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Lifestyle : Party and Event Planning Special Report 2013
1HERSA1 W006 STAFF PARTY CHRISTMAS FUNCTION BRAINSTORM COCKTAILS & CANAPÉS BRIEFING FORMAL DINNER END OF FINANCIAL YEAR MAKE A SPLASH & SAVE HOLD YOUR END-OF-FINANCIAL-YEAR EVENT AT RADISSON BLU HOTEL SYDNEY AND RECEIVE 20% OFF YOUR END-OF-YEAR PARTY! RADISSON BLU HOTEL SYDNEY 27 OConnell Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia +61 2 8214 0000 firstname.lastname@example.org radissonblu.com/plazahotel-sydney This offer is valid for a minimum of 20 guests for functions held in June/July 2013 and December 2013/January 2014. 6 SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2013 THE SUN-HERALD Party & event planning Great ideas make it all child's play Hats off: A well-planned children's party will be remembered well after the balloons have popped. From Page 5 Gee says working parents have it tough. Many of her clients are profes- sionals in high-pressure jobs who want to give as much back to their child as they can. She says a party isn't just for the child but also the 20 to 30 accompanying adults, so it is good people have become more com- fortable asking for help. ''Not everyone has the cultural background of having grandparents moving in who can help,'' says Gee. The latest trend in kids parties, says Gee, is to have a spectacular dessert and sweet table to delight the children on arrival and get the parents talking. Homemade cakes made by mum are rare. Cupcakes are also old-hat, with the in-crowd serving cake pops -- a single-serve cake on a lollipop stick -- and push-up cakes that are visually beautiful servings in clear cups with a moveable base you push up as the cake is eaten down. And they avoid tricky cake cutting and messy crumbs. Gee says games such as pass the parcel are still a winner but you can jazz it up by tying it in with a theme. Other popular ideas are having a gift on arrival, rather than a loot bag at the end, so the host of a ballerina party may give each guest a tutu and tiara to wear for the party that they can take home afterwards. ''For the money people spend on lollies, why not find something nice they can keep like a music box,'' says Gee. Brie Peters of Glamourpuss Events says 10 years ago she would do a princess party once a month, now it is four every weekend. Chil- dren at her pamper parties receive mini pedicures, manicures and facials along with the chance to get photographed on a red carpet. Another popular package is the TV-inspired MasterChef cook-off where the pizza, cookies and cup- cake party food is made by the kids, while her High Tea parties come with ribbon-tied finger food, ornate cups and sometimes an etiquette les- son for good measure. ''People are so time-poor,'' says Peters, whose parties start from $35 a head with the average basic-level party costing $400 up to $1500 or so for the catered packages. ''I get par- ents ringing me two weeks before their child's party not knowing what to do because there are so many options and their kids can't choose but they want to make them happy. ''This way it is stress-free and the parents can sit and enjoy a glass of wine and watch instead of being busy running around the whole party.'' Cool ideas Hey kids, have you considered this . . . Run away with your friends and join the circus. www.sydneytrapezeschool.com Get some Superhero training. www.superheroes.com.au Show off your adventurous side swinging from the trees. www.treetopadventure park.com.au Bring out the creepy crawlies. www.featurecreatures.com.au Life the high life with an Alice in Wonderland High Tea Party. www.thehighteahouse. moonfruit.com Experiment for a career as a mad scientist. www.fizzicseducation.com.au Explore outer space. www.sydneyobservatory. com.au Go on an amazing chase on your bikes, following a map and solving puzzles and challenges. www.sydneyolympicpark. com.au/whats_on Older kids can put some fright into birthday night with a tour of haunted sites at The Rocks. www.ghosttours.com.au . . .orpartywithghostsat Sydney's old quarantine station. www.mirvachotels.com /qstation/ghost-tours
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