TIPS AND TRICKS!
- Start the party off in a fun way or with an “opening gambit“, to break the ice and get the shyer children into the swing of the party.
- Wear a costume or have some funny way to welcome your guests.
For example …At a Spy party you could make the guests produce their ID’s upon entering your home, or -by whispering through the door-direct them to enter the back door/basement door.
At a Royal Party someone could announce the guests (maybe a jokester friend), with the “Royal Formula” (below).
It’s fun for the children to have an “alter ego”/special name at the party.
For Example …At a spy party – children can be called by the last 4 digits of their phone number.
Children at a space party can be called by their actual name backwards (try it with your name – it usually sounds Alien ).
Children at a princess/royal party can be called by the “Royal Formula” which is: “Lord/Lady (Child’s name)(Grandparent’s first name)(Pet name double-barrelled with a Child’s Street name) .…Lady Sarah Gladys Fluffy-Granville.
Set up a Sign-in sheet … which has the name of the child, followed by their “party name”, followed by the child’s address, (if needed for thank you notes), email address (for emailing photos), contact phone numbers (if there’s a need to call a parent for a hurt/nervous child) , and lastly a space on the spreadsheet for any allergies.
The Sign-In sheet is a record of the party and you have all the info in one place, and is great to have as a keepsake so you’ll always remember who attended. All our party boxes include a sign-in sheet.
It can be a lifesaver to have a friend greet people at the door, get their information, and welcome the child. The mum-at-the-door is the gate-keeper, and it’s her job to let the parent know if you need them to stay (and help) or not.
Some parents you will need to have stay and help (to man the game “stations”), other parents can be sent quickly “on their way” as with only 2-3 hours to run the party you do not have time for chit-chat. You can say hello! from the other side of the room , while your (good pal) is on “door detail”.