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PV Meets Truly Scrumptious

ParentVille Parties meets Louisa; the founder of Truly Scrumptious, a leading supplier of bespoke fabric drawstring party bags for for children’s party. Today, Louisa shares how she got started and her tips to running a successful creative business. Prepare to be inspired.

 

Tells us a little bit about yourself

My name is Louisa, wife to Dan and Mummy to Miles & Amelia.

Before having children, I trained as a Norland Nanny with a Montessori qualification. I have worked for some amazing families, both in the UK & high profile personalities living abroad. In both my ‘Mummy and Nanny’ roles I have loved planning wonderful, memorable parties for children of all ages, with many different themes.

Truly Scrumptious Party Bags began with my own children’s parties. I didn’t want to send their friends home with plastic bags filled with “cheap and cheerful junk”  that was likely to go straight into the bin, when the children weren’t looking. (Come on we’ve all done it!) That inspired me to start making fabric, drawstring bags that my children would enjoy handing out to their friends, as a special thank you for coming to their party. Something that is lovely to cherish as part of the party favour, and a unique way to round off a memorable occasion. My bags are lovingly made by myself, at home, and are also eco – friendly. They can be used over and over again afterwards, for hair clips, lego, marbles, pencils, dolls-clothes, cars or magic tricks. The useful options are endless!!

I frequently use them, filled with ‘entertainments’ for trips to restaurants or even long haul flights!

My training as a professional nanny had a particular focus on ‘high quality results and attention to detail.’ I have continued to apply these values, every time I design and produce these unique party bags.

Some of the most prestigious party planning companies in the UK, now regularly work with me, to tailor party bags for their clients, globally.

Most importantly I love what I do and hope you do too!

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What inspired the concept for your business?

I didn’t want to hand out plastic bags filled with tat that went straight into the bin once everyone got home after my children’s parties. So I made some little drawstring bags for my son Miles’ sports party when he was turning 5. The boys had blue bags pattered with white stars & the girls a pretty floral bag. The children loved them & parents thought they were a great new idea. So a few friends encouraged me to do something with it. The idea then grew & grew organically from my kitchen table!

 

When starting did you have challenges & how did you overcome them?

Oh yes! And I still do have challenges. I learn from my mistakes & am always looking for ways to improve. I welcome constructive feedback from customers too. My first mistake was a very cheap sewing machine, which I quickly realised had to go & be replaced with a good sturdy workhorse!

I also started by using the appliqué method to put the images & text onto the party bags. That was fiddly & time consuming! It’s been great to rise to the challenges & overcome them with better ways of  completing my orders.

 

What has been your biggest success so far?

To be honest, the whole concept of Truly Scrumptious being a success & still growing makes me feel so proud. I struggled with dyslexia at school & don’t have any background in running a small business.

Apart from that I’ve been lucky enough to make hundreds of lovely families party bags (many of whom are repeat customers)  along with supplying top party planners. It’s always a pleasure to donate bags or proceeds from orders to charities. It’s nice to give back a little occasionally.

Having lived with & worked for Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta Jones it’s always exciting to make bags for celebrities too. I think the biggest ‘eeeeeek’ moment was when I made Elton Johns sons party bags not long ago. (That happy little dance went on for quite a while!!)

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How do you juggle motherhood, family life, and your business?

Gosh it really is a juggling act, especially during school holidays! I feel so lucky to be able to work from home & be there for my children. Being able to support them weekly in school matches, attending concerts whilst working too. but the downside is that I’m always working! I take work with me everywhere I go…sitting waiting at gymnastics, dancing, or cricket after school clubs I’m there peeling names, images, cutting ribbons & cords or updating social medial & replying to emails. My husband is so patient but does get a bit fed up when  I’ve got fabric, threads, vinyl, and equipment spread out over the kitchen table, spare room & office!

I always make sure once I’m home from the school run that I do the washing, dishwasher, hoovering & general family tidying g up before I start my Truly Scrumptious work. I then break mid morning for a lovely dog walk & try to clear my head (although I’m often frantically replying to enquiries or placing materials orders whilst walking too!)

 

How do you find time to relax whilst not working? 

Wow, I really need to create business free – screen free time. But it’s actually close to impossible when you run the show yourself & when my business is so labour intensive. I have started to have some help now, but not enough to hand over the reigns for longer periods. It’s tricky as I have orders from over seas too & constantly have enquiries coming in. (And yes each & every order does still make me dance a happy dance!) I like to keep things personal by replying to each & everyone individually.

Family time is so important & we love going on lovely long bike rides, dog walks, ( of course always finishing in a pub for a drink & some hot chips!) I also make time to work out & have PT sessions once a week as well as body conditioning classes (I have to fit this in to make sure I can have those cheeky chips in the pub at the weekend! )

But I really do need to be a bit more strict with switching off more. At least I love my business!! PV Meets truly scrumptious

 

Whats your top tips for starting a business?

Hmmm, have supportive friends & family that you can ask advice from. Go for it, I was worried my party bags would be a flop, but until you’ve given it a shot, you just won’t know. Be organised, make lists & have plenty of post it notes for reminders! Make friends with the post office workers because you might, like me see them every single day!

Oh and keep your receipts in date order…I had to painfully sort through mine to get into the right order.

 

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

Hands down it would have to be Prince Harry. He would be great fun to be around, super interesting & really down to earth hopefully. Being a father & uncle now, no doubt he’ll have many children’s birthday parties ahead of him. He’s seems the kind of guy to get really involved & join in. When he was in the army, he also took over from my husband in Afghanistan, so we have something in common there!

 

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PV Meets Little Eco Eats

PV Meets: Little Eco Eats

PV Meets: Little Eco Eats

ParentVille Parties meets Lottie & Louise; the founders of Little Eco Eats. Today, they share with how they got started and their tips to running a successful creative business. Prepare to be inspired.

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

Louise: Mother, nurse, business owner and farmer…in that order! Although I am actually about to stop nursing because it’s such a big and serious commitment that it feels as if I have one too many balls in the air to care for my patients.
Lottie: Founder of Crate a Party, event planner, fitness lover and dog owner.

 

How did you get your idea or concept for your business?

Lottie and I have worked together with our former businesses for about 5 years and we were one day just talking about packed lunches and kids parties and I said I hated the waste at all the birthdays I go to and that I wasn’t going to allow my daughter packed lunch (she is starting reception in September) because I hated the sheer waste every day. And so the seed was planted….

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Did you have any challenges when you first started and how did you overcome them?

Finding 3r​d​ parties who provide snacks in packaging that is recyclable let alone biodegradable or compostable is really hard. It’s actually really sad that the big companies who would have the most influence and impact on our environment haven’t shifted their product packaging to be more environmentally friendly.

What has been you’re biggest success so far?

It sounds super cheesy but the response and feedback we have had in our first few months has been amazing and we both feel really proud of how far we have come. Obviously getting bookings and being featured in insta stories or receiving positive press gives us a buzz.

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How do you juggle motherhood and your business?

More often than not I have an 8 month old on my knee while I am in the office, thankfully Lottie is amazing with both girls, I don’t think I would have gone into business with someone who couldn’t handle a screaming child. But more seriously it’s a lot of late nights and early mornings trying to find time to get work done before the house explodes with kiddie chaos! As Lottie isn’t a mother she tends to do a large volume of work during the day and I take a look at it in the evenings or the following morning. We both have found our roles within the company and although we know these will continue to shift it’s a great partnership.

How do you find time to relax when you are not working?

We both eat cheese and drink wine! And enjoy watching Netflix!
Louise: But most of the time by the time I get the kids asleep, clear up and do some work I just crash out.
Lottie: Destressing with an exercise class, spending time with friends over coffee or drinks and an evening with my boyfriend.

What are your top tips for starting your own business from scratch?

  • It sounds so obvious but love what you do – you are probably going to spend every waking minute thinking, planning and worrying about its growth.
  • Make sure you have enough savings to see you through the first few months!
  • Write your to-do list for each day on a piece of paper and cross it off as you get through it – really helps to motivate you and keep you focused. And Lottie’s favourite thing is to keep the computer files and emails really (really, really, really) tidy!

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Three top party tips?

1) Be honest to yourself about your budget
2) Be adventurous with your theme and encourage your child to get involved
3) Use a tool like Paperless Post to do your invitation. This way you can be sure none are lost in children’s school pigeon holes and also its environmentally friendly

If you could invite anyone to the ultimate dinner party who would they be?

Louise:​ I have an awkward crush on Gordon Ramsay so I wouldn’t mind having him there – but obviously I would also want him to cook! I would also love Scott Fitzgerald and Donna Tart my favourite authors along. Tara Button and Marie Kondo for inspiring me to keep my home tidy.
Lottie: I​t would probably have to be James Norton as he’s the dreamiest man alive.

 

Thank you Louise and Lottie for a fantastic interview. If you would like to learn more. Head over to the shop

 

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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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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
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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

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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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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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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

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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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.

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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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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.

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.
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

How To Plan Your Baby's First Birthday Party

How to Plan Baby’s First Birthday Party

How to Plan Baby’s First Birthday Party

Congratulations you made it through the first year of parenthood. Celebrating your baby’s first birthday is a celebration for everyone to enjoy. Whether you choose to make it a grand affair or a small gathering for close family and friends, you’ll want to make it one to remember. Parentville Parties have some fun-filled ideas to help you plan the ultimate celebration this very special milestone.

 

The Venue

Finding the perfect venue will very much set the scene for your birthday party. You will need to consider if you want your party at home or find an indoor birthday party venue or somewhere with outdoor access. You may have older children attending the party and want an activity space which they can enjoy too. Browse party venues.

 

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Ampersand Hotel

How to Plan Your Baby's First Birthday Party

The Ampersand boasts beautifully decorated function spaces in eclectic Ampersand style. The Library accommodates 35 reception style and is the perfect London room for a children’s party. The Games Room can take up to 50 guests standing and 85 in conjunction with The Library, offering the ideal space for both parents and children. A children’s menu is available at £15 per person along with canapé options for adults starting at £15 pounds per person.

 

Soft Play

Café Floral in Hammersmith

A fantastic soft play venue, fully equipped with toys and entertainment for children of all ages. The venue includes a disco ball, music and a bubble machine. There is a fantastic sensory room for the babies in your party. Perfect for up to 30 children plus parents.

 

Hall

We love Phealia Fox in Little Venice. It has a lovely indoor space and a great outdoor play area too. Perfect for up to 20 children.

 

Restaurant

GOAT in Chelsea

How To Plan Your Baby's First Birthday Party

The perfect Indoor birthday party venue for little ones from all ages in our light airy bar on the first floor. With natural day light, high ceilings and a split level for the parents to relax by the bar. Accommodating up to 30 kids and 60+ parents in one room with canapes and drinks served for the adults and perfect sit down lunch/early supper for the children.

 

Photographer

How To Plan Your Baby's First Birthday Party

Hosting a party will mean you may not have time to take some pictures of your own. So why not consider a photographer or video photographer to capture the moment. ParentVille Parties have a range of excellent photographers to suit all budgets. Browse Party Photographers

 

Entertainment

The guest list to your Baby’s First Birthday Party, will most likely include friends and family who have children of different ages. You may want to consider some entertainment options which everyone can join in. Browse Entertainment

 

Puppet, Instruments, Songs, Games & Bubble Party

The ultimate party package with puppets, percussion instruments, action songs, nursery rhymes, exciting props, magical bubbles, musical games, pass the parcel, disco lights and a special present for the birthday child. Balloon modelling for children aged 3 and over. Snow machine is optional.

There will be magic, music and songs to entertain everyone from the tiniest baby, to big brothers and sisters, mums, dads and grandparents too. Each child’s party is full of fun activities and surprises. A combination of simple birthday party games, action songs, instruments and amazing puppets provide a special party where young children can join in as much as they want to…

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Lets Get Musical

A musical adventure for babies, toddlers up to 5 years old. Let your little one be entertained with a range of songs, rhymes & actions, fun puppets, colourful instruments and many other props such as scarves, ribbons, pompoms or a parachute and don’t forget the bubbles.

 

Favours

Thank your guests with a personalised bag, they can reuse again and again.

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Themed Party Boxes which include bubbles, a cone of sweeties, colouring book and much more. Browse.

 

Decorated Cookies or Cake Pops

Brilliant as feature on the sweet table or lovely as a party favour. Browse more.

How To Plan Your Baby's First Birthday Party

For more favour ideas browse our curated collection

 

Decorations

Balloons

Create a balloon installation to wow your guests.

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Partyware Packs

Fancy setting up a party yourself without the hassle of sourcing loads of coordinating items? Look no further…our Jungle Safari Party Box includes Balloon Garland kit, faux jungle leaves, acrylic sign, painted plastic animals with party hats for cake table / main table, personalised cotton party bags, chair tassels, zebra foil balloon, monochrome napkins, monochrome cups, monochrome paper plates, monochrome paper straws.

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Cakes

Whether you are making your own birthday cake or looking to find a fabulous baker, we have a few suggestions to make that job an easy one. Browse our full collection.

 

Bake & decorate your own cake

Our ‘make your own birthday cake kits’ are a brilliant way to create your very own birthday cake for your little one, without the stress of sourcing ingredients, utensils or following complicated instructions. Our baking kit contains everything you need as well easy to follow instructions, just add butter, eggs and milk.

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Themed Cakes

Finding a good cake designer is a must. We have a great selections of bakers at ParentVille. Here is Sandra’s creation for one of our daughters parties. This cake was a master piece and loved by all.

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Number Cakes

Are all the rage right now! Cakes topped with fresh flowers, buttercream frosting, macarons, fresh berries, meringue kisses.. and add any other toppings you’d like (popcorn, oreos, chocolate wafers, M&Ms, maltesers, reese’s pieces, you name it!

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Food

 

Party Food

Seriously delicious food served in a buffet style for your party, designed for children and adults to enjoy together. Choose from many dishes, from Mini Fish ‘n’ Chips, Mini Burgers to Jelly Cups, designed around any theme and plenty extras to finished off. Find out more.

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Nibble Trays for Toddlers

Nibble Trays are a colourful and healthy option for your little ones and their friends to enjoy.

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Party Lunch Boxes

Take all the fuss and worry out of organising food for your little one with these beautifully packaged lunch boxes. Inside each box is a sandwich, two treats, a cake option and an organic juice drink.

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Get in touch with ParentVille Parties today for a free Party Planning consultation.

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