Air Balloon This sweet "Vintage Hot Air Balloon" Dessert Table was styled by Thetis from Little Sooti Events in Melbourne Australia. This dessert table was put together as an inspiration shoot for Zoe's 3rd Birthday coming up as there were a few themes Zoe couldn't decide on (yet) so having some fun along the way, and helping narrow down the themes in mind, a clean, simple yet very pretty Dessert Table was put together for Zoe to share with her cousins. What a lucky little girl she is! 15

The desserts were styled according to the illustrations and colours pink, light grey, purple and lemon colours in the printables by ham&pea and the sweet treats includes:

Vanilla Buttercream Cake Buttercream Cupcakes with Pink Frosting Cookies (butter cookies) Chocolate Truffle Cake Pops Strawberry Macarons Apple, Lemon and Strawberry Bon Bons Flying Saucers Mini Chocolate Bars Fairy Floss Strawberry Milk The backdrop was a large piece of plywood in which I painted a soft pale yellow and kept it very simple by putting up some fluffy felt clouds created by Jane of Sweet Tashie. This table is a perfect example of how simple you can keep your own dessert tables without cluttering and still get a soft elegant look. Credits: Styling: Thetis Sardo – Little Sooti Events ( Photographer: Laura Cioccia - Laura Cioccia Photography ( Invite and Printables Design: ham&pea ( Cake, Cupcakes, Cookies, Cake Pops: Anita Grimbos – Cake Envy ( Macarons: Helena – Sweet Tiers ( Felt Clouds: Jane Hiddle – Sweet Tashie ( Party accessories - Little Sooti (


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Sebastian’s Jungle Party

Birthday By Little Big Company

Theme: Jungle Party Cake Decorator: 2 Sisters Cake Elephant Pops and Elephant Cookies: Just Call Me Martha


Featured Entertainer Fairy Flutterby Melbourne's Fairy Party specialist Fairy Flutterby provides beautiful, professional kids party entertainers who host unforgettable children's birthday parties without the price tag. Our fairy party, princess party and mermaid party entertainers will bring the party to you - wherever that may be. We also entertain children at christenings, weddings and special events. For a Fairy Party like no other, Fairy Flutterby is here to make your fairy wishes come true! 18

Featured Business

Bread/Pizza Making Birthday Bread making is the perfect activity to explore children’s love for creating and baking. ■Bread making party runs for about 2-2 1/2 hours ■Make Bread comes to your home or any venue provided it has a functioning oven ■Party is for children aged 3 and over, with age specific level and activities ■Kids will make pizza, pita bread, focaccia or bagel to eat at the party and rolls or mini breads to take home Partycles are one of Melbourne's leading Balloon & Party suppliers. Located in East Bentleigh, we offer our balloon services right across Melbourne and our Party Shop is available online Australia wide! So whether you need helium balloons, disposable items, decorations, DIY kits, custom balloon printing or anything and everything else you can think of, we hope to be able to help you with all your party needs! •Shop Online •Call Us: (03) 9570 2544 •Visit Us: 886 North Rd, East Bentleigh, VIC (Cnr Murrong Ave)

Balloons. Decorations. DIY Kits. Disposable Items

Stuck for a venue for your little ones next birthday bash? Want to find a unique environment? Want good food for both the little kids AND the grown ups? And of course a good hit of caffeine for the parents too? Then look no further than some of your fave local Little

Eats reviewed and road-

tested cafes, that also host kids birthday parties too.

Hip hip hooray! Here are our top picks... •Hang out on the farm... The Farm Cafe, Collingwood Childrens Farm, Abbotsford-Read Review

•Play by the lake...

Oliver’s Garden Cafe, Queen’s Park, Moonee Ponds-Read Review

•Row, row, row your boat... Fairfield Park Boathouse, Fairfield-Read Review

•Babycino’s, sweet treats and backyard fun... Babycino’s Cafe, South Yarra-Read Review

•Pizza and a playground... Jimmi Jamz, Elwood-Read Review

•Welcome to my Cubbyhouse... Cubbyhouse Canteen, Union St Park, Armadale-Read Review


Cupcakes and high tea for the little ladies... Lulabelle’s, Camberwell-Read Review

Sandpit fun... Birdie Num Num’s, North Carlton -Read Review And Leroy’s, Newport -Read Review

Adventure playground action... Phoenix Park Cafe, Phoenix Park, Malvern East Read Review

For more cafe culture for Melbourne’s little ones, visit

Apples and Jam is a place of laughter and discovery. Their living classroom weaves planet TIKE Balance Bike into creative parties friendly practice Live.playtime. Play. Create RRP-$220 and Setting a new standard, they create a magical experience for children while respecting the environment. Instead of plastic plates, large balloons, lollies and chaos, we invite you to a party with minimal waste, recycled, handcrafted decorations, artistically conceptualized entertainment, nutritious fun food and beautiful theming that delights every child’s imagination.

Apples and Jam takes the hassle out and adds the fun in‌ Their aim is to inspire a new approach to parties, giving kids a sense of accomplishment by encouraging their creativity and imagination while incorporating a touch of nature. To celebrate Spring, Apples and Jam have introduced their outdoor summer garden party featuring bugs and butterflies, soft grass, flowers and delicious home made summer treats. Catering for both indoor and outdoor events, Apples and Jam always brings nature to the table. For more information go to


TIKE Balance Bike Live. Play. Create RRP-$220

Struggling with ideas for your little one’s next birthday? We have put together some great gift guide ideas to assist in the deliberation.

0-2 years Night Light-Toadstool RRP-$19.95

French Bull Jungle Bowl Giraffe RRP-$9.95

Alimrose Toadstool Hand Rattle Pink RRP-$14.95

Knitted Humpty Dumpty by Pebble RRP-$52.95

Where is the Green Sheep gift set RRP-$29.95 Baby’s First Walker RRP-$120.00

Skip Hop Bee Zoo Melamine Tableware Set RRP-$22.95

Push and Pull Along Djeco Cotcotte Pull Along Hen RRP-$47.95


2-4 years TIKE Balance Bike RRP-$220 Sevi Memory Game RRP-$84.95 Rocket Racer Tin Toy RRP-$14.95

Wooden Count and Sort RRP-$39.95 Sparklet Breakfast Time Set RRP-$38.95

Wooden BBQ Set RRP-$44.99

Djeco Finger Painting Fun RRP-$44.95

Push Along Fire Truck by Brio RRP-$39.95


5-7 years Djeco Silhouette Puzzles - House of Elves 54pc RRP-$29.95 Geofform Box Set RRP-$66.90

Paperpod Aeroplane RRP-$49.95

Oobi Saskia Tulle Skirt - Cherry Blossom RRP-$49.95

Dumpling Dynasty Baking Set RRP-$66.90 Flat Stanley RRP-$9.95

Makedo Find and Make Flowers RRP-$14.95

Wind Up Tin Racing Car RRP-$19.95


8-10 years Make your own Pirate Ship RRP $24.95

Meccano Xtreme Dragster RRP $34.95 Polar Bear Labyritnh RRP $44.95

Mini Digital Slap Watch RRP $29.95

Good Things For Girls-Seeding RRP $39.95 Friendship Bracelet Kit RRP $19.94

Bamboo Mosaic Puzzle RRP $54.95

Star Gazer Kit-Dumpling Dynasty RRP $32.00


11-12 years 38 Channel Walkie Talkie Set RRP $59.95 Girl Talk Story Starters RRP $19.95 Djeco Spacecraft Paper Toys RRP $12.95

Donut Headphones RRP $24.95

Spiral notebook/journal - speaking words of wisdom RRP $12.95 Pear Canvas in Multi Pink/Redby Urban Nest RRP $39.00

Dangerous Book for Boys Science Tricks RRP $16.95


Your Invited!

It all starts with the invitation and we have found some of the best invites around to get the party started!

Magical Carousel fill-in party invitation set RRP $24.95

Magic Bunny Party Invitations RRP $14.95

10 Vintage Boys Invites RRP $22.00

Paper Eskimo Popcorn Invitations RRP $14.95

Follow Me Party Invitations RRP $12.00

Roll Up Roll Up RRP $18.50

Party Bot Double Sided Invites RRP $19.95

Dress Up Invitation Box Set RRP $19.95


Dress up Monkeys Personalised Party Invites From $24.00 for 16 invites

Ahoy me Hearties From $37.50 for 10 invites

Fairy Garden Party Invitations From $42 for 12 invitations

Horse & Mousey Green From $2.20 each for 30 postcard invites

Boys Sleep Over From $1.30 each. Minimum 20

Carnival Carousel Party Invitation From $2.75 for minimum of 15 invites

Fairy Princess Invitations From $2.95 each. Minimum 10 postcards


Enchanted Woodland RRP-$20

Hot Air Balloon RRP $20

Archie Carnival Invitation RRP-$15

Pizza Party Invitation RRP-$12


Featured Business

Little Paper Cloud brings all the fun of our classes to your child’s birthday party. We offer exciting party entertainment for 3 to 10 year olds and with a range of great themes to choose from we have something for everyone. We also make organising the party a great deal easier for you too. Even our basic party package includes much of what you need to make the party a success including: themed cooking & craft activities, beautiful invitations , decorations for the activity tables , all activity materials & ingredients, aprons, games, staff. 33

“When you look at a cupcake, you've got to smile.” ~ Anne Byrn

We are loving

Ingredients 125g butter 2 cups SR flour 1 cup sugar 150mls milk 1 tsp vanilla essence 2 eggs

Method 1. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. 2. Add the eggs one at a time and then the vanilla essence. 3. Add half the flour and then half the milk and mix until combined and then repeat. 4. Fill the patty pans to two thirds full and place in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 180 degrees celcius or until golden brown.

Butter Icing 250g butter 400g icing sugar 80g cocoa powder 1 tsp vanilla icing

Method Beat the butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder together until light and fluffy. Pipe in a circular motion over the top of the cooled cupcake and decorate as desired. Alternatives Cinnamon and Sugar: Melt 2tbs butter and baste over the top of your cupcakes as soon as they are out of the oven and then sprinkle with 3tbs sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon. Lemon: Add 2 tsp zested lemon to the icing butter mixture and take out the cocoa powder. Add 80g icing sugar to the mixture.

Makes approximately 12 cupcakes Recipe supplied by Katrina Higham of


TIKE Balance Bike Live. Play. Create RRP-$220

Model Lucy Wears Tutu Du Monde Posy Tutu: Dusty Lilac RRP $149 Photography: Alexandrena Parker Make Up: Raeoni Davies

1. Oobi Sabrina Dress:Petal-RRP $59.95,2. Rock your BabyHigh Society Dress : Paris -RRP $44, 3. LA Crafts Gnomeville Lucy Dress -RRP$ 30 4. Littlelki-Dress with Yoke and Sleeve RRP $79.95 5. Miss Haidee Summer Sunday Dress- RRP $60, 6. Naughts and Crosses Charlotte Dress: Magic MintRRP$69.95, 7. Coco & Ginger Alba Dress-Cradle Rock RRP $64.95, 8. Tutu Du Monde Alyna tutu vintage rose-RRP $149 37

Featured Business Loot Bags

TIKE Balance Bike Live. Play. Create RRP-$220

If you are looking for an affordable and easy way of arranging party favours for your guests, make sure check out the range of take home bags from Loot Bags. Loot bags specialises in creating fun and kidfriendly kids party bags that are sure to be a hit and save you time and money. Loot Bags are full of fresh and original ideas and come in a range of themes to suit any birthday party including; Girls Only, Fairy Princess, Super Magic, Stinky and Gross and many more. Prices start from $3.95 each and are available online at

TIKE Balance Bike Live. Play. Create RRP-$220

By Little Big Company Need some help organising a party for your little one? Louisa from Little Big Company shares her top tips to create the perfect party. Parties are a great way of creating beautiful memories and this month we share our party checklist to assist in creating the perfect party.

Always organise your personalized party printables, get cupcake toppers, bunting, labels for food on the table.

Checklist 6 weeks before party  Create a Theme, make a moodboard, collect ideas in a notebook, paste magazine pictures or go on sites such as to create an online pinboard for your party.

4-6 weeks before party  Organise invitations, confirm numbers, send out invitations- have a start and finish time on the invitations.

 Organize the cake with cake maker or if you are doing it, plan what cake you are going to do in terms of design. 2-3 weeks before party Buy all the treats for your party favour bags or boxes, buy party decorations, have a large box or a big plastic $2 striped candy bag with handles and put everything in there ready for the party. Refer back to your budget. 40

1 week before party Confirm numbers, ring anyone that hasn’t responded, make sure you check if anyone has any allergies. A couple of days before the party go food shopping, include tea and coffee/ milk some food for adults too if they decide to stay if you are having a children’s party, refer to your budget and shopping list.

Check out your local paper for the weather report, alert your neighbours that you are having a party, checking parking is available, if at another venue - confirm venue, confirm insurance if you are having it at another venue, confirm with the cake maker that you are going to pick up the cake the day before, sometimes it’s great also having a party at a park..but always check the weather report the week prior.

Prepare all the party favour bags or boxes, make sure all the decorations are ready, make sure all the prizes for the party are ready and wrapped.

{ Top Tip} Places to go for great and reasonably priced party ware are the Reject Shop for jars, candy and ribbon, IKEA for party table buffet sign $1.99, IKEA for glass jars, and $2 Shops are great for ribbon and noodle boxes. Make sure you have planned all the party games and set out an allocated area for the party games Have a timeline/schedule on a piece of paper how the party is going to run (this doesn’t necessarily work on the day – but it’s a great piece of paper to refer back to, ie pass the parcel first, make a craft second, eat cake…etc)

Party Paper Bunting RRP $19.95 Available from Little Big Company

{ Top Tip} Involve your child with preparing all the decorations and let him/her know how the day is going to run. Make it fun preparing for the party. There are also some great tips for making decorations on the web and great party sites to refer too. 41

Check that your camera is charged and ready and put in a spot where you can find it easily Make sure all the music is prepared, The party room /space is free from hazards, all cleaning products are put up high and make sure the front door is closed when all the guests have arrived, you don’t want the door left open because of safety.

Make sure you have easy accessibility for prams etc. A baby change area – the toilet is stocked up with toilet paper – I know you may smile!!! But some people do forget!!! Put any pets away, make sure your party games are ready and set up.

Have a pencil and pad ready to note down all what presents were given so you can send out thank you notes.

On the day of the party Give yourself plenty of time for set up, we find it very useful to set up most of it the night before.

Set up a main pretty cake table or dessert/candy buffet and have a separate table set up with paper plates, paper cups and napkins for the children to sit down at.

Make sure you have matches, lighter ready for the cake - put somewhere safe

Have all the prizes ready near where you are going to have the games.

Set out your party table with tablecloth, jars with ribbon, printable labels for the party buffet, decorate your party space, remove any potential hazards from the party space. I.E electrical cords, TVs on cabinets - that little children can pull down, breakable house decorations, cleaning products are put up high etc

Place your sign out for the party with balloons or just balloons.

{Top Tip} Make sure you and your kids get dressed for the party ASAP, because you are going to be so busy setting up, time will pass away. Sounds silly I know but it’s a good tip!

Make sure a table or chairs is set up if any parents are going to stay at the event. Ask for help from a friend to help you out on the day it’s always helpful to have another set of hands. Also if you have younger children, I.E toddler or baby make sure you allocate someone to look after their safety on the day, because you are going to be busy with running the party. Write 'thank yous' after the event. (thank you for coming and thanks for the lovely present). Most of all have fun, enjoy and create a lovely day…Love Louisa at The Little Big Company


TIKE Balance Bike Live. Play. Create RRP-$220

The most exciting event at A FIRE ENGINE PARTY is a trip on the Fire Engine. You and your friends can be picked up from your home, a park or any location of your choice. Normally the visit lasts 45 minutes with an extension possible. The engine comes with Firefighter Rob, flashing lights, fire radio to hear all the action. Each passenger gets a "Weg's" Colouring In page and the birthday child receives a professionally printed "Junior Firefighters' Certificate and a FREE pass to the Fire Services Museum in East Melbourne.

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Party ideas There are so many fabulous options for kids parties in Melbourne and we have found a few suggestions the kids will love!

Central Melbourne Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre Get Active!

1 Aughtie Drive Albert Park PH: 03 9926 1555 Our one and a half hour or two hour long, fully supervised parties are jam-packed with fun and excitement. With four fantastic parties to choose from and all catering included, MSAC is the perfect place for a party! Choose from the Aquatic or Stadium Sports parties.

Get Arty!

National Gallery of Victoria NGV International- 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne PH: 03 8662 1555 Want to bring out the emerging artist in your birthday child and their guests? Then an Arty Party is for you! Choose a theme and we will tailor a party that includes a gallery activity, art-making in the studio and a bite to eat with a special kids party menu.

Get Up Close!

Collingwod Children’s Farm 18 St Heliers St Abbotsford, Melbourne PH: 03 9417 5806 Your child and their guests will experience the best that the Farm has to offer. They will be able to feed and interact with all the animals, ride a pony and milk a cow hosted by your own friendly farmer. Please note that food is an optional extra, see below. Hosted parties often book out months in advance so call early to avoid disappointment. Min – 8; Max – 20; available weekends only, excluding Family Day (1st Sunday of each month) and Farmer’s Markets (second Saturday of each month). 44

Get Constructing! Moore Educational Lego Education Centre Shop 5/439 Docklands Drive, Waterfront City, Docklands PH: 9602 1116 LEGO parties require a booking for a minimum of 10 or more children at $15 per child. The Birthday child will receive a free gift from us and all party guests will receive a LEGO brick name badge to keep. We create a party atmosphere with birthday candles on a LEGO brick . Unfortunately food is not provided nor permitted inside the shop. LEGO Parties are approximately 1 hour long. Parties run on Saturday 10am, 11.30am, 1pm.

Get Laughing!

Circus for Everyone 316 Church St Richmond PH: 0430 941 974 Circus 4 Everyone offers a fun, safe and caring environment where the Kids will get the experience of being a real circus performer! At Circus 4 Everyone Performer Party the kids will participate in activities such as: *Trapeze *Juggling *Hula hoops *Spinning plates *Diabolo *Clown bike * Human pyramids *Pedal go *Devil Stick *Circus games, competitions and much, much more!

Get Outdoors!

Melbourne Zoo Elliott Avenue Parkville PH: 03-9285 9300 Let your kids go wild with a birthday party at Melbourne Zoo! Celebrate with tasty party favourites in the Gorilla Jungle Hut before discovering the wonderful world of wild animals around the Zoo. With two fun packages to choose from, you'll make this adventurous birthday party one to remember!Great for groups of 20 to 30 children Available party times: Saturdays & Sundays 10am - 11:30am | 12:30pm - 2pm | 3pm - 4:30pm Suitable for children 3 - 11 years of age 45

Melbourne South- East Get Cooking!

Gourmet Kids 1449 Malvern Rd, Malvern, Victoria PH: 03 9824 5979 A Gourmet Kids birthday baking party is great fun for all, whether you’re getting your hands sticky and licking the spoon, or watching the kids cook up a storm in our safe and supervised kitchen. We offer a number of party packages that can suit any budget, as well as a number of extras such as photographs of the day, food for any non-participating adult guests attending, and a range of delicious Gourmet Kids birthday cakes to complete the experience.

Get Pretending!

Candy Hair Kids Salon and Party Room Level 3, Bay Rd Side, Near Myer, Southland Shopping Centre, Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham PH: 03 9585 0855 Candy Hair's range of fantastic parties have been designed with ages 3 - 16 years in mind and a minimum of 8 children ready to party. Each party is specifically tailored for the different ages and run for 90 minutes in length. All parties include; party host & room, invitations, popcorn, fresh fruit, drinks (soda or juice) and a 4"x6" group photo in a presentation folder. Choose from Glam Catwalk, Enchanting Fairy Party, Swashbuckling Pirate Party and many more.

Get Creating!

Petit Atelier 517 High Street Prahran PH: 03-95292924 Petit Atelier Arts and Crafts Parties are unique to any other children’s party. Petit Atelier specializes in celebrations for children from 4-14 years of age. Our parties aim to combine arts, crafts and fun to give your guests a fresh and imaginative experience. We offer a variety of themes to choose from: Girls: Jewellery, jewellery boxes, hair clips, hair clip organizers. Boys: Timber aeroplanes, robots, rockets, soft toys, timber money and many more. 46

Melbourne South- East Get Back to Nature!

Get Making!

Reptile Encounters Armadale North 3143 PH: 0419 505 537 For a kids’ party you’ll never forget, book an interactive reptile show from Reptile Encounters! Children of all ages will be amazed by the variety of Australian wildlife attending their party. Everyone can ask questions and learn about Australia’s unique fauna, and everyone gets a chance to see and touch some amazing wildlife! The birthday child will be the centre of attention, and will have a photo taken with the wildlife. Reptile Encounters makes having a kids’ party a breeze; we keep them entertained for an hour, so all you have to do is cut the cake at the end!

Fizz Kids Parties 141 Waverley Road, East Malvern PH: (03) 9571 8416 Fizz Kidz organises kids birthday parties for everyone at our own party venues in Mont Albert and Malvern East in Melbourne for boys and girls 4-18 years of age. We offer a nut free menu. Kids will have the choice or making Fizzy Bath Bombs, Chocolate Lip gloss, Flavoured Lip Balm, Perfume, Chocolate Cup Cake Soap, Nail Art and Fairy Dust, Sheer Lipstick, Ooie Gooey Slime ,Body Glitter, Camouflage paint and many more..

Get Painting!

GlazeIt 328A Glen Eira Rd Elsternwick PH: (03)9532 9933 Looking for a fun, easy to manage and creative kids birthday party? GlazeIt Studio offers a stress-free, creative and unforgettable party for you and your guests. We have the perfect venue for your kids party, age 6 and older. Our brightly lit and specious studio can accommodate up to 45 guests - the largest of its kind in Melbourne - and we guarantee that everyone will have a fabulous time! Kids will be decorating ready-to-paint ceramic pieces into beautiful and usable pottery that they'll cherish forever. 47

Melbourne West Get Climbing!

Cliff Hanger Climbing Gym Inside Westgate Sports and Leisure Complex Corner Grieve Parade and Doherty's Road Altona North PH: 03 9824 5979 An "extreme" rock climbing party is designed to suit climbers from as young as 4 and up to 14 years of age. An 'extreme' birthday includes:•1½ hours of climbing •All Climbing Equipment (including kiddie sized climbing shoes)•Full Supervision (1 instructor per 6 children) (Not included in instructorless option)•Instruction •A birthday experience they won't forget in a hurry!

Get Experimenting!

Get Active!

Scienceworks 2 Booker St Spotswood PH: 03 9585 0855 Scienceworks makes science an adventure! Your guests will discover everyday science through interactive exhibits and our ever-changing exhibitions. Birthday Party Package includes: Use of a private party room in the museum (1 hour), All day entry into the museum for all children under 12 years old, Party food and beverages for children, A catering host while in the party room (1 hour) ,Necessary party items such as napkins, plastic cups, etc., A party hat for each child , A choice of 8 different Scienceworks invitations to choose from and a gift for the birthday child.

Lifestyle For Kids 193 Champion Rd Williamstown PH: 03-9397 7766 Celebrate your children’s party at Lifestyle for Kids and enjoy exclusive use of our venue. Your child and friends will have a ball at their gymnastics style birthday party, with three energetic party hostesses included to assist with party games and activities and to cater for your individual needs. Click HERE to see inclusions 48

Melbourne West Get Flying!

Paper Plane Academy 47/91 Moreland St, Footscray PH: 03 9689 9040 We are very excited to announce that the Paper Plane Academy is now available for children’s parties. Big or small we can tailor an event for your little ones birthday or special occasion.

Get Gorgeous!

Children’s Day Spa Parties by Lisa's Alterations & Beauty 2 Ash ct, Hoppers Crossing 3029 PH: 03 9734 6048 We all know girls loved to be pampered! We cater for girls from 6-17 years. Our parties are perfect for birthdays, graduations, slumber parties or deb parties. On arrival guests are fitted with a stylish spa robe and served with a glass of champagne (non alcoholic of course)! Nibblies are served throughout the party and optional party packs are also available for each child. Parties are available every day of the week except the first Saturday of the month.!

Get Arty!

Arthouse Ink 16 Hall St Yarraville PH: 03 8307 0949 The Birthday Girl or Boy gets to choose the item they wish everyone to decorate. 1 craft item per child as well as party food and drink is provided. Birthday cake by request or BYO. They can choose to decorate: Pencil Boxes, Name plaques, Fairy Wands and small masque, Creative Canvases, Masks, Paper Mosaic Mirrors, Wooden bird houses, Paper craft flowers. 49

Melbourne North Get Enchanted!

The Magic Unicorn 26 Hampton Rd Essendon West PH: (03) 9331 4392 First enter the special costume room and choose a character. Maybe you’ll become a big cat, a princess, a dinosaur, a fairy, a cowboy, a mermaid, or a pirate. There are so many costumes to choose from. Then the fun begins as you enter the magic unicorn’s forest room. Experience exciting games, the disco dance floor and feast at the banquet table.

Get Cultural!

CERES Community Environment Park Cnr Roberts St and Stewart St, Brunswick East PH: (03) 9389 0100 Have fun with hands on activities run by our cultural educators, then enjoy CERES facilities such as the café, playground and farm. Select one of the party themes, activities may vary depending on availability of educators. Choose from an Aboriginal, Indian, African and Indonesian party where you will participate in songs, games, arts and craft, and dance. Suitable for children Aged 5 – 10 (maximum 20)

Get Riding

Essendon Traffic School Corner Albion and Lawson Streets Essendon PH: 03 9243 8888 Are you looking for a unique venue where children of all ages can be active in a safe and educational environment? And you don't have to organise any games? The Essendon Traffic School is your solution! We offer,30 bikes/trikes provided , A covered area with two trestle tables and 40 plastic chairs , Four picnic benches – also undercover , A covered electric push-button BBQ , A microwave , Access to the sandpit. Children must bring a helmet and are encouraged to bring their own bicycle/tricycle. 50

Melbourne North The Art Factory Get Arty! 307 Buckley St Essendon PH: (03) 9576 0135 Delight your guests and invite them to an art party at The Art Factory. Our vibrant art studios are the perfect atmosphere for a celebration! We have a fantastic range of activities to inspire boys and girls from 4 years of age through to some sophisticated crafts for teens. Your guests will all have fun creating a masterpiece that they will be thrilled to take home at the end of the party.

Get Constructing!

Moore Educational Lego Education Centre 37 Hall Street Moonee Ponds PH: 03 9372 8728 LEGO parties require a booking for a minimum of 10 or more children at $15 per child. The Birthday child will receive a free gift from us and all party guests will receive a LEGO brick name badge to keep. We create a party atmosphere with birthday candles on a LEGO brick . Unfortunately food is not provided not permitted inside the shop. LEGO Parties are approximately 1 hour long. Parties run on Saturday 10am, 11.30am, 1pm.

Get Active

North Melbourne Recreation Centre PH: 03 9658 9444 The North Melbourne Recreation Centre runs children’s birthday sports and pool parties for primary school-aged children on weekends after 1pm. Our qualified and fun party leaders will ensure your child’s party will be full of fun and games in a safe environment. Parties are two hours in duration with one hour of activities and games in the pool or stadium (depending on the type of party selected), followed by one hour in our designated party room. Parties.aspx 51

Melbourne Bayside Get Magical

Crazy Kids Circus Parties St Kilda PH: 0401 721 533 For a birthday that will be remembered for years to come, experience your own Crazy Circus Birthday. Watch or join in as our professional coaches teach hula hooping, acrobatics, juggling, and spinning plates. We also offer a variation of poi (dry fire twirling, not real fire), devils sticks and soon staff (also traditionally done with fire) all of which are optional according to age and skill level.

Get Riding

Luna Park St Kilda PH: 03 9585 0855 A day at Melbourne's Luna Park is jam packed full of excitement - awesome rides - and great party food in the biggest party venue ever! It is an opportunity to spend a memorable day celebrating with your friends and family - as we cater for the young and young at heart. Our Birthday Party Pack is for anyone! Enjoy Unlimited Ride Ticket, A large Luna Park balloon, A carnival game voucher, Lunch in the Party Tram.

Get Firing

All Fired Up 568 Hampton street Hampton PH: (03) 9533 5528 All fired up is a great place for children who love to create. You will get exclusive use of our party room for 1½ hours Your choice from our extensive party range of ceramics Complete painting instruction and supervision All paints, brushes, fun writers and stamps Personalised dinner plate for the birthday child (valued at $22) , Each painter receives a lolly bag and a VIP* loyalty card At the end of the birthday party, each piece will be glazed, and fired and will be ready for collection in 4-5 days. 52

Melbourne Bayside Get Playing!

Bonkers Play Centre 497 Nepean Hwy Brighton East PH: (03) 9530 6601 We will take care of everything – there's no stress, no cooking or cleaning up afterwards for you. Bonkers is an ideal place in Melbourne for 1st birthdays, 2nd birthdays, 3rd birthdays, any age children's birthdays, family celebrations, special occasions and any large gathering. In fact any function where you would like to have fun or bring families with kids, a place where they are in a safe environment so you can relax and enjoy the day.

Get Glittery!

Glittery Tapping Wonderland 148a Barkly St, St. Kilda. Victoria PH: 0423 095 590 Let us help you make your next party an absolute hit with your kids. Let your kids wiggle, jiggle and giggle to their hearts content! We can tailor the party to the style and the how it runs to suit your needs. Set in one of our fabulous studios! Our gorgeous teachers will entertain and involve your kids with one or more of these glittery styles…Fairy Ballet, Fairy Jazz, Fairy Tap, Giggle Ballet, Funky Dancing, and Acrobatics/Funky Jazz

Get Dressed Up! Party Perfect

156 Martin Street Brighton PH: 0432972599 or 0412642335 Located in Brighton, partyperfect is Melbourne’s Number One boutique party venue, providing stunningly stylish and unique parties to suit children of all ages partyperfect provides first class catering, professional high end entertainment, stunning room design & decor, making partyperfect truely unique and highly reputable. Themes include; Princess Ballerina Party, Nutty Professor Party, Fairy Garden, Dinosaur Roar, Jungle Beat, and many more. 53

Melbourne East The Art Factory Get Arty! 249A Belmore Rd Balwyn North PH: (03) 9576 0135 Delight your guests and invite them to an art party at The Art Factory. Our vibrant art studios are the perfect atmosphere for a celebration! We have a fantastic range of activities to inspire boys and girls from 4 years of age through to some sophisticated crafts for teens. Your guests will all have fun creating a masterpiece that they will be thrilled to take home at the end of the party.

Get Lost!

Get Active

Hedgend Maze 163 Albert Rd Healesville PH: (03) 5962 3636 Imagine choosing a personalised birthday, unique for your special child and their friends! Together with your child, select activities from the Hedgend Maze, Mini Golf, Jumping Castle, Face Painting to name a few that interest your birthday child most. We provide all the party food, including party pies, sausage rolls, fairy bread, cocktail franks, lolly bags, endless supply of cordial and coffee for Mum and Dad. Your Hedgend Party Host will personally entertain the kids for the entire duration of your 2 or 3 hour party, so Mum and Dad can relax.

Action Indoor Sports Stadium 350 Blackburn Rd Doncaster East PH: (03) 9842-8844 Kids of all ages love sports birthday parties at Action Indoor Sports Doncaster because they have loads of fun! Parents love them too because they are catered, well organised, the children are fully supervised and the staff take care of everything – just bring along the cake and we do the rest! Choose from our exciting range of indoor sports- Indoor Cricket, Netball, Volleyball, Soccer, Dodgeball and Party Games. 54

Melbourne East Get Crazy!

Just Kidding Parties-Crazy Games Pack 16/102 Jolimont Street, East Melbourne PH: 03 9031 4211 Your child and their friends will be literally screaming in excitement as we put them through the funniest 1 minute challenges they have ever done! We have a series of mini 1minute games that look simple, are actually really tricky, and are guaranteed to have the kids in stitches. The parties are hosted by 2 highly trained and experienced party hosts and they go for about 2 hours and include heaps of prizes, face painting and balloon twisting!

Get Performing!

Little Devils Circus 3 / 2-4 Clarice Rd Boxhill South PH 1300 584 453 Looking for a NEW, FUN and EXCITING way to celebrate a birthday? Come to our Circus School! Our parties are designed for ages 5 to 13, and are packed with activities, such as: Trapeze , Tight Wire ,Mini Trampoline , Juggling , Stilts ..and much more! Click HERE for inclusions

Get Making

Fizz Kids 705 Whitehorse Rd Mont Albert PH: (03) 9842-8844 Fizz Kidz organises kids birthday parties for everyone at our own party venues in Mont Albert and Malvern East in Melbourne for boys and girls 4-18 years of age. We offer a nut free menu. Kids will have the choice or making Fizzy Bath Bombs, Chocolate Lip gloss, Flavoured Lip Balm, Perfume, Chocolate Cup Cake Soap, Nail Art and Fairy Dust, Sheer Lipstick, Ooie Gooey Slime ,Body Glitter, Camouflage paint and many more.. 55

Melbourne Peninsula Moonlit Sanctuary Get Back to 550 Tyabb Tooradin Road Pearcedale Nature PH: 03 5978 7935 Parties can be arranged for day or night with groups of 10 or more. Day time groups will be looked after by our ranger with 'hands on' animal demonstrations with reptiles and gliders and then a walk around the park meeting other wildlife in the park. Great fun for every age group! Night time groups can join a standard tour by lantern light or specialized tours can be arranged (groups of 6 or more) Catering is available for children and adults.

Get Aboard!

The Mornington Railway Mornington VIC PH 1300 767 274 Kids love trains and birthday parties. Special Birthday Party Carriages can be booked for your child’s birthday. The birthday child, their special guests and family members get: •Up to 2 hours on the train •Reserved carriage compartment •Decorations Available on the first three Sundays of the month.

Get Cooking

Sweet Pea Cuisine Mornington Peninsula PH: 0432 554 072 Our "Kids Can Cook" parties, classes and workshops allow your junior chefs to explore, learn, create and have fun. All sessions are planned and facilitated by a trained and experienced primary educator to ensure achieve a range of positive outcomes. It also means you can rest assured that your child is in great hands. In addition, we offer specialised kids catering with our "Party-licious" menus. Petit Chef Parties (ages 4+), Demi Chef Cooking Parties (ages 9+), Sweet Treats Parties (ages 4+) and Knead It Parties (ages 4+) 56

TIKE Balance Bike Live. Play. Create RRP-$220

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Roll up! Roll up! The Oobi Summer/Spring 2011 – 2012 collection is in town! Gorgeous, sweet & summery prints fashioned in Oobi’s trademark retro twist. Oobi is inspired by retro and all things whimsical, in a past where children could enjoy the chance to be children without compromising in style. Designer Alex Riggs’ passion is for the 1940s and 1950s and her inspiration comes equally from her mother and grandmother’s closets, with a gentle nod to current trends, ensuring Oobi is timeless rather than trendy. This season Oobi have relaunched the highly anticipated and reinvented 1950s Party Dress. The vintage inspired style of the dress, the quirky vibrant rosette, and the wonderful mix of colours and prints (Apple Pop and Red dot) has together created a statement piece that is loved by all Oobi Mums and Oobi Babies. One lucky reader will have the chance to win Oobi's Classic 1950s Party Dress in red dot. For more information and to see the full summer 2011/2012 go to 58

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Visit this gorgeous little online store to view their ever expanding range of both handpicked and handcrafted products, with an individual and quirky edge. Catering for 0-5 year olds, their range includes toys, gifts, clothing, home wares, accessories and more from around the globe. Goodies are itemised by age suitability making shopping so much easier. Be sure to check out our divine range of French bags and gifts for Mamas too! This month one lucky reader will have the opportunity to win a gorgeous set of three French Suitcases valued at $54.95 and a peaceable kingdom - animal alphabet match ups game valued at $19.95. For more information and to see the full range of rudy and the dodo products go to


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For close to 5 years, Minifashionista has been a leading online Australian children’s retailer. They specialise bright, fun and funky clothing, toys and gifts for children 0-4 years. Just recently they have undergone a fabulous website makeover and have introduced some fantastic new brands including Skip Hop, Boon, Aden & Anais, and Seedling. Although a lot has changed at Minifashionista, one thing that has stayed the same is their commitment to excellent customer service. With Christmas not too far away, Minifashionista have been busy sourcing and loading lots of great gifts for children aged 0-10 years. You’ll find a great variety of fun and unique gifts, and there’s no need to worry about the wrapping, as it’s free. They can also deliver your gifts worldwide. This month one lucky reader has a chance to win a wonderful Skip Hop package valued at over $110.00. The package includes: The Skip Hop Zoo Bee Insulated Lunchie Bag; Bee Foldable Bib; Bee Melamine Tableware Set; Owl Treetop Hug and Hide Activity Toy, and; Owl Treetop Stroller Activity Toy. For information go to 60

Monthly Competition

My Munchkin Home are Australian Made Designer Removable Wall Stickers that are perfect for the baby nursery, kids rooms and home interiors. Many rooms have been decorated in gorgeous designs from their in house design team. An example of their designs is the Animal Tree House Silhouette design which is a classic design that suits the baby nursery, kids rooms and playrooms. Available in the full colour range this design along with other Tree designs, Rocket Ships, Words quotes and Customised names. Decorating your child’s room is easy with wall stickers designed with kids in mind and your homes décor. The team have proudly launched soft Hand Screen Printed cushions to add to your child’s room and enhance your wall stickers. These super soft cushions are perfect to cuddle or to tell your child how much you love them with such designs as “I Love You To The Moon And Back” or “You Are So Loved”. All cushions are hand screen printed with eco inks in a range of colours perfect for your child’s room. The prize offered by My Munchkin Home is a Gift Voucher for their online store to the value of $100.00. To view the full range head to their website Also follow them on Facebook for new design releases and offers. 61

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Love JK creates beautiful designs for children. Ranging from wall art, invitations and stationery, all products are created with love in Melbourne. Love JK also offers a gorgeous range of personalised prints. They are a stunning addition to a nursery or bedroom and make for a perfect gift for baby showers, christenings, and birthdays. This month, one lucky reader, will have the opportunity to win their choice of two large framed personalised prints. The Lovey Dovey Dala print in pink and navy, or the Off To The Moon print, both valued at $99.95. For more information about Love JK's range of lovely, unique products, please visit


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