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 and I am the Co-founder and the Chief Creative Officer, Andy's Parties. I am here to talk to you today about developing a guest list for your childs birthday party. There are several things to consider when developing an appropriate guest list. You want to think about the age of your kid. If you have younger children, often times you are going to have kids in attendance to the party, who satisfy a wide age range and so you want to make sure that you are prepared to accommodate all of those children and their desires and make sure that everybody will have a good time.
You also want to think about whether or not the parents will be attending. Again, if you have younger children, often times many of the parents will come, often times both of the parents will come and suddenly, what was a fifteen child party becomes a fifty person big shindig. Also, you want to think about whether or not your capacity can help all of those people. We will talk about selecting a venue in a later segment, but thats one thing you always want to keep in mind, is how big your party space is going to be.
You also want to think about what theme you are going to select and whether or not that will play into -- whether or not you will be inviting boys or girls or both. At younger ages many of the themes can satisfy both genders, at older ages often times you are going to have parties are just boys, or just girls. Then also, its very important to think about whether or not your childs school or daycare centre, or a preschool has a policy on who you can invite to your party. Often times, its all or nothing. Most schools in the area do have a policy that you have to invite either all of the kids in a childs class, or none of the kids. That way we save on hurt feelings.