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August Bank Holiday Despatch and Delivery Dates

August Bank Holiday Despatch and Delivery Dates.

Details for our August Bank Holiday Despatch and Delivery Dates are as follows:

Monday the 27th August 2018 is the August Bank Holiday Monday. There will be a delay in the despatch and delivery of parcels as the Royal Mail and the courier firms we use do not collect or deliver on a Bank Holiday. If you are considering placing an order either in the week before the bank holiday or the week afterwards we recommend reading the following information to ensure your order for party bags and gifts are received before your party.

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 Monday 27th August 2018, as neither company will be working on these days.

Next Day Deliveries

The last working day for a delivery to be despatched from us to be with you before Monday 27th August 2018 will be Thursday 23rd August 2018. Orders will need to be received before 11am on that day to ensure your parcel is prepared and booked before the courier collects your parcel.

Any Next Day Deliveries received between 11am on  Thursday the 23rd August 2018 and 11am on Friday 24th August will be collected on the Friday but, DPD Local will not attempt to deliver these parcels until Tuesday 28th August 2018 they will still charge a Next Day Delivery fee. As Tuesday will be their “Next Working Day”

Any “Next Day” delivery orders received after 11am on Friday 24th August 2018 will not be despatched until Tuesday 28th August 2018 for delivery on Wednesday 29th August 2018.

Normal collections will resume going forwards from Tuesday 28th August 2018 for parcels to be delivered on Wednesday 29th August 2018.

 

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. Bank Holidays are a peak delivery time so your parcel may take a few extra days to be delivered. Experience has taught us that parcels can take an extra delivery day after a Bank Holiday as the service recovers from their day off.

We would recommend you consider the inconvenience if your parcel is delayed by a few extra working days and choose a faster delivery option if your party is imminent. 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 will be Friday 24th August 2018. We will resume despatching parcels once again on Tuesday 28th August 2018.

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, 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 on 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.

 

Our last working day for despatch of parcels before the August Bank Holiday Monday will be Friday 24th August 2018. We will resume despatching parcels once again on Tuesday 28th August 2018.

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 admin@littlepartyparcels.co.uk

For full details on our delivery policy please visit our General Terms and Conditions  https://littlepartyparcels.co.uk/terms-conditions/

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

We also have a Blog Post we regularly update with honest information about the Delivery Services we use.   https://littlepartyparcels.co.uk/2017/03/22/parcel-delivery-…ther-information/

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

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Glitter Putty Egg

Boron Levels in Slime and Putty Products

Boron Levels in Slime and Putty Products have made the news. For those of you with children of a certain age, you may understand my feeling of frustration at the number of plastic boxes filled with brightly coloured gloop littering my children’s bedrooms. If I see another video or recipe for yet another “genius” recipe to make yet another variant of this gloop I may cry. To my delight, my 9-year-old watched the news this morning and decided we may not need too many more slime mixes in our house! Let’s hope we can go back to making biscuits instead!

What is Boron and why should you be careful of excessive exposure.

So what is causing all of the levels of concern? Boron is a chemical found in Borax which helps to make the sticky, gooey texture of slime and putty products. In homemade slime Boron is found in contact lens solution. Exposure to excessive levels of boron can cause irritation, diarrhoea, vomiting and cramps.

We do not stock any slime products but we do sell glitter putty eggs. All of our products are sourced from UK suppliers with rigorous safety tests. We also reject any product we do not think match the standards we would pick for our own children.

Message from our supplier.

Our supplier for the Glitter Putty Eggs issued the following email message today:

Dear Customer,

 A recently published news article has highlighted the high levels of Boron that have been found in test purchases of various Supplier’s slime products and the potential dangers of these high levels of Boron.

 As a responsible importer, we would like to confirm that all Slime and Putty products supplied by Henbrandt Ltd comply with current EU Toy Safety Directive requirements.

 The Boron levels of the items supplied by Henbrandt Ltd are below the restricted EU Limits of Category II (Liquid Sticky) which is 300 mg/kg.

 It is our standard procedure to have all batches of the items that arrive into our warehouse tested by an accredited UK based testing laboratory to ensure compliance to the current EU Toy Safety Directive.

 If you do require a Declaration of Conformity for any of these products, we will be more than happy to provide this for you.

If you are considering purchasing Glitter Putty Eggs from us or if you have purchased these items from us already and have any queries or concerns we are happy to follow up on any questions you may have for us.

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

 

 

GDPR is a European data privacy regulation that puts the customer/individual in control. It comes into effect on the 25th May 2018.

 

Little Party Parcels & what we do with your data.

 

We do not buy or sell lists of customer details, we don’t even send marketing emails. Your children’s birthdays and Christmas are a few small events each year. We do not fill up your In-box year-round with marketing emails. We aim to provide a good service with economically priced goods, we hope this will help you remember us and return to us for future celebrations.

 

If you want to stay in touch we recommend visiting our website www.littlepartyparcels.co.uk to keep up to date with products and celebration ideas. Alternatively, you can like and follow us on Facebook or Twitter or Google+. When you are no longer interested all you have to do is “unfollow” or remove your “like”.

Visiting our website

 

When you visit our website if you have not selected “private browsing” Google will pick up certain data, such as your general location, pages you have visited on our website and whether an order is placed. It will not give us any information to identify you and to be honest although it may be interesting, we are busy and common sense will tell us what stock is popular and what sells well.

 

Google is fully compliant with all data privacy requirements.

 

Placing an order.

 

When you place an order, as with all online orders we use either your address or delivery address along with your delivery name to ensure your parcel is delivered.

We principally use the Royal Mail or DPD Local. In exceptional circumstances, we use UPS or another relevant courier at the point in time to guarantee a timely delivery. If any of these companies notify you of their delivery schedule we may supply your email and/or your phone number.

 

These details are only provided for the purpose of the delivery of your order.

 

When you place an order with us you have a choice of paying either by Paypal or payment card. Dependant upon your choice you seamlessly leave our website and are redirected to either Paypal or Stripe payment card processing. We do not have or receive any of your payment details. We are notified when a payment is successfully made, this notifies us to then process your order. All of your personal and payment details remain with the relevant payment processing company. We believe this is the best way to safeguard your payment details.

If you have any queries about anything to do with our privacy policies or anything to do with our business and products please contact us either at admin@littlepartyparcels.co.uk or telephone us on 01952 253033.

 

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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

 

 

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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 admin@littlepartyparcels.co.uk, or
  • if your parcel has already been despatched, you may reply to our email with your parcel tracking details.
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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  https://littlepartyparcels.co.uk/terms-conditions/

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

We also have a Blog Post we regularly update with honest information about the Delivery Services we use.   https://littlepartyparcels.co.uk/2017/03/22/parcel-delivery-…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 admin@littlepartyparcels.co.uk

 

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Parcel Delivery Options- Further Information

Parcel Delivery Options – Further Information.

We are moving! We will be closed from Saturday 10th August and will not reopen until Monday 2nd September 2019. Throughout this period we will not be able to despatch any orders. We will, therefore, disable the payment options on our website throughout this period as we will not be able to process or despatch any orders throughout the period.

We are leaving our existing warehouse on Friday 16th August we will not have a phone line into our new warehouse until Monday 2nd September.

IF you have any queries throughout this period if you send an email to admin@littlepartyparcels.co.uk we will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

 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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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.

Dinosaur-Mask-Pre-filled-party bag

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

Minions-pre-filled-party-bag

Wonder Woman

Transfomers: The Last Knight

Despicable ME 3

Cars 3

 

July

spider-man-pre-filled-party-bag

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

My-Little-Pony-Pre-filled-Party-bag

My Little Pony: The Movie

 

November

Thor: Ragnarok

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Marvels The Justice League

Paddington 2

 

December

Star-War-Stationery-pre-filled-party-bag

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Jumangi

The Croods 2

The Lamb

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Summer Party Bags

   Summer Party Bags.

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The summer is almost here and no matter what the British summer may try to throw at us hopefully we will all spend a few more hours outside enjoying ourselves than we have over the winter months.  Even if the weather decides to complicate your summer party plans we have lots of ideas to add to your party bags to celebrate the summer months.

Party bags and boxes 

 

 Party bags and boxes are the first view of the party bag goodies your guests will see, so a bright splash of colour is an easy way to add a touch of sunshine to your party. If you are not tied to the latest must watch film or party theme we have a wide selection of party bags and party boxes to capture the summer theme.

 

Single colour party bag and boxes are a bright and bold statement, if you mix a  few colours  together or plain and patterned bags or boxes you can create a bright bunting effect to your party gifts. We sell all of our party bags as individual items so it is easy to mix patterns or colours together to create the effect you want for your party. Mixing colours and designs is also helpful trick if you have a mix of ages and interests at your party and you have tailored your gifts to different groups of guests

 

 

Plain coloured cello party bags are only 8p each and come in 11 different plain coloured bags with even more patterned cello party bags. They are made of a thin, cellophane type material and either come with a clear party be with a printed design or from coloured cellophane.  Colours are more muted than the paper party bags, but there is a greater mix available when you use the patterned cello party bags.

Paper party bags have stronger colours and have a flat bottom so they can make maximum impact as they stand waiting for your guests. We have plain, polka dot, zig-zag and candy stripe party bags available in a range of sizes.

 

        

 

 

Summer Party Gifts

Most party bag gifts come in bright colours but mix them with a few gifts suitable for the outdoors and your summer party theme continues

We have a range of popular summer themed gifts suitable for all age groups

Babies and Toddlers

Bubbles, mini windmills, balloons plush butterflies, wooden butterfly or bee coat hooks.

                                                 

Younger Children

Flying Disc Shooters, bubbles, butterfly and bugs sticker activity books, butterfly masks, marbles, bouncy putty, gliders, finger flyer rockets.

   

 

Older Children

Flying Disc Shooters, marbles, balloon racers, rocket balloons (also known as Tiger Tails), bouncy putty, gliders, finger flying rockets, tornado tops

          

 

 

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