The Top 5 Mistakes When Planning Your Child's Party | NSK Children's Entertainers
Updated: Aug 31
There's no doubt in your mind that planning a child's birthday party requires a lot of attention. Any parent or entertainer will tell you the same thing: preparing everything is one thing, but to do so without mistakes is the tricky part. Our Director Craig will tell you himself. As well as being a children's entertainer and a close up magician, Craig runs both Non-Stop Kids and Slightly Unusual. His knowledge about the industry is stronger than most.
The 5 Common Errors in Planning Your Child's Party | NSK Kids Party Entertainers
You might be wondering what these mistakes are? The main problem is most parents are concerned that their child's party won't be successful. It's understandable to be concerned. But the best thing you can do is understand these mistakes and what you can do to avoid them. Of course, children's entertainers will make the experience a whole lot easier for you. Our kids party entertainer will outline the five biggest mistakes parents make when planning a child's party.
Sending The Invitations Too Early Or Too Late!
Your invitations are crucial to making sure everyone arrives at the party. But what you need to remember is the timing. If you send out the invitations too early, parents might have accidentally forgotten. Likewise, if you send out the invitation too late, the parents might have already made alternative plans. You get the idea. Typically between 3 and 4 weeks before the date of the party is a great time to send out the invitations. But if your child's party is taking place during a busy period like the summer holidays or Christmas, you might want to consider sending out the invitations a couple of weeks earlier.
Not Giving Your Guests The Essential Information!
To make sure everyone can find the location of the party, let your guests know beforehand, ideally within the invitations. Include a postcode for the venue as nearly everyone uses a sat nav these days. Depending on the choice of venue, it can be worth including some simple directions and your mobile phone number just in case they can't find you and need to call in advance.
Another piece of essential is the food being provided. The last thing you want is children to have already eaten beforehand or unable to eat anything due to dietary requirements. Lastly, make sure you include a start and finish time, this way your guests can plan their day and you aren't left with any lingerers!
Not Including An RSVP!
On the subject of your invitations, make sure to include a RSVP line as well. This way you can get your guests to respond by a specific date (a week or two before the party) to a listed phone number or email address. This will help you to plan for party bags, food, space and other necessary requirements. Once you have received the RSVPs back, make a list and create name stickers. Now you will know exactly who to expect on the day of the party.
Hiring An Entertainer Without Checking References!
When it comes to your children's entertainment, you can make sure you have the best of the best. The best recommendation is from other moms and dads. Of course, we're going to be biased and say you should secure Non-Stop Kids. We are very proud that 98% of parents said they would recommend us to a friend. If you require further advice, we have an additional blog that details how to spot a bad entertainer.
Hiring An Entertainer Without A PAT Certificate Or Public Liability Insurance!
Our one last tip is to make sure your entertainers have a PAT certificate to cover the electrical equipment they will be using to make sure it is in good working order. Non-Stop Kids entertainers bring their own state of the art equipment. Most venues will insist on seeing a copy of their certificate before the event anyway. Additionally, having Public Liability Insurance is very important if anything goes wrong at the party. The entertainer you book should have a minimum of £2 Million but more than likely £5 Million. Again a lot of venues will ask for this information beforehand.
Avoid These Mistakes And You'll Have A Great Party!
And that's everything you need to know. Follow these tips and you'll be able to avoid the most common mistakes. We're more than happy to talk to you through any more questions as well as provide one of our amazing children's entertainers for your kid's party. 98% of our clients say they would recommend us to a friend. Give us a call at 0333 301 3002 or press the banner below and fill in a form and we'll get back to you within the hour!
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