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Sunday, 13 December 2009

Your party bags will not be delayed by the Christmas post

During the recent postal strikes we introduced a subsidised express courier service (for mainland UK only) at a vey reasonable price of £6.95. 

We have extended this offer until the end of 2010, so if you are worried that your party bags or stocking fillers will be delayed in the post, fear not!  Choose our courier option and your order will be delivered within 48 hours.

Pre Christmas orders can be collected on 23rd December, for delivery on Christmas Eve.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Looking for Christmas Party Bags?

Try these filled Christmas party mugs instead.   They make brilliant Christmas party favours and gifts, and come in a variety of designs.  You choose the type of mug you need, we will fill it with a festive-coloured balloon plus either a hair accessory or your choice of toys.  It is all wrapped up in a Happy Snowman cello bag, all ready to give out to your guests.

Choose from the unisex filled mug, the filled Christmas mug for girls, and the filled penguin party mug!

Friday, 20 November 2009

Christmas Party Boxes

Personalised Christmas party boxes are now available in our 3 lovely festive designs, featuing a snowman, reindeer and penquin!

Available in a large range of colours, they are ideal for use as Christmas party boxes or gift boxes, and can be customised with your own message.

See these and all our other Christmas party products in the Christmas section.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Product Testing!

It can be argued that I have better things to do with my day, but product testing is very important to us.  If we don't like the products, then they don't go in the bags!  Simple.

This wind-up clockwork smiley toy
provides loads of fun for only 80p!

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Christmas Stocking Fillers

Need to fill the kids' stockings but don't have time to flit round the crowded shops?  We have a new stocking fillers section, full of pocket money toys, stationery, jewellery and hair accessories, and scrummy personalised chocolate bars.  So grab a drink, sit back and buy all  your stocking fillers online.

You can see them all in our stocking fillers section.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Filled Wedding Activity Bags now available

For a while we've been selling a lovely range of wedding activity bags for children, and you can now buy them ready-filled!

All the bags are made from recycled paper, and contain toys that are specially selected for quiet play (although we know this cannot be guaranteed!).

As in all our filled party bags, you can decide on the colour and design of bag, and to make this bag extra special, we will customise it with your own message.

You can see all the new products in the wedding activity bags section.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Animal Mugs back in stock!

After what seems a long wait, we're taking delivery of more of our best selling animal mugs tomorrow (Friday 6th November).

For some strange reason, lion mugs are unavailable, but we'll have the rest of our full range available - elephants, tigers, monkeys, giraffes, penquins, dolphins, seals and dinosaurs.

You can buy them on their own, or filled animal mugs, with a balloon and small toy and wrapped in a lovely cello bag.  A perfect stocking filler or alternative to a party bag. 

Halloween Competition Winners

Many thanks to all those who entered our Halloween art competition.  We had great fun sorting through the entries, and finally decided on our two winners.

The winner of the 3-5 year old age group is Ashley Knight, aged 5, for their gorgeous pumpkin collage!

The winner of the 6 years plus category is Chantelle Holloway for her magnificent Halloween witch! 

Well done to both our winners, who will each receive a filled party bag worth £20.00.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Halloween Special Deal

With immediate effect, all orders for Halloween party products will automatically be sent by 24/48 hour courier, even if you select and pay for standard Royal Mail delivery.  So get your orders in now while we still have stock!

You can see all our Halloween party products here:

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

More courier options now available

We have made some immediate upgrades to our services, so you have two delivery options that will not be affected by the Royal Mail strikes.

Option one: 24/48 hour courier (UK mainland only) - at a subsidised rate of £6.95

Option two: non-urgent courier  - delivery takes place 4 - 6 working days from order (UK mainland and NI only) - at our standard postage rate of £4.95

In addition to this, to ensure our best customer service during these difficult times, all orders weighing over 2 kg will automatically be sent by 24/48 hour courier, and all orders worth £70.00 and over will receive free 24/48 hour courier delivery.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Business as usual during the postal strikes

Just to remind you that we will be trading as usual during the postal strikes.  In order to continue to provide our customers with the best possible service, we have reduced our courier service rates to £6.95.  In addition to this, all orders weighing 2kg or over will be sent via courier, and all orders over £70.00 will be sent by courier free of charge.  These rates apply to UK mainland only.

You still have time to order all your Halloween party bags and Christmas party bags, so why not take advantage of our reduced rates and order them now.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Another new personalised party bag for Christmas

I'd like to introduce to you the Jolly Snowman - our new design for Christmas personalised party bags.  These recycled paper bags are customised with your own message, so as well as party bags, they make really lovely (and unique!) gift bags.

Browse all our personalised party bags.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Read about a typical mumpreneur at Family Friendly Working

I was lucky enough to be featured in Antonia Chitty's Family Friendly Working blog this week!  If you want to have a glimpse into the life of a typical work-at-home-mum (or if like me, you're just plain nosey) have a look:

Whilst you're there you can do a lot worse than have a look at what Antonia has to offer.  She's an amazing PR expert and writer, and has been a great source of inspiration to mumpreneurs and business mums all over in recent years (myself included).  She's so good at what she does in fact, that she won an award for it this month.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Filled Halloween Party Bags - only £1.00

I've just added some super value filled Halloween party bags to our site.  At only £1.00 each you will save yourself time and money by popping a few of these in your cart for Halloween!

You will receive a Trick or Treat Halloween loot bag, filled with at least 8 items - from our range of Halloween critters, including large stretchy spiders, finger monsters, bats, skeletons and plastic spider rings!

Also available are Filled Halloween Activity Party Bags.

Monday, 12 October 2009

New Wedding Activity Bags for Kids

We've added some new designs to our personalised party bags, to make them more suitable for weddings.  We're delighted with Suzanne Washington's bridesmaid and page boy designs.  They make perfect wedding activity bags for your young guests - fill them with activity toys, books, puzzles etc to keep them happy during the speeches!

New Hen Night Party Bags!

We've often been asked for personalised party bags for Hen Nights, and I'm pleased to say we've just  had one designed for us by Suzanne Washington.

We love it - what do you think?

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Beat the postal strikes!

Postal workers are voting today on whether to hold national strikes.  I want to reassure all our customers that we are doing all we can to minimise disruption caused by possible strike action.

For this reason we are offering a reduced rate of £6.95 on our courier delivery service.  Also, all orders over 2kg in weight will be sent via courier, and all orders worth £70.00 and above will be sent via courier free of charge!  These rates and services apply to UK mainland orders only.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Personalised Chocolate Bars for Christmas

The perfect stocking filler for chocoholics of all ages, and a great alternative to a Christmas card, we now have personalised Christmas chocolate bars.  My particular favourite is this trio of Santa, a snowman and Rudolph.  Either they are very surprised, or they are singing a Christmas carol!

Take a look at the rest of our Christmas items including party bags, fillers and mugs in our Christmas section.

New Personalised Party Bags for Halloween

I'm delighted to share with you some of the new  personalised party bag designs created exclusively for us by very talented graphic artist, Suzanne Washington.

The first lot of new party bags are for Halloween and feature a witch in full flight (shown left), a graveyard scene complete with tombstone, spiders and a ghost, and finally a group of rather cheeky looking pumpkins!

All these personalised party bags are made from recycled kraft paper and can be customised with your own message.  They make perfect Halloween party bags and are also great for trick or treaters for storing their goodies in!

You can see these bags in our personalised party bags section, and also our Halloween section.

Friday, 2 October 2009

How to fill a party bag for very little money, and still impress!

We've all been there.  Junior comes home from a party with a party bag full of broken bits of plastic (or even worse - a plastic whistle) and additive-filled sweets, most of which end up in the bin.   Some of us (myself included), harrassed and overstressed, have also been guilty of including such items in their own party bags!

Wouldn't it be nice to be given a party bag that contains items that both parents and kids love?  Wouldn't it be even better if this party bag cost about the same as (or less than) the junk-filled one?  You don't need to spend £5.00 or above on a party bag to impress, because we've come up with some really cool, affordable party bag filler ideas.

Find out more here

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Children's Halloween Art Competition

This Halloween we are giving your children a chance to win a luxury party bag packed full of goodies, including a pack of 3 Tinti Magic Bath Bombs, a 20-track party music CD, and assorted Halloween goodies and party bag fillers.

The competition has two age categories (3 - 5 , 6 and over). One winner from each category will receive a filled party bag worth £20.00.

All you have to do is send us your child's artwork.  Full details of how to enter and the competition rules can be found here.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Halloween Party Ideas

It's not too early to start planning your Halloween party, so we've come up with a few ideas to help you along the way.

If you are thinking of holding a Halloween party at home, here are a few gruesome ways of setting the party scene:

Change all the lightbulbs for green bulbs (or make green lampshades) and cut out lots of spooky shapes in black paper to cover the windows - the effect from outside is amazing.  Alternatively, decorate with halloween spooky cutouts or pumpkin cutouts.

Make a fake grave in the garden with a hand covered in blood (red paint) coming out of the ground.  Make the hand by pouring plaster into a rubber glove.

Add red food dye to a water feature so it looks like blood bubbling up.

Click on these links for more ideas for Halloween party games and Halloween party food at Funky Dory Party Bags.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Today it be National Talk Like a Pirate Day , aaaaaaaaar!

Yes folks, Saturday 19th September is National Talk Like A Pirate Day 2009. If you're not sure how to talk like a pirate, then here's a few pointers:

What better way to celebrate NTLAPD (apart from talking like one of course - although I always end up sounding more like a Wurzle!) is to have a ......... yes,  you've guessed it......Pirate Party!

If  you DO happen to be throwing a pirate party any time soon, we have lots of pirate party bag goodies to keep the kids happy!  Aaaaaaaaaar!

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Halloween Cotton Party Bags

I just love these special Halloween personalised cotton bags.  Made from unbleached cotton, they are environmentally friendly and long lasting.

They are perfect for Trick or Treaters and Halloween Parties.  Each bag has a menacing bat with red eyes, flying in front of a silver glittery moon. 

You  can have the bag personalised with a name, or choose from the list of possible messages from the dropdown menu.

You can see these personalised halloween party bags in our Halloween party products section.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Get ready for Halloween!

Our first orders for Halloween party products started coming in yesterday, so I thought it was about the right time to blog about them.

We have plenty of Trick or Treat themed cellophane bags - perfect for use as Halloween party bags, or for filling with Halloween treats.

This year we're also stocking room decorations such as hanging bats, hanging spiders, and Halloween banners.

As you'd expect, we also have filled Halloween party bags, and party bag fillers, and if you really want your Halloween party to stand out from the crowd, how about our personalised Halloween chocolate bars?

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Summer Bank Holiday Sale

We've reduced loads of party bag fillers, bubbles, blowouts and party CD's in our end-of-season sale.

Save up to 50% on many items! Grab them now because quantities are limited and once they're gone, they're gone.

Stock up for your future birthday parties and save money while you can!

You can see all our reduced items in the sale section of Funky Dory Party Bags.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Backyard Safari

The backyard safari filled party bag is a lovely new product for lovers of bugs, minibeasts and all things creepy crawly!

The loot bag itself is so pretty it will appeal to even the most squeamish of children. It contains either a pair of magnetic ladybirds or frogs in their own matchbox, alongside a miniature frog and miniature ladybird (both really tactile and very finely detailed).

As the fillers are quite small, there's plenty of room left over to add extra fillers, as well as that all-important piece of cake, and another treats you fancy!

Planning a football party?

Then, you'll need a football party bag!

This new product consists of your choice of party bag filled with a football stationery favour set, a jet ball and gold winner's medal. It's great value and of universal appeal to football fans.

We have lots of other football themed party products including lunch boxes and personalised fabric bunting, in our football party section.

Monday, 17 August 2009

New filled party bags for girls

New in today are some new filled party bags for girls.

The first one is a Fashion Girl Party Bag which contains a set of 6 bright plastic bangles, a fashion ring and a sheet of fashion stickers. Great for Bratz fans or any type of girly party.

The next is a Filled Fairy Party Bag which contains a chunky wooden necklace, fashion ring and a strip of glittery temporary fairy tattoos. Lovely for little girls and fairy fans.

For great value and fuss-free party bags delivered quickly to your door, take a look at all our filled party bags

Competition Winners Announced

Many thanks to all of you who entered our Summer competition to win an Organised Mum party planner. Congratulations to the winners, who have been chosen by random, and notified via e-mail.

The list of winners names can be found on our competitions page.

Friday, 7 August 2009

If only dads planned birthday parties

"Women go to deranged lengths to stage a party for a child" according to Dave Barry of the Miami Herald.

I disagree (well, I would, because I'm one of them), but it is very easy to get sucked into buying everything you could possibly need to try and make sure every eventuality is covered. Through speaking to parents over the years, and having planned a few kids' parties myself, I've come to the conclusion that it's possible, and perhaps preferable, to keep things simple.

Not as simple as Dave's perfect party, though, which goes something like this:

"First off, the party would be about a month after the child's actual birthday, which is when dad would remember it. Dad's party theme would be "delivery pizza," which would also serve as the cake, the craft project and the party favor. The entertainment would be pulling dad's finger. The kids would have just as much fun."

You can read the whole of Dave's article here

You can find lots of simple party game ideas, party food ideas, as well as general party tips and some simple printable colouring sheets Funky Dory Party Bags.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Eco friendly "plantable" party bag fillers

What do you think of this for an unusual, eco-friendly party bag filler? It's a recycled paper product, embedded with wild plant seeds, so that once you've finished with it, you can plant it and be rewarded with a colourful array of wild flowers.

You can buy plantable invitations, place cards, and note cards, but our favourites are the plantable bookmarks. They are really pretty and can be customised with your own message, and would make fantastic, unusual party bag fillers.

What do you think?

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Another filled toddler party bag

We've just added another bath-themed filled party bag for toddlers. This bag contains a plastic penguin mug, bath fish or bath boats and the option of a Tinti bathwater tablet.

Click on the link to see this new toddler party bag

Friday, 24 July 2009

New filled party bags for toddlers

We've just added some new filled party bags for toddlers and preschoolers, which contain a sealife themed mug (dolphin or seal) and squeezy fish and/or boats.

You also have the option of adding a Tinti water colour changing tablet, for extra excitement at bath time!

The squeezy toys are great for playing with in the bath and or even out of the bath, and the mugs are the perfect size for small hands. As well as excellent bath toys (we use them for hair washing), they make lovely toothbrush mugs, and desk tidies for story pencils, crayons etc.

Take a look at these and the rest of our baby and toddler party products.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

New filled animal mugs

We're continually improving our range of filled party products, and I've just uploaded 2 deluxe versions of our filled animal mugs.

The first one is our deluxed filled elephant mug . The chunky green plastic mug is filled with a spiral bound safari notepad, and a gorgeous miniature elephant. You have the option of an extra toy, and the whole thing is wrapped in a cello bag of your choice.

The second new item is the deluxe filled dinosaur mug. The bright orange plastic dinosaur mug comes in 3 different designs, and is filled with a dinosaur spiral bound notepad and colourful stretchy lizard. As always, you have the option of an extra toy, and the whole lot is wrapped in a cello bag of your choice.

We'll keep you posted on more new products as they are added.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Win a Party Planner - in association with Organised Mum

Win an Organised Mum Party Planner!

Organising a children's party? Then you need an Organised Mum Party Planner - a clever little book that will help you to organise some of the most stressful social events of the year - children's parties

With a gorgeous cup cake design to get you in the mood, the planner has space to organise up to 6 parties as well as tear-out shopping lists, guest lists and space to note who gave what present. With extra sections for noting useful contacts such as venues and entertainers and a storage pocket for receipts, this handy little book, which is available from Organised Mum for just £4.99, will make sure that nothing is forgotten.

We are delighted to have 6 Organised Mum party planners to give away. For a chance to win one, all you need to do is answer the following question:

Funky Dory Party Bags sell a range of character party bags and loot bags, featuring favourite Disney, TV and movie characters, but only one of them is made from paper. Which one is it?

Send your answer, along with your name and address to

All correct entries will go into a prize draw to take place on Friday, 14th August, and the first 6 entries pulled out will each receive an Organised Mum Party Planner. Good luck!

For competition rules please see our competition page.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Personalised Cotton Party Bags

Take a look at our latest new product - personalised cotton party bags.

Each eco friendly unbleached cotton party bag measures 22cm x 23cm, and can be personalised with your child's name.

As well as a truly unique party bag, this product also makes an excellent gift bag and wedding activity bag, and can be used long after the event for storing toys, crayons etc.

You can see them in the personalised cotton party bags section of our site.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Summer Giveaway!

This summer we are giving away 3 free Tinti bath water colour tablets with every order.*

Made with natural ingredients and dermatalogically tested, Tinti bath products are kind to young skin and leave no residue.

They are great fun in paddling pools and a great way of tempting hot and tired kids into the bath at the end of the day. Pop one into the paddling pool or bath, watch it fizz about and change the water colour to red, blue or yellow. Teach your very young children about primary and secondary colours by putting 2 tablets in and watching the colours magically mingle.

You will receive a random selection of colours, and we cannot guarantee you will get 3 different colours.

* To claim your three FREE Tinti bath water colour tablets, enter discount code TINTI at checkout.

Offer ends 31st August 2009 while stocks last

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Funky Dory Party Bags on Facebook

You can now become a Facebook fan of Funky Dory Party Bags by clicking here.

Keep up to date with latest product news, announcements or simply spread the word amongst your friends.

Monday, 22 June 2009

The Politics of Birthday Parties

You've got little Johnny's birthday party looming. You've decided on the theme, the venue, the food and games (more or less), you're almost ready to give out the's all plain sailing from now on.

Or is it?

Have you invited the whole class, or just a select few? Have you forgotten to invite somebody whose party you went to last month? Will the parents want to stay? Will siblings want to tag along and create a fuss if dragged away by their ankles? If you're worried about the politics of birthday parties, then take a look at this article from the BBC for a few pointers!

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Children's Party Entertainment - how much?

Every parent who hosts a child's birthday party is faced with the prospect of keeping a large group of kids happy for 2 hours. It's certainly one of the main questions that arises in parenting forums, and can cause some worry, but can you put a price on keeping the kids happy for 2 hours?

According to this report by the BBC, parents pay anything up to £250.00 for an entertainer! That's not including the hall fee, the food, party bags etc.

Of course, if you can afford it, there's nothing wrong with splashing out on your child's day to make it one they'll never forget, but in the current climate, many of us will be less able to splash the cash.

We've found a growing trend for parents to go back to the way their parents did it when we were young. A few friends round for a tea party with traditional party games, lucky dip presents and a party bag at the end of it. If you have a garden, and the weather is good, it's sometimes the best (and cheapest!) solution. Alternatively, your local village hall or community centre may have surprising cheap rates.

But how do you entertain the kids? Easy - get a couple of willing adult helpers, a craft activity, a few games (pass the parcel, musical statues, pin the tail on the donkey), followed by tea, some time to run around the garden, and end it all with a treasure hunt.

You'll find many party games and buffet food ideas at Funky Dory Party Bags.

Of course, no party is complete without a little take-home treat, and you really don't have to pay several pounds per party bag - our most affordable filled party bags are under £1.50 each, and full of good quality, lasting fillers that will not end up in the bin as soon as you get home.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Activity Party Bags - new stock now in

We have some fab new filled activity party bags in stock. In a range of themes, these filled party bags contain a bumper sticker activity book, pack of crayons or pencils and a toy. They are great for keeping children busy during parties and events such as weddings (try teaming them up with our personalised luxury party bags), and will last long after the party or event is over.

The Sealife Sticker activity Filled Party Bag contains a sealife themed sticker activity book, pack of crayons or pencils and fortune telling fish.

The Dinosaur Sticker activity Filled Party Bag contains a dinosaur themed sticker activity book, pack of crayons or pencils and stretchy lizard.

The Alien Sticker Activity Filled Party Bag contains a space alien themed sticker activity book, pack of crayons or pencils and stretchy alien.

The Spooky Sticker Activity Filled Party Bag contains a spooky themed sticker activity book, pack of crayons or pencils and a finger monster.

Prices start at £1.15 each plus the cost of your party bag, so as always, they are great value for money as being really useful.

Summer fun!

With the schools breaking up for the summer holidays in a few weeks' time, we'll all be hoping for lots of nice weather!

I've just added some fun summer party products, ideal for handing out to the kids during summer garden parties, family barbeques, or just for giving to the kids to play with on a sunny day.

We have things that you chuck, squirt, and things that fly. We especially like the foam rocket, and the animal water pistols! Of course, no summer fun day would be complete without a water bomb or two.

These products are all great fillers for party bags and great value for money. You can see them all in our summer party bag fillers section.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Personalised Party Has Moved

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Personalised Party has moved to its very own section on Funky Dory Party Bags.

This means we have all our fantastic products on one website. So whether you are after a few empty party bags, filled party bags or something really special like a recycled luxury personalised party bags, or personalised chocolate, you can find them on the same site.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Lego Themed Party

Bored of the usual pirates, princesses, football and superhero party themes? Why not try a lego themed party? It's not as daft as it sounds. Those people at Lego have come up with some really simple party ideas - including party activities and games, and even instructions on how to make a lego cake.

The beauty of this theme is that it is suitable for all ages, in particular, toddlers and pre-schoolers who enjoy playing with lego duplo.

Take a look here.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Magnetic Ladybirds back in stock!

Our ever popular magnetic ladybirds are back in stock. Great fun for kids over the age of 3, watch them dance around as the magnets attract and repel each other.

These magnetic toys (and the equally appealing magnetic frogs) make really charming party bag fillers, especially for summer parties and family BBQ's.

Team them up also with our miniature ladybirds and miniature frogs for a real backyard safari in your party bag!

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Personalised Badges now available

We have a new product at Personalised Party - traditional button badges, customised with your own message and one of our lovely characters.

Choose from a dinosaur, monkey, fairy princess, pirate and a cow, and personalise the badge with your very own message. Now you can give the birthday boy or girl their very own unique badge, or make your guests feel extra special with a badge of their very own.

If you are planning a wedding, these badges are also great fun for hen and stag nights, and fantastic to give out to the guests at your wedding. Why not give them out to your top bridesmaids and page boys?

Follow this link to read more about our personalised badges.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Dinosaur Mugs Back in Stock!

After a short absence, I'm pleased to say that our very popular plastic dinosaur mugs are back in stock!

Like all our plastic mugs (including safari animals and sealife), these dinosaur mugs provide a great alternative to a party bag. Fill them with sweets, treats and small toys and wrap them in one of our cellophane bags, finished off with some curling ribbon, and your guest will be delighted, and as they are sturdy and long lasting, they won't end up in the kitchen bin as soon as they get home!

Just as importantly, at only £1.00 each, they provide a unique party favour or prize at a very affordable price.

Alternatively, save yourself a lot of time by letting us fill them for you by visiting our filled party mug section.

Very versatile, they make excellent toddler mugs, tooth mugs, toy and pencil tidies, paint brush mugs and bath toys, so there's no wonder they are amongst our best sellers.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Personalised Stars - Party Bag Fillers

Personalised Party have a lovely new product - handmade personalised wooden stars.

Each star measures approximately 12.5cm across. They are available in a choice of colours and have matching gingham ribbon.

These stars make really unique personalised party bag fillers, or wedding favours for children. We love them and hope you do too!

Thursday, 7 May 2009

20% off Personalised Party Bags - permanent offer

You can now buy personalised white kraft paper party bags for only 80p each! We've slashed a whopping 20% off these best sellers at Funky Dory Party Bags.

In assorted designs specially selected for their wide appeal to children, and customised with your own message, you can give your young guests a touch of luxury on a budget.

For luxury personalised recycled party bags, in assorted colours, take a look at our new sister site, Personalised Party.

Monday, 4 May 2009


We adore these new wooden springy creature pens that have just arrived - and yes, they really do go boinnn-ggg! Well, kind of.

The pens are painted in assorted bright colours and decorated with funny creatures on springs. They are sure to liven up homework, and we defy any child not to smile if they're lucky enough to find one in their party bag.

We're not sure what the creatures exactly, but they seem a bit like aliens to us. What do you think?

We're constantly adding to our collection of party bag fillers, so don't forget to pay us a visit before your next party!

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Baking for a party

Do you bake? Or, like me, do you often think about baking but never get round to it? Either way, it's worth taking a look at this new website I've found called Mums Who Bake. They have a chat forum, as well as a section on tips, and lots of lovely recipes - including ones for my favourites - banana cake and chocolate fudge cake.

They also have an online shop where you can buy all the equipment and embellishments you need. I particularly like their section on baking for a party, and in particular, their lovely little Fun Pix. You can attach messages, pictures or photos onto them and stick them in cupcakes to liven up the party table. They are particularly useful as place name holders. Also, if you're really creative, you could decorate each child's differently and personalise it with their name label in a Fun Pix and hand them out with the party bags as they leave.

If you do fancy your hand at baking for your next birthday party, as well as our own party food ideas, it's well worth a visit to the recipe section at Mums Who Bake.

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Personalised Party website is launched!

After months of hard work, I'm delighted to announce the launch of Funky Dory Party Bags' new sister site -

As you'd expect from the title, Personalised Party specialises in personalised party products such as personalised party bags, wedding activity boxes, personalised chocolate bars and handmade bunting.

The launch of Personalised Party sees the introduction of our brand new personalised recycled paper party bags. In an assortment of colours and themes, they are larger than a standard party bag, as well as luxurious and eco friendly. They make beautiful party bags and wedding activity bags.

For the time being, you will still be able to buy personalised items at Funky Dory Party Bags, but it's well worth a visit to Personalised Party, because not only will you find a larger choice of personalised products, but also, for the whole of May we are offering a 10% discount on all orders to celebrate the launch of this new site.

To claim your 10% discount, please enter code WEBLAUNCH.

If you are also looking for something to put inside your personalised party bags or boxes, then don't worry, because you can also buy party bag fillers at Personalised Party.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

New pocket money toys now in stock!

I've just taken delivery of some fab new pocket money toys that would make excellent fiddle toys for wedding activity boxes and parties, as well as party bag fillers.

First up is the pocket-sized "tic tac toe". Play noughts and crosses with yourself or an opponent. This is really handy pocket money toy for car journeys as well as events where kids might need something to amuse them for a short while.

We also have some love moody face keyrings. Flour filled rubbery faces that can be squeezed and pulled in all directions. A great fiddle toy for kids, and anybody with idle hands, really!

I'm always on the lookout for pocket-sized books and activities that can provide a bit of quiet stimulation for kids, so I'm really pleased to with our new sticker activity books. They are packed full of colouring pages, stickers, dot-to-dots, mazes, word searches and puzzles, so are perfect for wedding activity boxes and party bags.

You can see these and all our other pocket money toys in our party bag filler section of Funky Dory Party Bags.