Choosing The Best Time Of Day To Have A Party
Why Are Times So Important to Consider?
A lot of parents contact us here at Non Stop Kids, asking when they should have their party. Traditionally in the past, most parties have run from 2pm till 4pm. To be honest, this is not the best time and here are a few different things to think about when choosing the time of your party. All in all, avoid a 2pm till 4pm schedule.
It Conflicts With Food schedules
At most if not all parties, parents will serve food at their child’s party and that it will be served in the middle of the event. This means during a traditional 2pm till 4pm party, food will be served at around 3pm. The problem with this is that the children will have already had their lunch and therefore will not be hungry later on. It generally means that the food will be left and you will have a lot of waste afterwards. No one wants to see good food go to waste like that. Therefore, a better time to plan the party now is 11am till 1pm. This means that the food is served at 12pm which is the perfect time for a child’s lunch. The food you serve replaces their lunch and therefore there is very little waste. Alternatively, if the party is held at 4pm till 6pm or even 3pm - 5pm, this also works as the food you serve replaces the children’s tea.
Parents Are Not Going To Attend
As a parent you will know how many party invitations you can get. You almost have to pick and choose which parties to go to – children tend to have a busier social schedule than adults! Many parents turn parties down as it's physically impossible to go to all of them, especially with other prior commitments. Of course, you want as many of your child’s friends to come to their party as possible. By organising a party early, you will have a lot more parents saying yes. With a 2pm till 4pm, it practically takes the whole day up. A great deal of parents will look at a 2pm till 4pm invitation and conclude that they would rather do something together as a family and therefore say no.
With an 11am till 1pm time slot, parents have a different mindset. They generally think that they can drop their child off at the party fairly earlier on in the day, their child can have lunch and then at 1pm they can do something together as a family. From years of experience with children of their own, our Directors have found an 11am till 1pm party will be much better attended than any other time slot.
The Time is Not Ideal for Weekends
In the past, traditionally parties have been planned on the weekends. However, weekday parties have recently become more popular. These are generally run 4pm till 6pm or 4.30pm till 6.30pm. As a host, you want to give the parents enough time to get home and get their children changed and back out again. The advantage of a mid week party is that more halls have availability, meaning you won't have any hassle in trying to find a venue. Furthermore, parents find it very easy to take their children as it is happening straight after school. It also means you are unlikely to clash with other parents who might be planning parties that weekend as well. One of the worst things to happen is if there are two birthday parties at the same time and children are forced to choose which to go to. A midweek party ensures that won't happen.
Time Of The Day Is Important!
In short, time of the days have a bigger impact than you think. The bottom line is that you can plan your party whenever you want to. However, from years of experience from our entertainers (many of whom are parents themselves) they will tell you that on a weekend, 11am to 1pm, 3pm till 5pm and 4pm - 6pm are the best!
One thing we can promise you is that booking Non Stop Kids Entertainment for your child’s party is the best thing you will ever do. 98% of our clients say they would recommend us to a friend. If you would like a no obligation consultation from us for your child’s party, then just select the banner to fill in the form and we will get back to you within the hour. Or if you prefer, call us directly at 0333 301 3002.
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