The History of Pinatas!

What’s a party of any kind without a piñata?!  It is guaranteed to make any party come alive!  Have you ever stopped to think of the history behind the piñata? Well, of course we had to do a little research and find out! Our first bit of research was with our Par-T-Perfect Durham Region Office – the fabulous owners are from Mexico and shared some of the history with me. I was surprised to find out that piñatas had a religious context! According to some of the Google searches I did, there is a thought that Marco Polo discovered piñatas … Continue reading

Children’s Food Allergies

Help us moms fortunate that our children do not have food allergies make it easier for the moms that do! Simple meal/snack ideas that the whole family can eat (and will enjoy!!) Places to shop for specialty foods for allergies to gluten, corn syrup, rice, wheat and nuts. Continue reading

A Super Bowl Party for Kids

Here are a few ideas on how to keep the kids entertained during the Super Bowl. Decorations Use your teams’ colours and if they didn’t make it to the Super Bowl you’ll want to divide the decorations so guests can choose a team to get behind. A general football theme is also perfect. Game Day Food A football party menu for kids won’t be hard.  You’ll want to serve snacks that are easy to eat and hearty, like mini sandwiches and dips. Pizza is another favorite. Of course, you can never go wrong with hot dogs and hamburgers. Super Bowl … Continue reading

Talk with your family

So much to do So little time!! With school, fall sports, work schedules, and many other activities going on it’s hard to find the time or energy for the simple pleasures of life! Don’t abandon that summer mentality all together. It was short and sweet and we are back to cold and rain but between the raindrops awaits opportunity to grow! Bundle up and put on those fashionable rainboots and go for it “your not made of sugar…you won’t melt!!” Just because life is busier in the fall doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy some family time -even … Continue reading

All Things Red and White!

Canada celebrates its birthday. What better reason to throw a family and friends get together?  Throwing a fabulous birthday bash for our home and native land is easy.  Think outdoors — barbecues in the backyard, picnics in the park. And think team work – delegate to help you organize, decorate and prep food. Pot lucks are a great way to stay on budget and come together. Decor Red and White: keep it simple, a red table cloth, white napkins; a few Canadian flags here and there are all you need. Red and white streamers, balloons and table confetti are also … Continue reading

Where is Par-T-Ville 2011?

Where is Par-T-Ville 2011? Our Mission Statement: To provide a complete children’s party and event service, delivering superior quality, creating lasting memories. In 2008 and 2009 we had a competition across North America for all our Par-T-Perfect staff called “Where is Par-T-Ville?” Staff from our various locations sent in pictures, memories, stories and testimonials each month from events held in their area. These submissions were voted on by their peers to determine “Par-T-Ville!” for the month. A scoring system was developed based on; number of submission, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. rankings accumulated throughout the year. The highest points won the … Continue reading

Creating lasting birthday memories & traditions

Birthdays are all about the birthday person! Creating family birthday traditions that last a lifetime will be fun & make the birthday boy or girl feel even more special on their day!  Here’s some of our favorites!  Have fun, be creative and remember on your birthday, it’s all about YOU! Be King or Queen for the day – let the birthday girl or boy pick everything for their day from what’s for dinner to not doing any chores.  Let them rule the roost! Decorate a crown or purchase an “It’s my birthday pin” for them to wear all day so … Continue reading

Easter Traditions Around the World

While we get ready to decorate Easter eggs, enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny, plan family Easter dinners and enjoy a long weekend, Par-T-Perfect Victoria thought it would be fun to see what types of fun traditions other countries offer.  Easter is definitely a very religious holiday for many countries but so many add fun activities for the children to do on top of traditional Easter Egg hunts!  Here’s our favorites! A unique Easter tradition followed in Denmark is the custom of sending teasing letters or ‘gækkebrev’. These letters are highly decorated with short poems or verses and send … Continue reading

Spring Fling Party Ideas

Spring has finally arrived! It’s a great time to celebrate the flowers blooming, longer days and more sunshine! Here’s our guide to throwing a perfect Spring Fling at home! INVITATIONS: Send your guests a flower shaped invitation (make your own out of foam or card stock paper OR find some great invitations at your local card store)  or a scroll attached to a mini bubble container. DECORATIONS: Use pastel colors i.e. lavender, pink, yellow) for balloons, streamers and table covers.  Watering cans and vases to hold fresh flowers or use small clay pots filled with pebbles and place a round … Continue reading

Party Timeline

  The key to planning a party is to organize and identify deadlines. Here’s a good timeline that you can use to assist you in your party planning!   8-4 weeks before the party •Most important is to select a date, time and location for the party. If you have small children and plan to host the event at home, small children tend to wake early and ask “when are they coming???” over and over until they exhaust you!! Consider having  the party in the morning or early afternoon when you and your child have the most energy and by the … Continue reading