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"The Magician, The Magic Shows and The Entertainment"

24 July 2010

Tips to Make your Party Awesome

Most people dread the thought of organising and hosting their children's party. They just want to get it over and done with. But that's not how it should be, you should be able to relax and enjoy your child's special day, so here are a few tips to, hopefully, make your party a success.
  • The first step in planning a birthday party is to sit down with your child and find out exactly what type of birthday party he or she wants. Then determine if your budget, your creativity, and your energy can deliver that type of birthday party. If not, scale down and do only was is feasibly possible.
  • It's natural enough to feel like you invite all your friends, family and everyone who's invited you to a party recently. However, the bigger the gathering, the more hectic and expensive it will be. Instead, limit yourself to a set number of guests, and stop yourself from inviting more at the last minute, and invite only those people you know will enjoy a few hours in a house full of children.
  • If you happen to be on a tight budget, why not get together with one or two other friends, whose children's birthdays are near your child's, and host a  joint-party. This works especially well for children under the age of four because they won't really care that the party isn't just for them. You'll save a lot of money by splitting the expenses between a few families. Sing "Happy Birthday" to each of them, and, to save even more money, have one big cake between them.
  • Food is often the centre piece of a good party, but that doesn't mean you have to serve a full meal. Cake, juice, some snack foods and ice-cream and jelly will keep the children happy.
  • Competitive games are enjoyable only for the people who win. A party should be fun... avoid tears by selecting games where everyone takes part and no one is out. Pass the Parcel, dancing competitions and getting the kids to join in with those action songs, like Y.M.C.A, Fast Food Song, Cha Cha Slide and The Music Man is a garanteed crowd pleaser.
  • Forget blowing up loads of balloons for kids; it'll be a waste of time and energy. I've been to hundreds of parties where the parents have stood for ages inflating balloons - and then the children arrive; with-in five minutes every balloon has been burst and all that's left is a mess for you, the party organisers, to clean up.
  • One of the biggest party-money-wasters is the over-priced plastic toys for party bags that get lost or thrown away in no time, so try something different. Buy large packs of art supplies such as glitter pens, stickers and stamps. Then break up the sets and give each child one of each.
  • And Finally, If you are booking a children's entertainer, try and get a recommendation from a friend or relative, search the web for reviews and make sure you get all their details (Phone numbers, address, email; a reputable and reliable entertainer will want all of these detail from you so that he can confirm the booking in writing). And make sure the entertainer you choose is CRB checked, fully insured and all his equipment is PAT tested.

The Busiest Time of the Year

As a magician, the busiest time of my year is December, the season of good-will and great profit.
As the month approaches, I know I must get ready for the tsunami of phone calls, that will as in previous years, come from customers who are all eager to book my services. And the calls won't stop until the Christmas week its self arrives.

Speaking for myself I can honestly say that I turn away more work than I end up taking. Why? I hear you ask. Well, the answer is simple: on average I can squeeze three or maybe four bookings into any given day; the amount of enquiries I receive is at least five-times that figure. I might be a magician but I can only be in one place at a time.

So with the festive season fast approaching, I need to make sure I am ready and prepared for what will be - the busiest time of the year. It is always import to have a good show in order to capture rebooking and Christmas is no different. I am already in the throws of putting together the magic show I intend to use this year. I always try and add in new items, and, of course, it has to have a Christmas theme. Santa Claus and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer all make an appearance during the show, and the music has to be festive too. If I'm providing the disco then that also needs to have a Christmassy feel to it.

The adult and the corporate market is a much easier one. I can use the same tricks as the rest of the year, but adjust the patter slightly and add a few seasonal jokes; but in the main the close-up magic that I will perform at these events will remain the same.

I have just checked my diary and find that December is already half-full and so I know that all these schools, playgroups, social clubs, and pubs all of whom will require entertainment for their parties, will as in previous years be disappointed.

 I have, in fact, got two customers who have tried for several years to book my services, but always found that I was full on the dates they required, and so now they have both taken the unusual steps of booking me for their Christmas Parties… in December 2011.