Lakeside Café – Black Park Slough

Lakeside Room

I had a great morning on Sunday at Black Park in the in Lakeside Room. It is a small function lodge on the edge of the lake near the cafe. We started the party with bubbles while the guests arrived.  When everyone had walked around the lake to us we sat down for the magic show. After a massive picnic outside we finished the morning off with a circus workshop and bubbles.

The Lakeside Room is small but handy to have in case the day is rainy, or in this case, very hot. You have a small kitchenette and some tables and chairs. We actually emptied the room to give ourselves some more space.

Testimonial for the Lakeside Room

I had a lovely email from the birthday girls dad

Hi Julie

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you again for yesterday! We had a quite a few parents telling us how impressed they were with your show . Indeed one parent said “Aunt Julie is officially my favourite children’s entertainer of all time!”.  For me personally it was your memory for all the names, and making everyone feel included throughout that was really great.  It was exactly what we were looking for on the day, and took a lot of stress away  for us. Hope you had a safe journey back!

Lakeside Room
Lakeside Room Black Park

So why am I posting this? It’s because the venue was so lovely and I had never been there before. Even if you don’t need the venue, take the family out for a picnic and grab a coffee at the lakeside café.

The Rickmansworth Gateway Club

Rickmansworth Gateway Club

The Rickmansworth Gateway Club  has invited Auntie Julie to perform many times but  I had never  had as much fun as I did last night. The  Gateway Club is a social club for disabled adults. It is situated on Middleton Road in Rickmansworth at The Shepherds Centre. It is a bit like a youth club for grown ups. They have quiz nights, games nights, outings and now and again an ‘Auntie  Julie’ magic night. At The Gateway everyone is included, which  means that all the members, volunteers and carers are able to join in.

One of my best friends in magic is a young man called  James Tetlow    He started out taking magic lessons and performing with me at The Gateway in Rickmansworth. He then moved to Exmouth and joined the Exeter Magic Society. He is now a regular performer with the club. You can see Amanda in the first picture here. She is a friend of James’s and a fellow magician. You can see her in the photo helping me with a trick.

The Gateway Club Rickmansworth
The Rickmansworth Gateway Club
Magic Show Dancing at The Gateway Club Rickmansworth
Magic Show Dancing at The Rickmansworth Gateway Club
Fun at the Shepherds Centre Rickmansworth
Fun at the Shepherds Centre Rickmansworth
Balloon fun at Rickmansworth Gateway Club
Balloon fun at Rickmansworth Gateway Club

Sunrise Senior Living, Chorleywood

Sunrise Senior Living Chorleywood

I had a very pleasant morning at Sunrise Senior Living this morning. Chorleywood is just around the corner from Watford where Auntie Julie lives. I was performing on the second floor in Reminiscence. I knew that an Adult magic show would never work here and a Children’s Show would be patronising so I mostly performed  a balloon show.

Sunrise Senior Living Chorleywood
Sunrise Senior Living Chorleywood

I knew that music was very popular with the residents so themed each balloon around a song or track. Under the Sea by Robbie Williams brought us the Octopus you can see in the  photograph.  The Monkey song ‘I wanna be like you’ obviously brought out the monkey up  a tree. We did go back in time a little for some flowers with ‘Flowers that bloom in the spring.’

 

Wonderful Parties in Welwyn

Wonderful parties in Welwyn

So why did I have a wonderful party in Welwyn. Kemi was there, that’s why. Kemi is a party organiser. I think you need to live in Welwyn and be her friend, but please do search her out.

When I arrived for last weeks birthday party at the Ludwick Centre, Welwyn I admit, my heart sank a little. Firstly Welwyn Garden City  was very wet. The kind of rain that makes you shiver. The hall for the party was huge. Half the hall was filled with the largest bouncy castle I have ever seen. The other half was for me and the party food. Now, ask any children’s entertainer, and they will tell you that bouncy castles,children’s entertainers and magic shows  don’t mix very well. This is where Kemi fitted in.

 

Paws Patrol in Welwyn

Firstly she decorated the hall. Our birthday boy had chosen a Paws Patrol theme. There was a Paws Patrol Cake, Paws Patrol  paper plates and Paw Patrol Balloons. I helped out with my first Chase balloon. It was not the best I have seen on the internet but not a bad attempt.

Paws Patrol Party Welwyn
Paws Patrol in Welwyn

 

The genius came in the timing. As a children’s entertainer I couldn’t have asked for  better.

The children arrived and played for a few minutes with a big balloon ball I had made. We had a great magic show with the children all happily placed on a large foam mat in front of me. The children had their party tea, and then and only then, was the monster sized bouncy castle put up.

I made balloons for the children catching their breath then packed up to leave. As I was leaving the candyfloss man arrived with a popcorn cart and candy floss machine. The children ( and parents) were in heaven. What a lovely way to finish a party.

Easy Fundraising Ideas

Easy fundraising  for your school with Auntie Julie

Would you like an easy fundraising idea?

Are your children too young for a traditional ‘school disco’?

Please read on.

big discos and small children don't always mix
Big discos and small children don’t always mix

Did you get an email today from Auntie Julie?

If you did you will now have a nice hot cup of coffee and a pile of chocolate digestives.

Easy fundraising
Enjoy

So what is the big idea?

It is very simple.

Book a party for your school with Auntie Julie. Invite  your nursery class and KS1 and make some easy money for the school.

In return Auntie Julie will give you 1 1/2 hours of entertainment. That’s a 45 minute magic show and a mini disco with party dances and games. I suggest a 10 minute break in the middle when the noise level can drop and the children have a snack.

So what’s the catch?

Sorry, but it is not free.

My charge for this fundraising event is simply £2 per head with a minimum of 50 children.

How much can you make for you school?

If you were to charge, say, £5 a head including snacks your school can make £100 per 50 children attending.

The dreaded terms and conditions

This event has to take place before the end of June 2018. It can either be during the school day or any day after school ( no weekends, sorry.)

This has to be a school fundraising event and not a private party.

The children must be suitably supervised and I  would suggest a maximum of 150 children per session

The show is suitable for children from 3-8 but I’m happy to have children younger and older children if properly supervised.

I ask for a £50 deposit when booking with the remaining money given within 7 days of the event.

I ask that after the show all the nursery and KS1 are given an Auntie Julie postcard for their book bags.

 

How to book

Just give Auntie Julie a call 07880741920 or drop her an email at auntiejulie@auntiejulie.com

Christmas Shows

Auntie Julie still has some days available for her Christmas show.

The cost of a 45 minute show is £150. To book her for the whole day ( up to 5 shows) £500.

Please give her a call to check availability

Private Parties

Auntie Julie is always available for private birthday parties, christenings, and weddings.

Packages are shown in detail on the website

The Bushey Centre, Watford – Troll Party

The Bushey Centre, Watford – Troll Party

On Sunday I was back at The Bushey Centre in Watford. I say Watford, it’s actually just up Bushey High Road on the same complex at the Bushey Country Club and Bushey Golf Centre. There is also the Watford Car Wash unit in the back car park.

Bushey Centre, Watford
Bushey Centre, Watford

I’ve got to say that I have never seen so many little Trolls in Watford, or anywhere else. About half the guests had perfect troll costumes on, including pink hair pieces. My favourite costume, though came from an older cousin. She came as Gangster Granny. The children looked fantastic. It made learning the children’s names extra difficult. I heard one of the mums say, ‘I bet she can’t learn them all.’ Always up for a challenge, I think I got the first 20 children as they arrived and got to know the rest at the party and magic show progressed. My birthday girl was adorable and very bit a pink Troll. I even made my first Troll balloon for her. As she was a fan of balloons she also went home with a zebra, parrot and octopus.

The Blanket Game

After tea we did some party dances and circus skills. We even had time at the end for the blanket game where I hide a child under the blanket and the other guests have to guess who is under there. Everyone wants a turn so at the end I get at many children as I can underneath so that no one misses out.

Netmum Reviews

We all know how important good reviews are, especially on popular websites such as Netmums. This party mum was kind enough to say this;

Auntie Julie was brilliant for my 4-year old’s birthday party – she kept the 25 kids thoroughly entertained, with some mums saying that their child had joined in the fun for the first time ever, having never done so previously! Would definitely recommend Auntie Julie – she was a real pleasure to deal with and extremely punctual.

Time to book your Children’s Birthday Party in Watford Pinner and Harrow

It is time to book your Children’s Birthday Party in Watford Pinner and Harrow

Whether you are in Watford, Harrow, Pinner or actually anywhere near by it is time to book your child’s birthday party.

As soon as the schools go back and the Christmas Tree has been put away, it is time to start thinking about the next birthday party on the calendar. You have to choose your party date, the party venue and find the best party Children’s Entertainer. There are so many to choose from so how do you find the best Entertainer for your child.

Ask you child what parties they have enjoyed. There is no point booking a soft play party if your child doesn’t like rough and tumble. Equally if you child doesn’t like to sit still for long then craft or cookery parties may not be for you.

Children's parties in Watford and Harrow
Party time

Traditional Children’s Magic Show

I am biased of course but I don’t think you can go wrong with a traditional children’s entertainer – especially Auntie Julie!

I cover a large area and will travel anywhere, but I mostly work in  Watford, Harrow and Pinner.

Let’s look at the date of your party. If your date is set in stone then you may not get the entertainer you really want, so be flexible. It doesn’t matter to the birthday boy or girl if the party is a week either side of their actual birthday. The party day is what is important to them. Again, with the party venue, check out a few to give yourself the most options.

Party Options

Now lets look at the options for the entertainment.

Most parties are two hours long, so book your hall for three hours to give you half an hour either side to set up, then tidy up.

Usually the entertainer is booked for two hours. The party starts with some disco music so the birthday  party children can arrive and dance or play with their friends. A warm up game will get the children bonded and working together. Then it is show time. Everyone,  including the grown-ups sit down and enjoy a magic show with singing, dancing, puppets and balloons. There is something for everyone. No one will be sitting still for long. There are plenty of opportunities for children to get up and take part. At the end of the show it is tea or lunch time. This gives everyone a 20 minute break for food and Auntie Julie a chance to get ready for the circus games in the second half of the party.

So after singing happy birthday and taking photos it’s straight back on the dance floor with some party dances. Once everyone is ready the circus games come out and we play with spinning plates, ribbons and cup and balls. Before you know it there are just a few minutes of the birthday party left and everyone is given a balloon to go home with. We then say our thank you’s and the children can go home with any party bags or cake on the way out.

Organising your party

It is amazing how quickly a birthday party can go when you are organised. If you look here you will find my book ‘The secrets to a stress free party’ This book is full of hints and tips to make your birthday child’s party go with a swing and leave you king or queen of the playground for the next week. The mark of a good birthday party is the positive feedback in the playground.

So what next?

It is time to make that phone call . Give Auntie Julie a call on 07880741920 or fill in the contact form

 

 

 

Happy Christmas from Auntie Julie

Happy Christmas from Auntie Julie

I know you must think I am a little late but I have only just finished my Christmas parties.

Today we had the Watford Association of Magicians Children’s Christmas Party and here is Auntie Julie in Action.

Auntie Julie at WAMIt has been a great December. I have been back to the RAF base in High Wycombe. I have been to the Smiles Nurseries in Harlow, Rye Park in Hoddesdon then back into London to Pride and Joy in Southall. I spent the last working day before Christmas working for Jellytots at a large corporate office in the City of London. I used the train to get to that one. I managed to do a full programme of hospital shows as well with Christmas visits to Northwick Park, Watford,  West Middx and Wexham Park, Moorfields, The Whittington, The Royal Nose Throat and Ear Hospital, Ealing and Hillingdon.

 

Play in hospital Week

 Play in Hospital Week

This week is ‘Play in Hospital’ week. It has got off to a great start with visits to Moorfield’s Eye Hospital, The Whittington and The Royal Nose Throat and Ear Hospital. I’ve been practising my balloon modelling and made a huge Octopus and Monkey. At the other end of the scale I have a new little penguin and ladybird. It is lovely to see the children play with their balloons. I made a set of jungle animal for one little boy to play with and he gave each animal a name. I was asked to go back to one little girl who was still sleepy and sad from an operation. She started to talk about her pet dog and showed me photos. Just a little chat soon made her forget her worries.

penguin balloon
Mr Frosty the Penguin

However I do feel the week should be renamed ‘Eat your way around hospital week’ because today I had the serious munchies.

Way out West to High Wycombe, Farnham Common and Feltham

High Wycombe, Farnham Common and Feltham

High Wycombe, Farnham Common and Feltham. Auntie Julie covers events and parties from Reading all the way to Dartford and tries to stay North of the River Thames.

This week was no exception, except that all the parties were in the same direction – West.

RAF High Wycombe is a firm favourite. They have a party in the officers mess once a month and I was invited along to see, what is now, a familiar bunch of faces. The group of children does vary each month as families are posted here or away but there always seems to be a core of children happy to see me again. The parents chill out while Auntie Julie does her stuff with circus magic and for a change this month some party dances.

Farnham Common Village Hall was the venue for the next party. We had about 20 children and lots of parents having fun with the spinning plates. The parents can get quite competitive.

Not quite as far west but not far from Heathrow’s runways is Feltham. This was a party for a lovely little girl. She had been made a Moana cake. I think the pile was sand was pure brown sugar. I had a nice piece to take some for my tea.