Children’s parties are big business these days. When I was younger I was happy to invite a few friends over for some cake and watch a rented/hired video. If I was really lucky I was allowed to have a sleepover! But now, it’s all about the dressing up, entertainment and activities. From princess and pirate parties for the younger tots, to proms for teenagers and everything in between. Some of the things we’ve been involved with recently have included live animals, bake-offs and a Disney princess – not all on the same day thankfully!
It can be tricky planning a party for children – particularly young children. They need to be kept entertained at all times, whether its dancing, making, baking, eating or singing – there’s no time for a break! They all need to be involved so activities need to be planned to suit all abilities. And they all need to enjoy it, so activities have to appeal to a wide range of tastes. Phew, we’re worn out just thinking about it.
Luckily, help is at hand. Many venues now cater for children’s parties and rooms can be set-up and decorated with young ones in mind. Rarely a weekend goes by without a village or parish hall being taken over by a group of excitable children. See what’s available in your local area as these venues can be much more cost-effective too. There are many companies who specialise in children’s entertainment, whether it be providing a disco or karaoke, a magician or clown, live animals to hold and feed (snakes and spiders being the animals on show at one of our recent parties!), or dressing up as the latest Disney star and entertaining the masses! If you are hiring entertainment, do check to see whether or not the provider is DBS checked. Under no circumstances should children be left unsupervised, and if you are organising and supervising the party yourself, ask some of the other parents to help out.
If your child is a little older, make-over parties are becoming more popular and hiring a hot tob isn’t unheard of either! If you’re looking for something for people who don’t want their nails painted and their eyebrows shaped, try a sporting activity. Many activity centres cater for groups of children and often offer a package where food is included too.
There is so much to choose from, if you’re having difficulty deciding what to do, just ask us, we’re here to help!
We’ve recently been helping a client to plan a festival style wedding for next summer. An outdoor wedding like this is a great way to celebrate in a fun and informal way. Depending on your venue it can also serve as an opportunity to invite a larger number of guests that would otherwise struggle to fit inside a more formal, indoor venue.
As our client has a number of guests travelling from across the UK, she also wanted to extend the wedding party to incorporate the whole weekend – with camping facilities available to guests who were making the journey north – a real festival weekend!
A wedding or celebration like this means you can really personalise the event – without the boundaries and limitations often associated with traditional venues. The styling, menu, entertainment and general ‘feel’ of the wedding can be totally unique and tailored to an individual’s tastes and passions.
However, there are a number of things that need careful planning and consideration – the main one being, the great British weather. Whilst an outdoor wedding can be an amazing experience on a beautiful sunny day, it can be a somewhat different experience altogether if the heavens open. A wet weather plan must be in place right from the beginning. Another important factor to consider is site access, not only for your guests – but also for your suppliers. It’s one thing if your guests are struggling to reach your venue as their heels are getting stuck in the mud, but its another thing if your caterer or entertainment can’t access the site or other essentials like electricity and water supplies.
At each step of the planning process it’s important to consider your guests and their comfort. Remember to think about toilets and sanitary facilities, will your guests be warm enough, who will manage waste and the post-party clean-up. Rules and regulations must be considered too. In a managed venue bar and music licenses are already in place, first aiders are on-site and emergency evacuation plans and security staff are on-hand. All of these must be considered when planning an event like this.
However, if all plans are in place, a outdoor festival wedding can be a fantastic and memorable event – even if it rains!
It’s been a busy first year for Waterfall Events and we’ve had great fun working with our clients on stag do’s, parties, weddings and fund-raisers. We’re now looking forward to 2013!
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For now, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
After a bit of a break, having babies, enjoying the summer holidays and getting caught up in a whirl of wedding planning – we’re back!
The Waterfall Events team has grown and we have our first Waterfall baby on board! Baby Jacob has joined our team and although he may not play a big part in the running of Waterfall Events, he provides a great distraction and the perfect reason to take a quick break when we’re working too hard!
Now Halloween is here and the count down to Christmas has begun. We have a few parties in the pipe line and we’re already feeling festive. If you need any advice planning your own Christmas party, just get in touch.
In the mean time, Happy Halloween!