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Joel’s Amazing Pirate Cakes

Every now and then I see something that really tickles my fancy. Today I went to York with my Pirate Puppet Show to perform at a little boy called Joel’s 5th birthday party. Usually there is just one birthday cake but Joel’s  mum had gone to a lot of trouble to make the party special. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of these amazing cakes which Joel’s mum had carefully and lovingly created. As you can see each one is decorated as a pirate and every child received one in his or her party box to take away  at the end. What a lovely idea. I think Joel’s mum was pleased with her pirate cakes but she did tell me that it had taken  her ages to do them. It was however a labour of love and well worth the effort.

Pirate Birthday Party Cakes

Pirate Cakes

I didn’t get a chance to sample one of the cakes but I am sure they were absolutely delicious. What do you thing of Joel’s amazing pirate cakes? Let me know what you think.

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Hire Real Donkeys

I absolutely love these beautiful donkeys. They belong to Mark Ireson who quite rightly is very proud of them. I’ve met Mark quite a few times over the years and I’ve always been impressed with the kindness and care with which he treats his animals. As you can see from these photos Marks donkeys are in perfect condition. They are always a big hit with children at events and there’s nearly always a queue waiting for a ride.

Donkey Rides are great as part of the children’s entertainment programme.

The donkeys are available to hire for birthday parties, fetes, galas, shows, summer fairs and family fun days.

Contact Mark on Tel 01924 437529 or mob 07946 189514

Mark Iresons Donkeys

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Donkey Rides

Real Donkeys

Donkey Rides

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The Creepy Crawly Show | Children’s Entertainment

I came across the Creepy Crawly Show at an event recently. This company bring a selection of mini beasts to your birthday party or event. The children get to see a variety of different small animals, reptiles and insects close up. Some can even be handled. The keepers are on hand to answer questions and talk about the exhibits. Needless to say most little boys will love it although some girls may be put off by some of the insects? I noticed that lots of adults were interested and enjoying the displays too so it’s not just children’s entertainment. For more information about hiring the Creepy Crawly Show for a Birthday Party or Event call 0151 327 5888.

Creep Crawly Show

Handling Creepy Crawlys

Kids can see the mini beasts up close

Reptiles at the Creepy Crawly Show


Interesting displays at the Creepy Crawly Show

If you have seen the Creepy Crawly show please let us know what you enjoyed most. Comments invited.

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Newton Le Willows Village Hall

Here is another great venue for a Birthday Party in the Richmond, Bedale, Catterick Garrison area of North Yorkshire. Newton Le Willows Village Hall is fully modernised with a lovely function room ( the main hall ) and there is also an adjoining ante room too. The kitchen has been fully refurbished and is well equipped. The rates for hiring the hall are very reasonable and there is excellent car parking. It is an excellent choice for a birthday party or similar function. The floor in the main hall is also fantastic for dancing.

Newton Le Willows Village Hall

Newton Le Willows Village Hall

Newton Le Willows Village Hall

Newton Le Willows Village Hall

To hire the hall Tel 01677 450614 ( this number correct as of May 2010 )

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Great Broughton Village Hall

Great Broughton Village Hall is an excellent venue for a Birthday Party, Race Night or other social function in the Great Broughton or Stokesley area of North Yorkshire.

The hall has excellent facilities. It has an large well fitted kitchen, good toilets and he main room is spacious, well lit and comfortably heated.

Great Broughton Village Hall

Great Broughton Village Hall

Inside Great Broughton Village Hall

Main Room Great Broughton Village Hall

To book Great Broughton Village Hall call  01642 712426

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Magic Show For Magic Family

There was Magic in the air yesterday when a family in Barnsley gathered at the Golf Club to celebrate a 90th Birthday Party. There were four generations represented and Gran became the star of the Magic Show which took place after the buffet. Magician Ron Wood from Jolly Good Productions performed a series of routines involving magic wands, a banana, a mouse and a piece of cheese, a disappearing handkerchief and balloons. The highlight was when 90 year old Gran ( The Birthday Girl ) showed she had the magic touch by transforming one card into another with the wave of a magic wand to the amazement of the entire audience. All of the children got to go inside a giant bubble and won prizes too. It was a lovely afternoon.

The Birthday Girl ( 90 ) and the Magician

Birthday Girl ( 90 ) has " The Magic Touch "

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Time Planning Tips

Time Management

We all lead very busy lives these days and so it’s important to be organised. For most of us the one commodity we never have enough of is time. Remember the old adage ” Time and tide waits for no man ” I have worked in the event business for seventeen years or more and I am well experienced at working against the clock. As an event organiser or event supplier there are no second chances. You simply have to be ready on time. Having a Time Plan is essential.

You might be a busy mum organising a Birthday Party, a volunteer organising a Race Night, a member of a committee organising an Outdoor EventFun Day, Fete or Gala or a someone responsible for setting up a Store Promotion or Grand Opening.  In every case you have a lot do do and the clock is ticking.

Time Planning Tips

Be organised

First you need to set out your aim. Write down what you intend to do and by when.

Next consider your options. There’s always going to be more than one way to do something. Lets call these ” Courses Open ”

Each course of action will be affected by various factors. Some will be advantageous, others will have a negative effect.

On a sheet of paper jot down your several possible ” Courses Open ” and under each one have two columns. One column for advantages, the other for disadvantages ( or call them plus and minus )

Finally review each one in turn weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of each and from this evaluation decide which will be your best course.

The course you choose becomes your Plan.

Make a To Do List

Now you have a Plan you need to create a To Do List.

Write down everything you can think of that needs to be done. Don’t leave anything out no matter how insignificant.

Go through the list and next to each item jot down how long it will take to complete.

When you have finished your ” To Do List ” you will know the total time needed to get everything done.

Organise your team

Allocate specific tasks to your team.


Put your ” To Do list ” into order with the most important tasks at the top and the least important at the bottom.

Make a Time Plan

On a clean sheet of paper write down the event ” Start Time ” at the top left.

Give yourself a buffer to allow for delays and write down a ” Set By ” time. This is the time that everyone in the team should be working towards. If everything is ready at the ” Set By ” time then there will be a chance for a breather before the event begins.

Works backwards from the ” Start Time ” and ” Set By ” time using your priority list and you will be able to work out the actual time that each task is to be carried out by.

When you have finished you will have a detailed ” Time Plan ” which shows all of the jobs that need to be done, who is going to do them and by when.

Brief your team

Give every member of the team a copy of the plan or brief them and make sure they know what they have to do and how long they’ve got to do it and when to start each task.

Be flexible

Your carefully worked out Time Plan puts you fully in control and hopefully avoids the chaos and frustration that can ocurr in the run up to an event. Remember that the unexpected can happen and so you need to be flexible. Try and stick to the plan but be prepared to make changes and adjust if necessary.

Good Luck!

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Party Tips For Mums And Dads

Here is a quick list of tips for Mums and Dads who are organising a children’s birthday party :

  • Give every child a name badge. Write their christian names in big bold letters ( block capitals are best ) so that they can be easily read. Addressing the children by their names makes them feel more at home and it is better for control because you are speaking to them personally.
  • Don’t forget to bring a lighter or matches for lighting the candles.
  • Consider putting a big sheet on the floor and having the children sit on it whilst eating their party food. Its much easier to gather up the crumbs / mess afterwards if all you have to do is pick up the sheet.
  • Stage manage ” singing happy birthday ” Are you going to have the children sitting at the table or are you going to put the cake on a little table in the middle of the room and have everyone gather round? Decide who is going to take photos / video. Standing on a chair and taking shots looking down can be quite effective.
  • Allocate a place to put cards and presents. If in a hall, put a table at the back of the room for this.
  • Bring some bin liners for rubbish just in case.
  • Buy a cheap balloon pump for inflating balloons.
  • Put balloons outside to help guests find the party.
  • Book a venue with good parking if possible. Avoid venues with limited parking as it makes it difficult for everybody.
  • Avoid venues where the party room or function room is upstairs. Choose somewhere with a room on the ground floor and good access in and out. Why make life difficult for yourself?
  • Bring a CD / MP3 Player / Ipod player with appropriate music. Even if your are having an entertainer, it pays to have a back up.
  • Think about where you are going to put hats and coats.
  • Put chairs / tables out for parents, or decide where you are going to put them during the birthday party.
  • Bring tea, coffee, milk, sugar and biscuits for the adults.
  • If you are having a children’s entertainer make up a little sign requesting parents to talk quietly during the show ( adults can be extremely noisy and become a major distraction spoiling the children’s enjoyment. A polite request for them to be considerate  is perfectly reasonable )
  • Allow plenty of time for setting up.
  • Ring the venue / key holder / manager of the venue before you set off to ensure that the hall / room is unlocked and ready. People do sometimes  forget so it does no harm to check.
  • Make a checklist in advance. Write down everything you need for the party. Have a friend go over it with you in case you have overlooked something. Refer to your checklist on the day.

I hope you find this list useful. Let me know if you think there is anything that could be added.

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Children’s Entertainment Can Be A Real Hoot

Our slogan is ” Jolly Good Fun For Everyone ” and so when we go to an event to provide children’s entertainment we do like to make sure it’s a  hoot ! The other day we worked alongside ” Lancashire Hawks And Owls ” and I thought their static display was fantastic. It was certainly receiving lots of attention from the general public. Everyone from the youngest children to parents and grand parents were fascinated by the beautiful birds of prey. Here are some photos I took.





If you are looking for a great idea for an  outdoor event or birthday party or are planning any other type of event then why not have something with a real hoot in it! Call Margaret on 01254 4605497 or go to the web site www.lancashirehawksandowls.co.uk

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