Win £30 to spend at Party Bags and Supplies

After the excitement of Baby’s first birthday, things are finally getting back to normal in the grumpy household.

The decorations have now been taken down, the balloons are quietly letting themselves down in a corner, and the birthday cards will soon be packed up in a keepsake box, along with all the other knickknacks and bits and bobs that I’ve been squirrelling away as memorabilia from Baby’s childhood. I imagine that by the time I’m finished I’ll have enough junk to fill a museum so she had better do something to become famous!

Having never been involved in the running of a childs birthday party before I really did have no idea how much work it would be, or how much it would cost! There was the house to prepare, decorations to put up, party food to put out, and we needed a surprising number of paper plates, napkins, and table wears. I’m almost dreading next year when Baby will be old enough for party bags and games.

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Luckily I have 12 months to plan Baby’s next birthday party but if your need is a little more imminent, I have a brilliant competition to help you with the cost. Party Bags and Supplies are offering a £30 store credit to one lucky Grumpy Mum Reader, which can be spent on everything from themed party wear to pre-filled party bags that take the effort out of organising part bags.

To be in with your chance to win, simply enter via the rafflecopter panel below.

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  1. Open to UK residents only.
  2. This giveaway will end at Midnight on 01/09/17.
  3. The winner will be announced within 7 days of the draw ending.
  4. If the prize is not claimed within 14 days a new winner will be drawn.
  5. The blog owner is not responsible for non-deliver of prize.
  6. The prize is £30 credit at which will be supplied directly by Party Bags and Supplies on completion of the competition.
  7. Please note that if you have previously won a competition or giveaway for Party Bags and Supplies credit, you will not be eligible to enter this competition.
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  1. keep the food simple but colourful – children don’t want to have to try new tastes on a birthday party and you just end up with a lot of waste .

  2. Plan, plan, plan – and then plan some more. Plan what party food the kids are going to eat, what party games they will play and what to give to each child when they leave. Start collecting party stuff a couple of weeks prior to the big day and store it all in a plastic tub so it’s easy to access when party time arrives.

  3. My best tip for arranging the perfect children’s parties is too plan ahead, have lots of prizes and plenty of games planned.

  4. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, as long as their friends are there and there’s some cake at the end the children will be over the moon.

  5. my tip is to start very early and look for bargains… you will have a fab day and be very proud of what you have achieved because you planned planned planned

  6. Have a tick list of everything you need to buy and already have, make sure you’re well organised in advance and make sure there’s lots of fun activities planned that everyone can get involved with!

  7. When sending out invites ask parents to candidly RSVP with their child’s strong dislikes aswell as likes …especially when it comes to food.

  8. I prefer not having it at home – most houses are too small for big bunch of children. Outdoors is best – if the weather is right for it.

  9. To plan well in advance and to make lists I often forget things so work with a list and most of all to stay calm as children’s parties are so much fun yet can be demanding with little ones!

  10. stick to one theme and buy something each week before the party then it all comes together and doesnt seem so expensive x

  11. Not to make too much food as most is not eaten. Children tend to go for the crisps and cakes and sausage rolls.

  12. start planning as soon as possible. my daughters 5th birthday party, i was 8 months pregnant and full of a cold, i spent most of the party outside with my head between my legs. luckily id started planning months before, id bought a different item each week, one week was pass the parcel presents, next was table decs,then one week booked the bouncy castle. luckily the week of the party (when i became ill), id already bought/planned everything and it was just a matter of telling the other half what to do 🙂

  13. A list is the best place to start, start trying to get through it as early as you can and let other people do things from it too if it helps

  14. Write a list of everything that needs to be done and tick off as you go. Get as many helpers as possible to help make party run smoothly

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