5 Yultide Curiosities + Free Postage Offer

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Yuletide Jollity from Party Ark

Santa Cutout
Santa Pinata

It’s almost December, the warehouse is freezing cold, and we’re enjoyably exhausted sending out box after box packed with Christmas stocking fillers and party themes. This November promises to be our biggest ever, so a big thank you if you have ordered, and if you haven’t … we’re running low on a number of lines already! There’s Free Postage for order over £50 (not costumes, sorry) by clicking any of these links.

As we are getting blanketed by a carpet of snow, what better time to be thinking about the holly plant. In the spirit of Christmas, here are five things you probably didn’t know about our prickly friend.

1. Holly has nothing to do with ‘holy’; its name derives from words meaning prickly. Because it thrives through cold and snowfall, it signifies hope against adversity.

2. Holly is thought to bring men good luck; its counterpart for women is the ivy plant, hence the song. Its associations with Christianity derive in part from the symbolism with the crown of thorns, with its red berries representing the wounds.

3. However, traditions involving holly are far older than Christianity: the Romans offered it up to Saturn during the Saturnalia, and the Celts celebrated the battle between the Oak King and the Holly King. (The Holly King triumphs during the winter months, the Oak King for the summer.)

4. For centuries it has been thought that hanging a holly wreath upon your front door deters demons and spectres from entering; a few sprigs around your bed keep away the goblins. Even better is a few holly branches indoors, which will keep the elves of the woodland safe, apparently.

5. Holly berries will make you quite poorly if you eat them, so please don’t. It does, however, make an excellent winter fodder for sheep and cattle, and you can even make herbal tea from it – it is highly stimulating, because its leaves have the highest content of caffeine of any plant.

We don’t actually sell holly, but we do sell all manner of other stocking fillers – here are some of our favourites. (Just put your mouse over the products for the name.)

 
Red Snowflake
 
Polka Dot Snowman
 
Sledging Snowman
 
Ornamental Tree
 
Golden Snowflake
 
Christmas Tongue Rollers Christmas Snap Wooly Snowman Snowman Kaleidoscope Jolly Jokes Wooden Push Base Chrismas Character Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle Christmas Punch Balls
Chocolate Gold Sovereign Christmas Maze Puzzle Nativity Press-out Model Dinosaur Egg Excavation Mini Wooden Construction Kit
Monster Doodles Make Your Own Retro Robot Felt Craft Fashion Red Spotty Windmill Fairy Cupcake Notebook Design a Butterfly Strawberry Candy Cane Red Spotty Coloured Pencils
Russian Dolls Games Compendium Box London Playset in a Bag Make Your Own Christmas Angel Snazzy Wooden Watch Wooden Transport Yo Yo Colourful Spotty Tea Set Goldilocks Finger Puppets
Rainbow Music Bells Space Adventure Bath Squirters Fairy Blossom Trinket Box Butterfly Tiara Charlie & Lola Playing Cards Mother & Baby Elephant Jigsaw Mini Modelling Clay Lindt Chocolate Mini Reindeer
 

We do like to hear from our customers if there is anything we can help you with. We’re here during office hours on 01572 748 609.

Emily
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5 Mince Pie Facts + Nativity Extravaganza

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Featured November Party Themes
We know a lot of you are still throwing Birthday Parties at this time of year, and we have some splendid new themes in, including the lovely Twinkle Toes ballerina theme, and the smashing Space Cadet partyware.
Space Cadet Twinkle Toes Teddy Bear Fun Princess Party Pirate Party
Nativity Extravaganza

Santa Cutout
Life-size Santa Cutout

This week we had our first mince pie of the year, and so keep are we on this flavoursome mini-snack that we’ve bought in a load of lovely tiered cupcake stands which look simply splendid with our little pastry friends.

In the spirit of Christmas, here are five things you probably didn’t know about mince pies.

1. Henry V, our most brave of medieval kings, was served mince pies at his coronation in April 1413. Crazy giant monarch and gastro-nut Henry VIII was a big fan too.

2. There’s no meat (any more) in the mincemeat – but originally the dried fruits were there to preserve the suet which was inside the pie. We prefer ours the modern way.

3. Miseryguts republican Oliver Cromwell famously banned mince pies. Of his entire life’s work, this is his most memorable legacy – serves him right.

4. Traditionally, mince pies have a star motif on top to represent the star of Bethlehem. If your baker isn’t putting stars on top, demand that they do!

5. Always stir the mixture clockwise. To stir anti-clockwise allows you-know-who to taste your pies, something no-one wants. Also, always wolf down all your pies before twelfth night or you-know-who might do it for you. (And no we don’t mean Lord Voldermort.)

We don’t actually sell mince-pies, but we do sell all manner of other stocking fillers and associated partyware, so if you haven’t done so already, please take a look around.

We do like to hear from our customers if there is anything we can help you with. We’re here during office hours on 01572 748 609.

Emily

 
Tiered Cupcake Stand
Tiered Cupcake Stand
 
Santa Puppet Kit
Santa Puppet Kit
 
Scrumptious Cupcake Kit
Scrumptious Cupcake Kit
 
Monster Hands Temporary Tattoos
Monster Hands Tattoos
 
50 Things to Spot In London
50 Things to Spot in London

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Stocking Fillers Now In + Big Discount on All Partyware

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Christmas Tongue Rollers Christmas Snap Wooly Snowman Snowman Kaleidoscope Jolly Jokes Wooden Push Base Chrismas Character Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle Christmas Punch Balls
Chocolate Gold Sovereign Christmas Maze Puzzle Nativity Press-out Model Dinosaur Egg Excavation Mini Wooden Construction Kit
Monster Doodles Make Your Own Retro Robot
Stocking Fillers at Party Ark (mouse over products to see the name)
Strawberry Candy Cane Red Spotty Coloured Pencils
Felt Craft Fashion Red Spotty Windmill Fairy Cupcake Notebook Design a Butterfly
Russian Dolls Games Compendium Box London Playset in a Bag Make Your Own Christmas Angel Snazzy Wooden Watch Wooden Transport Yo Yo Colourful Spotty Tea Set Goldilocks Finger Puppets
Rainbow Music Bells Space Adventure Bath Squirters Fairy Blossom Trinket Box Butterfly Tiara Charlie & Lola Playing Cards Mother & Baby Elephant Jigsaw Mini Modelling Clay Lindt Chocolate Mini Reindeer
Featured September Party Themes
Red Snowflake Polka-Dot Snow Sledging Snow Midnight Merry Golden Snowflake

Fairytale Skittles
Reindeer Pinata

We’ve been up to our ears for the past few weeks getting all our Stocking Fillers ready for sale – and to our loyal customers here’s an opportunity to get them at a 10% discount. Do shop early, there’s always a few things we underestimate and they run out really quickly! We’ve got some really unusual bits and pieces this year, including a wonderful Illustrated Shakespeare for children. (You can ‘see inside‘ if you wish.)

While we’ve been putting together this year’s Stocking Filler collection, we haven’t forgotten our Birthdays too! And today is the 233rd birthday of Desirée Clary, the lovely Queen consort of Sweden and Norway, and one-time fiancée of Napoleon. (Clearly from an ambitious family: her sister Julie became Queen of Naples and Spain.) On moving to Sweden poor Desirée, who was French, underestimated the demands of being a princess, and found the courtiers to be snobbish: they laughed at her attempts to speak formally and called her Miss Calamity. Becoming royalty made her a bit unhappy, but she wouldn’t go back to Paris because she’d become convinced here boat would sink.

Stable Nativity Set
Stable Nativity Set
She didn’t like the snow either, which is far from ideal in Sweden, and was so paranoid of being attacked by bats she would make her ladies in waiting walk in front of her dressed in white to attract them. To amuse herself she did hold wonderful parties for random children she’s find on the street, so we think she’s rather super.

To get the discount to work, just click on any of the links from this email. We do like to hear from our customers if there is anything we can help you with. We’re here during office hours on 01572 748 609.

Emily

 
Nativity Advent Calendar
Nativity Advent Calendar
 
Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare
Illustrated Shakespeare
 
Christmas Story Sticker Book
Christmas Story Sticker Book
 
Make your own Christmas Stocking
Make your own Christmas Stocking
 
Make your own Christmas Crackers
Make your own Christmas Crackers

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Smashing Stocking Fillers + November Party update

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Teddy Bear Fun Party
Featured September Party Themes
 
Space Cadet Twinkle Toes Teddy Bear Fun Princess Party Pirate Party
What's Hot for Winter?

Fairytale Skittles
Fairytale Skittles

Now that the clocks have changed and the evenings dark, November is an excellent time for spooky stories and flavoursome family feasts of toffee apples and other warming snacks. It’s also an excellent time to get your stocking fillers sorted out and this year we’ve got a great range of lovely gifts, from value toys through to super books and games that should keep children amused for many a long evening.

Of course we still have an excellent selection of birthday partyware – Charmmy Kitty is proving a big hit straight away. And our new Dinosaur Roarrr! party is proving that dinosaurs are as attractive as ever for little boys and girls.

Stable Nativity Set
Stable Nativity Set

Today is the 582nd anniversary of the death of Thomas Montacute, a rather heroic figure who fought with Henry V and Harfleur and Agincourt. He married Alice Chaucer, granddaughter of Geoffrey Chaucer – Thomas was her second husband, and Alice herself was a very canny businesswoman, amassing a considerable fortune and land in twenty-two countries. If you happen by the pretty village of Ewelme in Oxfordshire, you may see her rather amazing tomb in the church there. Thomas, meanwhile, was killed by a cannonball.

We do like to hear from our customers if there is anything we can help you with. We’re here during office hours on 01572 748 609.

Emily

 
Nativity Advent Calendar
Nativity Advent Calendar
 
Woolly Snowmen
Woolly Snowmen
 
Alphabet Picture Book
Alphabet Picture Book
 
Dino Roar Centrepiece
Xmas Cupcake Kit
 

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