Introducing Claire Ward. While Claire’s married to Adam and keeps busy being mum to identical twins Frankie and Lola (6), she’s also the ‘Director of Fun’ at her kids’ party business, Confetti Hosts.
Tell us about your current role?
FUN! FUN! FUN! Confetti Hosts is an innovative kids party entertainment business. But you won’t find face painting or balloon sculptures here – only active, imaginative kids’ games and crafts. We had 6-year-old Cinderellas pushing a huge pumpkin across the ground in high heels last week, 9-year-old Slime Scavenger Hunts the week before and Kryptonite jelly searches as a part of our pass the parcel. It’s a whole hour of active games getting children running, dancing, hunting and cracking up laughing!
Where did the concept for this come from?
As I’ve grown older I’ve always kept my childhood wonder and joy, and we all know the best thing about being a kid is playing games! I didn’t want to see parties where children were sitting listening to someone tell a story or waiting in line – it’s all about getting children active and there’s no better way than through original games they have never seen before. The sense of wonder and anticipation is unlike anything.
What’s your business background?
I have been a childcare trainer for the past 15 years (with experience in childcare centres and travelling as a nanny). Last year I sold my wedding styling business that I had for eight years.
Who were your mentors along the way?
My husband. He supported me eight years ago when I started my styling business, then I supported him five years ago with his wedding photography business and now it’s back to me… he’s amazing! Also my mum. She’s my personal seamstress and promoter of fun. I am now about to endeavour on a business-mentoring program with Kristie Ord – she’s amazing and has already taught me so much about being in alignment and doing what you’re passionate about.
What time does a typical day start for you?
I’m journaling at 6am and doing a Sam Wood workout at 6.30am (and hoping the kids are still asleep!).
Who does the cooking and cleaning at your house?
We have a demi pair most of the year living with us and in return they have a schedule of cleaning, cooking and looking after the children. This helps me as I go crazy with the monotony of everyday routine when I love to be spontaneous! Adam cooks dinner in our house (he is amazing) and I cook cake.
If you have 10 minutes to yourself, what do you like to do?
Sit and stare with a cup of tea. My goal is to meditate for 10 minutes two times a day – I’ll see how I go with that one!
What do you do for childcare?
Frankie and Lola attend Silkwood School and I’m lucky with my parents if we need a date night!
Do your kids do many extracurricular activities?
They have tried everything under the sun but they just love to come home and play. I don’t book much in other than a piano lesson at school. I think they would really love Brownies!
What do you do for fun as a family?
We love to head to Surfers beachfront on Friday arvos for a barbecue, scooter ride and, of course, gelato. It always feels like you’re in another country with all the different nationalities enjoying our beautiful city.
What is your favourite thing to do for date night with your partner?
We can’t go past the dodgy alley ways in Surfers! Korean is our go-to cuisine. We love to ride the G-link and bar hop along the way. We’re so spoilt for amazing bars here on the coast!
What is your favourite local place to visit?
Anywhere fun! Rosser Park is our go-to for bike rides with the pooch.
And your fave place to eat out as a family?
We make the trip to Freeman’s Organic Farm. We love to plant strawberries there and eat cake!
Where do you head to when you get time for a girls’ night out?
Brisbane. There’s nothing like salsa dancing at Cloudland on a Thursday night!
What is your best beauty tip for mums?
For more women to know that “We are more than our bodies”. My friend started a project where us women had photos taken in the forest in our underwear with a white board sign expressing what we have always been told about our bodies and what we know to be true now – so inspiring. My best tips are eating and exercise for your health, not your looks, and to love the body you’re in!
Favourite place to shop (locally and online)?
I’m totally obsessed with Cotton On Kids and online I’m always searching costume shops. I’ve just found Midsummer Star jewellery and am totally obsessed with their rings!
Must-have parenting tip or tool?
Have fun with your kids, tickle them and sometimes just watch them. That’s what I love about Confetti Hosts – parents can sit back and laugh along with their child having a fantastic time in the essence of childhood.
Can you share any tips on finding the right work/life balance?
Demi pairs are a valuable asset – I wish I had known about them when the twins were little. It gives me more ‘me’ time and moments with my children.
How do you stay motivated in your career?
Creative energy is awesome as it keeps you motivated. A business coach is invaluable and I’m searching for my tribe of like-minded women to keep my business motivation alive.