Practical Party Bag Ideas

Practical and functional ideas for party bags

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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.












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?

How To Seal A Cello Party Bag

How To Seal A Cello Party Bag

How to Seal A Cello Party BagHow To Seal A Cello Party Bag.

Mix and match party bag colours

How To Seal A Cello Party Bag or, what is the best way to seal a party bag is a very popular question we get asked over and over again.

Cello party bags are a popular choice for parties and gifts as they only cost 8p each. Cello party bags are available in a wide range of colours and designs to suit every occasion. Mixing designs and colours are a useful way to identify different recipients and make your own colourful statement.

Features of Cello Party Bags.

Cello Base

Base of party bag

Cello party bags do not have a flat bottom. They are heat sealed at the bottom and have a gusset on either side which allows you to fit quite a lot of items into the party bags. Place flatter and heavier items to the bottom of your party bag, so that they will weigh your party bag down. This helps the party bags to stand upright.

Preparation always helps.

Cello party bags like all plastic party bags are thin so they will crease. If you gather the party bag together and re-tie it a couple of times the creases will show.  A tiny bit of preparation will help you fill and tie your party bags quickly and neatly without creases.

When filling a cello party bag open your party bag wide. This allows you to add your contents and move them around without creasing or damaging the party bag or contents. Consider flat items, heavy items and anything with sharp edges. Bring the top back together again when you are ready to close the bag.

Once you have decided upon the placement of gifts within your party bag, fill party bags with similar contents in the same way.

How To Seal A Cello Party Bag

Here are a few of our favourite ways to seal cello party bags:

Twist Ties

Cello Party Bags Twist Ties

Place heavier and flat items at the bottom of the cello party bag, Fold the twist ties in half.

All cello party bags come with twist ties to seal the party bags. The vast majority are silver, however, there are a few coloured ones such as a dark metallic green with the dark green cello party bag and a red plastic twist tie with the Hearts Cello party bag. The Butterflies and Flowers Cello party bag has a white paper twist tie with a metal core.

The twist ties have a metal strip running through them. If you fasten them securely this will keep the party bag closed until you hand them to your guest.

  • Bring the two ends of the twist ties together to mark the centre of the tie, so you have a V-shape

The twist ties are sent out in strips for you to pull individual ties off, so it is easier to mark the centre before you start to separate them.

  • Place your gifts in the party bag. Leave 3 to 4 cm above the tallest gift and then lightly gather the party bag together.
  • When you are happy with the look of the party bag take your twist tie and place the centre of your v-shaped twist tie against one side of the bag. Gather the bag together tightly and start to twist the tie against the gathered part of the party bag.  Once you have made 5 or 6 twists, bring the two ends together if necessary and then wrap the excess around the secured twist tie so you now have a neat metal strip.

Ribbon or Cord

If you do not like the twist ties, ribbon or cord can make the cello party bags look a little more special. Leave the ends loose or, if you have the time we find the best way to achieve the perfect bow is to use the “bunny ears method”. This is the same way as most children learn to tie their shoelaces, so if your child has not reached this stage yet it is great practice.

Bunny Ears

  • Carefully place your gifts into your party bag. Leave 3 or 4 cm above the tallest gift and then lightly gather the party bag together.


  • Fold your ribbon in two, slide one end a few millimetres back and then start to tie a knot using the longest piece to wrap around the shorter side. When you are happy with the look of the party bag fully tighten the bag.


  • Now for the bunny ears, make two loops with each end of the ribbon. The loops should be as long as the bow you require. Check the length of the bow’s tails to ensure they are long enough. If they are too long they can always be trimmed later.


  • Now make one of the loops slightly longer. Knot the two loops together using the longer loop. Tighten the knot when you are happy with the results.


  • Flatten out your bow a little if needed. Rearrange the top of the party bag if required and trim the bow’s tails if necessary.


Fluffy Tops

Once you have gathered and tied your party bag, you can “fluff” out the top of the party bag. To do this place all your fingers together to make a type of beak shape. Place the tip of your “beak” into the top of the party bag so that it touches the gathered part of your party bag. Slowly pull your hand out of the party bag opening and stretching your fingers as you go.

Stickers and Labels

 This is a quick and effective way to seal a party bag, we sell a party bag sticker which allows you to write a message or the name of your guest or alternatively if you have sheets of stickers you can decorate or personalise your own stickers by hand or use clip art and the sticker printing option in “Word” or its equivalent.

Alternatively, if you do not need to name your party bags use stickers of your child’s favourite characters. We think the stickers need to be about 5cm in length to keep the bags sealed securely and you may want to add a couple of stickers to keep the party bag closed.



Cello Parcel with clear tape

Fold the excess party bag down and place it to the back of your gifts. Seal down neatly with clear tape.

This is my favourite and the fast way for sealing cello party bags. It is not as pretty as some of the options but, you can fill and seal a large number of party bags quickly, store them neatly and they stay sealed when you take them to your destination.

  • Place the largest and flattest items at the back of your party bag and add your other contents on top reducing in size. Slide everything into your party bag. Bring the top of the party bag together and fold over two or three times.


  • Fold the excess party bag to the back of your gifts and seal down neatly with clear tape. You now have a little cellophane parcel.


Sticky Clear Discs


A clear party bag seal. Only 3p each

Sticky clear discs are a fast and neat way to seal a party bag. They are neater than a strip of clear tape and can be repositioned without damaging the party bag.


and a few more ideas

These are the most popular and easy to manage methods to seal a party bag.  There are various clever ways to fold plastic bags to seal them without the need for clips or tape. The internet has plenty of videos to show you how to do this but cello party bags will crease. Unless you are an expert at one of these methods your party bags will look very tired and creased.

An alternative idea for smaller parties can be the smaller crocodile type clips suitable for holding photographs or paper. They often come decorated with flowers, we have even had one with a football on it. For now, like most things, it is lost amongst everything else being hoarded in the bedrooms. It will probably reappear over the next few months when it does I will add a photo!



Construction Party Bags

Construction Party Bags

It is party season for us, due to a lack of planning we have a lot of birthdays very close together. This is a little inconvenient for many reasons, trying to remember who you have invited and who has responded to invites requires careful organisation. We have just survived our daughters’ party, the party bags were made a little harder to consider as some of the children will be coming to another party in a few weeks’ time. I also like to have a few ideas for future years.

The children at my daughter’s party were mainly 7 and 8 year olds from school with a few friends from out of school. The girls party bags were easy, they all had a quite girly party bag. The fluffy pom-poms were a huge success and according to some of the girls just what they have “really wanted for ages”! (Tell that to father Christmas!). The pom-poms now bounce past me attached to school bags each morning and I have noticed a few more school bags are acquiring similar items.

                                                                                            Small Metal Construction Kit     Vehicle Building Brick Set


The boys party bags were harder to decide upon. In the end, I decided to go down the building route. Lego is a huge favourite in our house, so fingers crossed the boys would feel the same.  In the chaos of trying to cut the cake and hand out party bags whilst ushering children out of the door I was vaguely aware of some of the boys comparing what they had to make and what they were going to make first. I did not expect the party bags to be such a success. I have received thank you text messages, picture messages with finished creations and boys who normally run into school have stopped me to tell me about the items they are building. My daughter is a little miffed she has not had either of the items to build and regularly reminds me I have promised her construction vehicles and racing cars to build at half term. Does it matter to 7 and 8 year olds what they build, or is it the building process they enjoy?

Wooden Construction Vehicle Kit

The boys party bags consisted of a blue candy stripe paper party bag with matching handles, a metal racing car kit, a wooden construction kit and a car eraser. If you are unsure of what you would like to add to your party bags and would like to investigate the building theme further here are some similar items we stock.


Make & Paint Dinosaur     Racing Car Blocks   Mini Wooden Vehicle Kit.



Back To School

Back to School.

One of the most popular requests we receive is from parents who want practical party bag ideas that will not end up in the bin 24 hours after the party. Practical means many things to many people but for school age children it is very easy to buy items that will be needed and used within the price range of a party bag gift. Not only is it possible but due to the wide range of design options and themes it is possible to buy items which fit with the theme of your party or appeal to the interests of your guests.

We all have children of school age here at Little Party Parcels. We all have children who have a pencil, eraser, ruler etc. However, come homework time I, in particular, am completely mystified how we struggle to locate a pencil, despite having a homework pencil case, or worse than that we can locate a pencil but it is blunt and all of the pencil sharpeners seem to have disappeared off the planet and erasers are equally scarce, a quick piece of homework is delayed by 10 minutes whilst we hunt for all of the relevant items.

Looking back over conversations with customers over the past 12 months and looking at orders it is easy to see the popularity of adding a pencil for 10p each or a novelty eraser also starting from 10p each but stationery sets are also very popular and are available in a range of designs to make your party bag gift feel a little more personal.



jazzy-pencil        5 Piece Jungle Animal Stationery Set

Pencils 10p                      Erasers starting           Highlighter pens           Small Stationery Sets   5 pc Stationery sets

5 designs                        from 10p, 8designs        20p each                            28p, 3 designs              75p 2 designs


Butterfly Stationery Set  Football Stationery Set  Dinosaur Pencil with Eraser  Star-Wars-Force-Awakens-Stationery-set

4 pce stationery Sets                                             Pencils & eraser            5pc StarWars set


70p, 6 designs                                                               from 28p 6 designs             £1.85


In addition to stationery sets we also have pencil cases starting from only 90p each.



Large Ninja Turtles Pencil case 90p each    Two Tier Pencil Cases 90p each       Star Wars Pencil Cases £1.20


A popular item which is needed regularly for school children is coin purses, in addition to the usual requirements, payments for charitable non-uniform days, World Book Day, Children in Need, Red Nose Day and payment for Sporting activities all ensure your gift will be regularly used.

Star-Wars-Coin-Wallet                                      Glitter Coin Purse

Star Wars Coin Wallet £1.20 each                       Glitter Coin Purse 55p each


In response to customer’s requests for practical party bags we have also added some stationery pre-filled party bags which offer a practical gift at a reduced price for these items.


Star-War-Stationery-pre-filled-party-bag      Stationery-pre-filled-party-bag       Pirate & Sea Monster Pre-filled Party Bag       necklace-pre-filled-party-bag

£2.90                                     70p                                         99p                                      £2.20



Blue Cello Pre-filled Party Bag        Monster Pre-Filled Party Bag      Pencil-case-pre-filled-party-bag-1

60p                                      £1.75                                   £1.50


We also sell water bottles and a Star Wars Gym bag along with our greatly reduced Star Wars School pack.


     Frozen Water Bottle              Star-Wars-School-oack

£3 each                               £3 each                                   £3 each                                     £8



Olympics Themed Parties and Party Bags

Olympics Themed Parties and Party Bags

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

watch the time

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


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


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



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





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


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


Practical Party Bag Ideas-Children’s Travel Packs

Children’s Travel Packs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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