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Parcel Delivery Options- Further Information

Parcel Delivery Options – Further Information.

 

Firstly, this is additional information to our General Terms and Conditions

https://littlepartyparcels.co.uk/terms-conditions/ ‎and our Delivery Policy https://littlepartyparcels.co.uk/delivery-policy/

The General Terms and Conditions and Delivery Policy always take precedence and the information provided in this Blog Post is meant solely as additional information to help you when deciding which delivery option to choose.

 

A full address is vital.

Firstly we must have a full and complete address from you to ensure the safe delivery of your parcel. We check postcodes to street addresses. Paypal and the credit card processing company also check your address against that registered to the payment card and account details. If we receive an order with missing address details we will contact you for further information. Until we receive these details in writing we are unable to despatch a parcel. Occasionally we are also asked by either Paypal or the credit card processing company to check address details direct with our customer. Until these details are confirmed we are unable to despatch a parcel.

 

Delivery Tracking

We check the delivery status of all of our parcels daily until we have confirmed delivery details. There are always delays in the update of delivery details, if the delay is prolonged we may contact you and then raise a query with the delivery provider to check the status of any outstanding parcels.  If either the Royal Mail tracking system or the couriers tracking details are unavailable, details do eventually update so, the status of a parcel never remains a mystery for too long.

Once we have booked a parcel we are then dependent upon Royal Mail or the courier firm to deliver upon their promises. We can intervene with couriers but it does not guarantee a speedier response and we do contact Royal Mail but their response system can be slow. Couriers and Royal Mail have a query handling system which is dealt with in a systematic order but it can take time for a response and unfortunately, they do not respond to special cases regardless of how urgent your parcel may be.

 

Delivery Providers

Presently, we use Royal Mail for our standard and express delivery options and Interlink Express who are slowly turning over to DPD local in areas over the next 12 to 18 months.

We permanently review are delivery options, if there are delays, poor service and missing or damaged parcels we will change providers and have done so in the past

The following information is for UK mainland excluding some remote Scotland addresses, Highlands and Islands addresses. These restrictions are set by the delivery providers and the only alternative to these are charged at a considerable price increase. If your address is off the mainland or one of the mainland “restricted” areas we can inform you of the “quoted” delivery timescales and prices.

 

Standard Delivery- Royal Mail Second Class- Average delivery timescale 2 to 4 days.

Our cut-off time is 1pm per working day (Mondays to Fridays excluding Bank Holidays). We do keep working beyond this time and will prepare orders received after this time, but if we have a large number of orders we know it is most probable orders received before 1pm on a working day will be despatched the same day. Of course we do not know what is going to arrive until an order is placed so there may be occasional exceptions and unforeseen circumstances.

The Royal Mail quote 2 to 4 working days as an average. They do not quote the percentage of items delivered outside of this “average” time and as with all couriers and delivery providers they do reserve the right to deliver outside of this time!!!!!

We do find the vast majority of parcels are delivered within two to four working days, even in peak periods. In 2016 we had one missing parcel and quite a few taking longer than 4 days.

Our parcels are collected by the Royal Mail Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays. The mail sacks are opened and distributed at the main sorting office for our area and tend to be on their way fairly promptly.

There are delivery time variations and it does not follow that the areas furthest away from us or the more remote addresses take longer.

If you are not in your postman may try to leave your parcel with a neighbour but as all of our parcels have tracking references, it is most likely that your parcel will be returned to your local sorting office for you to collect.

 

 

Express Delivery- Royal Mail 1st Class. Average Delivery Timescale 1 to 3 Days.

Our cut-off time is 11am to ensure your parcel is ready and booked before the Royal Mail collect

We find this to be the least consistent service out of all of our delivery options. The parcels are collected daily and our Royal Mail sacks are opened at the sorting office and then sent on their way. A lot of parcels arrive the next day, some parcels take two days and some have taken 4 days. We have had some First Class parcels take a day or two longer than second class, “Standard Delivery” parcels despatched on the same day.

All other details relating to the Royal Mail remain the same and information concerning parcels left at sorting offices are covered in our General terms and Conditions and our Delivery Policy.

 

Next Day Delivery- Interlink Express, changing to DPD Local. Monday to Friday Service.

Our cut-off time for orders is 11 o’clock, orders can be collected from 1pm onwards and we have to prepare and book your order before the couriers arrive. Sometimes they do arrive late and we will keep booking parcels until they arrive. The couriers will not return once they have left us for the day.

Interlink Express are slowly re branding themselves to become DPD Local, we are monitoring the situation as our local  Interlink Express depot has now moved and changed to a new DPD Local depot.

We have been using Interlink Express for almost three years, in this time we have only ever had two problems we have been made aware of. In the first instance a driver took a parcel off his van and left it on the roadside! In the second a driver could not find a house on a new estate so we had the parcel diverted to a local Sainsburys for the customer to collect.

When we book a parcel a notification will be sent to you either by email or text or both, you are then sent a one-hour delivery slot on the day of your delivery, you can change the delivery address (this can delay the delivery of your parcel by at least 24 hours), nominate a safe place or a neighbour. If you are not in when they try to deliver your parcel and there are no further instructions your parcel will be left at a local shop for you to collect at a time to suit you. The shops tend to be within a couple of miles of your house and can be a small chemist or newsagent shops. This obviously varies from area to area.

On the two occasions, we have had a problem with an Interlink Express the local depot phoned the recipients depot and the problem was sorted within a few hours. We have not had cause to test these capabilities with DPD Local and hope we never have to.

 

Saturday and Weekend Deliveries.

All companies including the Royal Mail charge a premium for a Saturday delivery and in our experience will take the premium but reserve the right to deliver on another day. One customer paid for a delivery on Saturday 17th December 2016. The courier firm collected the parcel on the Friday but did not attempt a delivery until Monday 19th December despite recording the delivery for Saturday 17th. The customer refused the parcel as her party was on the Sunday, after numerous contacts we finally received the parcel back, battered with the goods damaged on Friday 10th March, we still have not had a single penny recompense for the damaged parcel or a refund for the Saturday delivery premium.

We have had urgent parcels delivered successfully on a Saturday but if you think you must have a Saturday delivery please contact us and we will advise you of the price, please do also have a back-up plan if the courier lets us all down.

Once a parcel has left us I am afraid we lose control over it, we can badger and chase the delivery companies but we are dependent upon a friendly and helpful member of staff and all of those involved to deliver on their promises.

 

What would we do? watch the time

If it was me, the parcel was urgent and I needed time to make up the party bags and prepare for the party I would use the Next Day Courier option to avoid last minute panics.

If I was ordering for a party over a week away and have the time to make up party bags I would use Standard delivery.

Anything in between I would base my decision upon the amount of time I had to sort out and plan all the items required for the party. I would ask myself how much time I had left, how much I would be prepared to pay to avoid worrying about a parcel not being delivered? or how much I would pay to avoid stopping up until the early hours just before a party?

 

If you have any further queries, please contact us either by phone 01952 253033 or by email admin@littlepartyparcels.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pre-filled Party Bags

 

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A creative and fun pre-filled party bag for only £1.80

 

 Pre-filled Party Bags.

What are Pre-filled Party Bags.

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The Angry Birds pre-filled party bag includes a selection of fun and slimey gifts for girls and boys

Pre-filled party bags are an all inclusive price for a party bag and a selection of party bag gifts we have selected and then reduced the price.

We also sell the pre-filled party bags without a party bag. Our pre-filled party bags without the party bags exist as a response to a large number of requests for the contents of our pre-filled party bags but customers had already purchased a party bag or they had a party theme which meant the party bag we had selected did not quite fit. Our pre-filled party fillers offer customers flexibility whilst still benefiting from a price reduction

The ideas for our pre-filled party bags are based upon popular party bag gifts, party themes or if we have been able to purchase a popular item at a reduced price and it will make a good value or unusual party bag.

Our pre-filled party bags cover a wide price range, with pre-filled party bags for girls, boys and generic pre-filled party bags for when you need one solution for all of the children attending your party. Our pre-filled party bag prices start from 60p but there is a wide selection beyond this price range to suit your budget.

Why choose pre-filled party bags

If you don’t want an Angry Birds party bag you can still buy the contents at a reduced price in our party filler and choose your own party bag.

The prices of our pre-filled party bags and party fillers are cheaper than if you selected the same items from us individually. If there is a pre-filled party bag or pre-filled party filler you like they become a great way to save a little more money. Our customers either use them as their party bag saving money and time trying to choose a party bag or they use them as a starting point and add a few items of their own.

If you have a party and are not quite sure what to include in your party bag,  pre-filled party bags can be a useful starting point to give you a few ideas and help you to choose items to fit in with your budget.

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The Blue Cello Pre-filled Party Bag is a basic party bag at 60p each

Despatch of Pre-filled Party Bags.

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Tubby Friends Pre-filled Party Bag. £1.60 each

We do not despatch our party bags out ready-made and sealed to crush and crease whilst on their way to you. As much as we would love to believe that all parcels are carefully handled on their way to you the reality is they will be thrown around, dropped and spun around as they “bounce” their way through their journey. The contents will jostle and jump around, lighter and thin items will be damaged by heavier and sharper objects.

Party bags are made from thin plastic, cellophane or paper, they all crease when thrown around with weight and irregular shaped items inside. Paper party bags also have flat bottoms which makes it harder for them to stand up to the rigours of their journey.  Plastic Birthday party bags and paper party bags to do come with a seal.  The contents of open party bags will fall out and then you will have to play detective re-filling each party bag. We could seal the party bags with clear tape but then you will not be able to open the party bags again to add cake or extra gifts you may have purchased from elsewhere.

 

Cello party bags do come with a twist tie to seal but crease once sealed and will crease in transit unless we restrict the contents to flat and compact gifts.

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A Star Wars, force Awakens party bag and 5 piece stationery set for only £2.90

All of our pre-filled party bags are despatched with the party bags packed flat together. All party fillers and pre-filled party bag contents are listed and similar items are packed together. If you have ordered many different party fillers or pre-filled party bags the contents will be clearly labelled.

It takes a few seconds to fill and seal a party bag. We recommend laying all the contents in their bags  in a line, grabbing a party bag, working your way down the line and then sealing the party bag.

For ideas to seal your party bags please visit our other blog posts.

 

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The Hello Kitty Pre-filled Party Bag is a fun and cute party bag for girls aged 4 to 8 years

 

 

If you have any further questions please contact Jennifer by phone on  01952 253033: email admin@littlepartyparcels.co.uk or use the contact form on our Home Page.


 

 


 

 

 

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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 admin@littlepartyparcels.co.uk, or
  • Telephone 01952 253033

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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.  https://littlepartyparcels.co.uk/delivery-policy/

We also have a blog post we review and update when necessary giving an honest review of the delivery services available.  https://littlepartyparcels.co.uk/2017/03/22/parcel-delivery-…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

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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 

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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. https://littlepartyparcels.co.uk/2017/03/22/parcel-delivery-…ther-information/

 

 

 

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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

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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

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Babies

Smiley Stars, finger puppets, bubbles

Toddlers

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

Teenagers

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.

 

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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?

 

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If you are still struggling and would like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer (01952 253033 or email jennifer@littlepartyparcels.co.uk)

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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?

Popular Party Themes For 2017

Popular Children’s Party Themes for 2017.

A party never seems as straightforward as I have it planned in my head. Despite a ready supply of easy access to party bags and gifts it is the party theme that keeps me on my toes. When the children were smaller it was easier. Once upon a time I chose the venue, the party bag and their contents. Now it is not so easy and the children never just seem to go to a party, there is always a theme, it always seems to be a such and such party. Invitations feature every character you can think of and birthday cakes are no longer a little icing and the right number of candles even if you make your own birthday cake thanks to the help of a quick check on a search engine or Pinterest there is usually an idea for a cake to fit party theme.

 

Party Themes for Toddlers and Younger Children.

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Party themes for younger children tend to remain fairly constant. Books and television programmes stick with familiar themes fairies, dinosaurs, princesses, good over comes bad and cute friendly animals. New films and television programmes have to fight hard against the well-established high profile merchandise of existing favourites with their large bank of easy to understand stories. I found our children only found an interest in a new character or film after all of the shops had been filled with the character or story for months, until then they preferred the familiarity of something they already knew well.

We find the most popular party themes for younger children involve animals, fairies, princesses, dinosaurs, pirates

 

Party Themes for Older Children

As children become older they are very influenced by so many more streams of information. If your child attends an organised club it is likely their friends from the same club will be attending your party, so basing your party upon or using ideas from their interests and the skills they use is guaranteed to be popular.

As children become older and absorb new ideas so much faster the role of large marketing budgets have a far stronger influence upon children.  New film releases and large sporting events evoking national pride see a rise in the interest for a particular theme.. In the two Wimbledon tennis weeks and for a month or so afterwards we see a rise in searches for tennis party bag ideas, this disappears to almost nothing October.

Large film releases such as Star Wars will see an almost instant rise in searches for party bag ideas whereas other films may take a little longer or wait until the film is available as a download or on DVD.

If you wish to have the latest film on a party bag or gift, it usually takes 3 to 6 months after the film release for the merchandise at party bag prices to become available. Occasionally some items become available sooner but it is no guarantee of the success of the film.

Sporting events tend to have a much faster influence upon party themes and suit the warmer months when there is the possibility of an outdoor party. The spirit of the Olympics easily captured children’s enthusiasm. Rugby and tennis are popular with children around major tournament time, unfortunately our exploits on the International stage for football are not so keenly followed at the moment.

If you are struggling with ideas or want to stay ahead of the influences your children may succumb to here is a list of the upcoming film releases confirmed so far for 2017.

February

Lego Batman Movie

 

March

Beauty & the Beast    Disney Princess Party Bag

Power Rangers

Captain Underpants

Smurfs

 

April

A Little Mermaid

Marvel: Guardians of the Galaxy

 

May

Pirates of The Caribean- Salazars Revenge

June

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Wonder Woman

Transfomers: The Last Knight

Despicable ME 3

Cars 3

 

July

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Spider-Man The Homecoming

 

Marvel Comics : Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

 

 

August

Nut Job 2

The Emoji Movie

September

Lego Ninjago Movie

October

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My Little Pony: The Movie

 

November

Thor: Ragnarok

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Marvels The Justice League

Paddington 2

 

December

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Jumangi

The Croods 2

The Lamb

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Party Parcels- All About Us

Little Party Parcels- All About Us

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Hello, my name is Jennifer, I started Little Party Parcels when our oldest child was 4 years old.

My very first attempt at organising a children’s party resulted in me spending more money and time than I ever intended on party bags and gifts and then I was left with spare and unwanted items that I had to buy in packs. Unfortunately all of the packs I was forced to buy contained different amounts and none of the packs exactly matched the number of guests coming to the party.

The next year was going to be different and a special party. The party would be just before my daughter started school. All of her friends and their parents who had also survived the early years would be heading off in new directions. I wanted the party to be special, I had “bookmarked” and “pinned” ideas for months beforehand. This year I was going to be organised! Unfortunately, when it came to buy the party bags, items were no longer available, I still had to buy items in multiple packs and buying for a few siblings from different age groups became a very costly expense.

Before children I had worked long hours, commuting over 4 hours daily, now I wanted to be at the school gate for drop off and pick up. I wanted to be around to collect a poorly child and watch as many theatrical performances as possible. The idea of Little Party Parcels was born.

Little Party Parcels has been an interesting learning curve but we have still kept to our founding principles. We still sell everything in individual quantities. I would hope we provide a choice to people whatever their budget may be. We try to add new products and review our products regularly.

We despatch orders Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays. If an order has been placed there is no point in those items sitting on our shelves so our aim is to despatch all orders within one working day. On the very rare occasion, there is a problem we will contact a customer so that we can work out the best plan forward. We may be an on-line business but customer service and the personal touch is still very important to us. We work with many of our customers to ensure they have the items they require within their budget.

You can contact me on  01952 253033, or by email jennifer@littlepartyparcels.co.uk or by using the contact form on our home page.