How to create a Hey Duggee party!

Hey Duggee is incredibly popular with children and adults alike, so we’re not surprised how often we get asked if we sell Hey Duggee themed tableware. Unfortunately, no such licensed items seem to exist, and there’s not a huge choice of licensed, themed party decor either, so we’ve decided to put together our top tips to help you create your Hey Duggee themed party!

Where to Start
We’ve mentioned the Hey Duggee website in our posts before, and it really is a great place to start. It’s packed with tips a
nd inspiration to help you plan a Hey Duggee party at home. We’ve picked some of our favourite ideas from the website and added a few of our own too. Read on to find out more!

Tableware & Decorations
You can cre
ate a big impact with a well put together party table and some simple but effective decorations. It doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take months to make or organise.
Start by choosing your colour scheme. Try to stick to two or three primary colours and add others where you have lots of one item, for example, balloon bunches, napkins, and straws. A yellow tablecloth with a blue backdrop (if you’re having a backdrop) works really well for Hey Duggee. Layer up the colour with paper plates, cups, napkins, and straws in the other logo colours; green, orange, and red. Party tableware in assorted colours is cheap and easy to buy, so have fun with this. Make sure each place setting has at least one item in each different colour and mix up the combinations, so they’re not all the same. If you feel like getting your craft on, add a touch of Hey Duggee magic to your cups by sticking character cut-outs to them. You can download character templates from the Hey Duggee website.  Go to the last two pages of the shoebox theatre link below and you’ll find the downloadable characters.
If you don’t have time to make your own, check out the Iconic Greats shop on eBay. They have fabulous, licensed, pre-made cut-outs for you to buy with 12 cut-outs from just £9.99. They come in all shapes and sizes so, if you really want to go to town, you can order a life-sized Hey Duggee to add to the party magic!

Hey Duggee bunting, and foil balloons are available from online retail sites such as eBay and Etsy, but we recommend the fabulous free downloadable bunting template from the Hey Duggee website. All you need is a colour printer, some paper or card, some string, a pair of scissors, and glue or double-sided tape.
The website also has free downloadable templates to “Hey Duggee up” your balloons. Use balloons in the logo colours, along with some in brown and purple to make Duggee and Betty, some card, a pair of scissors, and double-sided tape. Print the templates and before you know it, you’ll have the whole squirrel gang in balloon form!

If you’re making a backdrop for your party table, fabric is a great choice to make it from as it’s not too expensive and hangs well. You don’t have to be a master with a sewing machine; just hand sew a top pocket, using any kind of stitching, and thread through some string to hang your backdrop with. If the long edges need tidying up, you can hand sew a pocket on each side too. Add your bunting either directly to the backdrop or hang over the backdrop. Print out the Hey Duggee logo along with a Happy Birthday message for the birthday boy/girl and add both to the backdrop too. Free apps like Canva are great for creating lettering, logos, and images for both your backdrop and other items, such as themed food labels and a welcome poster for the front door. Complete the look with balloon bunches positioned on either side of your backdrop.
But don’t feel you have to have a backdrop. You can create a similar effect by hanging bunting behind your party table, so you’re sure to get it in any photos. Next, hang colour-coordinated honeycomb decorations from the ceiling and place balloon bunches on either side of the table. Add a coloured runner to your table, along with some more character cut-outs or mini action figures, and you’re on track for an Instagram worthy party table.

Cake and Sweet Treats
If you’re a whizz in the kitchen or you just enjoy baking, then making your own cake will probably be the route you want to take. Bake a sponge, rainbow if you’re feeling adventurous, cover with icing, and then really go to town with the decorations.

Add some height with a personalised cake topper, available from both eBay and Etsy, and decorate with Hey Duggee character cut-outs or mini action figures.

If baking isn’t your thing, don’t panic. Pop to Tesco or Asda as they both have amazing Hey Duggee themed cakes for just £10 – job done.
Cupcakes make great party food, party bag fillers, and will add to the overall look of your table. Use bright coloured cases and place on a coloured, tiered cake stand for maximum effect. Recipes for Hey Duggee, Norrie, and Betty cupcakes are all available on the Hey Duggee website. Want an easy option? Buy some pre-made cupcakes with buttercream icing on top and add Hey Duggee rice paper toppers to each cake. Toppers are available from eBay.
The website also has recipes for Mr and Mr Crab macarons, Duggee jam tarts and Duggee and Sticky Stick biscuits, to name but a few.

Party Games
Pass the parcel is a firm favourite at many young children’s parties. Use Hey Duggee wrapping paper with coloured tissue paper and include Hey Duggee gifts such as themed stickers.
Colouring is a lovely party activity for young ones, so download some Hey Duggee colouring sheets for free from the Hey Duggee website. Add individual mini boxes of colouring pencils that can be taken home by each guest in their party bag, along with their masterpiece!

Create some Hey Duggee atmosphere by downloading the Hey Duggee greatest hits album, to really get the party started!

Party Bags
You won’t be surprised to hear that you can download Hey Duggee party bag templates from their website, and there’s even a video tutorial to show you how to make them. You will need a colour printer and some sturdy paper.
Paper party bags in bright colours are readily available online from sites such as eBay so as an alternative use them as your base, then print and cut out some more of the balloon character downloads from the website and stick them to each bag to make a collection of character party bags using the same technique as for the balloons.
Fill your bags with Hey Duggee themed edible treats.

You’re now on the road to creating your Hey Duggee party, and we’re sure you’ll come up with many more ideas so, it’s time to get creative. And when you’re done, please share your Hey Duggee party table photos with us; we can’t wait to see them!

For more ideas visit the Hey Duggee website party page

We can help with coloured party tableware and decorations. Send us an email with your chosen colours and numbers, and we’ll get right back to you with a price.

Lockdown Birthday Parties!

Could the traditional birthday party be making a comeback? As lockdown continues, more and more children’s parties are taking place at home in a much simpler way and we think that’s a good thing. Trends come and go but some things are just too good to ever go out of fashion; pass the parcel, musical statues, cheese and pineapple hedgehogs, and jelly and ice cream to name but a few!

If you’re unsure where to start or just want to be sure you have all bases covered, check out our top lockdown birthday party tips!

Party Theme and Decorations
Here at Party Box by Design we love a theme, it’s what we do, but with items difficult to come by during lockdown we all need to get creative!

Check out what’s available on the web. The Hey Duggee website, as an example, has lots of tips to help you plan a Hey Duggee party at home and most of it’s centred around making your items using free downloadables from their site. There are also lots of themed downloadables on sites like Etsy but there’s a charge for them.

See what you already have at home. If the theme is L.O.L Surprise Dolls and your little one has lots of them, they can be used to help decorate the party table and the house. You might even be able to use them on the birthday cake too.

Raid your birthday box. Most of us have a box with leftover stuff from previous parties that we keep, just in case. Balloons, napkins, and bunting can all be used and modified to fit the theme. It might even be worth taking a look to see if you have any Christmas decorations that could work.

Get crafting! Get the children involved in making things like party bags and decorations. Paper chains are really simple to make by colouring in plain paper, cutting into strips and linking together and it’s a great activity to keep the little ones busy!

The Cake
If baking is your thing or something you like to try with the kids, get them involved in making their own birthday cake, it will all add to the fun!

Alternatively, why not add a birthday cake to your weekly shop along with some candles too, if you don’t already have them. Tesco has a great range of themed birthday cakes including Spider-Man, Peppa Pig, Frozen, and Harry Potter to name but a few!

Party Games
Get your children involved in choosing party games to play. Pass the parcel, musical statues, treasure hunts and hide and seek are still firm favourites with all the children we know, as are many popular board games too. They may even be inspired to devise their own new party games for their party!

Make a playlist. If the theme is Moana, for example, download the film soundtrack and be sure to have some tracks saved for the party games!

It’s not a birthday without a few gifts but your child’s birthday wish list may be a little harder to come by during lockdown. If you can get what you need using home delivery – great! Be sure to order well ahead of time as deliveries can take around 14 days at the moment. If items are hard to come by, how about printing out a photo, making it into a card, and wrapping it up as a promise to buy it when things return to normal. Finally, homemade presents can be lots of fun. We made pom-pom sheep as Easter presents and they were very well received!

Add Friends and Family Using Technology
It could just be a quick online group chat with their closest friends or a full-on Zoom party, in addition to a family tea at home. If using Zoom or other apps like it, be sure to run a test session with the other parents beforehand to make sure technical glitches don’t stop anyone from joining the fun. Also, be sure that the app you choose does what you need it to. The first 40 mins of a call with Zoom, for instance, are free but for any more than that you will need to upgrade to a paid subscription. As with all apps, make sure you read, and are happy with, the terms and conditions and privacy policy.
Entertainment can be added to Zoom parties. Companies like Sharky and George have adapted their usual party entertainment offering and taken it online, with great results!

Be sure to also schedule calls with grandparents, aunties, uncles, and cousins to make the day feel even more special.

Even if your party only includes those in your household wouldn’t it be nice to send out invites and more importantly for the birthday boy or girl to receive homemade RSVPs? We think so and let’s face it, it’s another great activity to keep everyone busy on a rainy afternoon!

Don’t forget to take photos. This party, for many reasons, will be one to look back on and one your children will talk about with their children in years to come!

Most Importantly
Have fun making some great memories!