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Party Pooper or Party Popper?
Tesco Party Poppers
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Tesco Party Poppers
Date: 05/01/13, updated on 22/10/13 (111 review reads)
Advantages: Makes for a pretty, popping party.
Disadvantages: Cheap throw-away consumables for short-term pleasure.
Sometimes it's fun to pull out all the stops and go partying with party poppers. These come from Tesco in a pack of fifty and cost less than three pounds.
Make sure the circular cardboard end is pointed outwards and away from yours or anyone else's eyes.
Hold at arms length and always supervise with children present.
Pull the string at the top of the popper.
Pop! Out shoots the strings of shredded, coloured, very fragile, paper.
I found the pops were very loud, like small fireworks going off in the lounge, and smelt a little like a match that has just been lit, but most of my guests loved it and kept going with the party poppers. The problem was there was one phobic guest who couldn't stand the loud bangs. She covered her ears and made a quick retreat. We used about twelve between six guests. I'd had every intention of pulling out all the poppers and having a popping fest. I was sensitive to the needs of this phobic guest and threw a tea towel over the rest before the others could get their hands on the rest.
The poppers come in a clear plastic bag. With the hard plastic canisters, I have visions of birds consuming them and becoming ill or dying because of what we throw away. I am not so strict that I am never going to buy things that aren't questionable but I do have little pangs of guilt when I buy cheap throw-away consumables for short-term pleasure.
Our phobic guest soon recovered and we still had fun without the extra poppers. The bits of shredded tissue paper added to the laughter as people then threw the streamers into each other's hair and made some very uncool hairpieces. Childish - well - even grown-ups are allowed to have fun.
The party poppers did bring in an extra element of enjoyment but next time the poppers come out I will ask if there's anyone in the room who objects. Lesson learnt. Anyway, I should have known better to buy them because of all the plastic waste. But they are fun. I just keep them to use on rare occasions and I recycle the paper. I don't want to be a party pooper so just sometimes, maybe once a year or two, I'll bring in a new element of fun, with the party poppers, to make the party a bit different.
The host will have to clean up all the little strands of paper because it makes the house a little messy. None of the poppers got stuck as often happens when buying very cheap party poppers. It's good value for money but do balance this with thoughts for the environment. I suspect it will be years before I finish this pack. Actually, I purchased them many months before I even had thoughts for this particular party and they had remained untouched waiting for the right occasion.
These are good party poppers but if we think about the throw-away society that we are I think these could be party poopers. That however, is a different issue to actually buying and having fun with these poppers and for the occasional bit of fun they are jolly good poppers. The only reason I give the Tesco Party Poppers four stars is because the plastic can't be easily recycled, as yet but the product is very good. If only there was a way to design this with the environment in mind.
Don't be a party pooper be a party popper unless of course there's a phobic, of loud bangs in the room, in which case, I would suggest blowing bubbles instead.
Summary: Good fun for the short-term.
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