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The vast majority of children’s birthday parties are still held at the home with traditional games played, like pass the parcel and pin the tail on the donkey and traditional party food, like ice cream and jelly and slices of cake sent home in napkins, according to a survey of over 800 mums undertaken by new party directory site, .

A whopping 86% would be very likely to have pass the parcel at a child’s party, 67% to have pin the tail on the donkey and 74% to have jelly and ice cream. 76% would be very likely to have musical chairs, and 91% be very likely to send slices of cake home in napkins and give guests a going home bag or present.

Most parties (62%) are still held at home, with the second most popular venue being an indoor play centre of some kind. However, mums are not doing everything themselves: the cake is most likely to be bought from a supermarket (44%), with only a third of mums still baking it themselves.

Jane Manson, Director Children’s Party Directory, says: “The survey found that the ‘party active’ age for children was between 6 and 10 years, with 39% in this age group attending up to 10 parties a year and 29% attending up to 15 parties a year. But even before they start school, they are starting to become party animals with a quarter of children under 6 attending up to 5 parties a year.

And interestingly, Hallowe’en is now a very good excuse for throwing a party, with a third (32%) of mums getting into the spooky spirit and having a US –style Hallowe’en bash for their children! But not surprisingly, we also found that, although mums think children’s parties are important, 45% of them are anxious about the organisation and the cost of these parties. This is where Children’s Party Directory can come in handy – it’s a one-stop-shop, proving everything you need for your little one’s party, at the touch of a few buttons! And it has some great Hallowe’en ideas.” And children’s parties are expensive; whether you are host or guest. 44% of mums say they spend around £100 on a child’s party and most would spend £10 on a child’s present if their child was a guest at a party. So with 6 – 10 year olds going to so many a year, the cost of being sociable will quickly add up!

Children's Party Directory is a website which brings you everything for the perfect child's party, from party supplies like themed tableware, pinatas, party bags and balloons to party planners, party organisers, clowns, magicians and science boffins! Whatever the theme your child has chosen, you'll find the fancy dress, the entertainer, the paper plates and themed napkins, balloons and decorations to make the party a complete success!

Check out the ethical party supplies so that you send home the party guests with party bags full of fairtrade chocolates and sweets, recycled paper notebooks and pencils.

Children’s Party Directory is wholly-owned by Gogoblin Ltd. (, a children’s wish list site, enabling children to create lists of the specific toys and games they want for any special occasion, giving parents and friends some much needed guidance.

Gogoblin supports the WorldVision charity, which works alongside communities in almost 100 countries in their struggle against poverty, hunger and injustice, irrespective of their religious beliefs. Every time you buy something online through Gogoblin, some of the small commission earned is passed on to WorldVision.

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Press contact details:

Jane Manson: Gogoblin CEO and press contact
Mobile number: 07743 955665
Website address:
Email address:

Notes to Editors:

Gogoblin is the first and only free UK children’s wish list site. And, whether you are giving or wishing, you can enjoy some of the best online shopping for the under 16s.

What the Press say about

The Times, July 2007
…”This site will save children’s loved ones from making the terrible mistake of giving them stuff they do not want.”

Travel and Leisure magazine, July 2007
“…It’s really quick, easy and good fun to make and keep a birthday list or any other useful gift lists here…the site looks great and is very user friendly..”

Webuser magazine, July 2007
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
…”The free site aims to stop parents, grandparents and other gift-givers from wasting their money on unwanted presents…”

Mother and Baby, September 2007
…”help your rellies find fresh inspiration by starting a wishlist on”

My Child, September 2007
UK’s leading educational title for parents of 3-13 year olds
“ is a unique new service which will ensure that you’re always up with the times when it comes to kids’ tastes in toys.”

Prima Baby, December 2007
“Give guidance to friends and family with Gogoblin’s online gift list”

Biography of Jane Manson – CEO Gogoblin

Jane, 44, is married to David and has three children: Harriet 16, Hugo 14 and Dora 9.
Jane studied Classics at Oxford University and then lived and worked overseas for 16 years, in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Calcutta, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Sydney and Jordan . Her work has included teaching English, TV presenting, staging art exhibitions and running a very successful training consultancy in Hong Kong . She has also worked extensively fundraising for important charities around the world, including a charity for street children in Calcutta , a medical charity for the remotest parts of India , an orphanage in Hanoi, and World Vision, a relief and development organisation in Cambodia. World Vision is the charity supported by Gogoblin”.

Jane launched in February 2007. It is the first and only free children’s wish list site in the UK.

Jane launched in September 2008.

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