Oliver has been obsessed with ‘The Zingzillas’ (a monkey band living on a tropical island) since he was about 6 months old. Fast forward 5 years and the love for this tropical quartet has only gained momentum. As a result, his 5th birthday party theme could be only one choice – The Zingzillas. However, very few guests had even heard of them though! To make the party more universal, planners Dazzle & Fizz concentrated on the tropical birthday party style. First of all, they took the beach elements of the show and created a tropical paradise.
The Event Planner
Charlotte at Dazzle & Fizz describes a few key challenges to overcome for this party.
“First of all, Oliver has Autism Spectrum Disorder, as too did many of his friends. Other guests also had different special educational needs and many friends and family children were neurotypical. Due to this, we had to cater for a wide spectrum of requirements. We did so by splitting different activities in to different rooms. The main space was for the band, music, games and dancing. Yet, if this became too much for any guests, we also had a quiet soft play room with no music for relaxation. Furthermore, there was constant access to the beautiful Fetcham gardens. This allowed guests to run around and let off steam at their leisure! Fetcham Park also arranged for two special needs trained teachers to attend the party and support the Dazzle and Fizz acting team. This was invaluable and made sure that all guests were catered for in the best possible way.
Tropical Birthday Party Styling
For this tropical birthday party the focus was on three key areas; balloons, light ups and fruit! A giant light up 5 and a treble clef welcomed the guests. As well as giant, bubble balloons in bright, vibrant colours from our friends at Bubblegum Balloons injected more colour and fun.
The Dining Table
The tablescape was a most noteworthy focal point in collaboration with Kalm Kitchen. They used sprayed, naked and halved fruits, all working around an impressive fruit tree! Each guest also had a halved coconut on each place setting. If you want to try this at home, allow plenty of time as cutting and then cleaning out a coconut is not as easy as it sounds! Furthermore, the brown tableware with gold scalloped trim from the Dazzle and Fizz Party Shop. These combined with metallic gold straws and eco-friendly wooden cutlery.
The Treat Table
Wow! Styled with a lush green foliage backdrop and vibrant themed cake pops, treats and an amazing cake by Odiham Cake Company. It depicted Zingzilla Island and the birthday boy’s favourite band member- Tang. This was probably our favourite area of the party!
Finally, there was continuous entertainment elements to keep all the guests entertained. From soft play to balloon modelling and most noteworthy, a 45 minute high energy set from rocking kid’s band – The Boogie Monsters. This was a definite highlight for Oliver, as a result, he got to watch live electric and bass guitar. He of course, also joined in with the band himself!
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