With so many different types of parties, how do I know what to go for?
If you’re not too sure what party 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. If they’re not sure, give them some options and see which they prefer. It’s always best to ask this otherwise you risk having a party that you think looks good but that your child won’t 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 I invite the whole class?
To save aggravation, it’s best to. 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) if most of the class are invited except for them. Some schools in fact have a policy where if you are sending out invites at the school, 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 can 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 celebration on 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 day so you can finalise numbers. You are able to print off our free party invitations from the bottom of this page if you so wish.
Do I need an 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 anyway!) A lot of kids have a professional entertainer of some sort at their party. Also, make sure you book one early as the good ones are often in high demand, and can be 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 don’t 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.
Do I need party bags?
Right or wrong, the children will probably be pretty upset if you don’t 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, or a small toy and piece of cake, so long as they all have something to take home with them at the end.
What are good party bag fillers?
There are loads to choose from. Girls love items such as bracelets, hair bobbles, fairy wands, sunglasses, and stickers. For boys they’re a big fan of sticky wall crawlers, bouncy balls, water pistols or stickers. It’s best to go for a few quality items rather than lots of little cheap nasty things that they won’t like and won’t last. We provide party bags should you need them. Kids come up to us at the end of the party proudly showing us what they’ve got in their bags, so we know we’ve got it right.
What food should I serve?
No celebration 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 strawberry’s or pineapple chunks are popular as well. Not forgetting a mixture of sandwiches and fruit juices.
Should parents stay or go?
If the children are three or under it’s important that the parents stay. With ages 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. If parents do stay and you are having a parent gathering as well then it’s best if this takes place in a separate room or it can disturb the main entertainment for the children.
When’s 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, which then frees up your weekends for other things.
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’t 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 from the show and they won’t enjoy the entertainment as much.
If you hire a bouncy castle it’s highly recommended that you don’t have it on whilst the entertainment is going on. Otherwise you have two things competing for the children’s 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 children’s 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 the little ones to focus on the entertainment, meaning they won’t enjoy it as much as they could. It won’t 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 youngsters at a party so we do advise avoiding this where possible.