You’ve decided to throw a party and book an entertainer. Congratulations! This means you can actually sit back and get to enjoy your little one’s big day.

A good party entertainer keeps the kids busy so you can mingle and watch the happiness unfold, instead of running around like mad, wrangling kids or trying to wrap your own pass the parcel. But sometimes it can be confusing knowing what to consider. There are so many entertainers out there and they all offer different and unique packages and skills.

Here are my top 5 tips to consider when choosing and booking your party entertainer:

1. Theme
With a definite party theme in mind, you can narrow down your search for entertainers. Maybe you want a magician, balloon twister, face painter, a craft facilitator, a particular princess or superhero character etc. Your first stop is chatting to your child to see what theme they love.

2. Budget
I recommend calculating the full party budget (food, venue, how many kids, if you will have party favours etc) to make sure you are on track before making any promises to your little one that Spiderman will be attending. Budget can also determine the duration you have your party entertainer for.

3. Vision
We all have these grand visions when it comes to party planning (I know I do)! We want it to be perfect. Make sure you clearly communicate your party vision and expectations to your party entertainer so you make sure you are both on the same page. Children’s entertainers all have very different skills and offerings. Some can sing exceptionally, some can face paint really well, others do magic, balloon twisting or facilitate awesome fun games. Some do it all! But make sure you ask. Never assume.

4. Location/Date/Time
If using an external or hired venue, make sure your entertainer has permission to attend the venue. They might need a copy of the party entertainer’s public liability insurance certificate to allow them to attend. Is the venue OK for an entertainer to perform if it rains? Imagine all your guests being huddled under a rotunda at the park with no room to even face paint just because it’s raining. Party times are important too. Make sure your guests know there will be a party entertainer and that might make them arrive on time. You are paying for a particular timeframe and you really want to make sure the maximum amount of guests are there. I recommend having your entertainer arrive 30 minutes after the time your guests have been invited.

5. Clear Communication
The biggest piece of advice I can give is that communication is key. Us party entertainers are super approachable (that’s why we are good at our jobs – we are fun and friendly, right?!). If you have questions just ask. Be clear on location changes if there is rain. Know your entertainer’s T&Cs. Tell them what you want and expect for your party and they will also be clear on what they offer. Party entertainers are very flexible on the day because kids can be unpredictable, but the more info we can share with each other before the party the better!


Natalie Faulkner

Natalie Faulkner  

Natalie has been to more than her fair share of children’s birthday parties, thousands in fact! With over 15 years experience in the entertainment industry, and a passion for entertaining young and old, Natalie is the director of fun for kids entertainment company Strawberry Fundaes Kids Parties. She also loves to throw a dinner party, set up a fabulous picnic or just chat about mum life/character life in general. Check out her party hacks and entertainment tips (to take the stress out of your next party) on her blog // www.lovedbynatty.com