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How to Plan a Shopkins Party

A large part of my job as founder of the B.LOVED Hive is to plan and organise events for our members and wedding industry colleagues – a job my partner’s two young daughters are always begging get involved with! For months, his eldest was insistent on hosting a Shopkins-themed birthday party for her friends at the Hive, so of course I couldn’t disappoint! Any parent of school-age children will have heard of these annoying adorable plastic characters which take the form of anything you can imagine – from carrots and cakes to hairdryers and tongs – which their Shoppies dolls can collect in mini shopping baskets.

After a bit of research, I decided the best way to bring her shopkins dream world to life was to decorate the space with lots of brightly coloured décor, and bring in the shopkins elements through food, party games and activities. The girls arrived to the Shopkins soundtrack (yes, there’s an album too!) and settled at the party table where they discovered an array of sequins, glitter, ribbons and glue to start decorating their colourful party hats (found on Amazon) and get stuck in to their colouring mats (found in our local Sainsbury’s).

Of course it wasn’t long before the girls had finished their hats, so it was on to the first of our party games, where I revealed I’d lost six of my most favourite Shopkins who were hiding around the room! This was so easy to do with this printable found on Pinterest and a handful of blu-tak! With all six shopkins safely found it was onto the next game! Pin the Candle on Wishes (a millennial version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey!) was a real hit – with each guest taking turns to pin their personalised candle on a giant print of Wishes the cake (who also makes an appearance later on!). Big thanks to ArtsyFartsyMama for creating the printable for this fun party game!

 

With kids in high spirits we decided that a game of Shopkins bingo was the perfect rest activity – also created by ArtsyFartsyMama – before unveiling a table of Shopkins-themed  food and treats to our guests. Inspired by Shopkins, where everything real life is made miniature, I prepared platters of mini Frank Furter’s (hotdogs), Cheezy B’s (cheeseburgers) and Pa’Pizza (pizza) ready for the girls to tuck into, followed by a dessert table laden with Kooky Cookies, Poppy Corn, D’lish Donut and Marsha Mallow’s created the day before in a baking frenzy! Set against a backdrop of brightly coloured crepe streamers (Amazon), a collection of coloured & confetti ballons (from Peach Blossom) and gold foil ‘7’ balloon (Hema) it was a real focal point in the party room!

The centrepiece of the entire day was the amazing ‘Wishes’ cake created especially for the birthday girl by Jasmine at the Little Cake Garden who not only copied every detail perfectly but also filled it with deliciously gooey and decadent chocolate fudge cake, yum yum! We finished the party with dancing and more games before waving the guests off with their thank you gifts – a mini shopping trolley (Flying Tiger) filled with Shopkins goodies and treats – what else?! Needless to say the guests (and their parents!) left on a sugar-high, and the party girl was full of smiles. The only problem now is how to top it next time?!

A huge thank you to my partner, family and friends for helping to pull the day together (and keep 10 under 7’s entertained for a full 2-hours!) and of course our amazing B.LOVED Hive member Helen Warner for capturing the details for us so beautifully!

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Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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