I have been entertaining children for over 25 years as Mrs Back to Front and during my time I have picked up a few tips to make your party go with a swing.
PARTIES FOR 1 & 2 YEAR OLDS
Little ones enjoy playing - soft play and tumble tots are a good way to bring entertainment to your party. At this age the children do not interact with each other. Entertainers for this age group are not a good idea. If you are going to invite older children too, then obviously an entertainer would be a good idea. If the party is for only 1 & 2 Year olds then music, songs and dancing mixed with soft play is exactly what they want.
PARTIES FOR 3 - 4 YEAR OLDS
Children’s entertainers are good for this age group - but always make sure the entertainment is suitable for their age. Ask lots of questions about the entertainment, shop around, if the entertainer is friendly and has their diary to hand, this shows efficiency. Make sure the entertainer is used to pre-school children.
At your party always be prepared for a few tears, sometimes they are shy and don’t want to join in. If you have booked an entertainer - always tell the birthday child before the party - perhaps show them a picture and tell them a little bit about what will happen at the party. Try not to tell them too far in advance - possibly may be one day before - because children do not have any concept of time and will keep asking "is it now time for the party"? So to keep your sanity prepare your child the day before and say one more ’waking up’ or one more nights sleep and the children will understand and be prepared.
Another tip with this age group is to have an early party - time wise. The best time is 11.00am - 1.00am or 12.00 - 2.00pm. Two reasons, one the children don’t have so long to wait during the day for the party and they won’t be so tired, and two, they will eat at a very sensible time - 12.00 or 1.00pm lunchtime in fact. Many parents go for the teatime party 3.00pm - 5.00pm by this time they are too tired!! Save that time for the older children.
Always make sure you don’t invite too many children - a smaller party of up to 20 is much nicer for the little ones to cope with. Too much noise from parents and siblings (who all stay at that age ) can cause distress. Remember the party is for your child not anyone else. Happy Partying.!!
PARTIES FOR 5 YEAR OLDS
At this age your child has just started Big School - it will probably be their first big Party. Sometimes there is a pressure on mums to invite the whole class. This is normal and it can be difficult to leave a few classmates out (especially if they are the naughty ones!!) An entertainer is just what you need to help you out!!
If you are having a party in the week, straight after school, always remember they will be hungry, so feed them at the beginning of the party. So they will be settled - fed and watered. They can also be quite hypo! after school, this is quite normal, if you can image they have been at school all day together and talking about nothing else!! As an entertainer I sometimes include games in the one hour show, the children need to move and use up all that energy!!
PARTIES FOR 6 YEAR OLDS
Beautiful age!! They love fun, laughter and a good party and they understand most of the games.By this age you don’t have to invite the whole class, they have bonded with certain children and you can be more selective. An entertainer is just perfect at this age for your party.
PARTIES FOR 7 YEAR OLDS
At this age they need a bit more stimulus to their parties, entertainers with good magic, football parties, disco etc.
THE BIRTHDAY CAKE
As mums, you always make an outstanding effort to make, buy, or design a brilliant birthday cake, So why then wrap it up in a napkin and give it out to the children to probably get squashed on the way home!!!
Why not eat it at the party? It makes sense. Blow out the candles at the beginning of the birthday tea and once the sandwiches etc. have been eaten, eat the lovely birthday cake. It saves money on buying more cakes and biscuits and the children will enjoy eating it. Give it a try!! And then hand out my beautiful hand made party bags. Good luck and happy partying.!!!