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WOW Factor Kids Parties

WOW Factor Kids Parties

WOW Factor Kids Parties

They are pretty simple to create if you focus your time and energy on a few key areas. I like to think about the way I want my guests to feel during and after the party. What can I do to make them feel welcome, joyful, surprised and delighted? Read on to find out how to create WOW Factor Kids Parties.

Focus on what the birthday child wants

First and foremost, reflect the personality and interests of the birthday child. Don’t worry so much about what the other kids will like, focus on what the birthday child will enjoy most. Other parents and kids understand that today is about your child. And, the vast majority of kids will come with a positive attitude and a smile on their face. Don’t forget it’s very likely that your child and their friends will have common interests.

If the birthday girl desperately wants a Ballerina party but you are concerned about the boys you have invited not enjoying themselves, please don’t worry! They will have a wonderful time. Even if they decided that ballet dancing isn’t for them, you can help them find an alternative activity to do (playing outside for example) or simply watching and joining in when it suits them. Unfortunately, you can’t please everybody… Meanwhile the birthday girl and her other friends will be having an absolute ball being little Ballerina’s.

Take home gifts with a twist

Instead of the classic lolly bag, is there something else you can give your guests as they leave? Something thoughtful. It could be something they can wear, play with or hang up… This is extra memorable and often more inexpensive than putting together a lolly bag.

Get the birthday child involved

Creating the wow factor isn’t just about your guests’ experience. It is also about the experience your family has in preparation for the party. It is so important to get the birthday child involved in the planning and set up process. Let them decide on themes, colour choices, decorating and the design of the cake. Ask them to help with fluffing tissue paper pom poms, putting table cloths on tables, anything they can easily accomplish. We know that sometimes this is a little more effort than it is worth, but do try to persist! This gives your child the opportunity to appreciate everything you do and be proud of you and themselves. We bet it will bring you closer together in the process too.

Keep the Decos simple

I can’t stress this enough! One awesomely decorated space, looks better than the whole house sparsely decorated. Go crazy with the food table decorations and make this the focal point of your party. This is a big one for creating WOW Factor Kids Parties. A lot of people put a bit too much emphasis on decorations for an Insta-worthy looking party. We say, concentrate on the way guests feel and keep them entertained and captivated.

Don’t forget about your adult guests…

Have something special and ‘adult’ for the parents who will be staying at your party. Champagne, strawberries, a cheese board. Preferably something you can just buy and plate up so it doesn’t use up too much of your precious prep time. This will make the parents feel a little bit indulged and special. After all, it’s their weekend too.

Keep the party short!

2 hours is perfect for kids under 10 years of age. Keep your guests wanting more, not wondering when it is socially acceptable to leave this marathon event. Put a finishing time on the invitation, don’t leave it open ended.

Wow Factor Kid’s parties are so do-able! Let us help you create yours with one of our beautiful dance entertainers. Go take a look at our party packages in Brisbane | party packages on the Gold Coast.

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‘Stay and Mingle’ or ‘Drop and Go’ Kid’s Parties

There comes a certain age when parents start to feel comfortable about leaving their children at a party by themselves. Should you invite your parent guests to stay? Should you just have kids at the party? Follow these kids party invitation rules to help you decide.

Usually around 7 years of age, is the age most parents feel good about a ‘drop and go’ party. If the parent knows you well and your children have had many a play date, they are likely to feel comfortable about leaving their child with you. Children with food allergies, severe shyness, disabilities or health difficulties may choose to have mum or dad close by with them, understandably. So be prepared for parents to request to be there, even if you have stated ‘drop and go’ on the invitation. Also be prepared for the opposite to happen, parents who feel comfortable leaving their child in your care even though they don’t know you from a bar of soap. It happens. Be prepared. Read on for our kids party invitation rules…

 

Here are some benefits of a ‘drop and go’ party

  • You won’t end up with extra, unexpected guests (siblings). Siblings can easily add up and lump you with an extra cost to consider and will likely want to join in on your entertainment, food, prizes, goodie bags etc.
  • You have less pressure to mingle with and entertain adult guests. It’s just you and the kids (and your Dancing Queen entertainer).

 

Don’t get us wrong; ‘stay and mingle’ parties are also great and can work really well! Here are some tips to make your ‘stay and mingle’ party perfection

  • Give the parents a separate space to mingle so the children can get on with their activities with out the chatter of the parents in the background (it can be really challenging for children to engage with an entertainer if there is a lot of background noise).
  • Set up a parent’s retreat area with some nibbles and drinks to encourage parents who don’t know each other well to mingle and chat. Parents are more likely to chat with each other if they have a dedicated space to relax.
  • Tell guests in advance if any entertainment booked is exclusively for the birthday child’s friends. Parents are sure to understand if you have booked in something special for just immediate friends.
  • Give siblings an alternative activity. Negotiate with your entertainer in advance for ways that siblings can be included without incurring an extra cost.

Some lines you might find useful to pop on your invitation

‘Drop and Go’ party – if you are more than happy for parents to leave their child with you.

Parents and siblings are invited to stay – if you are happy for parents and siblings to be there and join in on your party activities and food.

Parents, please stay at the party – use this line if you would prefer parents to stay and not drop and run off when you least expect it.

We are using a party entertainer to host our party so only [insert child’s name] guests will be able to participate in the entertainer’s activities, although siblings are welcome to watch – use this one if you don’t want siblings joining in on your paid entertainment but are happy for them to be there.

 

Kids party invitation rules:

  • If it’s a ‘drop and go’ party, collect every parents contact number! There is nothing worse than a child becoming sick or upset and wanting/needing their parent. Don’t be fooled, this does happen with older children so a parent contact number is imperative at every age.
  • Be upfront on the invitation with what you want so you don’t have to have awkward conversations on the day of the party.
  • Talk with your entertainer during the booking process about possible ways you can incorporate extra guests on the day.
  • Happy to have siblings in attendance? Ask parents to RSVP for siblings so you have a better idea of final numbers.
  • Keep in mind that it is often most convenient for parents to bring along their child’s sibling/s to your party.

Wanna know how we can help you build the best birthday party for your child? Take a look at our Brisbane party packages | Gold Coast party packages to find out more.

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