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
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 PartyDid 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!
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!
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! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trolls-party-tickets-34319626928?aff=eac2
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)
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 Day...you 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!