Saturday 27 October 2012

The Poundland Halloween challenge

I was recently delighted to find out that I had been chosen as one of the ten new poundland ambassadors! We will all be completing a number of challenges to see what we can get for our money at poundland...

My first challenge as a Poundland Ambassador was to decorate a Halloween themed table with just  £20 to spend.

I know it's not for everyone but my family love Halloween, the dressing up, baking spooky treats and having fun creating lots of cute crafts!

We love having Halloween parties so I couldn't wait to see what we could get from Poundland to decorate our house in a Halloween theme...

As I walked into the store I was presented with a selection of Halloween themed tablewear from paper plates and napkins to tablecloths and pumpkin decorated straws, As I started browsing the selection a staff member came over and advised me that they had even more selection in the second aisle  very friendly an helpful staff!

I was really surprised at the variety of items they had available for just one pound each. I was expecting tablewear, sweets and masks, but they had a whole aisle of spooky offering including whole costumes! After filling my basket to the top I joined the queue and was pleasantly surprised to find that my 3 bulging bags of shopping came to just £20!

So what did I get?

A wipe clean tablecloth
12 plates & 12 napkins
8 pumpkin party straws
a Swizzels Matlow fright mix
a cupcake decorating kit
20 printed balloons
a sweetie filled pumpkin pail
a giant inflatable pumpkin
an inflatable chair
2 x felt pumpkin loot bags
2 x light up pumpkins
mini pumpkin lights
spooky skeleton glow pendant
child's skeleton costume top
child's pumpkin outfit with hat
black and white make up kit

Can you believe that this all came to less than £20? I was even able to get 2 packs of my favourite weight watchers biscuits too!

 From the balloons to the plates and napkins, tablecloth and straws, all of the items made a lovely contribution to our spooky table but I wanted to tell you a little bit more about some of my favourites....

The cake decorating kit was lots of fun! For just £1 you get 24 cake cases in 2 designs (cute pumpkins and scary skull and cross bones) and co-ordinating toppers. As soon as Ben saw these he couldn't wait to get baking and created some yummy (if a little messy!) cakes!

The pumpkin lanterns wee a huge hit with both the children, When lit up the sparkly orange pumpkins glow gently and the black felt smiley face is illuminated, spooky and cute! These make great table decorations...

These pumpkin straws come in a pack of eight for £1 and can easily be washed and used again. I love the the purple and orange together!

 This giant inflatable pumpkin was a huge hit with my almost two year old! A multitude of uses from a funky centerpiece to a seat and a ball...

 This string  of mini pumpkin lights are great for hanging up to decorate the room and bring just a little bit of light into the spooky theme.

The balloons came in a pack of twelve and were printed in two Halloween themed designs. Good quality and strong these still haven't popped!

The whole table was a big hit with the whole family and we enjoyed a spooky Halloween tea party! But we couldn't do this without dressing the children up could we?! So while I was in Poundland I checked out their costumes, and could not believe what they had for just a pound!

 Choosing a scary skeleton top, black and white face-paint and a a glowing skeleton pendant for Ben and an adorable pumpkin tunic and matching hat for Elizabeth we were almost sorted, but we couldn't forget some pumpkin pails and sweeties to fill them with could we?

I was really surprised at the quality of some of these items, a lot of party items like this are disposable and only get used once so can be poor quality  but I found all of these party items to be really good value for money. I especially loved the felt pumpkin pails which are fabulous quality and I see them lasting for years to come!

I'm even going to be sending a lot of them into Elizabeth's nursery to enjoy for their Halloween party, so they'll be reused! Even better value for money!

We had great fun completing the Halloween challenge and can't wait for 31st October! Check out more items available at poundland on their website and check out the poundland blog for some fab spooky facepainting ideas! And if you pop over to their facebook page you can print off a voucher to save £2 when you spend £12 on anything in store until 4th November! Bargain! What will you buy?

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