Charming Parties of Portsmouth

DSC_0083Last week I was invited along to a party where the soft play items had been provided by Charming Parties.  For those of you who haven’t yet come across them, Charming Parties started up earlier this year and hire out inflatables and soft play toys for birthday parties and other events. Jade Salmond, the mum behind the business, spotted a gap in the market when she was looking for suitable inflatables to hire for her two young children.  Whilst bouncy castles were readily available in Portsmouth and surrounding areas, inflatables aimed at pre-schoolers were not, and Charming Parties is the result.

I had the chance to see the unique toddler playground set up ready for a party along with some soft play shapes and giant lego bricks.  The playground is really quite large and can take up to 20 children at a time. Divided into four sections, your children can enjoy a ball pit, mini bouncy castle, air tubes for floating balls on and an up and over slide.  Suitable for children aged 0 – 5, this is a lovely inflatable and one which I would be quite happy for my toddler to play on – in fact the only problem really would be persuading him to get off at the end of the party.


The toddler playground is hired out as a package with soft play shapes, featuring jungle animals, with a monkey rocker, steps and slide and a baby play ring.  You can also add to your basic package by hiring large lego bricks, didi cars and, uniquely, a dress up box. The dress up box contains animal themed costumes in a range of sizes and a jungle background for you to take pictures of the children against.  The lego blocks were set out at the party that I attended and offer the children more varied play.


Charming Parties also have larger inflatables for older children and they are an ideal choice if you are looking to entertain a wide range of ages – for example at a wedding.  They also offer free downloadable invitations and you can up-grade your package to include party ware and bags as well – really taking the stress out of party planning.

All equipment conforms to PIPA standards, and as Members of BIHA (British Inflatables Hire Association), Charming Parties take pride in keeping their equipment spotless and sterilise and clean all the equipment before each use. As you can see from the photographs I took, the items are pristine and very well cared for.  It takes around half an hour to 45 minutes to set up and the same again to clear away, so you’ll need to factor that into your venue hire times, and you will also need a good clear access for the equipment which is heavy and bulky.

If you’d like to find out more then do have a look at their website, or contact Jade Salmond on 07704 208 369 or you can email them at

Charming Parties


About Shelley Cook

Self employed blogger, editor and copywriter. I work from home around my two children and am delighted to be able to visit local attractions and cafes and call it work.
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