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The webmaster, Pat Cryer, as a young child

Children's party teas
in World War Two

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I don't remember going to many parties during rationing, which was hardly surprising because it was difficult enough to feed one's own family, let alone other people's. I do know though that adults seemed to think that jellies and blancmanges were real treats for children - although I didn't like them particularly myself.

The party food in wartime

One thing I remember was 'p.b.o.s.' written at the bottom of children's party invitations. It stood for 'Please bring own sugar'. Each child would turn up with about a teaspoon of sugar in a screw of paper, sometimes in an old matchbox, to replenish the sugar which the hostess had used in the making of jellies and blancmanges, etc.

John Cole

There was always a limited supply of jellies and blancmange powder in the shops. These were, as far as I can remember, not rationed. The local grocer would try to share out his supplies among all his registered customers - but everything they wanted they had to ask for.

Peter Johnson

Once the war was over, I did go to children's parties. There were plenty of games, and parents put a great deal of effort into them. They had been brought up - as we were - to having to amuse themselves and so there was no shortage of ideas. Standards were musical chairs and pass the parcel.

I never knew anyone buy in entertainers.

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