Have you heard of an altbash, or have you been to one?
You can be forgiven if you’re in the dark, as we’ve only recently heard of an altbash ourselves. We think it’s a fab idea, though. ‘Altbashes’ are something dreamt up as a bit of light relief after so many of us had to cancel events of every kind during lockdown. Short for ‘alternative bashes’, the idea is that if you want to hold a small party, you just do it rather than waiting for an excuse such as a birthday. People are starting to celebrate things that haven’t up until now been considered cause for public jollity – purely for the sake of the party.
So if you’d like to hold a gathering, then just pick an excuse – dog’s birthday, your lemon drizzle cake came out brilliantly, you’ve finally finished War and Peace – and go for it. In the spirit of the altbash, we think the decor should be bright, colourful, exuberant and ever so slightly silly. We’ve put together some ideas for you below – happy partying!
Miko and friends altbash party candles, Rex London
This cutesy set of six panda, rabbit and cat candles will grace any cake, small or large. Perfect for adding a little whimsical note to your celebration, they cost £3.95 for six from Rex London.
Pastels ombre three tier cake stand, Neonimo
Printed using specialist techniques, the colours of this cake stand are punchy will make your baked goods stand out. We think it has a slightly 1950s vibe, and would look great paired with pastel cupcakes. £49, available from Neonimo.
Viva la fiesta bunting for an altbash, Ginger Ray
This shiny gold ‘Taco Bout A Party’ backdrop (above and main image) will bring a fun touch to fiesta celebrations. Part of the Viva la fiesta range, each pack contains 2 x 1.5m (L) backdrop , 20cm (H) with 15 letters. £7.99, available from Ginger Ray.
Gold and pink stripy disco ball, Rockett St George
Get your groove on with this sparkly disco ball – no altbash celebration is complete without one! Measuring 25cm in diameter, it features a funky colourway of gold, pink and orange mirrored tiles. £53, available from Rockett St George.
Eastern delight cotton bunting, Wilko
Finish your decoration in style with this 2m Eastern Delight cotton bunting. The bright colours will add a cheerful note to your decor, inside or out. £10, available from Wilko.
Floral recyclable paper napkins, Talking Tables
These bright, cheerful napkins will help get your altbash guests in the party mood! They’re fully recyclable and will help make sure your table is dressed for success. £4.5 for a pack of 20, available from Talking Tables.
Fiesta festoon lights, Lights4Fun
These brightly coloured lights should be on the top of your altbash party list. They have a deep intense colour in the darkness that’s sure to liven up your indoor or outdoor space. They’re lightweight and made from perspex so they’ll survive blustery days too. The string measures 7.25m of lights plus a 5m lead. Mains power required. £33.99, available from Lights4Fun.
Rainbow altbash party plates, Ginger Ray
Add a pop of colour to your party food with these bright coloured paper plates. Each pack contains eight plates in rainbow colours flecked with gold, and costs £4.25 from Ginger Ray
Truly scrumptious paper table cover, Talking Tables
This floral table cover is recyclable and features eye-catching bright flowers in pink, blue and red. Perfect for making an eye-catching statement at any altbash! Size: 180 cm x 120 cm (71″ x 47″). £7, available from Talking Tables.
Set of two irridescent champage glasses, BTFY
Combining a traditional long-stemmed glass style with a modern iridescent finish, these champagne glasses are the perfect blend of classic and current. Perfect for fancy cocktail parties and …er.. because it’s Friday. £14.99 for a set of two, available from BTFY.