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Making Your Party SQUIRREL

DISTRACTIONS AND HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM

SQUIRREL!!!

Children's Party

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.

GROWN-UPS

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!)

LITTLE DOTS

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.

A Christmas Party is A Christmas Party

… AND A BIRTHDAY PARTY IS A BIRTHDAY PARTY

Just a few words about Birthday Parties in December

If your Child’s Birthday falls in December, there is a very good chance that they will get Birthday/Christmas presents. You know, one present which covers the two occasions. And sometimes, it seems a bit unfair that the Birthday Boy or Girl’s special day is overshadowed by the 25th of December.

So I would like to make it known that when you book me for a Birthday Party in December, your Children’s Party will not have Christmas Music, or Christmas Magic Tricks and I won’t be dressed as a Christmas Character.

Their Special Day will  be their Special Day – Not a Christmas Leftover!

 

End of Season Celebrations

It’s The Party Season Finale

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The Football Season is coming to an end (And who’d have thought that Leicester would be Premier League Champions!)

The Cricket Season has just started (It snowed in the first week)

In Horse Racing, The Jump Season ended on April 23rd and the new Season started on April 24th.

But did you know that there is a Birthday Party Season?

It’s basically the same as the School Year, starting in September and finishing in August.

This means that if your child was born in September, their party will be the Curtain Raiser for the season. They will be the eldest in their class and all of their friends younger (some of them could be nearly a year younger).

And so it goes that if your child was born in August, theirs will be the Season Finale, with all of their classmates being older.

I use this ‘Season’ as a way of helping me plan for your Children’s Birthday Party. For instance if your son or daughter is 5 years old and their birthday is in October, most of the guests will be 4 year olds. But if their birthday is in June, most of the guests will already be 5.  So when I prepare my Magic Show for your party, I take this into account and use material that is going to work best for their age.

It’s just something I like to do to make your Child’s Birthday Party the best they’ve had!

Finding Your Birthday Party Hall

Some Tips To Help When Choosing Your Birthday Party Hall

Mister Tall In Party Hall

I thought I’d write about some things to look out for when choosing a hall for your Child’s Birthday Party. Some of these are quite important, some might be a bit picky and some are just simple tips. Hopefully I have written something that you wouldn’t have normally thought about and they help to make your Birthday Party a Success.

 Size of The Hall

First consider how many children you are inviting and then look for a hall which will hold them (and their parents) comfortably. If your hall is too small, it could be a big problem. If your hall is too big, it’s not such a problem, just look for a way to partition it into smaller sections. For example, put a row of chairs across the hall to create an area for the children to play in.

The Floor

Okay, this might be trivial but have a look at the floor to see if it’s safe for children to slide on (it’s not just a boy thing!). If it’s an old wooden floor, there could be splinters. If the floor is carpeted, be aware that drinks might be spilt on it. And if it’s a polished floor, it will be slippery if wet.

Facilities

Is the kitchen attached, with access or a serving hatch to the hall? Does it have any cooking equipment (if you need it)? Is there a fridge? And is the kitchen shared? I have been to venues where two halls are served by the same kitchen, which isn’t ideal.

Obviously Toilets are a necessity, just make sure that they are child friendly and easily accessible.

Distractions or Potential Dangers

Without being overzealous with the Health & Safety aspect, look around the hall for things that children could hurt themselves on. Look out for stacks of chairs or tables and be sure that children cannot climb on them. Children loves stages, they love to get up and dance about them. But sometimes stages are used for storage and they are quite high. It’s better to make the stage out of bounds.

Many halls are used as Pre-Schools or Playgroups and so their equipment will be there. These obviously aren’t dangerous, but they are a big distraction. See if they can be covered or kept out of sight.

The final distraction could be what’s going on outside. If there are large windows and a park or pitch outside, look for curtains. You don’t really want people looking in!

Is It Clean?

Obvious really!

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When you look at the hall, find out where the power sockets are, check the light switches and make sure that the electricity is included. Okay, that sounds silly, but there are halls with coin meters.

Do look out for one of these…

Sound Limiter

These are Party Wreckers! They are called Sound Limiters and they have microphones, which measure the volume of sound in the hall. If the volume exceeds its pre-set limit – The power cuts out! Sometimes it can only be reset by the Caretaker. If the hall has one, try and find a different hall.

Accessibility

 Is there parking? I’ve mentioned this before here, so I won’t go on about it.

Is the hall upstairs and if so is there a lift? Don’t forget you’ll have a lot of stuff to bring in. Do you want to troop it up flights of stairs?

Are there any doors which will lock behind you? It’s better to find out before you get locked out!

And finally how do you get in to the hall? Does the Caretaker come along and unlock the hall? Or do you collect the key from their home? Or is the key under a brick, by the second flowerpot, next to the concrete frog? If the Caretaker unlocks it, ask them what time they will open up? Many will give you half an hour to set up and be very strict about it, some are quite relaxed and let you have more time. One thing that is important is that you get a contact number, so that you can call them if there is a problem.

So those were my suggestions. Hopefully there was something useful among them.

Remember wherever you hold your Children’s Birthday Party in Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Dorset & West Sussex, Mister Tall can run your whole party for you.

Don’t Forget!

Things To Remember For Your Birthday Party

Birthday Party Checklist

To be honest, organising your Children’s Birthday Party can be stressful.

And sometimes when you’re stressed, it’s easy to forget stuff.

So here is a checklist to help remind you.

THE CHILD (VERY IMPORTANT)

THE CAKE

SOME CANDLES

A KNIFE (FOR THE CAKE)

LIGHTER / MATCHES

BANNERS & DECORATIONS

DRAWING PINS

SELLOTAPE (FOR WHEN DRAWING PINS AREN’T ALLOWED!)

BLUTAC (FOR WHEN SELLOTAPE ISN’T ALLOWED!!)

WHITETAC (FOR WHEN BLUETAC ISN’T ALLOWED!!!)

BALLOONS

PUMP (SAVE YOUR PUFF)

SOME STRING (JUST IN CASE)

A PAIR OF SCISSORS

FOOD

TABLECLOTHS

PLATES (PAPER OR PLASTIC TO SAVE WASHING UP)

DRINKS FOR THE CHILDREN

TEA, COFFEE, SUGAR & MILK FOR THE ADULTS

CUPS (PAPER OR PLASTIC TO SAVE BREAKAGES)

SERVIETTES

WET WIPES (TO CLEAN OFF THOSE CHOCCY MOUSTACHES)

KITCHEN ROLLS (IN CASE THE ADULTS SPILL THEIR DRINKS)

PARTY BAGS

BIN BAGS (FOR THE RUBBISH AND TO PUT THE PRESENTS IN)

CLING FILM / FOOD BAGS (FOR ANY LEFTOVER FOOD)

OH AND TAKE SOME £1 COINS FOR THE LECCY METER (I HAVE BEEN TO A HALL WHERE THEY WERE NEEDED)