Choose from beer mug-shaped inflatables and other party supplies at the new Twinkles
While metallic décor, bold lighting and 3D-printed craft are trending in the West, Chennai, it seems, prefers personalised and themed décor like Hawaiian tableware and unusual masks. At the month-old Twinkles on RK Salai, a balloon festooned yellow Bajaj scooter sets the tone at the entrance. Inside, benches with blooms and cheery accents add to the party atmosphere, and the shelves are loaded with everything from party hats to cradle-shaped balloons. Arts and crafts enthusiast, Deoli Kohli, the owner of the store, says years of organising parties for others led to this project. “I have been a part of so many moments where people have been surprised by their loved ones,” she adds, having worked with the Taj group and Apparao Gallery.
Most wanted accents
Be it for a baby shower, Halloween or a wedding, Kohli is willing to customise and offer fun party solution. Their fastest moving product, fun-shaped foil balloons with personal messages, is closely followed by Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck air walkers and party caps with motifs from skeletons to stars. For outdoor parties, the hand wind- mills featuring insect motifs are a hit, while for adult parties they have beer mug inflatables, poker-themed tableware and wall posts.
Hailing from Punjab and a former merchandiser with Fabindia, Kohli is confident about sourcing material even if it’s not available at the store. “A client recently wanted to do a music-themed party, so I arranged everything from the cake and invitations and got themed decor from the US,” she explains, also ready to bring in themed outfits and food on request.
Though most of the products at the store are sourced from the US and China, some of the danglers and paper craft are made by children who come in for classes conducted by Kohli every evening at the store. As for celebratory home decor, choose from birdcage-turned-candle stands and lanterns in polka-dotted purple. Among gifting options, we spotted hand crafted scented soaps in ice cream and fruit shapes. There are special rakhis and gifts available for Raksha Bandhan as well. Priced from Rs. 20 to Rs. 4,000.
Party Hunterz – a party supplies store in Nungambakkam offers colourful wigs, party masks, a snow machine on rent and more. Details: 42079369.
Party in a Box that retails from its Facebook page, delivers boxes with confetti poppers, glasses, champagne
bottles, disco balls and other party
essentials. Details: 9444400001
At Li’l Mischief, Besant Nagar, you’ll find ready-made pinatas, chocolate fountains, bouncing castles, nail artists and more for all those kiddy parties. Details: 24466303
— Sharmistha Maji