31 January 2014

DIY Wedding Place Card Ideas

Wedding season isn't too far away so there will undoubtably be many Brides and Grooms out there feverishly finishing off all the little details necessary to make your day perfect.

Table place cards are often one of the minor details which are forgotten about or left to last minute. But major confusion would ensue if they were not in place at the reception! The beauty of the table place card is that it offers an opportunity to decorate and design an important piece of the reception to add a very special personalised touch to the wedding day. View the blank table place card as a blank canvas! At Flingers, get 50 blank traditional wedding place cards for just £3.29!

Source: The Postman's Knock
Just a few minutes surfing Pinterest offers up an array of DIY wedding place card ideas to inspire anyone to create a beautiful design to impress your guests. Our favourite involves pinning a small flower or bud to the place card for a rustic and refreshing table name card. This would be beautiful at a Spring wedding! You could even co-ordinate your wedding place card to the Bride's bouquet!

We also uncovered some DIY wedding name cards which had hidden personalised messages on the underside. A super sweet idea! Sure to surprise your guests and touch those closed to you.

Flingers also has you covered for your Table Top Numbers! Their simple design would compliment any wedding theme or decoration you already have in place. Otherwise, they can again be seen as a blank canvas to be individually decorated to add a personalise tough to your reception.
Wedding Table Top Number Cards - Flingers Party Shop

If you are looking for some simple and chic place card holders to display your designs at the reception, browse our selection of wedding stationary. And remember, Flingers' online delivery starts from as little at £1.40. Or pop in store to browse our whole range of wedding essentials!
Loving Heart Place Card Holder  | Dove Place Card Holder | Diamante Heart Place Card Holder  

29 January 2014

Valentine Celebration Ideas

So Valentine’s Day is not far away now so no doubt the loved up ones among us are busy planning what to buy for the other half and the single ones are busy trying to make plans to ensure that they are not sat at home alone on February 14th.
Whether you are single or in a relationship there is no need to despair, Valentine’s Day is all about spending time with your loved ones, so make sure you plan something that will ensure you don’t spend the entire day feeling miserable!
Valentines Ballons at Flingers Party Shop
If you are in a relationship and fancy doing something special and romantic then how about having a nice home cooked meal and a quiet evening in? Perhaps you’re thinking that this sounds like a great idea except for one thing...you can’t cook! This doesn’t matter, you can even order takeaway; the important thing is the decorations! If you want to impress then there is a huge range of Valentine’s Day decorations available to turn your home into the perfect romantic setting. From balloons and confetti, to plates and candles, you will be able to create the perfect atmosphere for the perfect evening.
Valentines Decorations available at Flingers Party Shop 
If however, you don’t have a partner with whom you will spend a romantic evening then why not get together with a bunch of your single friends and celebrate anyway? It definitely beats spending the evening alone and bored, plus everyone loves an excuse to party. Whether you fancy ho
sting a Valentine’s themed dinner party, a cocktail evening or just a regular party then the variety of decorations available are just what you need for a fun filled evening! From banners, buntings and lanterns, to napkins and much more, all Valentine’s Day themed to ensure that your celebrations are perfect.

Is there a better way to spend your evening than having fun with the ones you love? So no matter whether you are in a relationship or not, don’t let Valentine’s Day get you down, make sure you get into the spirit of things and you are sure to have a brilliant night!

24 January 2014

How to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year falls on January 31st and this year it is the year of the horse. Celebrating Chinese New Year is a great insight into another culture and a good excuse to spend time with family and old friends. So if you are thinking of throwing a party to celebrate we thought we would bring you some key practices to ensure you celebrate this very traditional holiday correctly.

A very significant holiday within Chinese culture, the festivities last for two weeks and it is a time to prepare your home to allow good luck to enter.

The most important act of preparation for Chinese New Year is to thoroughly clean your home! Now whilst this might not sound very interesting to many of you, it is a key tradition founded in the belief that you must sweep away all of the bad luck accumulated within your home over the year in order to prepare the house for good luck to begin flowing in again.

However, you must not clean your home during the new year! So make sure it all done by the 31st! The clean during the period of festivities is believed to 'sweep' away all the good luck which has just arrived. So over the two week period following the new year, you are not allowed to pick up a dust cloth, broom or mop at all. We're sure it sounds more enticing now...

The next important act to prepare for this festival is to decorate your home appropriately! Red is a key colour in Chinese culture as it symbolises good luck, so be sure to use plenty of red balloons, streamers and bunting to decorate your home. Equally, gold is a colour long associated with Chinese New Year as it represents wealth. Something I am sure we all want to encourage to enter our homes in the coming year! Flingers has plenty of red and gold coloured decorations perfect for this time of year. If you are stuck for ideas on how to create decorations, pick up some red and golden yellow streamers and check out our recent tutorial on how to decorate with party streamers for some great ideas and tips.

Other decorations which are important to place around your home include lotus flowers, mandarins and candles. But ensure you use equal amounts of everything as uneven numbers bring unhappiness!

The evening before the New Year begins is the time to get your family and friends to sit  down and have a big traditional Chinese meal. This is the perfect time to wear any traditional chinese clothes you have. Again, red and gold are the best colours to chose when picking out your outfit. Avoid wearing too much black as this symbolises bad luck and even death!

If you don't have any chinese traditional clothing to wear, pop along to Flingers for some lighthearted chinese costume hats and wigs to get you into the spirit of the holiday!
Black & Yellow Mandarin Hat | Oriental Wig | Red Chinese Mandarin Hat
We would like to wish you all a wonderful Chinese New Year full of good luck and we hope our key traditions have helped you prepare for this holiday.

Will you be celebrating Chinese New Year? 

21 January 2014

Burns Night Recipe | Haggis Balls with Neeps n Tatties

Burns night is fast approaching! Each year on January 25th, Scotland celebrates the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns. The highlight of the celebration is the Burns Supper which brings family and friends together to enjoy a hearty dinner and a good time. 

Although mainly celebrated by the people of Scotland, it is a great excuse to experience good food, a great atmosphere and enjoy all things Scottish! So if you are thinking to sample a little piece of Scottish culture and try out the Scottish delicacy of Haggis, why not try out the below recipe.

For those who don't want to cook a full haggis or are just looking to sample this love-it-or-hate-it food, this recipe is perfect. Creating haggis meatballs is a simple way to introduce yourselves to this Scottish national dish and is a very easy way to cook it.

Team with the traditional accompaniment of neeps and tatties for the full Burns night experience!

Haggis Balls with Neeps n Tatties


Serves: 4 

  • 1 small good-quality haggis (such as Mac-Sweens or ask your local butcher)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 125g breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 (500ml) pot of good quality organic beef stock (such as Joubere)
  • 2 large potatoes (the floury type)
  • 1 swede
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons butter
  • splash of cream or milk
  • fresh pepper


Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

  1. Put the oven on to heat at 180 degrees C (gas mark 4).
  2. Open the haggis and transfer into a large bowl. Mix with the diced onion, breadcrumbs, mustard and egg. Shape into meatballs.
  3. Arrange in an earthenware baking dish. Pour over stock. Cook in the oven for 45 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make the neeps and tatties.
  5. Peel and cube the potatoes and swede. Bring two saucepans of water to the boil and cook the swede in one, potatoes in the other, until softened. Drain and mash until soft. Add some butter and cream to both and season with lots of salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Serve with the haggis meatballs and beef gravy.

At Flingers we have fancy dress perfect for Burns Night from Tartan Kilts to Tartan Braces to add a Scottish twist to any outfit!

We also have some great Scottish themed party decorations and tableware to get your Burns Night celebration in full swing.

With Burns Night only a few days away you had better get ready! Shop online at Flinger Party Shop now or head to 73-75 Gloucester Road to visit the store and pick up your Burns Night party essentials.

Will you be trying out Haggis this Burns night?

17 January 2014

Great Gatsby 1920s Party Ideas

With 1920s fever still gripping the nation following the release of the Great Gatsby movie last year, we wanted to bring you some amazing tips on how to throw an unforgettable party embracing the full glitz and glamour of the decade. 

We discovered this brilliant tutorial by Pop Sugar Girls' Guide showing you How to Throw a Great Gatsby Party. Full of great ideas and fabulous inspiration, we're sure you'll be wanting to throw a Great Gatsby party of your own. 

Pick up the essential pieces you will need to really set the theme of your 1920s party. Following Pop Sugar Girls' Guide tip, use one of our shimmering Gold Door Curtains to add a touch of glamour to any party venue. 

We think this Hollywood Scene Setter perfectly captures the glitz and decadence of the decade. Over 5 ft wide, these scene setting signs are perfect for use inside and out. A very simple way to add a bit of character to any party. 

Of course, no 1920s themed party is complete without some fancy dress! At Flingers we have an extensive range of 1920s costumes and accessories to complete your look.
Black Flapper Girl | Godfather Gangster | Red Flapper Girl
For the girls we have some great Flapper inspired costumes, just don't forget to pick up your 1920s Styled Wigs and Cigarette Holder to really get into character. And for the Men we have some great pieces to get you styled up as a classic 1920s Comedy Star or Godfather Gangster! With all the extras you'll need like a comedy Spats or Tommy Gun!

So, will you be trying out this trend at a Party soon?

15 January 2014

Hen and Stag Party Fancy Dress and Party Games

To any of you out there who got engaged over the festive period, we at Flingers would like to say a big Congratulations to you! Now it's time to prepare for the biggest night of your life... your Hen/Stag party!!

If you're planning a Hen or Stag party for 2014 then look no further than Flingers for all you'll need to make it a night to remember!

For all you Hens out there, we've got you're L plates right here! As well as Sashes for the whole Hen Party, cheeky Flashing Garters, saucy Nipple Tassels, Bridal Veils, Drinking Straws and much much more. Kit your Hen Party out with our fancy dress pieces and you'll be a force to be reckoned with when you hit the town! If you're looking for something more than pink sashes and tiaras, then check out our cheekier range of Hen Party naughty novelties, full of Novelty Shaped SweetsHen Party Shot Glasses, Blow Up Hunks and more. Not forgetting our most favourite Hen Party piece, the Bum Pincher!

We don't want to leave out all you guys who are heading out to a Stag party in the coming months. We know how you guys like to get up to a little bit of mischief on a Stag do! Check out our range of novelty pieces including Handcuffs, a mock Ball and Chain, Blow Up Dolls and if you're feeling a little more adventurous.... the Mankini!

If you're looking for some fun and laughter for you're big night out, we've a fantastic range of Party Games perfect for all your Hens and Stags. With Dare Short Straws, Beer Card drinking games, or the Hen Party Scavenger Hunt. The Hen who ticks off the most cheeky challenges on her card and gets the most points wins! The prize if up to you....

We're always updating our Hen and Stag Party fancy dress and novelty items so make sure to keep checking back! Follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook to keep updated when new stock arrives in store.

Remember, you can shop in store at 73-75 Gloucester Road, Bristol or shop online with delivery starting from as little as £1.40!

What have you got planned for your big night out?

9 January 2014

Top Party Trends for 2014

Is it obvious to say that we at Flingers love a good party?

As a new year gets underway, we looking ahead to all the parties 2014 will bring. If you're already planning a celebration, a big party or just a gathering of friends and family, you should bear in mind what we predict to be some of the biggest party themes of 2014.

Football Piñata
There are a lot of people out there who are eagerly anticipating the FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil this year. Which means that football will be a big trend, the number one conversation topic and a great excuse to celebrate this year!

At Flingers we have a wide range of football related pieces to ensure you're party is well prepared whether we win or lose! From football themed paper plates, paper cups, and cake decorations for all your party buffet needs. To patriotic wigsfootball shaped Piñatas and even Air Horns to get you fully in the spirit of the game.

Scene Setter - Beach
Linking in with the biggest sporting event of the year, we're imagining the carnival spirit from the country hosting the World Cup will be a big inspiration in the party industry this year. Us Brits love longing after warmer claims and getting into the party sprit. And nobody knows how to party quite like the Brazilians!
Punch Bowl & Jug

Set the scene with tropical beach room decorations, serve up great food and a big mixing bowl of tasty punch! Top off your cocktail glasses with these fun umbrella straws or pin wheel cocktail sticks to instantly get into the party spirit.

Flapper Girl
Following the release of The Great Gatsby last year, the UK went 1920s mad! This trend is sent to continue well into 2014 as a big theme for weddings, parties and even in fashion.

This year however, we expect to see this trend develop and get us equally interested in the later decades of the 1930s and 1940s. So prepare to get into the jolly spirit of the pre-WW2 era! This theme calls out for glamorous yet rustic decorations, good party games and lots of dancing! Flingers has a great range of 1920's fancy dress including all the necessary accessories to complete the look such as Dancing Canes, Pearl NecklacesTommy GunsCigarette Holders and much more.

Lego City Balloon
Lego rules! Right? Lego has been an important component of everyone's childhood since it was first invented over 80 years ago! February 2014 sees the release of the Lego Movie. Sure to be a big hit! Watch the trailers here.

We're expecting this one to be a big theme for children's birthday parties this year and we're excited to see the results! We're thinking bold colours, adventurous decorations and lots of fun. This theme will be sure to be very popular with youngsters and those young at heart with fond memories of their Lego creations from the past!

So, those are our predicted top party trends of 2014. What's your favourite? Or more importantly, which one will you be trying out?

6 January 2014

Happy New Year

At Flingers Party Shop we would like to wish everyone a wonderful 2014. We hope you all had a great Christmas full off delicious treats and awesome gifts!

Over Christmas and New Years, we were busy having a big shop make over! After a lot of clearing out, shifting around and organising we are happy to announce we are back open for business! 
With 14 years experience we are sure we can help you with any party requests you may have. After establishing Flingers Party Shop in 1990, we employed the loveliest and bubbliest staff we could find and we soon became the biggest and best party shop in the west with customers coming from as far as Devon and Cornwall!!

Over the years the shop has evolved and changed according to our customers’ needs and requests and if you’re having a party or are celebrating anything you’ll find everything and more at the shop.

So make sure you stop by 73-75 Gloucester Road, Bristol soon and see the shop revamp! Whilst you are there you can pick up any party goods, fancy dress, bakeware and balloons you could need. After a hectic Christmas, our opening hours are back to normal.
But if you can't pop into our Bristol store. Don't forget you can browse our whole range online at www.flingerspartyshop.co.uk! Find everything you could need for a great party with our life size cut outs, awesome costumes for both young and old, our wide range of professional face paints, party decorations, cake baking supplies and much much more. With delivery starting from as little as £1.40 you have no excuse not to throw the biggest party of the year! So get shopping! 

We hope to see you in 2014!