8 Healthy Snack ideas for Summer Parties

Children’s Parties are all about having fun and special treats but it’s a good idea not to overload little ones with too many sugary snacks – you’ll only regret it once the guests have gone home…. While the summer is still around, get creative with the delicious fruit of the season. Here is a list of 8 healthy snack ideas for your last summer parties.


  1. Fruit kebabs

Get some wooden kebab sticks and load them up with some colourful fruit – strawberries, melon, apple, grapes – they look fantastic and are super healthy.


  1. Pitta crisps with hummus

Cut up some wholemeal pitta bread into triangles and bake in the oven until crispy. Serve with some hummus for a tasty alternative to crisps. Kids will love the crunchy crisps and dipping in!


  1. Pineapple and cheese on sticks

Go retro and chop up some pineapple and cheddar cheese on cocktail sticks. Great fun and healthy. Check out the recipe and how to do it here


  1. Sliced Fruit 

It’s simple, easy and adds a beautiful pop of colour to your table. Grab different kinds of fruit on the supermarket, slice it into different shapes and put it on a big and beautiful dish in the center of the tabledish.


  1. Fruit smoothies

Instead of serving fizzy drinks or sugary squash, try and blend your own fruit smoothies and serve with fancy straws and umbrellas to make it look like a cocktail!


  1. Popcorn

A few bowls of popcorn are a great healthy snack to serve at a party. Kids love it and if you go for the salt and sweet options available they get a little kick of sugar but not too much.


  1. Nuts & Raisins

Bowls of nuts and raisins are a healthy snack that will give kids fuel for all the party games. Watch out for younger children though as nuts and raisins could be chocking hazards. Also, make sure there are no peanut allergies.


  1. Cupcakes

You can’t have a party without cake but if you’d rather not serve big slabs of birthday cake full of icing and sugar, bake or order individual mini cupcakes or muffins to serve up so you can control the portions. You can also make these with added fruit and cream cheese icing to lessen the sugar content.


What healthy snacks would you prepare for a children’s party?

Please share with us by commenting below! Thank you.

Sunday It’s picnic time!

We know it has been a bit rainy in the last couple of days but this Sunday, 2nd of July, the sun will shine at Paddington Recreation Ground for the Parentville Parties and Maida Parents Summer Picnic and we want you to join us for this great event. Bring the whole family and friends, we promise there is fun for everyone!
From 11.30AM it will be PICNIC TIME for Maida Vale Parents join our party. There will be plenty of fun activities for children and parents. You just need to bring your own food, and we will do the rest.
Some amazing companies are joining Parentville Parties Summer Picnic so you can be sure it will be a fantastic day outside full of energy and loads of great fun.
At 12.30pm feel the rhythm of the music and get the little ones moving and dancing with Kangaroo Kids team.
At 1pm it’s time to sing “en français” with the fantastic team of Club Petit Pierrot.
Join us at 1.30pm for an energetic Super Soccer Stars game and at 2pm get inspired with loads of creative activities organized by Hartebeeps and Tatty Bumpkin at the 3 House Club.
Older children and parents can have fun too creating amazing crafts with Arty Club (2pm) and try new performing arts like street dance.
During the whole day, Mystical Faires will spread some secret magic in the air…
Our generous sponsors include Phileas Fox Nursery Schooll, Maple Walk School, and Kinfo App. Thank you for being part of this event helping our team and Maida Vale Parents to give all the families a great time this Sunday, 2nd of July.
Paddington Recreation Ground is at Randolph Avenue, Maida Vale W9 1PD.  Come around 11.30AM so we can catch up before all the activities begin.
See you Sunday!
Parentville Parties Team
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A warm flat white with Joanne Kay

We’ve been amazed by her colourful designs and exquisite taste. Let’s get to know one of our most creative artists on Parentville Parties, Joanne Kay, aka The Humble Hostess. You can now browse her fabulous range of personalised party supplies on our marketplace, with the following themes: TrainsGrey & Yellow BunnyAnimalDinosaurFootballRainbow & UnicornsSuperhero & last but not least Princess !

ParentVille : How did The Humble Hostess project start?

_MG_7389KshopJo: I first came up with the idea for packaging themed party supplies when sitting with my NCT group planning the children’s 3rd birthdays. It was the first time we had really held children’s parties and as we were all parents to 2nd children by that point and returning to busy jobs everyone felt a bit overwhelmed by the process and amazed at how time consuming it was and how difficult it was to find attractive quality items. When they had then ordered things from several different suppliers some didn’t arrive in time for the party, some were different sizes or colours than they had expected and of course there were endless parcels arriving at the door either while they were out or the knocks on the door woke the sleeping baby!


I then thought back to my work trips to the US where I had seen a huge range of baking and party accessories for sale which weren’t easily available in the UK. A quick browse of Pinterest US children’s parties shows some amazing ideas and the beautiful themed personalized parties are becoming increasingly popular in the UK following US trends such as cupcakes, cake pops and sweetie tables or dessert bars at weddings which are trends that had previously crossed the Atlantic and taken off in the UK. Themed parties, ‘cake smash’ photoshoots for 1st birthdays and baby showers are becoming more and more popular with many parents hiring party planners, professional photographers and uploading photos to their blogs or social media accounts. Obviously most parents aren’t interested in going to such lengths but still want to put together a beautiful party and knowing how busy life can get with young children and juggling childcare, running a home and working I felt that there was a market for a themed party box containing all the party tablewear of cups, plates, straws and napkins all colour coordinated. We then decided to make the kits unique by adding in the hand crafted items such a framed print, bunting and cupcake picks all personalized with the birthday child’s name and age. We then added party bags, water bottle wraps, stickers to personalize other decorations and so on so that you can easily put together a beautifully themed party really quickly and simply with just one website, a few clicks and just one box to take delivery of.









I then starting putting together a number of theme ideas, creating mood boards for the colour schemes and theming ideas, scouring Pinterest and party planners’ sites and putting together the best of the ideas available. Luckily I have a Pinterest obsession and am obsessive about attention to detail, even our delivery labels and boxes have to look pretty and be colour coordinated!



HumbleHostessP: Tell us more about your own background prior to this venture

J: I set up The Humble Hostess at the beginning of last year when my maternity leave with my daughter was coming to an end and I was considering whether to return to work or to take the plunge and set up on my own. I previously worked for a large London University in International Development. This involved a lot of international travel mainly to the US and South America which I loved but with 2 small children it wasn’t feasible to continue with this amount of travel so I started to look into other options that would work around childcare and school hours. I’ve always loved anything ‘crafty’, baking birthday cakes and throwing Easter or Halloween parties complete with themed food and coordinating decorations so it seemed the obvious place to start.


P: What was your biggest challenge when you first started your own business?

J: I had all the ideas of what I wanted to produce, how it should look and how I would market it but am not the most tech savvy person so the logistics of how to put it all together really stumped me. Fortunately my husband works in IT so was easily able to put together a website and start with the digital side of the design work while I focused on gathering information from local parents, finding suppliers, networking with similar businesses and revisiting the marketing and social media side of my old career.


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P: Who is your target audience?


J: I understand how time consuming it is to plan a party, that there are so many small elements to pull together and that it frequently gets left to one parent to organize on top of their usual parenting and working life. Our typical customer is a busy parent who is interested in fashion or interiors and typically has taken great care in decorating and styling their home and puts time and effort into searching out unique pieces of children’s clothing and room decorations and wants to throw a party to match their style. We try to make it as easy as possible for them to put together a stylish party that their child will love so that they can spend the extra time in the run up to the party making more birthday memories with their little one.

P: How do you maintain your work/ life balance?

J: My 2 children are in nursery 2 days a week so I have 2 full days to run the business supplemented with many long evenings and quick emails from the park or soft play! I try to avoid looking at emails on the days that I have the children for the day but usually find that I have the best ideas when I’m busy doing something else rather than sitting at the laptop waiting for the ideas to come!

P: The craziest birthday party that you’ve ever been to?

J: I’m not sure I’ve been to any ‘crazy’ birthday parties (not children’s parties anyway!) but I do notice that they are getting more elaborate, just last week I took my 3 year old son to a party where there was a manicurist booked to do the mum’s nails which I thought was a great idea. I am beginning to think that should be a prerequisite of every children’s party!











P: What has been your most successful marketing technique? Any advice you would give to a fellow entrepreneur?

J: Being based in SW London’s ‘Nappy Valley’ has been hugely important to the initial support the business has received. There are so many local businesses and online forums we can work with and my advice to anyone starting out would be to reach out to local businesses and anyone who might be interested in what you are doing. I’m learning about a whole new community of similar small businesses and bloggers thanks to Instagram and love all the comments from people about how easy it is to put together their party or how their child had a great time.

P: What are your future plans?

J: In the near future we plan to add personalised invitations and thank you cards to match all the party themes and have recently started offering a bespoke service after requests for our party designs in different colours or from people looking for something unusual or unique. We are also getting an increasing number of requests for christenings or naming ceremonies and baby showers so will start designing them later in the year.


P: What are your favourite weekend family activities?

J: With 2 active toddlers we find ourselves spending a lot of time at_MG_7406Kshop National Trust properties.







We were gifted a Family membership when our oldest was born so we take every opportunity for family days out, meet friends from elsewhere in the country at a property halfway between us and often break long journeys with a quick visit for lunch and a chance for a run around. I feel that living in London the children don’t get many opportunities to run as far as the eye can see, make dens or roll down hills so I love taking them to places where they really can roam free!

My Perfected Lemon Cake Recipe

I made a number of lemon cakes in the last few weeks to get it perfectly right. It’s also due to the fact that my daughter loves baking, i.e. stirring the batter, and lemon doesn’t stain my carpet like chocolate does!

The secret is in putting the lemon zest in the batter, so don’t get lazy and skip this step!

The quantities are for 2 medium cake loaves. If you’re going through the hassle, you may as well do 2 cakes in one go.


  • 4 eggs
  • 3 lemons
  • 225 g of butter
  • 400 g of flour
  • 350 of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 250 ml of buttermilk or soured cream
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar (icing sugar)

My step by step lemon cake recipe:

Preheat the oven to 180 / 200 C

1- Mix 350g of sugar with 225g of butter until smooth. You can use an electric mixer or a manual one.

2- Add 4 eggs, 1 at a time and mix thoroughly.

Add the zest of 3 lemons – keep the lemons aside for later use

3- In another bowl, mix 3 cups of flour (400g), half a teaspoon of baking soda, half a teaspoon of baking powder.

4- In a third bowl, mix the juice of 2 lemons with a teaspoon of vanilla extract and 250 ml of buttermilk (You can also use soured cream)

5- Alternatively add the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture to the batter.

6- Grease and flour 2 loaf pans. You can use vegetable oil instead of butter to grease your loaf pans.

Divide the batter evenly between the 2 pans.

If you only have one loaf pan you can cook half of the batter first and half of it later.

7- Bake for about 45 min to 1 hour, until a knife that you dig in the cake come out clean.

8- Cool for 10 min- that’s the easiest step, so you can sit down and chill. When the cakes are cool, take them out of the pan and put them on your cake stand or dish.

9- Mix 2 cups of powdered sugar (icing sugar) with the juice of 1 lemon and whisk until smooth.

10- Poor over the tops of the cakes and allow to drizzle down the sides. Leave the cakes to rest until the icing becomes hard.


Yummy… enjoy!

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 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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What’s New? We’re giving away a Knuma 4 in 1 Connect Highchair (worth 220£), join our competition for a chance to win!


Can you believe it’s been a year already?
Last year we launched ParentVille app on iTunes and Google Play… and we’ve grown so much since! We were incredibly lucky to be featured as download of the week in Tech City News, and the “essential app” according to Prima Baby Magazine! We have a lot more surprises and new adventures coming your way and we can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been working on 😉A birthday calls for celebration! We’re throwing an exciting triple birthday party with 3 House Club and NW8 Mums, join us on 21st of May!

A Spa in your own home!Thinking of treating yourself to a well deserved me-time? Now you can bring the Spa to your home with City Swish, so you won’t even need to find a babysitter!

They are offering ParentVille parents a special discount (£15 off on orders above £40). All their services are listed here, just use the code CSPARENTVILLE when booking. Offer ends on 30th April.

Solving the jigsaw of school admissions in the UK
UK school admissions processes can be daunting and full of challenges!Seeking advice on how to prepare in the best possible way, ParentVille teamed up with Simply Learning Tuition, one of London’s leading Education Consultancy and Private Tuition Agencies. You can read the article on our blog.


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