A mother of two young children has launched a website specialising in children’s party items and gifts.
Niamah Cann was inspired to launch online boutique La Petite Soirée after seeing top notch party products in a store while on a family trip to Vancouver.
She said: “It was going on a feeling or an idea.
“I contacted other companies and found really cute gifts for babies, like swaddles and towels.”
Ms Cann, a school counsellor at Bermuda High School for Girls, added: “My job at BHS has to be my priority — this was more something fun and creative to get into.
“It was a bit more work than I thought, but you just run with it and I’m having fun with it.”
She added: “For our party line, the new one I have coming in is unicorns. I like whimsical and magical things — mermaids, silly circus and go-go trucks.
“For gifts, we offer really high-quality swaddles, blankets and towel sets and building blocks in various languages. That’s a really cool hot item as well.
“We also have first birthday crowns and balloons, all sorts really. A little bit of everything.”
The store features paper plates, cups, cupcake sets, party hats and bags featuring a range of colourful designs.
Ms Cann, 40, said she became interested in children’s items after she and husband Darren had son Marcus, now almost three, and Savannah, who is eight months old — and had bought many of the items she now sells for her own children.
She added: “They’re both very young — it’s funny because I’ve always been into stylish things and styling myself.
“When I had a family, all of my attention went to styling the kids and home decor. It becomes more about them.
“Children make your attention shift and if my kids really love something, I want all kids to have access to it.
“I don’t want it to be an exclusive clientele, I want all children to have access to it and things are priced pretty much like other party supplies, but it’s a very high-quality of product.
“A lot of these products and gifts, these were lines I was already buying for my own kids.
“This is a niche and if I’m going to do a party store, having gifts makes sense.”
Ms Cann said: “I have a career I’m very proud of. I’ve worked in various schools and won awards for my counselling services, but we all want to have fun and be creative too. I thought this would be fun and fill a niche.”
She added: “I will constantly feature new gift ideas because I want to keep it fresh, but also to keep it small and more boutique like.”
La Petite Soirée can be found at www.luckystar.bm.
Ms Cann said: “The website is luckystar because I’m so lucky and that’s always been my nickname.”