The Easter Holidays are rapidly approaching. For most, the Easter Bunny visits bringing gifts of Chocolate Eggs. ( I’ve never quite got the connection between bunnies and eggs, well, apart from the fertility symbolism, but you know what I mean)
In our humble abode ( a two bedroom London flat with no garden) the Easter bunny was forced to be creative, finding places to squirrel away ( oops mixed metaphor) his eggs. Miniature eggs would be hidden on top of door frames, on ledges , behind picture frames but what was most important was that it had to be high up, away from our dog’s chocolate seeking super charged nose.
Tiny the dog is sadly with us no more, having had to be put to sleep two years ago around Easter time. He was severely epileptic, despite being on various strong medication, and after nine long fits in one night it was decided the time had come.
I had to really be professional that afternoon at a lovely child’s birthday party, putting on my happy face and hiding my tears. The show must go on.
We miss you Tiny dog.
But my Easter Bunny is still with me. He hops along all year through at children’s birthday parties, bringing year round joy and giggles to countless boys and girls ( and some grown ups too!)
In these tough economic times, it’s hard to feel in the mood to celebrate anything, least of all our children’s birthday parties. Morale is low, cash is lower. The prospect of a horde of marauding kids charging around our homes, breaking stuff, crying for mummy or daddy, fighting over the pass the parcel , throwing food ( insert your nightmare party visions here) fills most people with dread. Parties have fast become most parents idea of hell. Well consider me your party angel, as I’m here to change party hell into party heaven. As a seasoned party entertainer of over 17 years experience, I hope to be able to support you in my blog with hints and tips of how to host a successful children’s party on a tight budget.
If you are as old as me , you may have memories of your own birthday parties with pass the parcel, jelly and ice cream and pin the tail on the donkey and Squeak piggy Squeak! Back then children’s birthday parties were all so simple . Todays parents and children have much bigger expectations of birthday parties and many parents feel the pressure to keep up with the Jones’s and host the party to end all parties. Before the nasty old recession hit, this was fairly straight forward : hire an entertainer and venue, buy booze for the adults and party bags and food, drink and cake for the kids and sit back and let someone else take the strain. Now it is not so easy as budget restraints mean we don’t have the privilege of this choice. Or do we? You’d be surprised at how much value for money and peace of mind you can get with a children’s party entertainer and it need not be as expensive as you might think.In my capacity as a children’s party entertainer and puppeteer I offer all kinds of packages to suit different budgets and also include face painting along side puppet shows , singing and storytelling so there is no need to hire a separate face painter, saving you loads of money. Puppets have a wonderful ability to engage the imaginations of the youngest of children right up to adults and combining them with very silly good old fashioned British humour means that belly laughs are guaranteed.
In these challenging times it is easy to fear the prospect of our children’s party rather than look forward to it . I’d like to leave you with a thought. Maybe the recession has an unexpected gift to bestow on us as parents. It has forced us to strip away the surface and get back to what really matters; our relationship with our children. Before the recession, parents at parties would stand at the back with other parents, chatting, networking and sipping champagne while the entertainer got on with his or her job. Now parents are to be found sitting alongside their children sharing in the joy of the moment, relishing in the giggles and their children’s happiness. I call that progress,wouldn’t you?