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Buying Gifts for Children’s Parties

Buying Gifts for Children’s Parties

Some parties can consist of quite large groups of children. This tends to happen when the birthday child wants all their school friends to attend. With classroom numbers on the rise, this can involve numbers into the thirties.

Most of the children will want to invite the same group of friends when it is their turn to have a party. So you could find that your child is going to 30 or more parties a year! As it is traditional for the birthday child to receive gifts on their special day, you are now faced with the prospect of having to budget and shop for quite a few presents in the course of each year.

The following pointers will give you some good ideas to take on board, and make the process as painless on the nerves as well as the purse strings!

1. Avoid being competitive with other parents. There can be a tendency in some circles for parents to try and out do each other when it comes to buying gifts. This is a pointless exercise and can be a very costly mistake. Bear in mind that the children have little or no concept of value regarding gifts. To them a gift is a gift. They are just as likely to enjoy a gift costing £2, if not more than a gift costing five times as much!

2. Shop wisely. By planning ahead a little bit you can take advantage of buying during the sales. After Christmas can be a good time, when shops are trying to clear out their unsold stock. You can then stockpile presents by storing them in a cupboard, and then just pick one as and when required. Watch out for closing down sales, as this is another good way to buy in quantity. You may even be able to strike a better deal than what’s being offered. It’s worth asking for a further reduction if you’re buying several items.

3.It’s always worth checking out the charity shops in your area. Sometimes people donate items that are brand new!

4. Whatever presents you end up with, they all have to be wrapped at some stage. The expense of wrapping paper can really add up. An alternative free source of wrapping paper is to use old comics. This not only looks great and a lot of fun for the recipient, but it shows your creative side!

Well there you have four ideas that can save you a bundle during the course of a year. You can probably think of some other ways to save money when buying gifts. If so, why not share them in the comment box below?

For more advice on children’s birthday parties, call me at 01582 794935, or on my mobile at 07961 817834 and I will be happy to help.

Theme Series – Princess Parties


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For the second instalment in this series I am going to be giving you a step-by-step guide to planning the perfect pirate themed party.

Step 1Venue – Like I said in the previous post many choose to keep their party at home. But if you do choose to hire a separate venue some ideas could be: a town hall or parish centre, a conference room, A Hotel, a ballroom (if your really pushing the princess theme), or even an outdoor location such as a gazebo or in a park if the weather is nice.

Step 2Booking an entertainer – as I mentioned before it is always nice to have someone to entertain young children and in a magical princess theme party it could be a nice idea to hire a magician to create the magical atmosphere. However another good idea for a princess themed party is to hire a face- painter. Having your face painted as a young girl can easily be compared to the excitement of having your makeup done as an adult and can really make the child feel like a princess.

Step 3Decoration – Decorating your chosen location is the step that really brings the princess theme to life. Some ideas to help create this theme could be having tiaras as party hats, hanging bunting on the walls and Dressing tables with princess themed items.

Step 4Invitations – A great way to spend an afternoon with the family could be to make your own princess themed invitations to send to your guests. Some ideas for this could be Disney princess themed cards, Origami Frogs (Idea of the frog Price) Crowns or Origami dresses (How to make this is in my D.I.Y blog section).

Extra StepDress Code – Having the children come in their own princess dresses can not only make the party more exciting to look at. But it can make, coming to your child’s party seem like much more of an exciting occasion for your guests. If you should wish to invite boys the theme can easily be adapted to Princes.

Hope this helps and you have a magical day.

Theme Series – Pirate Parties

Ahoy! For the first instalment in this series I am going to be giving you a step-by-step guide to planning the perfect pirate themed party.

Step 1Choosing a venue: This is a step that is purely personal preference. Many choose to have their child’s party at home however you may want to hire a separate venue if you have invited lots of people. Having a separate venue can also allow for a blank canvas in the decoration process.

Step 2Booking entertainment – Hiring an entertainer takes away the hassle of keeping children busy and engaged for the duration of the party.  There is also an option to have your entertainer dress up to match your chosen theme (If your entertainer provides this). Although dressing up Mr Colliewobbles up as a fairy might not have the best result ☺.

Step 3Decoration- Decorating your chosen venue can be the most enjoyable part of the party planning process but can also become quite stressful. As this is usually the part where people need all hands on deck (excuse the pirate pun). Having a theme can make this a bit simpler as it is easy to make everything tie in. For example having pirate hats as party hats is a fun idea. Also using pirate themed paper plates and napkins can make your pirate theme stand out furthermore these items are usually quite easy to find. 

Step 4Invitations – Invitations can be a great opportunity to get your child involved in planning their party and handmade invitations can often give a more personal touch. Some ideas for this could be getting the glitter out, if you don’t mind the mess, Origami to make pirate hat invites and feathers to create a parrot card. But it’s up to you. Just get creative!

Step 5  – Novelty Items – Novelty items such as eye patches and chocolate coins can be great party bag fillers for a pirate theme. (If you choose to have them)

I hope this helps and that you have an amazing party!

Shiver me timbers!