Helping you to become the hostess with the mostest
There are two kinds of parents in the world: those that love everything about planning a party and those that outright loathe it. No matter which camp you sit in, our guide should help make your life a little easier. From the best catering in town to the perfect venue to where to pick up some cute party favours – we’ve got you covered. These picks are our go-to faves to make sure every party – no matter the occasion – goes off with a bang.
Party Supplies and Decor
Swoon Soirees is your easy-to-use, one-stop shop for all the best partyware in town. No idea which direction to take with your party decor? No worries! We love browsing this site for swoon-worthy inspo, ideas for unique party decorations and themes. Swoon Soirées stocks a beautifully edited collection of stylish, creative and one-of-a-kind imported partyware from around the globe. It has everything you need (and everything you didn’t know you needed) from party favours to mini pinatas and cakes stands to confetti. You’ll be the hostess with the mostest as many of the party pieces on offer can’t be found elsewhere in HK. Delivery is fast – and free for orders over $750! – and you even have the option for next-day delivery if you order by noon, making party planning a breeze!
Nothing makes a kid feel like their birthday is their special day then some personalised partyware. Have their name or a message added to personalised bunting, stickers, balloons, cupcakes and more – Party Boutique offers all that and much more. Party Boutique is particularly great for busy mums and dads who don’t want to skimp on quality but are short on time – um, pre-filled party favour bags, anyone? That’s exactly the kind of partyware that will make our lives a little easier. You can either buy individual products online or choose from a collection of must-haves from its various partyware themes like the circus, dinosaurs, Paw Patrol, Disney princess and more – all with an extra-special personal touch!
Party Boutique, Unit 18C, Yally Industrial Building 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, 3998 3550, www.partyboutique.com.hk
Spread the birthday fun this year without wasting paper! Paperless Post makes it easy to create beautiful, convenient and environmental invites – spreads the word with just a click of the mouse.
Paperless Post, www.paperlesspost.com
If you’re hell-bent on getting all your party planning done and dusted, head to Eezy Peezy Parties. It stocks everything from custom-designed invitations to tableware to banners, not to mention it has a convenient online gift registry and e-card system for sending out Save the Dates and Thank You cards. Plan your dream party with a few clicks of your mouse – no more frantically running to the store to pick up last-minute party supplies!
Simply Love claims to be Hong Kong’s largest party supplies store, making it an easy destination for all your party needs. With two brick and mortar locations to choose from, Simple Love stocks themed tableware, party bags, balloons, games and decorations, whether for a bridal shower or a birthday party. It also boasts more than 800 different types of helium and latex balloons in every style and shape imaginable!
Simply Love, 7A Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2810 6223, [email protected], www.simplylove.com.hk; Simply Love KIDS, 220 Windsor House, 313 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2812 8233, [email protected], www.simplylove.com.hk
From invitations to candy bars to party favours and more, Poppy’s Trunk will have you outfitted with all your party needs from start to finish. It does gorgeous table decorations, personalised stationery and themed party packages, and the best part? The company was started by three moms who know just how much work goes into the perfect themed kids’ event! Call on these masterful mamapreneurs next time you’re planning a party, and you’ll be sailing easy as they make your dreams a reality.
With two locations in Causeway Bay and Central respectively, Partytime is loaded with everything you may need for your celebration. From colour-coordinated party and tableware to current themes your kids are loving, it has it all. Looking for an added pop to your party? Check out its range of piñatas as well as huge selection for loot bags for your guests.
Partytime Central, Shop 246, The Landmark, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2190 4032, www.partytime.com.hk
Partytime Causeway Bay, 1301A, Times Square Hong Kong, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2521 1649, www.partytime.com.hk
Rather than going to the spots that everyone else goes to purchase décor for their parties, make a trip to the Flower Market in Mong Kok. The vendors sell great value, freshly cut and delicate flowers, which would make the perfect adornments for any party.
Hong Kong Flower Market, Flower Market Road, Prince Edward, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Sham Shui Po
Sham Shui Po can be a bit of trek depending on where you’re based, but it’s worth the trip if you want to look for unique décor as well as party supplies. You’ll find a wide choice of shops and market stalls selling high-quality(ish) products for a fraction of the price of what you’d normally pay in the city centre.
Sham Shui Po Market, Sham Shui Po MTR, Exit A2, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Always be yourself. Unless you want to be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn. Go one step further and be a glitter unicorn with Mops Amsterdam’s skin-friendly, dermatologically tested face painting services for birthday parties and events. Face Painting always elevates any party; just try and get your kids to wash their faces after such a memorable party – yeah, good luck with that! Mops Amsterdam doesn’t just do face painting, it all offers makeover parties, spa parties, glitter parties, unicorn glitter parties (we’re obsessed), hairstyling parties and more, all in a location of your choice. The team behind Mops Amsterdam are professional makeup artists and actually specialise in Halloween and special effects makeup for kids and adults alike. These pros know what they’re doing and can paint up to 15 faces an hour! #BirthdayPartyGoals.
No need to buy expensive new toys to keep the little partygoers entertained – simply rent some! A toy rental club (genius!) is the go-to for bouncy castles, ride-on cars (including electronic rides), ball pools and more for your child’s big day.
We know nothing keeps the active littles busy like a bouncy castle does, and, lucky for us, this store offers rental and purchase on an entire range of bouncy castles. What’s more, this one-stop party service shop also offers other party necessities, from event assistant hires to candy floss machines.
SuperPark is a smart option for parents looking to make a big impact with minimum fuss. A venue that is sure to please everyone, guests, the birthday kid and parents alike. All you need to do is choose which uniquely-themed party room you think your child will enjoy the most; Adventure, Baseball, Freestyle, Racing, Party, Skateboard or Superball and a package to best suit your party (minimum 10 guests). So, what can you expect from a birthday party at SuperPark? Sixty-minutes worth of activities time with your very own party host, 45-minutes access to the party room of your choice, a full day of unlimited access to everything SuperPark has to offer and a further free one-day pass for the birthday hero’s next visit. Oh, and some seriously tired out tykes at the end of the day!
If you’re looking for the perfect kids’ party venue, try your nearest learning centre or kids’ playroom as most of them rent out for large parties and events. We’re loving Wise-Kids in Wong Chuk Hang, which has its own birthday packages complete with a designated playroom session and party time, party games, standard balloons and banner decorations, and Wise-Kids Party Invitation Cards.
For our little Monets and van Goghs, an art party is sure to put a smile on their little faces. Picasso Creative Arts Gallery plans amazing themed art parties for kids and its venue is included, so you won’t have to worry about cleaning up any “artistic expressions gone wrong” afterwards.
As far as play centres that double as party venues, we can’t forget FunZone! With locations in Kennedy Town, Ma On Shan and Island East Northpoint, FunZone is always a sure-fire bet for a fun-filled party venue that will keep kids entertained for hours on end. The best part is it’s a safe and clean environment that’s already toddler-proof, so you don’t have to worry about breaking anything or having to clean up the mess afterwards!
FunZone, Shop 121, Level 1, The Westwood, 8 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.funzone.com.hk
If you’re looking for a venue to host an adult party, try Hullett House in Tsim Sha Tsui. Everyone in Hong Kong loves brunch, so why not host a lovely get-together in the boutique hotel’s semi-private room with your close friends on a relaxing Saturday morning? You’ll be able to catch up on everyone’s news while enjoying good food and wine. Alternatively, you can also host an elegant soirée in the evening for a more formal event.
Hullett House, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3988 0206, www.hulletthouse.com
For elegant, grown up, girly get-togethers, such as a baby shower, consider having an afternoon tea party at Café Gray. Indulge in its delightful finger sandwiches and cakes while sipping on tea or coffee. You’ll feel like the queen!
Café Gray, The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 3968 1106, www.cafegrayhk.com
Tea Saloon by AnotherFineDay
Tea Saloon by Another Fine Day is also a good option for a ladies’ afternoon tea party. It offers a wide selection of teas from all over the world and it also has special sweet-baked treats that can be themed for kids’ parties.
Tea Saloon by AnotherFineDay, 82-88 Peel Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, 2525 8257, www.facebook.com/teasaloonbyanotherfineday
Just because Sweet Secrets is the go-to bakery for delicious treats doesn’t mean it’s any ordinary bakery. This special shop caters to anyone and everyone! Whether you have food intolerances or you’re just a health-conscious family, you’ll never be turned away! So if you’re looking for conventional cakes and cupcakes, the gluten-free kind or those free from refined sugar, gluten, egg, dairy, nuts, etc., you don’t have to worry about skimping on taste or a beautiful design. For 19 years Sweet Secrets has been offering its bespoke baking service. A few years later it offered gluten-free baked goods, and two years after that it provided plant-based options.
If you have any extra dietary requirements, needs or requests – look no further than these health-conscious bakers. This will be music to the ears of any party planners looking for some show-stopping, yummy treats free from refined sugar, gluten, egg, dairy, nuts, etc. Its cakes don’t have any of the nasty stuff, but don’t compromise on delectable flavours and beautiful designs!
Style up your party with sophisticated chef-made bites from one our Sassy Mama’s tried-and-tested faves, Invisible Kitchen. This is our go-to caterer for everything from bridal showers to summer picnics, and with its extensive range of menus and seasonal options, you’re sure to find something perfectly suited for the occasion. On top of the delicious grub, Invisible Kitchen is making strides in its sustainability efforts – you won’t find any plastic cutlery or packaging in their bundles!
We can’t get enough of these delightfully moreish cookies, and we know they’re sure to be a hit at any party you’re throwing! Homie Cookies are just how we like them – thick, chewy and filled with all sorts of goodies, including marshmallow s’mores, chocolate chunks and macadamia nuts. Snag up a plateful of these delectable treats the next time you’re planning a party, and watch them go like hot cakes!
Homie Cookies, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, HKG Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong,
3956 4918, www.facebook.com/homiecookies
If you’re looking for a showstopper, the fantastic cake creations from Complete Deelite are sure to be the centrepiece of your table. Custom-made to order, these beautiful cakes are available in any theme, style, shape and colour – if you can imagine it, they can bake it! It also offers the same day pick up for its “Cakes to Go” designs within a six-hour period, perfect for party-planning mamas on the go!
Complete Deelite, 9-11 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3167 7022, [email protected], www.completedeelite.com
Keep the sweet times rolling with bite-sized delicacies from the online shop, Little Miss Macarons. These delicious treats come in all sorts of colours and flavours and are perfect for adding a bit of “wow” factor to your table display. A pricier option no doubt, but from kids to adults, everyone will love biting into these tasty treats – which can be customised for themed parties as well!
Candies and stickers just won’t cut it anymore. Seedling – makers of some of our favourite activity kits around – has revolutionized the party bag with its range of eco-friendly Party Bag craft kits, designed to help kids wind down after the sugar rush. Its products are perfect for party bags and make for super prizes or an easy activity during the party – check out it’s under $50 section!
Toy Street Wan Chai
Decades ago, Hong Kong was famed for its toy making (the work has since been relocated to mainland China). Relive some of that old HK nostalgia and find some of your childhood toys at Tau Yuen Street Market, found between Queen’s Road East and Johnston Road. Here you’ll find an Aladdin’s cave of small bits and bobs, such as cute stationary and mini-travel games – all at bargain prices!
Tai Yuen Street (MTR Exit A3), Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Jelly Bean is a cute children’s store, stocking toys, books and school essentials. It also offers bespoke party bags starting a $90 per bag. Goodie bags are packed with five different toys, and a packet of jelly beans (of course), and you can even have little-personalised notes added to thank each attendant for making the day so special.
This article was originally published in June 2015 and has been updated in September 2018.