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.

West to High Wycombe, 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.

CHECT – Childhood eye cancer trust

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.

Pigmy Hedgehog
Pigmy Hedgehog
Baby bunny and tortoise at CHECT
Baby bunny and tortoise

Balloons Hooters and Whistles

Balloons Hooters and Whistles

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.


Dino Golf Tonbridge

Back in May I was invited to the opening of the new Dino Golf in Tonbridge. It was a boiling hot day and I was there to keep the guests entertained while they waited their turn to play  on the crazy holes. The trouble was , they were having so much fun with my magic and circus skills that I had to keep reminding them to take their turns. We also didn’t want to lose anyone on the bridge – although the water really was quite shallow. All in all a very good day at  Dino’s Golf. Apparently when the course is shut and the lights are turned off, that’s when the dinosaurs get to play a round.

Dino Golf Tonbridge

Lion Quays – Trix in the Stix Magic Convention

Lion Quays- Shropshire

Here are just two photos from an amazing children’s magic convention I attended this week . It is called Trix in the Stix. Named, because we learn our craft from an amazing convention centre called Lion Quays in Shropshire that is in the middle of nowhere.
I was lucky enough to be asked to produce a power presentation, or mini lecture.
I talked about the Power of Personalisation, or how I learn 20 party guests name in about 10 minutes. The talk was well received and I had a lot of fun doing it.

For the rest of the convention we were treated to lectures, shows and a chance to buy all the props we need to keep our magic shows fresh until next year. We had stalls with crazy costumes manned by Heidi and Brenda. They always had a tin of sweets to keep passers by happy.

The convention is run by the Practical Magic team. They have a  very colourful stall with all the latest in magic design.

I didn’t buy very much this year. I picked up some wonderful star sponges and a couple of squeakers to go with a new lamb puppet.

Magic Convention at Lion QuaysTrix in the Stix
Lion Quays


Tim Vine meets Auntie Julie

Tim Vine – Chat Show,  Recorded for Radio 4

Auntie Julie had a night off and went to see her favourite comedian Tim Vine, at the Up The Creek comedy club in Greenwich, London. He was recording an episode of his chat show for Radio 4 There is just something about him that is so clever. He entertains with a mix of jokes songs and sketches and never utters a blue word. His jokes are based on ‘words’ and are one- liners, rather than long anecdotal stories. What’s more Auntie Julie got to spend some time chatting with Tim after the show. Although he is not a magician so much can be learnt about performance style and audience management from him. Just a look or a pause can get a round of applause.

Tim Vine
Tim Vine