This guide to planning parties is by Southern California’s family entertainer Thom Bliss. The party planning guide is based on his years of experience performing at children’s birthday parties, kids birthday parties, adult birthday parties, Christmas, Halloween and other holiday parties. He has also drawn on the experiences of other magicians, clowns, comedians, and other performers. In it he gives you the 411 on party invitations, party decorations, party food, hiring the party entertainment, and other details. We hope that it will prove helpful, no matter what type of event you are organizing.
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Thom’s Party Planning Secrets: 1
Magician Thom Bliss Reveals His Secrets - For Planning a Great Birthday Party
The day of your child’s birthday party can be one of joy to you and your child if you organize it well, keep it short and simple, make it easy on yourself, and hire a professional children’s entertainer.
Much of what happens at children’s birthday parties is not really done with the children in mind, but to impress the other parents, the neighbors, or whoever else is around. If you are trying to have a fun party for the kids at a low cost, don’t get caught in that trap.
Keep it Organized
Keeping your party well organized does not mean scheduling every second of the party and them making sure that the schedule is followed exactly. Instead, you should allow for some flexibility and be prepared for any contingency.
Your planning should begin well before the day of the party. Every party needs a theme. It should be selected well in advance, to give you plenty of time to coordinate the invitations, decorations, food, and entertainment to fit the theme.
Visit a near-by party supply store or an online party store such as Birthday in a Box or Trixie’s Party Store. They have many themes available, often with coordinating invitations, decorations, and table service.
It is also a good idea, before sending out invitations, to check for conflicting events. Soccer games, dance lessons, and the like; school, church and community events; even other kids’ birthday parties, can all cut down on the attendance at your child’s party. Although it is not always possible to avoid all such conflicts, a little research can help you avoid many of them
If you find that another child’s birthday is planned for the same day as your own and that many of the same kids will be invited to both parties, it is better to coordinate than to compete. Perhaps the time of one party or the other -- or both -- can be adjusted so that the kids an attend both. Another idea is to have a joint party, with two honorees. You have twice the adult supervision but only half the expense and both you and your child have the opportunity to make new friends. Just be sure that each child has a chance to be in the spotlight.
You should make arrangements with the entertainer before the invitations are sent. You may find that an entertainer will already be booked for another party in a nearby community, and can easily help with your party too, if you can start your event a little earlier or a little later than planned. It’s much easier to make this kind of adjustment before the invitations are sent than afterwards. Also, you can include the name of the entertainer in your invitations.
It is a good idea to plan more games or quiet activities, such as drawing or crafts, than you think you will need. Kids have notoriously short attention spans and may tire of one game or activity much more quickly than you anticipated. Also, if the food is delayed or children get through eating faster than you anticipated, you may need another game or other activity to keep them busy until it’s time to open the gifts.
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