Friday, April 20, 2012

guide to life: kid's parties.

as you may or may not know, i lead a double life...
monday through friday i am the party hopping unversity student you read so much about here...
on the weekend however...
i become a mum's best friend...
a child's party attendant for the most popular party company in my city!

so what does that involve you ask?
i facepaint, balloon model, apply glitter tattoos, run party games, dance games, novelty races and supervise jumping castles...
i can be booked to do this at private parties or huge corporate events...
i have been working for the company for almost three years now and love my job!

obviously after attending hundreds of private parties, i've come to have my own opinions about the do's and dont's of kid's birthdays...
and what kind of blogger would i be if i didn't share them with you all!

DO...

- provide food for both the children and any parents that are staying...
however dont go overboard...
i have seen so much wastage - its sickening!
and always provide a healthy option for the kiddies...
fruit sticks (shown above) are a great option!

- plan for rain...
have a back up plan that considers different weather option...
if its a park party and its a rainy day either be willing to hold it at your house or call it off early, don't make your guests get wet!

- get a bubble blower or bottles of bubble mixture...
honestly bubbles are a life saver...
i use them often when im running games at a party and they are great for entertaining the really young guests...
simply blow the bubbles and encourage the children to chase, chase, chase!

- give the children space...
make sure there is a space for eating and a space for playing and that the two arent on top of each other as kids will ALWAYS cry over spilt milk...
if your house isn't big enough, consider the park or a local scout hall.

- have music...
the kids love it!
justin clarke makes great cds for kids, or get a mix with the classic dance tunes...
music games are easy to run and most kids will be willing to join in...
try the chicken dance, limbo, musical statues, musical bobs & the hokey pokey.

- provide some type of craft activity...
i have seen this done really really well at a few parties...
one had a wizard and unicorn theme and the kids were given party hats and lots of stickers to decorate them with, the hats become wizard hats and unicorn horns, and were a great gift to take home...
another party had a table set up with kid friendly scissors, balloons and rice and they were making hacky sacks.


DONT...

- hold your event outside in the middle of winter....
sounds like common sense right?
apparently not!

- have pass the parcel...
i know kids say they love it, but honestly once they get their prize out of that parcel they lose interest real quick and then its almost impossible to keep that parcel rotating around...
if your child insists on it, only give in if the guests are over around 6 years old, they just get confused before this.

- think that its an opportunity for you to just hang out with your friends...
you need to entertain the kids and supervise them...
i went to a party once where the fathers sat around a fire getting drunk and the mums played bingo, whilst the kids ran riot...
just because you hire someone or you think the kids can entertain themselves doesnt take away your responsibility to be in charge and involved!



good luck with your next party!
if you have any questions about planning kids parties or what its like to hire someone to work at your parties, simply ask in the comments or email me at that_girl18@hotmail.com.

:)

xx


2 comments:

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky said...

Wow, that sounds like so much fun!
What state are you in? I'm in Adelaide.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

i love your double life! so great. your job sounds fun! but also stressful- especially if parents are getting drunk while you attempt to wrangle 40 kids. STRESSFUL.

the fruit is a great idea and i agree about having a back-up plan for weather! where I live, it rains a lot so it's pretty common to have a plan B.

that winter comment made me laugh. my friends were complaining last winter about an outdoor wedding they went to in November here. and it was freezing! they said everything was gorgeous but everyone was SO cold that the wedding wasn't nearly as fun as it could have been, kinda sad.

I've never heard of pass the parcel... but I do imagine that would be hard to complete to fruition once the gifts come out!

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