THE last two years haven’t been easy for anyone, especially entrepreneurs – and Carole Middleton is no exception.
In an exclusive interview, Kate Middleton’s mum, Carole, revealed the challenges her business has faced and how the family has helped in the journey, SheerLuxe reports.
Carole said she was inspired to create the business after planning preparations for Kate’s fifth birthdayCredit: Getty – Contributor
The pink Christening set is adorableCredit: partypieces.co.uk
The 67-year-old, who runs Party Pieces, explained that the idea for the business came from whilst preparing for Kate’s fifth birthday when all she could find ”were some basic ‘clown’ plates”.
”I realised there was a gap in the market for partyware that wasn’t too expensive, looked good and added a bit of a special touch.
”Being a mother meant I understood how children’s parties worked from the point of view of the parent organising them, and the children who wanted to enjoy themselves.
Determined ”to make it as easy as possible for parents to create the perfect party for their children”, Carole set off to launch the business with her husband, Michael.
”Having a supportive partner or family is so important.”
At first, the two would do everything themselves – from taking orders to even making deliveries.
”The children were often there too after school.
”Partyware was a relatively new idea back then, so we worked hard to build our customer base and relied mostly on the odd letter or phone call for feedback.”
Now, years later, the brand has evolved from just from just selling children’s products – Party Pieces also curates celebration pieces for all kinds of events, including milestone birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings and new babies.
The brand also hasn’t forgotten about other special occasions, like Christening.
With prices ranging from as little as £1.99 to £26.99, Party Pieces offers a wide array of products, amongst of which are blue party cups and a stunning balloon arch.
Other lines include collections goods for hen parties, as well as gender reveal parties, where keen shoppers can bag a pinata (£19.99), baby grow shaped napkins (£5.99 for 16 pieces) and stunning cupcake cases with adorable toppers (£2.99 for 24 pieces).
Speaking to SheerLuxe, Carole also shared some tips for hosting an unforgettable party.
”If you’ve got friends and family helping to host the party, make sure everyone knows what their job is!
”If they’re the sociable sort, ask them to get people chatting and to make sure no one’s left without someone to talk to.
”You can create an instant atmosphere by bringing in seasonal flowers or everlastings; working with candlelight for evening parties and having fun centrepieces for children’s parties.
”Make a party look amazing and you’re halfway to a good time.”
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Party Pieces offers everything from balloons to paper cupsCredit: partypieces.co.uk
The cannon shooter retails for £4.99Credit: partypieces.co.uk