As any parent knows, throwing a party can be a gargantuan task – the food, the décor, the party bags. It always ends up being a marathon of online sourcing and covert operations. But one new start-up plans to take a big chunk of the stress away. A Little Party Box, founded by Parisian Camille Hallo, combines all the style of French brands with the party planning skills of a professional organiser – which is Hallo’s day job. You order a themed box (for either 8, 16 or 24 children) and then choose from Superhero, Unicorn, Circus or Pirate. Each box contains plates, cups, straws, napkins, balloons, banners, confetti and centre-pieces for the table. We tried out Circus on a group of extremely demanding pre-schoolers and it was a major hit – especially the cute golden animals on sticks. It probably doesn’t work out any cheaper than sourcing all these products yourself – but the thrill of opening a box with everything beautifully co-ordinated more than makes up for that fact.