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Christmas Giveaway

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

 

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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!

 

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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

Decorations

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

Favours

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

£49

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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

 

Giveaway

ParentVille Parties X Bloom Boutique Giveaway

PARENTVILLE PARTIES X BLOOM BOUTIQUE GIVEAWAY

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Giveaway

Bloom Boutique, create bespoke personalised gifts to treasure forever.

The Mini Bloom collection has been made especially for little wrists, small necks and tiny hands. Every aspect of their kid’s jewellery, toys and gifts can be personalised making Mini Bloom the perfect place to turn children’s moments into memories.

So we have teamed up with Bloom Boutique to give one lucky winner the chance to

WIN 10 personalised initial bracelets from Bloom Boutique and

10 personalised biscuits from Parentville Parties

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED AND A WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN

You have until midnight Friday 13thSeptember to enter.

Good luck!

Winner announced on Monday 16th September across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Stay tuned for regular updates.

PV Meets: LoLA

PV Meets: LoLA

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PV Meets: LoLA

ParentVille Parties meets creative Mama’s Alara and Selina; the founders of Children Creative Art Boxes LoLA. Today, they share with how they got started and their tips to running a successful creative business. Prepare to be inspired.

 

Tell us a little about yourself?

We are creative mamas and sisters-in-law, and started LoLA boxes through a belief that process-based artist-inspired experiences are an important way for children to develop problem-solving skills, analytical thinking and confidence. Alara has been teaching art for over 15 years and is the magic behind LoLA, creating wonderful art projects inspired by real artists. I am a designer and have managed to put that magic into a box along with clear instructions, illustrations and recommendations for related books and art trips.

What inspired your idea for your business?

As mums, we naturally have lots of chats together about children and growing up whilst thinking of creative things to do with our kids. When Alara moved back to England after having a creative LoLA space for children in Istanbul (for over 12 years!), it was quite natural for us to talk about how LoLA and inspiring art projects for children could be brought to the UK. Rather than being limited to only 10 children coming to a workshop, we wanted to support creativity in children in a bigger way, and reach children all over the UK (and the world!) so that can they be independently creative at home and have an awareness of both old and new artists’ work.

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What were your challenges & how did you overcome them?

We first had the idea of LoLA boxes in October 2018, and then realised the best time to launch it would be at Christmas, so we only had a couple of months to create a product! Luckily as an experienced graphic designer, I was able to create the printed materials, branding and leaflets while Alara sourced the best art supplies. We drove our newly created boxes stacked up in our cars to the Babyccino Christmas fair in the hope that we would sell at least some, but after a frantic two months, not really knowing if we would sell any! We were so lucky to have such an amazing response, we sold out of our first box! Once we had felt the jubilation, it dawned on us this would be a monthly process with a new art theme coming out each month! So then the challenge was to hunker down and plan the whole year of 2019 with 12 exciting art themes, which bring together 36 artists and work, with varied art materials.

What has been your biggest success so far?

The best bit of our day is when we see the children’s art created from LoLA projects, and the responses to the boxes through messages from parents. It is indescribably rewarding. I think Alara and I would differ on what ‘success’ means… After having so much experience with children’s’ brands, Alara has been having fantastic chats with amazing leading figures in the art and education world about how important creativity is for children and some big names have responded positively. For me, we have been approached by a museum to create a bespoke box (in the pipeline so its hushhush at the moment) and that is a real moment for us both.

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How do you juggle motherhood/personal life/family life and your business?

As every working mother knows, it is certainly a juggle! Its important for us to take moments to talk about how we want the business to run and our lives to work. We try to set boundaries (and stick to them), but we have to admit, running your own business is quite obsessive and we talk at all hours of the day!

How do you find time to relax while not working?

I would say Alara and I lucky to have found kindred spirits in that we are people who multi-task and like to get things done. As do-ers, we both find it hard to switch off. Being with our children and giving them our full attention is the one thing that will pull us fully out of work mode and we’re lucky to have very supportive families. On our ‘downtime’ we love to take our children to lots of different art exhibitions – although we ARE taking mental notes about the exhibition so we can put it in the ‘LoLA recommends’ section ;), these are really enjoyable experiences where we can enjoy family time with a bit of culture!

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What is your top tips for starting a small business?

If you have a small business idea, ask yourself ‘who are we and what do we do’? If you can sum this up into a short sentence and communicate it clearly, it goes a long way. We also think its important to stay true to your ideals. We have had lots of feedback on the quality of our art supplies, and even though we could have chosen a cheaper option, we really want children to be proud of the great colour in their artwork and part of that is using quality materials.

If you could invite a special guest to an event who would it be?

Holly Tucker. We are slightly obsessed with her and have enjoyed following her ‘kidpreneur’ celebration at the Holly&Co shop!

Find out more about LoLA boxes here

Back to School

Back to School With ParentVille Parties

Back to School with ParentVille Parties

Back to School with Parentville. With only a few weeks left of the summer holidays, we have put together five of our favourite treats to get you ready for the new school year.

 

Holiday Reminders

Let’s not forget all the fun times we had this summer..
Beach Biscuits to banish the holiday blues.

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Maybe send a sweet treat in the post to your holiday buddy. Your Postcard Decorating Kit comes with a postcard shaped biscuit, two edible wafer postcards (because mistakes do happen!), an edible ink pen to write your message, edible decorative stamps and a tube of icing to stick it all together. What a yummy and unique way to receive a message!

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Plan a Party

Back to school means it’s time to think about your little one’s party. If the stress of organising a party and running the gauntlet of going back to school feels like an epic task why not consider one of our party packages.

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Party Ready Package: With our starter package, you don’t need to worry about getting your party organised…Choose a theme and we will do the rest. Party includes[highlight] Find out more.[/highlight]

Birthday Bash Package: Let us take the hard work out of organising your child birthday party, with the Birthday Bash Package. Package includes an entertainer, two tiered birthday cake, cupcakes, filled party bags and tableware.[highlight] Find out more.[/highlight]

WOW Party Package: The ultimate party package which includes;

  • An entertainer
  • A face painter
  • A two-tier birthday cake
  • Matching cupcakes
  • Matching decorated biscuits
  • Deluxe Filled party bags delivered to your door and ready to be distributed
  • Partyware

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Creative Kits

Refine those motor skills and get creative with our home kits

Arts & Crafts Kit

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Lots of Lovely Art (LoLA) is a magical, educational art box for children of all ages. It is filled with high-quality art materials and fun creative projects inspired by real artists.

Each box contains information on an art theme, and introduces three artists with clear instructions for art projects. Everything you need for the activities are included in one beautiful box!

 

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Jewellery and Bead Making Kits

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Baking Kits

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Gym bags

Don’t forget their gym bag with our selection of personalised kit bags.

 

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Teacher Gift

Welcome your new teacher with a little treat.

Treat your new teacher to a coffee and a biscuit with our teacher gift set.

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Children’s Parties; Let us Entertain You

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Children’s Parties Ideas; Let us Entertain You

Finding the right entertainment for your child’s birthday party is paramount. The question is where do you start? Your child is likely to be ‘into’ a particular theme or character, they may even have ideas on what they would like for their party but will that entertain the masses? Let us take the stress out of finding an entertainer, with our Entertainer Ideas Guide. We have handpicked children’s entertainers who will please every crowd.

 

1. Character Party

Is your little one is obsessed with a particular Character?

Tom & Eloise from Castle on the Cloud, offer a premium character entertainment service across London. With a host of well-known characters and themes to bring a little magic to any party including pirates, superhero, princesses, fairies, unicorns, peppa pig, Disney, space, football – the list is unless. The parties include lots of fun and interactive activities and high quality performances. Find out more.

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2. Craft Party

Unleash your child’s creativity and host a craft birthday party.

Mandy from Bead Kids offers creative Jewellery & Bead Craft Parties. Mandy will teach your children how to make wearable art that they can be proud of. She only uses the best quality glass beads, acrylic crystals and oodles of charms and at the end of the party they go home with party bags containing their handmade treats. No stress. No mess. Happy children. Happy parents. Find out more.

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Olivia from Plox creates Arts & Craft Parties. We combine creativity, education and fun into our magical workshops inspiring children in their own homes. It stimulates creativity and adventure through activities in everyday life by replacing iPads for arts & crafts! Find out more.

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3. Cookery Party

Cooking can be so much fun

Rainbow Pasta Making Party. Pasta making workshops are super entertaining for kids and also a great way to introduce kids to healthy and tasty food. Find out more.

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Florence creates yummy and fun Sushi Making Parties. Little Chefs will enjoy a creating Sushi using rice, chopped vegetables and fruits. Find out more.

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Candy Making Party. Designed to be educational and great fun our Children’s Masterclasses teach kids from 7-17 years old about the science and art behind Candy Making. From heating the sugar, designing the Candy, mixing in the colours & flavours, rolling and chopping to produce the yummy finished article our Master Candy Makers will ensure entertainment that your kids won’t forget in a hurry! Find out more.

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4. Dance Party

Funky Moves Parties are sure to be a winner with your children as they learn energetic new dance moves, break dancing tricks and all with a superhero/character theme. You will be wowed with their end of party show. Find out more.

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Dance Grooves offers a variety of imaginative and fun parties. Our aim is to create the ultimate party for your special occasion and celebration. Parties include

  • Street Dancing Parties
  • Cheerleading parties
  • Disco Parties
  • Musical Theatre Parties
  • Bollywood Parties
  • Movie Themed Parties
  • Cool Grooves Parties

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5. Football Party

Calling all footie fans, the Sporting Duet Academy provides children with a fantastic alternative to the usual birthday party for boys and girls of all ages and abilities. Find out more.

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6. Magic Show Party

Let your little ones experience a traditional magical show from a real magician from the Magic Circle. Richard creates a 45 minute show with lots of interactive magic, Ventriloquism with Duncan the “Talking” Dragon and an impressive balloon model for the birthday child. Find out more.

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Blondie & The Bears have a number of exciting ideas that will make sure every partygoer is entertained from start to finish, with traditional party games, puppetry, bubbles, magic tricks, balloon modelling and much more. Find out more.

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7. Movie Party

Magical Quest can transfer your party into a theatrical experience, bringing the costumes, set, lights, music and of course the action to you! All our Quests incorporate traditional party games and our magic formula promises to keep the children engaged and in wonder throughout! Find out more.

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Greatest Showman Party. Love The Greatest Showman? CJ circus artist can provide the greatest showman circus party along with real life circus artists. Each party will include a circus games, a circus workshops with our very own mini aerial rig and a circus performance for an extra fee of £100 per performer. You can choose your very own performer from our circus big top – Juggler, hula hooper, aerialist, foot juggler or trapeze artist. Find out more.

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8. Pamper Party

Mini Spa Pamper Party. Kids get to enjoy our luxury mini spa just as the adults do! We come and setup everything, from orchids to decorate the table, individual mirrors, wash bowls, face masks, face clothes and towels to silk robes. Find out more.

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Add a little magic with some Face painting, glitter and temporary tattoos, hair braiding/wraps to your little ones party. Find out more.

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9. Science Party

Our super science parties have spectacular demonstrations and interactive activities. Every party fuses the most spectacular elements of  astronomy, chemistry and physics. Every party includes Magical Matter,  birthday bubbles, gooey slime making, Rocket Science, indoor fireworks, super star glasses, big bang balloon explosion, elephant toothpaste, super  Sweet Making, instant Snow and much more super cool science experiments. Find out more. 

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10. Sleepover Party

Let Muddy Boots Sleepovers whisk your child and their friends to cloud nine by styling and staging an unforgettable overnight party in the comfort of your own home. Our sleepover packages include Tepees, soft mattresses with 100% organic cotton sheets, luxurious decorative cushions, twinkling fairy lights, individual breakfast trays with glowing lanterns for each guest, decorative rugs, garlands and more. Parents can also sit back and relax because Muddy Boots Sleepovers delivers, stages and styles its heavenly parties in just 90 minutes before conveniently returning to pack up and collect items the next day – that means no mess to clear up either! Find out more.

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Eco Friendly

3 Eco Friendly Party Tips

Eco Friendly

3 Eco Friendly Party Tips

Eco Friendly Party Tips. Can you have eco-friendly parties without compromising on the sparkle? Yes you can. Being more environmentally conscious is fun, practical and can work out a little kinder on your pocket. Today we will be sharing three useful ways to make your child’s party a little eco friendlier. Lets start from the beginning…

Eco – Invitations

Eco-friendly, resourceful and sustainable party invitations are a great way to kick off your conscious party planning. Virtual invitations are a great way to be environmentally friendly and hugely time and cost efficient. Browse through hundreds of pre-designed templates and create a design which is truly personal to the birthday boy/girl. Virtual invitations are a great way to formally invite your guests, track your guest list and to invite guests instantly. There are many of sites our there but our favourite is Paperless Post.

If you prefer the traditional way of sending an invitation, then why not look at invitations which use recycled materials or cards that can be recycled. We love these Superhero Invitation which are supplied with recycled kraft brown envelopes

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Why not up-cycle your invitations or encourage your guests to turn them into framed pictures. We think these Fun Mini Animal Invitations make great wall art.

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Eco Eats

Turn waste on it’s head by select packaging that is fully recyclable, compostable & biodegradable. We love the Little Eco Eats lunch bags as their packaging is fully recyclable. If after your party you have any remaining packaging, cups, yoghurt jars or food waste, put into a box & the Little Eco Eats will collect it and use it on their farms’ compost heaps or local allotments.

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Look at plates and cutlery which are fully compostable after use

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Eco Party Bags & Favours

Treat your guests and their parents to practical plastic free favours. We love these personalised cotton party bags. They are eco-friendly, fun and make a lovely keepsake, plus they can be reused time and time again.

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Now time to fill your party bag… we love these gift ideas

Craft gift sets

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Baking Set

 

 

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Nail Art Party Cones

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Choc & Play Set

 

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If you would like to find out more about ParentVille Parties, please drop us an email at Team@parentville.co.uk or browse the website

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