The Birth of Party Pieces…

Carole Middleton founded Party Pieces in 1987 after finding it difficult to source fun, simple party products for her children’s parties. Now more than 23 years on the company is still going from strength to strength.


1. What were you doing before Party Pieces?
I was lucky enough to be a full-time Mum.

2. What inspired you to set up the company?
I came up with the idea for Party Pieces when I was looking for party paraphernalia for my own children’s parties.  It was impossible to find anything easily in the shops and trying to find value for money party bag presents was a complete nightmare!

3. What makes Party Pieces unique?
We are the original UK mail order party company – starting from a shed in the back garden in 1987. We have come along way since then, but we are still very much a family business; I  am still actively involved and love sourcing and developing new party products.

4. What are your signature/exclusive products?
Party boxes and the party food box trays have to be our signature products. Way back in 1990 we launched our first in-house designed boxes. They were such a hit with everyone that now we try and make sure we have party boxes to go with every party theme.

5. What was your best-selling theme 10 years ago and what is it now?
Pirates has always been a  favourite party theme.  I think it’s because it’s such a great  theme if you have both boys and girls coming to your party.  But over recent years the party tableware that is always popular is the licensed character… at the moment it’s Hello Kitty for the girls and Ben 10 for the boys!!

6. How has the credit crunch affected business?
Your child’s birthday is always a very special occasion so I think everyone tries to do something to celebrate the day even if money is tight. We’ve always believed that parties do not have to be lavish and expensive occasions and have always selected wonderful traditional and inexpensive games, tableware and activites.  However, over the past year we’ve included some real value-for-money offers and cost savings to make partying on a budget even easier.

7. How many people do you employ?
Around 30 people.

8. Do you have any new, exciting projects in the pipeline?
Yes… We are very excited to launch the Party Times website! We really hope it will become the party bible for every busy Mum and Dad.  We are also planning later this year to add the adult party and celebration category to the site.

9. What advice can you give someone setting up his or her own business?
Mmm… it’s great fun, but not for the faint-hearted. I still work through to the early hours to hit a deadline and never take our success for granted.

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216 Responses to “The Birth of Party Pieces…”

  1. Lovely interview. Lovely company. Congrats on your success from your friend in the United States.

  2. Absolutely love the website and the fact that this is a family run business makes it so much more personal. Although I’m in the US, all of the ideas are fantastic. Any plans to go global?

  3. Lovely site. I admire Mrs. Middleton for having the guts to start this company and turn it into a success. I have no children to buy for, but I will scout around the adult section and try to purchase something for myself. A fan from the U.S.

  4. I HAVE ORDERED BEFORE AND WHAT A GREAT COMPANY WITH SO MUCH CHOICE AND VALUE FOR MONEY. I AM REALLY LOVING THE PARTY TIMES A BRILLIANT IDEA, I WAS ALSO INTERESTED IN THE CAKE KIT COMPANY AND WAS GOING TO ENQUIRE AS TO WHETHER THEY CATER FOR WEDDING CAKES AS I AM GETTING MARRIED IN FEBRUARY, DECORATIONS AND TABLEWARE WILL OF COURSE BE FROM PARTY PIECES, WELL DONE AND THANK YOU TO YOUR COMPANY!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF YOUR DAUGHTER CATHERINE’S ENGAGEMENT TO PRINCE WILLIAMS, LOVE AND OUR VERY BEST WISHES TO YOU ALL FROM LEEDS, YORKSHIRE (ONLY 3 MILES FROM WHERE MR MIDDLETON WAS BORN). HOPE YOU WILL ALL BE VISITING LEEDS IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE.XXxxxxx

  6. Your daughter is quite wonderful – level headed , self assured , unassuming and wish her the best on her forthcoming wedding.
    And the same can be said for her future husband. What a pleasant surprise.
    A match for all the ages

  7. My warmest congratulation to you with your daughter Katy planning wedding!
    I am Ukrainian and i know how impotrant is to keep family traditions and how important is to keep Royalty in Britain. This event is exiting for all people in the world who look at the British monarhy as a symbol of prosperity, stability and freedom. I believe your lovely daughter Katy will have a happy and fulfil life with prince William. Thank you for bringing up such a wondeful person.

  8. I liked !
    Gostei bastante !
    Beijos/

    Luciana Mendes

  9. Dear Carole,

    So happy for the young couple and your family. P.W. is a lucky man! As a former flight attendant with 25 years of service I’m quite peeved at some of the unkind remarks made in connection with your one-time profession, I suspect made by people who’ve never done an honest work day’s work in their lives. I am very proud of my airline service and felt I made a useful contribution as I’m sure you did too. As a young woman in 1958 I left the UK for America and, much as I love my mother country, I am reminded of one of the reasons I’m glad to be away from that class-ridden society. I applaud you and your husband for your successful enterprise and wish you all the best.

    Sincerely, Angela Gardner

  10. Carole and Michael,Congratulations on the engagement of your daughter Kate to Prince William,I hope they will have a long and happy life together,although I must say I am not as excited about this wedding as I was when Diana and Prince Charles were married,probably because I have sons Kate and Williams age,it is still so nice when a happy event like this takes place,world misery takes a back seat.

  11. I agree with Angela. We flight attendants DO work hard! I am one for a U.S. carrier and was on layover in London on the day of Princess Diana’s funeral. How happy it makes me to see Prince William smile so broadly as he looks at his beautiful bride to be. He is lucky to catch the daughter of a “former”(it’s in our blood always) flight attendant. I know you must be very happy and proud for your daughter. My best wishes and prayers for a long and happy life together go to this young couple.
    Sincerely, Debbie Stratton, USA

  12. Congratulations on your Daughter’s recent engagement!! what an exciting time for your families!!…

    All The Best in the Planning and Preporation

    Cheers, from Nova Scotia ,CA

  13. Warmest congratulations on the exciting engegement news!! I can’t wait for the big day, I think Catherine is just what the country needs – a really lovely girl and a credit to her parents.

    xx

  14. AAHHHH! I’m so delighted about the engagement,
    William is such a lovely fellow, warm in touch with his feelings, he is a breath of fresh air, as was his Mother before him, in the Royal family. Kate seems to be a match made in Heaven! for him, I have a sense of a very good union taking place. Take a bow for your part in bringing up such a lovely daughter. Congratulations to all, Love & good wishes to Kate & William,
    Mai Pearson

  15. Dear Carole,
    The website of your company is really very nice and informative. It will be very helpful for your customers.
    Let me take an opportunity and congratulete you from all my heart on the engagement and upcomung wedding of Kate and William. They both are so lovely.
    Had Diana been alive she would have been so happy and proud for them.
    With my best wishes,
    Olga, USA

  16. Dear Carole,

    I am an Australian and read with great interest of your success of your mail order business. I have been keen about this type of business for some time but always concerned regarding reliability and sincerity of the operators. Coming from you – Middleton family surely provides high assurance.
    Could I replicate your business in Sydney? Could you provide guidance?
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Cheers

  17. Dear Mr and Mrs Middleton

    I wanted to congratulate on bringing up such a lovely daughter who will no doubt enrich the royal family. I’m German but have lived in England for over ten years now and was thrilled to hear about the engagement as were my Mum and sister and we already planned for them to come over for the big day to celebrate in London – until they published the wedding date – I am due to give birth to my second son mid April! Nightmare. We will still try to make it as they are such a lovley couple and I would love to see them on their special day! I hope you can overlook ridiculous comments in the press about your family and take comfort in knowing that the majority of the country is incredibly happy that a daughter like yours will one day represent the UK. I wish you and your family all the best.

    Yours, Nina Jenkins

  18. You must be very proud, I have always sensed Catherine being the perfect compliment to William and if interested there is more to learn regarding this which might shock but alternatively might hopefully amaze and surprise at the above website.
    My sincerest congratulations to you both as well as of course the happy couple!

  19. The website mentioned and respecting Catherine and Wills naturally being dianaspeaks.info which will come as o surprise to him being aware of Andrew since a personal letter was writen to him in 2000 and replied to with heart warming comments from his personal secretary as it spoke of his defence regarding the publcaton of the book Shadows of a Princess.

    A friend.

  20. Finally the right moment and the world has been able to share in their joy. What a blessing to have William and Katie – just what the Royal Family needs.In my heart I believe that William has seen how a family should be and how a husband should treat his wife. My prayer for them always through all the trials of marriage – LOVE is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. LOVE NEVER FAILS. May they forever be faithful and true to one another. Gods Richest Blessings.

  21. Congratulations on the upcoming wedding — I wish the young couple and your family every happiness. Diana would be thrilled that William has chosen Kate to be his bride. Your daughter is lovely, and she’s going to be a wonderful princess and future queen. How perfect that she’s wearing Diana’s engagement ring.

  22. Congratulations on the upcoming wedding. I was in Catherine’s corner from the time she started to date William. Your daughter has class, grace and a genuine sincerity that shines through. William is a lucky young man and I beleive his mother would be extremely happy with this union. It’s clear how much Catherine loves and supports him and that’s all Diana ever wanted for her son. I also believe she would be very happy that William has been able to share in a very happy, stable family life with your family.

    I wish Catherine and William all the best for a very happy future together.

  23. Please e-mail me your mailing address as soon as possible. Thanks in advance.

    Lisa

  24. Congratulations to you all on both the business and the engagement. Is it true that Kate’s great (great?) grandfather’s brother is a Cambridge graduate?? A good idea, if so, for Kate to be Duchess of Cambridge!!

  25. Dear Carole
    What lovely selection of partyware, I wish you had been around when my Alice was small, there was nothing like your website then, Alice is 23 now!!!. Our website is not as professional as yours, we gave the work to a struggling young guy as his first assignment, haven’t got the heart to change it yet!!
    Congratulations on the fabulous news about Catherine and William, this country sorely needs two wonderful people to enrich our royal family. I am sure they will set an inspiring example of how two people in love can support each other. You both did an amazing job, she is lovely apart from the fact that she seems to have a really good head on her shoulders. The wedding will be so emotional for everyone.
    Kindest regards Merilyn

  26. Hi
    Mr and Mrs Middleton
    I congratulate you for the great achievement of
    the company that has grown and has moved forward.
    I commend you for the upcoming wedding of his daughter Catherine to the prince William. They aye my real favorite couple in Europe. Being aware of the live broadcast of the wedding.
    From mexico

  27. Congratulations on having set up a lovely business from a brilliant idea! You inspire me to indulge my entrepreneurial spirit.
    Thank you and Good luck!

  28. Dear Carole,
    I am so inspired by your website and to read about your company–which I only discovered through a link while reading about the Royal Engagement. I see that most comments have shifted from the company to congratulations regarding your daughter’s high profile engagement. As a Brit (born in London, raised in Surrey) living in California, I am certainly excited about the Royal wedding, but I really want to also say that it’s a happy surprise to learn about your company. I just finished throwing my 5 year old son a “snake party” complete with snakes, and I must say nothing gets me more excited than planning for my two sons’ birthday parties. I have wielded a light saber as “Darth Mum” at a Star Wars party, developed a Rollersaurus party at the rink, and even staged a dinosaur dig in my backyard. I’m making themed party bags for my older son’s Harry Potter party in August that will have distinct party bags for each of the houses of Hogwarts and a Sorting Hat for children to draw their house. (I know, I get far too excited about these things). I’d like to know if you are considering branching out to the US or having a start-up here. I’d be interested in getting involved.
    My husband and I are also starting a chai distribution company, and your story inspires me to give it a go. Thank you for this. And of course, congratulations on the upcoming nuptials–Kate and William are a fresh happy page in Royal history.

  29. Hello from Ontario, Canada. I’ve wanted to start a party supply company for long time..worked full time for 22 years, had four sons and had no time. My job went to Mexico and our sons are almost grown. So this is my dream. I always made the boys’s BD’s the best. I made the pinatas, goody bags and the cake! I know I can do this..my name…partypoppins.com/loots & treats
    what do you think? and do you have any advice that may get me started without worrying it may be a flop? thanks so much…best wishes on your daughter’s upcoming wedding. My husband, sons & myself will be in Cuba on vacation on the 29th..I’ll make sure a friend tapes it.

  30. Congratulations on the upcoming nuptials!

    How thrilling, and what a charming daughter you have! So exciting!
    Your website is fantastic and I too found out about it while reading updates on the wedding.

    Never worry about what others say, you are doing great–and we will watch over your family and the nuptials with all the love from Canada!

    Of course we will be up early to watch it,
    I am so looking forward to it.

    May the young couple find all the joy,love and harmony that I have had privilege to share with my spouse of 38 years!

    A million good wishes to you all!

  31. I’m so happy to have found this site with shipping to France! What a great business idea too!

    Compared to the USA, France lacks a large selection of party supplies for kids. All of my expat friends get theirs shipped from home because parties just aren’t done up in France like they are in the USA.

    I will definitely be back for my son’s Toy Story party in a few months!

    A bientot,
    La Mom
    an Aùerican Mom in Paris

  32. Wonderful website and products.
    I was after some party things for a Royal Wedding tea party at home with my young sons. It made me laught to thing that I could be buying my party wares from HRH Prince William’s future mother in law!!
    Congratulations, it has really lifted the country and will be wonderful for the younger generations to feel proud again.

  33. Wow! I really like your site and your business. Very cool and HAPPY. I feel inspired to start my own business. I have some ideas- just need to save a little money so I can start it. Do you mentor young women who are looking to start their own business? You really should- Women need each others support. I would be very interested. Best of luck and God bless. ~WA,DC.

  34. Wow! I really like your site

  35. While I know that this is a business website, I do want to pass along my personal congratulations on the upcoming nuptials of your daughter. She seems to be an amazing person, and will be a credit to you and your family. I believe that she and William are a match amde in heaven, and look forward to hearing about their happy life together. All my best wishes!

  36. My best warm wishes to your daughter and William in their upcoming vows. How wonderful that he was thoughtful in choosing God’s one for him.

    I have friends in your area who say you are good people.

    I remember Diana and how she found her way to bless others. May Wills and Kate have a special blessing to find their fulfillment as well.

    My challenge to you to sell only products made in UK., Canada, or USA.

    Judy J from New York.

  37. Dear Carole,
    Congratulations on the upcoming wedding of your daughter.I really believe Diana would be thrilled that William has chosen Catherine to be his bride. Your daughter is lovely, and she is going to be a wonderful princess and future queen.I am living in the US now but will be getting up nice and early to watch it!
    Best Wishes, Georgina

  38. Catherine is just a lovely person! She is an inspiration to all. I have always had an “Aunts” heart when following William. I am so glad to see a precious girl be treated so well by a precious young man. We in the US are pulling for a lifetime of joy for them and for you.

  39. Have been using Party Pieces for around 3 years and have been very impressed by the quality and range of products. The website is easy to navigate and is backed up by friendly and knowledgeable staff.

    Just also wanted to take this opportunity to extend our warm congratulations to the Middleton family on the forthcoming marriage of William and Kate – my family and I wish them all the very best for the future.

  40. I just wanted to say you have a lovely company,i have two daughters and always order from you when its their birthdays and have always had fantastic service.

    congratulations on the up coming wedding of you’re daughter and prince William,you must be very proud.
    I am sure together they will make a great king and queen.

    I wish you and you’re family all the happiness for the future and hope you all have a lovely day on the 29th.

  41. I am from the younger generation and i do hope Kate and William have a life filled of love. I will be watching the royal wedding on uk telivision on the day! Many congratulations! They will make an amazing contribution to how i live my life when i grow up.

    I am just planning my 12th birthday and will be scanning your website.

  42. Also, i think Kate and Pippa are the most beautiful women ever! You are very lucky to have them as daughters! Kate and William are a match made in heaven and i do admire how polite and kind they both are!

  43. I am just a normal working woman aged over 50years – I live in Western Australia in a town called Karratha (8 hours from Broome and 6 hours from Exmouth where the Ningaloo Reff is) anyway over here in Western Australia we don’t get much news on the upcoming nuptials only what is ‘sensational’ such as Kate visiting Ireland etc., with Prince William. I guess at times you must find it unreal that your daughter is going to marry one of the most important, if not richest, men in the world. I know alot of people think of it as a ‘fairytale’ but even fairytales have duties and responsibilities and I guess not having any privacy is the price you pay for being ‘rich and famous’ I think Kate is a beautiful person and you must be very,very proud of her. I know when Princess Mary (she is from Australis) married Frederick of Denmark she bought that something important to the Denmar Royal Family and I know Kate will do the same to the British Royal Family – that something is “commonsense”.

  44. I am the same Pippa as above! Just wanted to say i live in Huddersfield, West yorkshire!

  45. Dear Carole,
    Iam an Indian and very excited about the wedding.
    Its really a fairy tale…a beautiful girl gets her prince charming.Kate’s destiny was written by god almighty himself.
    Many congratulations to you and Kate and William.
    Congratilating you feels like standing in front of Kate and William and giving my best wishes.
    God bless.

    Rashmi Mansukahni

  46. Time has flown since Prince william and Catherine were engaged and the world awaits their forthcoming marriage next week. We cannot begin to imagine how excited you will all be and perhaps your tummies are doing a few tipple over tails. What else is there to say, it has all been said. May you all have the first of many of the most wonderful days of your lives and may William and Kate’s life together be filled with love, health and happiness that the world is wishing them.

    Prince William is a very lucky man, not only has he won the heart of a very beautiful woman but he has also the love of a very close family and wonderful in-laws. Princess Diana would have been so very happy.

    May God Bless you all, we are all counting the days.

  47. Congratulations to your family! Best Wishes for a long and happy marriage to your daughter and her fiance!

  48. I am looking forward to the big wedding. you have raised a very lovely daughter that is very lucky with her Prince Charming. literally. every woman should be this lucky.

  49. Just recently found your amazing site!! What a treasure of resources. Congratulations on your business-your story is very inspirational. Greetings from the USA!!

  50. From Christchurch , New Zealand

    Please accept my very best wishes to all the family, for the wedding next week.
    This is a very exciting time for all, and we look forward to watching the very special day on the live television coverage

    Congratulations Kate and William

  51. I just wanted to stop by and wish you our warmest congratulations on your daughters wedding. You must he so proud.
    Much love all the way from the Maldives xxx

  52. With fondest wishes for the up and coming wedding celebrations. I hope that you enjoy the day as much as we will.
    Kind regards
    Nicola and family

  53. Best wishes and much happiness for Kate and William for their wedding day.I hope both families have a great day on the 29th.

    Myself having ancestry from West Yorkshire and the Durham coalfields,I will cheering for Kate at all times and through all times!

    Sincerely,
    Hilary

  54. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Middleton!

    You must be so proud and excited for your beautiful daughter. We are all very excited to watch the wedding, and will be celebrating over here in Fort Mill, SC with a Moms & Girls only tea party.

    Kate is an inspiration in many ways, and as her mother, you are too, Mrs. M, because you set the maternal example of confidence, focus, creativity and possibility.

    You are all in our prayers, as you set the tone of family love, harmony, respect, dignity, productivity, and optimism for Will & Kate, England and for the rest of the world.

    And it’s always all about the goodie bag! :)

    This is such a happy and exciting time. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

    Much love from the States.

  55. Congratulations, May Kate and Will be blessed with lots of love, strength and happiness with their marriage.
    I heard how successful ur business is and that Im thinking of heading in the same field, do you have any advise for a newcomer on how to get started… any advise would be appreciated…

    kind and best wishes from Wollongong NSW Australia

  56. You must be so proud and excited for your beautiful daughter. We are all very excited to watch the wedding, and will be celebrating over here in Kenya.I have got a small present for them on their wedding day.They are welcome to kenya for their honey moon.Congratulations too on your business-your story is very inspirational.
    Wish you success and God bless you.

  57. carole & micheal many congratulations on catherine & william,s forthcoming wedding on friday.i am so looking forward to watching it on the bbc television.i shall be raising a glass to their health & happiness for ever & ever,unlike his parents.i loved diana she was a brilliant mother to william & harry. god bless to them both. ann of lincoln.

  58. What a fantastic website with lots of choice and interesting ideas!! My 3 year old football mad son would just love a football birthday cake!!!

    Many congratulations to Kate and William on Friday. They are an inspiration to many and make a wonderful couple. Credit to you both for bringing up such a talented, level headed and beautiful daughter. You both must be so proud!

    I am so looking forward to watching the wedding on tv and wish them lots of love, happiness for a very long life together! xxx

  59. Congratulations to you on your lovely daughter and her upcoming wedding from Pennsylvania, USA. We plan to wake up in time to watch TV and enjoy the ceremony.

    I enjoyed looking at your lovely website, wish I’d looked earlier and ordered some items to add to our festivities here, will keep it in mind next time I need party goods.

  60. Hello from Callala Bay,

    Carole, I love how your business has flourished from humble beginnings and how its a family affair… I can only hope that my business idea will do as well. If it does, I’ll be sure to not take it for granted!

    Like millions of others, I will be watching the love story of the century unfold on my tv tomorrow night. It’ll be an event to remember. Congratulations!

    If you ever decide to write a book about women in business, i’d like to be the first to know.

  61. Congratulations and best wishes to all on the great occasion of the marriage of Kate and William.

    May their lives be filled with great happiness. They are a huge example to to us all and worldwidw.

    Very much looking forward to seeing the wedding.

    God Bless you all.

  62. Dear Mr and Mrs Middleton,
    I would like to congradulate you and your family on the upcoming wedding(tomorrow) of your daughter Kate. It was almost 30 years ago that I watched the wedding of Prince William’s parents. At 22 it was amazing to see and now at 52 I am as excited. I have prayed for blessings for your daughter Kate and Prince William. Kate seems like a well rounded woman thanks to you and your husband. I am from Canada but am so happy England has a special woman to unite with Prince William and become a couple young people can look to as mentors.
    I would also like to congratulate you and your family on the success of your business. The party pieces are terrific. It is so nice to bring a magical experience into a child’s party.
    God Bless you and your family.
    Laurie

  63. I am a HUGE fan of the Middleton family and have my flags out all over my Audi. I also yearn to live out my days in Bucklebury. Lucky you and what a marvellous family. I am currently wearing a Union Jack hat. Richard Tite

  64. Hope you don’t mind be posting for a 3rd time – I’m just SUCH a fan of your entire way of life. I wish I was there tomorrow – good luck all!!! Richard Tite

  65. Wow – I’m so glad to find the truth on the internet…. you really are commoner’s…..Hard work and perseverance does pay off !…

    I congratulate you on your daughters wedding and wish you half of the most beautiful things in the world. The other half I’ll leave for me.

    heeheehee….

    Got my alarm set for 4:00 AM Minnesota time so I have got to get to bed!

    So – Que Dieu vous bénisse. lit. and your family!

  66. Wishing Kate and William all the best for their B.I.G day!

  67. Congratulations to Prince William and Kate, soon to be Princess Catherine! I have been up all night waiting for the wedding. I have a bottle of bubbly chilling in the fridge to toast the wonderful couple! You are a super family and I am so happy William found Kate.

  68. To all the Middleton family and friends – enjoy your special day. It is a pleasure to be sharing in it. I am eagerly awaiting Kates dress and the impending nuptuals! I would like to take this opportnuity to wish William and Kate all the best for the future and hope to catch a glimpse of you all x Have a lovely day x

  69. Congratulations to Prince William and to his
    bride Kate Middleton, on their very special
    day.As I sit here sending this greeting the
    bride has just began entering the Abby, and
    now the ceremony is beginning with the sound
    of the great pipe organ. In a world so often
    filled with turmoil and despair this is just
    so wonderful and refreshing to see.God bless
    this wedding and your family. Enjoy this day!
    Eric & Jocelyn Wentzell

  70. Congratulations to all the Middleton family. You are a wonderful example of a British family. Styllish, hard working and loving. Catherine looks stunning, as does Philippa, and James is an elegant and handsome man, a credit to their parents. You have acted with enormous discretion and love for your daughter. May this be a long and happy marriage.

    Best wishes from anothr mother and daugher,

    Laura and Maggie

  71. Best wishes from Australia!

    Mr and Mrs Middleton, we’re all celebrating with you – and your family on such a special occasion. What a beautiful couple –
    Kate and William have created real joy around the world today – thank you!

  72. Never before have I/we seen a more beautiful bride, she was an absolute picture. What a wonderful couple they make, they are without doubt made for each other, she is a gift to us all and born to be the Princess Catherine.

    May this fairytale marriage go from strength to strength.

    God bless the Middletons, your son made the most wonderful speech and Phillipa the most beautiful Matron of Honour.

    Carole and Michael looked fabulous, how very, very pround they must be.

    Prince William and Princess Catherine have a wonderful today, the most difficult part is over. hope you have an absolute ball tonight.

    All our love and best wishes from Leeds,

    PS Hope all the middleton staff have the most wonderful day too.

  73. Congratulations to you and the beautiful couple. You all looked magnificent. May all your lives be filled with lots of love and fond memories of such a joyous occassion.

  74. Congratulations! The bride is so elegant and beaufitul. My warmest wishes to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their respective families.

  75. Many congratulations and may God bless your beautiful family

  76. Dear Mr and Mrs.Middleton, I wish you and your family to be simply happy and loving as you have seemed to be.
    Your daughters were both beautiful today and I hope Catherine will be loved by everyone:the way she smiled and the way Prince William looked at her today could tell how happy she was.Congratulations!
    God bless you and your humble but strong family

  77. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Middleton and family on a wonderful day for the whole country and world on the wedding of your beautiful daughter Catherine to Prince William, a real inspirtion to thousands.
    God Bless you all and many years of happiness to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

  78. Congratulations

  79. Congratulations on an absolutely wonderful wedding for your daughter and her Prince! The Bride looked stunning, as did her family!

  80. What a great storey and such very down to earth and nice people.
    The best is yet to come both in business and for England and the Royal family I’m sure.

  81. Very nice wedding…Congratulations from Germany….

  82. MY SINCERE WISH TO A VERY GOOD DAUGHTER OF CAROLE & MICHAEL. THE GOOD PARENTS WHO BROUGHT UP THEIR CHILDREN , LIKE KATE , WHO IS LOVING, OBEDIENT TO THEIR PARENTS & TEACH THEIR CHILDREN TO BE KIND, MERCIFUL & COMPASSIONATE TO THE POOR & LESS FORTUNATE ONES. THAT’S WHY I HOPE & PRAY THAT THEY SHOULD GIVE HER A GENUINE LOVE lIKE WHAT HER PARENTS GIVE TO HER.
    MAY GOD THE FATHER IN HEAVEN BLESS & PROTECT YOU & YOUR LOVED ONES. WE ASK THIS IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS. AMEN.

  83. Congratulations from Bratislava

  84. Congratulations from the USA!!!!

  85. What a wonderful day and such a fairytale wedding! We enjoyed this day so much and send you and your whole family our best whishes and congratulations to the amazing couple. Catherine was such a beautiful bride and we love her elegant look! God bless William and Catherine!

    Many greetings from Germany.

  86. Congratulations to William and Kate on their very special day.

    Kate looked stunning and was glowing with happiness. It was just what GB needed!

    I wish them all the luck in the world and hope that they can now have some privacy to settle into married life.

  87. Mr& Mrs Middleton and family- what a wonderful special romantic day!! Kate and William seemed so relaxed and truly together in every sense, their loving glances and smiles made my day..It was as if they were the only two people in the world – exactly as they should feel on their special day. I wish you all the very best for a happy, healthy future and congratulate you on your beautiful family. Best regards, Rose, Scotland

  88. Congratulations from USA! Best wishes to your family!

  89. CONGRATS Mrs & Mrs Middleton!!

    You must be very, very proud parents!! I’ve been glued to the TV all day since 7am (I don’t watch much TV)……for the Wedding. I have almost been moved to tears of joy by their real & down-to-earth romance! That’s how all marriages should be: they meet, fall in love & get married (after more than 8 yrs on)!! Wishing Kate & Will a HAPPY & LONG-LIVED MARRIAGE!!

    Tash (Milton Keynes) xx

  90. What a lovely day to remember!
    We have all enjoyed celebrating Will & Kate’s beautiful wedding day.
    Many Congratulations to the happy couple x

    Jen, Pete & Millie – Stratford Upon Avon

  91. Catherine Middleton Congratulations I like your wedding but I saw your wedding penalty but I’m seeing in the fat and skinny to me greet your husband is your part

    Animate Your Friend Michelle Cross kisses and congratulations

  92. Congratulation Mr. & Mrs. Middleton on your daughter’s engagement and marriage to Prince William.

    I was wondering at present only catalogs are delivered to consumers in the UK will there be a time when catalogs will be deliverable to the USA? Thank you.

    Betsy USA

  93. What a lovely wedding and we send you and your whole family our congratulations and best wishes.

    We are sure William and Catherine will make a marvellous couple and we hope they have a long and happy life together.

    Gary & Val

  94. Dear Mr and Mrs Middleton,
    We would like to sincerely congratulate you on the wedding of your daughter, Catherine, to Prince William. With such style and presence, your family is an inspiration to all.
    With every best wish,
    Frederic and Melanie
    Paris, 2011

  95. Congratulations to your family! I think Catherine and William made the whole of our country SO proud today. What a beautiful bride (and groom), and so prefect for each other by the look in their eyes! Catherine is an inspiration, with such elegance and warm nature and I really wish them both a long and happy life together, they will be supported by more people then they will ever know. Congratulations to you all xx

  96. I watched the wedding of your daughter Catherine to Prince William and found it to be very in touch with today’s youth. She looked radiant and when he told her she looked beautiful I was reduced to tears they are very much in love of that there is not doubt. I hope that they will be allowed to live a happy and content life in the public eye but without intrusion which would bring them undue stress and damage to their beautiful relationship. I can’t wait till the day they announce that there is to be the patter of tiny feet being a grand mother myself it will just be another chapter in a love story born out of true love. I wish them all the very best for the future and congratulate you on your nurturing of such a beautiful human being.

  97. Long live the Queen! (Kate)

  98. Congratulations! Your daughter allowed my daughter to see the beauty in being an woman that brought honor to so many. It was a joy for us to share in your special day. May God bless your daughter and son in law.

  99. Best wishes to your lovely daughter and her beautiful family on a happy occasion!

  100. Hi, congratulations Middleton family. Success and prosperity to the new princes William and Catherine. Greetings from Chile

  101. Mrs. Middleton,

    I enjoyed looking at your website for the first time. It is very informative, colorful, and has many different party favors or themes to choose from. Also, congratulations to you and Mr. Middleton on the marriage of your daughter, Kate, to Prince William. Here in Brookfield, Illinois, USA, I was so excited to see both of them on this special day. It was a beautiful wedding as was the bride.

  102. I am just acommoner here in Chciago Illinois but i have a heart as a princess your daughter fulfilled my drea, I was wanting so much to get a cup for tea towel or plate for somthing from them so I can pass it down to my granddaughter who thinks she is a princess. You have a beautiful family and i can only wish the best for you. included is my address Cheryln Benavidez-Gonzlaez
    3008 S Central Park Avenue, Chicago Il 60623 I work a a level one trauma center hospital and we have been dealing with a lot fo violence- the wedding me me feel free and away from that. I work in the emergency room just a wish from me.

  103. I live in California and I watched the wedding on tv twice. Absolutely captivating. Everyone looked incredible, espeically you and your family. What a dream. I cant even imagine what thoughts must be filling Kate’s head right now.

    All the best to your family and congratulations!

  104. We would like to say a massive congratulations to the wonderful couple William and Kate, they both looked absolutely stunning, you must be so very proud. Best wishes to you all from Joanne, Scott, Jack and Isabel x

  105. To Carole,Michael James and Pippa
    How proud you must all be of your lovely daughter,sister who has given so much joy to the world and her beautiful husband William A day that will never be forgotten but I thought as I am all the way in Australia I wanted you to know that there was not one but all members of the Middleton family that shone on that day You are a credit to what family life is all about and I hope the happiness you have shared with us all will always be there for Kate and William Your other children Pippa and James are a delight and a credit to you and Michael. I too have a grandaughter named Pippa and I hope she grows as well as your daughters. Sharing the special day with her sister she too was brilliant Well done to a wonderful family Helen Jones PS I too used to be and Air Hostess and it was great fun – but so is life!

  106. Dear Mrs Middleton,
    I have to congratulate, too.
    First of all, you on being such a wonderful mother and idea champion. Then, on having brought up such wonderful children. And last but not least, for having kept your eldest daughter down to earth and modesty.
    The wedding was wonderful!
    Catherine is really the best match for Prince William I can imagine. May they be as happy as you seem to be and may they have such a happy and warm family life within their protocol obligations.
    I admire you!
    Helen from Slovenia

  107. Dear Mrs Middleton,
    I am an English ex-pat living in Sydney Australia. I was a huge fan of the late Diana, Princess of Wales and have watched the young sons she left behind grow into handsome, caring and sensitive young men,just as she would have wished. I congratulate you and your husband on the marriage of your daughter to one of these fine young men and wish them both every happiness. I am distressed to see the vitriol that is hurled at you, by the media and some British people particularly. I admire the fact that you have worked hard and attained success in every way. It’s just sour grapes from people who resent people who either inherit wealth by an accident of birth or earn it by sheer hard graft and canny business acumen. So please ignore them. Here in Australia they call it the tall poppy syndrome. “They must be cut down” – it’s horrid. You have achieved success beyond their wildest dreams and imaginings with your business and by knowing that your daughter will one day be queen (consort) to the future king of England. I watched the wedding with much joy (you looked fabulous, by the way) and wish William and Kate much happiness and you, continued success to your business. And now I shall happily browse your website! Regards…

  108. Congratulations and best wishes to the Royal couple, Carole and Michael Middleton and their families!
    Prosperity, Health and a long Life!

    All the best,

    Dr. Maryam Boudaghi

    P.S.: Party Pieces is a great idea!

  109. Congratulations to all the Middleton family for showing the British people and indeed, the rest of the world, what a joyful thing an “old-fashioned” marriage can be. You have raised three beautiful children and I feel sure that Princess Catherine will continue to shine as a beacon, together with Prince William, casting light and serenity in these turbulent times and for many many years to come. Princess Diana will be looking down with enormous pride in them both.

  110. Congratulations Carol, I you are at the moment of inspiration…. I loved your page web is simple and has it all.

  111. Congratulations ! What a beautiful day we had yesterday.
    Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale…
    All the happyness for Kate and William!

  112. What a lovely family you appear to be. Your clothing sense at the wedding yesterday was very nice. You must be very proud of BOTH your Daughters, they certainly did well. Your Son, did a brilliant job with his speach and his voice was amazing. For someone so young he did your whole country proud.
    I just hope that everything goes better for them than it did for the Duke’s mother Diana. I would be a nervous wreck if I had a Daughter become involved with that family. I guess time will tell. But I honestly hope that they have so much happiness together.
    I also hope Pippa one day has a beautiful wedding because she simply looked gorgeous.
    Wishing all of you the very best always.
    Austalia

  113. Hola Sra Middleton, porque no expande su empresa a America Latina????
    Felicitaciones por la boda de su hija, tiene hijas preciosas……

  114. Congratulazioni Carol, un matrimonio stupendo!

    Tanti auguri dall’Italia a tutta la vostra famiglia .

  115. Wedding a triumph – well done to all.

    Roger

  116. You showed the world that you don’t need to be an aristocrat/royal to have class. Truly beautiful!

  117. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Middleton,

    All around the world, including here in the United States, we read fairy tales to our children. Our children watch fairy tale films and have fairy tale themed parties (as you are aware). Every little girl wants to be a princess. Every little girl dreams of meeting her prince, falling in love and living happily ever after. Most of the time those dreams are just a metaphor for living a happy life. However, in Catherine’s case, she is living a real life fairy tale.

    You have provided that opportunity to her through your hard work and perseverance. Your will and tenacity has provided her, and all your children with opportunities they would not otherwise have had. I truly admire what you have done for your family and you are to be commended for all your efforts and hard work. I can’t imagine how anyone could have done a better job.

    Because of these recent special events, many of us simply want to feel our own connection in all of it. Even as adults we long to be a part of something special. I suppose this is why we are writing here. I wish you all the best and I wish William and Catherine a long, fulfilling life together as the future King and Queen of a great nation.

    Sincerely,

    E.L.
    Fargo, North Dakota, USA

  118. Our congratulations to your family because Catherine and William are people we need more in the world!
    Was an extrordinary wedding,
    with love and best wishes
    Patricia and Dicky

  119. Dear Mr and Mrs Middleton,

    I would like to send my congratulations to you and all the family on the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine. It was an absolutely beautiful day, and I am grateful that I was allowed to be apart of it. I wish William and Catherine all the very best of luck in the world.

    Cas, Gloucestershire, UK

  120. Dear Mr & Mrs Middleton

    I and my friends had a wonderful day watching the fairytail wedding on TV of your beautiful Kate and her handsome Prince.

    You must be very proud and you all looked absolutely stunning.

    Love and congratulations to the happy couple.

    Margaret and Gordon xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Lancashire

  121. I’m not a great royalist but Kate has definitly got my seal of approval. She looked beautiful in her wedding gown, as did Pippa in her role as maid of honour. Kate and William looked so happy and such a normal loving couple. This new generation of Royals will give a fresh outlook to how the family are percieved. I’m a fan of them both already!!!!!

  122. Congratulations to your family for bringing up such a beautiful, natural and well balanced daughter. Catherine and William’s wedding has restored everyones faith in human nature. I was in awe of how refined and dignified your family were on such a high profile day – you did Catherine proud. Thankyou for putting the ‘Great’ back in Britain. xx

  123. CONGRATS ON YOUR DAUGHTERS BEAUTIFUL DAY !! SHE IS A VERY BEAUTIFUL LADY AND I WISH THEM ALL THE HAPPINESS IN THE WORLD . WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING .
    GOD BLESS YOU ALL :)

  124. Congratulations from Missouri. What a story, what a family! NOBLE! Your son should consider the MINISTRY! His reading from Romans was beautiful!! Your daughters are unsurpassed in beauty grace and loveliness.Your business success is so much to be admired.Your family seems a ‘model’ family, I do so admire you.Something to aspire to! Bless you all!

  125. Congratulations on your daughter Kate’s marriage to Prince William! I was up at 2am here in Victoria, Canada to watch it live and it was worth every second of loss of sleep :-) We on the other side of the pond appreciate you letting us share in that with you. You and your daughters looked beautiful, and your son did a great job on the reading during the ceremony. Mr Middleton looked so proud walking his daughter down the aisle. I wish them both a long and happy marriage, and a long and successful reign when William becomes King.
    All the best to you and your family!

  126. The world is so blessed by your years of preparing Kate to be a confident, loving woman. She now has taken that solid background to a man who so needed your family’s example in his life. It truly is a living fairytale to have these two people meet, become best friends and then lovingly create a new, stable family for the world to see and admire. They will be a wonderful example for the young people today.

  127. Congrat’s to you and your family. Your Daughter Kate was the perfect bride. God Bless the happy couple.

  128. A royal couple who knows the meaning of love: how wonderful!

    A royal couple with college degrees and a prince who has a real job: how novel!

    The monarchy will be enriched by Kate and William.

    Many thanks to their parents who played a role in their development. We especially remember the love of Diana for showing her sons the real world.

  129. A stream of affirmation to all that you are as a family and all you have achieved thus far.

    As parents we invest the love and values that we hold dear and then we watch and enjoy the fruit..

    The prayer that your daughter and her husband wrote is a testimony to their characters and commitment to serve. You must be so proud.

    I hope you are all resting happily…knowing this is all a job well done. Thank-you.

  130. Many congratulations on your daughter Catherine’s marraige to Prince William of Wales. What a wonderful wedding, so many lovely memories – we made the journey to London for the day (together with a million others); the atmosphere was electric and we were fortunate enough to glimpse the bride and groom – may this very modern couple live happily ever after! Much love from all our family.

  131. Firstly, I wanted to offer my sincere congratulations to you and your family on the wedding of your beautiful daughter, Kate to William. She is a fantastic role model for youngsters and my two young children will grow up watching her and for my daughter, wanting to be like her. I am sure your Princess range will sell very well this year! You must be very proud of all three of your children who are very beautiful and you all looked amazing on Friday. I have enjoyed watching you all over the last couple of days and celebrating being British. My 4 year old son watched the wedding as they have been talking about it at school and he was excited to know that some of his birthday partyware had been sent to us by Princess Kate’s Mummy and Daddy. Thank you for bringing a smile to all our faces. With much love, Sam, Bruce, Jenson and Jasmine England, Hampshire. x

  132. What a great company you have created. You are an inspiration for me to achieve success. You’re family is lovely and I wish you all the best.
    USA

  133. Dear Mr. & Mrs. M & C. Middleton, Miss P. Middleton & Mr. J. Middleton.

    We just wanted to say firstly Many, Many Congratulations to Catherine & William. They look so well suited and comfortable in each other’s company and interests. May they have a long and happy and cherished life together.

    We, the public had a WONDERFUL wedding ourselves, and we hope THEY AND YOU the family did too !.

    May we also say, you Carol, Mike, and especially Phillipa with her Maid of Honour duties and with the bridesmaids and page boys, did an EXCELLENT job, so understated. VERY WELL DONE !!.

    James was brilliant in giving the reading, so poised and confident and clear.

    You as a Family did Catherine & William proud in your support of them and your conduct in view of the immense pressure from the media and spotlight !!

    VERY WELL DONE to you all !!.

    Thank you very much.

    With warmest regards,

    Christine & Mrs. Barbara Rubie, Bexleyheath, Kent.

  134. Dear Mr & Mrs Middleton,

    Many, many congratulations to you all on a really perfect wedding day. Kate looked stunning as well as Pippa and James’ reading was spot on. You must both be brimming with pride to have such a lovely family.

    I wish Kate and William all the happiness in the world and a long life together.

    Laureen

  135. I was awakened at 5:45 a.m. here in the U.S. by my 87-year-old mom, who is from Leeds. It was wonderful. Kate and William have such respect for each other. Diana was with them all the way, and I have doubt that she played a big part in William’s choice of Catherine.

  136. Hearts all over the world are overflowing with love for Catherine and William.

    Abundant blessings to all ~

    Sydney Dawson
    U.S.A.

  137. Dear Middleton family

    Peace be upon you.

    I would like to congratulate you on the big & the proud day of your lovely daughter Catherine, may God bless her and prince William together. They both meant for each other. God is good.

    Thank the Lord on his beautiful creation. They both may prosper and live happily for ever.

    Bless.

    Sally J
    Auckland-New Zealand

  138. Congratulations from Singapore! My daughters and I watched and enjoyed every bit of the wedding coverage. You entire family is gorgeous and beautiful. We can see where Kate gets her beauty and radiance, inside and out. And, I love your company and website. After 12 years of birthday parties as expats living in Asia, I thought Birthday Express was my only hope. Glad to have found you.

  139. Congratulations to you all on a truly beautiful wedding. You all looked perfect and I’m so glad to have seen this day finally come.
    It was a spectacular feat to pull off a grand occasion which still kept all the intimacy of a family wedding.
    You must be very proud of yourselves and of all your children.
    The wedding dress, and the beauty of the bride wearing it, came straight from a fairy tale. I wish you all well for the future and sincerely hope that, for the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, this fairy tale really does have a happy ending. (If the love shining from them is anything to go by – then I have every confidence in their future and for that of our country).

  140. Loved the wedding – what a fabulous day! Thought you looked beautifully elegant Carole. You must both be so proud of your lovely family. Congratulations all round. Website is great too.

  141. Congratulazioni dall’italia!!
    Kate e William mi hanno fatto sognare….

  142. Congratulations from Bearsden in Scotland. You, your husband and family were simply great. You all looked fantastic, Catherine appeared so relaxed, Pippa multitasked her very demanding role beautifully, and James’ reading was perfectly delivered. I hope now you can relax a bit – you all deserve to.

  143. Your success story is a Great Britsh inspiration. More power to you all.

    Edward

  144. Your success story is a Great British inspiration. More power to you all.

    Edward

  145. Dear Carole and Michael, Congratulations to you both on the wedding of your beautiful daughter Kate to William. What a lovely couple they are. It was a wonderful wedding, we can’t stop talking about it.
    You have such a beautiful family, you must be so proud of them all. We were so impressed with both James and Pippa as well, they both did a lovely job during the ceremony. You all looked magnificent! God Bless you all.
    Big HUGS from your Canadian Friends,
    Debbie, Rick and Family
    Andrew, Kristen, Nicholas and Ryan Hahne

  146. CONGRATULATIONS! YOU DID YOUR DAUGHTER PROUD AND SHE LOOKED VERY MUCH THE ROYAL PRINCESS AND YOUR SON GAVE A REMARKABLE READING IN FRONT OF SO MANY PEOPLE AS WELL AS PIPPA CARRYING OUT A NERVE RACKING TASK!! I HOPE YOU ENJOYED EVERY MOMENT OF THE DAY AS MUCH AS THE WORLD DID, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  147. Congratulations on the marriage of your daughter, Kate! She looked stunning! The wedding was simply beautiful. I’m sure you & your family could not be happier. Also, congratulations on the success of your business. Best wishes to you & yours!

  148. Congratulations to you and your newly expanded family, which I realize is quite an understatement! My neighbours and I woke our little princesses (ages 7, 8, and 9) at 3 am in Calgary, Canada to watch the Royal Wedding together with our tissues in hand. It was absolutely stunning and your family was so elegant and regal, you must be so proud. All the best for a wonderful future!

  149. Bravo to Mr. and Mrs. Middleton for raising such wonderful children!!! And what a beautiful success story on Party Pieces as well. You are a true inspiration to so many. May the Lord keep his hands on your entire family and bless you all. May dearest Catherine continue to serve as an example to all young women of the world. She is a strong, confident young women and we need to see more like her!!! Long live the future Queen of England:)), HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge:))

    Royale wishes,
    Daisy Reyes
    La Petite Plume Designs, Int’l.

  150. Congratulations to the Middleton’s I’ve never heard about your bussines but now I am very surprised of what you do. Is a very nice idea from you, but the most important is that you get the whole family envolved in it . I am very happy for you and your daughter Kate, she deserve all the happiness and succes of the world and also William!!
    Your friend from Puerto Rico,
    Lisa Diaz

  151. What a wonderful day! Joyous, joyful and joyfilled! Thank you for all you did to ensure that we were all a part of a very special and memorable occasion. Long life and happiness to the beautiful couple and warm wishes to all of you for the future.

  152. Congratulations to the the Middletons! Amazing wedding and good news for all of the country.

    I love this website and will continue to purchase items for my work!

    All the best,

    Louise, Shropshire, UK.

  153. Flawless……………you have every right to be so very proud of both your daughters. What a credit they are to you, Kate looks every inch a Princess, William is a very lucky man to have her as a partner in life. I wish them both every happiness and how lovely it was to see them get married and so very much in love. Just lovely.

  154. Wow – A fairy tale wedding with all trimmings!
    I got up at 4:00 AM Minnesota time and watched it all. My favorite part was when Kate walked out of Buckingham Palace for the first kiss – you could see her mouth drop and say WOW! The other favorite was William kissing her for second time….The first one was to short! That showed in my mind …how much he loves her!

  155. best wishes to wills and kate ,you have a great family.

  156. Dear The Middleton Family,
    I just wanted to add my congratulations to this very long list! The wedding was such a wonderful day,you must be so very proud. Your family is an inspiration! Congratulations & very best wishes for the future! Anne

  157. Dear Mr and Mrs Middleton,

    I would like to sincerely congratulate you on the wedding of your daughter Catherine, to Prince William. What a lovely wedding. It was absolutely stunning. Kate and William are a match made in heaven!

    Your family is an inspiration to all.I send you and your whole family my congratulations and best wishes.

    Mariline from Montreal, Canada

  158. Wish happiness and endless love to William and Kate.
    Seattle,WA

  159. To the Middleton Family congratulations on the beautiful wedding. You should be extremely proud of Catherine. We wish them love and happiness.

    from Nerisha KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

  160. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Middleton, Pippa & James and to the newly married couple Catherine and William, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. We wish them a long cherished married life with bundles of happiness and love. We are origin from Mauritius Island but today you make us proud to be a British citizen.

    We had a fantastic day on Friday and the wedding was exceptionally a memorable occasion to remember.

    Hats off to you and Catherine, all girls dream about meeting their prince charming one day like in fairytales, your daughter Catherine has shown to the World that a fairytale can indeed come reality.

    We wish you all the best for the future.

    We used to order party accessories from other companies for my son’s birthdays. I have browsed your website and must say it is simple and has loads of helpful tips. Will definitely order from your company from now on.

    Best Regards
    From Joyshna & family

  161. Dear Carole, I know you are very proud of your family.The news is full of both girls which we all enjoy reading about. I just wanted to say how beautifully James read at the wedding, I am sure it was not an easy thing to do infront of the world. I just really wanted to commend him on ajob extremely well done.

  162. Dear Mr and Mrs Middelton congratulations on the marriage of your daughter to Prince Willliam. I am sure they will be very happy. Kate was the most beautiful princess bride, she was born to be queen, very regal. Pippa is beautiful and James is a true gentleman. Congratulations to you on bringing up such well mannered and delightful children, something that you dont see to much of these days. Your family is truely blessed. I hope the Royal family realise what a piece of gold William brought home and this time I hope they treasure it!

  163. Dear Carole

    Congratulations on the marriage of your daughter to Prince William, it was a wonderful wedding and I was glued to the tv on Friday. Prince William looked very handsome, his mother would have been so proud as I’m sure you must have been so proud as mother of the bride. They both looked so happy together.

    I have ordered from your website in the past and after reading recently how you started Party Pieces it really inspired me. I’m a single parent and want to do the best for my daughter, so I’m now looking into setting up my own business, I know it will be hard work but hopefully it will be worth it.

    Best wishes
    Maureen

  164. Congratulations to all your family on the occasion of Kate & Will’s wedding, what a day you all had (and us in Pembrokeshire) We all hope that they will have a fantastic life together and be left alone to enjoy it.

  165. I would like to sincerely congratulate you on the wedding of your daughter Catherine, to Prince William. It was absolutely stunning. Kate and William are a match made in heaven! Both were looking gorgeous and so happy to be together as soul mates.
    We Wish them both a very happy married life ahead.
    Your family is an inspiration to all.I send you and your whole family my congratulations and best wishes.

    Regards,
    Rachna (Canada)

  166. It’s nice to hear of people who work hard,become successful,but are still nice and human

    So many wonderful things are coming from garden sheds. Keep on buying Chinese projects. Many are half British

  167. I was a great admirer of the late Princess Diana, who appears to have raised her boys in a very caring and down to earth manner, but I am now an even greater fan of your lovely daughter Catherine! She has conducted herself in such a dignified and demure manner through this whole historic event and I wish to congratulate you, the parents, for raising such a wonderful lady! You deserve all the credit for instilling in her the art of being humble and level-headed. May she never change! She deserves to be the “Princess” that she now is.

    Congratulations to the Duke and Dutchess! … They will always remain William and Kate to most of us commoners.

    I wish the happy couple all the best for the future!

  168. your whole family were a credit to the nation

  169. It would be my dream to have a party planning business of some sort! I LOVE decorating for parties and weddings! I was excited when I heard on a news program how successful your business was, I had to come check it out.

    Congratulations on the success of your business and your daughters wedding! You are very blessed! I wish you the best!

  170. Congratulations to everyone in your family. I must say that the real “class” came from your family . . . no antler hats needed !
    I’m sure you won’t stop smiling and pinching yourselves for a long time.
    Wishing the Middleton family the very best from Canada.

  171. All the way from Portugal i want to congratulate the Midleton family for the beautifull wedding of your daughter Catherine and William. They are perfect together. A yong and beaitifull couple. Best wishes for the royal couple and for your family too. Please keep up the good work, your party pieces are great. Be happy…

  172. Dear Carole & family

    I would like to take this opportunity to wish your family warmest congratulations for ensuring our country has thee most phenomenal beautiful so in love happy couple imaginable to represent us world wide. May God bless them both for ever. I still miss HRH Princess Diana and know in my heart she would have been so very proud of her son and your daughter you know why because I am !
    I would like to share something with you all I heard just recently and thought it so lovely & a shame to keep it to myself, In all of Diana’s despair and the eternal ever positive quest for her ideal man, someone to love to be proud of, someone to look up to, to keep her safe and most importantly look after her the family and the country, Diana might not have found him, but she sure as heaven had him, our lovely Prince William !.
    I would be grateful if one of your staff could please contact me re Aston Martin’s own simulator devised by the official Aston Martin test Driver for the team to train on when they cant get to the track, We have the marketing contract and with The Prince & his bride driving Aston Martin down Pall Mall, I think it would be wonderful for your company to help us supply this at all events parties hotels casinoe’s It would be wonderful to have a children’s model also for special occasions. It would be wonderful if someone could contact me to discuss possibilities.
    Kind Regards Tracy

  173. Congratulations to everyone in your very good looking family. In México we say “peciosa familia”. I got up at 3.00am, México time and I didn´t miss anything. I have not enough words in my English vocabulary ( I do in my lenguage) to say you how much I enjoyed watching alive the historical Kate and Guillermo wedding. The most beautiful couple showing their love to the wide world.Kate es “bellísima” y Guillermo es “guapísimo”. I am sure Princesa Diana is very proud about her doughter in low.
    I would like to ask you, to tell them congratulations for the lovely pray they wrote themselves.It´s great. Surely God will help them anytime they ask for.
    I wish the Duques of Cambridge all the best for ever.

    Sonia Martínez.
    Mérida,Yucatán,México.

  174. congratultions what a lovely day for the perfect couple

  175. This is quite a lovely website. I get all my party items at the dollar store but they are not as unique. These items are lovely. Like everyone else, My girlfriends and I stayed up Friday Saturday morning to watch the Wedding on TV all the way from Chicago Illinois. We also celebrated with cake and tea. Needless to say it was a lovely ceremony and we wish the new couple all the best. Success to your business as well.

  176. Hi there, I have a small grandson who is having his 5th birthday soon so looked at your site for some ideas as we have nothing like this in New Zealand and the Pirate idea is a great one so will copy it. Like all the other messages before me, I congratulate your beautiful daughter and her new husband on their recent wedding. I would like to also congratulate all the Middleton family on your part in the wedding. Each of you contributed enormously to the atmosphere of the day. So proud and yet so humble, so happy, so perfect in your attire. It was a lovely personal family type wedding made so by your presence and it was wonderful to see. No wonder Prince William chose your daughter for his life partner. She will bring so much to the Royal Family just by being who she is. Again all the best to you all. If ever there was a family able to handle all the publicity and hype over this occasion with humility, yours is it. Congratulations.

  177. Hi Lady Middleton,
    are Rosaria and I am writing from southern Italy in the province of Salerno, I wanted to congratulate you and best wishes for the wedding of Kate and Prince William was very nice and exciting, I also wanted to congratulate you for your family business I think is an extraordinary thing. I’m going to try to do something similar in Italy, she could give me advice on this and what they think.
    Thank you in advance for your cooperation, I greet you and wish you many beautiful things to her and her daughter Kate. by Rosaria

  178. Dear Mr. & Mrs. Middleton and family,

    I would like to take this opportunity to use this discussion board as many others have before me, to extend my sincere and best wishes to you and your entire family (Immediate and extended) on the recent betrothal of your daughter Katherine to Prince William.

    It is with great honor and distinction that you continue on your journey to provide a valuable service to the UK community on new and innovative party/community enrichment activities as well as delivering your wonderful and informative newsletters to the public.

    With that said, there are two questions I would like to ask:

    First, have you considered expanding your services internationally? Perhaps target the American market place, or having a separate link that converts your prices to American dollars?

    Second, unless your family was required to sign some sort of waiver by the Royals prohibiting the marketing of royal wedding ideas… Has the notion of starting an on-line “Wedding Time Pieces” appendix to your current business? …After all, you have just participated in one of the grandest weddings of the century which would certainly broaden your already well established target audience, not to mention, enhance as well as validate your credibility as “experts in the field”???…

    Just “putting the idea out there” for your consideration.

    Please feel free to contact me if your inclined to engage in an exchange of ideas.

    Once again, I would like to extend my warmest, sincere best wishes to you and your family on all of your future endeavors. Sincerely, Demmy C.

  179. Hello – Hope things have mellowed out in your life since the wedding….I was online watching some game show…and the question was who wrote “olivers travlers” ….all the folks said Mark Twain…but i knew he was born to late …I had no idea it was Charles Dickerson’s though? went on the internet and found out a lot about him…his family was was thrown in jail for not paying bills….He had to work in a shoe polish store to get them out …he was in a train accident…. …and also gave to a shelter to help women….lots to learn about one guy in one question…have you ever visited his home in Higham?…

    Take care for now -

  180. Dear Carole & Michael, FIRST of all we want to express what a BEAUTIFUL family you all are in your humbleness & love for others. Next we would like to comment and congratulate you both on your new son-in-law Prince William and the lovely marriage to your beautiful daughter who is truely a princess! (as we all have prince & princess in our families as the Lord God sees us as His saints when we accept Him). However we really admired the wedding on tv from Edmonton, AB, Canada. One of the most treasured moments on the wedding (next to William & Catherine of course) was when your SON said the scripture from the BIBLE on 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 on LOVE…..how TRUELY spoken and your son spoke that so well and so honorable! That is God’s WORD and it was divinely spoken! However God bless you and your families and may you always prosper in God’s love! Blessings forever, Andy & Eunice

  181. If ever two people were made for each other then it was Prince William and Princess Catherine (to us, she is already a Princess), the Fairytale gets better and better, they just looked so wonderful tonight on their first offical engagement, it brought a tear to my eye tonight, long may they rein. God bless the Middletons, it must be quite over whelming all this, just like a dream only this one has come true. Just wonderful, absolutely wonderful.

  182. I just wanted to say how beautiful Catherine was on her wedding day and and how stunning she always looks in High St clothes not just in Haute Couture.
    Phillipa and James were incredible on the wedding day, so confident despite not being celebrities until then. James was faultless with the reading , I doubt a pro actor could have been better. Anyhow, the website is great too and I know I will be ordering soon, the lacey cupcake wraps etc look especialy nice. Could I be sent another catalogue please as a whole mug of tea was spilt over a table and my catalogue.Thank you

  183. Hello, Hope your fine and well.I am 23 years old and planning/ want to start a party supplies and planning business in my country.I live in Uganda and there are no party supplies businesses here, a shop. As per now am trying so hard to work on my business plan to sell supplies and rent equipment for parties. I love kids a whole lot, and this job would actually make me happy because its me, its what i want to do, to make other people happy. Anyway,so I’ve been to your site a couple of times to get ideas on how i can start my business, costs of supplies, ideas and many more. So far i have come up with the business name -PARTY PIECES CITY,i know its kinda the same as yours but i love it. So anyway, i want to deal in children’s parties mainly and also other special occasions like graduations, bridal shower, bachelorette, anniversaries, weddings etc. I want to add a little bit of shopping like for children’s gifts, clothes , a cupcake n donut shop, rent out bouncing castles. Its a big dream and hopefully one day it will all come true. Your site has really been an inspiration to me. I would appreciate any advice and ideas that you think i should consider. Otherwise Thank you for your inspiration . LOVE althea

  184. Party Pieces,congratulations on the lovely Duke and Duchess’ wedding.May the rain fall softly on their fields.”The commoner that captured the heart of a prince” an understatement.I rejoiced to see such affection and emotion displayed publicly.Philippa was a lovely Maid of Honor. The sacred positions held by the congregation was quite the inspiration.Not to be a propagandist but the world can use more party times.CHEERS

  185. May you always be a refuge to William and Kate. I do not envy their future roles. It will be hard on them both, nevertheless, with great families supporting them they will have a chance at a normal and happy life. I extend my greetings to you all and my congratulations on the success of your business, grounded family and beautiful wedding of your daughter Kate. The best to all of you, Regards, Bob

  186. Thank you for bring a guiding hand and being involved in the lives of all your children. They will always need Mom and Dad, I should know I always talk to my heart where she lives now. I hope you get to maintain some semblance of normality for your company built from scratch. Your strength is noteworthy and will continue to be so important to your friends and family. Once someone told me to act for the greater good and that has served me well all these years.

  187. dear mrs middleton,imust commend you for your hardwork and determination to make this company successful.what really amazed me was the way u started and way the company has grown.i am also a full time house wife .i love party items .i would like to start a business on party item.i need advise on what to do and would also like to be a retailer for party pieces.thank u.congratulations to kate and william and also to middleton s family

  188. Dear Carole and Michael….Whew!!!What a fabulous 11 days. I have done nothing but watch TV since your lovely children have been touring Canada and now the U.S. Of course I was glued to the TV for the wedding in April and I was reliving what I went thru for both of my childrens’ weddings and I could not imagine how Princess Catherine and Prince William and your family pulled it off with such class. ..And then the they went and did the tour and never missed a beat. What a special family you have. It is a tribute to you both. I include Will in the family also. I thought they were great and gracious during the wedding, and then they traveled these past 11 horendous days, and I have no idea how they pulled it it off like they have been together forever. I must say they were really in their element when they were with the children and older folk. They are so comfortable in their skin! Some of the precious photos that were online today just showed such love in their eyes, not only for each other, but also for those people they were greeting. How proud you must be. I hope it makes up for you not being able to be with them now. They are the ambassadors to the world now, and thank you for sharing them with us. Can you read into this that I am blown away by them? Their beauty shines from their heart thru their eyes. How special. Last nite here in Los Angeles Kate looked the Princess that she is. Her Ball gown for the Black Tie event was soooo beautiful. She has impecable taste and what a role model she is. When I watched that Airplane take off today, I just felt like my family was taking off, and whispered “I’m going to miss you”. Had I not been disabled and widowed I would have been at one or the other event this week end. Perhaps this is enough venting, eh? I am having seperation anxiety already.
    Now, I also wanted to compliment you on this Web site, of yours. It is just grand, and I haven’t even gone thru all of it. I can’t wait to tell my daughter about it. She does a lot of cake decorating for my Grandson’s school, and I know she is going to find many things to help her for the coming school year.
    So my dear Folks, all the best in the world to you and your family, and please send a warm hug to all. Always remind them that there are so many out here who want them to continue with all the work they are doing and continue to be that shining beacon that they are.
    Many Blessings your way from Barb S. in Newport Beach, California.

  189. i think they will make super parents .i think it will be sooner than later .they will have super granparents and beautifull children prob.2 girls i think,cath

  190. Best wishes to the Middleton family from Argentina! I’m a big fan of Catherine,she means all to me. I’m saving up to travel to London to see Kate. Best Wishes ♥ Please reply!

  191. As an American, I never followed British goings-on, but when your family inevitably began to be covered by the media, your self-made business was my favorite story to come out of it.

    I love hearing about successful home businesses, especially when they’re started from scratch out of a spare shed by busy moms of three! You’ve developed it marvelously. Congratulations on your excellent commercial sense, brilliant recognition of an untapped market, and hard work; I find it inspiring!

  192. I should clarify my previous comment:

    When I wrote that “your family inevitably began to be covered by the media,” I was referring only to when your family inevitably was covered by the most mainstream U.S. news outlets in the week preceding Kate’s wedding. I don’t think all of the other media attention ought to be “inevitable” when it’s clearly invasive and inappropriate.

    Anyway, the background of how you built your business was my favorite part of that news coverage! I hope your hard work inspired more people than just me.

  193. This is such a lovely website, it has such a wonderful layout! I can’t wait for my next party, I will be sure to use your website!

  194. I am a Art Therapist in West Cork in Ireland and am delighted mums and dads are getting creative with their kids in organising and celebrating special birthdays and occasions in their lives. Using creativity in planning special times with your children is an essential ingreatient of the bonding process in sucessful parenting. Discussing party themes, ideas and pieces is a fun way to begin this creative process with your children. Carole Middletons naturally creative personality and obvious playfull approach to her parenting is what has led to her huge sucess as a mum!! So lets take inspiration and get party planning sometimes ur childrens dreams can come true!! Your creativity is the key and surprize,it’s free!
    Love the website!
    Hillary x

  195. I love it..the website…the interview and most importantly the inspiration that a full time mom can always do what she thinks she is good at aside of course from taking care of the family. Congratulations Carole and more power!

  196. You are such an inspiration, Carole, you really do prove that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.

    You must be incredibly proud of how Catherine has taken to her new role; she is a breath of fresh air. We were wondering the other day – 15 years ago could you possibly have imagined what your lives would be like today ?

    Have a wonderful Christmas

  197. You and your whole family are a huge inspiration for me. Catherine and Pippa are who I model myself after. They are beautiful, smart and kind people. I wish Catherine and William a long and happy life together and I wish you all the very best.

    Rebecca Marowitz
    Seattle, Washington. USA.

  198. Hello Mrs Middleton,

    Firstly id like to say congratulations on the founding and setting up of the Party Pieces Business. It’s nice to see other women in another country setting up shop and being so successful at that company. May you have a long successful journey with the company.
    Secondly May all go well with the Prince-William and Princes-Catherine and give you many little grand children to cherish.
    Thirdly do you distribute Party Pieces items to oversea’s? Would you ever consider a oversea’s franchise that being in Australia?

    Marcie s
    Waterford park, Victoria, Australia

  199. Beautiful comments. Are comments still being added? I noticed last comment on site was one year ago? You,Carole are a very successful business woman as well as a model mother.

  200. I have just read an article on how you are selling royal baby themed merchanise. I am disgusted how these people are slamming you. As many parents out there when they have children, to them their little bundles of joy are their little prince’s or princesses, so you go girl. From New Zealand.

  201. This interview touches my heart. I like the way you said “parties do not have to be lavish and expensive occasions”. It only shows that you really have a good heart. The best!!

  202. Good Evening,
    I have ordered from you this evening . I will be ordering mainly for my 3 Grandchildren.
    Their names Jack , Grace & Rose . I live in the wheat-belt country area of Western Australia . We are in quite an isolated area.
    Being able to purchase such beautiful items online is wonderful . As we live 100Km’s away from Perth our Capital City.
    Shops are certainly not in abundance out here where we live . I have enjoyed the convenience & experience of shopping from your store , for my Gran-daughters Christening which is in March 2013.Thankyou for this experience.Mrs Moya Macqueen.

  203. Dear Carole,

    This is the first time I have been on your site. I am getting married this November and was checking out different websites to obtain ideas from. I must say you have real nice stuff. I just wish the British pound wasn’t so high when it comes to changing it over to Canadian and American (I live in Canada and my fiance is Bermudian. We are getting married in Bermuda)

    Congratulations of becoming a first time grandmother this summer. All the best to you and your family! :-)

    If ever you or your family are in Bermuda and need a wonderful wonderful guide who knows all there is to know about the island, contact us, my fiance is very professional and loves to “show off” his island!

  204. Dear Carole,

    I loved the site!
    God bless you and your beautiful family.
    Hugs from Brasil.

  205. My daughter is very excited about the possibility of Kate & William’s baby being born on her birthday tomorrow 23rd July. So would like to suggest a babies name of Tamsin. Congratulations to all of you. Sue x

  206. Huge congratulations on the blessings of a new baby in your family. Living in Australia, I’ve been busy talking to family in Birmingham about the excitement and joy of a divine royal baby boy. Enjoy the adventure of being grandparents, aunt and uncle. Joyful news to wake up to in Bondi today.
    Best Wishes

    Noreen and Paul Gough

  207. Congrats to all of the Middleton family on the birth of Kate & William’s son! You have to be thrilled beyond words – he is a lucky little boy to be born into such an obviously tight family. I have 5 grandkids…can’t recommend being a grandmum too highly….enjoy! Best regards from Canada.

  208. Congratulations on the birth of your grandson !

    Was counting down the hours for Kate. (my first baby came in 6 hours)

    Thank you for being such an inspiration. You have given me so many ideas on starting a business of my own.

    Joe Q. Full Time Mum.

  209. Good evening Mrs Middleton,

    Congratulations to you and your family on the birth of your beautiful grandson!
    We have been glued to the tele for the last 2 days waiting for the news and hoping to catch a glimps of Will, Kate and their baby son! We did so tonight and we are so excited and thrilled for you all! Enjoy this special time with your daughter. You are both such an inspiration and role model to woman around the world!

    Kindest Regards
    Lee-Ann
    Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa

  210. Dear Middleton family,

    Congratulations on the birth of your grandson – The Prince George of Cambridge! We wish you and the newly parents, Kate and William, all the best in bringing up this special little baby boy!

    With love from Joyce family in Sydney

  211. Mr & Mrs Middleton,
    Congratulations on the Birth of your Wonderful Grandson. He is just so adorable!
    (When Kate & William mentioned that it is such an emotional time and so special, I knew the exact feeling they’re both experiencing. A truly amazing feeling!)
    God Bless you both, Baby Prince George, Duchess Kate, Prince William & your families all the way from Australia.

    P.S I also have to say that I’m delighted in your Party Pieces site!

    Sincerely Mrs Melissa McInnes.

  212. Congratulations on the birth of your new grandson!
    You must be over the moon!
    Congrats to William and Kate too!
    May God richly bless you and your new family.
    Best regards,
    Tina

  213. Love ur sites and the fact that it is a family own business congrats on the big success and the fact that a women start it ur friend at USA

  214. CONGRATULATIONS PN THE BIRTH OF YOUR ROYAL GRANDSON! having three myself I understand how very excited and proud you must be. Just get ready for all the fun! My personal favorite is blanket tents over the table in the dining room!

  215. I have been a big fan of yours Mrs. Carole Middleton. You are such a fantastic mum to your children and being able to turn your business into a success is something really inspiring.

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    do it forr you? Plz reply as I’m looking to construct my
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