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!