Ten Frequently Asked Questions
Before Hiring A
Children’s Party Entertainer
Over the past
few years, hiring entertainers to help celebrate at children’s birthday parties
has become increasingly popular. With their bright, colourful costumes, and fun,
energetic performance, a children's party entertainer not only amuses your young
guests, but also eases the pressure on you during the
children’s party entertainer for the first time however, and ensuring you have
chosen the right person for both you and your child, can be a little daunting.
To help you select the right entertainer for your needs the answers to ten of
the most frequently asked questions before hiring a performer are detailed
1. What will the
entertainer do at my child’s party?
has their own routine, skills and style; however most will include several basic
elements. These elements include face painting or cheek art, balloon twisting,
along with a selection of games and prizes. Other activities may include
storytelling, magic, pass the parcel and even parachute
entertainers, such as magicians, belly dancers, sports and makeover party hosts,
are also available for your child’s party. These entertainers focus their show
around their specific talent and will, in most cases, not include activities
such as face painting.
characters are available?
There are a wide
variety of characters available for children’s birthday parties. The most
commonly requested are clowns, fairies, princesses and cowboys/cowgirls. Other
characters include superheroes, witches, wizards, mermaids, disco divas, teddy
bears, and seasonal characters, such as Santa, elves and Easter
If you are
having difficulty choosing which character your child would most enjoy, consider
their favourite television shows and music for
3. Should I hire
an entertainer if my child is afraid of clowns?
are afraid of clowns due to their heavy makeup. If your child is afraid of
clowns, you could select another character who wears less makeup such as a
Cowboy or Pirate for boys, or a Fairy or Mermaid for girls. If you have your
heart set on a clown, ask that the entertainer wears less makeup which will make
them far less intimidating to your child.
If you are
unsure as to whether your child is afraid of clowns consider their reaction to
Santa characters. Children who react badly to Santa will often have a similar
response to clowns.
4. How long will
the entertainer be at my party?
performances are generally available in three durations- one hour, one and a
half hours, or two hours.
There is no set
amount of time you should have the entertainer at your party, however the number
of guests at your party and the activities you would like included will
determine the length of the booking you require. For example, smaller parties of
around 15 children may only need an hour to play games, face paint and create a
balloon sculpture, while larger parties may need to have their games slightly
reduced or booking extended to accommodate additional face painting and balloon
5. What is the
best time to have the entertainer arrive at my child’s
that you book the entertainer to begin their performance half an hour after your
party starts. This allows time for all of your guests to arrive before the show
There is no set
time for the entertainer to begin their performance, they will be happy to start
at the time that is best for you. It is important to remember however, that if
you require the entertainer to greet your guests as they arrive, the time they
take welcoming the guests may mean that the activities they can complete during
their performance will need to be adjusted.
6. Can I ask the
entertainer to include certain games or
entertainer will generally have a set routine, most will do their best to
incorporate any special requests you may have. If additional supplies or prizes
are required, such as a piñata, there may be additional fees or you may be asked
to supply the extra items needed.
7. Will the
entertainer help me to cut the cake or pose for photos with the
Cutting the cake
is one of the most important parts of your child’s party, and an entertainer
will be happy to help you gather the guests together and sing “Happy Birthday”.
They will also be happy to pose for photos with the birthday child and their
If you want the
entertainer to pose for photos or help cut the cake during their performance, it
is best to give them a guide as to when you would like them to do so, allowing
them to adjust their performance accordingly. For example, you may want them to
cut the birthday cake and pose for photos midway through the party show. Letting
the entertainer know this prior to the beginning of their performance enables
them to have all of the children’s faces painted before the pictures are
8. Face Painting
– To paint or not to paint?
while being great fun, can be a time consuming activity during your party and
requires that the entertainer focus on one child at any particular time.
Especially in the case of larger parties with more than 25 young guests, face
painting can inhibit the flow of the party and restrict the other games and
activities that can be played.
If you do want
face painting included it may be best to ask the performer to include cheek
art, rather than full face designs, or hire a separate face
you could purchase face paints or temporary tattoos and ask a willing volunteer
to help you apply them during the party.
It is a good
idea to arrange for an activity, such as colouring in pages, for the remaining
guests to complete while others faces are being
9. What do I
need to have prepared before the entertainer
will bring everything they need for their performance to your party. Generally,
this includes items for games, prizes, balloons, face paints and any equipment
requirements such as a portable c.d. player. They may require access to a power
point to operate any electrical equipment such as a c.d. player, bubble or
If you have
requested certain games or activities for your party, confirm whether the
entertainer will be bringing the supplies for these games with them or if you
are required to supply them. If your child has a favourite music group or song,
ask whether the performer has them available or if you can provide them with
your own c.d. for use during the party.
How do I know my booking is
It is always a
good idea to request a written confirmation of your booking from the entertainer
to make certain there is no confusion in regards to the date, time, address or
requirements for your party. Individual
entertainers have differing price schedules and may include a travel charge for
your area on top of their standard price, or a fee for additional guests over a
certain number. Ensure that these charges, if any, are included in your written
confirmation along with the details of any deposits required so there are no
nasty surprises at your party.
Kate Winch is
co-owner of Princess Lulu Events, an event and party business based
in Sydney, Australia.
Events offers a comprehensive range of event services for celebrations in
Sydney, including entertainers, amusements, catering and co-ordination for
Their website is
also home to the Princess Lulu Online Party Supplies Shop offering a wide range
of party products for all occasions, available for delivery
To find out more
about Princess Lulu Events, and to receive your
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Kate Winch is
co-owner of Princess
Lulu Events, an event and party business based in Sydney,