Taking the Stress out of Kiddies Birthday Parties

13 September 2011Blog


As most of us know kiddies ‘at home’ birthday party can be a stressful event – when these little darlings get together ‘en-masse’ it can be a terrifying experience for us mere adults and as for the Big Clean Up after well it takes days to track down the last dollop of ketchup….  Anyway I’ve been having a look around at what offers are out there for Kids Parties so everyone can sit back and enjoy the fun and games without the hazzle of having to hose down house and kids afterwards.

First up Pizza Hut with their Make Your Own Pizza Party £5.99 per child
Actually its all done for you – Invites (pick up in advance), a special table with balloons and table cloths, colouring-in games. But this is the best part, if there are eight (8) or over, they will supply a Party Host to help make your party run smoothly.
For Food they get a main meal from the Kids Menu…. their own salad bowl… unlimited drinks and numerous visits to the Ice Cream Factory.  Add a birthday cake for £6.99.
They also have a package for £6.99 per child its the same deal as above except for the main course where each child gets to make their own pizza which I suppose is all part of the fun – http://www.pizzahut.co.uk/restaurants/families/birthday-parties.aspx

McDonalds Birthday Adventure from £5.99
Kiddies can choose between a jungle or ocean adventure and each adventure comes with props and games and lasts about and hour and half.  The party will be held in a specially reserved area of the restaurant and there will be a fully trained Party Entertainer to run the party and keep the kids entertained.
And the Food – every child will get to choose their own meal from a Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Chicken Nuggets or Fish Fingers…. small fries or carret bag or fruit bag… small drink.   At the end of the party, every child will receive a party bag containing a small gift, whilst the birthday child will receive a special adventure gift.

Pizza Express Kids Parties from £9.95 per child.

The party will last for 90 minutes where the kids get to make their own pizza from speading their own sauce to choosing their toppings, the fun is in making their own.  So a pizza… a childs piccolo side salad… an ice cream for dessert… and cordial drinks are provided throughout the meal.
Parties are usually held between 3 and 5pm Monday to Friday. However, not all restaurants can offer these parties and the package may vary.

For Details and Reservations you need to contact your local Pizza Express restaurant.  http://www.pizzaexpress.com/

Rainforest Cafe £14.95 per child  (note: a service charge of 12.5% is added to the bill)
A bit pricey I know but this restaurant is in London only, 20 Shaftesbury Ave.  The whole restaurant is a funky jungle setting with thunder and lightening crashing overhead, the sounds of elephants and chimpanzees in the background a perfect atmosphere for kids… and maybe adults too!!!  Unfortunately no Party Entertainer/Host but everything else is taken care of from invitations and menu choices to organising party bags.
The package includes choice of  main course… dessert… fruit juice/cordial…. all from the Kids Munu.  And there’s a Party Bag for each child.   Free Birthday Cake for every 6 children in the party however if party is less than 6 a cake can be purchased.  Note: you can’t bring your own cake.
There is a table time limit of 2 hours and all adults need to order at least one main course each from the a la carte menu.
To Book or Discuss Tel: 020 7434 3111

Also it worth checking out kid friendly restaurants near you like The Hungry Horse who do a Kids Menu and they supply Activity Packs. They also serve baby food for under 3s.  http://www.hungryhorse.co.uk/kids/

Have Fun!!!!



Get Involved in Macmillan Coffee Morning

8 September 2011Blog


Just want to remind you that Macmillan Coffee Morning, which takes place every September, is happening this year on Friday 30th September.

However, anyone can hold a get-together whenever it’s most convenient for them as it’s all about raising as much money as possible by making a small donation for a very important cause.   So why not get involved and host your own coffee morning at your own convenience with friends and family.   The money raised will provide practical, emotional and financial support for people affected by cancer both those living with cancer and also their family and carers.

So be part of the  World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event with over two million people getting together to raise money for a very worthy cause!   When you register you’ll receive a voucher for a free coffee at M&S Café in your host pack so……..

Pick up a registration form in M&S café to sign up to Host Your Own Coffee Morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support or call 0845 074 2607 or visit coffee.macmillan.org.uk/cafe

OR… don’t feel left out if you can’t ‘host your own’ just pop around to your local M&S Café between now and 4th October when 10p on selected sandwiches and sweet treats will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Also on Friday 30 September, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, M&S will donate 50p for every cup of coffee sold. So if you fancy some well-deserved time out to enjoy a cup of coffee then pop in to your local M&S Café for a catch up and you’ll be helping to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

All the money raised in M&S Cafés will help to fund the Macmillan Support Line (0808 808 0000). This telephone service can make all the difference to people affected by cancer, by answering their questions, offering support or just providing someone sympathetic to talk to.

Help make it the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning ever.



Two Great Offers from Tesco

6 September 2011Blog


Today I bring to your attention Two Offers from Tesco to save money on fuel… for me….  and fuel for my car!!

Tesco Wine Online Exclusive

Another great offer on Wine this one is from Tesco Online Exclusive and worth checking out!

They have many delicious Wines and Sparkling Wines at Half Price!

A great time to start stocking up on Wine for Christmas, no its never too early,  as Tesco have a massive 50% discount on exclusive individual wines and cases.
For example their ‘Mouth Watering Whites Mixed Case’   Six bottles from renowned winemakers include Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Riesling.
Normal Price £60.00 now you can order for £30.00….  Sale price equivalent to £5.00 a bottle…..  and collect 30 clubcard points!
Check out all other offers with Tesco Wine Online at:


Save Money on Petrol
We all want to save money on Petrol so take advantage of Tesco’s Petrol Promotion which is on at the moment.

When you spend £50 or more online you will receive a coupon for 5p-off per litre of fuel.
This is a most welcome promotion as petrol prices just seem to go up and up.  It has been reported by the AA that 25% of motorist are cutting back at the pump because of the sky high petrol prices that we can no longer afford.

So collect those coupons and Fill Up For Less…..  just in time for the school runs!!

Read terms and conditions here:


Mixed Case of Wines now £28

2 September 2011Blog


There are quite a few Wine deals knocking about at the moment but it would be hard to beat this one.  KGB Deals have teamed up with Virgin Wines to bring you a case of Six Bottles of premium wine for £28 normally worth worth £75.94 that is a whopping saving of £47.98.   Virgin Wines pride themselves on discovering ‘one of a kind wines’ from Australia, Spain, France and Chile so this should be a bit special and you can read about each individual wine selected before committing to buying.

This deal is exclusively available to Kgb customers so if you are not already a customer you can register here and get your voucher:

Its one Voucher per person (over 18yrs)  and you will find the Discount Code on your Voucher with simple instructions on how to redeem…   I know I don’t need to say but….  always read ‘Terms and Conditions’.    And also note that  delivery is not included and will cost an extra £6.99 per case.

A saving of 63% is a pretty good deal and a great opportunity to start stocking up for Christmas.



Hurry! Not long left to exchange your Tesco vouchers

15 August 2011Blog


The big voucher exchange is back at Tesco, but time is running out so make sure your vouchers are exchanged by the 11th September 2011.

What is the voucher exchange?

clubcard voucher exchangeIf you are a Tesco clubcard holder then the voucher exchange is something you do not want to miss out on. All your hard earned points can be doubled during the period of the voucher exchange. That means £10 can be turned into £20 when you buy selected products, saving you loads of money.

This summer 6 Tesco shopping departments are taking part in the voucher exchange these include.

  • All “finest” food and “finest” soft drinks
  • Skincare, cosmetics and fragrances
  • Flowers and Plants
  • Mobile phones and accessories
  • Opticians
  • Petfood and accessories

So make sure you take advantage of this voucher exchange. You can even exchange your vouchers online.

Simply visit tesco.com/clubcard/rewards select your chosen department and you can print your tokens from home and use them in-store. Simple!

If your looking to save more from your grocery shop then make sure you look at our Tesco voucher codes page where you can find the latest big discounts from Tesco.


Get £40 worth of Thorntons chocolate for only £15

20 January 2011Blog


Thorntons bundle

Yes you did read that correctly! It looks like Thornotons are trying to ruin our New Year diet plans with a huge chocolate bundle for only £15. This delicious chocolate feast normally costs £40 but you can take advantage of this deal and save yourself a tasty £25.

Just imagine this huge chocolate hamper turning up at your doorstep. Over 2 Kilos of chocolate goodies for you to investigate and take the time trying each one. January is such a gloomy month, its cold outside and the mornings are dark, what better way to treat yourself than a big chocolate surprise.

Thorntons website

So what’s included in this choco-tastic deal?

Do you really want to know? Be warned if you read this your mouth will start to water and your taste buds will scream out for a chocolate hit.

A typical bundle may include a variation on the following: 456g Chocolate Selection (RSP £10), 322g Mint Collection (RSP £10), 225g Milk Chocolate Collection (RSP £5.00), 625g Original Special Toffee (RSP £4.99), 375g Winter Continental Collection (RSP £10.99), 625g Assorted Special Toffee (RSP £4.99), 203 g Dark Chocolate Brazil Nuts (RSP £4.99), and 500g Giant Choc Block (RSP £7.99).

Each bundle will be delivered in a plain outer box and the contents will depend on product availability at the time of ordering. Please note, individual dietary details are displayed on each product and selections may contain some products with alcohol.

Why is all this chocolate only £15

As you can imagine Thorntons make and sell so much gorgeous chocolate at christmas that sometimes they have some left over. On these rare occasions Thorntons are prepared to sell you lots of chocolate at a fraction of the cost. These are end of season sale items which does mean they have a best before date of February 2011, but we will be very surprised if you do not finish them before that.

But don’t hang around this deal has to end soon!


How does the VAT rise affect your shopping basket?

18 January 2011Blog


New VAT rate is 20%

As part of the 2010 government budget, Value Added Tax (VAT) will be raised to 20% (previously 17.5%) from January 4th 2011 onwards. So how will this new rate affect food prices?

VAT is charged on the majority of products and services however some items are VAT exempt, these include.

  • most food items
  • books, newspapers and magazines
  • children’s clothes
  • some goods provided in special circumstances – for example, equipment for disabled people

While most food items have a zero (0%) rate, there is still a large amount of items that are taxed at the standard (20%) rate.

Unfortunately without consulting the tax man’s website every time you shop, there is no obvious way to be sure the item you are buying is taxed. On the whole, healthy items such as fruit and vegetables are not taxed while confectionery items commonly are.

A large number of confectionery items and savoury snacks are taxed at the new 20% rate. However there are always some exceptions, for example Jaffa Cakes are not taxed.

If you like your nuts then it depends on whether you buy them in their shells or not as to whether they are taxed. While peanuts and cashews are charged VAT, pistachios and other shelled nuts are not. For a full list of which food items are taxed at standard rate visit the HRMC website.

Even if you do take the time to find out how much of your shopping basket is taxed you are still likely to find that the cost of your weekly shop will rise this year. Food crops such as wheat, corn, and rice have all increased in price, this means 2011 is set to become more expensive for food lovers.

However by shopping smart you can not only save money but also eat better, make sure you keep up to date with all the latest money saving deals and don’t forget to take advantage of the food vouchers on offer at your supermarket.