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Christmas and New Year 2017 Despatch Dates

Christmas and New Year 2017 Despatch Dates



We will be here and working over the Christmas period but the despatch and delivery of parcels will be affected throughout the period due to weekends, Bank Holidays and peak delivery times.


Standard Delivery £3.95 and Express Delivery £5.95

We use the Royal Mail’s “Second Class Signed For” service for our Standard Delivery and The Royal Mail’s “First Class Signed For” service for our Express Delivery Service. The Royal Mail do not guarantee a delivery date or time and there may be delays during the peak Christmas and New Year period. This will very much depend upon the volume of parcels at your local delivery depot.

Standard Delivery takes an average of 2 to 4 working days


Express Delivery takes an average of 1 to 2 working days

The delivery timescales may be longer during the Christmas period.

The Royal Mail will not be delivering parcels on a Sunday or a Bank Holiday over the Christmas period.

We despatch parcels Monday to Friday, we will continue to despatch parcels as normal up to and including Friday 22nd December 2017.

The Royal Mail will not deliver parcels on a Sunday or Bank Holiday.

Our Royal Mail parcels will be despatched once again parcels from Wednesday the 27th until Friday the 29th December 2017. No further parcels will be despatched until Tuesday 2nd January 2018. When normal Monday to Friday despatch will resume.


Next Day Delivery £7.95

In the week leading up to Christmas, Next Day Delivery companies are swamped with last minute parcels. This may lead to delays as vans are filled and time runs out to deliver parcels. This may lead to an extra day being added to delivery times. This will only be known on the day of delivery, the delivery company should notify you of any delays if known in advance.

Next Day delivery is available for Monday to Friday only. There is a premium charge for a Saturday delivery date.

Our last despatch day for Next Day Delivery before Christmas will be Thursday 21st December 2017.

We will despatch Next Day Delivery Parcels again on Wednesday 27th December 2017 until Friday 29th December 2017. Please note: Parcels despatched on Friday 29th December will not be delivered until Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

We will resume normal Monday to Friday despatch of parcels from Tuesday 2nd January 2018.



We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy 2018.

I would like to say a huge “thank-you” for all of your orders we have received throughout the year.


Jennifer x



Royal Mail Industrial Action

Royal Mail Industrial Action


Royal Mail Industrial Action was due to commence in October. This has now been suspended pending further dispute resolution services. For now, it is business as usual. However, should talks between the Royal Mail and the unions fail we have been investigating alternatives. This is just to ensure our parcels will still be delivered without delay throughout any periods of disrupted service.

Our Standard delivery uses the Royal Mail’s “Second Class Signed For” service. Our Express Delivery option uses the Royal Mail “First Class Signed For” Service. We have investigated alternative options to ensure our service continues to run smoothly throughout any period affected by industrial action. We will take action to ensure parcels despatched in advance of any action are delivered. Orders received during a period of industrial action also need to be despatched and progress on their journey in the usual timely manner. As a result of this, we will use alternative delivery options in the five days leading up to and throughout the period of confirmed Industrial action.

We are anticipating a temporary delay to delivery services once the Royal Mail’s services recommence. We, therefore, intend to continue using the alternative delivery methods for two to three business days after the Royal Mail resumes normal service. This is just to ensure your parcels are delivered within a reasonable time period. We will all benefit from having one less thing to worry about.

Royal Mail – Normal working conditions

The Royal Mail will continue to deliver our Standard and Express Delivery parcels under normal working conditions. We strongly believe the Royal Mail offers one of the most reliable and professional delivery services available.  Most of our customers are able to predict the time their postman is likely to deliver. If you are out when a delivery is attempted a local sorting office is quite close to most homes and accessible on a Saturday.

The Royal Mail collect our parcels without problems five days a week. We have only had one parcel go missing in a very busy 12 month period, we were able to intervene and send a replacement parcel in advance of the party date. We are therefore not looking to change our delivery service under normal working conditions.

Royal Mail Industrial Action – Further Updates.

For now, it is business as usual. However, should circumstances change which will affect the delivery of our orders we will add further updates to this post. We do however intend to ensure our reliable and speedy delivery continues at all times.

If you are concerned at any point about the delivery of your parcel you may contact us by any of the following methods:

  • our telephone number is 01952 253033;
  • you may send an email to, or
  • if your parcel has already been despatched, you may reply to our email with your parcel tracking details.

Party Bag Fillers

Party Bag Fillers


Party Bag Fillers for children are just as much a part of the party fun as the cake and candles.

We have two types of Party Bag Fillers at Little Party Parcels. We sell all of our party bag fillers as individual items, or, we sell our pre-filled party bag gifts as a party filler minus the party bag.

Individual Party Fillers

Football Pencil and Notebook It is really important to some people that they buy age appropriate gifts that cater suitable for their individual guests. It is really important to us that you can buy exactly what you want in the quantities you need. We also group complementary items which are frequently bought together and reduce their price.

Our business was set up as a direct result of being forced to buy far too many items just to cater for a mixed age range. We hope the range of goods means you can save time, buy all your gifts from one place and not waste money on items you do not want.

Our Party Bag Fillers are organised into the following sections:Balloon Head Animals

  • Babies & Toddlers;
  • Younger Children;
  • Older Children;
  • Party Bag Sweets
  • & just in case you have to caster for a mixed aged range All of our Party Fillers


However, everyone is different and time is important. If you are not sure where to start or need a speedy solution we also sell pre-filled party bags. Our pre-filled party bags are also sold in individual quantities but they combine a selection of party bag gifts. We also reduce the price a little in comparison to buying the items individually. We include a party bag with our pre-filled party bags but our choice may not necessarily fit in with the ideas you or your children may have so we also sell our pre-filled party bags as Party Bag Fillers minus the party bag

Party Bag Fillers

We were receiving an increasing number of requests from customers who wanted one of our pre-filled party bags but they had already purchased a party bag or their child had set their heart on a particular type of party bag. It is not possible to offer every party bag as an option with our pre-filled party bags so instead our pre-filled are also available as a party bag filler, without the party bag. You therefore get to keep your children happy, purchase the party bag you require and save money.

Hello-Kitty-pre-filled-party-bag    Teddy-Party-Filler  Dome-Popper-Pre-filled-Party-Bag   Dome-Popper-Party Bag-Filler  Monster-Pre-filled-Party-Bags  Monster-Party-bag-fillers


Hopefully, this will simplify a little of the party planning process for you. If anyone has a magic wand that makes all parents respond to party invitations and you meet your child’s birthday expectations at the click of a button please let me know.



Selecting Your Party Bag Gifts

Selecting Your Party Bag Gifts


Selecting your party bag gifts is just one more job to add to the list for the hopes of a great birthday. In an ideal world, you would be able to select all of your party bag gifts yourself, choosing the colours and designs you prefer to match your guests.

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The reality of busy lives and taking children shopping with you means it is never going to be easy. Just because you have ordered your party bag goodies online does not mean you have to compromise. We always try our best to ensure you receive the best quality from the stock we are supplied. Misprinted or slightly damaged items are saved and passed on to a local charity shop.



farm-animal-maskA large number of the party bag gifts come in a range of colours or designs. We will send you a mixture of the colours and designs available. We will always try to avoid sending just one of a design or style to ensure no one feels left out or “different” from your other guests receiving the same gifts



Special Instructions

Bunny-Clip-Ons If you would like a particular selection of colours or designs we are always happy to take your special instructions from. If you have a preferred team colour, your son is obsessed with chickens or your daughter does not like pink, we can help. We will select your party gifts in line with your wishes if we have sufficient stock available. If there are any problems we will contact you.Balloon Head Animals

To advise us of any special requests we require the information at the point of placing your order. We aim to despatch as many orders as possible on the day they are received. We despatch on  Mondays to Fridays only. If you delay notifying us of any special requests your order may already be completed and booked with the delivery company. Once an order is completed we are unable to adjust the order or contents.


You may advise us of any special requests you may have by any of the following methods:

  • There is a “Special Instructions” box within the Checkout area. Most customers use this method to advise us of any special information relating to their order;
  • We have a “Contact Form” on our Homepage;
  • Send an email to, or
  • Telephone 01952 253033



Delivery Details

Our Next Day couriers collect parcels just after lunch. The Royal Mail collect between 3 and 4pm. We require Next Day Orders to be placed before 11am to ensure they are ready for the courier collection. The courier will not come back for late orders. Royal Mail orders need to be with us by 1pm, however on a busy day parcels may be despatched the following week day.

Couriers do charge a premium for a Saturday delivery. Saturday deliveries need to be arranged with us in advance. We will advise you of the relevant weekend delivery costs at the point of an enquiry.  If you require a Saturday delivery we need to have discussed this with you and received your order before 11am on a Friday. We have been let down by Saturday couriers in the past. Couriers have charged a premium for a Saturday delivery and then not attempted to deliver until the Monday.  The customer service offices for the relevant couriers have been closed at a weekend and there is no contact number available for the driver. If you require a weekend delivery we would advise having a backup plan just in case!

If you are not going to be in when your parcel is delivered we can notify the Royal Mail or courier firm of a neighbour who will be happy to receive a parcel in your absence. We will need these details at the time of placing your order. You can notify us of any special delivery details by using the contact details as detailed above.

For more information on delivery visit our Delivery Policy.

We also have a blog post we review and update when necessary giving an honest review of the delivery services available.…ther-information/

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Football Party Bags and Party Gifts

Football Party Bags and Party Gifts

Football Party Bags and Party Gifts are a popular theme for children’s parties. The football theme is not just for the reserve of those


dedicated enough to play in a local or school football team.  The football season may almost be over but the school holidays are almost here and with them comes the familiar thud of a football being kicked regardless of talent or ambition.

Football is also one of the earliest team sports taught in school. After school football clubs are filled with girls and boys. It is easy to understand why football party gifts are popular with a wide choice available for different age groups and budgets.


Football Party Bags & Boxes

Football Party Bag    

We have two of the traditional party bags with a football theme and a Football Party box. One of the Football themed party bags is more suitable for younger children, but looking back at past orders the plain cello party bags and plain paper party bags are also a very popular choice to reflect your team colours. We do not stock black party bags but there are many orders with two different coloured party bags making it easy to spot the favourite team. Green, red and blue party bags are also very popular.

Football Boy Party Bag   Green-paper-party-bag     Red-cello-party-bag    Blue-Striped-Paper-Party-Bag


Pre-filled Party Bags 


We have a selection of pre-filled party bags and party bag fillers;(gifts only, you choose your party bag.)  to suit all ages and budgets. If you are uncertain where to start or what you want pre-filled party bags and party bag fillers are a good place to start for you to either make a quick choice or to help you with some ideas.


Football Whistle Pre-filled Party Bag          Blue-Cello-Party-Bag



Football Themed Party Bag Gifts


The football theme comes with a wide selection of gifts. Prices start from Chocolate Flavoured Footballs at 4p each and Football tattoos at 8p each. Prices rise to the popular Football Flipper Games at 55p each and Football Stationery Sets at 70p each with plenty of items in between. Bouncing Footballs are a very popular item and are frequently included in party bags with and without a football theme.

If you need to provide party bags for a class party or gifts there are always plenty of fairy/princess, cute and fluffy items for younger girls. The manufacturers of these items usually have a similar item with a football theme for you male guests. This allows you to control your budget and provide similar party bags for all interests.

The steady rise in girls football in schools and the success of the England womens football team internationally we are seeing more football items included with more traditional party bags gifts for girls. Items such as the Football Sticker Activity Books conform to a more traditional view of football. However, stationery, bouncing balls and Flipper games seem to be popular with both genders.


Football-Shirt-Eraser  Flipper Football Game    blue-two-tier-pencil-case   Football Whistle    Football Sticker Activity Book


Football Stationery Set         Football Playing Cards       Football Stickers    Football-birthday-candles




Party Bags 99p or less


Andel Pre-filled party bag. Only 65p

Party Bags 99p or less

Party Bags for 99p or less can seem to be a tricky option. We all know that party bag gifts are a small present, they will never challenge the gifts for a Birthday or Christmas present but the aim should be that they will always have a fun value and will be used or played with after the party.


The biggest challenge with party bags is how much should you spend after you have paid for everything else that accompanies your child’s birthday. There is also an increasing trend of buying party bags for your school class. Whilst you may not want to seem to be mean it is understandable that you would rather focus on your own child and their birthday celebrations rather than every other child they come into contact with.


Pre-filled Party Bags

We have a range of pre-filled party bag gifts and party bag fillers starting from 58p each. They are either suitable for girls and boys or for specific age groups. Our pre-filled party bags and party fillers are reduced in price in comparison to buying the same gifts from us as individual items, you can use them as they come or make them a little more special by adding extra items of your own choice. Whatever you do you will save money.


Our party bag fillers contain the same gifts as the pre-filled party bags with the same name but they contain the gifts only. Party Bag Fillers allow you to choose the design of the party bag.  If you already have your party bags the party bag fillers help you to make a quick decision and still save money on the gifts.


Party Bags for 99p or less do not have to have a few items hiding in the bottom corner of the bottom corner of your party bag and they do not have to contain the same items you can buy from the high street or supermarket. In our range of pre-filled party bags for under 99p we have included gifts from across our range of party bag gifts so you have a choice for your age group, gender and budget. We also try to ensure you are not purchasing a few square flat items children will already have at home.

We do include sweets with a few of our pre-filled party bags, if you prefer to avoid sweets there is still plenty of choices and you can add always a packet of sweets or toddler snacks of your own choice as an extra item.

Please note we do not send pre-filled party bags out ready-made, Not all party bag types can be sealed. The plastic on the cello and traditional party bags is thin and creases and crumples quickly, particularly after they have been “bounced” and jostled around by the delivery company. We do pack all similar items together, the items are all clearly marked and we suggest making a cup of tea, placing the bagged gifts on a table or the floor and grabbing the contents list and filling one party bag at a time. It is a quick process and guarantees that the items are handed out with all gifts intact and looking brand new and appealing.




 Build Your Own Party Bags

If you wish to make up your own choice of party bag and contents it is still really easy to do, We have a wide range of gifts all under 25p. Our


cheapest party bag is only 4p each and we have a wide range under 10p per party bag.


We recommend you set yourself a budget first, it really does help with the decision-making process. We try to add four or five items to a party bag and it helps to fill the party bag. If you include a variety of shapes and heights it guarantees you are not left with a few small items huddled together at the bottom of a seemingly empty party bag.


If a party bag is for a very young child we do include fewer items in some of our pre-filled party bags. The range of toys a young child will play with is smaller and it is always sensible to consider safety concerns. A packet of toddler snacks is always popular with parents and will always be appreciated by the child, particularly when they are out and about.


If you are buying gifts for older children we have gifts under a 99p which either take a while to build or will have many uses in their busy days so you can get away with fewer items.


Once you have chosen your gifts we then suggest looking at your budget and choosing an appropriate party bag, we have many generic styles and block coloured party bags suitable for girls and boys or more specific themed party bags if you have to cater for Star Wars, My Little Pony or much more.Paw-Patrol-Pre-filled-Party-bag


Everything is sold as individual items.


A Pirate themed Party Bag suitable for girls or boys. 68p each

All of our gifts, pre-filled party bags, party bag fillers and party bags are sold as individual items so you only buy and pay for the number of items you require. You do not have to buy items in multi-packs with differing quantities per pack for each item and we despatch almost every item within 24 hours of receiving an order. Most are despatched the same working day.

If you need further details on delivery timescales we recommend reading our delivery policy at the bottom of our website and our Blog Post giving an honest review of the features and timescales of our various delivery options.…ther-information/





Pirate Parties

Pirate Parties and Party Bags

Pirate parties are one of the most popular themed parties for children up to seven years. We have attended many pirate parties over the years for birthday girls and birthday boys. They are always a fun party the children thoroughly enjoy.

I think Pirate Parties work really well particularly with pre-schoolers and the early school years. Pirate Parties work well for mixed age and gender groups. To ease the burden on parents the pirate theme can be extended to accommodate a few princess dresses.

Pirate Costumes and Cake

Pirate costumes for girls and boys are easy to source. They can be as simple as a pair of trousers and a t-shirt or an eye patch to very reasonably priced costumes with hats, swords and swashbuckling skirts or trousers. Supermarkets and shops regularly include pirate-themed birthday cakes and Pinterest is awash with easy to make (….& not so easy) birthday cakes and party food.  Pinterest also lists free, printable items to add to little cakes and sandwiches for your pirate themed party food.

Pirate Party Games

Most young children love an excuse to dress up, mix it with a party and the children throw themselves into the theme. Traditional party games are easily given a pirate theme twist. Gold chocolate coins are a popular and relevant addition as well as being a cheap gift to reward winning individuals and teams. No matter how small your venue may be a treasure hunt is always popular and they are easy to adapt to the age of your guests.

Naturally, if a pirate party is a popular party theme there are many party accessories and party bag gifts to suit all age ranges. Pirate themed party gifts are available in many designs suitable for very young children through to older children

Pirate Party Bags


Jake and Never Land Pirates Party Bag             Pirate Skull Party Loot Bag


Pirate Party Gifts – Unisex

Pirate-Pencil       Pirate Sticker Activity Book   5 Piece Pirate Stationery Set  Pirate Skull Tattoo    Skull & Bones Tattoo  

Pirate Party Gifts -Boys

Pirate Bath Duck        Pirate Mask      Pirate Notebook    Pirate Stickers

Pirate Party Gifts – Girls


Pink Pirate Ring    Pink Pirate Stickers   Pirate Bracelet.   Gem-ring



Pirate Pre-filled Party Bags


Pirates-pre-filled-party-bag      pirate-and-sea-monster-pre-filled-party-bag       Pirate-Mask- pre-filled-party-bagPirate-skull-pre-filled-party-bag


A fun alternative to a party bag a treasure chest with a lucky dip for “Pirate Treasure”. Storage boxes in the pattern of treasure chests are available from discount stationery shops. Or, if you have the time and skill a cardboard box can be styled as the base of a treasure chest. Alternatively, cheat and cover a cardboard box in bright jewel coloured wrapping paper.











Easter-and May-Day-Delivery-Dates

Easter and May Bank Holiday Despatch and Delivery Dates

Easter and May Bank Holiday Despatch and Delivery Dates.


For full details on our delivery policy please visit our General Terms and Conditions

and our Delivery Policy

We also have a Blog Post we regularly update with honest information about the Delivery Services we use.…ther-information/

 At all times our General Terms and Conditions and our Delivery Policy takes precedence over all other information


Easter Collection and Delivery Dates.

There will be no collection of parcels from us by either the Royal Mail for our “Standard” and “Express Parcels” or for our “Next Day Deliveries” using DPD local on Good Friday 19th April and Easter Monday 22nd April 2019, as neither company is working on these days.

Next Day Deliveries

The last working day for a delivery to be despatched from us to be with you before Good Friday will be Wednesday 17th April 2019 before 11am using the Next Day Delivery option only .

We will still despatch Next Day deliveries received with us between 11am on Wednesday the 17th April 2019 and 11am on Thursday 18th April but DPD Local will not attempt to deliver these parcels until Tuesday 18th April 2019 they will still charge a Next Day Delivery fee. As Tuesday will be there “Next Working Day”

Any “Next Day” delivery orders received after 11am on Thursday 18th April will be despatched on Tuesday 23rd April 2019 for delivery on Wednesday 24th April 2019.

Normal collections will resume on Tuesday 23rd April for parcels to be delivered on Wednesday 24th April 2019.

DPD Local do not deliver on a Saturday unless you have paid a “Saturday” delivery premium. Paying the “Saturday” delivery premium does not guarantee your parcel will be delivered on a Saturday. Should you need a Saturday delivery please contact us and we will advise you of the premium charges and services available.

We are yet to find a delivery firm with a 100% success rate for Saturday deliveries. Office support staff for delivery firms do not work Saturdays so if there is a problem you have to wait until the next working weekday to try to sort out the delivery problem.

Standard Delivery

Our “Standard Delivery” option uses the Royal Mail’s “2nd Class Signed For” service this takes an average of 2-4 working days which may not include a Saturday delivery. Easter and Bank Holidays are peak delivery times so your parcel may take a few extra days to be delivered we would recommend you consider the inconvenience if your parcel is delayed by a few extra working days and choose a faster delivery option. We may be a little cautious but if your parcel is delayed and you have to spend time contacting us and then driving to find an alternative and then paying the postage to return the item to us, spending the extra for a faster delivery option may be worth the reassurance. Unfortunately, the Royal Mail only update the status of a parcel once it has been delivered and have a huge network of premises and parcels to check to find a missing parcel.

Delivery timescales vary widely between areas. The Royal Mail charge a premium for a specified Saturday delivery and do not count weekends or Bank Holidays as a working day.

Our last working day for despatch of parcels before Easter will be Thursday 18th April 2019. We will resume despatching parcels once again on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.

Express Delivery

Our Express Delivery Option uses the Royal Mail’s “1st Class Signed For” service. The average delivery times for this service is 1 to 3 working days. However, we find this the hardest service to predict and there is no way of knowing how long it will actually really take for your parcel to be delivered. When this service works well parcels are with the customers the Next working day, however as a HUGE note of caution they can also take 4 working days and we have had parcels despatched on a “Standard Delivery “ option on the same day being delivered a day earlier than a parcel despatched using the Express Delivery option on the same day.

As before, delivery timescales vary widely between areas. The Royal Mail charge a premium for a specified Saturday delivery and do not count weekends or Bank Holidays as a working day.

Our last working day for despatch of parcels before Easter will be Thursday 18th April 2019. We will resume despatching parcels once again on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.

May Bank Holiday Collection and Delivery Dates.


We are based in Shropshire in England, Monday 6th May 2019 is a Bank Holiday neither the Royal Mail or DPD Local will collect from us on Monday 6th May 2019. Our last collections by the Royal Mail and DPD Local before the Bank holiday will be Friday 3rd April 2019, collections will resume once again on Tuesday 7th May 2019. Monday 6th May 2019 is a Bank Holiday neither the Royal Mail or DPD Local will count this day as a working day and deliveries covering this period will incur an additional day to delivery.

If you are uncertain about any of the information relating to deliveries spanning a weekend or Bank Holiday please contact us on 01952 253033 or email



How to choose your wedding activity bags

Our 5 Step Plan for Choosing Wedding Activity Bags For Children.

 The aim of wedding activity bags is to provide children with entertainment and activities to keep them busy and amused whilst still participating in all of your wedding celebrations without distracting others. They add to the celebration of your marriage in the same way as the food, drink and entertainment you have organised for your adult guests

Wedding activity bags are relatively inexpensive and can easily be tailored to the individual child. When choosing your wedding activity bags you need to consider the style of your wedding and your other guests. This will ensure they complement your day. Follow our 5 step plan to help you in your decision making.


Consider your special day.just married

To start with consider your wedding day, will it be based at one location or will your ceremony and celebrations be based at a number of locations? How much indoor and outdoor space will you have at your venues and how much will you envisage using?


If you are having an informal wedding with lots of outdoor space your choices will differ to a more formal wedding or those in a luxury setting. In all instances it is not a good idea to risk annoying other guests with noisy toys or risk a trip hazard by having too many toys which can be played with on the floor in a confined space.


When do you want to provide entertainment for your younger guest?watch the time

What purpose are the wedding activity bags meant to fulfil? Do you want to provide entertainment for the times between the organised ceremonial parts of the day and food times or, do you want to provide something to occupy children for a specific part of your day. This may be during the photographs, a meal or whilst the adults enjoy a special part of your wedding.Considering what you adult guests will be doing will help to integrate the children’s activities


How old are your guests?Children at wedding

This is not as tricky as it seems and do not add another major job to the many you already have to do. Roughly and quickly spilt the children into age groups, this will help you decide what you want the wedding bags to contain.  We would suggest babies, toddlers, 4-6 year olds-ish, 7-11 years-ish and teenagers (or nearly there).

You may not want to provide anything for babies, they won’t be offended and most parents will carry a few toys and favourite items with them.

Depending upon how you want to tailor the wedding bags you may want to vary them slightly for girls and boys so in each age group it may be a good idea to note the number of girls and boys in each section.


kids playing at tableChoosing the contents of your Wedding Activity Bags

Now you have considered your locations, events throughout the day and the ages of your guests it is easier to decide what to provide.

You are not trying to be Father Christmas and provide sacks full of gifts to be treasured forever. Fun memories from your wedding will last a very long time. You do not need to spend a fortune and you do not need to provide a vast choice of items.

Know your budget and then choose a selection of items which will fit your budget. Children will be happy with a few items and will find many ways to play with them.

·         Place the names of your younger guests into age groups and possibly girls and boys.

·         Do you want play activities and/or items whilst sitting?

·         What is your budget?


Here is a list of some of the popular items ordered, split into age groups.

All ages

Bubbles, notepads, drawing, colouring items, sticker activity books.


Smiley Stars, finger puppets, bubbles


Mini windmills, mini tambourines, drawing and colouring pencils or crayons, colouring books, stickers, notebook (for stickers to go in!), finger puppets, foam animal or wild animal puzzle kits, wooden spinning tops, Dotty Sticker Art.

4-6 year olds

Stickers, drawing and colouring items, finger puppets, wild animal or foam animal puzzle kits, pull back aeroplanes and butterflies, mini cars, Finger Frights, Hairy Harry, Noughts and Crosses games, flying gliders, birds or butterflies, Connect Disc Game, wooden vehicle kits, wooden bracelet kits, necklace kits, Pick Up Sticks, colour swap pens, Fashion Designer Sketchbook, Wedding Activity Packs, mosaic picture art, Cat’s Cradle, Children’s card games, Finger Spies

7-11 years

Drawing and colouring items including Mini Doodle pads, Finger Frights, Hairy Harry, Noughts and Crosses games, flying gliders, birds or butterflies, Connect Disc Game, wooden bracelet kits, necklace kits, Pick Up Sticks, colour swap pens, Fashion Designer Sketchbook, Children’s Wedding Activity Packs, Cat’s Cradle, Children’s card games, packs of cards, Metal Construction Kits, Wooden Vehicle Construction Kits, Finger Spies


Hairy Harry, Noughts and Crosses, flying gliders, birds or butterflies, Connect Disc Game, necklace kits, bracelet kits, Pick Up Sticks, Fashion Designer Sketchbook, packs of cards, Noughts and Crosses, juggling balls, Metal Construction Kits, Wooden Vehicle Construction Kits.


gift bags funPresenting you Wedding activity Bags.

Once you have decided upon the contents you need to decide the following;

How you are going to present the items?

Popular choices to present the Wedding Activity Gifts are as a wrapped gift, in a presentation box or in a gift bag. Beware of boxes made from thin card, they look great, but can be small and may struggle to maintain their shape if too many items are added so it is important to be aware the sizes of your contents and have an idea how heavy they are.

When will you give the gifts to your guests?

Who will give them out?  You may be busy!

Finally, you may wish to remove all packing and wrappers from your wedding activity gifts. You may have some beautiful decorated tables, you may want to serve food, but if you were young and someone had given you unexpected gifts would the gifts or the table be more important? How tidy were you when you opened your birthday and Christmas presents when you were young?


Errr. 5+1.  If all else fails!im confused

If you are still struggling and would like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer (01952 253033 or email


Alternatives to Children’s Party Bags

Alternatives to Children’s Party Bags.


Alternatives to Children’s Party Bags are an interesting consideration when organising your parties. Children may love and look forward to a party bag, parents may not share this enthusiasm. A party bag is now considered an integral part of most parties. No matter how many toys and luxuries children have at home the arrival of a bag containing small unknown goodies still grabs attention.

The decision to have party bag is entirely yours. It does seem a little funny that you buy your child a birthday present, pay for a party and then thank your guest for their present and attending the party with a small gift. A man in a red suit with a white beard flying all over the world and sliding down chimneys is a little strange too.

Why do we need alternatives to Children’s Party Bags?

Apart from the additional cost to the party, a dislike for party bags, or the want to do something different.  A major problem seems to be getting replies from guests. Small parties are easier to manage. Once you have 10 or more guests getting a response to the party from a hard-core group of people can be a frustrating task. Despite all of the communication methods at our disposal we receive regular last minute phone calls from parents who are trying to guess how many children will attend a party in a few days’ time

I always put an RSVP date well in advance of the party date onto the party invitations but it has no effect.  I now keep all parents phone numbers from party invitations just so I have another means of chasing up responses to party invites.

In the last three years I have had a party where 7 additional children turned up unexpectedly. A few had earlier declined due to other commitments, some had just ignored the invitations and text messages. This is not too bad if food is a general buffet but if you are having a party at a venue I am not sure why the parents think you want to spend the party trying to sort out last minute additional meals and gifts.  I am also mystified as to why the really late responding parents think it is okay on the evening before or the morning of a party think you have the time to spend on the phone listening to how busy they are, how they would love their child to now attend the party, how excited their child is to be coming to the party, oh and by the way they have special dietary requirements!


So, if any of these factors are affecting you what are the alternatives?



Food  & Party Boxes   

If you are catering for a party on your own using a party box for the food, naming it and including a gift with the food can avoid the last minute scramble with party bags. You can add a piece of cake to the box, children take their party box, gift and cake as they leave. The party boxes still meeting the expectation of a gift at the end of a party. If you have children like mine who like to hoard everything, the party box will be used to store all sorts of things, until you can sneak it away.


Lucky Dips

Just as party bags still bring an air of anticipation to a child so does a lucky dip. Pre-wrapped presents sitting in a box, bin, bowl, basket, anything you can find, match the expectation of a party bag. Wrap your gifts in colour coded paper or buy generic gifts. Unwrapping a gift is always a treat and the contents do not all have to be the same. If you are sharing the birthday cake with your guests you will still need something to safely transport the cake home.

Pick your own gifts.

On the hottest Saturday in September I can ever remember, a friend and I sat in a garden soaking up the sun and drinking tea (drivers!). The children were playing organised games at a party. Points were awarded for each game. At the end of the party instead of the usual party bag the children were given an empty party bag and then chose their own gifts according to the number of points they had earned. The gifts were arranged onto plates on a table with a point score on each plate. The children then picked their own gifts according to the points they had earned. A few parents hovered and checked the additions. Sweets were not included with the gifts.

This worked well for older children but could work just as well for younger children. The points were not really that important, the children chose pretty much what they wanted. I did think the children would all want the same things. The reverse actually happened as the children all chose different combinations and seemed to enjoy having different gifts.   I think to simplify things I would skip the points and just let the children choose four or five items.



Win your gifts.

In a similar style, we had an Olympic themed party last year. The children were put into teams of mixed ages and capabilities, they were then “awarded” gifts for coming first, best trip, any excuse to ensure everyone won.  The children put the gifts into their own labelled party bag. The older children ensured the younger ones put their “winnings” into the correct party bag. The children were not bothered that the first prize box became the second or third prize in another race.  At the end of the party I dropped a few extra leftover items into the party bags.

The party came at the end of a busy fortnight. The party was in the summer holidays, there were lots of yes..but as people were coming back from holiday, seeing friends etc. As time was tricky I knew the majority of the party organising would be last minute. It was easier to put a name on the party bags and then put a few gifts into a box, rather than trying to deal with a mixed age group, siblings. I also avoided organising party bags in the early hours before the party.

The rain just about stayed away. All food disappeared and the children all ensured they had their party bag to take home. Job done! I am not sure whether the party was more or less of a success than normal. The party happened in the school holidays, not two weeks before or 4 weeks late but on the actual birthday so a prize to me. The only problem is what do I do this year?