Firstly remember WHO the party is for!
If you have three children age 2, 5 and 10 and the party is for the 5 year old, it is all too easy to have a few friends for all the children.
Remember, the content of the show and the way it is presented will be targeted towards the birthday child’s age as it is their special day.
A mix of age ranges may lead to unnecessary disruption.
Stick to the birthday childs friends, make the older child special by giving him jobs to do, as for younger children have someone watch the show with them and all will be fine.
Have a box or table by the front door for arriving children to leave their presents. This will keep all the presents safe, allow you to open them at home and to keep track of who gave which presents. For party latecomers this will also avoid disrupting the show in mid-flow.
Should parents stay or go?
If the children are three or under it’s important that the parents stay.
With children aged four or over, unless they are extremely shy, they will just be interested in having fun and joining in without Mum or Dad being there.
So unless you want to have a separate social gathering with parents while the kids are entertained, it’s probably best that they go.
Also it’s worth knowing that if parents stay and are talking in the background it can make a fair amount of background noise that can make it harder for the children to hear the entertainer during the show.
Bouncy Castles and Balloons
If you hire a bouncy castle it’s highly recommended that you do not have it on whilst the entertainment is going on.
Controlling a large group of young children is a fine art and having a bouncy castle lingering in the background is very challenging.
If a bouncy castle is desired, time can be allocated in the show schedule to allow sufficient playtime.
Please do not under any circumstances blow up balloons and leave them laying on the floor for when the children arrive. Any decorative balloons should be tied up in bunches, hung out of reach and then given away at the end of the show.
What food should I serve?
No party can be without sweets, crisps and all the chocolate goodies that kids love.
But don’t just pile on the E numbers without something else to balance it out.
It’s a good idea to have a variety of fruit and vegetables too.
Mini raisin boxes go down well, as do carrot and cucumber sticks or cherry tomatoes.
Mixed fruit such as strawberrys or pineapple chunks are popular as well.
Not forgetting a mixture of sandwiches and fruit juices.
If you are not quite sure what party theme to go for, the best thing to do would be to find out if your son or daughter has a preference. Sit down with your child and ask if they have any ideas about what they might like for their party.
If they are not sure, give them some options and see which they prefer.
It’s always best to ask your child if they have a preference to the type of party they want otherwise you risk having a party that you think looks good but that your child will not enjoy.
Alternatively feel free to discuss it with us and we can advise you. We know what children will enjoy, so no matter which one of our parties you choose, you know they will be varied and thoroughly entertaining.
Should you invite the whole class?
To save aggravation, it is probably best too.
It’s just easier inviting everyone instead of trying to work out who you want to leave out. Plus you run the obvious risk of upsetting some children, and parents of course if most of the class are invited except for them.
Some schools in fact have a policy where you have to invite the entire class if you are having a party.
How far ahead should I plan the party?
The earlier the better. Parents will normally take a very long time to RSVP so be prepared for that.
Try to send out the invitations at least four weeks before the party otherwise you might run into problems, such as someone else you know having a party at the same weekend. Always ask for an RSVP on the invitations and follow up the invites a week or two later, by speaking to parents at school or calling them before the party so you can finalise numbers.
You can print off our free party invitations from the bottom of this page if you so wish.
Do I need a childrens entertainer?
If you want to save yourself a lot of stress and hassle then yes.
Children’s entertainers know what keeps children entertained, the good ones do anyway.
Most children have a professional entertainer of some sort at their party. Also, make sure you book one early as a good children’s entertainer is in high demand, and often booked up months in advance.
Do I need to hire a hall?
If you have a good sized room in your house that can comfortably fit the number of kids you’re inviting then usually this is absolutely fine.
The obvious advantage of having a hall is that you do not have the mess in your house and you don’t stress about food falling on the floor or carpet. Loads of parents have parties in their homes and they are a roaring success but if you are worried about mess or things getting damaged and you have a lot of children coming, then a hall would be better.
If you are hiring a hall then book as early as possible, as popular halls can get booked up very quickly. Why not use our venue finding software to help. You will find a link to it at the bottom of this page.
Do I need party bags?
Your child will probably be pretty upset if you do not have them.
It’s almost an expected feature of birthday parties now. You can always opt for something else like a gift wrapped item for each child, so long as they all have something to take home with them at the end of the party.
What are good party bag fillers?
There’s loads to choose from. Girls love items such as bracelets, hair bobbles, sunglasses, sticky wall crawlers, and stickers.
For boys they are a big fan of sticky wall crawlers, water pistols or stickers.
It’s best to go for a few quality items rather than lots of little cheap nasty things that they will not like.
We provide party bags that kids go mad over. They come up to us at the end of the party proudly showing us what they have got in their bags, so we know we have got it right.
When is the best time to have a party?
The weekends are the best times. But it’s becoming more and more common to have parties during the week after school too.
Making things run smoothly on the day
Avoid Distractions in the room.
It’s best to try to keep the room free from toys and balloons lying around on the floor.
If you have balloons for decoration, we advise keeping them attached to the wall so kids can not get to them. If there are toys, balloons or other items on the floor, some children may focus on these rather than the show, which can in turn, distract the rest of the children from the show and then the kids won’t enjoy the entertainment as much.
Otherwise you have two things competing for childrens attention and they end up not enjoying either of them fully.
The other thing to try and avoid, is having parents stay in the same room as where the childrens entertainment is happening.
This is due to noise levels.
If parents stay, then they will obviously make a lot of noise chatting away in the background, and sadly this can make it very hard for children to focus on the entertainment, meaning they will not enjoy it as much as they could.
It will not always be possible to not have parents stay, particularly if children are very young.
But you should be aware that if parents stay at the party, it can really make it difficult to engage children at a party so we do advise avoiding this where possible.