Poor Party Planning Could Ruin Everyone’s Day
Ms.Tickle recently performed her kids magic show at a birthday party where the host/parent was not well prepared and things didn’t go as they should. Had she followed the advice in my Party Guide, things may have gone a little smoother!
Examples of poor planning of a kids magic show
- Not knowing how many people are going to show up (casual invitations, no RSVP’s required)
- Not planning times for greeting guests
- Meal/food/drink/cake time unplanned
- Family dog making off with magic props
- No designated seating area for kids
- Scheduling Ms. Tickle too early
- Too many activities (pool, bounce house, game truck, etc.)
- Payment for Ms.Tickle not prepared 🙁
- Ms.Tickle almost collapsing from heat stroke!
Ms. Tickle’s special request
Please take note that I prefer that children older than 6 sit separately from the little ones during the kids magic show. Although always welcomed as spectators, they will not be asked to participate. My show is geared for the little ones and older children tend to spoil the “magic”. For instance, I may bring out Rosie the Bunny and while the little ones are totally mesmerized, the older children will take great pleasure in letting everyone know that, “It’s only a puppet – it’s not a real rabbit!”, thus ruining the effect for the younger children.
Tips for planning a successful party and kids magic show
Here’s some advice that will make your party a success:
- Do send out invitations and stress the importance of replying by a specific date. Knowing how many people to expect will help immensely with food, drinks and cake size. The day before the party, call the people who have not responded and politely ask if they received your invitation – this will prompt an immediate reply from them.
- Establish a time frame for the entire party and make your guests aware of it. Usually, 2 hours is plenty of time for catching up, kids play, entertainment, food, drinks and possibly opening the gifts.
- Schedule Ms.Tickle at least 30 minutes into party time. This ensures that everyone has arrived.
- Ms.Tickle will arrive approximately 15 minutes early for setup and to meet the immediate family. Her show must start on time and will finish on time regardless if everyone has arrived or not. She may have another engagement following yours and can’t be delayed. Furthermore, she cannot “start over” when late guests arrive.
- Ms.Tickle doesn’t need a lot of space for her shows but children must sit on the floor. Adults should stick around and seat themselves behind the children. Refrain from serving food or drink during the show.
- If the party is in a private home, Ms.Tickle will not use a PA system. Please keep adult chatter to a whisper. She cannot speak over the conversations.
- Keep the family dog in another room. Ms.Tickle doesn’t need an assistant at her kid’s magic show.
- Have your payment ready for her when she arrives. It is very unpleasant for her to track you down among your guests when she’s ready to leave and could possibly make her late for her next engagement.
- Do limit the number of activities offered. If the children have access to too many things, it will be very hard to keep their attention on the magic show and their attitude could spoil the magical effect on the other kids.
- Finally, be kind and provide Ms. Tickle with a glass of iced water!
Thrill your guests by throwing the perfect party when following these simple guidelines!