Easy Ways to personalise your kids birthday party with extras & other party tips from CTP Party

Like most people, we here at CTP Party are bonkers over Etsy and independent party boutiques when it comes to little parties or big parties for children. Every week we receive new requests; either a new idea, theme or vision that a client has asked us to research for their child's up and coming birthday party. This can be the wild and feisty...or the subtle and amusing. We literally get asked about all sorts of different things when it comes to kids birthday parties or special events. So we have made a list of our favourites below and  I’ve also thrown in a few other bits that I couldn’t help but drool over here in the party workshop. These colourful sweetie bags are available from Sweetmafia. I found them on Pinterest. They are a great idea and really colourful and eye catching. Just be aware, there may be kids at the party who can't eat sweets due to allergies or are veggie so just take that into indication.   This piñata is so lovely! Idea for the very fashionable Unicorn parties which we seem to be hosting every weekend at the moment. A Piñata can be a great game to get all the kids working together. We include one with our Jedi Academy party where the children have to use their "Jedi mind tricks" to overcome the meteor shower piñata and pull on long strings to open it rather than hit the piñata.   We love these personalised lovehearts. As a big fan of sweets, why not have them made with a personal message.   One extra we absolutely love making up are the personal and made to order party bags (take home bags) which we offer in a variety of different materials (satin/silk and/or hessian sack) and we have loads of colours to choose from to match your Superhero, Jedi, Princess or even Mermaid theme! We pop 5 - 6 items in each one and we try and theme them as much as possible. The above are from a Fairy party we hosted last month.    

National Unicorn Day 9th April 2018

CTP Party are raring to go after the Easter Holidays and we are delighted to start the week with National Unicorn Day! As most of our clients are aware, we love to host parties as a Unicorn and we are finding it is one of the most popular themes for 2018! So...why do we think the Unicorn Trend is so fabulous and here to stay? Well...mainly because people love bright colours which make them feel good and the unicorn trend is all about bright pastels and bright visuals.   Our team of young and dynamic entertainers say they love wearing a colour which makes them stand out at parties and the reaction they get from children when they walk in the door is amazing. The kids love their bright clothes, their glitter, their hair! They literally cannot get enough of the bright and attractive costume. So...who loves unicorns? Well, to be honest it seems to be everyone. We have booked Unicorn parties for 7 year olds girls, 5 year old little boys and even an 11 year old girls. Both boys and girls love the theme and seem to think it is great. Our unicorn keep the whole party upbeat and sometimes our clients get really into the theme with their decor and food.   Due to most popular supermarkets supporting the theme too, it's so easy to pick up reasonably priced party decor and unicorn table wear. Pinterest has loads of ideas for Unicorn flavoured food and Unicorn party food ideas and we can top of your party with our purple satin and net pouches for each child to take home as a Unicorn Party Bag.     To find out more about a Unicorn themed party near you or how you can book your own then please get in touch or go onto our Unicorn Themed Page. 

Great Feedback from clients this month!

Kids Parties with CTP Party

We really enjoy parties...in fact, we find that we are quite obsessed with the buzz that hosting a party brings to our team! The feeling of all the kids being happy, the parents being delighted that the party went well and all the children's faces full with smiles.
Most of our team have been with us a long time, we retain our party hosts for months, sometimes even years and they continue to amaze our team in the office on a weekly basis.
This month we have received so many lovely photos, emails and even phone calls from clients saying how happy they are they went with CTP Party. One mum who was let down by another company actually believed it was fate that she got let down...as it meant she found us and had the best party possible! With all the lovely feedback, we do occasionally get to see some photos and here are some of the ones which have been sent in to our office from parents and clients who have had parties in March! We hope you enjoy them....
If you would like to have a great birthday party with little stress and with a team who have a vast experience in entertainment (21 years and counting...!) then please do get in touch. However small, large or strange you think your child's party request may be...we have really heard it all and we are sure CTP Party can help!
We offer children's parties and kids events in the Surrey, Berkshire, Bath, Bristol, Oxfordshire, Reading and Hampshire areas however we do travel within reason so please get in touch regarding your next party.

Space Party

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Kids are teaching the Bristol Team a thing or 2!

Eat, Sleep, Learn, Party!

Recently, the Bristol team have been hosting lots of Dinosaur, Space, and Stars Wars parties. What have we learnt?
These kids know their stuff! Its pretty astonishing, the facts they come out with!
A lot of our entertainers host lots of different parties and we are able to theme our games to your chosen theme to suit the level of the group – because they are great with children. We’ve been doing it for 23 years, so we know it works. When we know a specific entertainer likes Star Wars, Disney Princesses or Dinosaurs for example, we will most likely put them to host that party because of their knowledge, which in turn, makes it a better party. See what we did there....
However, what we have discovered is that even the entertainers who have a particular interest in the film/character will learn stuff throughout the parties! Because kids are like information sponges! I mean, did you know that there are talks over T-Rex not actually being a Carnivore anymore, and that he might have been more of a scavenger? NO, nor did I, until 6year old Luke from Backwell in Bristol told me! Annnnnnnd did you know that Pluto is actually known as a “Dwarf" Planet? NO, nor did I until 5year old Jenny from Henleaze told Andy the Astronaut!
It just goes to show, that even when we know our stuff, someone else, even the 3,4,5,6year old down the road, might know a little bit more and we can learn from them. Let our kids teach other kids interesting facts through the art of play.
Here’s to choosing a party with the theme you love!

Animal & Dinosaur Parties and why they rock!

Kids are loving our Animal Themed & Dinosaur Themed parties at the moment. Whether it is a full on Jungle Explorer experience or simply a Dinosaur Enthusiast they want...we are finding both boys and girls of all ages are mad for them! Instagram Feedback from Animal Party CTP Party We started running animal inspired parties back in 1997 as we knew children of all ages loved Jungle, Farm and Pet animals but now with the New Jurassic Park trailer out we are finding Dinosaur parties are gaining momentum.
    • If your little one would love a Dinosaur explorer to come to their party and talk all about Dinosaurs and play games in the theme then let us know! We can tailor your party to your child's interests and needs and can host up to 30 kids with one entertainer (one explorer!)
      • Let our team of young and enthusiastic entertainers take the kids on a wild adventure whether it be looking for Dinosaur Secrets, playing Musical Monkey Bumps or simply pass the parcel. We can be at your party for 1 hour, 1.5hrs or even 2 hours and help you serve the food, drinks and present the Birthday Cake!
  • Interested in learning more about our Animal Parties then click here  and for our Dinosaur Explorer Parties click here. 

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? Well....it'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!