Kids Magic – Ms Tickle Meets the Cub Scouts

Kids Magic at the Blue & Gold Banquet

The Cub Scouts of Pack 329 enjoyed a magical evening with Ms Tickle.

Ms Tickle performed kids magic for the Cub Scouts of Pack 329.

Ms Tickle with the Cub Scouts of Pack 329 and their families after the kids magic show.

This week Ms Tickle performed kids magic for the first time for Cub Scouts at their annual Blue and Gold Banquet. She and her husband received a warm welcome and were immediately made to feel like part of the “pack!” The special event was hosted at their regular meeting place, St. Mary’s Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Most Cub Scouts celebrate Scouting Anniversary Week in February (or end of January), with a “birthday party” called the Blue and Gold Banquet. In nearly all packs, this event is the highlight of the year. It brings families together for an evening of fun and cheer. It’s often the pack meeting for February (or January in this case).

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This special event has many purposes… celebrate the pack’s anniversary, thank pack leaders and other adults who have helped the pack, and inspire the leaders, Scouts, and parents. Packs often like to invite former members and other Scouting or community leaders to take part in their celebration.

The Banquet can be like a regular pack meeting, with songs, skits, stunts, and awards. Or it can be something different and a little more special. A pack may decide to bring in an entertainer such as a Ms Tickle!

Although booked only as a 30 minute show, Ms Tickle was having so much fun with the kids magic show that before you knew it, with all the music and crazy dancing, an hour had quickly gone by!

After packing the Big Pink Box of Magic, Ms Tickle was invited to judge the cake contest. Thankfully she wasn’t asked to taste them all, but simply to judge them on originality. Someone was clever and had baked a cute cake in the form of a black magician’s hat with white bunny ears sticking out! That was Ms Tickle’s favorite – but because the event was really in honor of the Cubs, she chose another which was decorated as a camping scene, complete with tents and campfire!

The evening brought fond memories to my photographer husband as he’d raised two Eagle Scouts many years ago and was then an active leader.

I hope to be invited again next year!

A Memorable Kids Birthday Party Should Include Loot Bags

Loot bags or not? That is the question!

A unique idea for a memorable party favor. Souvenirs such as party (loot) bags help to make a memorable kids birthday party and are a great idea, but they shouldn’t break the bank.

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Creative souvenirs are not expensive.

The answer is definitely YES  to party bags (also referred to as Loot Bags). Many children have been conditioned to expect them and it acts as a “Thank you” for coming to the party. However, no need to fill them with cheap, junk type items to save money. Providing a “take-home” souvenir makes for a memorable kids birthday party shouldn’t break your budget.

A take home craft that they have made at the party can double up as a party favor.  Your children’s entertainer may also be able to twist balloons and offer those as “take-homes”.  Or you can simply contact a balloon twister to see if they’ll provide sculptures that you can pick up or have them deliver before the party.  You’ll be surprised at how inexpensive this can be and you’ll probably get creations that are much nicer than what they can provide on location.

Another great idea are balloon candy cups. Many balloon artists offer them (as I do), and they can cost as little as $5.00 a piece!

You could also plan your party decorations to end up as party give aways!  Helium balloons that serve as decorations during the party can be sent home with the guests when the party ends -saving you not only money, but also the hassle of getting rid of them later!

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A helium balloon is a very cool party favor.

Speaking of Helium, you can purchase your own Mylar balloons along with a tank of Helium from any local party store.  By planning wisely, you could save enough money to be able to provide one awesome balloon to each guest.  Imagine the boys leaving with their favorite super hero balloon – Batman, Raphael or Spiderman and the girls leaving with their current hero, Elsa or Anna!  You’ll be the mom remembered for giving out the coolest party “bags”! A little bit of creative thinking can save you some money and may  ultimately be quite unique.

I encourage you to use my budget tracker found at the bottom of my Magic Show page. It will help you keep tabs of where you are with your party expenses.

Remember that it’s all about creating memories and if I can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to call me! When it comes to planning a memorable kids birthday party in the Knoxville area, my number is the only number you need. 865-567-4806.

Ms Tickle says, “Thank you”!

Thank you from Knoxville Party Magic!

We appreciate your business as we strive to become the leading Knoxville party entertainer for kids. 

Knoxville Party Magic, Knoxville's leading children's entertainer.Just a few more weeks and we will have reached the end of the year! My business year ends a little early as I always spend the last two weeks of December in Canada enjoying Christmas with my daughter and her family.

I’ve already started to email my clients to thank them for having hired me and to simply have a presence in their lives, however small it is.  Although I work hard at creating memorable moments, for various reasons clients can forget your name or loose your business card!

I also offer a repeat customer discount and a referral program. Any individual that’s hired me in the past, whether it be in 2014 or as far back as 2011, they get $25 off of any new service. Should a previous customer refer me to a new client, they can expect a $25 check in the mail after the booking is completed.

It’s so important to make your customers feel that their business is appreciated.  Don’t you hate it when you get a flyer in the mail for great discounts for new customers, yet you’ve been a client of that company for years and nothing is offered to reward you for your loyalty?

It’s been a good year for Knoxville Party Magic – Ms Tickle has been busy! I’m looking forward to an even busier 2015, making more kids laugh, creating fine memories and making sure parents aren’t stressing too much planning birthday parties!

See you next year!

 

Full Service Kids Party in Knoxville

Throw a hassle-free kids party in Knoxville

Our complete kids party package provides the facility, the entertainment and the goodie bags for all your guests.

Want to throw a great kids party in Knoxville but not in your home and you don’t want to spend big bucks at the “celebration center?” Knoxville Party Magic to the rescue!  We have a total party package solution for you!

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So much to do! So little time! Guests will be here any minute now!

Hosting a kids party at home is quite a bit of work! Planning & preparation will take up so much of your valuable time.  Where will you host it? In your home or at one of the popular party venues? Who and how many kids/parents will you invite?  Is there enough room in the house to have all these people over?  Do I want all these people in my house?  Many guests will be total strangers, the parents of your kid’s classmates. Do you want all of these strange people in your house? Prepare for some awkward moments – not everyone is a social butterfly!

Then of course you want your house clean for your guests. You know someone will be looking for those pesky little dust bunnies so you better make sure all is spotless before the first guest rings your bell!  Speaking of clean, drinks, chips, party plates, decorations, birthday cake, crumbs on your clean floor, drink spilled on your carpet, a little kid with a runny nose wiping his face on your curtains… do I need to say more?

How do you throw an amazing Kids Party in Knoxville?

How do we amuse this group? Crafts? Games? Music? A movie?  Just two hours hosting a kid’s party can see like much more than that! All things considered, what do we do at a kid’s party?

Knoxville Party Magic will entertain with the newest program to hit the party circuit.  Welcome to the Total Tickle Party – the easiest and the best way to throw a party outside of your home!

Be prepared for 2 hours of total entertainment with dancing, group games, magic and balloons. Everyone will participate – older kids and adults!

Total Tickle Party includes:

  • A large, sunny, private party room
  • Tables and chairs
  • Access to restrooms
  • Plenty of parking space
  • Several convenient locations to choose from
  • Variety of age appropriate games for the entire group of kids
  • “Disco” dancing group activity
  • 35 minutes magic show with Ms Tickle including audience participation and birthday child “Mini Magician” act
  • Mini balloon workshop
  • Thank You cards mailed to each of your guests
  • Goody bag for each child

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    Mom can relax and take it easy!

All you need to provide is food, drinks and paper plates & necessities.  We ask that you keep it very simple – pizza, juice and birthday cake.  After all, this program is designed to keep it simple and hassle-free! The kids are not here to sample expensive exquisite dining… there here to celebrate the birthday child and to have FUN!

Prices starting at $400.00 for 15 kids… even includes entertainment – you can’t beat that!

Please call me as soon as possible to determine if room is available the day you need it and from there we can work together and plan that memorable birthday party!

 

Kids Love a Birthday Party Puppet

Conrad is Knoxville’s most loved birthday party puppet.

Ms Tickle loves Conrad the Cuckoo bird, her favorite birthday party puppet.  

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Conrad before his makeover

Conrad the Cuckoo bird has just had a makeover. He’s absolutely stunning and ready to entertain at your kids birthday party. You just can’t beat a Cuckoo bird for fun and kids entertainment.

Actually, Conrad wasn’t “born” a Cuckoo bird, he’s technically a Buzzard. He’s one of Axtell’s earliest buzzard bird puppets – although exact color/design is no longer produced, the current Buzz-Off Buzzard is very similar.

When working with a birthday party puppet, it’s important to give it a certain character.  Originally sold and labeled as a Buzzard, Ms Tickle couldn’t picture this cute little guy eating roadkill.  Sure, there are instances where you can create a funny scenario with that but Ms Tickle thought they would make a better team if he was just a crazy little bird. Hence Conrad the Cuckoo bird!

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Conrad’s new look after his makeover

Conrad’s been around for a while (image on right).  Life isn’t easy being stored and forgotten in a cardboard box or tucked away in a suitcase.  Many of his feathers were missing and someone from his previous life had tried filling in some bare spots.  He looked okay but upon closer examination, you could tell he was in need of a make-over.

The people at Axtell took him in and he was returned to Knoxville Party Magic a few weeks later looking like a brand new bird (image on left)!  His original tail made from turkey ruff has been replaced with a beautiful and soft ostrich boa. His little feet are now solidly attached and Ms Tickle doesn’t have to worry about loosing them somewhere!  She’s very much looking forward to the next time she takes him out. Even if no one but her notices the change.

And remember… Ms Tickle knows he’s a birthday party puppet and so do you, but he doesn’t!  So let’s not tell him, okay?