Daisy’s Days Youtube channel visited and reviewed our Dino Disco Adventure Challenge interactive children’s event that we held in Manchester in April 2018. See her review of the event here….
You child’s party is an important and potentially costly affair; so you want to get it right!
If you have decided you want to stay away from the play centre / trampoline centre type party and want to do something more memorable and imaginative getting the right entertainment can be a challenge. These questions should help you determine the quality of potential entertainment providers and get the best quality and value for money, and not end up with a 16 year old in a bad wig who can only lead musical bumps!
1/ “What is the party theme but more importantly what is the content that will be delivered to keep the children engaged?”
It’s all very well to have a ‘Snow White’, ‘Elsa’ or ‘Spiderman’ character come in their costume but if the entertainment then consists of a couple of mediocre Disney songs being warbled and a game of musical statues then you could have a lot of crazy disengaged children running around the place.
The best companies will have a clear theme (or theme offerings) that are more than a dressed up character and should be able to talk you through / send you the itinerary of games, activities, show in detail. Steer clear of anyone who can’t do this! A good party needs to be planned and structured to the minute in order to keep engagement and control of the kids. To quote Monica in Friends “Rules control the fun people”! This is not to say that the rules create a regimented and inflexible party- quite the contrary – as anyone who works with kids will know, kids respond to structure and a well-structured party with an entertainer who is in control will keep the kids engaged throughout.
2/ “Who will be the party entertainer, how much experience do they have and the best question……..”
Party entertainment companies vary enormously in that you might be speaking to a one man band in which case the person you speak to will be doing the entertainment. Alternatively you might be speaking to an agency or company who have entertainers deliver for them. In which case I would ask what the experience is of their entertainers. Our entertainers are all experienced in performance which is important for being able to carry off a character and entertain in front of people and crucially they are also experienced in working with (and entertaining) children. This might sound obvious but you’d be surprised how often a student gets drafted in, they may have done drama at college and have a younger sibling but has little experience of being in control of a group of children and most importantly engaging them, conducting them and creating a magical time for them. Its an art AND a skill and take practice, training and passion. And so experience of both performing professionally and working with children are an absolute minimum requirement for our entertainment staff. And this leads me onto…
The absolute best question you can ask here…..
“What are they good at?” This isn’t a question we get asked much , because it’s probably perceived as quite direct and also you assume that their entertainers will be good at entertaining. Not always….. a good entertainment company will know their teams strengths and be able to talk passionately about each one; whether they are particularly good at making children laugh, creating a magical character, wowing them with song and dance or conducting amazing games and play with them! If a company cannot talk with passion and confidence about what is good about their team and individual members then I would steer clear.
3/ “What space do you need to deliver a party?”
Depending on how many kids you will have at your party and the specifics of the party you are booking will depend on the exact space requirements. However this is a useful question to ask to judge how genuine and experienced the company is. If you say you will likely have 30 children and they say they can deliver it in a normal house loving room I would be wary! A good party needs space for the children to move and be active and for the entertainer to be able to run games, activities or their show. Unless there are very few children or it’s a sit down show only then generally a space of a village hall, community centre or a large back garden is usually needed. If they say they can do it anywhere then the chances are the quality of the party isn’t the most important thing!
4/ “What do you need to know?”
The company / entertainer you are speaking to should at the very least want to know the name and age of the birthday child (the most important thing as its their birthday!!) as well as practical logistics such as your location, the space of the party, how many children and any special requirements. If you haven’t volunteered this information and they haven’t asked then again they are not putting you, the customer at the centre of the conversation.
You should feel like they are treating your child’s birthday party with the greatest importance – because it is important to your child, to you and it and it’s our business as entertainment companies for it to be the important thing to us too!
5/ What themes / party offerings do you have?
If you get told that they can do whatever you want then be careful…! It actually takes a lot of work, planning, rehearsal and training to come up with a good party structure and content. Even more so if it is themed and includes activities and displays. And so a good company will have some tried and tested formulas that work. As much as this ay sound prescriptive it actually means you are getting a tried and tested party that has been professionally developed and will be sure to be successful. It’s the entertainment’s company business to know what works, come up with the ideas and execute it well. So if a company asks you to tell them what you want I would be doubtful of their experience or proven capabilities. You also may get something that is thrown together rather than professionally created. This is why we have party themes that we have spent time and investment developing, we have written songs, scripts and activities and have trained the entertainment staff in best quality execution and delivery. This is not to say we cannot be flexible and insert ideas or meet specific requirements or interests. But we always start from a base which works.
6/ “When discussing price, is it a final package price or are there likely to be extras?”
It’s worth checking what the price quoted includes; does it include travel for example or are there additional activities, add on’s that might be charged for? Is there an option for food or party bags?
7/ “How long do your entertainers do and do they manage the compete party or only part of it?”
It can vary from entertainers making a character appearance, to doing a 30 or 60 minute show to running a complete 2 hour party. So it’s worth asking this from the outset so you know how much you have to run as the parent! Our packages are for the 2 hour party and are structured as 45 minutes entertainment, followed by 15 minutes calm down craft type activity. At which point we suggest you serve food and do the cake. After which we run another 30 minutes of entertainment right up until the party close. This means the only part the parents have to be involved in is the food! It also means that by leading another session of structured entertainment after food you keep the children controlled up until the end and don’t have the post food, sugar high, running around madness that often can occur at parties! This is worked off in the second half of the entertainment and the party ends on a real high, rather than a sugar come down!
8/ “How flexible are you with numbers of children?”
When booking this type of party you are often inviting a whole class or significant numbers, usually between 20 and 30. Often siblings will be brought along and so there may be additional children on the day that had not been accounted for. It’s worth knowing how much flexibility there is in this. Generally most entertainers will be flexible with this, we certainly are and we always carry enough resources to allow for additional children, but it helps for your peace of mind to know this in advance.
9/ “What back up do you have in case the entertainer due to be delivering the party is sick?”
Obviously this would be a rare occurence and we have never encountered this thankfully, but we do have a back-up plan in case of this where we can at short notice call on another member of the team to be able to deliver the party, even if they are travelling from another area, this will be done at our cost to ensure your party goes ahead as planned! Reliability is a key part of our company ethos and we will do whatever it takes to ensure your child has the birthday party they have been promised!
10/ “What makes you a great party company?”
A good party company will be able to tell you succinctly and easily what makes them successful and stand out. In our case it’s because we have professional performers who are experienced and love children. We have exciting and imaginative themes which incorporate storytelling, music, challenges and activities. These have been developed, tried and tested to result in the best parties which engage active and imaginative children, providing a party that truly involves them, captivates them and that they will remember!
Running a kids birthday party is no mean feat! And if you are running it yourself and trying to keep costs down, you know you need good party games to keep the kids engaged and enthralled!
Here we have rounded up some great birthday party games that will work for different ages and party types,, making your birthday party a hit without having to spend much extra money on supplies….
The party games that do require supplies can be common objects found around the house or in your wardrobe or picked up cheaply at the supermarket.
Also don’t be afraid to improvise if you have a similar object or you can still play that game with a slight variation. Guests don’t know what the game originally should be; as long as it works and is fun. Just use these party games as inspiration and make them work for you!
These birthday party games are great for all ages and you can often add variations to make them work for adults or even younger children. They’d be great for family birthday parties too.
1/ Treasure hunt
A treasure hunt is a winning game for any birthday party and can adapted to be age and space appropriate. If you have a huge field to do it round, great, but equally if you want to do it just around the lounge it can work as well.
Depending on the age of the child you can give them written clues or picture clues. You can divide the party guests into teams and an adult can help each team. You can do riddles to fit the theme of your party or can set picture challenges. For younger children they can simply be told to go and find as many objects of a certain theme that you have hidden around the area. Or a good variation for younger children is to hide toys around the space which e ach has a piece of paper with a letter on it. They have to find all the toys and collect the letters to be able to spell out the word that gives them their prize.
A lovely version for outside involves the children working together to solve the clues and the end clue revealing a treasure box full of snacks and drinks.
No matter the age, setting or level you pitch it at a Treasure hunt goes down well at any party!
2/ ‘Fruit’ basket (or ‘Dinosaur’ basket or ‘whatever your theme’ is basket!)
Have as many pieces of paper as there are guests, minus one. Then tape each piece of paper to the floor so they are around in a big circle and have each party guest stand on a piece of paper. The party child can stand in the middle of the circle (not on a piece of paper)
Have 4 group names; you can work these within you theme. If your party is a dinosaur theme you can have each group be a different dinosaur, or Disney character or colour, or you can rely on the old stand by and give each group a fruit name like: apple, banana, pear and grape. O around the circle alternately giving each child one of the 4 names.
Once everyone knows their group name, the player in the middle calls out one of the group names. Each member of that group must now move to a different place marker, while the person in the middle seeks to steal a place. The player left without a place in the outer circle stands in the middle and play resumes.
The ace in the hole is if the person in the middle calls out ‘fruit basket’ (if you are using a non-fruity theme you may select a different phrase such as ‘Dinosaur Roar’!). This means that all players must change places. Let the mayhem begin!
Children will love being dinosaurs or princesses. The older crowd will like the fast paced nature of the game. Bottom line no matter if you are a fruit basket or a hoard of African mammals your party goers will love this game.
3/ Dress up relay race
Fill two suitcases or boxes with dress up clothes (hats, scarves, jackets, skirts, gloves, boots, and so on – they must be able to fit all players) and place them at one end of the room / birthday party space. Divide the players into two teams and have the team form two lines at the opposite end of the space to the suitcases.
At the word go, the first player from each team runs to one of the suitcases or boxes and dons all the clothes in it over the clothes he’s already wearing. Decide ahead of time whether buttons, zippers, and so on must be fastened. When a player is completely dressed, he then quickly removes all the dress-up clothes, puts them back in the suitcase or box, and runs to the end of his team’s line.
The next player then takes a turn and so on until everyone on the team has had a turn. The first team to finish wins.
4/ Pass the bag
This is a variation on the above relay race dress up.
Fill a large rubbish bag with a variety of clothing items such as aprons, men’s and women’s shoes, scarves, hats, socks, ties, shirts and skirts. To play, have guests form a circle and pass the bag around as music plays. When the music stops, whoever is holding the bag must take something out and put it on. No searching! They must take the first thing their hand touches. Continue until the bag is empty and all the kids are dressed in ridiculous outfits. Take pictures of the funny results!
5/ River crossing
All the children stand in a line, with two sheets of paper. They are supposed to reach the other end of the room, without stepping on the ground. Each child must first step on one sheet, then on the other and pick up the previous sheet and place it in front of him or her. In this way, the children reach the finish line. The child who reaches first, is the winner!
6/ Animal capture
This is ideally played in a large space, outdoors. Divide the kids evenly into two teams. Explain the layout of the field (or back garden or living room!). There should be a safe zone for each team on either end of the field. You could define the safe zones with a rope or hose. Have the teams sit on two straight lines near the middle of the field but at least 10 feet apart from each other.
Choose one team to go first. Team A huddles up in their safe zone and quietly decides on an animal to imitate. They then return to the starting line, and on the count of three, everyone on Team A silently acts out the animal they chose. For example, if they decided to be monkeys, they might hop up and down and scratch their armpits.
Meanwhile, Team B is watching from their starting line. Team B members raise their hand if they have a guess as to what animal is being acted out by the other team. An adult calls on one child with his or her hand up and asks them to guess. If the child guesses correctly, that gives the green light for Team B to charge across the field and try to tag the players from Team A.
If Team A players make it to their safe zone without being tagged, they stay on Team A. If they get tagged, they become a member of Team B.
Now, it’s Team B’s turn to huddle up and decide on an animal to mimic. Repeat the steps for as long as the kids are having fun. There’s no end or winner. If an entire team ends up being tagged, start over with even teams.
7/ Guess How Many……
This game works well when party guests are arriving. Fill a jar with many small items and have each child write down how many items they think are in the jar, along with their name, on a slip of paper. The child who guesses closest to the actual number wins. You can choose colourful sweets or small toys, or items that match your party theme.
“How low can you go?” Choose some lively music, and lower the bar as guests dance under. A broomstick works well as a limbo bar. Remind players they must face forward and lean as far back as they can. Whoever manages to go the lowest is the winner.
9/ Please Mr. dinosaur may I cross the mountain? (also known as Please Mr Crocodile!)
All of the players (except one who is chosen as ‘Mr Dinosaur’) stand side by side at one side of the yard or room, facing the other side. Mr Dinosaur stands in the middle of the yard or room.
The players chant, “Please Mr Dinosaur may we cross the mountain? If not, why not, what’s your favourite colour?”
Mr Dinosaur calls out one colour name and any of the players wearing that colour are safe to cross past Mr Dinosaur to the other side of the field /room. For example, if Mr Dinosaur calls, “Blue,” anyone wearing blue is safe to cross.
Once the safe players are across to the other side of the space, the players not wearing the selected colour must try to run across to the other side of the
yard/room without being caught by Mr Dinosaur.
The player that is caught becomes the next Mr Dinosaur and the game starts again.
10/ Lego relay
Build some simple Lego models, make the same amount as number of teams you will have. Create a box for each team with the blocks needed for the demonstration model plus some extras. Place the boxes half way along the room and the demonstration models at the end. The first child in each relay team must run and get the first piece (usually the base plate) to start the model. They must then look at the model at which is the next brick needed, so they must run back and tell the next child in the team which brick they should get next and the next child goes and finds that brick and builds the next piece of the model. And they continue until the first team finishes the model correctly.
Divide the children into two teams. Have two batches of identical cups / plant pots (at least one per child, so if 30 children in total need at least 30 cups / pots) and place then around the space with one batch turned right way and the other batch turned upside down. The children are given 90 seconds during which Team A must turn all the right side cups upside down and Team B must turn all the upside down cups right side! At the end of the 90 seconds the team which has managed to have the most cups / pots there way wins! Its complete mayhem and loads of fun!
12/ Dodgeball with Beach balls
And to finish a simple game with a simple twist. Dodgeball done with beach balls is not only fun, it is significantly safer and great to do with younger kids.
Whatever theme and games you decide on for your birthday party have loads of fun! And if you want help with delivering the themed entertainment contact us now, we’d love to come and deliver birthday party entertained that will delight your child and their friends!
On Mother’s day; I would rather have a creative child with glitter and glue to clear up than a tidy house and a child glued to a screen!
Happy Mother’s Day – and it’s a day where traditionally we mums get to put our feet up and not do any house work!
I was blessed to be woken up with not only a delicious pancake cooked by my 8 year old but a plethora of artwork which has been painstakingly created over the last week, largely involving glitter, cutting and glue!
As you can imagine this has resulted in a large amount of tidying up and clearing of glitter which is likely to adorn various surfaces in her bedroom for weeks to come! This could result in me as a mum being cross that I have to do these jobs on a day that apparently (according to the greetings cards!) I should not be partaking in domestic chores! But conversely I get great pleasure from this tidying – not because I am a clean-up freak – far from it I am nowhere near being domestic goddess and tidying and cleaning is about as far from my idea of fun as sitting in an ice cold bath! HOWEVER I am ecstatic to do this particular tidying job because it means my daughter has spent hours upon hours in the last week using her imagination, being artistic, creative, problem solving (when she didn’t have any skewers for the sticks to hold up the bunting on her Mother’s day pop up card she improvised with toothpicks stuck together!). She has been busy with her hands, her mind, her imagination, her vision. And she has loved doing it. And most of all she was passionate to do it. Over the last week every time I have walked into her bedroom she has been huddled under her bed busying away on one of these amazing creations and I have been urged “not to look”!!!
So the upshot is that I do have mess to clear up and jobs to do on Mother’s day, but I also have this amazing looking mantelpiece, full of my daughters creative juices . I would rather this result than a minimalist mantelpiece, a clean and tidy house and a child who is glued to the computer screen. Maybe I am old fashioned in that view but I truly believe she will be at a greater advantage in her life as a result. She will have learnt many more valuable skills with these physical projects than she would playing on endless computer games and apps in a virtual world! And yes I might have more work to do as a result but I’d rather she live in a real world that is full of colour, creations, imagination and art!
So I am celebrating the glitter and the mess today and celebrating my children for which I am truly grateful for! And here’s to all the amazing Mummy’s clearing up their children’s mess today……….let’s rejoice in it!!!
Sometimes the craze happens as young as two or three, when an articulate tot manages to pronounce the word “tyrannosaurus” before he can wrap his mouth around “please” or “thank you.” Often it happens a bit later when kids are just starting to come to grips with scientific concepts and can differentiate the appearance and behaviour of dinosaurs from the wildlife they see at the zoo.
It’s such a familiar craze that I think a lot of us forget how weird it is that children even like dinosaurs in the first place!
So why, exactly, do kids love dinosaurs so much?
1./ THEY ARE BIG….AND REAL!!
Dinosaurs are the ultimate child fantasy. They’re like dragons, but real. OK. The visual splendour of a towering T-Rex cannot be disputed! And, to a tiny tot, the sheer size of them makes them the ultimate untamed entities, which only makes a kid want to identify with them more. And when you are told that your favourite toy dinosaur was actually the same size as three double deck buses, it makes it so real and yet so enormous to a young mind!
Also, when playing with dinosaur toys or reading Dinosaur books together, the sheer size of these beasts, tamed and placed into a book, gives the child reader power over these monsters which is incredibly intoxicating! Suddenly the kid is the one who can determine whether the dinosaur stays on the shelf or comes down to play. For someone small, who is constantly at the mercy of the adults around them, dinosaurs (which belong only to children and almost never to grown-ups) provide the ultimate in escapism.
2./ THEY ARE SCARY….BUT EXTINCT
As we’ve already indentified Dinosaurs are generally big (ok not all species but the ones that kids like best are!) which makes them scary. However they are also dead; which makes them very safe! So ironically they’re huge and fiercesome – and completely not a danger to the child.
The trick is to be scared just enough, but not too much. Imagination is what gives them life and the child is in charge of that.
The average Dinosaur crazed kid may have only a vague idea when dinosaurs went extinct, but she knows, for a fact, that they’re no longer around. A full-grown Tyrannosaurus Rex, no matter how huge and hungry, is thus rendered completely harmless, since there’s no chance of accidentally running into one during a nature walk!
3./ YOU DON’T ARGUE WITH A DINOSAUR
Dinosaurs represent, in kids’ minds, the ultimate kid principle: when they want something, they go out and get it, and nothing had better stand in their way!
It’s much easier for a parent to deal with a kid pretending to be a fierce Brontosaurus as they can be allowed to be hyperactive, let off steam and have an element of disobedience within the world of make believe play. And it’s much easier for us to parents to deal with a pretend dinosaur than a human kids having full blown toddler tantrum. So to re-frame a tantrum as a pesky, hyperactive Dinosaur could save many a grey hair!!
Books like Dinosaur vs. Bedtime exploit this dynamic perfectly; by the last page, the dress-up dinosaur has finally settled down for a night’s sleep, after winning a series of dramatic battles against a playground slide, a bowl of spaghetti, and talking grown-ups.
4./ THEY HAVE NAMES THAT ARE LIKE ANOTHER LANGUAGE…BUT MOSTLY END WITH -AURUS!!
Dinosaurs in reality are mere bones in museums with long Latin names and yet, whilst giving most 4 year olds a list of Latin verbs would result in a look blanker than a landscape being approached by a T-Rex, but give the same 4 year old a list of Latin dinosaur names and he can very likely not only pronounce each one but tell you how many metres long it is!
When palaeontologists of time gone by of seriously engaged in bone wars for fossils, one has to seriously doubt that they had any inkling that the fruits of their labours would lead to dino-obsessed three-year-olds for generations to come!
5./ THEY ARE CRAZY LOOKING!
They are incredibly crazy looking, and new ones are discovered all the time. Their very image and size inspire awe. Any child who is curious and observant can dream up their own ideas about what these extinct creatures looked like and how they may have acted.
6./ THERE IS SOME SCIENCE AND SOME REALITY WITH THEM
In contrast to most magical creatures that we read about in books and see on TV and in films with our kids, Dinosaurs actually existed. In this way Children can see how science often gives us a world even more spectacular and amazing than our imagination can ever create.
The love of dinosaurs, turns these children if only for a moment, into scientists. For great numbers of children, Dinosaurs introduce them to non-fiction books. A child might go from the very clever “Uneversaurus” by Aidan Potts to other topics that interest them. Maybe they’ll start to delve into sharks or knights or almanacs of facts. However they go about it, suddenly non-fiction is feeding their interests like never before.
7./ IT’S NEVER ENDING
There’s so much information; so many species, periods of time, fossils, bones; and it is all so exciting and inspires imagination through Science!
And then, like all childhood interests, Dinos make way for other toys. Kids are expected to grow out of them, just like they’re supposed to grow out of LEGO or princesses or fairy wings. Dinosaurs are often seen as a babyish craze as kids move on to other interests.
But the great thing with Dinos is that sometimes, when they think no one’s looking, they come back. They’ll play with the dino toys they handed down to little brothers and sisters. They’ll tear through Dinosaur! by Peter Sis and smother their giggles. They’ll surreptitiously read I’m Bad by Kate McMullen to their younger siblings and pretend that they’re doing it out of the goodness of their golden glorious hearts. They’d sooner die than confess that maybe, sometimes, dinosaurs can be pretty cool. Especially the ones with the fangs and the claws and the blood!
GREAT OF OUR FAVOURITE DINO BOOKS
There are some great books that Capture all that kids love about Dinosaurs perfectly…..
Bob Shea’s Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime
Dinosaur Roar by Paul Stickland
Dinosaurs by Simms Taback.
Martin Wadell’s The Super Hungry Dinosaur
Dinotrux by Chris Gall.
Jane Yolen’s How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems.
And no childhood is complete without the marvellous Harry and his Dinosaurs!
And lastly Sid Hoff’s wonderful Danny and the Dinosaur takes you practically into adulthood.
If your Dino Crazed little person wants to come and meet Gggreggg the Disco Dancing Dancing then bring them to The Dino Disco Adventure Challenge this Easter in Manchester ….it’s roaring good fun!!
There are many complexities that come with parenthood – and of the many important decisions that get suddenly thrust on us with little or no experience, is the children’s birthday party!
Suddenly as you child turns 4 you realise the importance of them having a magical and memorable birthday party with their friends that celebrates this important milestone – whilst at the same time not going crazy with the organisation of such an event yourself!
So your choices generally consist of a play centre or similar event venue where generally you are shepherded in and out factory style – yes low maintenance for parents and yes fun for kids to a point, but there is not much in terms of creativity, inspiration or a unique experience for your child and their friends (and parents!)
There are swimming birthday parties, cinema trips, sleepovers or you can hire your own entertainer of themed children’s birthday party and this last option will generally mean you get a more individual and unique experience for your child. If you choose a good entertainment company then they will deliver a personalised party for your child and their friends.
There is always the concern that as a parent you will have much more work doing this option – hiring the venue, organising the timings, the food, the party bags. Some parents love doing this but a lot of parents are totally daunted by this prospects. Many entertainers now will offer full party packages coming to a venue of your choice (or will even have partnerships with venues so can help you organise that)
Whether you are using experts to provide the detail or you are wanting to hire the entertainment and provide the rest yourself, here are our 5 tips for the best children’s parties:
1/ Timetable – carefully plan the party timetable, right through from arrival, to each activity; the amount of time the entertainment takes, the food, the cake, the piñata and any other activities that are taking place. One mistake that often happens is that the entertainment happens, followed by the food and then there is a lull following the food before the children are picked up by parents – this is a recipe for mayhem! A far better way is to have 45 – 60 minutes of entertainment, followed by a calm down activity / game for 5 minutes. Then have food. Following the food return to your entertainment for a final 15 minutes to avoid this unstructured chaos. It means children will be engaged right to the end and when parents arrive to pick up they will be faced by a scene of happy, engaged children rather than crazy mayhem!
2/ Entertainment – ensure the entertainment is age appropriate. I was recently at a children’s party with a group of 7 year olds and the entertainer booked to deliver a music session clearly was more used to delivering to much younger children. The children quickly disengaged and the whole thing was rather chaotic and unsuccessful!
Talk to potential entertainment providers and ask for their advice and experience. The best entertainment options will be able to talk to you with confidence and experience because they are delivering kids entertainment successfully and have happy customers to prove it! And judge how happy and helpful they are when in contact with you. I would suggest the jollier your connection points, the more likely they will deliver joy to your children!
3/ Don’t always rely on the big brands! Just because ‘Frozen’ or ‘Star wars’ is everywhere you look in children’s entertainment doesn’t necessarily mean the children want yet another ‘Frozen’ party. Yes they might say they love it but that is only because they are being exposed to very little out there! If they are given the option to experience some different characters, stories and entertainment options then it will not only widen their own experiences and taste but be far more unique for their friends too! As my own little girl said recently “I am so bored of Frozen!”
4/ Remember why you are holding a party – not to impress other parents, or ‘keep up with the Jones’ but to be special for your birthday child, so keep in perspective that they don’t notice detail, expense or gold tipped candles! All they notice is whether they are laughing, having fun, have their friends around them and everyone is happy. And that is created with the right people, the right atmosphere and the right organization.
5/ Create party bags that have something for keeps. Party bags have become one of those elements of a party that parents do because it’s the ‘done thing’ but how many of them actually make it further than the kitchen bin as soon as they are home? Rather than waste money on tat, include something thoughtful or with longevity for your children’s friends. Our party bags include a book that the children love and when they read it it reminds them of this party experience. It stands out and is more worthwhile as a take home gift, making it more memorable!
To find out more about our parties and entertainment options contact us on email@example.com or call Helen on 07870 796741.