Some new ideas for your little one’s next party:
A stretch Hummer party including city tour and karaoke run by Impressive Limousines. Prices run from around $900.
A marquee party by Partee Petite based in Queensland. Your choice of themes including aquatic, garden party, disco and more. Prices stretch from $495 for a basic mini marquee to $3000 for a bespoke package.
A private outdoor movie screening created by Outdoor Movies. Prices start at $550 for a 4ft high screen which will be installed in your garden by a projectionist.
Cupcakes and Pony: Mary Poppins party by Sharnel Dollar
Indeed the sky is the limit, agrees James Kemp of Carnival Land. His business is making the fairground a birthday event and a Brisbane couple recently wanted the works for their 12-year-old daughter. They wrote a cheque for $20,000 to prove it.
James recalls “They wanted everything including a ferris wheel, merry-go-round, dodgem track, slippery slide and sideshow attractions like shooting gallery, laughing clowns and wacky mirrors.” Also popular is the mobile farm which includes calves, sheep, chickens, pigs, and a pony can be arranged for guided walks around the front garden.
With 20 years in the business, kids’ event planner Lana Latimer says a family party concierge is becoming de rigueur in Australia.
Lana, who runs Melbourne-based 3D parties, says: “The average spend for a luxury party is $2-3000 and a lot of my events are repeat business. I have clients who are like family - I did their child’s fourth birthday and now I’m organising the 16th.”
Catering boss Jenny Williams, who for eight years has hired Lana to create her only child’s birthday events, believes the money is well spent because it is annual treat for family and friends. She says: “On Chloe’s 6th birthday we spent $5000 on a storybook theme party but we normally spend about $3000. Lana does what we need doing and it’s worth every cent.”