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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

 

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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 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

christmas Teacher Gifts

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!!!!

PV Meets Ask Mummy and Daddy

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

 

Father's Day Gifts

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Still looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Look no further. Whether it’s a fun activity to do with Dad, a tin of personalised biscuits or some yummy cupcakes. ParentVille Parties have a few ideas to make this Father’s Day a truly special one.

Sweet Treats

Appeal to his sweet tooth with our selection of themed Father’s Day cakes, cakesicles  and biscuits. A personalisation option can be added to make your order unique to him.

 

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Baking Kits

Why not consider baking your own biscuits for Dad. Or even, make it a fun Father’s Day activity and bake them together with our baking kits.


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Fun activities to make memories.

If the weather is good, why not take Dad out for a London picnic in the park. Our team of experts can organise a freshly made picnic to pick up from our London Bakery.


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If the weather isn’t so great, why not get your picnic delivered to your door. It would make a great surprise for Dad and less time spent in the kitchen for you and Mum.

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Explore our gift ideas here or drop us an email at Team@parentville.co.uk if you are looking for something more bespoke.

 

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cake Trends

Cake Trends of 2019

Cake Trends: What are the five top cake trends of 2019?

Cakes Trends of 2019, are a real show of creativity, flair and fun. We have been keeping a watchful eye on what cake designs are trending and we can say it is all in the detail. With texture coming to the fore as a big trend for 2019, it will inspire you to make your cake the centre piece of your child’s birthday party.

 

Edible Flowers

Edible flower themed birthday cakes have flooded our Instagram feeds over the last six months and we can firmly say this cake trend is here to stay. Make a bold statement to a birthday cake or simply add a whimsical touch, this trend adds colour, flavour, difference and texture.  Popular floral flavours and toppings include;

  1. Hibiscus petals
  2. Borage blossoms
  3. Signet Marigolds
  4. Lavender
  5. Rose

Cake trendsVegan Cakes

Now birthday cakes can be enjoyed by everyone. Cakes made using Vegan ingredients taste just as good, if not better. Using alternative ingredients is a cake trend which is here to stay.. We are a little bit in love with these brownies by Leah.

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Character Cakes

With lots of big movie releases this year including Aladdin, Dumbo, How To Train A Dragon, Toy Story 4, Star Wars, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Lion King, character cakes have never been so popular. Which one would your little one choose?

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The Donut Cake

From donut walls to donut towers, gone are the days of a traditional donut. Donuts are fast becoming a centre piece of most dessert tables, whether they form a part of the cake or as the cake themselves. Let’s also not forget the Donut glaze.  Colour and texture are a big part of having the perfect Donut dessert.
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Pinata Cakes

The Pinata cake, is where the sponge is cut out from part of the cake and a cascade of sweets emerge from the centre. The Pinata cake has been a popular trend for the last few years and it still appears to be one that is popular amongst children’s parties

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Don’t forget to check out ParentVille Parties Cake Section on the website

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