Where are you going to hold the event?
Will you host the party at your home, or will you be renting a hall?
If you are having the party at home, Mr Collie Wobbles will adapt for the space available. The games would be limited due to space restrictions, but for a one-hour magic show, the front living room would be fine.
Some clients consider using their garden to hold a party. While this can be a good idea, it is important to bear in mind the weather. Using gazebos would keep the sun off the children while they are watching the magic show. However a large tent is really required in case of rain.
Take into account any swings, slides, or other toys in your garden. It is difficult to keep the children’s focus on your party games if there are distractions within their view. Some parents do not mind if the children play with garden equipment, although this could potentially result in legal issues in the event of accidents.
If booking the two-hour party, and hiring a children’s entertainer, Mr. Collie Wobbles would recommend hiring a hall in order to take advantage of more space for your money. This option allows you to relax and enjoy hosting your child’s party in the knowledge that your house and carpets are safe, with no ‘out of bounds’ areas to worry about. Also, most children entertainers will be able to play more extensive games in a hall – for example, Mr. Collie Wobbles uses a big parachute and a giant air ball at every party held in a hall. (See the ‘show page’ of this website.) If you shop around using Google or Yell.com, you can get good deals on halls, so have a go at negotiating!
When looking for a hall, think outside the box. There are village halls and church halls. There are also restaurants and pubs that have function rooms. Mr. Collie Wobbles will entertain at a party in a Royal Air Force museum, and has also entertained at a party in Kensington Palace.
What day are you having your party?
Some entertainers, including Mr. Collie Wobbles, will offer a discount for an after school party – a great way to save money.
At weekends, entertainers will suggest you book your party either in the morning or afternoon, for example 10 – 12 am or 3 – 5 pm. This will allow them to accommodate four parties over a weekend
Things to do list
It is always good to have a to-do list, to avoid leaving things until the last minute which may lave you anxious and stressed and not enjoy your child’s happy day. At the top of your “to do” list, write “This birthday party is for my child, not for me.” Make sure your party planning focuses on making a special day for your child.
Bear in mind your stress and concerns will not those of your child’s. Your child’s concerns will be having friends over, opening presents and eating cake, and not whether the decorations are up or if they are wearing the right party outfit.
Number of guests
You know your child better than even one else. Do they get overwhelmed by lots of people? Would your child enjoy a few of their closest friends, rather than the whole class?
Check if your entertainer has a limit on the number of guess they cater for, especially if you decide to have a joint party.
Who would be good at running the games?
As part of your planning, choose games and activities that will keep your birthday child, and guests, engaged and involved. Younger children usually need a more structured party with specific activities in which to participate. Consider the age groups of the invitees.
It is extremely challenging to entertain a really wide age range, so enlist the help of grandparents, aunts, uncles or friends to ensure the party runs smoothly. Since you cannot be in all places at once, delegate some of the games to one person and the cutting of the cake to another. If you cannot find anyone to help with the party, consider hiring your babysitter to help out for a few hours.
Someone, needs to made the decisions and be the leader
Hiring Mr. Collie Wobbles will save you worry, stress and even money. You are paying him not only to entertain, but to have structure and everything in hand. He is able to entertain the children of all ages with his talent that he has built upon over many years.
Some people worry about the party food. Will there be too much or too little? If you decide to hold your party in a restaurant, they will be happy to provide food. Remember to negotiate when booking; they may be able to offer you a special package. If the catering is your responsibility, don’t go overboard. It is not necessary to provide a mountain of sandwiches, they will likely end up being thrown away. Finger foods such as crisps, chocolate fingers and small cakes are attractive to children. Not the healthiest choice, but birthdays only come once a year. Warning, children do not really eat much at parties – honestly!
Mr. Collie Wobbles can take that stress off you too! For an additional price, he can provide party food boxes.
These can take forever to put together, but a visit to the pound shop (or similar establishment), should cut assembly time in half. However, this can easily get out of hand and end up costing more than you expected to pay. Collie Wobbles’ shop page on his website has ready-made girl’s and boy’s party bags at very favourable prices!
Set a budget and stick to it. If you are planning to host the party yourself, the cost can easily escalate as parents search different options, such as themes, prizes, sweets, games and decorations. The budget can be endless and where do you stop? But, at the end of the day, your child will have had a lovely day as they see their friends, run around and have food that they love to eat.
Mr. Collie Wobbles would be honored to host your child’s party. The most important thing, that you cannot buy, is a love of children and the ability to entertain them. We have given you ideas and things to take into account in planning the party. Party games can be found in books or Google, yet with a Collie Wobbles Magical Party, we believe that a birthday party should be more than just games, and the comedy magic show is included with all his parties. See his live animals, and hear “squeals” of delight from your guests. There will be no need for you to sort out helpers, decor, balloons and a list of games – all you will need to do is decide where you are going to hold the party (and make the booking if in a hall). Prepare some food or Collie Wobbles can provide you with this service at an additional cost. No need for you to worry about anything.
Collie Wobbles party can cater for up to 35 children, thereby allowing a whole class to come and join in the fun.
Tel. 01582 794935 or Mob. 07961 817834
Areas include Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Surrey, and central London