How to Hire a Great Entertainer

Bouncy CastlePlanning a birthday party or family event can sometimes be stressful. What type of theme will it be?  What kind of food will you serve? What kind of entertainment will you provide?

While it might not seem an enormous endeavour, sometimes providing something for your guests to do, especially children, can be a challenge.  That’s where hiring a professional might come in handy, someone to take some of the work off of your shoulders and keep your guests occupied during the festivities.

To start with, you will need to decide on a theme because this will often inform your decision on entertainment.  Having a backyard party – a bouncy castle might be in order? Throwing a princess theme party, a professional Princess will fit the bill? Doing an animal or zoo theme, a face painter or petting zoo would be suitable entertainment?

Here’s a few suggestions when looking to hire a great entertainer:Ballonist, Balloon Twister

  • Consider the age of your party goers. Babies and tots might not respond well to clowns or a life-sized mascot.  It might be best to find an activity that’s more age appropriate.  A musical entertainer or puppeteer might be more suitable for children under three.  If you’re unsure, ask the entertainer their ideal age range.
  • Decide if your party will be indoors or out. Some entertainers like clowns and illusionists work best inside, while carnival attractions like popcorn and cotton candy machines work best outside. Balloonists and face painters, meanwhile, will work well both in and out of doors. Just make sure to provide ample shade. Also plan a rain day alternative, just in case.
  • One of the best places to search out entertainment is on the internet. Keep these things in mind when looking: How long have they been in business? Is their website in order? Do they offer pictures or a portfolio of their work and testimonials from past clients? Do they have a favourable rating on social media? These will provide good clues into how professional the entertainer is. Also, feel free to ask for references.
    Face painter, Facepainter
  • Ask if the entertainer carries their own insurance. While an independent performer might not, a reputable business should have this.
  • Get a quote ahead of time so that there are no unexpected surprises. Get payment terms from your entertainer; is there a deposit required and what types of payment will they accept?
  • Make sure to discuss with entertainer the time they will arrive, what, if anything they will need you to provide. For instance, a face painter will usually require a table and two chairs, plus access to water, a magician will likely need a table and some quiet time before hand to set up.
  • In most situations, tipping is optional, although most entertainers will always appreciate it.

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10 Unique Theme Party Ideas

Tired of the same old birthday party and theme party ideas. Why not give one of these fresh and unique theme party ideas a go for your next celebration.  It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, just a little bit of creativity on your part and your guests young and old will love it!

Here are some great ideas, using food, décor and games to tie in with your theme:

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Flamingo & Pineapple Party : A great alternative to the Luau, this theme works great outdoors and in. Just add some inflatables to your table, tropical fruit and bright pastel décor for this fun festivity.

Pancakes and Pyjamas : Perfect for sleepovers, make breakfast a late-night meal with this fun theme party idea.  Great for teens and tweens, create a pancake and waffle station with all of your favourite toppings, add in some movies or a dance party to make your party complete.

Under the Sea Mermaid Party : Get creative with buried treasure chests filled with chocolate coins and beads, seafood themed treats, seashell and pearl décor in purple and turquoise colours. Your little darlings will be delighted.

Host a Spa Day for Kids : Great for kids of all ages, but especially teens and tweens.  Break out the face masks, bath bombs and nail polish! Offer up healthy snacks, smoothies and herbal teas, this theme is all the new-age!

Tea Party for Tweens : Dust all your tea sets and fine bone china and set a table with fine linens. Serve up tiny tea sandwiches, pastries and bite sized treats with pink lemonade or iced tea. Host your party in the garden for a memorable setting, fitting for even a queen.

Troll Party: Everything old is new again, and Trolls are known for throwing an awesome party. Tie in their rainbow colours into your décor and food and don’t forget the glitter!

Gone Fishing : What better theme party for your little outdoors man/woman. Tackle this theme with some edible bait like worms-n-dirt, set up fishing rods and nets in a kiddy pool and offer up snacks in tackle boxes.

Lumberjack Party : With red and black checkerboard table linens, some rustic décor and good eats, this theme will delight your guests.  Tie in some fun lumberjack games to make this party complete.

Safari Party : Perfect for kids of all ages, bring out their wild side with this fun theme idea. Use jungle theme décor colours like green, brown and yellow or an animal print theme for your table.  Have a face painter or balloon twister on hand to create jungle animal faces/animals.

Camping Party: Overnight or for just a few hours, this camping theme is sure to be a hit. Have a small camp fire where the kids can make smores or just make them in the oven.  Sing camp songs or tell stories around a fake fire.

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