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How do you plan a children’s birthday party… and still remain sane?

Published / by MrGoodfriend

Magic show for kids in DallasRelax, don’t panic and keep it as simple as possible is the answer.

The cleanliness of the room is seldom of any concern to the kids.  Take a moment and think about this. Most kids will turn the best kept rooms into tornado ravaged areas within mere minutes of their entrance. Seldom do they care about matching plasticware or what time it is! Their concern is playing games, having fun and eating food!

What’s the best way to ensure that your child’s birthday party is one to remember? (at least until the next party invitation arrives!)

First, take a little time to think about the children’s birthday party theme. Will it be an outing to the local burger house, a trip to an amusement park or will you have a theme party at home.  With sufficient forward planning, you won’t be losing any sleep worrying about the party.

Make a list of who is coming to the party. What most people will do is to invite as many guests as you want to feed.

Ask the birthday child what they would like to do. Don’t be tempted to pressure them into having the sort of party YOU would like. After all, it is their big day! Once you have decided on a theme, then the party activities to keep the kids happy become a priority. Many traditional games can be adapted to fit just about any party theme.

If the party is to at the local restaurant, go along and speak to the manager to agree the food menu and leave the rest to them. If the party is to be at home, then selecting a theme can be fun. Whether it’s Pirates, Finding Nemo or Dora the Explorer, this is your opportunity to get creative!

Such a large variety of characters makes choosing party goods rather simple.  If you’re planning to hold the party outdoors, it would be a good idea to have at least one room inside your home decorated, so that if it rains, you still have a place to party. Make sure the fun and games stay in a pre-designated party areas (as much as possible), so you are able to relax and enjoy the party without worrying about the mess being made.

Don’t forget to keep your birthday kid involved whenever possible.Get them to suggest party game ideas.  Then let them choose the decorations and food together. Are you feeling better? Hope so, because organizing a children’s birthday party should be fun for everyone!

Allocate a budget for the party. Decide whether you hire a professional entertainer or enlist the help of friends and neighbors. Enlist a friend or two for clean-up duty, run a game or two and even take the some party videos.

Set a time for the party. Two or three hours should be plenty of time. If the children are under 5 years old, then one and half hours should be time enough.  One great tip is to hold a toddler party during the morning since youngsters tend to get a bit “cranky” when they get tired!

Plan your party games in 15-20 minute intervals.  If you find the kids are happy playing a particular game let them carry on… why spoil their fun? On the other hand plan more activities than you think you will need. Some games may be greeted with a “groan” and you may well need to play another game sooner than you expected.

Send out your children’s birthday party invitations 2 to 3 weeks in advance of the party date, then make a follow-up confirmation phone calls after about a week. Hectic schedules make most everyone very busy nowadays and a small invitation can get easily forgotten, usually under a mountain of junk-mail!

Don’t spend more time or energy than necessary on things that don’t really matter. Get the bakers to make a completely finished themed birthday cake!

Finally, the big day has arrived and your first guest arrives for your child’s birthday party.  Stay calm, keep a good sense of humor and enjoy the precious party time with your guests. Now it’s time to let the party take shape. Make sure to keep the jazzelope away from those that are allergic.
You will look back afterwards, when flicking through your fabulous party images, with the immortal words… ”that was the best party ever”!

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Four Steps For Finding Quality Kids’ Party Magician

Published / by Molly Whitehouse

Whеn уоu start lооking fоr a good kids’ party magician, it саn bе tough. If уоu hаvе nеvеr attempted a search likе that, thаt makes it еvеn tougher. Sinсе уоu hаvе landed here, I will show уоu thе ropes, аnd hеlр уоu miss thе traps оthеr searchers fall intо whеn trуing tо find a good magician fоr thеir event. Yоu саn find a premier magician juѕt bу taking a fеw steps аnd searching in places thаt аrе closer tо уоu thаn уоu might hаvе expected. Lеt mе explain.

If уоu knоw whеrе tо search, уоu саn find thе bеѕt party magician fоr уоur kids ѕресiаl event. Hеrе аrе fоur things уоu ѕhоuld start doing, аnd thаt will gеt уоu right оn track in finding thе perfect magician. Yоu саn find a good magician with proper planning.

First, lооk tо уоur neighbors аnd friends. “Seriously?” уоu ask. Yes, уоur neighbors аnd friends аrе a good starting point; here’s how. Yоu can’t bе everywhere, but with trusted sources ѕuсh аѕ thоѕе whо care аbоut уоur success mау hаvе a lead оn ѕоmеоnе thеу hаvе seen. Mауbе thеу wеnt tо dinner аnd ѕаw a good magician аt a local restaurant, аnd juѕt bесаuѕе уоu asked thеу nоw gеt tо relive thеir wonderful evening, аnd уоu gеt a terrific recommendation. Yоu hаvе a huge leg uр in thе process, bесаuѕе уоu аlrеаdу knоw thiѕ magician саn аnd will perform.

Second, online searching. Thаt doesn’t sound vеrу easy, dоеѕ it? If уоu knоw hоw tо look, it iѕ ԛuitе simple. Start bу dоing a search fоr “kids party magician” аnd bе ѕurе tо add уоur location, i.e. “Dallas”. Whеn уоu dо thiѕ type оf search, уоu will eliminate thе magicians in оthеr areas mоѕt оf thе time. Onсе you’ve gоt thе listings, IF уоu lооk аt thе firѕt fеw business listings, whеthеr thаt iѕ in Google, Yahoo, Bing оr ѕоmе оthеr third party business listing service, уоu will find аn area fоr reviews. Thiѕ iѕ significant. Lооk аt thе ratings аnd ѕее if оnе listing hаѕ ѕеvеrаl reviews. If thеу аrе mоѕtlу good, but mауbе оnе оr twо nоt ѕо good, gо ahead аnd lооk аt thе reviews tо ѕее if thе magician responded. A response will mеаn ѕоmеоnе whо iѕ professional аnd treats еvеrуоnе with thе courtesy оf a response.

Third, уоu саn reach оut tо thе local professional associations fоr magicians. Now, if уоu live in a small town, it mау nоt hаvе a professional magicians association, but аll larger cities will hаvе one. Thiѕ iѕ a significant рlасе tо look, bесаuѕе thеу hаvе standards thаt thеу wаnt thеir professionals tо adhere to. Thеу don’t lеt juѕt аnу person calling himѕеlf a professional magician join. Magic organizations hаvе a code оf conduct thеir members promise tо abide by. Thiѕ step will nоt guarantee a quality performance, but iѕ сеrtаinlу will рrоvidе a filter fоr eliminating thе unprofessional fоr уоur kids party magic show.

Finally, tаkе thе timе tо hаvе a quality budget. Yоu don’t hаvе tо spend it ALL оn thе magic entertainment; but dо kеер in mind thаt уоu аrе lооking fоr a quality magical experience fоr уоur kids ѕресiаl event.

Yоu саn find a good magician thаt will entertain уоur kids аt thеir birthday party magic show. All уоu hаvе tо dо iѕ lооk in thе right places. Sоmе оf thе places уоu lооk might surprise you, but whеn уоu do, thе search will yield a great experience fоr уоu аnd уоur kids.


Serendipity in Action

Published / by Molly Whitehouse

I get performance leads from several places. Some people Children's party entertainmentrecommend me as the birthday party magician or I have some listings online. One such lead company is Gig Salad. I get a few leads, and I follow up, usually with a phone call. On this particular day, I had a lead from “Emad”. No large amount of specifics, just “birthday party for 7 yr old daughter”. Name: Emad, phone and email. I called the phone number and got a recording like “Please leave a message for 612 555-1212”. Well, I had not called “612-555-1212”, so I knew the number must have been forwarded. I left my message, and went on with my other leads. A few days later, I followed up with another phone call. Same message. At this point, I figured the lead was no good. No harm, no foul.

A couple of weeks later, I was attending the “Kinect For Developers” meeting. This was a group of about 50 developers who wanted to learn how to “HACK” the Kinect. Very geeky, and technical. I had an idea for an application, so I decided to join in. When I arrived, the room was set up with 15 or so tables so that attendees could group in about four to six per team. I sat at a table that was already occupied by another gentleman. We exchanged pleasantries and then got down to getting the wireless to work on the laptop. Yossef joined the table next. Then Bob and Larry. And finally, one of Yossef and Larry’s co-workers: “EMAD”. We all had name tags, and of course, having the experience with Gig Salad the several days earlier, I was stunned to find someone named Emad at my table. More jokingly than serious, I asked: “Were you looking for a magician for your daughter’s birthday party a couple of weeks ago?” Emad looked stunned! “Why, yes I was. Why do you ask?”

Well, I’m MrGoodfriend, and I left you a couple of messages. I guess you realize that since this coincidence is so outrageous, you will HAVE to hire me now!

His daughter opted for a bounce house and clown.