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GigMasters Guide to Hiring Entertainment for a Kids’ Birthday Party

Roni Shapira Ben-Yoseph


Quality entertainment is a sure-fire way to elevate your child’s birthday celebration from run-of-the-mill to one-for-the-books.  There is stellar talent out there suited for every party and every personality.  Popular entertainment for kids’ parties includes balloon twisters, magicians, clowns, face painters, costumed characters, DJs, caricaturists, musicians and puppeteers.

Let your child’s interests and the theme of the party guide your decisions, and let GigMasters help you find the perfect fit.  Ask the right questions and provide the key information for an unforgettable celebration.

Consider the Guest of Honor The more your entertainment knows about the guest of honor, the better.  In addition to your child’s age and name, tell prospective entertainers about your theme and your child’s main interests.  Ask how they would customize their act or service to make it as personal and individualized as possible.  The performers from A#1 Best Events and Entertainment of Los Angeles work with such information to make the party extra special and unique.  By the end of the performance the birthday boy or girl feels a great connection to the performers, which is why A#1 always recommends pictures or video with the performers as a great memento of the day.

Consider the Audience What is the guest age range?  Will parents stick around for the festivities or is this a drop-off affair?  A wide range of ages may be best entertained by a variety of activities.  A#1 points out that, “a puppet show might be great entertainment for a 3 year old, but a 15 year old would do better with extreme mini sports, karaoke, glitter tattoos, airbrushing, age appropriate crafts, or henna tattoos.”   The folks at Fun-O-Rama Parties of Atlanta find that the most memorable kids’ parties get everyone involved.  “The kids’ parties that really stand out where everyone has a blast are the ones where the adults join in with their kids in the activities, loosen up and have fun!  When clients understand we are performers, artists, and entertainers but not babysitters their expectations will be exceeded!”  If you want your child’s party to be a multi-generational affair then don’t be shy; mention the entertainment on the invitation and encourage parents to attend.

Pinning Down the Details Make sure to factor in sufficient time for your entertainment to set up and break down, and provide them with a schedule of events.  If you are planning an outdoor party then have a contingency plan for rain, either an indoor venue or a rain date.  Moon On The Water Entertaining: Clowns, Pirates & More of Carteret, New Jersey makes a point of touching on these concerns to streamline the process and anticipate any surprises.  “It is always great when hosts ask what performers need to maximize performance and decrease set-up and break down time. For example, providing table and chairs for a face painter or balloon artist, and space for active games or a magic show in advance really helps.”  You will get the most mileage out of your entertainment by setting the stage for them before their arrival.  MoonOnTheWater also offers rain date insurance, allowing the hosts to book an alternate date in case of inclement weather.  Be sure to ask prospective talent if they provide such an option.

Setting Priorities As Fun-O-Rama Parties of Atlanta, GA points out, when you close your eyes and think back on a party, you won’t remember the napkin you used to wipe your mouth.  Instead, you’ll remember the games, the face painting, the mind-blowing magic show or the great live music.  If you are trying to stick to a budget, go for simple paper goods and invitations and get the most out of your entertainment dollars to make wonderful memories for the guest of honor, kids and parents who join in your celebration.

Further Reading GigMasters has other plenty of other performers that could be perfect for your child’s party such as Live Animals, Juggler, Mime, Temporary Tattoo Artist and Ventriloquist.

When the time comes we have plenty of great performers for the other important family events such as Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16 and Adult Birthday Parties.