Joint children’s birthday parties – double the fun or double trouble?

  A significant amount of the parties I do are joint children’s birthday parties where 2 families have joined forces to organise a great party for their children.  This can be a great way for families to save money (literally halve the costs) but still throw a big party for their children and also ease the work load for both sides.  However there are a number of things you need… Read More

The art of children’s party planning – The Apprentice

Children's party planning

I’m a bit of an Apprentice fan so my interest was certainly piqued when I heard this weeks episode would be all about children’s party planning.  It is a job that on the outside can look very simple, just muck around with the kids, stick a few balloons up, sort some food and voila – children’s party heaven.  But as the candidates discovered there is a bit more to it… Read More

Finding the perfect venues for children’s parties

Venues for children parties

There comes a point in most parents lives that a child’s birthday party at home no longer becomes an option. Space is the main problem, but also for some the idea of several children trampling through your home can drive fear into even the most easygoing of parent’s hearts.So you need to hire a venue. Here are my tips to finding a perfect venue for your child’s birthday party.Venue finding… Read More

Fun activities to develop fine and gross motor skills – essential for writing

Activities for fine and gross motor skills

  This weeks’ blog came about because of a discussion between 2 parents in our classes today. Their eldest children have just started school and they were talking about some of the ways the school were suggesting to help the children get started with writing. The exercises they were talking about are basically stuff we do at our Active and Arty Adventure classes for toddlers every week. My classes are… Read More

5 things you don’t need at a birthday party

Money saving tips birthday party

It’s your child’s birthday.  You are wanting to throw a great party but obviously you have a budget.  Wouldn’t it be great to know the things that you don’t need to worry about buying?  Well never fear, here at Act One Adventures we have literally attended over a thousand birthday parties and we know the things that are really not needed, don’t work or can just cause you hassle and… Read More

Your child has a dummy!

David Beckham and pacifiers

David Beckham created quite an online storm yesterday.  Had he signed a new football or modelling deal? No. Was he at some big charity function? No.  David Beckham and Pacifiers? Yes! His 4 year old daughter was spotted with a dummy yesterday and you’d think the world was ending. (You can see the original article here – warning! It’s the Daily Mail) Seriously – who cares! Well apparently a lot of… Read More

Children’s parties – why less is more

Childrens parties

Imagine you’ve booked tickets to see your favourite show.  You’ve paid a lot of money, have settled down in your seat and the show starts.  It’s great, you’re enjoying it and totally immersed in all the action.  Then in walks a brass band and stands in the aisle playing with gusto. You struggle to hear what is happening on stage and it makes it hard to focus.  Then on the… Read More

Sugar and your kids – how to have a birthday party without toothache

sugar kids birthday party

Sugar and your kids – how to have a birthday party without toothache How much sugar do your kids normally consume? How much more do they consume at the average birthday party? I’m going to hazard a guess a lot more at the latter! And you know what? That’s ok. Wouldn’t life be boring without treats that might not be good for us but, just occasionally won’t hurt. Most adults… Read More

Perfect Party Food for Children

Perfect party food for children

Perfect Party Food for Children One area that I know is stressful for parents planning parties is food. How much? Is that enough? How many sweet treats? Help themselves or in party boxes? Sound familiar? Having entertained at over 100 parties every year I have seen what works and what doesn’t and here are some of my top food tips to ensure perfect party food for children. Sandwiches – there… Read More

The Ultimate Children’s Party Checklist

Ultimate Children's Party Checklist

The Ultimate Children’s Party Checklist So the venue’s booked, entertainment arranged and you have enough food to feed a small army, but what other essentials do you need for your child’s big day! Below is a list of the most useful things I have gleaned from entertaining at children’s parties. Hope it is of use to you. At least a couple of months before …. Book your entertainment and venue.… Read More