Glitter Everything – Party Fashions for 2017

Popular trends this year

Have you noticed all the sparkles, rainbows, glitter, trolls, unicorns and magical themes running around this year!? Have you noticed parents (usually the mums) loving them just as much as children!? YES US TOO. I think I now see something “Unicorn" themed in every shop, from birthdays cards to the soft cuddly toys in retail shops, to unicorn Christmas tree baubles, yes we have seen them! …And CTP Party are extremely happy about this as it means we can go extra wild with the glitter at parties! Kids love it, and parents do too, BONUS! (Don’t worry it comes off easily in time for school!) Now obviously, the birthday parties we host have a main priority; that being that the birthday child has the BEST TIME EVER, with their friends. But if we can get the parents involved too, then smiles all-round surely!? Don’t forget in the lead up to Christmas that these themes work perfectly for that time of year as well as birthdays so make sure you type #GLITTERGALORE in your enquiries for a 10% discount if you’re party is in the BS/BA/GU/SL/PO/SO areas… We cant wait to share the glittery fun with the kids, and the parents!! *This promotion ends 31/1/2017 unless booking is made in 2017 and agreed price made with office.*

Halloween Half Term

Halloween Parties & Trick or Treat

What do you think? Are you happy to let your kids join in this spooky/scary but fun Halloween festival? These days it’s quite the norm for children as young as 2 to go out Trick or Treating in the early evening and many kids have a great time. However we’re finding lots of mums aren’t sure if the kids may be spooked at the idea of knocking on strangers’ doors in the dark.   Many parents don’t want their kids coming back with nightmares or buckets of sugary ‘candy’; and increasingly we hear of lots of families saying they don’t know how the old couple next door will respond to a herd of kids at their front door demanding treats.
Here at CTP Party we love a bit of Spooky Fun but would recommend if you are letting your kids Trick or Treat this Halloween, you accompany them, and maybe do a pre-check of houses in the area who are happy to join in the fun and limit the amount of candy handed out.
CTP Party can help too as we regularly get asked to supply a Wacky Witch to Trick or Treat with the kids, or alternatively if you want to make Halloween a ‘Fun Festival’ why not organise a mini party with age appropriate spooky games and fun hosted by Wacky or our Wizard characters. Call us on 01252 471070 for Halloween Parties or Visits in the Hampshire, Surrey, Bristol, Bath, Reading & Berkshire areas.

Gender Neutral Parties with CTP Party

Gender Neutral Parties

CTP Party has always been happy to run rough and tumble Army Action themed parties for boys and girls, and Princess & Knight Castle parties for girls and boys. However will we be expecting more requests for ‘gender neutral’ parties in the future?
All our themes are suitable for boys and girls and we are noticing more and more parents are asking for Space Themed Parties, Dino Explorer Parties and Disco Parties for either boys or girls. We LOVE this! Gone are the days of a Princess Party being for just girls and Pirate parties being for just boys....and we are glad to see this change. We believe children should be encouraged to follow their own dreams and if they want to dress up like a toadstool one day or a dragon the next it should not matter if they are a boy or girl.

Retail Tradition & Celebrity Response is changing too

The signs are all there- Mothercare has just announced a gender neutral clothing range avoiding pink and blue; John Lewis removed gender labels from kids’ clothing & has done away with boys and girls clothing departments; and newspapers have just reported Russell Brand wants daughter Mabel to be raised ‘gender neutral’, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie want their daughter Shiloh, to be known as John. Times are changing for the better we think! We hope you agree.

National Play in Hospital Week - CTP Party

Did you know that this week was National Play in Hospital Week. The idea of the week is to celebrate the Play & Youth service in all its glory. CTP Party went along to a very large Children's Hospital in Southampton to support the play team. The play team are a small, self funded group covering every ward from Cancer care to Cardiac and Neurological rehab. They have over 100 children as patients at any one time. The week is a way of giving back to the children and young people who find themselves using the hospital services. They are the real hero's!   The team from the NHS contacted us to see if we could send in some Superheroes to spread a little cheer to the inpatients which we were more than happy to do. The children, who varied in ages loved the superheroes and even declared that they wanted to be one when they grew up! The team also had their very own Superhero Dogs who assisted with entertaining the kids.  Archie & Leo are 2 very special dogs who are regular visitors to the wards so knew their way around! We hope all the children, their families, doctors and nurses we met this week had a great time and hopefully we inspired some of the children. Thanks to Southampton Hospital for letting us come along!  

The Big Feastival 2017 – CTP Party

Wow......!!! What a month August was. The weather for the most part was great and the month ended on a beautifully hot Bank Holiday weekend where the CTP Party team were entertaining kids and families at The Big Feastival. What is The Big Feastival?'s a UK festival which is all about great food and great music and when we say great food...we mean the best food which takes inspiration from all over and is so far from the normal festival food you see at every other festival! It certainly kept our team fuelled to take on the long, hot 3 days in the sun entertaining all the mini festival goers! The whole ethos behind the festival is Great Food, Great Music = Great Time and that's exactly what our team had and here are some pictures to prove it! The CTP Party team hosted the Family Sports Day area where the kids were kept busy with Hopscotch, Tug of War, Sack Races, Big Feet Races and more. Ever child who took part in the activities won a medal and made sure they all felt like winners! Parents also got involved in the games and fun and joined a massive game of Tug of War on the last day! We love going to Alex James's farm every year in Oxfordshire and we can't wait to be back there next year! We also had the pleasure of hosting kids and their families at The Vita Coco area at The Big Feastival called Coconut Grove. Vita Coco had so many activities going on to keep all ages happy and hydrated in the sun. The kids activities included; T-Shirt Painting, Sandcastle building competitions, Hula Hooping, Tug of War team games and climbing coconut trees. The area was so popular that they even had queues to climb the coconut trees before the Coconut Grove opened every morning! Our team helped host the kids during their time at Coconut Grove and came back the biggest fans of Vita Coco as they were kept hydrated the whole weekend! If you have little ones and have not yet heard of The Big Feastival we would 100% recommend it. The festival is great fun and very safe for all ages. There are so many activities aimed at the mini festival goer and the music and food is just the icing on the cake! See you there in 2018!    

Nursery & School Leavers Kids Parties

Soon enough all those little ones you’ve watched grow up,  will be finished with nursery! All grown up and ready for a Summer off in preparation for school time! Big step for little humans that’s for sure.
Nurseries and pre-schools have started taking this step seriously, and so they should! We’ve noticed nurseries and pre-schools are celebrating their journey with a graduation party! Now these can be themed as anything, from Hawaiian Summer party with Pocahontas or Moana, Under the Sea party with Ariel or Misty the Mermaid, Unicorns and Glitter party with Fluttershy or Rainbow Dash! I mean, usually its an excuse party for the parents, involving a summer BBQ and maybe a few Vinos in the sunshine – whats not to love.
But don’t forget, it's about the kids! We are reaching out to all establishments who are looking to say a big thank you to the parents and children who have been with you for the passed few years. Let us throw you a great party in the safety of your garden, or biggest room, with bubbles, glitter, games, sweets and prizes! Sift through our themes and see which is going to suit the class of 2017!

Moana Hawaiian Party

Moana is a HUGE hit this summer and kids love the summer theme. The Moana-themed party is all about creating a mini luau event. We have had feedback from parents that kids (both boys and girls) loved putting a grass skirt on, a flower leis on and dancing to their favourite music. We play the hawaiian limbo, musical luau bumps and lots more. If your interested in your child's next party being a Moana themed party or even just with a Hawaiian twist then get in touch with someone from our team. We can offer Moana as a children's entertainer for your themed party in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Bristol Bath and most south west areas.

CTP Party Bristol Trolls Kids Party 1st June!

To kick off the Summer, specifically Thursday 1st June 2017, CTP Bristol will be hosting a Trolls party at "Creative Workspace" in Bishopsworth, Bristol! The venue its on the new link road so super easy if you have friends who want to come along too, with parking too.
Expect lots of dancing, glitter and fun with Princess Poppy! As we all know, she is the Queen of Happiness after all and aims for your children to leave with a big smile on their face, along with sweeties, stickers, a certificate and a prize! Depending on how many little trolls and unicorns turn up she might even run a best dressed competition! Feel free to let your imagination run wild – we want to see bright colours, sparkles, rainbows, glitter bombs and MASSIVE SMILES. Please arrive for 11am and the fun will come to an end approx. 12.30pm!
Trolls has a great soundtrack which the parents can enjoy too, along with maybe a slice of cake from the café!? We cant resist either so don’t feel bad.
Sign up by registering on this link and we will see you there!
PS. If you book a party using this hashtag I’m sure you’ll grab yourself a 10% discount (party must be booked by 31st May 2017, but can be for anytime depending on avails)

Summer is here! Family Games are on!

With the good weather steadily making its way to the UK we are seeing more and more summer parties and events being held outside. We love this time of year as the kids get a chance to have their dream party outdoors and enjoy playing in the fresh air with their friends. We have hosted loads of parties based on the Olympic Games, Festivals, specific games like football and athletics. In fact, if your child is into a specific sport i am sure we will be able to help! Why not try and make your child's summer party an Olympic Themed Party or a Family Games party! All the kids are asked to come to the party in trainers and sportswear or a t-shirt and shorts, they are split into groups, teams and play some games on their own and take part in not only relay races, obstacle courses and challenges but also the one and only water bucket challenge! We can pop a twist on the party so maybe an Army Sports Party or Pirate Sports come up with the idea and we will make it come to life. So if this sounds right up your street then get in touch and book something in. Parties with one party host have a maximum number of 25 - 30 kids. If you have more children then this then we recommend we send a second entertainer!

The Magical Unicorn & Trolls Disco Party!

What a great start to the Easter Holidays! Our Magical Trolls and Unicorn Free Easter Party which took place last week in Ascot was a HUGE success! We cannot thank you enough to everyone who came and joined in the magical, glittery fun!
Everybody loves something for free; and that's why at CTP Party, our school holiday events will always stay that way. Why? well because we want you to see what we can do and why we think CTP Party are the best! Even more exciting, is that it was our FIRST party in our brand new area (the Ascot, Suninghill, Windsor area) which are all in Berkshire/ Buckinghamshire. CTP Party have recently expanded into Berkshire and Buckinghamshire areas, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to spead some pre-Easter excitement in Ascot. Princess Poppy (Trolls), Fluttershy and Twilight Sparkle (My Little Pony) definitely were popular with our party guests. Cordes Hall in Ascot was full of smiles and laughter, The kids especially liked our exciting bubble disco or everyone's favourite, the unircorn limbo! In fact, one of our mini fans from Sunninghill said it was the best party he'd ever been to! Now that is what we call a success. Congratulations as well to the young lady from Windsor whose amazing unicorn costume won her a FREE party of her own! If you have any amazing pictures from our event you would like to share simply upload to facebook and tag CTP PARTY in the post for a chance to win a 1 hr FREE party! Don't forget to look out for our next School Holidays Party!