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!

Woodland Explorer Party

Our Bristol manager, Mallory recently got asked by a client to host a woodland animal themed party....think Fairies, ladybirds, animals and woodland....exactly, most kids' dream! Well, Mallory & the Bristol team put a plan into action and came up with a GREAT programme for the party, thought about the games, music, overall theme and before you knew it the big day came! The kids had a great time, the mum thanked us with some pictures of the entertainer in action. Not only do the kids look like they are having a great time but also the entertainer seems to be loving it just as much as the kids! If you are thinking of hosting a party this year for your birthday boy or birthday girl and do not know what theme you want or whether we even have a theme suitable for your child's birthday party then why not get in touch and I am sure the team can come up with something suitable. We have run parties for children from 1 year old right up to 12 and we host over 900 parties and events a year so we know a thing or 2 about parties! We can adapt our party games to suit your chosen theme (within reason...) and of course we can spread our expertise across two families if you are hoping to host a joint party with 2 or 3 birthday children. We host parties in the Bristol, Cardiff, Bath, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire areas. Parties are not limited to kids parties only, we regularly get asked to attend adult events and weddings to help entertain the kids while the adults have a party or dinner!  

Keeping the kids cool at a Summer Kids Birthday Party

Unless you have been somewhere abroad over the past month or so you will know we are having one of the hottest summers the UK has experienced in decades. We are constantly getting asked advice on how to keep the kids cool if the party is going to be held and hosted outside so we thought we would let you all know....So, if you’re having a summer party this year you’ll need to adapt the activities to keep the kids cool....we literally can't believe we are writing this. Normally we are writing about how to have a back up plan if you are thinking of hosting an outdoor party just in case in rains! Most importantly if you’re taking advantage of the weather make sure the kids are in the shade and give them lots of drinks - in fact having a drink between each activity could become part of the game. Suggest you label cups so kids go back to their own each time. Have a good supply of sunscreen available to apply if kids do get in the sun and whilst it’s likely kids have their own, rummage through your cupboards to find summer hats and caps for kids who don’t bring one. Whether indoors or out, don’t have too many lively games and alternate with a quiet activity - you’d be surprised how many kids love to do guessing games or games where they have to put their thinking hat on. Include some games like "the water bucket relay" where you can soak the winning & losing team with water after to keep them cool! Make the food simple, and if you’re serving sandwiches and jelly keep them in the cool till the kids are ready to eat -and of course ice cream and lollies will go down a blast! Lastly, if you are joining us at one of the Family Festivals we head to over the summer, don't forget the kids will need down time too! Finally don’t forget yourself. Keep hydrated and stay in the shade - and spare a thought for your entertainer dressed in a hot costume. They will appreciate being based in the shade! We hope you have a really cool party this summer.

FREE BRISTOL KIDS EVENT – Animal Explorer Party – Tuesday 24th July 2018

We love to show people what we can do for them at their next party so why not come along to our next FREE kids party!
      WHAT IS IT: Free kids party, you can come dressed up as anything you like however it will be an Animal Explorer themed party!
        WHEN: Next Tuesday, 24th July 2018
          WHERE: Scout Hut 6388, St Bartholomews Road, Ashley Down, Bristol, BS7 9BJ
            TIMES: Please arrive promptly for 11am, we will be finished by 12:30pm
              WHAT TO EXPECT: We will be playing a mixture of traditional and unique party games, lots of running around and dancing, every child will get a prize, sticker and certificate at the end!
                WHY: Because we want to show you what CTP can do, and thank those who have used us in the passed. We will be taking photos during this event, if you do not wish for your child to be photographed then please make an entertainer aware on your arrival, and ensure they are removed from any group photos that might be taken at the end of the party.
                    Please Note: This event will be guest list only, so please do ensure you have emailed ([email protected]) to be on it, it is first come first served and if you cannot make it for whatever reason please can we ask for you to let us know so we can give your space to someone else!
                      We will be filming and taking photos at the party, so please be aware of this as you or your child's photograph may be taken and it may be used on our website/social media platforms in the future.

Kids Parties on a budget

When planning your children's birthday party, we understand budget is a big concern. Understandably parents often get lots of different quotes from different entertainers when it comes to booking someone like ourselves! Really, we guess it's the same as anything we need to pay for in life, you want to find the best price for a good quality product or service.
    The CTP Party team regularly do a market check on our party packages and prices and what our competitors offer to see how we can better ourselves and give our customers the best service we can for the best price we can offer it at. We aim to bring everything we need to host a party, so we don’t have to hassle you for anything and there are NO surprise costs at the end of your party! We also aim to provide fantastic entertainment – as after all, if the kids have had a great time, our job is done!
      One thing we can show our potential clients is a list of over 100 5star reviews on Facebook (which are ALL real and from past and current clients of ours) we also have a 5* Rating on Google & Yell.com. See, for us, we don't really spend money on marketing...as we know our clients will talk about us if we do a great job at their party and even better, our very important little VIPs who get entertained will talk about us after a party and that is how we get a lot of our clients....by recommendation.
        However,  if there is something extra that someone else is offering you, please let us know! We may well be able to do it too… but please don’t settle for the cheapest option, because quality of entertainment is far better and watching your children smile during their birthday party is a memory that will last forever. We often get parents ring us up last minute who have been let down by alternative companies, who haven't taken deposits but were at least 50% cheaper than the rest of the competition...in the nicest way, there is a reason. They will let you down!
            So next time you are booking a party, look at reviews on google, yell.com and netmums, read the FB reviews and posts that people write about a company...and if they don't have any ask WHY NOT and if they don't share their reviews....there is normally a reason (they have bad ones!)
              It is like anything in life, you get what you pay for and we believe at CTP Party you get a well priced party package, with an entertainer who will not let you down and be the best possible entertainment for your little VIPs birthday! We haven't lasted this long (23 years) by being average....! People recommend us, kids talk about us after parties and we get lovely clients reviewing us! Thanks for your support over the past 23 years and we look forward to all our future parties!

What’s the key to your kids party success?

Welcome to the land of party….okay, so lets get straight into it.Our Bristol CTP Party Manager, Mallory has some key insider tips into how to make your next kids party a BIG Success.
    • Important things to consider when organising a kids birthday party are;
      • ONE - Venue
        • TWO - Entertainment
          • THREE - Cake
            • FOUR - Food
              • FIVE - Party bags
                • SIX - Decor
                    • annnnnnnnnd GO!…
Venue
                        • Important things to remember here, don’t hire a room that’s too big you don’t want to look like nothings going on (unless you’ve got a sports party), don’t hire anything that’s too small or full of tables – the kids need to be free to run around man! So, you need a medium sized space with room or a side room for food and drinks whenever that might be. Some of my favourite halls to entertain in are:
                          Redcatch Community Centre - easy to park, good size hall, cheap to hire, accessible from different areas! Bedminster/Totterdown/Brislington/Arnos Vale.
                          Redland Parish Church Hall – all of the above, plus they have various room sizes available too. Accessible from Clifton/St Andrews/Cotham/Henleaze/Kingsdown
                        Long Ashton Village Hall on Keedwell Hill – great size, quite big but not too big, easy parking and accessible from Bishopsworth/Ashton/Failand and Barrow Gurney
                     
                                        • Entertainment
                                            • Book us! We can help provide a fun filled birthday party, that we can make it bespoke to the birthday child and your needs. Trust us, we know what we are doing.
                    Cake
                                              • There are plenty of extravagant cake makers around (you can find them on local community FaceBook sites), or even give it a go yourself, with a helping hand of the birthday child, even if it looks a little sloppy, don’t worry – everyone will know its full of love!!
                    Fooooooooooooood
                                                  • (The parents favourite bit, where you get to eat the ring biscuits you loved as a child) easiest option I’ve seen at birthday parties – PIZZZZZZZA! Order it in, or cook it up yourself. Use the cake as desert….
                    Party bags
                                                      • Sweet cones, you can order them online, they’re cheap and can be themed! Or head on down to the local pound shop and get a themed activity book that can be handed to them on their way out – something that their parents might appreciate, getting those brains working with a little fun…
                    Décor
                                                        • Balloons, balloons, balloons, get the colours that suit your theme, tie them up and hang them from everywhere. Cheap, easy and effective!
                                                          • One stop shop for the perfect kids party <3
                                                            • Any questions, just let me know – Mallory, CTP Party Bristol circa 2014