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Double Dip Recession? Ya boo sucks!

So, yesterday all us folk in the UK were reliably informed that whoo hoo! we are back in recession . Yes folks, a whole year has gone by and zero growth. Whoop de do.

I sort of thought this was going to happen. But you know what they say about what happens when the going gets tough, don’t you?

The tough get going.

My very first Kidspartyheaven post was about the recession. Since then I’ve written loads more posts and I’m still partying despite the economy staying static.

Guess what? Life goes on, pennies are tight but we are a tough bunch and we soldier on.

You’ve got the right … to party!

So what have I done here at Diane’s Puppets to make sure that my clients can keep partying in these very challenging times?

Well first of all I haven’t put up my prices in over 10 years. Yes that’s right, my prices are the same as ten years ago.

I recognise that things are difficult for my clients and feel that we need to work together to help each other out. I need my clients so I can stay in business, they need me to provide them with an affordable service.

Secondly I’ve tried to offer my clients more choice. I’ve rethought my entertainment packages and come up with a selection of low cost packages that suit both my clients and myself. I now have mix and match packages that clients can tailor to their own needs and budgets. It’s a win/win situation, surely the best business scenario.

Thirdly I’ve added another string to my bow. I have started up another little business to keep me occupied during quiet entertainment times ( school holidays) when the majority of my clients are away. I’ve turned a personal passion , a new hobby into a business and I’ve called it Crochet Bright and Beautiful.

It’s all rather brand new, but very exciting as I’m building a loyal client base and getting my face and cute crochet out there in the world. I’ve now got three market stalls under my belt and a nearly new sale.

I’m starting to sell on the Internet via my Folksy shop and Facebook page  and am constantly making new things to add to my stock. I’m working on a range of scarves at the minute featuring very current/on trend Granny Squares in bright colours edged with black. I’m hoping to eventually sell at Spitalfields market.

There’s no rest for the wicked, or for those who want to keep their heads above the water during this double dip recession. So I’m outa here . It’s time to crack on with crochet.

Then on the weekend it’s party on dude.

So despite this horrid economic situation I’m quietly happy and happily busy.

Let’s bring out the final cliche, yes, every cloud has a silver lining. This recession has brought out the business woman in me, albeit a very quirky one.

Diane gets serious, talks about the recession… with a monkey?

 

 

Recession? What recession? Let’s party!

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?

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