What to Tip a Kids Party Entertainer

Got questions about tipping? We've got answers.
Andrea Fowler

Andrea Fowler

Editor

Throwing a kids party with some awesome entertainment? One of the best ways to show your appreciation for an entertainer performing a job exceptionally well-done is with a tip. 

Tipping isn't required, but we do encourage it and entertainers report that it's the best way for customers to show their gratitude.

After all, a good entertainer can bring your party theme to life and keep everyone talking about it long after. And not to mention, entertainers often take on one of the most difficult parts of any child's party: Keeping 20 or so kids busy for a significant chunk of time.

When thinking about what to tip your party entertainer, here are some points to consider:

  1. Ask yourself if your budget allows for a tip, before the entertainer arrives at your party. If so, have cash or a check ready ahead of time.
  2. Pay attention to the level of professionalism leading up to the event. Were they punctual in responding and easy to work with? Did they arrive organized and on time?
  3. Now for the party itself, were the kids entertained and did you feel less stressed because of their presence? If the children responded exceptionally well to their talents, consider bumping up that tip.
  4. Did the entertainer have to work through any, erm—unexpected challenges? Say, a child who was particularly fussy or a bathroom incident? Handling those scenarios with grace is a big pro.
  5. Lastly, would you book this vendor again or recommend them to your friends? That’s a great measure of how much you valued their talents.

Just as a heads up, you should know that other parents may ask if you tipped the entertainer and, if so, how much. People often ask because they want to know for their own child's party. It's great if you are comfortable sharing, but don’t feel pressured to share something you’d rather keep private.

If you're maxed out financially, make sure to let the vendor or entertainer know how much you enjoyed their talents. We know playing host comes with a million tasks that demand your attention, but instead of hastily walking the entertainer to the door, take the time to sing their praises. 

In addition to paying those compliments in person, make sure to write a review pointing to specifics. Details worth calling out include timely arrival, professional conduct and personable attitude. If you can also cite something specific, maybe a special moment or interaction the entertainer had with a guest, that's even better.

Again, we’ll reiterate that tipping isn’t required. However, as with any service industry, party entertainers appreciate tips. Something like 10 to 20 percent of the overall price is appropriate.