Have you ever felt like you’re just spinning your wheels and not getting anywhere?

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This is where I am at at the moment, going around and around the track, and finally,  I’ve decided to get more organised.

**Is there somewhere in your life that you actually are a little organised? use that technique because you already know it and apply it to other areas”

When I plan a party I actually have things timed, this helps me know where I am going

eg

Two hour party   15 kids /6 adults   10am/12pm face painting games balloons

9.50 arrive and set up

10.00 meet and greet the kids as they come in  – bubbles/ glitter stamps

10.05  Good Faces take max 6 mins each, some are faster so lets round it to 4 mins

– 4 x 15 = 1hour (this is an estimate, and why there is always a line for face painting)

10.20 – face painting

10.30 – face painting

10.40 – face painting   (during this time, the kids are eating and playing a little)

10.50 – face painting

11.00 – Games  (20 mins of games can be duck duck goose, hide and seek, any of my-

11.10 – Games  – parachute games, they are fast turnover games and nobody “loses”)

11.20  Magic (get all the kids sitting for a little 10 min magic show)

11.30 Balloons –  (1-5 mins per balloon, depending on the kids)

11.40 Balloons –

11.50  Balloons  –

12.00    Cake  –  Song

12.05 pack up, thank everyone and leave everyone with a smile

 

This is a very basic run down of how a party needs to go, when I’m planned, then I am comfortable, and my client is comfortable because when you have a plan then you can adjust when the kids are fractious and need to run,  so I over plan and parties run smoothly (My actual sheet has loads more detail in it, when the kids get bored we switch to a new game)

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How many of you are looking at your life and saying “I don’t know where I’m at”

I have to admit, I plan my parties to the enth degree, but I have not planned my year

so, just like a party, I’m going to break it down

 

Jan  (Australia day)

Feb (Family Birthday)

Mar (Family Birthday)

April

May (Mothers day)

June (Family Birthday)

July (Family Birthday)

August (car rego due)

September (Fathers day)

October – (Family Birthday)

November (Halloween)

December (Christmas/NewYear)

even though there are 365 days, it really does get broken down to little chunks so the idea is to chunk down,

with only 12 things to look at that makes it a little easier, within the 12 there are roughly 4 weeks

Jan  (Australia day) –                     –                      –                    –                       –

Feb (Family Birthday)-                   –                     –                    –                       –

Mar (Family Birthday)-                    –                    –                      –                      –

April                                 –                   –                    –                      –                      –

May (Mothers day)       –                    –                     –                      –                       –

June (Family Birthday) –                   –                     –                        –                       –

July (Family Birthday)-                     –                    –                       –                        –

August (car rego due)  –                      –                     –                    –                       –

September (Fathers day) –                   –                    –                   –                         –

October – (Family Birthday)-                   –                –                   –                        –

November (Halloween)    –                       –                    –                   –                      –

December (Christmas/NewYear) –                –                   –                    –                    –

 

Again, looking at it like this is already a little easier, so this is where I am leaving it now, but i’ll pick this up again later, chunking down then breaking the work up into chunks will help me step through all the things I have to do.

 

What techniques do you use? how do you make the magic happen?

 

Cheerio

Mel

 

 

What are the three things you have problems with when running a children’s party?

Everyone has different ideas on what a party should be, I personally have planned chaos at my kids parties, but as a professional entertainer that is my bag, I am not so good with the catering, so I have to plan that out, how many people x food/drink when do you serve what.

so I look at it as a story, beginning middle and end

Beginning 

People arrive, (some early, some late) milling and snacking, the kids have a little run around

music, chatting for parents and entertainment for kids

Middle  

Serious food comes out (if a big meal in on the plan)

Then more entertainment for kids and adults

End

Cake is the sign that the show is over, this is great and most people understand this,  keeping a few family and close members after (they usually help clean up)

 

This is a bare bones summary of course, my question is this…,

Where is the area that you need help with a party?  planning? prep? delivery? Cleanup?  what is it that stops you from having more parties?

Cheerio

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Learning to blog

So today I’m at a ProBlogger event, I’m really quite new @ blogging, and I believe in training, if you want to get better at anything you needs to be around the people who are better than you 

       

The little things 

Loving this rainbow ​

Unicorn party – games and set up

There are just so many ways to theme up a party, and play around with what you can do

Depending on their ages, there are so many things that could work for this style of party

I recently did an 8yo Unicorn party, it was Fabulous, here are some of  the games we played

The most important thing is to engage their imagination, and for this, you don’t really need much, just a dash of silliness and some coloured material

First step is, decide with the kids (I have had them tell me it’s a fart/tinkle noise)  what noise a unicorn makes and that is the sound to start and finish games

Have pockets of glitter and make the unicorn sound and throw glitter in the air

  1. tell a story together, this is done with a lot of engagement from the children, we tell a story of a little unicorn (children name and age the unicorn) you start the adventure with this unicorn sleeping and have the chldren be asleep.  then make up a story with the kids input (remember the input because you retell it backwards as the unicorn goes out for an adventure then finds it’s way back home.  The children absolutely love this game, because it engages them in all forms, they get to create a character and take it on an adventure that is all their own

2. Team games, make two hobby horse unicorns out of balloons and have the two teams race once around the table/chair/clothesline and then hand the hobby horse (they mush ride it like its a horse)  over to the next one in line, the team done first starts neighing loudly

3. balancing games with a parachute – kids in the centre are wearing the unicorn horn (balloon horn perhaps) and then you can wash them in the huge unicorn  washing machine (everyone runs around the circle with the edge of the parachute, it twists up and the unicorn in the centre needs to keep their balance

more parachute games here

Running games – blow up a balloon if they can (most cant) assist with your balloon pump and tie off  then they have races frontways backways sideways all together around the yard

2 teams

Jelly bean / Marshmallow run – spoon in mouth,(everyone has their own spoon) picking it up from one bowl and putting it in another

Unicorn tails (snakes or rainbow straps) pegged on a string and have an eating competition

Make unicorn Gel – clear aloe vera Gel plus a drop of glycerine plus loads of super fine glitter can be used for skin or cheeks or lips (always avoid eyes) This is an excellent one for older kids, get them to decorate the pots you put it all in after they have made their magical glitter Gel

Make glitter slime, I have been making slime for years with kids, however there is now an issue with borax so we don’t use it any more, here is a slime recipe that I have been using and adding glitter too so it’s all squishy and lovely

  • 1.5 cups  of white glue
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 2 tablespoons of  saline solution (make it yourself with water and salt)

Mix it, add some shaving foam to make it fluffy, then add food colouring and glitter, loads of glitter, it’s a gooey slimey mess

Aaany way, I had heaps of fun at the party, so did my little friends, happy Unicorning

 

Peace and love

Mel

 

 

 

Arches and decorations setting the scene for your event 

When you plan an event what feeling are you getting across? Is it a convention or a birthday party or product launch? When you decide the atmosphere you want the guests/delegates to feel, balloons set the scene and are gorgeous so you can get your attendees to hashtag #yourevent, set selfie prizes on Instagram and across all your social media, balloons and our outstanding high impact decor share well, look amazing and will keep people talking

Choosing the pieces you want for your event is all about the venue, sometimes less is more, an entry arch  or two columns as the guests are coming in set the scene, perhaps lights or multiple floor decorations giving a “red carpet” feel,  table centerpieces and another gorgeous backdrop for photos, or even, a photoframe are quite on trend now

A little balloon action in Eltham today

Such a lovely pace to twist, it’s mid winter here so it took ages to warm up, but we came up with a couple of nice balloons  by the end, have a great Saturday! 

Retail decorations 

Sometimes it’s to celebrate a season or a sports team, sometimes it’s for fun, sometimes it’s to highlight an area of the store, but every now and then, a little fancy, a little changeing it up with some colour makes the world of difference to the way the staff feel and therefore the customers feel too, a breath of fresh air in the form of  colour and movement

NAIDOC week celebrations, I love that what I do gives great feelings to people, art touches us in ways that are deep and moving

Hot air ballooning 😆

I’ve just gotten back from some training (always working on making things better for my customers), one of the luxurious gifts I can now deliver are Hot air balloons, seriously the most fab thing I’ve seen, they take ages to make and are quite simply sumptuous and are ready to be delivered today, order by 1pm Melbourne time to have it delivered before 5

#ilovelearning

More balloonacy out and about 

Twistalischious fun 

Had a couple of good ones today 

Nothing says winter in Australia like Citrus and we are all a flutter with the yummyness 

I was asked yesterday to install something cool for Citrus and this is a nice little display I’m kinda proud of, it’s a little odd but I like that 😊 the 3ft balloon that’s an orange makes me very happy

1st birthday parties are blast

Been twisting up a storm lately 

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