Rough and tumbler
Disposable plates and cups are an easy option when catering for large numbers, but they leave their mark on the environment. These Falcon tumblers are durable enough to survive many a party and come in several bright colours. They're made from enamel fused onto heavy-gauge steel, which gives the colour longevity and the tumblers their durability. They're resistant to breakage when dropped, are dishwasher and oven-safe, and can even be used on top of gas or electric hobs. HK$70 (each) at Mirth, The Mezzanine Floor, Yip Kan Street, Wong Chuk Hang, tel: 2553 9811
Ahoy, me hearties!
Swashbuckling adventure awaits the young - and their parents - with this Ulysse pirate set. It includes all the essentials a young pirate could need: eye patches, compass, headscarf, map, rope, treasure and dagger made from cotton or wood. The kit comes in a tin box - handy for hiding other treasures. HK$230 at Petit Bazaar, 9 Gough Street, Central, tel: 2544 2255. 80 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, tel: 2528 0229.
However hard the parents of some girls may try to avoid the pink princess beam, it seems that sooner or later the obsession with frills, fluff and tiaras takes hold. Toys Club is one outlet ready to indulge the fixation with several variations around the princess theme. The tutu comes in three styles, pink with floating pom-poms and pink with the words 'Happy Birthday' stitched on, and a blue flower version. HK$240 at Toys Club, 1913 Horizon Plaza, 2 Lei Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2836 0875; 5/F On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central, tel: 2167 8474.
Get ahead, get a hat
Balloons seem to be universally popular with children. Party hats made from balloons are almost guaranteed to be a hit at a child's birthday bash, and give them cool points among their friends. This boxed set comes with instructions and pump. HK$85 at Seed Heritage, shop 219-220, Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 25770721.