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

4 comments:

  1. I just did the same thing for Elsie party since we were in the throws of moving back into our apartment. While I sweated about the cost, everyone had a great time and it was nice to just go home at the end and not worry about cleaning up or any of the other details. Which was great because all our boxes arrived two days later and that was chaos enough for me!!

    Have fun sorting!! It was so nice to throw things away! (My proudest moment... I snuck Elsie's play kitchen to the curb and she hasn't noticed it is gone yet! And someone else took it before the garbage truck came so hopefully it is off to a new home!)

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    1. Well done with the kitchen! I have sent a few things to the charity shop myself. Was quite nervous the other day when he came in the shop with me. They did say that toys sell very fast and I was lucky that he didn't see anything he recognised!

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  2. Moving was horrendous enough for me just from one state to a neighboring state and with just the baby and two dogs. If there ever is a time to "outsource" party prep, this sounds like a definite one. So where will the party be?

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  3. I think harder with a baby though MN as you can't put them down. Though an almost 4 year old unpacks for you, and things on the charity shop pile come back because "I want to keep it forever" so I try and do as much as I can on the day he goes to nursery. Party is going to be in a little soft play centre with an adjacent dining room. Only two hours... It will be fine!

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