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.
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