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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

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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.

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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

 

 

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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  

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

gift bags funPresenting you Wedding activity Bags.

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

How you are going to present the items?

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

When will you give the gifts to your guests?

Who will give them out?  You may be busy!

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

 

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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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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Choose Party Bags for Mixed Age Groups

 How to Choose Party Bags for Mixed Age Groups.

 

We are frequently asked for help with parties with a mixed age range. This is more relevant for parties during the school holidays as guests may have another sibling with them. The school holidays also make it easier for family and friends to visit. Our children’s parties always have a mixed age range thanks to relatives so this is how I approach the issue.

 

  1. Know your budget for each party bag, if you have very young children or babies you can spend less, you may want to spend more on older children…or not! If you set a budget it keeps you focused and saves you getting too carried away as you spend more time finalising your party bags.

 

  1. Roughly separate your guests into different age groups. This will depend on how wide the age range is at your party. If everyone is between say 4 and 8 years old you may want just two groups, say 4 & 5-year-olds then 6 to 8 years old. If the age range is  baby to teenager years you may have 4 or 5 groups.

 

  1. Now you have your age ranges consider the theme of the party. Are you having a themed party you are trying to work around? If your party has a  theme you may want a few relevant gifts for every age group to take home. You may not have a theme but have a mix of nursery or school friends and friends from social activities. If you can easily identify a group or theme you may want for some or all of your guests it is worth noting this down against the relevant group/s. This helps when you are choosing items for your party bag gifts. A few core items in most party bags this will make your job a little easier.

 

  1. Are you planning to provide the same gifts to the girls and boys? If you are planning to provide some or all different gifts for girls and boys, you will need to note how many girls and boys you have in each age group.

 

  1. Do you intend to provide some or mostly all of the same gifts for all age groups and genders? Or, are you after a variety of gifts for each age groups and gender?

It is easier to combine age groups and gifts for seasonal celebrations such as Christmas, Halloween and Easter when children are bombarded with acceptable cute (or not so cute) images as part of the celebrations. Birthdays are harder,  ideas may have already been formed parties your guests have recently attended.

A Christmas themed pre-filled party bag, only £1 each

 

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A selection of party bag gifts for only 60p each.      

6. Now it is time to start to choose your party bag gifts. Pre-filled party bags are a quick way to buy your party bag gifts at a reduced price, they usually contain generic and popular party gifts suitable for a wide age range.  You can always add an extra item or two to make the pre-filled party bag more personal to your guest. Most of our pre-filled  party bags are also available as party bag fillers which are just the gifts. This  allows you to choose your own party bag.  We also have combinations of popular items at reduced prices such as pencils and notebooks, colouring books and colouring items.

A regular review of your list for each age group will ensure you have not duplicated items and may help with ideas if you are struggling.

 

 

 

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Polka Dot Paper Party Bags 17p each

  1. It is now time to choose your party bag. If you are busy at the end of the party you will not want to search for your carefully chosen gifts. Labelling party bags or choosing different coloured party bags and designs can help in a speedy identification.

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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

 

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Olympics Themed Parties and Party Bags

Olympics Themed Parties and Party Bags

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

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

 

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

 

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

          

 

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

 

 

            

 

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

 

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

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Party Bags For Babies and Very Young Children

Party Bags For Babies and Very Young Children.

 

Safety First

 

We are frequently asked about party bags for babies and very young children, it is tricky but not impossible. Firstly, and most importantly a lot of items are unsuitable for this age range, anything with a small part may become unattached and pose a choking hazard.  As a very general guide, the safety regulations tend to deem anything small enough to be placed in the mouth or with small parts to be unsuitable for children under 3 years of age.  It is therefore more sensible to include items where the parent leads and controls the play.

 

 

 

Simple Play

When our children were very small we spent hours playing with bubbles, initially they would watch these shapes float in the air, then it developed to trying to reach for them, then crawling and running after them as they became more mobile. Obviously we never, ever let them get hold of the container.

Bubbles are one of our most popular selling items, you can choose between the traditional bubbles we had when we were small children and the bubbles that harden in the air and can be “caught” without popping. We found the traditional bubbles the most successful at this early stage. The big slow moving bubbles can be followed by little eyes and if they do manage to touch the bubbles, they magically “pop” before they can head in the mouth direction. We swapped to the catchable bubbles once the children were a little older. The thicker liquid found in the catchable bubbles is definitely an advantage once your child decides they must hold the bubble tub as well as chasing the bubbles.

 

Something soft, cuddly and capable of being gripped in a small hand is also a success but this is also likely to end up being put in the mouth and turned into a soggy mass so it is important to ensure that there are no parts which may come loose or any transfers or painted designs which may come loose.

 

 

 

 

 

A little light reading and some gooey mush.

Soft books or small board books are fun for young children and can be bought quite cheaply from some high street stores. Once children are starting to feed themselves with small finger food age appropriate healthy snacks such as dried apple “crisps”, or small boxes of raisins for slightly older children are a great and useful addition to a party bag. These items are all readily available in supermarkets and shops selling formula milk. If your child is not at this particular stage of their development it is wise to check the back of the packet for the starting age range or check with parents as all children develop in their own unique way.

Finally

  Babies and very young children are still developing and coordinating their movements, they do not have the expectation or the ability to deal with a party bag full of goodies. Their parents will be impressed you have provided what may be their first party bag, you do not have to try to compete with a number count or similar expense for older children to provide a great gift.  If you require further ideas or guidance please contact Jennifer  on 01952 253033 or jennifer@littlepartyparcels.co.uk

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