Kick Off the AFL Season Right with Amazing AFL Party Supplies

With the AFL season just around the corner, there is no better way to celebrate a birthday or significant event with an AFL themed party. If your child is a diehard supporter of a team or just has a deep love for the game, then A-Z Party Supplies can help you to create the best themed party yet.

The AFL is one of the biggest sports in Australia and so many kids are going to look up to one of the players and see them as a role model. Decorating the house with AFL party supplies is an exciting way to bring in the new season.

There’s nothing more exciting for young kids than immersing themselves in their favourite team’s colours with friends and celebrating what is sure to be an exciting season.

There are so many great reasons to decorate your child’s next birthday celebration with the theme of their favourite footy team. With so many great options available for individual teams and the Aussie Rules collective, A-Z party Supplies have the best AFL party supplies that can be easily ordered from the online web store.

Which AFL Team Do You Support?

The competition is becoming tighter and tighter each season as the standard of the game increases with its popularity amongst both supporters and participants. Last season saw multiple teams miss out of finals only on percentage and some by less than a game.

The upcoming season is sure to be another tight one and the pace of the game is certainly a drawcard. Kids love playing the game and they certainly love watching it as they get to see the biggest stars on the biggest stage.

Many children aspire to be just like their Aussie Rules idols one day and having a themed party with AFL party supplies is one way for them to imagine exactly what it’s like.

Adelaide Crows

Last year’s grand finalists and a team with a young list on the first team from South Australia are a force to be reckoned with. Blue, yellow and red are this teams colours and they are sure to be in the hunt for this year’s premiership.

Brisbane Lions

A team that is rebuilding but certainly on the improve heading into the 2018 season. The Lions are one of few teams to have won 3 premierships in a row having done so from 2001-2003. With multiple players resigning and a successful draft night again, there is plenty of optimism surrounding this Brisbane outfit.

Carlton Blues

The Old Dark Navy Blues will be looking to put a disappointing 2017 season behind them and improve for the upcoming season. The MCG is the home of this historic club who still hold the record for the equal most premierships in the history of the VFL/AFL competition.

Collingwood Magpies

The biggest club in the AFL have acquired some serious talent at the draft and have got a few of their best players back to 100% fitness. With their last premiership came back in 2010, can they get another one and equal Carlton and Essendon with the most premierships in history?

Essendon Bombers

Having earnt a fairy-tale place in last year’s finals the Bombers will be the team to watch coming into the 2018 season. The Dons will be confident they can improve on last year’s performances and challenge for a top 4 spot.

The Bombers managed to pick up some great additions in the off-season that should add strength to all areas of the ground and enable them to challenge the likes of Sydney, Geelong, Adelaide and Richmond.

Fremantle Dockers

The Dockers will be hoping to see a return to Brownlow-like form from their captain and star player in Nat Fyfe and seek a return to finals in 2018. The team has been under pressure following two sub-par years after a maiden grand final appearance in 2013.

Geelong Cats

The Cats will be desperate to make a strong run to the grand final this year following consecutive preliminary final exits. They’ve added some star power in Gary Ablett to their midfield mix and supporters will be hoping it’s enough to take them to the next level.

Gold Coast Suns

The struggling expansion side have been given a new hope with the addition of Stuart Dew for the upcoming season. The experienced assistant coach has taken over as head coach and will be hoping to implement some new systems and develop a strong culture.

GWS Giants

Another team to have made consecutive preliminary finals appearances, they will need to improve if they are to have any chance of making it at least that far again this year. Another pre-season for their young stars should build more confidence and there is much to like about the orange and charcoal.

Hawthorn Hawks

Arguably the most successful team of the 21st century the Hawks will be hopeful of returning to finals action in 2018. Having won three consecutive Grand Finals from 2013-2015, the Hawks haven’t won a final since. They look poised to bounce back in 2018.

Melbourne Demons

Narrowly missing out on finals last year should have lit a fire in the belly of the Demons playing group. For those whose heart beats true for red and blue, they should be feeling positive about their teams’ potential this year.

Narrow losses and a few untimely injuries hampered their progress but a fully fit Melbourne side is one that can challenge everyone.

North Melbourne Kangaroos

Having missed out on acquiring a star recruit in the off-season, the focus for the Kangaroos would’ve been on developing their younger players. Clearly rebuilding and hopeful of some improvement, it will be about the younger players for North Melbourne this year.

Port Adelaide Power

A painful loss in the elimination final brought a sad ending to a successful campaign for the power. They narrowly missed out on the top four having missed finals the previous few seasons and would’ve been hoping for at least a semi-final berth.

Some off-season additions and another strong pre-season should see the Power push for a top four spot once again.

Richmond Tigers

It appeared everyone jumped on the Tiger’s bandwagon at some point. The eventual premiers were exciting to watch all season long. Dustin Martin’s re-signing was a huge coup for the club and they will be hoping that he can continue his Brownlow medal winning form.

St Kilda Saints

Another side to have narrowly missed out on finals following huge expectations placed on the side prior to the 2017 season. It was a year of bad luck for the Saints with injuries and poor form from many of their leaders.

There is plenty of optimism surrounding this young side for the upcoming season and supporters of the red, white and black should be expecting finals action come September.

Sydney Swans

The Swans couldn’t quite find that fairy tale finish to 2017 but there is much hope for this year as many of their younger players were able to gain AFL experience.

Starting 0-6 the Swans managed to finish 6th before being beaten by Geelong in the Semi-Final. A strong pre-season, fit list and some improvement across the board should see the red and white challenging for another premiership.

West Coast Eagles

The Eagles managed a relatively successful season reaching the semi-final where they were confidently beaten by the GWS Giants. They can no doubt challenge for the top 4 if they can get a little bit more from some of their younger players. A fit Josh Kennedy, the return of Nic Natanui and a few defensive improvements should make for an exciting blue and gold outfit.

Western Bulldogs

It’s fair to say that 2017 was a disappointing year for the dogs becoming one of the few teams to win a premiership and fail to play finals the following year.

However, there is plenty of room for improvement and the Dogs are still a very young side. A more mature side and a strong pre-season will leave those at Whitten Oval confident of a return to finals and a top four push.

With so many different colours on each of the teams the decorations are sure to brighten up the room. An AFL themed party is great for the kids as they can show off their favourite team’s colours and engage in various games.

A-Z Party Supplies’ Range of AFL-themed Items

At A-Z Party Supplies we have an extensive range of AFL party supplies for all needs and teams that are sure to turn your party into an Aussie Rules paradise. We have supplies that can be used for decorations, catering and games.

Decorations

We offer a great range of decorative AFL party supplies that can turn any party into an AFL fiesta. Almost all of our items are available for each individual team. Some of the items include;

  • Themed ribbon – these are great for adding colour to the event in a liberal manner whilst keeping in theme.
  • Balloons – perfect for having around the room and on the table. Also fun to play with towards the end of the party.
  • Team banners – happy birthday and team supporter banners available for celebration.
  • Team posters – good for walls or hanging from the ceiling to create a clear theme.
  • Themed flag bunting – ideal to hang from the ceiling, in walkways or outside in the backyard in keeping with the theme.

Catering

The themed catering supplies add great visual appeal to the dining area and keep in theme with the decorations. A few of the popular items we supply include;

  • Themed candles – candles are shaped in the form of the team’s logo.
  • Edible team logos – great for decorating both cakes and cupcakes with the team logo.
  • Themed table covers – the disposable table cover features the team’s logo and its core colours.
  • Team napkins – there are two varieties each containing the team logo and one has the club song as well.
  • Themed party cups – cups in the colour of your favourite team and its logo printed on.
  • Themed plates – keeping in pace with the theme, these paper plates make for an easy clean up.
  • Themed Cutlery – disposable cutlery in the core colour of your favourite team.

Games and Accessories

Decorations and catering supplies won’t be enough to fully engage the guests in the theme so including some entertainment that is in keeping with the theme is sure to take the party to the next level.

  • Temporary tattoos – these feature temporary tattoos such as the teams logo, supporter slogans, chants and ‘I love St Kilda’.
  • Themed inflatable hand – a fun accessory for the kids to play with.
  • Body paint – a great way to get everyone involved is having a face or body painting station. This allows everyone to get their teams favourite colours painted on in a fun design.

Why You Should Choose A-Z Party Supplies?

It’s not just our comprehensive range of AFL party supplies, amongst others, that makes us a first choice in party supplies. We are also determined to ensure that everyone receives their party supplies on time and in good condition.

Because we do have such an extensive range, it makes finding all the supplies you need for your party easy as it is a one stop shop. Our web store is easy to navigate and means that you don’t need to leave the comfort of your home or desk in order to have the party supplies sorted.

We deliver to everywhere in Australia and our flat delivery rate makes us affordable for everyone, no matter how little or how many party supplies you are purchasing. We know that creating a great atmosphere at any party is going to enhance the enjoyment possibilities and overall engagement with the party.

Not only to we provide a comprehensive range of party supplies but we also offer helium tank hire in the Sydney region. This is great for customers who want a large number of balloons at their event. In addition to the hiring of helium tanks, we also provide detailed tutorials for how to use the helium tanks in inflating the balloons.

Reasons Why You Should Enroll In a Dance Class

Dancing isn’t restricted to five year old girls in tutus, taking their first ballet lesson. It is actually socially acceptable at any age and might prove to deliver some exceptional benefits.

So if you’re looking for a social, physical or mental booster, possibly all in the one activity, have a look at the following considerations that might convince you to enroll in some Social dance classes.

Stay in shape

Dragging yourself to the gym is not the only option to staying fit as your get older. Many people find exercise becomes more and more like a chore as you get older. It feels like a necessary thing to do to stay healthy and keep the kilos off, but sometimes it’s easier to just skip gym day.

Social dance classes offer you a completely different physical experience that can transform your dreaded hour of doom into a fulfilling session that you actually look forward to. You don’t need any experience to start dancing and you receive a great cardio workout that burns the calories.

Time Flexibility

Although team sports get harder to find and commit to as you receive more responsibilities, dance classes are a perfect option for keeping active with no obligations. Hop in and out on a day that suits you, with many studios offering pay-per-class opportunities. That way, you’re able to work it in with your busy schedule, without taking on the stress of any more commitments.

Mental Benefits

With so many things to think about, errands to run and work to get done, stress levels can reach pretty critical levels. Any form of exercise is essential to disperse some stress and revitalise your mental health. However, dance is known to reduce stress levels to a greater degree than any other type of exercise, so it might be ideal for giving yourself a pressure outlet.

Dancing is also great for your memory and cognitive functioning. Through learning movement sequences and practicing a routine, your brain gets a useful work out. Subsequently, it has been proven to act as a preventative measure for memory loss and dementia, so signing up for a dance class may actually help care for your future.

Social opportunity

As an Social, you’ve already established your network of friends and there are often limited opportunities to meet anyone new.

Social dance classes can be a fantastic way to meet new people who share the same interests as you. Social classes are relaxed and they get everyone involved. There’s no pressure to become the next big thing, you’re able to have fun and unwind in an active environment, with different people that you otherwise might not get the chance to meet!

On the other hand, you may like to grab a bunch of your friends and sign up for a class together! When everyone’s got so much going on in their lives, it can be hard to find time to fit everything in. So, enrolling in Social dance classes means you’re able to catch up and spend time with your friends, all while getting your daily dose of exercise.

Special events

Dancing is an integral part of social life and no matter how hard you try to avoid the dance floor, chances are you’re going to get dragged onto it as some stage. So you may as well approach the inevitable with a bit of confidence and style, right?

You might want to join a class to prepare for a big event. Maybe it’s your wedding day, in which case you want to surprise your significant other with some new skills.

Or, you might decide to enroll together, so you’re perfectly in sink for your first dance. If you’re a dancing couple and would love to learn a more technical routine to surprise the guests, enrolling for lessons would be a no brainer.

Alternatively, you may want to learn a simple waltz to make your moment unforgettable, while also having some fun leading up to the event. Being totally prepared for your wedding day will shake off some of those nerves, let you properly enjoy the moment and help make the event extra special.

Whatever your goals are, dance can provide you with a range of benefits that will fit in seamlessly with your day and won’t impede on your other responsibilities. Life gets tiring and monotonous sometimes, so signing up for Social dance classes is a great way to try something new and exciting.

Alternative Ways to Use a Wardrobe

Spending the money in order to find more space for activities, guests or even just storage can be a challenge, especially for those living in an apartment.  Sometimes, it’s about getting creative and finding alternative uses for things that are already around the house – like a wardrobe!

Whether it’s a hobby that wants to be made reality or a dedicated room for entertaining there are more ways than one to assemble a closet. It is time to think outside the box and take a look at some of the different ways a wardrobe can be used.

Storage Space

Yes, it’s a simple one but often it’s just filled with other clothes that rarely get worn or just junk that hasn’t been thought about in years. Cleaning out the junk from the closet can create more storage space for the things that are actually needed and wanted but don’t get used regularly.

Reorganising the dresser, such as taking out the railings and any shelving, to best fit all the storage items is also an effective way of fitting more in. Now, the linen that was previously living under the bed can have a home, equipment and other items are out of the way.

A Guest Bedroom

Turning a walk-in wardrobe into a guest bedroom can be a great way to maximise space in the rest of the house. Providing guests with a bed is important, but providing it in the closet, ensures that the rest of the room can now be used for other things and hence, creating a more space.

Not only does this provide additional space in the house for storage and other things, it also gives guest a cosy room all to themselves. This can be especially useful during holiday times (like Christmas) when the house is likely to be filled to the brim with friends and family.

Kids’ Playroom

Take out the shelving and railings and this can become a child’s best friend. It’s understandable in a small apartment that often there isn’t a lot of space to play and the last thing anyone wants is a restless child. Using an unused closet is a great way to give them the privacy they need in the safety of home.

Not only that, it can now act as a great storage space for all of their toys and gadgets to that parents won’t be left stepping on Lego as they walk through the house. Using a dresser as a kids’ playroom, doesn’t just provide a place to play, but also keeps the mess out of the way.

Cellar/ Bar

It can often be hard to find the space to store alcohol in a small home, let alone a convenient and streamlined way to access it whilst entertaining guests. Turning a small (or large) clothing cabinet into a cellar or bar can be easy. With a lot of the shelving already in place, it’s often just about creating a benchtop and cleaning out that space below to potentially install a fridge or spaces for various glasses.

However it’s assembled, the basic structure of the wardrobe provides a great basis for a cellar or bar. A closed off space that can be opened or closed at any time is ideal, and best yet, there is now a perfectly adequate room for entertaining as well.

Library

For those bookworms that just can’t get enough, by wardrobe assembly you can transform a space into a library! Whilst it can be a little cosy, the need for many additions to the space is limited. It’s likely that all the required shelving will already be in there and any spaces where there are railings can now be used for decoration and functionality.

Putting in a small desk and a nice reading chair will add a sense of style to the room. This will also present a beautifully quiet space to get stuck into a new book. The shelves in the current wardrobe can act as a great place to put books, meaning this transformation can occur quickly and with ease.

Decor

Old wardrobes are often quite beautiful and can be undervalued by some, however, if styled well, can make for a great display. They allow the owner or stylist to put their own touches onto a classic piece and most importantly show it off. Filled with flowers, candles and other small decorative pieces, the old dresser can be transformed into a lovely showpiece for any home.

Study

Whether it’s a large walk-in or a small clothing cabinet, transforming it into a study or desk is a great way of maximising space. In any small home, finding space to a home office can be difficult, and finding space that isn’t in everyone’s way is even harder.

By doing wardrobe assembly to function as a study, allows all the bits and pieces to be out of sight when it isn’t being used and provides a nice, little enclosed space when work needs to be done.

It only requires a little creativity and imagination to see the endless opportunities available in assembling a wardrobe. Whilst it is commonly used for storage, restructuring and a little investment can make a big difference and help to discover space that couldn’t be seen before.

 

The Advantages of Handyman Services

What exactly is a handyman and what are the benefits of hiring one? With many Australians working longer hours coupled with the rise of internet-based bookings, handyman services are becoming very popular and easy to use.

These services see that qualified professionals visit your home or place of business to complete a certain task, usually an odd job. This task may be repairing damaged plaster, mowing the lawns, building a fence or installing a fire alarm.

The possibilities are endless and benefits are well-known. This article will explore some of the amazing advantages that are experienced when using handyman services that can be enjoyed by the individual, the family or the business.

The risk is reduced: When completing tasks around the home or place of business, there is always a certain risk of damage or injury. Most people have heard a horror story about a home renovation gone wrong where someone has fallen off a ladder, caught their thumb with a hammer or have caused an unexpected hole in the wall.

Seeking the help of a professional can reduce any risk greatly and so reduces stress as well. Each task is assessed by the company and the correct number of people required for the task are deployed, whom of which are all qualified for the job.

The correct tools and equipment are used, and insurances are in place so on the odd occasion that something does go wrong, everyone is covered. A super easy way to reduce risk when doing odd jobs around the home or place of business is to seek the help of handyman services.

Tensions are reduced: Almost everyone has had an experience where they have had to carry a large piece of furniture up a flight of stairs, have spent hours assembling a tedious flatpack or have wasted their weekend pulling weeds.

Seeking expert help can eliminate those mundane tasks that no-one wants to do, and ensures that couples are fighting and quarrelling less often.

Similarly, business owners can relax knowing that the jobs that are outside of their scope can be taken care of and emphasis can be placed on the more important aspects of running a business, like marketing and taking care of clients. Overall tensions can be reduced by simply reaching out for some help.

Time is saved: Enlisting professional support around the home or workplace can help save time in the long run. Hours are not wasted when a job turns out to be longer and harder than it started out to be and with many companies offering easy online bookings, it takes hardly any time to book a service.

Many people start tasks only to find that that they don’t have the correct tools or skillset to complete the job when they get halfway through. When people take on jobs without any help, they often take longer because of this and sometimes don’t get completed at all.

Saving time by hiring a handyman to complete the job is a huge bonus, and Australians can instead spend their leisure time doing the things that they love.

Money is saved: While of course, it costs money to hire a professional, in the long run it can often save funds. Projects around the home or business can frequently blow-out or further damage can even be caused.

Unexpected tools can pop up which could blow out the budget completely. In addition, with the time saved by not having to complete odd-jobs, extra time could even be spent at work and so using your time more productively saves even more money long-term.

Homes are saved: One of the greatest bonuses of hiring a handyman is the chance for the home to look amazing without physically having to put in the work. It is common for the everyday person to watch a home renovation show and then decide to do the task themselves.

While this, of course, can sometimes turn out well, it often doesn’t go as planned and leaves the home looking less than desirable. Accidental damage can even be caused to the home when odd-jobs are taken on without professional help.

Seeking someone to assist with odd-jobs can prevent any accidents from happening or can stop further damage to areas that need maintenance. Furthermore, many urgent scenarios can pop up in life such as needing something repaired in order to have bond funds released, or a quick paint job to get ready for auction.

Whatever the reason or task, it can be beneficial to pass on the job to a qualified serviceman who can save the home from any mishaps.

As explored, there are many clear advantages when it comes to hiring a handyman. Risk of injury or damage to the home or place of business is reduced when odd-jobs and renovation are left to the professionals.

Tension around the home can be reduced as the stress is taken out of the task and time and money is often saved. A handyman can leave a home feeling and looking marvellous with a professional job been completed, rather than a home left with many unfinished jobs.

 

Made to Measure Blinds: What Makes Them So Popular?

Blinds serve dual purposes—aesthetics and functionality. On one hand, the blinds you install in your house should look good, complementing the rest of your home décor and adding to the overall look of your house.

But also, let’s not forget that blinds have a very basic functionality, which is to provide insulation and privacy to your house. If you are looking for blinds that take care of both of those aspects, then customised blinds are your best bet.

Here’s why made to measure blinds are so popular.

 

Better Look and Fit

Customised blinds give you that classy, high-end look. Since they are measured to precisely fit your windows and doors, the end result are blinds that look luxurious. You just cannot achieve such a good fit with off the shelf blinds.

If your blinds are too large or long for your windows, you run the risk of them damaging the wall, scratching off the paint and leaving ugly marks on your otherwise pristine walls. Not to mention oversized blinds just do not look appealing.

In fact, tailormade blinds are one of the easiest ways to give your house an instant makeover, making it look much more elegant and upscale.

Choose the Right Material

One of the biggest advantages with customised blinds is the fact that they come with a wide range of available materials. You can pick and choose the fabric based on the exact colour and texture that you want.

Your blinds can match with your walls or be in total contrast with them to add a little pop of colour to your house. Having the freedom to choose the right fabric instead of having to make do with the available colours and materials in the readymade blinds section is a huge advantage, just ask an interior designer.

Unique Detailing

How would you like to add some unique detailing to your blinds, making them one-of-a-kind? From having a lace trim to some beading detailing along the length of the blinds, you can request for some very unique additions to make sure your blinds are truly exclusive.

You can discuss with your interior designer and see what ideas they’ve got as far as detailing goes. Adding such small details can make a huge impact to the look of your indoor living space.

Durability

Customised blinds are much more durable and less susceptible to wear-and-tear than off the shelf blinds. This is because they are painstakingly made, with a lot of attention to detail, to ensure that the finished product is absolutely perfect and made to last. So, if you are looking for a long-term solution that involves little upkeep and maintenance, then customised curtains are the way to go.

Extra Lining

With tailormade blinds, you have the option of having an extra-thick layer of lining for added insulation or better light blocking. Depending on your specific needs, be it better insulation or a pitch-black room, you can pick the right lining material.

Having this flexibility means that your blinds will provide you with everything that you want. No more having to wear an eye mask to keep the morning light at bay, or cranking up the heater to keep yourself warm and ward off the winter chill.

Ease of Use

After installation, customised blinds are easier to use and operate. Readymade blinds can give you trouble by getting stuck or not functioning properly in the space as it isn’t made to the right specifications.

But you completely eliminate any such issues with tailormade blinds. And in the end, what you get are smooth-operating blinds that don’t give you any cause for concern. Once you’ve installed them, they will last a very long time without any major glitches.

The biggest disadvantage that is touted when talking about made to measure blinds is that they are expensive. What people fail to consider is all the hidden costs involved. Having ill-fitted blinds is an eye sore that will ruin the interior décor of your house.

Apart from that, you might have to call in reinforcements to get them fixed if they start getting stuck or giving you other trouble. And let’s not forget the other equally important issues of insulation and complete privacy. Customised blinds will offer you complete privacy while readymade blinds may leave gaps that will let in light and offer outsiders a ‘peephole’ to look into your house.

Without a doubt, customised blinds are the way to go if you are after 100% privacy, good insulation and great looks and designs.

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