The Feeder Birthday Party Mums…..We LOVE you!

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As an entertainer, you meet lots of different people, and you do quite often get a small insight as to what their family life is like....which is quite nice really. The children at the parties we host are all very lucky, they always seem to have lots of friends there, a big decorated room and a huge pile of presents waiting for them to open ….and in these lovely parties, there is always a common denominator.....FOOD!

Food at a Party!

Now obviously all mums, dads and carers are different – however there is one type of mum that us entertainers (usually) LOVE, and that, is the FEEDER MUM! The mum that will not let you leave until they have seen you eat a plate of party food, or have a drink, or even wrapped up a piece of birthday cake for your journey home. I was once give a huge carton of apple juice, 5 macaroons and the biggest slice of cake I had ever seen. And, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
We salute you feeder mums, as you make our day even better than it already was!
Thank you!

CTP Party visit Disneyland Paris in search of some magic

Hannah CTP Party at Disneyland
Once upon a time there was a girl so in love with Disney that she decided to take her  family to Disneyland Paris for Christmas where dreams really do come true. She knew everything there was to know about the Disney characters...and so she should, she dresses up as these spectacular characters for a living. What she didn't know is she would be blown away by the magic! This Disney obsessed girl put on her Minnie Mouse ears, placed a lion king hat on her sons head and walked hand in hand with her son and fiance down Disney main street. They watched Elsa and Ana in their carriage, singing whilst it snowed and she even had a little sing a long....I mean she new every single word because in her eyes she is the real Elsa of the UK. With her son on her partners shoulders they watched Cinderella's castle light up with fireworks, lights and more magic before the clock struck twelve. A tear of happiness rolled down her cheek as she watched her 19 month old boys eyes light up and a smile appear on his face. Could life get any better then this moment right here.....? After 3 nights of fulfilling her Disney obsession the little family of 3 jumped on the eurostar  back home. As she looked out the window waving at the lit up castle she thought to herself "time to take this bit of magic back home to the birthday boys and girls of the UK". Until next time Disneyland Paris...for now I will spread the Disney magic everywhere I go!
That was a little story from one of our Franchise owners who looks after the Reading & Berkshire area. The above picture shows them meeting her hero...Mickey Mouse!

Bristol CTP Party Team offering 10% Off all Kids Parties!

Don't leave it until the last minute Bristol Parents!
Christmas is a time for family, fun and of course, food! But don’t forget about all those December and January babies (me being one of them) who year, after year have their birthdays put to one side! I’m not necessarily accusing every parent of doing this, but you know who you are, and…
…to be honest, its understandable, there is so much excitement and expenditure (maybe more of one than the other sometimes), that when you know something is going to cost you more money it's often left until the last minute. Or at least until payday arises, this  is when there is a sudden search for last minute birthday activities.
CTP Bristol are offering 10% discount to all parties booked from now until the end of January, so please do get enquiring and spread the word so our Winter babies can have just as much Princess, Pirate, Superhero, Star Wars fun as everybody else…
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The Bristol Team of Kids party entertainer offer great birthday parties and event specialists all around the Wiltshire, Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Gloucestershire areas. So if your kids party takes place over December or January in the New Year then get in touch with [email protected]
To redeem your discount, please use the code: WINTERBIRTHDAY

In a world full of Princesses…dare to be Batman!

Mallory, our Bristol Manager loves hosting parties...she loves it so much that she ends up doing a lot of the parties...even the boys parties and she has been delighted over the past few months at the amount of girls having Superhero or Jedi Parties...Gone are the years of girls having a Princess party and boys having an action party! We caught up with Mall on a recent experience she had:
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"I recently hosted a party in Westbury on Trym, Bristol, and I couldn’t tell you how refreshing it was being Supergirl for a girl’s party. Pheobe, who had recently turned 7 was of course the ultimate Supergirl herself, but as her guests kept arriving we eventually found ourselves about 20 little Supergirls, along with quite a few other Superheroes in tow…
I have a feeling that all the Dad’s at this party felt a little outnumbered and were surprised at the power and grit these little Superheroes really had! I mean, they were showing some serious sass! And so they should!
Quite often, as a company, we send along female Superheroes, such as Wonderwoman, Catwoman and Supergirl to boys parties. Mainly because in past experience we’ve found it works well. The little girls love her because the entertainer is a girl and the little boys love her because she is a Superhero – its a win win situation, with noone feeling left out.
This party reminded me that actually, Superhero parties aren't just for boys and that “in a world full of Princesses, dare to be Batman” is the way forward if we want to make sure our children believe they are as strong and equal as each other growing up in this world."

Jedi Academy…still one of the best parties around!

What is a Jedi Academy we hear you say? Well...it is a 2 Hour Event party which involves the kids training to become Jedi's and in turn learning to handle a Training Light Sabre Balloon (provided by us), battling the Meteor Shower Piñata (provided by us) and challenging each other to team games where Stormtroopers and Jedi Knights will meet and decide who is the strongest team....all in all the Jedi Academy is the best Star Wars Themed Party in all the land and we know this because it is so popular! We have delivered 100's of Jedi Academies over the years and still to this day enjoy each one! We have had mini Yoda's take part, grandmas dressed as Princess Leia and even fathers or big brothers dressed as Darth Vader just to involve the whole family! You can rent costumes for yourself or family friends from £15 each and we have plenty to choose from. Our remote control R2D2 (£15 rental) is an amazing special which kids seem to love chasing around and our Star Wars Booty Sacks (£4.99 per child) which are made up specifically for your party can be added on as extras if you want an all out "Jedi Experience"!
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The Academy itself is 2 Hours with a break half way through for food. If you think your little Jedi's in the making are too young for 2 hours then we would normally suggest we send a Themed Jedi along just for 1 hour or 1.5hrs instead which will then allow you to feed them after we have gone (ask the team for more details about those options.) Included in the Jedi Academy Package is: Your entertainers time and travel, music (themed of course), games and activities to keep everyone busy for the full party, prizes for all the kids, a pass the parcel with themed gift inside, sweeties, stickers, party certificates and a Birthday gift for the birthday child. We also include Light Sabre Balloons for each child (up to 30 children with 1 entertainer) and a Meteor Shower Piñata in the Jedi Academy so lots of equipment for the kids to be engaged with! For more information, check out our Jedi Page!

Some news from our SL Team

Hello! I'm Yasmin and I've always loved performing. I have studied dancing, singing and acting since a young age. Before my CTP journey began, I worked in HR, admin and events.  Did I ever imagine I'd find my calling as a Children's Entertainer? No, but I could not be happier that I did! I have worked all over for CTP! Princess parties in Southampton and Portsmouth, Disco Dotti in Swindon, Sergeant Stricto in Sailsbury, Christmas Elf in Andover, Tinkerbell in Farnborough, Supergirl in Frimley, Fun & Fashion in Aldershot, Jedi Academies in Guildford, Horsham and Kingston, Halloween appearances in Bristol and Reading (to name a few!) There is truly never a dull moment in the life of an entertainer. My favourite character to dress up as has to be a Disney Princess, particularly Elsa & Anna, Belle, Rapunzel or a Jedi Knight. Our Jedi Academy parties are so much fun to host! My favourite parties so far? Alice in Wonderland's Mad Hatter's Tea Party on a boat; we had a proper tea party whilst playing games on a real narrow boat! Another favourite would be "Make me a Princess with Queen Elsa".  We had a royal ball, the girls got to pick from our selection of Princess dresses, and we even decorated our own cupcakes! I've been given the opportunity to work with CTP not just as an entertainer but building my own business. I work weekdays and weekends, and I do all of my own parties. My area covers the whole of the SL postcode including; Windsor, Eton, Maidenhead, Holyport, Slough and Taplow! I never knew that my career would take me in this direction, but being in a job that I adore every second of is incredible and I am very lucky.

Our newest member of CTP Party…meet Yasmin!

Yasmin has been with us about 2 years now and has recently become even more involved in CTP Party with her starting to run her own postcode area. She works in the main office in Hampshire helping Sophie when she is out of the office, packing parties and of course entertaining on weekends! Yasmin has come a long way since the first time she met the CTP Team back at a free charity event in The Key Centre in Fleet where she watched Hannah and Mall entertain over 45 kids at a Jedi Charity Event...and here are what she thinks of it all! I'm Yasmin and I've always loved performing.......I have studied dancing, singing and acting since a young age. Before my CTP journey began, I worked in HR, admin and events.  Did I ever imagine I'd find my calling as a Children's Entertainer? No, but I could not be happier that I did! I have worked all over for CTP! Princess parties in Southampton and Portsmouth, Disco Dotti in Swindon, Sergeant Stricto in Sailsbury, Christmas Elf in Andover, Tinkerbell in  Farnborough, Supergirl in Frimley, Fun & Fashion in Aldershot, Jedi Academies in Guildford, Horsham and Kingston, Halloween appearances in Bristol and Reading (to name a few!) There is truly never a dull moment in the life of an entertainer. My favourite character to dress up as has to be a Princess, particularly Elsa & Anna, Belle, Rapunzel or a Jedi Knight. Our Jedi Academy parties are so much fun to host too! My favourite parties so far? Alice in Wonderland's Mad Hatter's Tea Party on a boat; we had a proper tea party whilst playing games on a real narrow boat! Another favourite would be "Make me a Princess with Queen Elsa".  We had a royal ball, the girls got to pick from our selection of Princess dresses, and we even decorated our own cupcakes! I've been given the opportunity to work with CTP not just as an entertainer but building my own business. I work weekdays and weekends, and I do all of my own parties. My area covers the whole of the SL postcode, including Windsor, Eton, Maidenhead, Holyport, Slough and Taplow! I never knew that my career would take me in this direction, but being in a job that I adore every second of is incredible and I am very lucky.

Halloween Parties & How they are becoming so popular for 2016

Halloween Parties  We confess we despair when we hear clients say that they don’t like Halloween and find the whole season a bit of a joke! Kids that have birthdays over the Halloween weekend are often labelled by others as “Halloween Babies” or “unlucky to have birthdays around that period.” Here at CTP we massively disagree. We only wish we could be Halloween Babies as it would give us an excuse to have a Halloween Themed Party EVERY YEAR! Why is Halloween a great theme for kids? Well it’s mainly because it is different to the norm. There is nothing wrong with a Jedi Party or Princess, Superhero Party but we believe Halloween gives kids and parents a chance to express themselves in a different way with their dress up, make-up, hair and nails etc. We have had boys come as Witches to our Halloween Parties, girls come as Giants or Monsters and babies even dressed up as Pumpkins! Our team LOVE dressing up as something that isn't a Princess or Superhero and also our team enjoy playing a character that isn't seen as being perfect…maybe a little closer to who they really are!! The CTP Party owner’s favourite character is a Witch and she will often be at all the Halloween Parties and Events playing the Witch or Black Cat. It is by far her favourite theme and she just wished she got to do it more! Sophie recently spoke about their Halloween Themed Parties “The Kids just love the parties and honestly I find the whole theme just loads of fun. From the games we play; the mummy wrap, spell building and the ugly fugly feely box to the costumes and music…I just love Halloween Parties and wish more people booked them…they are SO MUCH fun!” How can you get more involved in Halloween this year? If you haven't already been invited to a Halloween Party this year then why not host one yourself at your house or a local hall or get in touch with some of your children’s friends parents and ask them if they want to co-host one with you! We can host a Halloween Party for up to 30 kids with 1 entertainer and the theme is suitable for 4 - 10 year olds. If you don’t fancy hosting one yourself…then do not worry we have you covered! Our Bristol & Berkshire Offices are going to be hosting FREE Halloween Parties on Monday 24th October (Bristol) and Tuesday 25th October (Berkshire) If you are a past client, you just need to ask to get a free invite for your child. If you would like to be invited please contact us on [email protected] to get your child's name on the guest list! The parties are free to come to but we do take photos and videos on the day so by attending you are granting permission for your child and you to be filmed or photographed by CTP Party. Spaces are limited due to the locations and amount of entertainers we have on site so please ensure you book in early!  

Talk Like A Pirate Day – 19th September 2016

Yes believe us...this might just be the weirdest National Day out there but we just love it!! Today (19th September) is National Talk Like A Pirate Day and we have spent the whole day in CTP Party HQ doing exactly that...talking and occasionally walking like a Pirate! This all came about back in 1995 (so the day is as old as CTP Party!) when a game of racquetball resulted in someone reacting to pain with an outburst of “aaaaarrrr!” which if you have ever met our Pirate Pat or Pirate Pete means...ouch! So here we are thinking about how amazing it would be to talk, dress and act like a Pirate every day! We know some children who we have met recently at parties who would LOVE to be just like a Pirate and have had countless Pirate parties again and again year after year! If your child is into Pirates in a big way then why not host a Pirate (and Fairy or Mermaid) party this year and get one of our friendly Pirates round to host the party! We take the kids on a wild journey searching for lost treasure, across the ocean on an old pirates ship! The kids win loads of prizes, stickers and sweets and the birthday child even gets a special birthday gift from us!
Here are some photos which clients have sent us in from over the years of their little pirates with our party pirate entertainer!  

Joint Birthday Parties…why they’re a great idea!

We now host over 30% of our parties for Joint Families who have decided to spread the cost of their child's party with a friend. Ideal for mixed themed parties and for kids who are inseparable! Read all bout our reasons for why we think Joint Birthday Parties for kids make complete sense on our CTP Exposure Page! Theme your party for everyone to enjoy, so instead of having just a fabulous Princess party, make it a Princess and Superhero or Knight party, or an Under the Sea party – so the kids can come as a variety of things, Mermaids, Pirates, Jellyfish or if they want a Parrot! Our new Survival Parties are a great new theme for boys and girls and ideal for more than one birthday child as well as a Sports Day Party or Olympic Themed Party! Birthday Party Themes can be adapted to suit just about anything so if your children want a Princess / Zombie party…there is no reason why they shouldn't get one (this is actually a party theme we hosted recently!!) Also when you split the cost, you are probably more willing to add a few extras into the party, to make it just that little bit more special. Or, grab some of the mums some Prosecco so you can enjoy the party with them too…! Organising parties can be more stressful than you’re hoping for, so get on board with another mum, and starting enjoying the planning process rather than dreading it this year!