10 More Birthday Party Hints to help you survive the party like a champion!

I hope the tips above have got you thinking, and you're on the way to a better party! You deserve it and your children deserve it. My Mom and Dad didn't have the money to go "all out" but they certainly made the very best of what they had! and I Thank them for it!! Here are some more Birthday Party tips to keep you going:)
1. Keep the party moving! ... these are kids and they have an extremely small attention span and when you have their full attention you need to keep them involved and moving.  Once you give them something dull and boring to do, they lose faith in their leader, so keep it moving and fun!
2. Nametags - If you want something fun and something that will help you out a thousand times, use nametags. They can decorate the nametags by writing their names on them and putting stickers on them. Each nametag gives you immediate control by being able to call them by their name, and a child responds to you quicker when called by name.
3. Use a carpet or blanket. -  If you place a carpet or blanket on the floor the children will sit and eat on this blanket and they will choose their own seat next to their best friend or next to another child they know. Sometimes the boys sit together and girls sit together, but this blanket or carpet will save your home carpet should a child spill. This blanket will also serve as an area where the kids can sit to enjoy the Magic Show. This also gives the children boundaries as to where they should be sitting during the show. It's so easy to say, "We're all supposed to be sitting on the blanket" and the area is already defined and your carpet or home flooring is protected. If you have white wall to wall carpeting in your home, you absolutely need to follow this idea!
4. Time for restrooms! - If you have an activity or a Magic Show remind the children to take a restroom break before the activity or show. None of the children want to miss the excitement, so remind them before the activity begins.
5. If the children are sitting on their blanket or seated on the floor seat the smaller children in the front if possible. During the show or activity children tend to get excited and sit on their legs or they tend to sit up to be able to see better. By seating the smaller children in front they will be able to see everything without having to dodge or stand up to see.
6. Balloons ....This is pretty simple but it helps and your guests will know exactly where to go if you simply tie a couple of balloons on the mailbox. Trust me, it helps! An entertainer can smell balloons a mile away and any of your guests that have never been to your house will instantly know where they're going. It will make your guests smile before they've even arrived.
7. When setting up the date for the party, always ask about a couple of dates. If you call relatives and friends to ask availability and suddenly find out Grandma can't make it on that date then you have to call them all again. Save yourself some time and get a backup plan B date just in case.
8. Why make a special trip? Plan your theme and party ideas early, that way you can pick up all the items you need for the party on your regular schedule. Why go back to the grocery just to pick up items for the party? Why make a special trip to Walmart just for the party? Plan ahead and pick them up on your regularly scheduled trip to these places. Save yourself some time.
9. Pets - make plans to put your pet in a room away from the action. Plan a bedroom away from the party and leave your pet in this room. If your party is inside put the dog out in the back yard, I've seen pets scared out of their fur by 25 children celebrating. Your furry friend will Thank YOU!

10. If you want 50% of the hassle taken out of the party, hire an entertainer that does 3 to 5 birthday parties a week - they will make your job so much easier. It's a fact.....

This message brought to you by Nashville Magician Rodney Kelley
(who has been in business 30 years and does 3 to 5 birthday parties per week)
Read more about Nashville Magician Rodney Kelley


10 More Birthday Party Planning

Hints for Mothers

10 Birthday Party Planning Hints for Mothers

10 helpful hints to help you survive the party!

1. Invite other Mothers to come to the party. 
If you are having 25, 5 year olds at your home, you need some help! The Magician will be there to help but cannot help as much as a Mother. Invite the Mothers of the kids to come and enjoy some XYZ with you while the party is going on. They will not only help you, but will be your eyes and ears in every room of the house. Having the party with only one adult in the house is insane and insanity is not the goal! During the Magic Show seat the kids on the floor and have the Mothers sit around the kids in chairs so they can see all and help maintain control. Mothers are awesome and will help in all aspects of the birthday party when needed. It's a fact ... most Mothers are awesome!

2. No one ever shows up on time. If you plan the party for 2pm everyone will be there by 2:30pm .... it's a fact of life. Start the main activities at 2:30pm. For the first half hour invite everyone to the snack table to snack and get acquainted.

3. The food portion of the event takes 5 to 7 minutes. Kids want to play with the other kids, if you have pizza, snacks, candy, chips and more for the kids, they will spend about 5 to 7 minutes eating and will be begging to play with the others. Many Moms plan 20 to 30 minutes for eating and run out of things to do.

4. The batteries in your camera will go dead! It happens at 50% of the parties I attend. If this event is important to you, have a back-up set of batteries and a back-up camera that you know how to work. It's a fact of life.

5. Remember the 80% rule! 80% of the invitations that you send out will show up. If you invite 10 kids only 8 will show up, but sometimes you're surprised because people believe it is OK to bring the other siblings. Think about siblings, they will appear
and you need to be ready for them. But ... in the end, at most of the parties I attend, the 80% rule is a fact.

6. Anything that makes noise is bad! Don't buy a noisemaker, or two or three..... You'll be sorry. Anything that makes noise is bad, please, just trust me on this...... don't do it.

7. Don't serve food during the show. If you're having entertainment you want the kids to watch, it's pretty simple. If you serve food the kids will need more ketchup, more to drink, another napkin etc, etc, .... it's hard to hold their attention .... food makes it even harder.
I remember making a dove appear while a group of kids were eating ..... the kids were so excited, they stood and started walking towards the bird,  stepping on plates of pizza, spilling drinks etc ... Focus exactly on the one thing you want the kids to do and they will follow.

8. More than 25, fight to stay alive! If you are having more than 25 kids at your party, you may need a bigger venue. It's hard to maintain order at your home and save all your valuables with more than 25 kids. The perfect place to have it is in the church basement where the kids cannot hurt anything and everything that they spill is easily cleaned up. Consider donating to the church to use their basement, it will be worth it in the end! If you're in Nashville or surrounding areas I have a list of venue ideas that may help you 
in your search for a venue. (That list will probably help no matter what city you live in)

9. Book early and confirm early. If you want entertainment, book early, especially during June, October and December. 

10. If you want 50% of the hassle taken out of the party, hire an entertainer that does 3 to 5 birthday parties a week - they will make your job so much easier. It's a fact.....

This message brought to you by Nashville Magician Rodney Kelley
(who has been in business 30 years and does 3 to 5 birthday parties per week)
Read more about Nashville Magician Rodney Kelley