Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Gruffalo Party Packs to the rescue

You may have noticed I haven't been blogging much lately. The reason for that is that I am in the midst of going through every single item in our house and deciding if we should ship it, sell it, give it away or dump it. The idea of organising a 4 year old's birthday party amidst all of that is somewhat overwhelming.

All of BB's parties so far have been small affairs, a few of his friends gathered in our garden to play and eat. Balloons, bunting and birthday cake - that's all you need, right? I've prided myself on the simplicity. But our house is not in a fit state to welcome guests, we may not even have a house at all by the time the birthday comes around. Also, I feel like we should have a bigger party, a chance to get together with all the friends who have been a part of BB's first four years, before we leave the country.

Believe me though, I have lost sleep over this - just how am I going to do it all. As if in answer to my question, I then received an email from a party bags and supplies company who wondered if I would like to take a look at one of their party packs and write a review. YES PLEASE!

The website has loads to choose from and it took me a while to choose. I wanted something well known and gender neutral, and so finally settled on The Gruffalo . The box arrived a week ago and I have been waiting all week to open it. BB is at nursery this morning so I finally got to take a peek. Inside are eight ready packed party bags, eight cups, eight plates, eight napkins and a table cloth.  The party bags are good: - something to make, something to make noise, a finger puppet, a wiggly snake and of course some chocolate.

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The table settings look great too. 

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Typically the pack I chose is one of the more expensive, but actually, even this only works out at £3.55 per person, which when you add up the cost and the hassle of sourcing all of these things individually, makes them quite a bargain. In fact I like it so much I am ordering more so that everyone at the party has the same.

And now I am totally into this idea of outsourcing everything...

... so, in addition, we have a lovely local bakery that are doing the food and the cake, and a party shop that is charging me a small fortune for some helium filled balloons. I don't think BB will ever have a party that's this flash again, but despite my previous opinions on keeping children parties simple, I can totally see why busy parents choose to do it this way. More expensive than a home party of course, but simpler in so many ways.

Disclaimer: The Gruffalo Party Pack was sent to me free of charge for the purposes of this review. I have not been paid to write this and all of the views are my own