Jubilee Fun

Congratulations to our dear Queen, Queen Elizabeth the second, on her 70 years on the throne.

To be honest, though the achievement is record breaking, the number doesn’t really matter. What matters is that we were all told that we could celebrate in style, and Auntie Julie certainly did.

Things kicked off in Hatfield on the Wednesday with Auntie Julie’s wartime show. She was performing to adults living with dementia. Luckily for her there were two lovely children helping their mum serve the dinners. I persuaded them to stay for the show, and they really were the stars.

On Thursday morning Auntie Julie helped Ema celebrate her 7th birthday with friends in her garden in Northwood. That was a lot of fun with everyone having a go at making bubbles.

Thursday afternoon was a little different. This time it was Auntie Julie’s turn to run her own party. With the help of Heather and Monika, neighbours from either side of the Auntie Julie House, the road was closed and a lovely street party created in an hour. For three hours, there was music, quizzes and bingo. Thomas and George, the young boys were the bingo callers. At one point most of the bingo balls landed on the floor so a few numbers were called twice.

party time for the jubilee

The afternoon ended with everyone standing for the National Anthem.

Saturday brought a lot of driving and a bit of worry about the weather. Somehow, neither party was affected. Auntie Julie went to Letchworth Golf Club to entertain after a BBQ lunch then drove 60 miles to Medmenham to see some familiar faces at the Danesfield Arms.

Sunday began with her usual morning at Signature Care Home in Chorleywood with an exercise class and Jubilee Church Service. After lunch it was the final jubilee show at The Meriden playing fields in Watford.

On Monday morning it was time to take down the bunting, and pack it away for the next celebration.

Easter fun at Watford Field Infants and Nursery School

This was the first time Auntie Julie had been inviting to Watford Field Infants and Nursery school at Easter time. Normally she would come along at Christmas, but last year everything was a little different. The children had to have small parties in their class bubbles and Auntie Julie wasn’t able to join them. She busied herself in Santa’s workshop, making sure the Elves were behaving and working hard to get all the gifts out on time.

The weather man got all a little bit confused and the day started and ended with a snow storm. The photo doesn’t really do the scene justice but we did get a heavy fall of snow.

Watford Field infant and nursery school in the snow
Snow at Watford Field

This year Auntie Julie took a break from the Easter Bunny’s Egg warehouse to come along to the school for a little Easter fun. We had a show about Eggs, Chickens and the occasional rabbit. As usual lots of fun was had by all. I can’t wait to see you all at Christmas

Fun at The Fancott

The Fancott

The weather was on our side when we went to The Fancott in Toddington this weekend. The pub is so much more than just a pub. The food looked amazing. The children at this party had huge burgers bursting with salad and a big plate of chips each. The trouble was that they were too excited to eat very much and it was doggy boxed to go home with.

The Fancott has its own miniature railway, and so with tickets booked for 2 pm, there was no time to lose.

Fun at The Fancott
Fun at The Fancott

As we were outside in a public area we invited all the children to come and join us. It made a great party atmosphere. The staff turned down the music allowing me to perform my show . The adults were brilliant and joined in the fun.

grown ups enjoyed the fun
Grown ups enjoyed the fun

I thoroughly recommend you go and find this pub. The staff are friends and the food is great. Book your tickets in advance for the train ride.

Auntie Julie is Back

Auntie Julie is back

Auntie Julie is back and so are her amazing parties. After a long and hard year it is time to book Auntie Julie for your spring and summer parties.

29th March – We have Garden Parties for up to six people

12th April – Garden Parties for up to 15 people

17th May – Garden Parties up to 30 people
                  Indoor Parties up to six people

21st June – No restrictions – Party time is truly back

Road map with dates
Road Map to Party Time

So what has Auntie Julie been up to ?

Auntie Julie has been very busy during lock-down

Firstly she tidied up all her magic boxes. It is amazing how much magic you can accumulate in 20 years. Then it was time for some zoom shows with guests from America and Europe. Every Monday was tots story time with singing, dancing, and bible stories. In the summer smaller garden parties were allowed so it was nice to get back to doing shows with an audience you could reach. During the second lock down Auntie Julie was still able to entertain at one residential home for older people. That kept her busy with magic, singing and arts and craft sessions. Christmas shows did still happen in some schools, with socially distanced performances to year group bubbles of children. Some shows also happened on zoom

It is so nice to be able to book everyone in for this coming spring and summer. Don’t delay, it’s going to get busy

….. Just a little update – Christmas bookings are coming in quickly now, so if you would like Auntie Julie to come to your school or nursery this year please get in touch today.

Rule of six parties

Rule of six parties are here

Just when we were starting to get back to normal everything changed again. We had just got used to the new rules, when they became the old rules and new ones took over.

Let us not be downhearted . We have all learnt to adapt.
We can still have a party and have lots of fun.

Auntie Julie can still come to your home. We just need to keep the numbers down.
You can have two grown ups, four children and Auntie Julie who – as an outside trades-clown doesn’t count. The news gets even better. Why not Zoom all your friends into the party. It is so simple. Just open a Zoom or House-party room, face one camera to Auntie Julie and let technology take the strain. Now everyone can join in.

rule of six parties
Rule of six parties are now available

If you hire a venue – then we can have a larger event with social distancing. This would be a sit down, theater-style magic show, where guests stay strictly in their family groups. Food would need to be served to the tables, with no wandering around. It isn’t a perfect solution but has been working remarkable well. Some pubs and cafe’s may work nicely for one of these ‘sit down’ parties.

Auntie Julie Parties are Back!

Auntie Julie Parties are Back

The news from the government is fantastic. We can all start to get back to normal. Ok, so it isn’t quite the same normal, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop having fun.

Auntie Julie is now booking parties for the summer. All you need to do is keep the numbers within current guidelines and have your party in the garden. If you don’t have a garden, then maybe a corner of a local park. A Gazebo should help with any shower or bright sunlight. As the parties are going to be a bit smaller, please ask Auntie Julie for a quote. It will be less than the current website prices.

garden parties with Auntie Julie

Zoom Virtual Parties

Auntie Julie Zoom Parties

Don’t let Covid-19 spoil your child’s birthday party

Who would have thought Auntie Julie would be performing parties online?

Well, due to Covid-19 online, virtual Zoom parties are here, and are rather a lot of fun.

We know it’s not the same as having all your friends around but it is the next best thing.
Why let this tricky situation be, well, tricky?

It’s very simple. Download the Zoom app – you can also use WhatsApp if you prefer. You book a time slot then invite all your family and friends. You will be given a Zoom invitation code and you just jump into the party.

The bigger the screen you can use the better.

Auntie Julie will invite the party children to join in with her magic, dancing, singing and games. It is amazing fun.

You will also notice the price. Only £20 for 20 minutes. You can have longer, just ask.

It doesn’t even have to be anyone’s Birthday. How about a treat afternoon, simple for working hard, or behaving nicely?

Christmas with Auntie Julie

Christmas time with Auntie Julie

Auntie Julie had a great Christmas season, starting as always, in November. The first show was for Oak Lee Montessori, a wonderful nursery in Love Lane, Pinner. I think I have worked here for nearly 10 years now and love every show. I do two sessions, one for the over 2’s and one for the really tinies. Later in the season I pop over to their newer site at West End Lane. This was one of my smaller shows but really one of the sweetest. I had a mum singing and dancing her heart out, with no encouragement from me.

This year brought some new venues. One cold Tuesday evening I headed up to Oxford to the university and performed for a group of 90 volunteers from the Samaritans. Other than one emergency visit from the paramedics ( before I laid a spell on anyone) I had a great evening. I don’t often have the opportunity to perform magic to adults. It is something I really should do more. As far away as Oxford was, this year I had one very close to home. The Methodist Church Toddler Group in Croxley Green. I think my commute was about 3 minutes ( in rush hour traffic). Toddler groups are notoriously difficult but with some careful setting up and a cup of tea for the parents before we got started the show ran like clockwork, right up until Santa was ready to visit

HSBC Canary Wharf
Jelly Tots at HSBC Canary Wharf

My last show was with a company called Jelly Tots and we went mob handed to the HSBC building in Canary Wharf. I had the pleasure of working with a great bunch of friends. I was performing magic with the others on juggling, dancing and balloons.

Bailey joins Auntie Julie

Bailey the Puppy joins the team

Bailey joins the team

Auntie Julie is pleased to announce the arrival of a new member of her family. Bailey is a Shetland Sheepdog. His breed comes from the highlands of Scotland, and as the name suggests, were used as sheepdogs. They are now known as a historic breed.

Right now, other than giving me the odd ‘high five’ he tends to either be sleeping, eating or chewing. He is incredibly cute.

In due course it would be nice to have him trained as a ‘pat dog’ who I can take into hospitals. That is for the future. Right now its my job to keep him safe and happy.

Shetland Sheepdog
Bailey the Shetland Sheepdog

David Lloyd Northwood

David Lloyd Ducks Hill Road Northwood

On Saturday I was invited to a lovely birthday party at The David Lloyd Centre in Northwood. I had been there before in a room off to the left, but this time I was in the DL Kids Centre. It is a great area with two rooms. One for play and one for the food. The venue also has plenty of parking.

Duke was in charge of the food and the room. He was a life saver as the metal beam holding the roof up played havoc with my radio mic and he spent the first part of the party under my magic table performing a magic trick of his own. We were soon up and running.

began.

The show went very smoothly with Dougal being a very popular end to the show. The children enjoyed Pizza and Ice cream before coming back for dancing and circus fun. I had one or two adults successfully spinning plates. This rarely happens. I was very impressed

I wanted to share this picture with you. My birthday girl gave it to me before the party. This may be her first published piece of art.

Child's birthday picture of Auntie Julie
A welcome picture