Birthday parties are one of my specialties, presenting a full interactive and fun one hour show featuring the full Mr Punch and Judy show with magic and juggling.
All occasions are catered for such as weddings, christenings, religious festivals, nursery and primary schools and more.
Top Ten Tips for a Great Party!
Having performed at hundreds of parties and events I thought I would put together a little list of hints and tips to have a great party, many of these you will of course already know and are common sense but I thought it worth putting them down as many people make these simple mistakes.
Tip 1. Make the parents clear about the start time of the party to cut down on late comers.
Tip 2. Have the show first before the food, the Children will be eager to see the show.
Tip 3. If you are having balloons use them as decorations for the walls but do not have them on the floor, they will of course explode and this can be very upsetting for some Children. Also they are too much of a distraction whilst I am performing, helium balloons are not good for the Children to be holding while watching the show. A good idea is to tie some balloons at the front of your house/gate or venue so guests and me can find you easily.
Tip 4. Ask any Children's entertainer who the hardest audiences are and they will probably say the parents! If parents are staying with the Children either encourage them to sit with their Children or to keep quiet at the back or go in a different room for a coffee while the show is on, often if you have a group of parents at the back of a room chatting away the noise can be incredibly distracting, especially in an echoey hall.
Tip 5. Do not give the Children food, drink or any other distractions during the show, I encourage them to join in and clap throughout the show and it can be very difficult to do that with a drink and popcorn in your hands/mouth! Save it for after they will enjoy it more.
Tip 6. I have seen many parents get very stressed whilst organising the food and tables etc, keep calm, relax, plan in advance and keep things simple, if you are having a two hour party my one hour show is ideal, I keep the children entertained from start to finish.
Tip 7. If you are having a bouncy castle switch it off while I am performing, it can go straight back on as soon as I finish.
Tip 8. A follow on from tip 7, if you are having a face painter either have the Children's faces painted before or after the show and make sure Children remain seated during the performance, likewise with candy floss etc.
Tip 9. Watch the show yourself, often if a Child sees the parents enjoying the performance it reassures them and encourages them to join in, especially if a little shy, you might even enjoy it too!
Tip 10. Keep the party shorter rather than longer, as they say less is more! I find with a two hour party having my one hour show followed by the food and cake works out perfectly time wise.