Paula RossAndy and Paula Ross are the founders of Andy’s Parties, a full-service theme party and enrichment company. Andy’s Parties has run well over 1,000 parties in its first 3 years of operation – everything from Pirate Parties to Princess parties, Superhero and Spa parties. Andrew Ross (Guy in the Monkey Suit) is an entrepreneur with substantial experience with small businesses. After graduating with a degree in business from the Wharton Business School, he spent seven years in the private equity and consulting industries, helping grow many businesses. However, since he graduated from high school, Andy has longed for his previous years as a camp counselor and child's party planner and entertainer. He has leveraged his business knowledge and experience with kids to start Andy's Parties! Andy is primarily responsible for the Andy's Parties Franchising initiative and with growing the corporate locations. Paula Ross (Chief Creative Officer) is primarily in charge of developing new theme parties and enrichment programming. As part of her experience as a communications consultant to corporate clients, she has many years of planning and facilitation experience for social and business events - from huge company holiday gatherings to smaller and mid-sized town hall meetings and open houses in communities where her clients are doing business. Paula is also our Custom Event Specialist and can help you plan weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, Sweet 16 parties, anniversary and retirement parties, as well as corporate and charity events! Please call her for information about our Custom Event Planning Services.
Paula Ross: Hi! I am Paula Ross; back again from Andy's Parties, teaching you some tricks of the trade to have a great birthday party for your child. We are going to talk now about planning games and activities for your child and his or her friend during the party. There are a lot of things to think about and there are a hundreds of options for planning some crafts and activities. The things you want to think about before planning those events are whether or not you are going to have boys or girls or both and what ages those childs are and what your theme is. You want to make sure that the activities are all intertwined with your theme and are age appropriate, and gender appropriate.
At Andy's Parties we also like to do a craft activity at our parties. It gives something for the kids to take home, in the other hand. They go home with a craft activity in one hand and a goody bag in the other and they are very excited. So, you might want to have for your craft activity some paints, or a basket of markers on hand, in order to do your craft activity, whatever that activity might be, all the supplies should be neatly set-up in the corner, just waiting for the kids. You also want to have the activities on hand and preset to do other games.
For instance, if you are going to have a piata at the party, you want to have that filled with your candy or toys in advance, this is one of our treasure chest piatas. You also want to think if you are going to have a piata, whether or not thats going to be a hit piata, or a pull string piata. The older kids really do like to take the bat and hit the piata. This is a hit piata here, and it would be filled with candy, and all the candy would come out from wherever the kids hit it at. This is a pull string piata. Its especially good for younger children because one of these strings will allow all of the candy or toys to fall off the bottom, and so you dont have any swinging of the bats around the little kids, and we do these a lot for children four years old and younger.
For games, you really want to think about keeping the kids very active during the party and transitioning them from one activity to the next movement activity. You could do lots of different things. You could do lots of dancing games, in which case you want to have the music, ready to go in advance, and you want to plan for that music, maybe make a CD of your childs favorite music to dance to. You want to plan for some relay type games or movement activities that keep the kids working together. Wed like to do relay race games, like potato sack races and wooden eggs and spoons, and we do lots of hula-hoop games. You can do some more complex games for the older kids, like scavenger hunts or more involved obstacle courses with tunnels and cones, and hula-hoops and jump ropes, things like that to keep the kids really active. We think a great party is one where the kids leave exhausted. We want them to have a great time, doing all of the things that you have planned. Now, thats that, when you are planning your games and your activities, you really need to think about the weather. If you are planning your party for outdoors and its going to be very hot and you are doing lots of active games, make sure you have plenty of water on hand to keep the kids well hydrated. Likewise, if you are planning your party for outdoors, make sure you have a plan B, to move them inside if it rains.