A Party Palace

Trips to the shops can definitely be on your list of fun things to do for mums and kids in Barnes — especially if you know about A Party Palace over in East Sheen. If you’re planning any kind of party, from kids parties to fancy dress parties, to Grandma’s party, then this is the shop to stop at.

It’s no exaggeration to say that this shop has it all when it comes to organising a party. You’ll find tableware (all the favourites are present and correct: Hello Kitty, Toy Story, Peppa Pig, The Hungry Caterpillar, Star Wars, Ben 10, Thomas, and more), and lots of accessories to make your own wonderful party bags.

The shop offers a bespoke party bag service saving you all the work, but if we’ve got the time, we love nothing more than rooting around the shop ourselves with the kids, making them up as we go. They have an exciting loot toy area where, inevitably, the little ones end up finding something to buy there and then; it keeps them happy as you concentrate on less fun napkins and invites!

Decorations and accessories also give you a great opportunity to theme a party; pirates or princesses, monsters or, for the adults and older children, maybe a Hollywood twist.

And then they have the costumes to match. A Party Palace sells a wide range of reasonably priced fancy dress outfits for kids and adults. One visit to the shop and you’ll sort out all your party needs at once (oh… they don’t sell sausages on sticks!)

They do sell balloons. Lots of them. Foil or latex, they can be ready and waiting for you on arrival, packaged in large bags to make them a little more manageable for carrying home. They can even write on the balloon for you. Their speciality is glitter writing, starting at £4.99 for an 18-inch circle, heart or star balloon with a glittery written message on it. It’s best to phone ahead and pre-order if you can, but, if it’s last-minute, the lovely staff at A Party Palace will do their best to get it done for you.

The shop is at 487-493 Upper Richmond Road and is big enough for you to push baby around in a buggy. In fact, the shop says that approximately 70% of their customers are mums with buggies.

Their one suggestion: avoid the deadly combo of buggies and Halloween. This is by far their busiest time of the year and the shop just goes crazy with customers.

You can park for up to 20 minutes outside the shop, but if you need a little more time just nip round the corner and park for free in Coval Road.

Mon-Sat 9am to 6pm
020 8487 8260
487-493 Upper Richmond Road, East Sheen, London SW14 7PU
Website: http://www.apartypalace.co.uk/


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