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Olympics Themed Parties and Party Bags

Olympics Themed Parties and Party Bags

The Rio Olympics are almost here, soon we will be bombarded with images and news reports and hopefully, Team GB will do really well and we will all watch their triumphs and count the medal score.

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I have left it late to organise a birthday party which falls in the school summer holidays. The venue should have been booked and the invitations issued before the school holiday started, it is difficult trying to obtain an RSVP from parents when this has been done, it will be a nightmare now so I am desperately trying to come up with a very cunning plan.We sell Winners medals all year around but from the end of April until September the numbers we sell in these months their popularity dramatically increases, some of our orders are from sports teams celebrating the end of their season but from conversations with the parents a lot of the orders are for parties where there is a challenge, a competition or a new skill to try out.The Winners Medals lend themselves perfectly to active outdoor parties, which partly explains the increased sales in these months. I think I am therefore going to be brave and have an Olympics-themed party in the back garden. I have a feeling I may regret this as the party approaches but I always say “never again” every year.

 

My argument to myself in holding an Olympics-themed party assures me it will be easier to cope with a mixed age group and how difficult can it be to organise some games for people to run and jump over? Now I am wondering why the Olympic committee only bother every four years, after all, they do not have to install a trip wire and minor electric shocks to stop inquisitive parents and children going on an unauthorised tour of the house and cupboards. A closing ceremony is a little over the top but I also need a very strong reason for the party to end at the designated time to ensure the rest of the day does not turn into a free babysitting service or an evening social event for parents collecting their children.

 

Despite all of the negatives the one huge advantage that at the moment outweighs everything else; it will not matter if people who said they were attending never turn up and those at the door who never bothered to reply, siblings or those who arrive after they said they could not attend can be slotted into one team or another. The thought of avoiding a non-stop number count at the start of the party and then having to apologise to the venue for the “surprise” guests despite numerous, texts and reminders is very attractive.

          

 

We went to an obstacle course/ bouncy castle party last summer the mother awarded prizes for style, flair, funniest dive and only the final competition was for the fastest team. Every child left with a winning a prize, so I need to plan for the teams and competitions to focus on having a go and fun rather than showing off sporting prowess.

 

 

            

 

I may prepare party bags in advance as it will be one less thing to do on the day, with a winner’s medal/s awarded for each game but I am also wondering if a lucky dip with a helpful supply of named party bags for the children to put their rewards in may be an alternative. I could even incorporate some of the party bag gifts into part of the games and challenges so the children collect their party bag gifts as they take part. Perhaps if the Olympics committee considered leaving a few gold medals on the floor near the end of each competition they may have a few more Olympic records broken as the competitors scramble to collect their prizes…..just an idea they may want to consider in the future!

 

As the idea develops and the impending Birthday approaches it feels wrong not to embrace the Olympics, particularly after such an enjoyable 2012 Olympics but there is only one slight worry….the weather!

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Paper Party Bags

Paper Party Bags.

We sell a variety of paper party bags on our website so we thought you may appreciate a brief discussion on the features of each type of party bag to help you in your decision-making process.

 

  Advantages and Disadvantages

The main advantage with paper party bags is that they all come with a flat bottom so they will easily stand up on their own, they are also available in a wide range of colours making it easy for you to match to a theme you may have or to make a colourful statement by mixing colours and patterns together. This is handy if you have guests of differing age ranges and party bag contents, you can also choose between paper party bags with or without handles.

It is easy to decorate paper party bags, add your own personal message or turn them into fun character party bags. More details on this will follow in the future but if you are searching for ideas the internet and Pinterest are full of clever and simple ideas.

The big disadvantage with paper party bags is they do not come with any method to seal them and stop the contents escaping. This is not a problem if you are stopping at home or your party venue is local but, if you have to transport your party bags to your venue you may want to consider either getting there a little earlier or sealing the party bags with a sticker or clear tape.

 

 

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 Paper Party Bags 17p .

 

These paper party bags do not have handles and until more recently these were mainly available in single block colours but now polka dot and striped patterns are available and proving to be very popular.

All of the paper party bags are printed in bright colours, the polka dot and striped paper party bags feel a little weightier than the plain paper party bags and have a slight sheen to them but the plain paper party bags are easier to decorate yourself.

This size is the most popular for birthday parties, all of the sizes for the party bags are detailed under the description for the party bags. The size of the party bags means four or five items and a piece of birthday cake will soon have your party bag looking quite full in interesting.

 

Paper Party Bags with Handles 23p, 18p and 14p.

The paper party bags with handles are larger than those without. The sizes of all of the party bags are detailed in the products description so it is important to check the sizes when you are considering the size and the number of items you intend to place into your party bags. The paper on these party bags is marginally thinner than the 17p paper party bags but the bright designs and handles offer a useful alternative.

The 18p paper party bags come with a chevron design which is probably more suited to older children. We have candy stripe paper party bags with matching handles which cost 23p. The paper is ever so slightly better and the ink colour is a little more crisp and bright. We also have a plain white party bag with flat handles for 12p each. The plain white paper party bags are similar to take-away bags, they are a very popular party bag

We also have a plain white party bag with flat handles for 14p each. The plain white paper party bags are similar to take-away bags, they are a very popular party bag choice as they can be decorated or left just plain. They are an economic and effective solution for a larger party bag.

 

Italian Kraft Paper Party Bags with Twisted Handles. 45p each.

These are the best quality paper party bags we have, the paper on the party bags is thicker and a lot better quality. They are similar to expensive boutique gift bags and they are really popular with orders for our wedding activity gifts for children. The twisted handles and quality of the paper gives this party bag its more luxurious feel.

The main drawback with these party bags is they are not all the same size. They do all come from the same manufacturer but the sizes do vary with a few of the colour options, this will only be a problem if you are mixing colours. Please do check the party bag sizes in the product description before ordering.

We can obtain a few more colours but it is dependent upon the stock levels at that particular time. If you need a specific colour please contact us and we can see whether it is available for you.

 

 

    

 

 

Large Paper Party Bags with Twisted Handles. 50p each.

These are the largest of our party bags and you will need quite a lot of items if you are trying to fill the party bags with standard sized gifts, however they are really popular with sports clubs and events where the gifts may be an item of clothing or larger gift.

Unfortunately, the colour range available is quite minimal but they paper used for the party bags is suitably rigid enough for you to decorate with your own design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Practical Party Bag Ideas-Children’s Travel Packs

Children’s Travel Packs.

I am frequently asked for ideas for practical party bag ideas so I will share some of the practical uses we have for our party bag goods and some of the ideas our customers have for their party bags.

The summer holidays are almost here and so I thought it may be useful to combine two themes and discuss what we are taking on holiday to entertain the children.  The items we take are fairly similar to those we take on long journeys and weekends away and are sold in shops as activity or travel packs. They have moved on from when the children were very small and my handbag or the change gab would always contain some broken crayons, a colouring book, and some paper but they are still as useful and still loved now.

I am the person who packs for our holidays, I do not like packing, but I hate re-packing the hand luggage once the suitcases have been checked in even more. I am finally beginning to look forward to our holiday having struggled to leave a house, a business and everything else, the last minute airport purchases just add to the hand baggage meaning more messing. There is nothing I can do about the husband but I do manage the children’s purchases a little better. In a trade-off we take  a variety of items from our stock in Little Party Parcels to keep the children occupied, we avoid resorting to the big packs of sticker, colour, drawing packs for the latest film at the airport and I trade the need to buy these with the promise of some fluffy creatures and probably another pack of scented lip-gloss from the Duty Free. It also means I have something ready to hand if ever we get stuck on the motorway without moving for an hour again. No one needs that level of tension at the start of a holiday.

The party bag items are designed to fit into party bags so they are smaller in height but not quality they also fit into self-seal bags. For those of you who have placed an order with us, you will know I have an unhealthy need to put things into plastic bags particularly the self-seal variety. The children take responsibility for their own choices in their own goodie bags, it avoids a few arguments, I avoid spending time hunting in the bottom of bags and there is no delving in and out of overhead lockers on the plane. The packs are placed in the seat pockets in the car and then in the seat pockets whilst in the air. Items are rounded up quickly and they are ready to go when we exit the plane and then come in use when the adults need a little time to sort something out and our children start to get a little bored as they wait.

Naturally we have all the usual gadgets with us on holiday but no matter what apps we have our children still have a limited interest span with these items. We also find that they are so used to colouring and drawing in school and nursery they still crave these activities despite the technology

This is a list of practical items we are taking to keep us busy when we do not have a house full of toys at hand.

  • Activity books- the stickers, colouring pages, quizzes and puzzles provide a selection of activities for whatever the mood may be.Due to the size they can also be completed whereas some of the larger colouring books need just a lot of time and patience to complete. Our older child now appreciates the variety of activities and time commitment but in the past these books have been used just to scribble in and remove the stickers.
  • Fun Puzzle Book- what one takes the other must have, these are more suited to the very early school years but the mix of activities are useful when you are strapped in a chair with little activity for a few hours.
  • Gingerbread Man Crayon- These are a really big favourite, unlike colour swap crayons they come apart and then stack back together so you have more than one pencil/crayon for when mum and dad join in the activities and only one pencil/crayon to drop on the floor when the children are busy on their own activities.
  • Playing Cards.- We have taken the children’s playing cards in the past but we are being brave this year and taking a mini pack of playing cards, it may even be a little useful for parents after the children are tucked up in bed and it is still light outside.
  • Mini Notebooks- these are for the children to draw and write in, last year there was a very big pirate theme so they were great for treasure maps, this year I suspect hangman will continue to be popular.
  • Noughts and Crosses- Our youngest is just starting to get to grips with noughts and crosses and because our eldest child has one, the youngest now needs one.
  • Mini Disc Shooter- My husband loves these so whilst I will be trying to tidy our clothes, beach items and the general mess the husband can take the children to chase a disc and wear them out before supper and bed
  • Butterfly stationery set- I do not know why I have agreed to this other than I really need to get on with the packing. According to our eldest she may want to “measure things” and she hasn’t got a pencil to write with. I suppose the stationery sets do come with a pencil and a sharpener which is useful but I am now losing ground.
  • Sweets- I am not comfortable or happy taking sweets but as my husband has pointed out it is better than the huge packets of sweets for adults the airlines and shops sell, it does provide a diversion if necessary, it is a treat, not an everyday event and I will probably have a few glasses of wine over the holiday and they are not good for me either.

All of these items were used on our holiday, they were all a success and they all made it back in their little bags. The stationery items and activity books now live in the car, ready for long car journeys. The mini playing cards were a huge success particularly with our 7 year old who found she loved card patience games and we all spent time together and shared some of the activities

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