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kids party entertainer, Plymouth, Exeter, Devon & Cornwall

HOW TO ORGANISE THE PERFECT STRESS FREE CHILDREN'S PARTY

Emazdad has been entertaining children for over 20 years, and now performs at 100's of children’s parties each year.

His No 1 priority is that your event is a huge success and that it's not only as stress free for you as possible, but your child and his or her friends have a fantastically fun time that they'll remember and talk about for ages.
To help you to achieve this he’s put all his experience into producing these simple tips to help you avoid turning the joyous occasion of your Childs birthday, into the nightmare from hell.

Make sure you enjoy the party as well!  Your child is only this age once, and you want to enjoy watching them having a great time at their party.

By following these tips and eliminating all the hassles and extra work, it will ensure that you'll be able to sit and watch the show and enjoy watching the smile on your Childs face get bigger and bigger. If you're really keen you can even join in the party dances.

Emazdad or the Venue which comes first?

Emazdad gets a lot of enquires where the customer has booked the hall only to find that he's booked for the date / time they want.  Alternativly people book Emazdad and then can't get the hall they wanted. So which should you book first? The answers simple, There's more than one venue, but there is only one Emazdad

If you definitely want Emazdad then it's important you phone him first, but don't leave it too late, He gets booked very early.

You can never be too early to book Emazdad, but it's so easy to be too late

The Venue

If you've planned far enough ahead you'll have more chance of getting the venue you want, however if you can't get the venue you want at least Emazdad can advise you on another venue near you.

His VENUE INDEX lists suitable venues in and around Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall. It's split into Towns and Areas to make it as easy as possible to find a venue, there's even a section for Wedding Venues.

You need to chose your venue carefully, You want one that's not too big, a smaller hall is much better as it eliminates any extra un-needed run around space..

You want a hall that doesn't have a big echo, bad acoustics will spoil the children's enjoyment of the show, and make it hard for Emazdad to control the volume of his PA.

Good parking is a must, you need to ensure the hall has at least enough parking spaces available for both you and Emazdad. There are a few very nice halls in Plymouth that Emazdad can not work in purely because there is no parking.

A Carpeted hall is better than a hard floor, 1, the carpet eliminates some of the echo that you get in a lot of halls, 2, boys can't launch themselves down a carpeted floor and 3, It's more comfortable for the children when they sit on the floor to watch the show.

Balloons prominently placed outside the venue and if necessary at the end of the road, will help both Emazdad and all the guests find the party.

Important   Contact the venue a couple of days before the party to ensure they know you have the hall booked and what time you want entry. Ensure you get a contact Number for the key holder, preferably a mobile phone number, you can call on the day if the key holder doesn't turn up.

Occasionally due to mix ups this has happened in the past for several reasons, the favourite excuses being: The booking was not handed over to the duty key holder, or the key holder simply forgot there was a booking for the hall that day, or the wrong booking time was written in the venues diary.

 

How long should the party be?

Emazdad does 100's of birthday parties every year and can say without a doubt that the maximum recommended length of a children's birthday party is 2-hours.

After 2-hours the children would have had enough and be tired and ready to go home, and you'll have had enough and be staring at the door eager for the parents to arrive and take their children home so you can sit down and rest with a glass of wine..

What's the best time to hold a children's party?

A lot of people try to arrange a mid afternoon party from 1pm to 3pm or 2pm to 4pm, they do seem like nice time's for a party, however you'll struggle to get a great entertainer like Emazdad for those time slots.

Emazdad does 2 parties a day on weekends and school holidays so he usually offers 2 time slots 11am to 1pm and anytime after 3pm. The further you are from Plymouth the greater the gap between the time slots to allow for travel time.

The 11am to 1pm slot is best for younger parties for 4 and 5 year olds, because they can get tired later in the afternoon, especially the birthday childs who's been running in high excitement mode since the crack of dawn.

Please note:- These time slots are diary dependant, and Emazdad may be able to do a early to mid afternoon party if an evening bookings is already in the diary for that day.

The Entertainer

Not everyone can book Emazdad so if you're too late to book him and have to look for an alternative take great care to check them out before you make any bookings. Asking your friends for reccomendations is a good start, and beware of the really cheap entertainers, they're cheap for a reason.

It's important that you ask if they have PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE, if they havn't it's best to avoid them.. 

The Guests

Try not to invite any more children than you can comfortably handle,  20-25 is the maximum Emazdad advises for a child's Birthday Party. 15-20 is the maximum recommended for 4-5 year olds as they can sometimes get a bit scared in larger crowds.

Try to avoid mixed age ranges

An 8 year old and a 4 year old have different needs and it's not fair on either age group as the older kids will try and dominate the party and spoil it for the youngsters, also the older kids may find anything you do for the youngsters too babyish. 

Don't feel pressured to invite know trouble makers

If you've been to a party with your child and seen a certain child run amok and spoil the event, or your child talks about a child in their class who's always causing trouble don't be tempted to invite them to your party. It's not worth it, you are paying good money to ensure your child has the best party ever and if you invite this child they will spoil the party for your child and their other friends.

Adults at the Party

IF YOU WANT THE KIDS TO HAVE MORE FUN

GET THE MUM'S TO DUMP AND RUN!

The other parents are welcome to watch the show, (and join in the Party Dances) they will enjoy it,  however you want your Childs party to be the best ever, and in my experience to achieve this it’s best not to encourage the parents to stay at the party, a drop off and go policy is always best.

Nowadays this is harder to achieve, parents are less inclined to take the opportunity for a couple of hours peace, so it's best to place some chairs in the hall for these adults. Placing  the chairs in rows, behind the children,  facing Emazdad so the adults become an audience often helps to ensure everyone gets the maximum enjoyment out of the show.

If the parents stay it leads to a whole host of additional problems and extra work for you:-

1/ Some Adults that stay won't want to watch and enjoy the show, they'd rather chat

Parental Chatter is the number one major problem entertainers encounter, although most parents take an interest in their child and love to watch them having fun, some however would rather chat and don't consider the enjoyment of the others around them.

You pay a lot of money to have Emazdad entertain your child and their friends, and like you Emazdad's priority at the party is for your child and his/her friends to have a fantastic time. So to stop these talkers spoiling the show for the children and those adults that do want to watch the fun,  have a separate room available for the talkers to use. 

In an attempt to prevent these noisy adults spoiling the show for the children, Emazdad will point out to the adults that there is an alternative room for those who wish to chat at the start of the show

2/ Children whose parents stay often wont join in the party.

The next time you go to a party watch how many kids don't join in, they'll all have something in common, a parent has stayed with them.

Even if they're not usually shy they'll stand by Mum or Dad and it can take an entertainer, (Even one as good and experienced as Emazdad), quite a while to entice them away from their parents side. Some kids will never join in the fun and spend the whole party next to their parent.

If the parents go within 5 minutes these kids will normally join in with their friends and have lots of fun.

3/ Parents will take up space in the party room

You'll also have the additional work of being hostess and supplying them with tea and coffee. You'll then miss out on a lot of the fun yourself, and may even miss your child's moment of stardom when they perform with Emazdad.

4/ They may bring extra uninvited guests in the form of siblings of an invited child

They have to come because Mum's staying, but to be honest this is a bit cheeky as they haven't been invited and you'll feel obligated to feed them and give them a party bag. Remember these kids may also be far too young for the party. 

Pick up time

To avoid distracting the children it's a great idea to ask the parents returning to pick their children up not to enter the party room until after the party has finished.

Toddlers and Babies

Emazdads parties are not suitable for children under 4 years old

Toddlers and Babies are really cute but loose toddlers and babies in the party room are the number two in the list of  major problems entertainers encounter.

Babies and children who're 3 or under are far young for the party, they don’t understand what’s happening and can get frightened by the noise and excitement of the party. 

They  may be really cute, but they're extremely disruptive, especially if the wander into the performance area, or dive onto their older sibling in the audience who's trying to watch the show. This can cause the show to have to stop until the toddler is retrieved.

Therefore any toddlers and babies in the room should be kept on an adults lap for the duration of the party.


The Presents

If you let the birthday child open their presents before the party, they may decide that a certain present is much more interesting than the party.  This is especially bad with boys, to avoid this and to help keep track of who gives what, and to avoid bits getting lost, have a big bag or box handy to put the all the presents in. They can then be opened safely at home after the party.

Who’s Who?

It’s a good idea to put name stickers on the children so that both you and Emazdad know who they are.Emazdad will supply you with the name stickers

It also makes the kids feel really special when Emazdad uses their name, especially if they have seen him before. "MUM! MUM! The magic man remembered me!" is something I often hear after greeting my old friends at parties.

Please ensure they are written in big, bold capital letters using a black or blue marker pen so Emazdad can read them easily on a moving child from across the room. 

Toys, Balloons and Noise makers

Please do not distribute, toys, squeakers, whistles, Party Poppers or Balloons etc, before or during the party

WARNING PARTY POPPERS ARE DANGEROUS!

I've seen a few children get hurt when a popper is set off in their face at the table. I'd recommend you don't have them at the party unless the children are supervised at all times when setting them off.

Please clear any toys away before the party and avoid covering the floor in loose balloons, The children will lose total interest in any organised entertainment if there are balloons or toys laying around.

If any toddlers stay at the party, ask their parents not to give them balloons from the wall to play with, not only are balloons dangerous for toddlers and babies, ( They bite them, they burst and they can choke on the bits of balloon) But the resultant BANG will distract the other children from the show.

Food And Drink

If the children are allowed to have access to food and drink during the entertainment, it causes a big distraction, if one child gets up to get a drink they’ll all jump up to get one, and the show may have to stop until they come back.

You also run the risk of spillage and the children will not be able to shout or participate while clutching and eating cake, ice-cream or cola.

 

The Party Food

Keep the food simple, If you want to do a traditional party table just try not to go overboard and weigh it down with a ton of party food, Children often don't eat much at parties, you'll be taking 80% of it home at the end and Mum and Dad will be eating it for lunch for days.

The best way to avoid all the stress at tea time is to make up individual box meals or plates with a couple of Sandwiches, Crisps, Sausage on sticks, Biscuits, Buns etc, basically simple party food that all kids love and will eat.

The bonus with this method is not only is there very little waste, but instead of going to all the hassle of setting out tables and chairs, the kids can sit on the floor picnic style and eat. This is the real stress free method.

Another good tip is to put all the sandwiches and savoury stuff out first, then bring out the sweet sticky stuff after about 10 minutes. that way at least some of your sandwiches will get eaten.

Emazdad is trying to lose weight, after all he didn't get his manly figure eating carrots. His problem is not a matter of lack of 'WILL' power, it's more a lack of 'WONT' power. So Please don't offer Emazdad any party food. Thank you (Drinks are appreciated thought, entertaining is thirsty work).

Drinks

Spillage is a 100% certainty at a party, no matter what you do at least one child will send their drink flying. To avoid the mess use cartons with straws, or better yet the pop-up drinks bottles like Fruit Shoots.

1, The children love them 

2, if they knock them over it's just a drip not a flood.

If your going to give them fizzy pop, buy the sugar free diet drinks. Normal fizzy pop can turn even the nicest child into a HYPER MONSTER, and we will still need to be able to control the children for the after tea games.

 

The Birthday Cake

REMEMBER TO BRING A LIGHTER OR MATCHES FOR THE CANDLES!

You would be amazed how many people forget, and the number of times Emazdad has had to get the birthday child to blow out the invisible magic candles.

At Emazdad's parties he will give you the nod when it's time to do the birthday cake, lead the children in singing the Happy Birthday song, and get the birthday child to make their wish and blow out the candles.

Photography / Video

To avoid the major disappointment of missing the chance to record your Childs special moments at the party remember to bring:

The Camera

Spare Film

Mains Leads

Batteries

Camera Stands

Emazdad encourages you to photograph as much as the show as you wish, and there are numerous photo opportunities, after all, the stars of the show are the children, especially the birthday child.

Emazdad only asks that while you're taking your snaps you don't distract the children, and he will advise you on where it's best you to stand while taking photo's or recording the fun.

Emazdad's Magical Entertainment Packages are perfect For:-


Children's parties # Playgroups # Hotels and restaurants

Business launches # Promotions # Fetes and open days


Anywhere!

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