VIDEO APPEARANCE PACKAGE 🌟

For over 25 years CTP Party have been helping children celebrate their special day's and we are not about to stop now! In light of the current situation we have created a unique package to help keep children entertained and provide them with a little magic during this challenging time!

For just £30 you can have a personal Video Chat with a character of your choice. This package includes:

- Story time with friends

- Question time and personal conversation

- A personalised letter

We are happy to include any requested extras such as:

- reinforcing messages to children about washing hands

- talking about any big milestone they have achieved

- wishing them the biggest HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Please contact us on 01252 975025 or at [email protected] if you are interested in this Video Appearance package or hearing more about what we can offer at this time!

Sending our best wishes to you all 🧡💙

WORLD BOOK DAY – looking into the true power of a good book for both ourselves and our planet!

With today (March 5th 2020) being World Book Day, we wanted to look back at the role our childhood favourite books have played in our lives. A lot of the characters that we have the privilege of portraying are based on childhood classics and subjects of our imagination from reading such books.

We asked some our team what was their favourite childhood book and have compiled a reading list below, which we hope will take you back to your own childhood and perhaps will be something you can enjoy with your family.

 

Childhood Reading List:

The Cat in the Hat by Dr Suess

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Harry Potter (all 7 of them!) by J.K.Rowling

The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson

Air Man by Eion Colfer

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Tracy Beaker Books by Jacqueline Wilson

The gift of a book

One of our recent clients told us about this wonderful idea of asking their guests to bring along a pre-loved book from their personal bookcase, with a message written on the front page, instead of a birthday card.

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island"- Walt Disney

We love this idea as not only does it mean that they are providing a personal gift and encouraging reading, but this is also a brilliant way to help our environment. It reduces waste as cards are typically thrown away after some time, whereas books can be re-read time and time again before being passed on for someone else to enjoy!

For anyone who doesn't know, World Book Day is a fantastic charity event with a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. The power of a good book is something we learn from a very young age. Do you remember your favourite childhood book? Or does your child have a favourite book that you can now recite from memory? Well, I'm sure it's not news to you that our childhood books play an extremely important role in our development.

The benefits of reading are truly exponential. Our first books are full of big bright pictures which help tell the story and develop our creative imagination for when it becomes only words that fill the books. Reading not only increases our vocabulary and knowledge, but it is also thoroughly entertaining and can help develop essential family bonds. v
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child" - Dr Suess

So, this World Book Day, we hope you can think back at some of your favourite books. Those that bring back your sweet childhood memories, those that have allowed you to escape the hustle and bustle of our world while getting lost in a new fictional one, and not forgetting those that you just can't wait to re-read again!

It doesn't matter what age you are there's nothing quite like losing yourself in a good book! To quote one of the best children's authors of our time, J.K.Rowling, "If you don't like to read you haven't found the right book".

If you have any favourite books you'd like to recommend for us, please pop us a message via social media or comment on our post below!

Muggles and Wizards Wanted …

Believe in the Magic! Do you think your child and their friends have what it takes to graduate from the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? We were recently asked to create a bespoke wizard inspired party for a 9th birthday. Due how successful it was, we are now excited to add it to our available themed packages. The party activities will be hosted by one of the final year students, such as Petunia here. The younger students (aka party guests) will take part in series of classes to challenge their magical talents.

Some of the subjects available are:

- Wand making

- Spell practice

- Potion making

- Horcrux hunt

- Plus so much MORE.

  The timetable of classes will depend on the number of students, the duration of the party and the age of the children (some subjects are only available for students age 7 and above).

  Contact us to find out more about our SIRUSly magical new party package!

“It is fun to have fun” and we sure know how!

To quote one of our family favourite’s here at CTP Party, Dr Suess, “It is fun to have fun but you have to know how”. Half term is just a few weeks away and you’ve got a week of fun to fill… in the middle of February….

Well do not fear, why don’t you let us take care of one of those days for you? It may be “wet and the sun is not sunny, we can have lots of good fun that is funny” (okay we’ll stop with the Dr Suess quotes now).

Have your child’s favourite character surprise them for a personal visit. Just imagine them being back in the school playground and telling all their friends about how a real life Princess/Jedi/Explorer came to visit them over the holidays.

We will bring along all the equipment needed for a fun-filled time and to keep everyone thoroughly entertained. Some of the activities available include a private lightsaber training session with a Jedi, a princess make-over with one of our Princesses and adventurous craft making with an Eco Warrior. There are different activities available for different themed characters, and we are happy to tailor our visits to your requests!

Visit range from 30 mins up to 2 hours and we can facilitate from individual to group bookings, so don't hesitate to contact us about an enquiry! For more information about our availability, pricing and themes please email [email protected] or call us on 01252 471070. We look forward to making some magical memories with you this half term!

Okay maybe one more Dr Suess quote to finish things off, “These things are fun and fun is good”! Be sure to book soon in order to avoid disappointing your little ones, it will be the talk of the playground!

May the Force be with you all this Christmas!

Star Wars is back with its next instalment ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’! Spanning several generations and producing countless box-office sagas, it is one of those franchises where there is something for everyone!

Star Wars is a CTP Party family favourite and so we made it our mission to develop an out of this world Jedi inspired party. Don’t just take our word for it though, here are a few is some feedback from our Star Wars events:
“Thank you for such a good party. I have to say James was fantastic. He really ran the party superbly right from the moment he arrived. He was brilliant with the kids and kept them entertained. Please pass on our thanks to James. My son has gone to sleep a very happy 5 year old.” – Mr Hubbard, Nov 2019

“Excellent party service- professional and polite. Francesca and Sophie were extremely helpful. My son had a great Jedi themed party- never seen 20 kids do as they’re told for an hour without question! Very happy with the service and would highly recommend to everyone” – Ms Davey, Sept 2019

“Thankyou so much to our Jedi knight host who made my son's 6th birthday party so great! He came in character with music playing, and engaged and entertained 25 kids for 2 hours. My son loved it as did his friends!. Really appreciated how he took time to talk to the children and how special he made my son feel.” – Ms Heaslip, Nov 2017

“Alex came as Princess Leia and had 14 six year olds in the palm of her hand. My son had the time of his life, and his party was the talk of school for days.” – Ms Pollock, March 2017

“We had a fantastic Star Wars party with "Ray" who was absolutely amazing. She started from the second she walked in the door (in character) and continued solid for two hours” – Ms Madder, Oct 2016

Take a look at our parties here and if you want to feel the full force of our Jedi’s then contact us now for more information!

LET IT GO – and join the Frozen Mania!

The days are getting shorter and the mornings are getting frostier, but the cold never bothered us anyway! After all, our favourite Snow Queen will be back on the big screen this week and our entertainers at CTP Party are getting FROZEN FEVER!! We have been hosting parties for children since 1994, so we’ve seen our fair share of movie crazes, but we must admit nothing compares to the impact of Frozen. Six years after Elsa and Anna first sang and danced their way into our lives, they are no doubt the most popular Princesses at our parties and amongst our team. We asked some of our team what they like most about Frozen and here’s what they had to say:

The characters capture the imaginations of so many children. From a Princess with powers to singing trolls, and from a snowman who loves summer to a Reindeer that loves carrots, there is someone for everyone to love! 

 There is such an emphasis on family, friendship, and girl power in the film!

The effect Elsa has on everyone is undeniable, she is always a crowd favourite at a party!

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Summer Kids Parties – We look at what is Fashionable

Clients ask us every year what will be in fashion the Summer for kids parties?

Over the Summer months, clients want some new for the summer to celebrate all the kids being outdoors and in fresh air.

We asked our team of party hosts and the crew in the office what was fashionable for Summer 2019 and here is what they said:

Making Memories: Get a photo booth at your party. We know that photos booths became big for Weddings a couple years ago however now a kids party is not complete without a photo booth. We have been speaking to our corporate clients who suggested that the bloggers/event goers they invite to their parties and events want to capture the memories on the day and a photo booth is the perfect way to do that. Props can be a great accessory and you could arrange for a themed background to suit your event/theme.

A great company we recommend which is simple and doesn't need an operator imposing on your event/party is The Memory Booth company. They post/ship out their booths directly to you..we know this sounds amazing - so you can set it up for your party where and when you want to. It means you aren't paying a huge amount to have someone awkward come and be in the room with the kids and the assembly is super easy (easy enough for a single parent to do on their own.) These booths are perfect for kids as they look friendly and stylish but also their isn't an operator (stranger) they don't know asking them to smile...the screen tells you what to do! It's that simple. They are available across the UK and are delivered & collected from your door for £300 so a lot cheaper than paying a photographer for an event plus you could have it all day running so great value for money!

The Memory Booth in action at a recent client event of theirs in 2019

Mermaid Garden Parties: So we know not everyone has a pool or access to a beach in the UK but Mermaid parties are really taking off in this warm weather. Our Mermaids here at CTP Party aren't the swimming type...we find not enough of clients have the demand for our costume to allow the party host to actually be in the water however we do send along a beautiful Mermaid who runs the party in a Mermaid, Under The Sea or Pirate theme.

Ideal for both boys and girls at mixed parties and very in fashion with the recent theme of "Glitter" we honestly can't think of anything more we wanted when we were little girls...!

We host Mermaid and Under the Sea parties with 1 entertainer for up to 30 kids from £125 for 1 hour (in the local area) our 2 Hour Mystical Mermaid Event party is from £230 and we bring costumes/wigs & glitter/make-up for that one! This is literally the dream party for any wannabe mermaid.

The only question is whether to go full Ariel or not?

We can supply dress up & wig hire for your little ones so everyone looks like a Mermaid (we can also bring suitable Pirate costumes along too to suit the theme)

Family Sports Day: We run a lot of kids areas for Festivals in the UK and this year the big demand has been on getting the whole family involved in the activities. So we normally make a sports activity area with loads of games for all the family to enjoy; hurdles, walk the plank, long jump, bean bag toss, water bucket relays and sack races.

We find parents and adults can't resist taking part which of course all the kids absolutely love too!

Our friends at Vita Coco and The Big Feastival have the right idea and always keep their areas super approachable for the whole family and ensure that they include everyone...not just the adults or the kids. Besides...what's the point in going to a family friendly festival if the whole family can't join in?

We have found that private parties are also asking for more parties based around sports. We bring along super soakers, team games, relay buttons and assault course and run games suitable from 4 - years right up to 11 year olds! The idea is fun and that is exactly what the kids have....although our last super soaker themed event, our party hosts got absolutely soaked!

Our team on behalf of Vita Coco entertaining the kids with Hula Hoops during the festival
Our team of hosts at the kids area at The Big Festival in 2018 having fun during the festival

January 2019 Kids Party

January parties! Calling all Mums and Dads, Carers, Grandparents, God mothers and fathers… if you know a little boy or girl with a post Christmas, post New years birthday, don’t let them suffer! Ensure whoevers going to be organising their party this year, is ON TOP OF IT! Last minute parties can be stressful, and they don’t need to be – book yourself a CTP entertainer and we will entertain those little munchkins for you. All you need is somewhere to host it, some food and a cake and and we will do the rest – we bring ALL we need and we don’t need a thing from you, we can help keep your stress levels down whilst the kids have an EPIC time.  

Corporate Christmas Parties for kids

Talk to us about your company christmas party:
    • With just over six weeks left until Christmas, now is the time where the office manager or assistant gets passed the royal duty of organising the Family Christmas Party for the company..sound familiar?
      • There is a lot to take into consideration; Do you host the party at the actual office, do you invite parents, what about the people without kids? Well...the answer is there is no right or wrong way to do it. The only thing we would advise is that you take into consideration the below points.
        • We have hosted Corporate Kids Parties for some well known brands including; Sony, KPMG, De Beers Jewellery, Hawaii, JWT, Bank of America, Avis and many more. The reason we continue to get asked back is due to our experience and also our ability to plan/be flexible and work with our clients and their specific needs on the day.
          • Don't get us wrong...the kids christmas party is always fun but the lead up can be stressful and with the MD's family coming and their little 4 year old who doesn't like anyone...we have got your back!
  Feedback from a past client: "Just a very quick note to say a huge thank you to you and the team for an outstanding party.  You did a brilliant job – everyone I spoke to commented on how fantastic the entertainers were.KPMGThe event was a great success and I’m sure we’ll be in touch for future events (not least of all my children's own parties) – you made a tough job look very easy!  All the kids of all ages seemed to have a great time and I’m very grateful -  I’ve never seen my son so happy to be wrapped in toilet paper before… it’s a good look on him! Please thank your team – they were all great. KPMG, London, UK
Feedback from a past client: 1439838312_avis_budget_logo"Great news. We had fantastic feedback about you and your team and we would be keen to work with you again this year." Avis, Bracknell, UK
  Our Top Points:
                            • 1.What are you hosting? - Be clear about whether your party is for the whole of the family of people who work at the office/company or whether you are expecting the parents to drop the kids off and go and have some valuable time away from their kids while the entertainers work their magic. Our top tip - Always invite the whole family (especially if there are children attending under the age of 5) The way we see it is Christmas should be about the family and if you are hosting this party to say thank you to your team for all their hard work, by inviting their partners and children you are also saying thank you to them. It is also nice for the whole family to see the kids enjoy themselves.
                                  2.Get the entertainment right - Unless you want to be on your hands and knees colouring with "little Johnny" who ends up hitting you... get the specialist help in. We don't tell accountants how to file for VAT so don't try and take on 50 x 3 - 6 year olds (even if it is just for an hour) trust us..we have had phone calls on the day before from people who have tried to do it themselves and let's just say...it wasn't going well. Entertainers work their magic while you sit back and watch and enjoy is a far more appealing image and more likely to go well.
                                      3.Try and get a feel for who is coming and the age range - General rule; under 3's don't leave their parents arms for long so entertainment should be aimed at +3 - 8 year olds. Any children over 9 years are normally either glued to their favourite screen or interested in slightly different entertainment. Get the age range right and you are onto a winner. NB. if you have children attending who are under 3 this isn't a problem but prepare the parents that they will have to keep a close eye on their little ones as the games/prizes etc. may not be suitable for their age range. If you have children attending + 9 years, again no problem but warn your entertainment company so they can get some suitable activities running for them.
    4.Do kids like themed entertainment? 100% yes. We have had clients in the past say they don't think the entertainers should be dressed up and we always recommend that you have an Elf or similar. Kids react well to the costumes and the idea of someone from Lapland! Trust us...we have been doing this for over 23 years. Don't worry, it isn't you that has to dress up..however we had a whole board team dress up once and it went down very well with the whole company and the children.
                          • 5. What about Food?  General rule - if the kids are attending your party over a lunch/tea time period they will need feeding. We can help advise on the best brands/best ways to cater for your young party goers. We generally see lots of party boxes with a couple sandwiches in, some fruit etc. and of course different dietary requirements catered for. We also recommend if you are having parents to watch that you provide some food and drinks for them. We can always advise with the best options depending on your budget/venue.
                            • 6. Prices & Availability - Depending on how many children you are expecting on the day and where your office is based will have an impact on your budget. Availability around Christmas is always hard (we know it is for you too) but generally offices like to run Christmas Parties the 3 weeks leading up to Christmas. We have lots of entertainers to choose from so even if it is last minute...let us know! We normally recommend 1 entertainer for every 20-25 kids however the amount of entertainers we send normally depends on the age range and the venue size/scope of the party. Example: For a very large corporate company we hosted last year, we sent a team of 3 entertainers, 1 event manager, 2 assistants and a Father Christmas to ensure EVERY child was involved in the festive fun. There were 100 children and 120 adults.
                              • 7. Extras - We can bring gifts/party bags/glitter tattoos/snow machines/bubble machine...the works! Just let us know what you want. Kids do expect a little gift or something when going to a party. Don't confuse their party lunch/tea with a gift! 🙂
      Feedback from a past client: De Beers Group"The children really enjoyed the party and thought the Snow Fairy was great. Once again the entertainer was brilliant and kept the children thoroughly entertained for 1.5 hours. She arrived when expected and was straight into character. Some parents commented that the overall theme and games she played were excellent, and she seemed to make an effort to call the children by their names. Also, when handing out gifts at the end she checked with the parents if the gifts were suitable.  

September Parties & Events – Here are some top tips to think about

So...it's a new school term & the kids are heading back this week...but what about the party you forgot about!
    September is always a busy month for kids’ parties. Apart from the children who have birthdays in September, lots of parents hold parties then for kids whose birthdays fall in July and August because of holidays and starting school.
        There’re a few things to bear in mind if you’re holding a party in September:
          1) Even if you got your act together in July before the last day of school and handed out invitations, don’t expect mums to have put the date in their diary. There’s a lot going on in July - anticipation of the long summer to come, beach holidays and family days out.  Somehow September seems a long way off. If you’re holding a party in September, especially in the first couple of weeks, we suggest you send out a gentle reminder of the party date. There’s nothing worse than hardly any friends turning up at your kid’s party which you and he have been planning for months.
            2) Another thing to consider when inviting kids to come to your September party is who to invite, especially if this is your child’s first term at a new school. Do you invite the whole class or just the few friends he already knows at the school and a few kids in the street? If yours is one of the first parties of the school year you may well set a precedent so if you don’t invite the class don’t be surprised if your child doesn’t get invited to all the parties in the year.
                3) There may be a big age gap between the children. Some children may have had their 5th birthday in August whilst some will only turn 5 in September so there’ll be almost a years gap between then. The younger the kids the more you’ll notice the age difference.
                  4)You may find some mums want to stay at the party if this is the first party of the academic year. They may want to stay to reassure their child or ... they may want to get to know other mums. Kids’ parties are a great way for mums to make friends and for you to make some great friends, so get ready to offer a few cuppas to keep the mummies happy too!
                    We wish all the parents/carers and guardians who are planning and/or hosting a kids birthday party this month the best of luck! We salute you and if you do need any help in planning your event please get in touch!