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KIDS / MAR ‘2016

How to host a low-sugar birthday party with Sipahh

How often has your child come home from a birthday party in tears, overwrought and overstimulated by exposure to too much sugar? Most of the time, there’s yet more sugar lurking in the thank-you goodies in their take-home party bags – so the sugar rush continues.

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A healthier, low-sugar option for your child’s next birthday party, group playdate or special occasion, is a themed Sipahh milk party, where milk flavouring straws and matching party decorations in pretty, pastel colours are the stars of the show.

A party where the birthday boy or girl serves their friends glasses of fresh, wholesome milk from behind the party centrepiece – the Sipahh Milk Bar – will be a hit with kids and parents alike. Everyone will want to have a go at serving from the blue-striped, old-fashioned milk bar. For kids who love role playing, it’s a fun, interactive, creative activity which will keep them happy and engaged. The milk bar also doubles as a photo booth – a perfect way to capture and share party moments.

A party where the birthday boy or girl serves their friends glasses of fresh, wholesome milk from behind the party centrepiece – the Sipahh Milk Bar.

Sipahh has 13 delicious flavours to choose from its online store, so there’s one to suit even the fussiest. Kids with allergies are catered for too as Sipahh straws work well with non-dairy options such as soy, rice, almond or other alternatives. The straws are specially seeded with tiny tapioca balls derived from the yucca plant. As the milk is sipped, the beads dissolve and flavour fresh milk in a subtle way. With less than half a teaspoon of sugar per straw, the kids can try a few different flavours, fill up on nourishing milk without being over-hyped.

And when it comes to unique gift ideas, a Sipahh Flavour Crate packed with six 10-packs makes an excellent choice.

Follow Sipahh’s five easy tips for hosting a wholesome, fun, low-sugar party.

1. Invitations and party decorations

Send out your invitations and let parents know it will be a low-sugar party – they’ll be delighted! To add some pre-party buzz, ask kids to come dressed in pastel colours to match the party theme. Then, shop for bunting, confetti, serviettes, paper plates and thank-you bags in pastel striped or spotty colours. Look for reuseable and recyclable, old-fashioned glass milk bottles or jars to serve your Sipahh straws in as an alternative to cups.

2. Order your Sipahh supplies

Order your Sipahh flavours and Sipahh Milk Bar online. Mix and match flavours to colour the theme of your party and add variety. Choose from 13 delicious (and sometimes surprising) flavours – Chilled-Out Choc Mint, Cocoa-bean Chocolate, Hello Marshmallow, Hokey Pokey Honeycomb, Lamington Dream, Luscious Strawberry, Mango Smoothie, Mellow Yellow Banana, Okey-Dokey Cookies and Cream, Raspberry Fields, Smooth Caramel, Tropical Splash and Velvet Vanilla. All come in packs of 10 and are $3.99, with a minimum order of six 10-packs required. Mix and match to fill a Flavour Crate with your preferred flavours or choose from pre-selected Flavour Crates (six packs of 10) for $23.99. The Sipahh Milk Bar is $65.

3. The big day

The Sipahh Milk Bar comes as a flat pack with easy-to-follow instructions. It has been designed especially to be the right height for young children to serve from. Display handfuls of colourful, flow-wrapped straws in vintage milk pails and canisters of fresh milk and milk alternatives. Complete the scene with cute cups or milk bottles, as well as bunting and decorations. Get the kids involved in some creative party activities such as arts and crafts they can take home, dancing or a Sipahh straw treasure hunt. The Milk Bar is also reusable – perfect for hosting another family member’s birthday.

4. Use the milk bar as a photo booth

Be sure to capture the fun and chilled-out vibe of the party with the host serving their best friends a wholesome drink from the milk bar. Take photos of guests with the host and send the images as thank-you messages to parents afterwards. Share the images on social media and before long, everyone in your child’s class will want to have a Sipahh milk party.

5. Thank you bags

Order enough Sipahh straws to include one or two in the children’s thank you bags so the memory of going to a Sipahh party lingers long after they’ve gone home. Parents will be thrilled to see Sipahh straws as an alternative to sticky lollies or salty junk food and – best of all – they can store the straws for another day.

Aussie dad, Peter Baron, invented Sipahh to encourage his four children to drink more milk without the overload of sugar found in many other flavoured milk drinks. For his first prototype, he used his daughter’s stocking to invent a straw which turned plain milk into an instant lower-sugar flavoured milk drink. Sipahh, established in 2005, was acquired by Australian grocery sales, marketing and distribution company CTD (Club Trading & Distribution) in 2012. It is now available nationally and in more than 100 countries. Find out more at sipahhstore.com.au.

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