Unicorn Pony Parties

Unicorn Pony Parties – Is There Any Other Choice?

Unicorns are THE in thing right now. OMGosh! The number of inquiries we are receiving for Unicorns is off the charts.

Unicorn pony parties have always been a very popular choice at Balloonaversal, making up 67% of all pony party themes, but we have seen a huge increase in popularity over the last 12 months.

And unicorn hire in Melbourne is not just limited to kids parties. The bookings keep rolling in for 21st birthdays, weddings, market days, business promotions and unicorn photo sessions. Have you Googled unicorn photography or unicorn hire or unicorn pony party lately? Because 100s are.

Go through the dozens and dozens of stunning kids photos with these amazing mythical creatures on Pinterest Then you’ll see another reason why unicorns are so popular. Like which child (or adult for that matter) wouldn’t want a their picture taken with a beautiful, magical horned pony or horse?

Where does this Unicorn craze come from? According to a recent article in FastCompany.com, “Unicorns represent every happy dream you every had as a child, and this is useful when you’re living in an age where things are darker and scarier than you’d like”. Unicorns take many of us back to our childhood. The director of a cosmetic company who has released a makeup range called the Unicorn Glow collection believes our recent fascination in unicorns has everything to do with nostalgia.

Our perception of glittery, rainbow living, cute unicorns was inspired in part by Lisa Frank, the 90’s popular designer of neon coloured school supplies, soft toys and stickers. The still very popular My Little Pony which began in 1981 and also includes unicorn characters, has many now in their 20s and even 30s who will have played with these as kids.

We see companies cashing in on the trend with many products selling out within hours of going on sale. It seems all you need to do is put a unicorn spin on a product and watch it go. There are so many other products under the unicorn banner it’s dazzling. An array of unicorn food like psychedelic coloured “unicorn toast”, cup cakes, macarons even coffee.

Go to Amazon, eBay and Etsy and the product list range goes on and on – sticky tape and tape dispensers, cookie cutters slippers, slippers, socks, soap, umbrellas, mugs … virtually anything you can think of.

Unicorns have been fascinating people for centuries, but did they ever exist? Most likely not, at least not as how we see them depicted today. The very first written account of unicorns comes from the Book of Job in the bible where it refers a “wild ox” (King James Version 1611). Other versions translates the Hebrew word for this creature which means “one-horned animal”. It’s interesting to note that in Gods conversation with Job, He describes this animal in context of other familiar animals, like peacocks, lambs, lions, bullocks, goats, donkeys, horses, dogs, eagles, and calves (Job 39:9–12).1

God then reminds Job of the characteristics of several impressive animals. Job would have had to be familiar with the animals God describes for the illustration to be effective. God points out in Job 39:9–12 that the unicorn, ““whose strength is great”,” is useless for agricultural work, refusing to serve man or ““harrow (plow) the valley”.” An imaginary fantasy animal would have defeated the purpose of God’s illustration.

Other recorded written accounts of unicorns existing come from a 4th century BCE Greek physician Ctesias of Cndus who served the Persian kin Artaxerxes II and wrote several books about Persia and India. During his time in Persia, he heard stories of single-horned “wild ass” roaming the eastern part of the world and described these creatures as “large as horses” with white bodies, red heads, blue eyes and about a foot a and half long horns.  He claimed that they were so swift and powerful, that “no creature, neither the horse or any other could over take it.”  He was most likely describing the single horned Indian rhinoceros that proliferated that area.

Other well known people throughout history also recount their own unicorn sightings. Marco Polo called them “ugly brutes”. Pliny the Elder a Roman scholar of the first century and celebrated author of Natural History made reference to several legendary animals. And it is said that Genghis Khan decided not to invade India after observing such creature.

In more modern times and, one of my favourite unicorn ‘encounters’ is when I discovered this most amazing photographic book called Unicorns I Have Know, by photographer Robert Vavra printed in 1983. With chapters headed Unicorns of the Forest, Unicorns of the Desert, Unicorns of the Snow, Unicorns of the Sea and contained the most mesmerising photos of stunning white Andalusian horses with such lifelike horns I was almost convinced that they really do exist.

The unicorn mentioned in these ancient texts talked of a powerful animal possessing one or two strong horns and is most probably the fantasy animal that has been popularized in movies and books. Whatever it was, it is now likely extinct like many other animals. Modern day fads (unicorn cosmetics) come and go, but I have not doubt that unicorn pony parties will always be popular with little girls.
Real Or Not, we love unicorns, especially children.

If you’re planning a kids birthday party, you can go unicorn theme till the … unicorns come home. But keeping with the basics will give your a party experience your child will never forget. Here are the essentials for a totally dedicated unicorn theme:

▪ A unicorn birthday cake
▪ Unicorn cooky cut fairy bread
▪ Unicorn cup cakes
▪ Unicorn head bands
▪ Unicorn tails
▪ Unicorn party supplies – paper plates, cups, napkins and table covers
▪ Unicorn helium foil balloons
▪ Game – ‘Pin the horn on the unicorn’

And last, but certainly not least and in my opinion totally necessary

Hire a real unicorn for unicorn rides and photography …

Just to prove that after all, Unicorns are real magical creatures indeed.

 

For more information on Unicorn Hire in Melbourne for your child’s birthday party, please fill in our inquiry form rather than placing your expression on interest in the comments section below – we want to respond to you sooner rather than later.

 

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Pony Rides Every Weekend

Pony Rides

Great News for any parent of pony mad kids!  Not ready to jump in and buy your totally horse smitten child a pony yet?  Having a Balloonaversal pony party once a year isn’t fulfilling a horsy fix often enough for the addicted one?  Then we may have a solution.

The Balloonaversal ponies and team will be at the Edendale Community Environment Farm every Saturday from 10am – 3pm (weather permitting).  Kids can also get their face painted by a Balloonaversal team member too.

Visit A Farm With The Kids

Edendale Farm Sheep

Sheep under the blossom tree

Edendale is a great place to take the kids out to and there’s always plenty to see and do.  Baby goats were born this September and are such a joy to watch their antics, pat the resident guinea pigs, visit the chooks and sheep or try your hand at milking a cow – it’s a pretend cow, but the kids love this activity.  The farm’s opening hours are 9am – 4pm and is situated at Gastons Rd, Eltham.

Visit the native plant nursery and bring some new plants home to fill that bare patch in your garden, or buy some vegetable seedlings and grow your own veggies.

Eden Cafe

Eden Cafe and Veggie Garden

Lovely Farm Cafe – Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Tea

Eden Cafe with its pretty outdoor setting is a great place to sit, relax and enjoy a bite to eat and a cup of coffee. And for all us tea connoisseurs – tea is served in fine bone china teapots with fine bone china tea cups and saucers to compliment.

Kids Parties At The Farm – A Great Choice

Children’s parties can be booked in one of the two gazebos.  There’s plenty of space to run and play and the kids and parents will love a guided farm tour, so make sure you book that in.  Contact Edendale on  9439 3711 or visit here for prices and packages.

Balloonaversal Pony Rides On Saturdays

Pony rides are $5 for 1 ride around the paddock or 3 times around the paddock for $10.  For parties booked at Edendale on Saturdays, you can line up with the general public for pony rides or pre-book your own pony for a 45 min session which is $130 and can be booked by calling Balloonaversal on 8669 1303.

Kids Party Venue

Edendale Farm – A great kids’ party venue

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Pony Profile: Barnabus

My Little Pony Barnabus

Barnabus, the perfect My Little Pony

Could this be a real life ‘My Little Pony’? Barnabus, (because he’s built like a barn or a bus) is often seen at children’s birthday parties as his alter ego Starbeam (My Little Pony character). He’s a top favourite with the kids, especially with children aged 3 – 6.

His small stocky stature, his slow calm walk, and his gentle kind expression seem to give even the most nervous child a feeling of confidence. I often think this is more so in winter as

My Little Pony Barnabus

The little kids adore Barnabus’ kind gentle nature

his long fluffy winter coat makes him look a lot like a big teddy bear, and who doesn’t love their teddy?

Barnabus has such a wonderful generous nature and seems to genuinely enjoy the children being around him. He is always so calm and patient while they get on or off, stop to pat his face, give him a kiss on the nose or pick up a brush to groom him – he’s happy for the love and attention.

But it wasn’t always this way

Barnabus Before Balloonaversal

Barnabus was given to us several years ago by our then neighbor Danielle who named him Trevor. Danielle acquired him through another neighbour and kept him as a paddock friend for her beautiful Warmblood mare.

When Barnabus came into our care we were told that he had had an abusive background and hadn’t been well looked after. That seemed to be true. Although he was in good condition health wise by then, he was still a rather distant non-connected little fellow and was quite nervous around any kind of noise or activity.

Barnabus’ Four Legged Feud
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Mal and Barnabus didn’t like each other in the beginning

And he didn’t make friends easily with the other ponies either, aggressively warding them off, even challenging Mal our large dapple grey pony who was head of the herd at the time.

There were a few battles for dominance in those early days. I recall one particular occasion where Barnabus bested Mal, leaving the on watching herd ‘speechless’. It was at that point that Jeremiah, my meek and mild little miniature performing pony decided he did not like Barnabus at all. He just up run, sneaking up behind Barnabus while he wasn’t looking and bit him on the rump, running off as quick as he came before he copped a kick. It was quite an amusing scene but so out of Jeremiah’s character. It took a couple of years before those two became friends.

The Training Of A Pony Ride Pony

I gave little Barnabus time to settle in, then began the slow re-training process. I wanted to start Barnabus as if he were a young unbroken pony.

‘Unbroken’ is the term use to describe a horse or a pony who has not been trained to carry a rider or pull a carriage. ‘Breaking in’ is the term for this process and is not a harsh cruel process as the word ‘broken’ or ‘breaking’ would imply.

Lunging a pony

An example of a pony on a lunge rein

So Barnabus was introduced to the lunge first and learned the voice commands for whoa (stop), walk and trot. We didn’t bother with canter as he really wasn’t an energetic pony. I have found lunging is a great place to start when building trust with horses and ponies as it can create a clear communication path without the extra worry of having a rider on their back. When a horse understands what it is that you are asking they are nearly always very happy to give their all and this was true of Barnabus too. Within a week he was showing off of the lunge, being attentive to everything asked of him and thus began his trust in people.

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Barnabus’s first party

Over the months we worked on introducing noise and activity to his lessons. Barnabus gained much confidence in himself and within 6 months I took him successfully out to his very first ‘gig’ … a My Little Pony party and he was a little champ and has been ever since.

A Loved Member Of The Family
Riding a pony to school

Tobias grade 1 rides to school

Over the years he as also proven to be a wonderful little pony to teach beginner children to ride, teaching my two boys when they were five or six years of age. Tobias on occasion, riding him to school and he is still Asher’s pick of the pack.

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Asher on Nikki, Zac on Barnabus, Tobias on Buttons

Barnabus is around 19 years old now, but still has plenty of energy and still enjoys his job. Oh, and he has lots of pony friends now with Nikki being his bestie. You can read more about Nikki here.

Barnabus

Tobias grade 4, too big for Barnabus now, but still loves him dearly

If you’d love to have a My Little Pony party for your little girl, please visit this page to find out more Costume Pony Party Packages, or simply call us on (03) 8669 1303.

Team Profile – Gemma Tapping

Pony Riding

Gemma is a high school student and has been with our company for 3 years. What kind of work does Gemma do you say being so young?

Gemma is one of our ‘Pony Assistants’ and has a very important job here at Balloonaversal Head Quarters.

Her main role is to lead kids on the ponies at children’s birthday parties or corporate/community events on the weekends. Her wonderful gentle spirit makes her a perfect candidate for creating a fun, memorable experience for the children as they ride. She chats to the kids, asks them all kinds of questions as she leads them on the pony, and always has a laugh with them.

Can’t Get Enough Of The Ponies

We also see Gemma during the week as well, you see Gemma is one of a small group lucky young ladies whPonies for partieso have the privilege of being able to come and ride our larger ponies and Thoroughbred horse whenever they want. All in return for helping with the work load of taking care of the 14 ponies that we have here at home. It’s pretty hard for a bunch of horse mad girls wouldn’t you think? They get plenty of privileges – riding and jumping lessons when I can are just one example.

I often joke about our place being the local Saddle Club chapter as the girls often meet up and go out for adventurous rides together – the Diamond Creek McDonalds Drive Through being a popular destination for teenage girls. Swimming the ponies in our dam during summer time or twilight rides on a full moon are some of the other fun experiences they have.

Why Buy A Horse? I’ve Got Plenty!

Kids Pony HireIt works great for our family and the teen’s parents as the cost of owning a horse of your own plus all the equipment and up keep is quite expensive.

With all this time spent around the ponies, Gemma has become a very experienced young horsewoman. She has even trained Josh our 16 hand Thoroughbred tricks.

Gemma has a goal to become an equine vet and works very hard toward this. I’m quietly confident that she will achieve this ambition.

Remember to say hi to Gemma and ask her why she was wearing a green Band-Aid on her head recently. (Or keep an eye out for next months issue of BalloonaScoop, I may just tell you the answer).

For Pony Party Inquiries call (03) 8669 1303 or send via our online form.