The party was a roaring sucess Charlie loved having all his friends to play with in one place. There was one incident, Charlie charged off to play in the soft play area only to return 5 seconds later with blood dripping from his lip. I though that was the end off the party and we would have to go to casualty, thankfully it was just a lot of blood from a small cut. The staff helped us clean him up and he was off playing again before we knew it.
The kids get an hour to play before getting called up for their party tea followed by party games and activity's. We thought this was a really well structured way of doing it, if you wanted to you were free to stay after the party for the kids to play.
Top tips for a holding a successful children's birthday party.
- Take large bags with you - I wish we would have had some of the large re-usable bags to take the presents Charlie received from his friends to the car. I ended up balancing them and it was a real challenge to open the boot of the car.
- Party organiser - If you can choose somewhere that comes with a party organiser. We had one with our party it was invaluable she kept everything moving and got all the children sorted and happy. It was a great weight off our shoulders knowing someone was in control at all times.
- Send Invites early - You need to be organised and let people know what dates to save, however do not do it to early as people will forget. I'd say 2 months before is a good time scale to go by.
- Explicitly state if you are happy to look after children - We were stung by this, we didn't specify we just (stupidly) expected parents of other four years old's to actually hang around and look after their own kids. The mum of one of charlie friends from nursery just popped her head in said I'm off shopping now, be good. She then explained she dressed him in a Spiderman outfit because the last time he came to Jump he got lost ! We could not believe out ears and the worst part was the mum of Charlies friend had never met us before, we were disgusted in her behavior.
- Buy your own party bags - We had the choice of buying our own or having Jump provide their own for the party. We opted for our own because we were shown Jumps party bag and they were poor, even the staff said we can not provide sweets for the bags. By doing your own the kids actually get goodies instead of tat they really do not want.
- Have a helper - My mum helped us out on the day she was there to just help with the little things like the toilet runs or entertaining Olivia. It ended up being such a help I would highly recommend having someone with you to help.
I hope my tips have helped you plan your party and have given you some things you may not have thought about before.