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Caroline Gardner x ParentVille Parties Christmas Giveaway

WIN a Caroline Gardner Card & Gift Wrap Bundle and 10 Personalised Christmas Biscuits from ParentVille Parties, worth over £150




Caroline Gardner is best known as one of the UK’s leading and most prolific accessory, gift and stationery designers. Her distinctive designs now stretch across various product categories, including paper, accessories and lifestyle, all linked by her design hand print of quirky use of colour and placement.

We’re offering you the chance to win A Caroline Gardner card & gift wrap bundle and 10 personalised Christmas biscuits from Parentville Parties, all worth over £150.

All you need to do is click on the link below add your email address and follow us on Instagram Parentville Parties & Caroline Gardner. It’s as simple as that!




You have until midnight Friday 22nd November to enter.

Good luck!

The winner will be randomly selected from all the entries and announced on Monday 25th November via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. The winner will be notified by email. Stay tuned for regular updates.

Christmas Party Ready

3 Ways To Get Party Ready This Christmas

3 Ways To Get Party Ready This Christmas


Are you hosting an end of year party for your little ones? With Christmas only 6 weeks away, its time to start planning. Here are our three top tips to get you party ready this Christmas.

The Theme

First thing first, the theme. To help you get started, a theme will allow you to navigate your invites, decorations, table wear and even the entertainment if the theme allows. Here are a few Christmas themes to get the creative juices following:

  • Christmas Jumper Party,
  • Winter Wonderland Party,
  • Bauble Decorating Party,
  • Nutcracker Party,
  • Christmas Pyjama Party,
  • Characters of Christmas,
  • 12 Days of Christmas


Now we have the theme sorted, lets talk about decorations. While you may have the tree up, to really give your party that Christmas feel. Why not consider


Treat your party guests to these personalised bag. Fill them with Christmas Biscuits and Christmas Crackers. Or why treat them to a Christmas baking kit.

Why not visit our Christmas shop to view our full collection.


Christmas Teacher Gifts

Before the Christmas school holidays start, there is one more important to-do to tick off your list,  a little something for your little one’s teacher to say thank you. We’ve picked a selection of A+ gifts that say thank you in the most thoughtful way.

Christmas Teacher Gifts

Spoil there taste buds with this Festive Dozen from £48

Christmas Teacher Gifts

Pamper them with The Little Spa Gift Box from £59

Christmas Teacher Gifts

Send a sweetie note to say thank you this Christmas from £35

Christmas Teacher Gift

Thank you with flowers, with this Thank You Gift Box. Its thoughtful, originally and useful. The gift box comes with:
–       Finest natural Sea Salt from Sal de Ibiza
–       Delicious truffle butter from San Pietro a Pettine
–       Beautiful Tea towel from La Cerise sur le Gâteau
–       Delicate dry flower arrangement


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Say Thank you with traditional confectionary Thank you Gift Box from £14.95

For more inspiration, visit our gift collection.

PV Meets Ask Mummy & Daddy

Introducing, Kane Dowell the founder of traditional confectionery & sweet gifts brand Ask Mummy & Daddy. Kane shares his incredible story about how a lucky break with Cath Kidston started his entrepreneurial journey. Prepare to be inspired.


Tell us a little about yourself?

To be honest there’s not much to tell but I’ll give it a go. I left school at 15 years old with no GCSE’s. I had no real direction in what I wanted to do for a living.  I was always at school but academically I wasn’t the best as I really suffered with dyslexia which made things hard but I never used that as an excuse so I just learned as much as I could.


When leaving school at such a young age and not knowing where to go I started working at my mothers furniture shop in Fulham which was fun and I would say that’s where I got my break, Cath Kidston herself used to visit regularly and that’s when she only had one shop and I basically asked her for a job which I was given at the age of 16 and fast forward I was there for 10 years and it was amazing from travelling all around the U.K. & USA opening stores to raising awareness of the brand at festivals and shows I was involved in most departments from visual merchandising, operations to marketing!


After leaving Cath Kidston I was then was approached by the founders of Biscuiteers where I joined as Operations Manager.I was there for nearly 3 years, it was amazing as I was brought on to help open there first ever stores and help stabilise operations within the business and it was a great role, amazing people to work with and what I loved was the gifting aspect of the business.

Now that’s my work life! From a personal point of view I love to travel I have travelled from Hong Kong, Australia, USA, Vietnam aswell as throughout Europe.

I love to watch football, hang out with friends and family!

I’ve had my struggles – when 18 I got myself in debt over over £12,000 which was awful – I don’t even know how or what I did with this money! My dad at the time was like “your living your life like a rockstar” – I paid every single penny back and it took years and years but proud to this day I did.

I’m also very proud of my brother John Dowell (aka King Nerd). John is an artist of the highest level and is destined for the big time but what I love is he don’t even know it! He has done work for some massively famous people and I’m a very proud little brother!


What inspired the concept of your business? 

I always wanted to have my own business but I also was aware I had to get some help which is why I got in contact with a best mate and super creative Scott Young (business partner) who is responsible for the designs on all our packaging, labels, website and the list goes on and on!

I approached Scott and said “let’s create a business which can be in the gifting sector” and that’s what we did

Coming up with the name was the hardest part of starting my business. Thankfully my Dad made the suggestion of calling it “Ask Mummy & Daddy”. We love it and it stuck!

Our plans for the business are big – we are off to Dubai towards the end of this year, to look at opportunities there. We are opening a pop up at Westfield for 2 months and then we have a few Christmas events in November aswell so we are very busy! Oh and also creating a brand new website which will allow services like click and collect from the office and shop!

So it’s safe to say it’s busy!!!!

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When starting, did you have challenges & how did you overcome these? 

What I would say is – don’t try and run before you can walk, know the industry your in, do lots of market research! I did lots of travelling understanding our sector and we are still learning!

Our biggest challenge has to be when we had an order of over 4,000 units from Selfridges and we was working through the night, I had boxes everywhere over my flat and it was mental.

We over came issues when we re-launched and we got ourselves an office/Production space but don’t get me wrong we are still learning and you always are but it’s about slowly improving and making strides for the long term!


What has been your biggest success so far? 

I would say success I would say what am I proud of! So opening the store was a pride factor but I just love having fun, engaging and creating memories with the business.

My success would be to be able to chat to like-minded people And help give advice etc about starting something! We need more UK base businesses trying to start something but I would always say to stick at it, have a clear vision and work hard!

How do you juggle your personal life and your business?

I wouldn’t say I have to juggle – I surround myself with good people that help and muck in but then we have a good beer at the end of the week! I have had to rain it in slightly with holidays and that’s just part of growing a business.


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How do you find time to relax while not working? 

I’ll be honest I just like to chill but I never really switch off! I was just in Miami and ever morning I would be checking my emails! I guess because it’s my baby I want what’s best but I know I’ll have to let go slightly.


What is your top tip for starting a small business? 

Know your sector and industry very well, listen to advice, take your time, engage with your customers and just stay focused! Only do it if you want to do it because it is hard, very hard so your have plenty of ups and downs!


If you could invite a special guests to an dinner party who would it be? 

It would have to be Richard Branson, Peter Jones (from dragons den) and Chantal Coady who founded Rococco because I love hearing about success stories, struggles and issues they occurred!


To find out more about Kane’s business, click here



How to Photograph a Child’s Birthday Party

How To Photograph a Child’s Birthday Party

Its the most important day of your child’s year – their birthday party. Capturing the emotion, the energy, the interaction and of course all your party planning on camera is not the easiest of tasks. We know how important those special memories can be, so we have put together our top three tips to photograph your child’s party with ease.
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It’s all in the angles

You don’t have to be David Bailey to be a good photographer but finding the right angle is key to a good picture.

  • We are all guilty of taking photos of our children from an adult perspective. While this is not wrong. Capturing those special moments are often better when you are of the eyeline of a child.
  • So try new points of view. If you have a good zoom on your camera, why not take some of your pictures from far away.
  • While your little ones are munching at the table, why not take a flat lay of them? (A flatlay is when you’re shooting directly from directly above) It could be the perfect opportunity to take a photo of your amazing table settings


Plan your Photographs

There are some key moments that you will want to capture such as

  • Party games
  • Blowing out the candles
  • Opening presents
  • Group shots
  • Family shot
  • The birthday boy/girl with a number balloon?
  • The decorations
  • The cake
  • Table setting

The rest of your pictures should be candid shots. It’s always good to have a nice mix of images to look back on.


Book a Photographer

Photographers are not just for weddings or newborn baby shoots, they are for birthday parties too. ParentVille Parties have curated a collection of Photographers specialising in Children’s Parties. Find out more here.

Still want to photograph your child’s big day? Okay, why not have fun with your pictures and book

  • A photobooth. Photobooths are a great way of capturing how much fun they had. They often come with props adding a little more magic to your little one’s day
  • Video your special day. Creating a movie of your special day is a brilliant way of capturing those special memories from start to finish.





Summer Holiday Activities in London

Summer Holiday Activities In London

The summer holidays are about to begin and it’s time to think about how to entertain the kids. London has so many fun activities to offer, so we have picked our favourite activities to keep your little ones occupied this summer.


Dream House Art Camp, Fulham Palace 

Let your little one unleash their creative side by creating their very own wooden dream house. From decorating the wooden houses and the garden with wall art/wallpaper, rugs, floor design and garden features to making furniture and little inhabitants, its an activity your kids will truly enjoy. Start Thursday 25th July until Friday 26th July, from 10am until 2pm. [highlight]To find out more[/highlight]



Ride a Shetland Pony, Richmond Park & Wimbledon Common

An unforgettable activity for children of all ages and abilities. Take advantage of a full course or just a gentle ride around Richmond Park. The Stage Lodge Stables is one of the biggest pony centres in the country, perfect for budding equestrians. [highlight]To find out more.[/highlight]



Skate Boarding Club

Ever wondered how those skateboarders create all those amazing tricks? Look no further, the Skate Boarding club will teach your little one the basic skills in balance & simple skateboarding techniques. Your child will have the confidence to get on board, push off, turn and go down a basic ramp. Its the club that your little one will not want to miss out on. [highlight]To find out more.[/highlight]



Big Fish Little Fish, Dulwich.

Big Fish Little Fish raves, are parties the whole family can enjoy.  On July 28th, from 2pm until 6pm, Big Fish Little Fish will descend on the Horniman Museum & Gardens, in Dulwich. Featuring DJs Alex Paterson (The Orb) and drum and bass legend Aphrodite on the decks, plus BFLF residents Baker and Beale, with the absolute best in acid house, techno, drum n bass and more. While you and your little ones will enjoy bopping to the beat, you can also enjoy a fully licensed bar, a baby chill out area with soft mats, beanbags and a ball pit, facepainting, cake stalls, a craft area, a bubble machine and much more. [highlight]To find out more[/highlight]




Football Camp, Hyde Park

Does your little one love football? Then the Sporting Duet Football Academy could be the perfect activity. Fun football training, as well as matches and tournaments, starting in July and will run all across the summer. [highlight]To find out more[/highlight]






Alice in Wonderland, Kew Gardens

Take a trip to Kew for the outdoor theatre production of Alice in Wonderland. Your children will be captivated by Alice and her roller-coaster adventures in Wonderland.With colourful costumes, interactive games and catchy songs, this is the perfect production to go on a fantastic adventure with the entire family. [highlight]To find out more [/highlight]




How To Create A Festival Inspired Party

How To Create a Festival Inspired Party

We love a good festival at PV HQ. With festival season in full swing, we think it is the perfect theme for any summer party. Festival inspired parties are fun, filled with colour and can be enjoyed by everyone at any age. With lots of well known celebrities such as Binky Felstead and the Kardashians jumping firmly on this party trend, we think this summer party trend is here to stay. Here are a few ideas to get your Festival theme party started.


A Place to Chill

Teepee’s are an essential for any festival themed party. If you are hosting a garden party, then set your chill out area inside your home for tired party guests to relax.

ParentVille Parties have a selection of party stylists who will transform your space into an enchanting haven for your little festival goers.



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Let Me Entertain You

Let the entertainment take centre stage and spread a little festival magic at your children’s Festival Party. Discover face painters, hair braiders, theatrical entertainment acts or why not add an activity such as our Dream Catcher Party.



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Facepainting & Glitter Tattoos



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Hair Braiding


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Set The Scene

Decorating your venue or garden can be fun – think Fairy lights, buntings, paper flowers or pom poms and balloons. Balloons are a must for any festival. They are a fun way to inject colour into your soiree and the children will love them. Especially if they can take a balloon home with them at the end.

Balloon Garland



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Giant Latex Balloons with leaf Garland


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Decorating boxes which includes all the decorations you’ll need to create a festival to remember.



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Festival Eats

Wow your guest with some fun festival eats. From colourful grazing platters to eco eats. There are lots of fun ways to embrace festival food.

Grazing Platters


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Eco Eats. A yummy picnic lunch, packed in a fully recyclable, compostable & biodegradable bag.


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Why not get creative this year and make your very own Rainbow Unicorn Cake, with one of our baking kits. If you prefer to leave the baking to the professionals, discover our range of cakes and biscuits. Or get in touch with us today and let our Party Team inspire you.


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Rainbow Cakepops


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ParentVille can help you create a party to remember. Don’t forget to stop by today at for a free consultation with one of our Party experts.

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