Top 5 Reasons To Hire Children’s Entertainers

1. Leave it to the professionals. Children’s entertainers do this on a weekly basis. Entertaining frequently allows professionals to gain experience in children’s games and especially children’s favorite games. As a parent, you might have an elaborate agenda of games such as pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs and any other games you may find at the party store. A professional, experienced entertainment company will have a wide variety of games for children to play that have been tested, played and approved by children!

2. Jumpers are dangerous. How many parties have you attended where children have bumped heads, fallen out of the jumpers, been a victim of deflated jumpers, worried about “the older kids,” host or parents couldn’t enjoy a conversation because they are too busy looking out for their own child in the jumper? I rest my case!

3. Mom and Dad should enjoy the party. Hosting a party is a lot of work. You want to make sure there is enough food and that everyone is enjoying themselves, especially the children. Planning and leading activities for children is draining in addition to duties of host. Hire entertainment to allow yourself to enjoy the company of adult guests, which you probably do not see often. You should enjoy the party you have spent time and money to plan.

4. Kids like structure, even at parties! Kids don’t say it but they crave structure. By having professional children’s entertainers lead games, kids understand the rules, the objectives and are guided through activities. When there are winners, prizes and excitement surrounding the activities, kids love it and participate more! Some kids may not participate but they know what to expect so they have just as much fun watching and cheering for their favorite participant.

5. Beginning and end to your party. As much as you enjoy planning the party and the priceless smile and joyous laughter from your birthday child, no one can blame you for looking forward to the end of the party. Hiring entertainment is a nice way to give a time frame to your guests without being rude. Give your guests an hour to arrive, greet each other, have a drink, eat some food then schedule your entertainment an hour after the party’s official start time. Entertainment can be 1-2 hours of playing games, face painting, balloon twisting, dancing etc. When the entertainment is over, do the cake, open presents and your guests will get the hint that all festivities are over.

Plush Toys for Adults

It’s a common misconception that plush toys are not for adults. A lot of people would think that stuffed toys are reserved for the kids. It’s easy enough to think of a reason why there is this misconception. After all, they are toys, and toys are usually for kids especially the cute plush toys. Toys were initially designed to entertain kids. Development of toys led them to being an aid to the kids’ development as well. As adults, we don’t need toys for development, and we certainly don’t need them to entertain us. So why is there a market for wholesale stuffed toys for adults?

Cute plush toys are a source of comfort for a lot of adults. While this can be seen as childish by some, there’s something about hugging squishy stuffed toys that makes everything seem fine even if it isn’t. Maybe it reminds us of the time when we were little kids. We didn’t have any problems back then. It was just us, our plush toy and a whole lot of fun the whole day. Cuddling plush toys is comforting. Although nothing can replace the comfort of cuddling with another human being, however, stuffed toys are a great second option especially if we’re alone.

Then there’s the case of plush toys being collectibles. Cute plush toys enjoy a distinction of being a popular collectible. It’s easy to collect the newer ones. It’s readily available in toy stores and even in online stores. It’s cheaper than the other collectibles, and there are a lot of designs to choose from. A lot of enterprising individuals are realizing that there is a market for them, so they make them in bulk, for resale. While it’s true that they have profit in mind, they’re also satisfying a demand for them so it’s a win-win situation for the manufacturer and the customers.

Vintage plush toys have also proven to be a good and profitable investment. Cute stuffed toys from the 50’s are fetching a price of 80 to 100 dollars each. Because they don’t have mechanical parts, it’s easy to resell them because there’s nothing to fix if you took care of it properly. This brings the point of plush toys being low maintenance toys. You just have to clean them regularly, and not expose them to harmful elements. If you buy them now and take care of them properly, you can easily sell them for profit years from now. That is if you ever want to sell them.

If you have an idea for wholesale plush toys, you can easily join the fun. You just need to take that idea and with the help of a manufacturer, you can turn it into a reality. That way, you can help provide comfort for adults and a source of joy for collectors.

Inside Tips for Hosting an At-Home Children’s Birthday Party (From Viewpoint of a Child Entertainer)

Have you ventured into the world of hosting your child’s birthday party in your home yet? There are those brave moms that would not have it any other way. Then, there are those moms that dread hearing these words come out of their child’s mouth, “I want my party at home this year.” Whether you are a seasoned at-home party giver or contemplating the idea for the first time, here are a few tidbits to help make this brave journey into at-home birthday party hosting a little easier.

First, having planned activities literally every minute is a must. Hiring a child entertainer will be a big help in this task and will allow you to relax for a bit. However, you will still have the time to kill while the children/parents are arriving, and the time at the end of the party while you are waiting for things to wrap up.

As a seasoned child entertainer, I have seen many different avenues of keeping the children busy and entertained in the lag times. While allowing the children to just play in your child’s room or playroom is the easiest, it is also the avenue that will create the most mess and possible fighting and tears. Depending on the age of the children, at the start of the party, I suggest a coloring activity or some sort of easy arts-n-crafts (stickers are always a great and easy arts-n-crafts). There are also easy games like Simon Says or Pin the Tail to keep them entertained (this will need to be someone other than you leading the games, though, as you will be meeting and greeting your guests).

Once all of your guests have arrived, my suggestion is to proceed with your child entertainer. Please keep in mind that most child entertainers will give you a set start time and will not have extra time to wait for your guests. With that being said, if you have friends/family that perpetually run 30 minutes late, it may be a good idea to 1) let them know that the entertainment will start at such-n-such time, and 2) set your entertainers start time approximately 20-30 minutes after your official start time that you sent out on your invitations.

To keep your party running smoothly, you will need to be on the watch out for a few things (please excuse some of my bluntness).

1) Keep any “wild-children” calm. This could mean asking one or both of the parents to sit with their children (especially if they are younger). You can also remind the children that the party is about the birthday child today and that you are requesting everyone to use their manners today to help make it a super special day. Your entertainer may or may not help out with the “discipline” part of your party, so do not be afraid to step in and help.
In addition, alerting your child entertainer to any “issues” ahead of time will help.

2) During your entertainers “show”, helping keep the adults’ voices down so that the children can hear the entertainer will help things running smoothly for your entertainer.

3) Keep tabs on the temperature in your room. Many people will create lots of heat. Ceiling fans and/or setting a cooler temperature than normal is a big help in keeping everyone comfortable.

Finally, organization is a key point in the success of an at-home party. Your entertainment area should be separate from your cake/eating area (especially if you do not want food/drink in other parts of your home). It is best to have your party table set up with decorations, plates, napkins, etc… ahead of time. Also, have your area where the entertainer will be “entertaining” all cleared and ready to go. Your entertainer will need their own time to get their stuff ready, so it will help if they can come in and get started without having to help move furniture and such.

Once the children are done with the entertainment part of the party, you will need to move them on to the table to prepare for the eating part of your party. As a reminder, children eat much faster than adults do and you will need to keep the eating time short and sweet. As a fellow mom, you may also wish to have handy wipes or sanitizer available for hands, as well, for both before and after eating. In addition, do not be afraid to ask your guests to keep all food and drink at the table. You are being a brave soul in hosting the party in your home, it is okay to have some house rules and set expectations.

Now, to open gifts or not? In all of my experience over the years, it is almost a perfect 50/50 split between opening gifts at the party and waiting to open them later. IF you do plan on opening the gifts at the party, it is best to open the presents at the entertainment area and to have the following ready: 1) pen/paper and a person to help you with writing the gift receiving list, and 2) a special area for the birthday child to sit while the other children sit a bit away from the birthday child. And it is okay to re-remind your guests to keep food and drink in the kitchen area.

If you are not going to have your child open presents at the party, then having one or two more games and/or activities for the children while your party is winding down is highly suggested. When you do not open presents at a party, it is hard for your guests to know that the party is over, therefore, you may want to say something like this, “And now, for the last event of the party, we will have one last game”. Remember, you are the host and your guests are looking to you for “direction”.

Finally, the ending to your party… you will have both the kids that need to leave early and the kids that will stay after the designated time as you wait for parents to pick up their children (if it was a drop off party). Therefore, it is best to have the goody bags already packed up and in a designated area close to the exit. If you are able to put your guests’ names on their goody bags, that will help alleviate any confusion. In the case of my clients, their goody bag is the take-home bag that I supply with their new stuffed animal friend that they made at the party. I personally place (as part of my service that I provide) all of the children’s names on the outside of their bags and have them all packed up and waiting near the exit. You can also discuss ahead of time with your child how to thank everyone for coming and how you plan to say your goodbyes (at the door or back in the entertainment area; handing guests their take home bags or having them grab their own; etc…)

In the end, remember to relax and enjoy the party. Your child will cherish their time with their friends and family. The more planning and preparation you can do ahead of time, the better the party will flow.