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.
Hi, I am Paula from Andys Parties, and today I am showing you how to plan and execute a terrific Halloween party for kids at your home. So, right now we are going to talk about how to decorate your party space. There are a number of ways to decorate your party space, most often folks will go to the local party store or the craft store, get a lot of Halloween decorations, put them up on the walls, hang streamers from the ceilings, and thats all great, but your kids want to get involved with those decorations too. So, do some of those, and then also get your kids involved, and they will be really excited about their party space. I am going to show you how to do a couple of small decorations that the kids can help you with, based on different ages. So, the first thing we are going to do is make some pumpkin garland. This is a very easy craft to do as long as your kids are old enough to handle scissors, they can help you. You will have to help them with the folding of the paper. So, heres how you do it. We need some tissue paper, preferably orange, but you can do green pumpkins if you want. You need a pencil and some scissors. You can use safety scissors for the kids, you will just have to help them poke out the eyes. So, we take the tissue paper, and we are going to fold it like an accordion. Try to make each accordion panel about the same width so that your creases are all lining up. Then on the front of the top accordion piece you are going to draw pumpkin, but dont try the side edges. We are going to leave the sides of the pumpkin on the edge of the paper. You can draw some eyes and a nose and a Jack O Lantern mouth in there too if you want, like I just did there. I have one here thats already drawn out, and you can see that my pencil doesnt reach the edge of the paper. I left the edges. We will take our scissors, and we are going to cut around the bottom, cut around the top. Make sure you leave a pretty big stem, otherwise it might get cut off in the process, the tissue paper can be kind of fragile.
Then you usually have to bend the tissue paper just a little bit to get the eyes pumped up. So, one triangle eye, two triangle eyes, and now we will cut our Jack O Lantern mouth. I will just do a little smiley face, and result, Jack O Lantern garland. So, you do as many of these and you can make them as long as you want to hang all over your party space. The kids will really like it because they can tell their friends oh, I made that, and they will really like to have their party in a space that they have decorated. Another kid friendly craft, and we will get to some of this when we do our party crafts as well is to just decorate pumpkins. For little kids you could take paper-mache pumpkins like this, have them decorate them with markers and stickers and crayons, or for older kids you could take real pumpkins or gourds and have them paint them. We will discuss that a little bit later, what kind of paint to use. So, those are some tips on decorating your party space.