The Top 5 Mistakes When Planning Your Child's Party
As any parent or entertainer will tell you, there is a lot to do when it comes to planning a child's birthday. Getting everything ready is one thing, but to do so without mistakes is a tricky part. Our Director Craig will tell you that himself! Not many people realise as well as being a performer and Director at Slightly Unusual, he is also our Marketing Director at Non Stop Kids Entertainment Ltd, one of the largest children's entertainment companies in the UK. While he doesn't perform at kids shows anymore, his knowledge about this industry is stronger the most.
What Are The Mistakes?
Most parents are concerned that their child's party won't be a success. It's understandable to be nervous, but the best thing you can is to understand these common mistakes and how you can avoid them. Henceforth, we will outline the five biggest mistakes parents make when planning a child's party. Whether you book Non Stop Kids Entertainment or not, these tips are really worth paying attention to!
Sending The Invitations Out Too Late - Or Too Early!
Sending the invitation at the right time is crucial to a successful party. If you send the invitations out too early, parents can accidentally forget. A late invitation can also mean that alternative plans have already been made.
You might be wondering when is far away enough that they will most likely be available but close enough to be in their thinking? Typically between 3 and 4 weeks before the date of the party is a good time to send out the invitations. However, if your party is during a very busy time, such as the summer holidays or over the Christmas period, you may want to consider sending the invitations out a couple of weeks earlier. In short, timing is crucial!
Not Giving Your Guests The Essential Information!
There is some essential information that you must let your guests know beforehand, ideally in the invitation. Make sure that you include a postcode for the venue as nearly everyone uses a sat nav these days. Depending on your 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.
Let guests know about the food being provided, so no one is turning up having already eaten or worse yet, not able to eat your delicious food due to dietary requirements, resulting in them leaving hungry. 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!
Make sure you include an RSVP line on the invitation. Ask guests to respond by a specified date (usually a week or two before the event) to a listed phone number or email address. This will help you plan for food, party bags and space, etc. As you get the RSVP’s back, make a list and also create name stickers, this way you know exactly who to expect on the day.
Hiring An Entertainer Without Checking References!
The last thing you want is for your children's entertainment to deliver a poor performance. The best recommendation is from other mums and dads; if there is an entertainer that everyone at the school gates is raving about they are probably the best bet. If not, make sure whoever you hire has loads of good video testimonials that way you can be sure the reviews are real. At Non Stop Kids Entertainment, we are very proud that in a recent survey 98% of mums 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!
Lastly, make sure to ask entertainers for a PAT certificate that covers the electrical equipment they will be using, ensuring it is in good working order. Entertainers usually bring their own equipment and they are considerable expensive. Most venues will insist on seeing a copy of this before the event anyway. Additionally, 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!
We hope these helped! If you need more clarification, help or advice, please don't hesitate to contact us! 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. 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!
Thanks for reading and we look forward to reward to hearing from you!