5 Holly Secrets, Discount Voucher & More

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Bendy Doll Father Christmas Nesting Dolls Wooden Pull-Back Racing Car Farm Finger Puppet Chocolate Sovereign Light-Up Bath Toy Christmas Tongue Rollers Santa Puppet Kit
Make & Play Gruffalo Kit Snazzy Spinning Tops Colourful Spotty Tea Set Christmas Doodles Activity Cards Snazzy Wooden Watch Flower Fairies Card Fairy Wings Flower Fairies Glitter Beaker Mini Beanie Rabbit
Make Your Own Wooden Jewellery Set Comic Dinosaur Figures Strawberry Candy Cane Strawberry Candy Cane Painted Safari Animals in a Bag Dr Who Large Pencil Tin Space Balloons Robot Flexi Toy
Mini Christmas Pop-up Cone Puppets London Landmarks in a Bag Guardsman Pile Up Snake and Ladders Snazzy Wooden Watch Cartoon Fun Table Trivia Knight Wooden Whizzer Decorate a Gingerbread House Clear Sticker Sheet
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Snowman Pinata
Snowman Pinata

This year we have some lovely trivia boxes for both Christmas and all your parties. There’s charades, and trivia for adults and kids to choose from. We also have party game kits, treasure hunts and pin-the-tail games, which are all excellent ways of discovering that your children know a startling amount about all sorts of things that you don’t!

There’s a lot of hoar frost about today. Hoar means old and grey – it’s not really a word we use any more (except in hoary) but the Germans still use it as a term of respect, in Herr. Anyway, the frost on the grass is supposed to look like an old man’s beard. So 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, only to be trumped by 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. If you can place a few holly branches indoors you’ll be keeping 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.)

We’re once again running a 10% off Everything in the Store promotion (not costumes, sorry) – all you have to do is click one of the links in the email for it to work and enter your discount code E102 at the basket page. Any problems, we’re here during office hours on 01572 748 609.

Emily

 
Christmas Trivia
Christmas Trivia
 
Cat's Whiskers Trivia
Cat’s Whiskers Trivia
 
Cartoon Fun Trivia
Cartoon Fun Trivia
 
Wild World Fun Trivia
Wild World Trivia
 
Clever Chick Pre-School Trivia
Clever Chick Pre-School Trivia

Star Costume
Star Costume

 


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Stocking Fillers + 10% Voucher Code

Party Ark - Stylish Party Supplies Direct to your Door E102 Voucher Code
Home 1st & Christening Preschool Party Mostly Boys Mostly Girls
Christmas Masks London Wooden Bus Wooden Christmas Whistle Rudolf Rock Sweets Make your own Christmas Stocking Nutcracker Story with Sound Panel Red Spotty Pencils Flower Power Lip Balm
Bendy Doll Father Christmas Nesting Dolls Wooden Pull-Back Racing Car Knitting Doll Gruffalo Water Colour Paint Set Wooden Cake Stand with 6 Cakes Push-Base Christmas Characters Santa Puppet Kit
Mini Christmas Pop-up Cone Puppets London Landmarks in a Bag
Stocking Fillers at Party Ark (mouse over products to see the name)
White Snowflake Wand Knight Wooden Whizzer
Guardsman Pile Up Vintage Tea-Set in Case Mr Funny Jolly Jokes Decorate a Gingerbread House Clear Sticker Sheet
Pocket Microscope Snazzy Spinning Tops Fairytale Building Blocks Christmas Doodles Activity Cards Snazzy Wooden Watch Illustrated Stories for Christmas Flower Fairies Glitter Beaker 50 Things to Spot in London
Make Your Own Wooden Jewellery Set Woolly Snowman Peter Rabbit Metal Lunch Tin Doyouthinkysaurus Baking Set Painted Safari Animals in a Bag Dr Who Large Pencil Tin Snazzy Wooden Bracelet Robot Flexi Toy
 
 
 
 
Christmas Cake Pop Kits
Christmas Cake Pops

This year we have some lovely cake-pop kits for Christmas. It contains all you need to make 12 delicious chocolate cake pops. No wrapping is required, and it’s a fun activity to do with the children at home – why not gift wrap them in tissue paper and give to friends and relatives as a new alternative to traditional cake?

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’re once again running a 10% off Everything in the Store promotion (not costumes, sorry) – all you have to do is click one of the links in the email for it to work and enter your discount code E102 at the basket page. Any problems, we’re here during office hours on 01572 748 609.

Emily

 
Nativity Advent Calendar
Nativity Advent Calendar
 
Cake Pop Kits
Cake Pop Kits
 
Christmas Story Sticker Book
Santa & Reindeer Treat Kit
 
Make your own Christmas Stocking
Make your own Stocking
 
Make your own Christmas Angel
Make your own Angel

Christmas Story Sticker Book
Felt Craft Fashion

 


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Nativity Costumes now in Stock + Adventure Special

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A selection of our new Christmas Costumes Collection.

Rudolf Costume Snowman Costume Party Elf Mr Santa Miss Santa
Nativity Mary Star Costume Sheep Costume Nativity Angel Nativity Joseph
Sledging Snowman Nativity Mary Deluxe Nativity Shepherd Nativity King Tis the Season Party Theme

Snowman and Santa Skittles
Christmas Skittles

So were you Mary, Joseph, a Shepherd or…. the Donkey (someone had to do it!!) Ah, the school nativity play… stage-struck angels forgetting their words, exhausted parents trying to look enamoured by yet another rendition of Silent Night, and the obligatory over-proud Dad at the front with the video camera obscuring everyone’s view! It is of course a very special part of the season so why not take the stress out of having to find (or horrors, making…) a costume.

If you are being asked to get involved in your school fair – run a stall for instance, how about running a game to give the children something to do whilst the parents catch up over a mulled wine – we have some lovely festive skittles and Christmas piñatas which go down a treat at 10p a go – I bet they’ll be queuing out the door!

Spiderella Costume
Nellie Bly

Today is the 122nd anniversary of Nellie Bly starting her epic trip around the world in 72 days, which she did in emulation of Phileas Fogg. Her epic trip roused considerable public interest – people were able to follow her progress as she telegraphed it back to her native New York. She used trains and steamships to visit many far-flung places, even purchasing a monkey in Singapore, set a new world record and in her sturdy tweeds was the very essence of the adventurous Victorian lady.

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

 
Woolly Snowmen
Woolly Snowmen
 
Clockwork UFO
Clockwork UFOs
 
Red Spotty Pencils
Red Spotty Pencils
 
Make your own Christmas Stocking
Make your own Christmas Stocking
 
Paper Fan
Paper Fan

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Stocking Fillers Now In + Big Winter Savings on All Stock

Party Ark - Stylish Party Supplies Direct to your Door 10% off Everything
Home 1st & Christening Preschool Party Mostly Boys Mostly Girls
Christmas Masks London Wooden Bus Wooden Christmas Whistle Rudolf Rock Sweets Make your own Christmas Stocking Nutcracker Story with Sound Panel Red Spotty Pencils Flower Power Lip Balm
Bendy Doll Father Christmas Nesting Dolls Wooden Pull-Back Racing Car Knitting Doll Gruffalo Water Colour Paint Set Wooden Cake Stand with 6 Cakes Push-Base Christmas Characters Santa Puppet Kit
Mini Christmas Pop-up Cone Puppets London Landmarks in a Bag
Stocking Fillers at Party Ark (mouse over products to see the name)
White Snowflake Wand Knight Wooden Whizzer
Guardsman Pile Up Vintage Tea-Set in Case Mr Funny Jolly Jokes Decorate a Gingerbread House Clear Sticker Sheet
Pocket Microscope Snazzy Spinning Tops Fairytale Building Blocks Christmas Doodles Activity Cards Snazzy Wooden Watch Illustrated Stories for Christmas Flower Fairies Glitter Beaker 50 Things to Spot in London
Make Your Own Wooden Jewellery Set Woolly Snowman Peter Rabbit Metal Lunch Tin Doyouthinkysaurus Baking Set Painted Safari Animals in a Bag Dr Who Large Pencil Tin Snazzy Wooden Bracelet Robot Flexi Toy
Featured September Party Themes
Polka Dot Snowman Nutcracker Tis the Season Rudolf Sledging Snowman

Christmas Doodles
Wooden Advent Calendar

For those of us with children the run-up to Christmas is heavily influenced by key dates in school/nursery calendars – as well as trying to fit in all those lovely family Christmas activities like a trip to the panto, the nativity play and the end of term school fair.

So we’ve decided to try and be your Christmas angel this year by marking these special dates and ensuring you don’t get caught out – and suggesting ways to add that extra stylish little touch. We do urge you to shop early because, despite our best attempts, there’s always something that proves more popular than anticipated.

There are only six weekends left before Christmas, and they all get gobbled up quickly. We have some lovely advent calendars and nativity sets this year. And of cours we have plenty of stocking fillers which we hope you’ll find just the thing for little hands..

And today we celbrate the 234th 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.)

Poor Desirée underestimated the demands of being a princess: she 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 her home in Paris because she’d become convinced her boat would sink.

Stable Nativity Set
Desiree Clary
She didn’t like the snow either ( a problem 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 poor children she’s find on the street, so we think she’s rather super. (There’s a rather good film about her with Jean Simmons and Marlon Brando.
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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 Angel
Make your own Angel

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