Prep your party to pop!


Our party entertainer Maxi Rafferty, sits down for an interview and answers your questions about how to prep well to make the most of your party.

“Children’s birthday parties don’t have to be a stressful occasion for families. In fact the simple structures work out the best in my experience.”

 Where do I start?

“The first step in planning for your birthday child’s party is to set a party date in good time, lots of venues and entertainers will be happy to save your date at least three months in advance.

We have online bookings made straight away for the following year but understand that not everyone is this organised and you don’t really need to be. Think in terms of booking for next season and you shouldn’t go wrong; In spring – plan for summer parties, in summer – plan for Autumn parties etc..

Most families choose to book a local venue rather than having a smaller party in their home, meaning more space, easy parking and no friends are left uninvited. Larger parties of over 20 children are fine for most entertainers to manage to control. Sometimes having so many children can leave a shy birthday child a little overwhelmed when a smaller party within the home may have been a more comfortable option for them.”


Party structure?

“Go for a three hour booking for your hall; 30 minutes either side of a two hour party.

It’s best to be able to enter your venue 30 minutes before the children arrive so that you can set up your hall, blow up balloons and hang decorations. Don’t be tempted to put the heating on full thinking that the children will be cold, they’ll soon be running around playing. Keeping the room cool can make a world of difference to children’s enthusiasm. Even if you have a magic show and the children are sitting down, the room will still warm up with all the body heat.

We generally see children sitting for food for a maximum of 30 minutes. If you’ve booked entertainment, will it run for the full two hours? Some magicians or puppet shows last an hour, leaving 30 minutes of free time.

Don’t worry about trying to provide extra ‘entertainment’ as children are wonderfully happy to play tag by themselves, bounce balloons or dance to some music.

If you did want something else you could try your hand at some simple face painting, glitter and temporary tattoos, provide an arts and craft table or some sports equipment set up for the first 30 minutes while the children all arrive.”


How to avoid party stresses?

“Simple wins every time, don’t aim for complicated perfection because children really can’t be perfect all the time but they can have simple fun. Traditional party games have stood the test of time and there’s nothing better than watching family and friends join in too! Their birthday party is going to create memories so let them remember being chased by you while playing ‘Duck, duck, goose’ or racing you to the floor in ‘musical bumps’. Please do join in the fun!”


Befriend A Child mascot Kuddles the Kangaroo picks the Lisa Lollipop ‘free party’ winner

Children in Aberdeen have been drawing their favourite things to play with in the magical world of ‘Lollipop Land.’ Lisa Lollipop has received lots of drawings and one will win a FREE PARTY in the prize draw!

Befriend A Child mascot ‘Kuddles the Kangaroo’ is eager to pick one of the entries in the spotty bag…..

Our ‘Free Party’ prize draw winner is……. 6 year old Jodie from Cruden Bay! Congratulations!!

This week you rated Lisa Lollipop…..

4 November 2012 – Lisa Lollipop Received all 5 out of 5!

Some comments:

”Hello I would rate the Lisa Lollipop party a 5. Excellent entertainment for small children. Makes the daunting task of a large children’s party a breeze. Definitely money well spent!”

”Thanks for everything I rate the party 5”

This week you rated Lisa Lollipop…..

28 October 2012 – Lisa Lollipop Received all 5 out of 5!

Some comments:

“I’d say a 5 as all kids kept happy and entertained. Kind regards Andrea”

“Hi Lisa, I have no hesitation in rating our party experience a 5/5. All the children had a thoroughly good time and we could relax and concentrate on the food preparation. Thanks for reminding us about the cake, ha! Irene”

This week you rated Lisa Lollipop…..

21 October 2012 – Lisa Lollipop Received all 5 out of 5!

Some comments:

“Hello I would definately rate the part experience as a 5. All the children had a blast and loved the face paints and ballon animals 🙂 thank u for making Ava’s party special x”

This week you rated Lisa Lollipop…..

14 October 2012 – Lisa Lollipop Received one 3/5 and all the rest 5 out of 5!

Some comments:

“She was set up and ready in plenty time and was lovely x Heather”

“I think I would suggest rate of 3 . Her artwork was good but felt she could have dressed up to match the theme which was a princess / fairy. Thanks again”

“Definitely a 5! Party was brilliant, thank you so much. Lucy loved it and def less stressful than any party we have had before. Thank you very much for a very special day x”

“Hi I (and Emily) say the party was 5/5 loves her trophy and had tons of fun. She really enjoyed the party games too. Thanks again. I’m recommending you to everyone! Diana and Emily :)”

This week you rated Lisa Lollipop…..

7 Oct 2012 – Lisa Lollipop Received all 5 out of 5!

Some comments:

“Hi Lisa I would like to rate the party a 5. Iona loved every minute of it and you made her feel so special. Loads of parents have said what a great time their children had and I know that one has already booked you for a party in February.”

“Hi Lisa, I just wanted to thank you again for the party this afternoon. Anna had a fantastic time and a few of Anna’s friends said it was the best party ever. Struggled to get the girls faces washed, they wanted to keep their faces painted.”

“Mark out of 5? That’s an easy question, 5! Anna had the “best time ever” and given the volume so did everyone else. Will not hesitate in recommending you to friends.”

“I would rate the party as a 5. Kids all had a great time even the 10 year olds who were only meant to be there to help with the younger ones. Thank you again. Gwen x”