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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 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!!!!

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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

 

Festival

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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Dream Catcher Party

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Piñata

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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 ParentVille.co.uk for a free consultation with one of our Party experts.

Teacher

Teacher Gifts They Are Guaranteed To Love

Teacher Gifts They Are Guaranteed To Love

 

Gone are the days of giving your Teacher a shiny apple as a thank you gift. Now you can thank them with a gift they will truly love and appreciate. You’ll find a host of unique Teacher gifts from personalised biscuits to Spa gift boxes, in our latest collection.

 

Gifts For Your Favourite Teacher

The Spa Gift Box

Give your teacher a reason to relax with this beautiful Spa Gift Box, comes with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, calming bath salts from Herbivore, a hand balm black from Jasmin Compagnie de Provence and a wild rose mild soap from L:A Brucket.

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Thank You Teacher Personalised Gift Box

Personalised biscuits which are baked to order, come with five large iced sugar cookies. Just add the name of the teacher for the gift note and the name of the class or person these are from in the customise box and we will do the rest.

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Gifts For The Teaching Assistant

Handwritten Thank You Teacher Biscuit Gift

Give your teaching assistants something truly unique with these handmade teacher biscuits. Comes with an edible pen for you to write our very own message.

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Thank you Gift Box

Something sweet, for someone sweet. Treat your teaching assistant to these sweetie gift sets. Comes in three flavours – tasty ‘Jelly Beans’, classic ‘Lemon Sherbets’ and yummy ‘wine gums’.

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Gifts For The Head Teacher

Mix Dark And Milk Chocolate French Madeleines

Give your head teacher something a little special with a box of these handmade madeleines. Your box comes in a mix of dark and milk chocolate. The dark chocolate madeleines are made with cacao, dark chocolate and crunchy caramelized nuts and the milk chocolate ones are made of vanilla and milk choc, sprinkled with crunchy pralin. [highlight]SHOP[/highlight]


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The Honey & Truffle Gift Box

A unique way to say thank you. Each honey and truffle gift box comes with Black truffle Mustard from A l’Olivier, delicious Honey and white truffle, hand jelly for the care of hand from Hyaomie and a delicate dry flower arrangement.

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Gifts For The Staff Room

World’s Best Teacher Sweet Jar

Sweets jars filled with a variety of sweets with the option to personalise with your teacher’s name.

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Vegan Brownies

Treat your teachers to these seriously delicious vegan brownies.

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Gifts For Fellow Class Mates

Class Thank You gift

End the school year by treating your fellow class mates to their very own personalised biscuit.

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For more inspiration or to shop ParentVille Parties Teacher Gift Collection, shop here

Donna

Meet the Team: Our Chief Marketing Officer, Donna

Meet the Team: Our Chief Marketing Officer, Donna

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Donna was born in London and raised in the leafy home counties. Growing up with two brothers, Donna’s childhood was filled with fun playtime adventures where they spent their time climbing trees, creating exciting potions in their mud kitchen, days trips to the beach or creating imaginary radio shows.

In her grown-up life, Donna studied Advertising Marketing Communications and went onto have a successful career in Television, where she worked on the channel strategy for brands such as the Discovery Channel, Comedy Central, Sky Living and Sky Atlantic. After meeting her husband, they moved to South West London where they went on to have their son & daughter. Donna’s passion for strategy, entertainment and content has led her to work in Digital Marketing, which she does around family life.

Donna loves organising a party and believes you can create the perfect party with a little planning and bundles of imagination. Donna recently organised a Superhero Party for her son’s fifth birthday and enlisted the help of ParentVille Party Entertainers Tom and Eloise to bring the party theme to life. Tom and Eloise kept thirty children thoroughly entertained as Agent Alpha & Doctor Delta. Everyone was so impressed, including the adults.

Donna’s top tips to organising a children’s party are:

  • Know your theme. You can get inspiration from our Pinterest or Instagram pages.
  • Plan ahead. If time allows, plan as much as you can a few weeks before the party date. To save on time and to get the best party, why not consider a party stylist. If you are unsure of what you need, get in touch with ParentVille Parties for a free party consultation.
  • Book your baker (Donna’s favourite is Leah who creates the most delicious from ‘Free from’ Cakes & Brownies and Zuzana for the most scrumptious cakes and biscuits), venue and entertainer as soon as you have a date. It will take the pressure of you and allow you to leisurely plan the rest of your children’s party
  • Remember little ones can get overwhelmed on the big day, so talk them through your plans so they know what to expect.
  • Just have fun.
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