It’s that time again, when the blazing sun and summer fun in the air has us dreaming of parties galore: from backyard BBQs to junk boat parties to tropical-themed fiestas, birthday parties, baby showers and more. Whether you’re looking to throw an adult soiree or a fabulous kid’s birthday bash, we have you covered with the city’s best bakers, party planners, venues and gift stores in our Ultimate Party Planning Guide, updated for 2015!
A beautiful venue located in Wong Chuk Hang, The White Loft from Sweet Soirées is the perfect place to host any parties. Featuring an open space with a simplistic interior, you can decorate it in whichever way you want to suit the chosen theme of your party. And if you just want to enjoy the party without all the hassle, you can hire the boutique party planning company Sweet Soirées to cater to your every wish.
The White Loft, Unit D, 10/F, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 2818 5870, www.thewhitelofthk.com
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 for 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 a 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
Afternoon tea is also a great way to catch up with friends. Consider having an afternoon tea party at Café Gray. Indulge in their 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 Another Fine Day is also a good option for a ladies’ afternoon tea party. They offer a wide selection of teas from all over the world and they also do special sweet-baked treats that can be themed for kids’ parties.
Tea Saloon by Another Fine Day, 82-88 Peel Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, 2525 8257, www.facebook.com/teasaloonbyanotherfineday
We’re always on the lookout for unique party venues to host our next bash, and we think we’ve found the perfect option at Loveramics. This cool space specialised in teaching potter-making, and is also a super fun and unique way to combine a special occasion with a fun activity for all! They’ve also newly opened at The Pulse, so it’s a great option to check out if you’re hosting a Southside party. Check out what our Sassy Mama Simone had to say here!
Loveramics, Shop 207, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, www.loveramics.com/pages/loveramics-workshop
For our little Monets and van Gophs, 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 provides the venue so you won’t have to worry about cleaning up any “artistic expressions gone wrong” afterwards.
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 Cyberport, which has their 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. Also, check out Safari Kid, another spacious, decked-out space that has everything you need for throwing the ultimate kids’ party. Finally, for play centres that double as party venues, we can’t forget about a Sassy Mama favourite, 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!
Wise-Kids Playroom, Shop 201, The Arcade, 100 Cyberport Road, Cyberport, Hong Kong, 2989 6298, www.wisekidstoys.com/playroom
Safari Kid, L101 Chi Fu Landmark, Chi Fu Fa Yuen, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong, www.safarikidasia.com
FunZone, Shop 121, Level 1, The Westwood, 8 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.funzone.com.hk
Party Supplies and Décor
Not only will you find the best party supplies at Bespoke Parties, they are also happy to help tailor your own party and personalise it down to every little detail. Their party boxes are creative and simply adorable that you won’t be able to resist getting them to impress your party guests.
Bespoke Parties, 8 Chun Fai Terrace, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/bespokepartieshk
Find everything you need to throw one fab party from the experts over at Swoon Soirées! They offer “stylish partyware for the modern hostess” and we love their collections, from lanterns to pom poms to cake centrepieces and more. We’re particularly ‘swooning’ over their summer partyware themed collections, including a “California Surf n Turf”, “Ice Scream, You Scream”, and “Glam Camping” complete with campfire napkins and ‘happy camper’ drawstring bags. If you’re looking for inspiration, you’ll find it on their easy-to-browse site! The best part? Shipping is free anywhere in Hong Kong for orders above $400.
Swoon Soirées, www.swoonxoxo.com
Eezy Peezy Parties is your one-stop shop for getting all your party planning done and dusted. They stock everything from custom-designed invitations to tableware to banners, not to mention they have 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 one-stop destination for all your party needs. Located conveniently in Lan Kwai Fong, Simple Love stocks themed tableware, party bags, balloons, games and decorations, whether for a bridal shower or a birthday party. They also boast over 800 different types of helium and latex balloons in every style and shape imaginable!
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. They do gorgeous table decorations, personalised stationary 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.
Drop by PartyTime in Prince’s Building to find some great party supplies. From party invites to colourful balloons, they’ve got everything you’ll need to host a kid-friendly party. Party Time also have seasonal products like little yellow chicks for Easter.
PartyTime, Shop 246, The Landmark, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2190 4032, www.facebook.com/partytime852
Get all your party essentials at an affordable price from The Party Boutique, an online store stocking party favours, balloons, tableware, centrepieces and even pinatas. Their fun, wide-ranging collection is guaranteed to give you some great ideas if you haven’t thought through all the details yet, and they offer next-day collection from Central or Wong Chuk Hang or delivery starting from $100.
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 freshly cut and delicate flowers for a great value, which would make the perfect adornments for any party. While you’re at it, you can also get some nice plants for your home.
Hong Kong Flower Market, Flower Market Road, Prince Edward, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Sham Shui Po is pretty far out but it’s worth the trip there if you want to look for décor as well we party supplies. The market there has really cleaned up in recent years and you can now get high quality products for a fraction of the price of what you’d normally get in the city centre.
Sham Shui Po Market, Sham Shui Po MTR, Exit A2, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Order some American style brownies and cookies from Sugar Sisters next time you have a party. Their innovative and deliciously-baked goodies are sure to wow your guests at your party and will be especially popular with the kids. They also offer a grain-free and gluten-free cookie for those with wheat and gluten allergies.
Searching for the perfect cupcake display? Choose from classic flavours like Red Velvet, Triple Chocolate and Coconut-Vanilla, all made fresh to order at newly launched Sipcakes Hong Kong. For adult-only parties, this cupcake company makes boozy variations that will amp up the fun factor – from their Pina Coladas with caramalised pinapples and rum to the Irish Cake Bomb with a molten chocolate-whiskey centre and finger-lickin’ Bailey’s frosting.
Style up your party with sophisticated chef-made bites from Invisible Kitchen catering company. This is our go-to caterer for everything from bridal showers to summer picnics and with their large range of menus, you’re sure to find something perfectly suited for the occasion. If the summer heat has you dreaming firing up the grill, their BBQ menu (at $300 / head) is just what you’re craving, with burgers, hot dogs, pork belly, lamb and mediterranean skewers – all complemented with classic potato salad and pasta salads.
We can always count on the owners of Little Burro to bring plenty of guac’ and margaritas to the party. Try out their Junk Boat Catering Menu this summer, chock full of beef, pork, chicken and vegetarian burritos, chips and guac’, and a platter of cinnamon-spiced chocolate brownies. Of course, we can’t forget the drinks – Mexican beers, red and white wine, and margaritas are all on the menu. Sounds like the right way to ‘rev up the party to us!
Little Burro, 1 Upper Street Station, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.little-burro.com
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 like marshmallow smores, chocolate chunks and macademia nuts. Snag up a platterful of these delectable treats the next time you’re planning a party, and watch them go like hot cakes!
Homie Cookies, www.facebook.com/homiecookies
Keep the sweet times rolling with bite-sized delicacies from 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. From kids to adults, everyone will love biting into these tasty treats – which can be customised for themed parties as well!
Little Miss Macarons, 9862 6635, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nothing screams kids’ party more than mounds and mounds of flavoured popcorn treats! Call on the help of Hong Kong’s favourite popcorn-makers Sote the next time you’re planning a birthday bash, and they’ll have you covered with bags of just-made popcorn, perfect for party favours or to be devoured by the handful on-site.
A cake is essential to every birthday party but rather than popping into a random bakery for a cake that says “meh”, why not go to the pros for the ultimate dream cake? When it comes to cakes, the bakers of Citrus Sweets are the crème de la crème (pun intended). They have their own flowchart to help you design your own cakes which further showcases their professionalism. Don’t forget to pick up some of their finger-lickin’ good cupcakes and darling cake pops as well.
If you’re looking for a showstopper, the fantastic cake creations from Complete Deelite are sure to be the centerpiece 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! They also have a same day pick up for their ‘Cakes to Go’ designs within a six hour period, perfect for mamas on the go.
Complete Deelite, 9-11 On Lan Street, Central, 3167 7022, email@example.com, www.completedeelite.com
If you’re looking to get some toys for your next kids’ party, take a look at Tiny Footprints‘ amazing selection. They’ve got gifts galore for you to choose from and you’re sure to find the perfect item any age and interests. They also sell books for babies and toddlers who are just starting to learn. Choose one of their gift hampers for a little bit of everything in one, all wrapped up in a neat package for gifting!
Tiny Footprints, 10/F, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2522 2466, www.tinyfootprints.com
Everyone knows Etsy, the online store where vendors sell their own hand-made products. You can find cool and unique gifts on there that are unavailable elsewhere. But be warned, you may get addicted to the site as soon as you start browsing through all the pretty things. They offer direct shipping to Hong Kong, and they’re also a great place to browse invitations and stationary items.
The founder of Mama Kid, Valerie Chow, believes in nurturing the playful and creative side of children. Their clothes and toys are designed to encourage a unique sense of style in kids. This is the perfect place to shop for kids who love to express themselves and are already starting to show their own sense of style!
Mama Kid, Stanley Plaza, Shop 103A, 23 Carmel Road, 2331 8792, www.mamakid.com
Seed Heritage is a popular store selling cute children’s clothes and accessories which make for great, high-quality gifts. In addition, they also have a small selection of party clothes and supplies that will come in handy if you want your child to really make an entrance to the party.
Seed Heritage, 193 Prince Edward Rd W, Yau Tsim Mong, 2433 2800, www.seedheritage.com
Try Baobae if you’re not too sure of what to get for the birthday boy/girl. They can help you create and customise the perfect gift hamper for a child of any age – select a few of your favourite things to round out the hamper and rest assured that your present is sure to ‘wow’! Cost of delivery if $45 and shipping time is 1-2 days.