Published: July 21, 2020 | Updated: July 21, 2020

Cause for celebration – literally – as new party shop officially opens its doors in Bournemouth

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Get ready to party with the opening of a brand new shop in Bournemouth.

Party Boutique officially opened its doors this month as an independent event and party supplies business.

Astrid Saunders (right) with Jenn Campbell-Ross and Alan Trowbridge,

Founder and owner Astrid Saunders decided to start the venture after seeing a gap in the market for premium balloon displays and customisable party decor.

She has worked in the print and finishing trade for more than 20 years and been Managing Director of Verwood-based AS Finishing Ltd since 2017.

As a result she saw the potential of using print on demand technology to produce bespoke event supplies for both the public and corporate sector.

Astrid said: “People told me I’m crazy to launch a business at this time just as we recover from the pandemic.

“But I believe there is no better time to celebrate with friends and family, whatever the occasion.

“Everyone enjoys a get together and we’re looking to supply our clients with fantastic personalised event decor and party supplies.

“With our ability to brand and produce our decor we can turn every event into a special occasion.

“So far we have been really busy getting orders and enquiries in every day and the team have been kept really busy which is great news.”

The shop’s seven-strong team each have their own specialist skills including floristry, balloon artistry, event styling and promotions.

Party Boutique, which describes itself as an ‘Aladdin’s cave of party decor’, has made sustainability a key priority.

It has reduced the use of single use plastics and sourced sustainable and environmentally friendly product lines.

Many of its stock lines are made from recycled materials and are fully recyclable.

Sam Morley, Creative Manager, said: “We can design and customise a client’s party supplies including bunting, flags, sashes, ribbons and banners.

“We believe in creating a community.

“All our bespoke products are created by talented local designers and we use local printers to help support Dorset business and also reduce our carbon footprint.

“There’s never been a better time to celebrate with friends and family, face to face or remotely.

“We’ve got something to turn every party into an occasion – whatever the reason or theme.

“If we don’t stock it, we will create it.”