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Balloon flowers

I just delivered a bunch of balloon flowers to a very sick little lady in Monash children’s hospital, this is one of the reasons I love balloons, I can create any type of flower and it is even allowed into ICU the hospital has rules about flowers on the icu ward

The joy that crossed mums face was amazing

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Fun Games that cost Nothing

Here are some fun games that kids would love and cost you nothing!

Treasure Hunt Game

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A treasure hunt is one of many different types of games with five or more players who try to find hidden objects or places by following a series of clues. Treasure hunt games may be an indoor or outdoor activity. Outdoors it can be played in a garden, indoors it can be played in a specific room, which would make the work of hiding the clues harder.

Button-Button

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Button, button, who’s got the button is a game of ingenuity where players form a circle with their hands out, palms together. One child, called the leader or ‘it’, takes an object such as a button and goes around the circle, putting their hands in everybody else’s hands one by one. In one person’s hands they drop the button, though they continue to put their hands in the others’ so that no one knows where the button is except for the giver and receiver.

The leader, or all the children in the circle, says “Button, button, who’s got the button?” and then each child in the circle guesses. The child guessing replies with their choice, e.g. “Billy has the button!”

Once the child with the button is finally guessed, that child is the one to distribute the button and start a new round.

Marco Polo

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The sport Marco Polo is an American form of tag played in a swimming pool.

One player is chosen as “It”. This player closes his or her eyes and tries to find and tag the other players without the use of vision. The player who is “It” shouts “Marco” and the other players must respond by shouting “Polo”, which “It” uses to try to find them. If a player is tagged, then that player becomes “It.”

The game can also be played on land, with slightly modified rules, or played with the addition of rules from Fish out of Water and others. It is similar to blind man’s buff, where one person is blindfolded while others choose hiding places around the room.

Hot Potato

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Hot potato is a party game guaranteed to get the kids and grown-ups laughing. Play with the whole family or leave it to the kids as they discover the fun and excitement of racing the music to pass the potato!

What’s in the bag

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YOU NEED:
non-transparent bag
lots of household objects
ACTIVITY:
A great guessing game that you can make entirely age appropriate.

Put a few things in the bag from around the house – like paperclips, a coin, a lime, a toy car, a dog biscuit, a rock, etc.

Let your child reach into the bag and choose an object.

Encourage them to feel it, roll it in their hands and imagine what it might be.

Ask them to guess before pulling it out.

For older children, make the objects less defined by their shape.

Simon Says

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HOW TO PLAY SIMON SAYS GAME
Designate one person as Simon and the others as players. Simon stands in front of the players and tells them what they must do. Use the activity sheet below to get some funny simon says ideas or use your own. Important: the players must only obey commands that begin with the words ”Simon says”.

For example, if Simon says, “Simon says play air guitar,”, players must pretend to play guitar. Then if Simon says “kiss your tummy”, WITHOUT first saying “Simon says,” players must not kiss. Whoever follows the command that doesn’t have Simon says are out of the game.

Steal the Bacon

How to Play Steal the Bacon

A fun tag game played by children for years, Steal the Bacon continues to be a playground favorite. A number of variations make the game suitable for every age and in many different environments. The object of the game is to steal the “bacon” and take it back to your side of the playing area without being tagged.

Water Balloon Toss

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Stand close together across from a partner and toss the water balloon, moving further and further apart with each toss.

Capture the Flag

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To defend your flag, you can tag any opponent on your territory and send them to “jail” until they are tagged by their teammate to be set free. The first team to capture the other’s flag wins the round. If the game was quick you usually switch sides, re-hide the flags, and play again.

Elephant Tag of War

Elephant Tug of War

When the Guests arrive:

Step 1: Divide the guests into two even teams. Try to make the teams even by size as well. Don’t put all the taller or stronger children on one team.

Step 2: Tell the teams to each pick one child to be the elephant.

Step 3: Make a line on the floor with a piece of tape, or chalk, or have the children stand on opposite sides of a doorway.

Step 4: The elephants then hold hands, and try to pull each other across the line, or through the doorway.

Step 5: Continue until every guest has had a chance to be the elephant.

Step 6: The team that pulled their opponents over the line or through the door the most times wins.

 

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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

 

 

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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

Mel51542e8a-f414-4b8d-8a24-663ddf224912-1

 

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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

 

 

 

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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

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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

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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

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