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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!

 

To find out more about Louisa and Truly Scrumptious, please click HERE

 

Easter Gift Ideas For Kids

Easter Gift Ideas For Kids

Easter Gift Ideas For Kids

Easter Gift Ideas For Kids
Easter Gift Ideas For Kids

First comes the Easter egg hunt, then comes a basket filled with chocolate eggs. Looking to treat your little one to something that will last longer than a chocolate egg this Easter? Discover a whole host of unique gift ideas for kids, to make this Easter one to remember. ParentVille Parties have picked out ten Easter gift ideas your kids will love.

Easter Gift Ideas For Kids
Easter Basket Cupcake Kit

 

1. Easter Basket Cupcake Kit

Kids will love baking and decorating these imaginative Easter Basket Cupcakes. Fill each basket with mounds of sprinkles and chocolate eggs and finish with a handle (that they can munch on too!!) Makes enough for 10 cupcakes.

 

Easter Gift Ideas For Kids
Paint Your Own Easter Cookies

 

2. Paint your own Easter Cookie

Kids will love painting these Easter inspired cookies. Use the paint palette on your cookie & use a little water to paint your Easter masterpiece. It’s a fun activity your little one will really enjoy.

Easter Gift Ideas For Kids
Easter Bunny Biscuits

 

3. Easter Bunny Biscuits

Send some Easter joy with these Bunny biscuits. They are a great alternative to chocolate. These handmade biscuits can be personalised too. The biscuits come in a vanilla or lemon flavour and are gift wrapped in a box with spring coloured ribbon.

 

Easter Gift Ideas for Kids
Easter Bunny Bags

4. Easter Bunny Bags

Kids will love their very own personalised bunny bags.  Perfect to use on your Easter egg hunt or to use all year round

 

Easter Gift Ideas
PLAYin Choc

5. PLAYin Choc

Chocolate and a toy! Now you are talking. PLAYin Choc Kids contains two individually wrapped, deliciously creamy, organic, dairy free chocolates and a delightful cardboard toy to assemble. The toy comes with its own fun facts educational info card.

Because we care about you and our environment Playin Choc is organic, vegan, avoids potential allergens such as soy, gluten and dairy, contains no refined sugar, is environmentally responsible and uses only recycled, recyclable and compostable materials. Our chocolate is wrapped in clear film that is 100% plant based and completely home compostable.

 

Easter Gift Ideas for Kids
Afternoon Tea Picnic

6. Afternoon Tea Picnic

Leave the house and enjoy the sunshine this Easter with our Afternoon Tea Picnic. Our picnics include everything you need for a delicious afternoon tea with a yummy selection of mouth watering cakes, sandwiches, scones, freshly squeezed orange juice and a choice of tea, coffee or infusion.

Easter Gift Ideas For Kids
Meri Meri Easter Box

 

7. Easter Biscuits

Kids will love this Easter cookie assortment of bunnies, flowers, rainbows, chicks and speckled mini eggs. Handmade and gift wrapped.

 

Easter Gift Ideas for Kids
Bunny Balloon Kit

 

8. Bunny Balloon Kit

Kids will love this Bunny Balloon Kit this easter. Enjoy hours of fun creating your very own Easter bunny balloon. The kit comes with all the things you will need to decorate your bunny balloons.

 

Easter Gift Ideas For Kids
Personalised Easter egg Biscuit

9. Easter Biscuits

Perfect for Easter, these individually handmade biscuits are iced in our Spring pastel colours. Each one is hand decorated and can be personalised with the name of the recipient, or a general “Happy Easter” message. Do something different to chocolate this year!

 

10 The Little Welcome Baby Gift Box

Too young for chocolate? Now your baby can celebrate Easter with these ‘Welcome Baby Gift Box’. Each gift box comes with an adorable designer shirt for your little one and much more.

Gift for girl

Easter Gift Ideas
New Baby Girl Gift Box

Gift for boy

Easter Gift Ideas for Kids
New Baby Boy Gift Set

 

To browse our full collection of Easter gift ideas for kids, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

A sunny afternoon in Primrose Hill

With all the sunny week-ends coming up it’s the perfect time to go out with the whole family and enjoy a perfect day out!

Whether you’ve been there already or not we really recommend Primrose Hill Park. There is so much to do around the area : from the top of the hill with the great view of London, to the zoo, to the restaurants..! It’s fun guaranteed for the whole family 🙂

 

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It is the name of the park after all.. So you guessed that there will be some hiking right? Don’t worry it’s not that high and the view is really worth it! You can play “spot famous buildings” with your children, and see who recognizes the most buildings! You can see the whole city and you have a view on the zoo!

 

 

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2. London Zoo

Everybody will be mesmerized by the fact that there are giraffes in the middle of London! There are so many types of animal there that everyone should have their share of fun! They have also added lions since Easter so we really recommend you go check it out!

 

 

 

 

3. Food time!

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You have plenty of choice around and if you go there on a Saturday the market behind the park will be opened so you can enjoy local food and sometimes even live music!

If you’d rather eat in a restaurant, there are plenty of restaurants closer to Chalk Farm, on the parallel street to the park, including Oka an asian mixed restaurant (the kid menu is really tasty and original, and for once doesn’t include chicken and fries). They have some tables outside (but you might want to book a table for them though)!

 

 

We ended the day by walking along the Regent’s Canal (you can go towards Little Venice or Camden, depending what type of experience you wish to have!)

 

Looking for a fruity Summer?

 

 



Check our Party platform!

Only 2 weeks left before 3 lucky mummies win a week of Freida’s Pantry energy bars supply! Join our competition for a chance to win! 

This summer, take an afternoon off with your children and breathe some fresh air picking fruits in a farm. Need some convincing? Check out the top 5 reasons why you should try fruit picking on our blog! Strawberries are out, let’s start picking!Our favorites were

Parkside, Garsons and Copas Farms! What ParentVille says? Kids (and let’s be honest, adults too) will love spotting strawberries and eating them directly off the branch! It will definitely put a smile on everyone’s face!

Big Parties for Tiny People

Have you ever had to plan a party for your child? Birthdays, Christmas, First day of summer: there is always a good excuse to party! 

We’ve just launched ParentVille Party! 

On this platform you can book everything you need for your child’s party in a few clicks.  Entertainer, photographer, cake, venue, decorations: you name it! Everything has been handpicked by our community of parents 🙂

Treat a parent!

We’ve met Alexis, the founder of The Essential Bag Company for a nice diet coke. She told us all about being both a mum and an entrepreneur. Read her interview to know more about her!

Looking for a gift for a baby shower, or a new parent? You’re in luck as The Essential Bag Company is offering 10% off to all ParentVille parents. Have a look at our favourite’s selection

Join the adventure!

Whether you wish to ease into a job after a break or you’re looking for a new adventure that fits in around the kids, we have great news for you!

We’re hiring “Talented Mums” for our new exciting venture, a role that is ideal for someone who is social and loves networking.

It’s a fun, flexible, part-time role. You can work from home and manage your own time.

If you think you’d be a great fit then please get in touch on team@parentville.co.uk

For other ideas of week-end fun, tips or read about inspiring parents you can always visit our website
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Half Term Family Fun!

 

 
 


 

3 lucky mummies will win a week’s worth of Freida’s Pantry energy bars (for pregnancy, breast feeding or new mums)

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Family Fun this Half Term!
Looking for activities that will please the whole family? We have selected a few of our favourite activities. From outdoor to theatre, music and arts you should find something to make everyone happy! 

 

 

 

Embark on a family adventure and introduce your little ones to the theatre at The Little Angel Theatre. They are playing “We’re going on a Bear Hunt” until June 26th. Fun and thrills guaranteed!

 

If you’re looking for something more exotic while staying in London, be sure to check the Royal Albert Hall. The Arabian nights will transport your whole family to oriental horizons!
 

Tired of the London Zoo? Why not go to a farm (in the city!) to see the cuter-than-ever newly born animals.

Visit Mudchute Farm, Hackney City Farm or Spitalfields City Farm, we dare you not to come back with a baby lamb!

 

Get crafty with the family!
Embrace your inner Leonardo Da Vinci at 3 House Club or revive Geppetto while creating moving toys at the V&A Museum of Childhood.

 

 

For other ideas of week-end fun, tips or read about inspiring parents you can always visit our website
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See you at my birthday!

 

 





LAST CHANCE to win a Knuma Connect 4 in 1 Highchair (worth 220£), join our competition for a chance to win! We will be announcing the winner on our birthday this Saturday

See you at my birthday party

Come and bring your friends to celebrate our special birthday party with 3 House ClubNW8-mums.com and ParentVille next Saturday 21st May from 2:30 to 6pm.

Tickets are only £5 per child and proceeds will go to Cocoon Family Support. Register here!

What have we planned for you?
Plenty of classes for 0-8 yrs old kids from these fabulous entertainers: Amanda’s Action ClubClub Petit PierrotTatty Bumpkin Hampstead Caterpillar Music Hampstead

Phileas Fox Nursery School and Art!

Cakes, snacks and drinks thanks to the generous support of Maple Walk School and the talented Bake with Maria!

There will be a bouncy castle and even Peppa may show up!!!

A Special Guest

Annabel Karmel will join us to sign her new book #BusyMumsCookbook – you can buy a copy on the day to be signed by her!

Annabel is a modern day “mumpreneur” juggling life as a busy working mother of three with a hugely successful career.

Since launching with the Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner more than 20 years ago, Annabel has written 40 books, which have sold over four million copies worldwide, covering every stage of a child’s development.

Enter our Birthday Raffle!

You could win vouchers from Lords at Home, Tiddly Winks, The Beauty Centre, Aurora London or Courtenay’s Day Spa!

To enter the raffle, simply like our Facebook pages (Parentville, 3House Club, NW8 Mums).

You can share our Facebook post for an extra chance to win!

For other ideas of week-end fun, tips or read about inspiring parents you can always visit our website
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