WE HOPE THAT OUR TOP TIPS FOR KIDS PARTIES WILL HELP YOUR CELEBRATION GO AS SMOOTHLY AS POSSIBLE

  • Firstly, book a professional entertainer – Take the pressure off yourself by hiring an experienced pair of hands. Decide if there will be a party theme and let the entertainer guide you as to what’s appropriate for the age group. Ask to be pencilled in their diary for a few days whilst you secure your venue.
  • Hire a hall – Often a community hall is the perfect setting and can be booked at a reasonable price. Ask your entertainer and other parents for recommendations. Don’t forget to look at our halls to hire directory for lots of ideas. If you’re brave enough to have the party at home be sure you have enough space and clear away toys, pets and clutter. Avoid using outside areas for the entertainment – the children will be too distracted to join in. Instead just have your refreshments break outside – if you’re lucky enough to have the sun shine for your celebration.
  • Get the timings right – A two hour party is the standard length for children aged four and above and works extremely well. Always have the refreshments break at the mid-way point – after an hour the kids will be ready for something to eat and drink.
  • Use your invitations wisely – Get your invites out in plenty of time to avoid clashes with other parties. Tell your guests when the entertainment is starting so that they come on time. Always include the full postcode and let everyone know if it’s fancy dress.
  • Balloons – Kids love balloons but it’s best to simply use them as colourful decorations. If there are loose balloons then these will be very distracting and they often pop or get wrapped around the children.

  • Food glorious food – Don’t go overboard – simple finger foods or pizza slices go down best. Keep sweet treats out of sight until the break. If the children see crisps, biscuits etc. then they won’t be able to resist. This will become their focus and they’ll lose interest in the entertainment. Funnily enough there’s no such issue if you want to leave out sandwiches, carrots, raisins and similar more wholesome snacks.
  • Talk talk – Of course you want your grown up guests to enjoy the party but if they’re all chatting loudly then this can drown out the entertainer (even when using a microphone). Encourage the adults to be at a little distance from the children’s activity area by setting chairs out for them. Or even better still – get them to join in. Mums and dads coming in to some of the games will help create a wonderful atmosphere and can particularly help the shyer or younger kids to settle.
  • Happy Birthday – You can’t have a birthday party without a birthday cake. The start of the kids refreshment break is the ideal moment to sing “Happy Birthday” as everyone can come together easily. This also gives you time to cut the cake and give it out as dessert.

  • Don’t have too much going on – If you book a professional entertainer then they will keep the kids fully engaged throughout. Additional things going on – face painters, bouncy castles, play equipment – will only serve to distract the children rather than be of any real extra value.
  • Finally, have extra party bags at the ready – It’s always hard to predict how many children will actually turn up on the day and how many siblings will come along too (invited or not). Make sure you’ve got plenty of going home presents just in case.