Get the party started

Kids’ party? House party? Birthday party?

It’s time to party – let us help you throw the celebration of the century! Check out our handy guide below that’s full of fantastic hints, tips and product ideas designed help make sure your party is one that your guests won’t soon forget!

Party Header
Party Header

Get the party started

Kids’ party? House party? Birthday party?

When it’s time to par-taaay, you want your celebration to go with a bang. So, while we can’t guarantee the perfect gathering (we’re not sure Beyoncé or Tom Hardy are going to come) here’s our guide to making the most of party time.

ONE

The perfect plan

So, you’re having a party? That means you need a plan of what you’ll do and a plan of what you’ll spend.

Setting a budget means your party prep won’t run away with you. Food. Drink. Venue. Entertainment. They all mount up.

TOP
TIP

Get yourself a special party notebook and make lists. Lots of lists.
Shop personalised notebooks

ONE

The perfect plan

So, you’re having a party? That means you need a plan of what you’ll do and a plan of what you’ll spend.

Setting a budget means your party prep won’t run away with you. Food. Drink. Venue. Entertainment. They all mount up.

TOP
TIP

Get yourself a special party notebook and make lists. Lots of lists.

Shop personalised notebooks

Step 2
TWO

The dream theme

Sure, the theme for your next birthday party can be ‘My birthday party’, but if you want to be remembered, you need a Big Idea. Check our party pages for theme-spiration.

TOP
TIP

The broader the theme, the easier it is for everyone to play along. Think Disney rather than Frozen 2.

TWO

The dream theme

Sure, the theme for your next birthday party can be ‘My birthday party’, but if you want to be remembered, you need a Big Idea. Check our party pages for theme-spiration.

TOP
TIP

The broader the theme, the easier it is for everyone to play along. Think Disney rather than Frozen 2.

 
Step 2
THREE

Operation venue

House parties can be great, until you think about how many chairs you need - and the state of your carpet afterwards.

You don’t have to break the bank to hire a venue. A church hall or social club will you give you maximum space without too much spend.

TOP
TIP

Bring a corkscrew or bottle opener. You never know what you’ll find in a church hall kitchen.

THREE

Operation venue

House parties can be great, until you think about how many chairs you need - and the state of your carpet afterwards.

You don’t have to break the bank to hire a venue. A church hall or social club will you give you maximum space without too much spend.

TOP
TIP

Bring a corkscrew or bottle opener. You never know what you’ll find in a church hall kitchen.

Step 4
FOUR

Be our guest

A Facebook shout-out might be easy, but it doesn’t scream ‘Big Occasion’. For special gatherings, like an engagement announcement or milestone birthday, a proper invitation makes sense.

Set the tone with personalised invites like this cute baby shower invitation to make it super-easy to give your guests the important details.

Shop all invitations

TOP
TIP

Give people a clear date to RSVP by before you nudge them for a response. It saves time and embarrassment.

FOUR

Be our guest

A Facebook shout-out might be easy, but it doesn’t scream ‘Big Occasion’. For special gatherings, like an engagement announcement or milestone birthday, a proper invitation makes sense.

Set the tone with personalised invites like this cute baby shower invitation to make it super-easy to give your guests the important details.

Shop all invitations

TOP
TIP

Give people a clear date to RSVP by before you nudge them for a response. It saves time and embarrassment.

Step 4
FIVE

Decorate, celebrate, co-ordinate

Shopping for decorations to match your theme is where you can really let your imagination loose.

Banners and bunting transform any space, while a party bundle keeps it consistent with co-ordinating plates, napkins and cups.

Shop all party decorations

TOP
TIP

You can never have too many balloons!
Shop all balloons

FIVE

Decorate, celebrate,
co-ordinate

Shopping for decorations to match your theme is where you can really let your imagination loose.

Banners and bunting transform any space, while a party bundle keeps it consistent with co-ordinating plates, napkins and cups.

Shop all party decorations

TOP
TIP

You can never have too many balloons!

Shop all balloons

Step 6
SIX

Plan the party food

Keep it simple. Fun finger food is great and appeals to most. If you’re inviting family or close friends around, why not ask them to bring a tray of something?

And remember - a party’s not a party if you’re spending it washing up. Choose a cool tableware bundle to look great and save you a chore.

Shop party bags and favours

TOP
TIP

You can never have too many crisps.

SIX

Plan the party food

Keep it simple. Fun finger food is great and appeals to most. If you’re inviting family or close friends around, why not ask them to bring a tray of something?

And remember - a party’s not a party if you’re spending it washing up. Choose a cool tableware bundle to look great and save you a chore.

Shop party bags and favours

TOP
TIP

You can never have too many crisps.

Step 6
SEVEN

Piece of cake

Since the world went Bake-Off crazy, a great cake’s been a must as a party centerpiece.

But there’s no need to learn to bake or to pay a fortune for a hand-decorated masterpiece. A simple ready-made cake with a pretty cake topper can look like a showstopper.

TOP
TIP

Don’t forget the candles!
Shop all candles

SEVEN

Piece of cake

Since the world went Bake-Off crazy, a great cake’s been a must as a party centerpiece.

But there’s no need to learn to bake or to pay a fortune for a hand-decorated masterpiece. A simple ready-made cake with a pretty cake topper can look like a showstopper.

TOP
TIP

Don’t forget the candles!

Shop all candles

Step 8
EIGHT

What's going on?

Eating and drinking’s the heart of any party, but what are you going to do? Plan some fun and games with a pinata or photo booth accessories to help your guests create memories of a great day.

Shop pinatas

TOP
TIP

Pay attention to your party playlist. Forget your niche music taste. Your guests want big hits and party bangers.

EIGHT

What's going on?

Eating and drinking’s the heart of any party, but what are you going to do? Plan some fun and games with a pinata or photo booth accessories to help your guests create memories of a great day.

Shop pinatas

TOP
TIP

Pay attention to your party playlist. Forget your niche music taste. Your guests want big hits and party bangers.

 
Step 8
NINE

Thanks for everything

When the last dance has been danced and the last nibble has been nibbled, you’re not quite done.

If your guests have brought gifts, it’s only right to thank them. And choosing photo cards is a lovely way of sharing a party memento.

Shop all thank you cards

TOP
TIP

Make another list in your party planner of who’s sent you what, so you always match the right gift to the right thank-you.

NINE

Thanks for everything

When the last dance has been danced and the last nibble has been nibbled, you’re not quite done.

If your guests have brought gifts, it’s only right to thank them. And choosing photo cards is a lovely way of sharing a party memento.

Shop all thank you cards

TOP
TIP

Make another list in your party planner of who’s sent you what, so you always match the right gift to the right thank-you.

Plan the perfect party

The perfect party is all in the planning. Click the link below to download the ultimate to-do list starting a whole month until your big celebration! It’s sure to take away the pre-party stress and be the talk of the town.

Download our Ultimate To-do list

Good to know

Celebrate all of life's moments with Card Factory

At Card Factory, we offer in-store and personalised birthday cards, and photo cards for kids and adults alike for any celebration. We also stock fantastic in-store and personalised gifts for every occasion and recipient. Here, you’ll even find the gift bags and gift boxes to wrap everything in!

When it comes to parties, we’ve got everything you need! Whether you’re searching for Disney party decorations or you’re organising a milestone birthday party, we’ve got plates, cups, napkins, banners, bunting, and all kinds of other supplies and accessories.

A party isn’t the same without balloons! That’s why Card Factory stocks a whole host of them! Here, we have helium birthday balloons, get well soon balloons, giant number balloons and character balloons spanning all your kid’s favourites. We even offer balloon bouquets – unique alternatives to a bunch of flowers.

Don’t forget to explore our festive selection of Christmas cards and gifts. We have photo Xmas cards, personalised Christmas gifts and more. Other special events we can help you celebrate include weddings, baby showers, anniversaries, and even christenings!