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.
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.’
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
It 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.
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.
However I do feel the week should be renamed ‘Eat your way around hospital week’ because today I had the serious munchies.
It started with an offer on email for a Starbucks coffee that came with a free pastry from their bakery. Then I was told one staff room had ‘cake’ Mondays which tells it’s own tale. Then I am forced to walk past a Mc Donald’s in between two of my visits. On my way home there was free (diet) coke being given out at Kings Cross Tube Station.
I was glad to get home to a healthy Shepherds Pie with lots of fresh veg. …………..Tonight I’m off to the gym, if I can winch myself off the sofa.
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.
I had an amazing afternoon with the children and parents of CHECT – the Childhood eye cancer trust.
They were having a special weekend at Newlands Collect in Chalfont St Giles. As well as Auntie Julie’s Magic Show and Circus Workshop they had the Ark Farm visit with Rabbits Guinea Pigs, a tortoise and even a pigmy hedgehog. We had a lot of fun in my magic show but the star had to be our prickly little friend. He was so cute. Given the spikes we weren’t allowed to stroke him but he was given a big mile of mealworms to chomp through. the baby bunnies were also very popular being fed carrots and grass.
No party is complete without a few balloons, but too many can prove a nightmare.
I went to a party in Pinner last week and the party room looked lovely. Everything was lovely except about 100 balloons scattered on the floor. They did look great and the children did have a lot of fun with them when they first arrived, but what happened to them during the show? To be fair on this occasion a fair wind through the door blew them to the far end of the room and other than a toddler and her mum playing with one they didn’t cause me a problem.
However, I was lucky. Often a single loose balloon can cause a distraction and ruin the show. The children can fight over them, some can be frightened of them bursting and some are allergic to the latex. ( although this is rare)
Here is my suggestion. Tie a couple of balloons to the entrance of the hall, especially if it is hard to spot from the road.
All other balloons should be tied high enough to be out of the reach of the children. There should be no loose balloons in the hall. Any that come loose should be removed and placed out of sight. No guests should be allowed to play with any balloons during the show. They should be watching the entertainment.
Balloons and Clutter – more great things to avoid
Take away anything that could cause a distraction.
Some halls are used by several groups. Cover or remove anything the children shouldn’t play with. This includes play equipment and things like table stacking trolleys or highly piled chairs. Also avoid things like hooters or party poppers; they cause unnecessary noise and mess. You have to trust me when I tell you that you don’t want to hear 30 party whistles going off at the same time. Save them for the party bags.
They can also frighten some children, and it takes time to build their confidence up again.