A lot of my blogs have given ‘general’ advice for choosing an Entertainer or planning your Children’s Birthday Party. This time it’s about Me! I thought I would highlight one of the reasons why I could be the Best Children’s Entertainer For You!
DO YOU REALLY NEED MORE STRESS?
Right, let’s be honest… Arranging a Children’s Party is going to involve some stress.
First of all, the birthday child will be super-super excited and therefore will wake up at four in the morning and ask, “Is It Party Time, yet?” every ten minutes until the actual party time.
Then, if you have any younger siblings, they will insist on wearing their favourite superhero/princess costume instead of the clothes you would like them to wear.
You might load up the car, start to drive off and then realise that you have left the cake behind, then the candles, then the birthday child.
You might arrive at the hall and find that the hall caretaker doesn’t like to rush in opening up and has to give you a full induction into the workings of the tea urn before allowing you begin setting up.
So, whatever anyone says, there will be some stress.
I Will Not Add To Your Stress.
Here is why my Party Packages are Less Stress Party Packages.
First of all, when you book me you will receive written confirmation of the booking. This will have all of the details, so you can check that I’ve got the right day, time and place. It also has my number on so you can call or text me if you wish.
In the week before your party, I will send a text message confirming that everything is okay and the time when I will arrive.
On the day, my aim is to arrive at the venue early, so you can relax. It’s not unusual to see me sitting in my van, around the corner, an hour before the start time.
I bring everything I need, even my own drink! You can concentrate on your own preparations, there’s no need to worry about me.
Then from the moment the party starts, I run the whole thing. Allowing you to mingle with the parents or even sit back and watch the show.
At the end of the party, the children will have had a great time, the parents will have enjoyed themselves and everyone will leave having had an Amazing Party!
And that all means you can totally relax and unwind.
You Can Have Less Stress In Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex & Surrounding Counties.
Let The Children Play In The Garden For Their Party
At the time of writing, Summer Is Definitely HERE!
And when the weather’s nice and sunny, you probably don’t want to be cooped up in a dark and dingy hall.
If your Child’s Birthday is in the months of June, July and August (and the weather is as good as it is now), why not hold the party in your garden?
I can offer Garden Party Packages to fit in with your plans.
There’s the 45 Minute Magic Show, with age – related magic, pitched to age of the children. This will give the children the chance to sit down and have a break from running around. And don’t forget, the Birthday Child get’s to be The Star Of The Show.
Or I can be at your party for the Whole Two hours and provide Music, Magic & Games. This means the children will be occupied throughout, taking a break to eat your party food.
Or if you have another activity going on, I can make a custom made package to fit in with your plans.
If you would like more information, please go to the Get A Quote Page
Just a very short piece about taking photos and the recording of my
Children’s Magic Shows and Birthday Parties…
I am more than happy for you to film my Magic Shows and take photographs throughout the Birthday Party. My aim is to make memories for you, your children and your family and friends, so you can record those memories and play them back over and over. Especially when the Birthday Child is involved. They will be Laughing, Giggling and full of Great Expressions, so be sure to have the cameras pointing at them!
As I never use my camera when you book me, I really appreciate seeing any pictures you’ve taken, so please feel free to share them in one of the following ways…
You may be a teacher or a member of a P.T.A (Parents Teacher Association) and you might be looking for a way to reward children, celebrate Christmas or raise funds. One way to do this is to hold a School Disco. I have a lot of experience as a School DJ and am a regular DJ at Infant, Primary and Junior Schools in Portsmouth, Southsea, Havant, Waterlooville, Fareham and Gosport and can hopefully give you some tips to make your School Disco a success!
If you aim to raise funds for the school, you can charge a ticket price for the children to attend the Disco. Look at the approximate numbers who could be attending, then look at the price of the DJ and calculate how much per child will give you a profit. This is likely to be a couple of pounds each.
Then consider having snacks, foods or sweets. The cost of these can be included in the ticket price or you can sell them as a way of generating more profit. One thing to bear in mind is how/where you are going to feed the children. If your food is in a different room to the DJ, you will find that the ‘dancefloor’ can be quite empty at times. Food wins all the time! A good option is to have a break for the children to eat. This also gives them a breather, so they can carry on dancing.
Another thing children like to buy are Glow Sticks. These are sold for pennies and the boys and girls like to build up long lengths of them.
This leads nicely to another aspect of the Disco – Darkness! If the children are younger (Years R to 2) I would recommend dimming the hall lights, so the Disco lights can be seen, but not total darkness. Once the children are older, a dark hall gives them the feeling of being at a proper Disco. But there is something important to consider – Can you still see what the children are doing?
Here is a very important point to bear in mind when holding a School Disco…
When children meet up, they behave the same way as they do in a playground. So they will run, chase, gather in groups and even fight! So there must be enough adults, teachers or parents, to oversee the children and make sure they are safe. At my Discos, I will always give the children some guidelines which include ‘No Running’ and ’No Sliding’. I do this in a humorous way, so they take notice.
If the school has a very wide age range from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2, where possible, it is best to have a separate Disco for each age group. This is because younger children like games in their Discos, Years 3 & 4 are slightly more grown up, but still like encouragement, whereas Years 5 & 6 like a proper, no nonsense Disco.
When you are organising your School Disco, look at how long it will be? Obviously, outside factors come into this, such as keeping the school open out of hours and staffing. Personally, I would recommend between One and One and a half hours. This gives enough time to have different aspects of a Disco, such as Games, Competitions and Singalongs. Two hour Discos without a break in the middle are a very long time for children.
It probably should go without saying, but School Discos are LOUD! Just the effect of putting over one hundred children into a hall is going to raise the noise levels. And then they need to hear the music and the DJ! Some children are sensitive to noise. If this is the case, they can still enjoy the Disco by having ear defenders or ear plugs.
The most important part of a School Disco is the music. It should be right for the different ages of children to dance to. An interesting thing is that each school is different, no two schools are the same. So while one group of children will like a certain type of song, another group won’t. You can’t just turn up and press play! In my Discos I am always looking to have as many children involved and so will try different songs and chop and change at the last minute to keep them dancing.
Not only should the music be right, but the lyrics and song content must be appropriate. There is a problem with today’s chart music – out of the Top 40 songs, probably 25 have explicit content or inappropriate lyrics. Of course, these songs are played on radio stations, each song is cleaned before broadcast. But a lot of the time, it is not possible to buy a child friendly edit. That is why I do not stream songs live. I always check every song and if there is unsuitable content, I will edit it myself or not play it at all. This includes songs from ‘Now’ albums, because although they advertise clean versions, it is quite obvious which words have been edited!
The final part of organising a School Disco, is who to book?
There are hundreds of DJs in the Hampshire area. Most are adult DJs and while they say that they will do a School Disco, they do not have the experience of children and may not be careful with the lyrics. So, it’s best to book a children’s DJ. Choose one who knows how to keep the children involved. Choose one who shows the children the actions to Action Songs. Choose one who does everything (and I do mean everything) to play songs with appropriate/clean content. If they say that they play ‘Now’ songs, it is not enough! Choose one who has PAT Test Certificates for his electrical equipment and Public Liability Insurance (you’d be surprised at how many DJs don’t have these). If you can, choose somebody who is highly recommended. If you are a teacher, ask which schools they have done and then contact those schools for a review.
While this might start off as sounding like a nag, I hope that you will also find it will help you if you are running your own children’s party.
At the heart of what I do is one simple aim…
That is to offer my clients the Very Best Service I Can.
With that in mind, I want you to feel that you have received Great Value For Money.
That the Children feel that they have Had A Great Time.
And that your guests feel that You Got It Right!
To achieve my aim, I ask you to look out for any possible distractions.
Distractions grab the children’s attention when I’m presenting a Magic Show or Running A Party. And if there are too many distractions, they can spoil your party. So here are some things to look out for.
BALLOONS ON THE FLOOR
I’ve mentioned this before, but children love to play football and rugby with balloons. They also like to burst them! If I’m presenting a Magic Show, I will ask for the balloons to be moved to the back of the room until after the show.
Maybe keep the balloons up on the walls until the end of the party and give them out at the home time.
BALLOONS ON HANDS
Sometimes, helium filled balloons are tied to the children’s hands. When the children run around the balloons drag behind and the strings tangle or become a choking hazard. Please, please, please don’t let any grown-ups tie balloons to the children at the party.
FOOD & DRINK
Imagine this choice, cake or magician? You know what a child is going to prefer. Cake wins every time!
Please can I ask that the party food and drinks are kept out of reach until after the Magic Show or in a Two Hour Party, until the mid-party break. On very hot days, it’s a very good idea for the children to have a quick drink before the Magic Show. And for After School Parties, have a drink and biscuit ready for the children when they arrive.
This might make me sound like a real meanie, but please make sure the other children’s parents keep to the rule.
TOYS – PLAY EQUIPMENT
If you are holding your party in your home or garden, or if the venue you are using has a Pre-School, there might be play equipment or toys in the corner of the room. Please keep these tucked away or covered up. Some children, especially if they are younger, will find them irresistible.
At the risk of being very, very controversial, I would say that Grown-Ups can be the biggest distraction at your Children’s Party.
They do like to talk while the Magic Show is going on and as I raise the volume of my sound equipment to be heard, they raise the volume of their conversation. As a result, the children struggle to hear me and therefore their attention can start to wander. At the beginning of the Magic Show, I will politely ask the grown-ups to not talk through the show. Maybe you can help me by gently reminding any talkers so keep the noise down.
Another thing that can help me, is to put grown-ups’ chairs across the room, facing where I will be performing the Magic Show. They tend to talk less and watch the show (which is entertaining for them too!)
Toddlers are very sweet and can be quite comical when they wander around. I would love to know what they are thinking when they explore new places. They can be quite a distraction. To be honest, this isn’t my worry about Little Dots. My concern is that I have a lot of cables, heavy equipment and I do jump around a lot! If there are any younger siblings at your party, please can you keep them safe.
That’s my list of distractions. As a Professional Entertainer with a lot of experience, I can deal with them and I will still do everything I can to overcome them and provide the Best Service I Can.
I’m sorry if it sounded like nagging, but if you are running your own party, take these into account and you might have an easier time of it.