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Thursday, 25 November 2010

Personalised Santa Sacks

Christmas came early to Funky Dory Party Bags with the launch this month of our new Personalised Santa Sacks.

Made from unbleached cotton and printed by hand inhouse, they can be personalised with  your own message and make a beautiful, eco friendly alternative to a Christmas stocking.  We've already sold out twice, but have taken delivery of lots of new sacks, ready to be printed, and you still have plenty of time to get your order in on time for the big day!

If you're not a big fan of Santa, you can also choose from our other festive themes - Jolly Snowman, Rocking Reindeer and Party Penguin.

See them all in our Christmas Party Section

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Personalised Trick or Treat Bags

This Halloween we have some lovely personalised trick or treat bags.  We have 3 styles to choose from - pumpkins, witch and haunted graveyard.

Choose from the cotton drawstring bag or the cotton tote bag.  Both are made from unbleached cotton and will make a fabulous trick or treat bag, or party bag, especially when personalised with your child's name.

You can see them all in the Halloween party bags section.

Get ready for Halloween

The Halloween party section is now well and truly stocked.  We have loads of Halloween party and loot bags, party bag fillers, and decorations.  Whether you're having a party or just want to decorate a room for the children, we have all you need.

Take look!

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Operation Oliver's Party - part 2

Well, I survived Oliver's birthday party.  More than that, I actually rather enjoyed it! 

The party was from 12 - 2, so I had enough time in the morning to sort out the party food - a pretty basic buffet - 3 types of sandwiches, nibbles, cocktail sausages, sausage rolls, grapes, cherry tomatoes, fairy cakes, with old fashioned jelly and ice cream was to follow.

The room was easy to decorate - just moved all furniture out of the way, stuck up a few birthday banners and chucked in a few (inflated!) balloons.  I made sure there were plenty of colouring pages and crayons on a coffee table, and I was glad I did so, because the first arrivals went straight to it and happily coloured in until the games started.

Well, I say "games"...half the kids were quite content with raiding the toy box and trying every item of dressing-up clothing on, so I left them to it, and mustered the remaining lot into a game of musical statues.  I'm not sure what they thought of my John Travolta moves, by I thought I was great!

Food was followed by a game of pass the parcel, a fair bit of dancing (the kids as well as me), and the party finished with a run around the garden and a chicken feeding session.  We have 4 chickens, so it was really nice to let the kids stroke and feed them.

We were having so much fun we almost forgot the Pinata, which Oliver's Dad hung from the rotary washing line (ingenious, isn't he?).  After what seemed a half-hour of bashing with a plastic cricket wicket, it finally gave way, sending hundreds of sweets all over the lawn.

Finally, we all sang happy birthday to Oliver, and then it was time to go home!

So what pearls of wisdom have I picked up from this experience?  Quite a few really:

  • Be prepared - make a list of all you need to do, and make sure everything is in hand or done before the big day - it's far too easy to leave things to the last minute, and then forget - nothing worse than filling the party bags as the kids are running out of the door, or realising you forgot to buy a lighter for the candles!

  • Have a few games planned - better too many than not enough, and if you run out of time to do all the games, then that's good - shows the kids had a good time!

  • Have a quiet colouring or craft activity

  • Have a few toys and dressing up clothes to hand - there's nothing better than rooting round someone else's stuff!

  • Always, always make sure you have a strong adult available to crack open the Pinata!

And finally, don't stress too much - it's a party, so enjoy it.  So long as you have everything planned, there's no reason why you shouldn't.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Operation Oliver's Party

Tomorrow is my youngest son, Oliver's 6th birthday, and he's having a by me.    Given that I earn a living selling party bags to mothers just like me, who are hosting their own parties, I thought it would be rude not to take the bull by the horns and do it myself too.   After all, I've thrown parties before.  What could go wrong?  "It'll be fine", I keep telling myself.  "Don't panic!  They're only children!"

In order to cover all bases I've made a list of things to do before the day, some of which I've actually managed to do!  These are:

  • Send invitations and make sure you chase up replies (check)
  • Buy party decorations, cake, partyware, balloons etc (check)
  • Decide what to do with the children!  I have a list of party games to play, but have yet to wrap the presents for pass-the-parcel - may leave that until tonight - a glass of wine will ease the pain - I'm a terrible wrapper!
  • Buy and prepare party food!  Well, it's been bought, and just needs preparing in the morning.  There are already 2 jellies setting in the fridge (courtesy of Oliver's very domesticated Dad!).
  • Print out colouring sheets so the kids have a quiet activity to do - not yet done, but that won't take long.
  • Sort out the party bags!  I decided to go for the personalised printed cotton tote bags and once I'd taken way too long to decide which character for which child, it was lovely to actually print some out for my own party!  Filling them wasn't a problem, as I have a rather large stock cupboard, so the only thing I had to stop myself from doing was putting too much in them!  Here's a picture of Oliver and his older brother Adam, with some of the bags.
So we're almost there....just have to decorate the room, do the food, and a few other bits, and we'll be bracing ourselves for the onslaught of a band of excited 5 and 6 yr olds!  What could possible go wrong?

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

New Luxury Cotton Party Bags

I'm pleased to announce we have expanded our luxury party bags range, with the addition of these beautiful cotton drawstring bags.  Each bag is made from heavy weight unbleached cotton and is fastened with a rope style drawstring.  Hand printed with one of our personalised party characters, they are the ideal luxury party bag for your little ones. 

We will soon be adding personalised versions - details to follow!

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Dinosaur Party Bag Fillers

I've just taken delivery of some gorgeous rubber dinosaur figures.  They are so cute that I had to get them on the site immediately!  Similar in style to our already popular zoo animal figures, they come in 6 assorted species.  Each has a character all of his own, and would make a fantastic party prize or party bag filler.  Perfect for dinosaur themed parties and budding paleontologists everywhere!

Friday, 23 July 2010

Printed Luxury Cotton Party Bags

Our personalised cotton party bags are so popular this year, but when a customer requested a printed party bag without personalisation, we said "why not"?  

So we now have a whole section devoted to printed luxury cotton party personalisation, no special message, just a big, bright, beautiful image!  

You can see them in our nifty new slideshow at the right hand side of this blog, or here.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Can't decide what to put in your party bag?

We often find that visitors to our party bags website are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which fillers to put in their party bags.

We've decided to try and make this a little easier, by offering a mystery "lucky bag" party bag.  Each bag is made from the finest white kraft paper and will be filled by us with up to 4 items from our party bag filler range.  We will send a good mixture of toys, so each child will have their own special surprise.

To find out more, follow these links to our lucky party bag for girls and lucky party bag for boys.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Luxury Cotton Party Bags - New Designs just in!

I'm delighted to say we've now added some more beautiful designs to our range of luxury personalised cotton party bags.

We have two beautiful princess party bags - Princess Tara and Princess Tia.  I'm particularly pleased with these pretty designs as they are really lovely for birthday party bags and wedding activity bags.

As well as our lovely princesses, we also have a beautiful Cherry Cupcake which looks good enough to eat, and our very own Gingerbread man, George Gingerbread...but he looks a bit nifty on his feet so you'd better eat him quick before he runs off!

As always, these cotton bags can be personalised with your own message and are hand-printed inhouse.

Monday, 28 June 2010

New Photo Personalised Party Bags

Our ever expanding personalised party section now includes paper party bags, personalised with  your own photograph and message.  We've had a huge demand for this type of product for both boys and girls' parties, as well as hen and stag nights, and finally, we've managed to upload them on the website. Simply place your order online and then email us your image in jpeg format, and we will make your very own personalised party bag or box.  You can see them all in the personalised photo party bags section.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Summer Party Bag Fillers

I think it's safe to say that summer has finally arrived in the UK, and we have just taken delivery of some fantastic summer party bag filler packs.  All our party bag fillers are great value for money, and we have something to suit boys and girls of all ages!

Take a look at our party bag filler section.

Friday, 4 June 2010

One week to go!

Visit our football World Cup 2010 party section for personalised football party bags, loads of football party fillers, England tattoos and World Cup chocolate bars!

See them all here

Friday, 28 May 2010

See all our personalised party products in one place

I decided we need a bit of a spring clean, and have reorganised the site to make it (hopefully!) much easier to navigate!  The biggest change is that you can now see all our personalised products in one place!

So whether you need personalised party bags , luxury printed cotton bags, party boxes, or some lovely personalised chocolate bars, you'll find them all conveniently situated in the personalised party section.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Are you paying too much for your party bags?

According to The Wright Stuff on C5 this morning, the average cost of a child's party bag is a whopping £7.48!!  Would you pay this much?  Is it worth it?  I certainly don't think so, and nor do I think you should have to spend that amount.

Or am I wrong?  Maybe spending a large amount is the way to impress.  If everyone else spends up to £10.00 on party bags alone, shouldn't you do the same?

I believe you can impress without spending a fortune, and that is why most of our filled party products are priced between £1.00 and £3.00.

A personalised cotton party bag, filled with items  your child can use, have fun with, enjoy...will cost less than a fiver.  The handmade "Gorgeous Britain" filled party bagfi which we devised for the World Cup is our most expensive item at £5.50.

But enough of what I think, what do you think?

Monday, 17 May 2010

"The best side drew" (Bill Shankly, legendary Liverpool manager, following a 1-1 draw)

Yes ladies, the time has come. Like it or lump it, the football World Cup is almost upon us...the first match kicks off in only 24 days' time...and don't we already know it??

As Shanks said, the best side drew, and if you'll forgive the pun, we have some fantastic colouring sheets for your little dribblers to have a go at.  Print off as many as you like.  They make fantastic party bag fillers, party and group activities.  Why not use them for a colouring competition?

Click this link to print of our World cup football colouring sheets, and many more.  For more football party products, see our World Cup Football section.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

New Look Wedding Party Bags

Our white luxury wedding activity bags have undergone a little revamp this Spring.

Instead of the recycled white paper bags (which were a little difficult to personalise, given nature of the paper) we're now offering beautiful white kraft paper bags.  They are slightly smaller in height than the old bags, but look absolutely beautiful and are very sturdy. 

Don't forget, you can still get standard recycled wedding party bags, and wedding activity boxes, as well as the ultra cool printed cotton wedding bags.

Have a look at them all in our weddings section.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Wedding Activity Boxes

Our children's personalised wedding party bags are proving very popular at the moment, with people organising their summer weddings.  Did you know though, that we also do wedding activity boxes?  They too are personalised, and feature our lovely flower girl and page boy, and are perfect for filling with treats and activities for keeping the little ones happy (and quiet!) during the speeches.

Take a look at all our wedding products in our wedding section.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Do you need party bags that are luxurious and hassle-free?

If the title describes you, then you need to have a look at our new section - pre-filled personalised party bags.  We are steadily filling up this section and are really pleased with the response it's received from customers. 

All the party bags are filled with items relating to the theme (the fairy party bag on the left is a typical expample).  You can choose between a standard paper party bag, a luxury paper party bag and a luxury printed cotton bag.  We will print whatever message you wish on the bag and fill it with the goodies, so it is all ready to give out.  What could be easier?

The range will be steadily expanding over the next few days, but take a look now and see what you think!

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Party Bag Fillers for Girls

Having 3 gorgeous sons, I don't get to buy pretty things very often, so always love it when really girly items arrive in stock!

This morning I've uploaded some lovely hair scrunchies, hair slides and wooden jewellery items, which I think would be fabulous for summer party bags, and wedding party bag fillers.  I particularly like the pixie ponios in the image, as they have lovely little bells on them that tinkle very gently when they move.

You can now see all the girls' party bag fillers in their own section:

Saturday, 17 April 2010

New look personalised party bags

I think it's safe to say that Spring has finally sprung, so I thought I'd give some of my product images a much-needed lift!

The first revamped section is now complete - the budget personalised party bags.  I'm really happy with the new images because they show the bags at their best.  You can see just how big they are as they have a side gusset that opens out, and of course, you can personalise them with any message you wish!

The ladybird party bag on the left is particularly lovely, I think!  See them all in the standard personalised party bags section.

Monday, 12 April 2010

World Cup 2010 Party Supplies

Our World Cup 2010 section is now fully stocked and open for business!   Whether you are planning a party, or gathering to watch the crucial matches, we have some lovely football gifts for the kids.

We have pre-filled, personalised World Cup football party bags, party boxes, personalised football chocolate bars, party bag fillers,  red and white balloons...!

You can see all these items in our World Cup section.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

World Cup 2010 Party

Our World Cup 2010 party section is now open!  We are very positive thinkers in Funky Dory land, and we are sure England are going to do well....

In anticipation, we've had some brilliant new designs made to celebrate the England football team's success...

Our England flags, and Footballing Bulldog can be found on personalised party bags, party boxes and the personalised chocolate bars pictured here.

The World Cup 2010 party section will be filling up steadily over the next couple of weeks, with all you need to hold a World Cup party, or just to fill up with some football treats.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Bespoke Cotton Party Bags

We now offer a bespoke cotton party bag, printed with your own message or company logo.  Ideal for special events and promotions.  Trade customers will quality for a substantial discount on the retail price, so please get in touch with us for more details.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Do these socks have the K-Factor?

I think so!  Gorgeous monkeys and other animals made out of socks!  They are absolutely lovely and each one is different, and very reasonably priced too. 

You can now buy Easter sock bunnies and chicks - a gorgeous Easter present...

To see what I'm going on about, please have a look at the Sock Monkey and Crazy Critters Facebook page.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Easter Colouring Sheets

A great Easter craft or party activity, our free colouring sheets  now include Easter Bunny and Easter Chick.  Print off as many as you wish, to keep the kids busy during the Easter holidays, or add them to your party bags as a great FREE party bag filler.

Easter colouring sheets

All colouring sheets

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Bulk Party Bag Fillers now available

As well as buying your party bag fillers in single units, you can now save money by buying them in bulk.  At the moment we have bulk packs of crayons, notepads, spinning tops, whoopee cushions, and skeleton warriors, and the section will be expanding over the next few weeks.

Take a look at the bulk party bag fillers section.

Dropshippers wanted!

I'm not sure if you know this, but we now offer a dropshipping service on all our luxury personalised cotton party bags.

All you need to do is list our party bags on your website, and when you have a sale, you order them from us at a heavily discounted rate, and we send your order direct to your customer (or yourself), under plain cover.  Simple!   No cash outlay for you, no stock to accommodate, and once you have our goods listed on your website, there's very little work involved apart from passing on the order and pocketing the difference!

We currently have a number of online stockists, and are looking to swell the ranks further.  So, if you sell party goods, children's items or personalised gifts and are interested in joining us, then please let me know and I'll send you an information pack.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Easter Party Bags and Boxes

Our Easter section is now open, and stocked with personalised party bags and boxes, featuring our lovely new designs - Easter Chick and Easter Bunny!

Choose from a party box, recycled paper bag or printed cotton bag.  Each item can be personalised with your message and/or names, so they make perfect Easter gift bags and boxes, and are ideal for Easter Egg hunts!

See them all in our Easter Party Section.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Personalised Robot Party Bag

Please meet Robert, our very own Robot.  We love his retro style, don't you?  You can take a closer look at him in the personalised cotton party bags section.

Easter Party Bags

We have some gorgeous personalised Easter party bags featuring our very own Easter Bunny and Chick.  Choose from the standard paper party bag, or go all out for the luxury cotton party bag

They make lovely gift bags and are perfect for Easter Egg hunts!

Friday, 26 February 2010

Zoo Animal Figures new in stock

I love getting new stock and these zoo animal figures are the best sort.  Each one has its own charm and is really funky.  They are similar in style to the Madagascar characters.

Personalised handmade party bags

I forgot to mention, our gorgeous handmade fabric party bags can also be personalised!  We think they are very special.

More designs to follow in the next few days, including Easter themes!

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Handmade Fabric Party Bags

I'm delighted to say we now sell gorgeous hand made fabric party bags.  The one pictured has a lovely, multicoloured butterfly pattern, which would suit both boys and girls of all ages.  The bags make fab luxury party bags, and gift bags and can be used for long afterwards for storing toys in - we love them!

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

New range of personalised party bags

In my continued quest to offer you affordable, good quality, party bags, I've just added a new range of "budget" personalised party bags.  They feature the same characters as the luxury recycled and luxury cotton party bags, but they are cheaper!  Made from recycled kraft paper, and with paper tape handles, they are larger than the average party bag, and very versatile.  Use them for parties, hen nights, weddings, picnics, or as gift bags.  I think they offer great value for money, and I hope you do too!

The one pictured here features our brand new character, Robbie Robot.

You can see them all here:

Monday, 22 February 2010

Eco Party Bags

I was delighted to see our personalised cotton party bags listed in an eco party bags feature in The Green Familia last week. The Green Familia is a must for all shoppers concerned with the environment, full of recommendations for, and information on environmentally friendly and organic products, so well worth a visit.

I'll soon be increasing our personalised party range with this fantastic new robot design, as well as seasonal themed bags for Easter and the Football World Cup, so watch this space!

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Party bags dropshipping service now available!

Do you run a website selling children's products, personalised products or party products?  If the answer is "yes", you might want to try our new dropshipping service.

You list our luxury printed cotton party bags on your site and when you make a sale, you order them online from us at a heavily discounted price.  We then send your order direct to your customer.  You pocket the difference between your selling price and our discounted price.

It's easy, and there is no cash outlay or risk on your behalf!  For further details, email us at

Monday, 8 February 2010

Photo Party Bags now available

You can now design your own luxury cotton party bag.  Send us  a photograph of the birthday boy or girl, or even a piece of their artwork, and we will turn it into a bespoke party bag.  You can also include a message if you wish. 

See here for more details.

Friday, 5 February 2010

We've reduced our postage costs for party bags

Yes, you read it right, we've reduced the postage cost on smaller orders.  If you just need a few party bag fillers, or just want to order a few party bags on their own, we don't think you should have to pay twice again in postage costs.  So now  you don't have to!  Orders up to £10.00 in value now have a special rate of £2.50 (Royal Mail, 1st class post).

So why not buy a few bits now?

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Favourite party bag fillers back in stock!

After a (too) long absence due to factors beyond our control, we're pleased to have back in stock 2 all time favourite party bag fillers for girls.

These are the chunky fashion ring - at only 30p each and with a variety of different designs including fruits, flowers and love hearts, they are a very pretty, cheap party bag filler for little girls.

In addition to these, we're delighted to welcome back the popular mini scented notebook.  These tiny notebooks come in a variety of different designs and have a lovely scent - and at only 25p each, they are fantastic value!

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

More Super Value Filled Party Bags

Our great value filled party bags section has been selling so rapidly of late that it was beginning to look a little I've just added lots more products.  These filled party bags are great value, because not only do they save you time and effort, as most of them cost less than £2.00 each, they also save you money!

We've a large range to choose from, to suit boys and girls of all ages, so take a look for yourself:

Monday, 18 January 2010

Animal Mugs back in stock

For some years now, we've carried the largest online range of animal party cups, and I'm pleased to say that following a mad rush of sales last week, we are today back to our full range of 9 different animals.

Choose from our safari/zoo range (tiger, lion, monkey, elephant, giraffe), our aquatic range (dolphin, penquin, seal) and our personal favourite, the dinosaur!

You can buy ready filled animal mugs, or buy your animal party cups just by themselves.  Either way, they make a charming party gift for children and toddlers, and provide an affordable, useful alternative to a party bag.

Friday, 15 January 2010

New Personalised Party Boxes

Just launched is our updated range of personalised party boxes.  Featuring the same funky characters as our recycled personalised party bags, and printed cotton party bags, they make a fantastic alternative to a party bag, as well as brilliant party food boxes and wedding activity boxes.

Choose from 14 gorgeous characters, customise with your own message and you have a party box quite unlike anybody else's.  Perfect.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Wedding Party Bags

Planning your Spring or Summer wedding?  Don't forget to look after your younger VIP's.  They can become very fidgetty and oh, what's the word....yes, that's it "BORED" during the important parts of the day, so why not give them their very own wedding activity bag?

We have a choice of designs for girls and boys, ranging from traditional wedding designs to funky monsters, and lots of activities that will keep them happy (and quiet!) for a short time at least...

Choose from our selection of luxury cotton printed bags, or recycled paper personalised bags. We'll even provide them ready-filled, if you wish.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Luxury Party Bags

I'm excited to announce the launch this week of our range of  luxury party bags.

Made from environmentally friendly unbleached cotton and featuring the same funky designs as our recycled personalised party bags , they are the ultimate in posh party bags!  

Each bag is printed with your own message and one of our funky cartoon characters, designed especially for us.  You won't find these designs anywhere else!

If you are planning a wedding this year (or know somebody who is), we have some gorgeous wedding designs too, so you can give your young VIP's their own wedding activity bag to keep them happy during the quiet times.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

New personalised party bags range now available!

I'm pleased to launch the funky new range of personalised party bags, designed exclusively for us.  You won't find these party bags anywhere else!

The characters are all modern and fun, and are designed to appeal to a wide range of children.  They range from silly sharks, monsters dressed as pirates, skating and surfing monsters, fairy princesses, space aliens...the list goes on so it's probably best you have a look for yourself.

You can see them all here

Our new range of free colouring sheets contain the very same characters, so why not print some off and pop them inside as a nice free party bag filler.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Print off free colouring sheets

If you're looking for a fun party activity or just to amuse the children who are stuck in during the cold weather, why not print off some of our free colouring sheets?

We have 13 funky new designs, now available.  The themes are modern and varied, and include a fairy with attitude, a silly shark and monsters in many disguises!  There's something to suit children of all tastes, so please, help yourself.