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How to Plan the Perfect Birthday Party for your Child – Part.1

How to Plan the Perfect Birthday Party for your Child – Part.1

The secret to successful birthday parties for children is the word “Plan”. The old adage that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail is as true for organizing a successful party as it is for anything else.

Here are some things to take into account when planning the event which will only take a few minutes of your time to give some thought to, but will be time well spent. 

1. How many guests? The answer will depend on various factors, such as your budget for the event, and where the party is being held. If you are having the party at home, you may want to keep the numbers at no more than a dozen, in order to make things manageable. If you are planning on hiring a local hall or some other venue, then the number of guests is not an issue, and is only constrained by your budget for the event.

2. Where will you hold the party? Many people hold the party at home, but if space is an issue, you may want to consider renting a hall. If you go choose to host the party in a hall, make sure you book the venue well in advance, since facilities are often booked up fairly quickly, and the more notice you can give, the better your chances of getting the desired venue.

3. Don’t be a baby sitter. Sometimes when party invitations are sent out, parents will ask if the invited child’s younger brother or sister can also attend the party. Don’t be tempted to say yes. Hosting a birthday party where all the children are around the same age, say around 7 years of age, the needs and expectations of the children is very different from those of 4 or 5 year olds. Whilst it is normal for the Birthday child’s younger brother or sister to be at the party, there would be considerable added pressure of dealing with a large group of children of mixed ages.

4. Set a budget. This is defined by personal finances and what you can afford. If funds are tight, it is of course possible to do everything yourself at home economically. Of course the higher your budget, the more options and choices are available to you. Remember that the amount you spend has no relationship to the amount of fun the children will have.

We’ve come to the end of part 1. In my next post I’ll be talking about more ways in which to ensure that you have the best birthday party possible for your child. In the meantime feel free to contact me for further advice anytime on 01582 794935, or on my mobile 07961 817834, and I’ll be pleased to help.

How to Plan the Perfect Birthday Party for your Child – Part.2


How to Plan the Perfect Birthday Party for your Child – Part.2

In my last post I mentioned 4 things to consider when planning your child’s birthday party. So let’s continue from where we left off.


5. Get hired help. Many people choose to hand over the responsibility for the entertainment of the party to a professional. This is the least stressful option available. Many children’s entertainers will virtually run the whole party for you. All you are left to do is feed the children half-way through the party, and wave them goodbye with a goody bag when they are collected by their parents.


6. Get free help. In addition to retaining the services of a professional entertainer, it is a good idea to rope in a couple of friends or family members to assist during and after the party. It can be completely overwhelming on your own trying to serve up tea and drinks to a group of hungry and thirsty 6 years old! Likewise, at the end of the party, tidying up will take a fraction of the time if you have some help on hand.


7. Make it fun but keep control. The party should be fun for the children, which is the whole point of the celebration. At the same time, don’t let enthusiasm get out of hand. Make sure you maintain order, to avoid things spinning out of control.


8.Keep the games inclusive. If you decide to organise the games yourself, make sure that they keep all the children engaged from the beginning to the end. Games where children are gradually eliminated throughout the game should be avoided, as you will end up with an ever increasing number of children being spectators instead of participants.


9. Short and Sweet. When planning the length of the party, don’t be tempted to turn it into a test of endurance. A timeline of 2 to 2.5 hours is quite long enough. Remember the old show business adage of leaving your audience wanting more? The same holds true of children’s birthday parties. The most successful events are those in which the guests are sorry it’s over, and it should not go on for so long that they are praying for the end!


10. Take advice. If you invest in hiring an entertainer, make use of their expertise. Be aware that their experience of children’s parties may well run into hundreds or thousands of parties, compared to your few. Their suggestions will stem from their many experiences.


As always, for further advice, please feel free to contact me by phone on 01582 794935, or on my mobile 07961 817834, and I’ll be very pleased to assist you. Alternatively you can send me an email, or visit my facebook page at


Magic Animals




When people think about magic and animals the number one animal that springs to mind is the rabbit.

Since the early 20th century rabbits have been used in the famous ‘Hat Trick’, where the magician, to the astonishment of the audience, produces a rabbit out of a top hat. The first magician to perform this trick to an audience was Louis Comte, in 1814. However the trick was later associated with John Henry Anderson. In modern magic, magicians have found new ways of including the rabbit in the show and many magicians have ‘revamped’ the old ‘hat trick’ and adapted it to fit a modern audience.

However, besides the magically appearing rabbit there are many other animal options that can be included in the show. Collie Wobbles magic show stars Titch, the magic rabbit (popular with young children) who forms a key part of the show. He has two more rabbits, which take turns in coming out with him. One was a gift to his daughter from her grandmother, the other was rescued from a breeding farm. Both rabbits are Dwarf rabbits, which is a popular breed for magicians due to their ability to fit into smaller spaces. There is also George, our incredible Java Dove, who has six housemates who can also appear. For many years, Java Doves have featured in magic tricks because of their white beauty. They are mainly feathers and their body is small, allowing the magicians to hide them in tight spaces. The other wonderful thing about these birds is that they can be trained over time with food. Magicians will train them to sit on the finger or to fly back the owner. Java doves make for a stunning magical experience. Lastly, there is Freddie, our spell-binding fish. He is a goldfish who is also featured in a mesmerising trick in the show involving a balloon and a wine glass. Surprisingly, there is only one fish! He is about three years old now and when he becomes too big will retire in Collie’s dad’s pond. Some people rightly question. ‘Should people work with animals for entertainment?’. We feel very strongly that every animal has a soul and feelings therefore all of our animals are lovingly cared for in our family home as pets. Every animal is registered with our local vets. Collie Wobbles Magic is proud to confirm that every trick in which animals are used has been tested and approved in terms of animal welfare.