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By Laura Oldfield, Jun 19 2017 03:00PM


Planning a wedding is a stressful process, but the day shouldn’t be! A well-planned and well- organised wedding should run like clockwork and let the happy couple enjoy every moment of it and give all the guests a day to remember. However, bored kids + weddings = trouble!


Kids have the special knack of making a noise at the wrong time, or interrupting some vital process and it can cause a lot of stress for the bride and groom and the parents. Thankfully, the solution is easy – just have a few entertainers to help out at key moments and all those problems will just disappear.


Happy kids = happy and relaxed parents

This is true at all times, and especially at weddings or big events. Weddings are tricky for our little ones, as they are long days when stress and emotions can run high and following the rules is important. Don’t get angry with them for not toeing the line - leave it to the professionals to ease you through those potential problems and make the day as good for the children as for the rest of the guests.


So when should I use entertainers?

Well of course that’s up to you and depends on the structure of the day, as well as your budget. In our experience, the times when entertainers really come into their own is during the cocktail reception, meals and speeches.


You can start the reception with an hour of entertainment, immediately after the ceremony, to burn some energy and let the guests mingle and congratulate the happy couple. Then have entertainers on hand for a few hours during the dinner and speeches, so guests can eat in peace, while the kids have a great time.


However, we can also create a dedicated kids area and be on hand throughout the day to leave you feeling relaxed and the parents free to enjoy the wedding. Discuss your needs with us and we can find a solution to fit.



Three Tips for Children’s Entertainers at your wedding


1. Involve your entertainers into the plan for the wedding and let them know where they fit in. Make sure you discuss with them if you need quiet activities at certain times, or if there is a separate space for the kids and entertainers so they can make some noise.


2. Decide if you need childcare too – Entertainers are not childminders and young children need parental supervision and help with things like trips to the toilet. If there are a lot of young children and you want the parents to be totally free, consider getting a childminder as well as entertainers.


3. Look at your venue and consider the kids – Think about where the kids and entertainers can be located and whether you want a special kids’ corner for the whole wedding, or just a few hours of entertainment. If the kids are very constrained in the venue, then you will need more support than if they have lots of space and freedom to run around. Is there a small room which could be a dedicated kid’s area with a childminder and an entertainer? This should be part of the planning process.


The team at Kids Parties Spain are experienced, organised and professional entertainers who can create magical experiences for children of all ages. We work with wedding planners, venues and couples to add entertainment into weddings in just the right way to complement your special day. We can provide garden giant games, jugglers, stilt walker, princesses, magicians, electronic rides, superheroes, break-dancers, fire show, mascot visits, aerialists, clowns and much more. Please get in touch with us and we can find the perfect solution for you.


By Laura Oldfield, Mar 9 2017 11:57PM


A children’s entertainer can do one or more of the following activities… balloon modelling, face painting, perform magic, host games, lead races, host sports, teach dancing and more. They key is to find the entertainer right for your child’s party.


When looking for an entertainer ask your friends who they’ve seen in action, recommendation is key!


Let your entertainer know the age group, number of children and the languages needed.


Also when speaking to your entertainer ask what activities they will do and what they provide. Do they bring the piñata or do you? Do they have a portable music system or do they want to use your CD player? Will they have enough prizes for the kids and what are they? Do they have a costume to suit your theme?


Another factor to consider is the skill level and experience of your entertainer, are you happy with simple face paints from a young trainee in the making or do you want wow factor face paints that will amaze your guests? Do you want a silly clown and a few simple tricks or a world class illusion show with rabbits, fire and mind puzzling magic?


We offer several forms of entertainment and entertainers here at ‘Kids Parties Spain,’ we can help recommend what and who is right for your child’s party. The right entertainer will make your party, keeping the children happy having lots of fun and out of trouble, all while you get to have a glass of wine, relax and even have an adult conversation with friends!


If you need any party advice we are just a phone call or email away.


Happy party planning!


Laura x



By Laura Oldfield, Sep 28 2016 11:08AM


It wouldn’t be fair to say my favourite party of the year, as every party is unique and special but recently we dared to try something new and the results were magical!


We created a Mermaid lagoon at a private villa in Sotogrande. We had 50 young children to engage, entertain and most importantly keep safe in water!


So how did we do it?


We began our mermaid school on the grass, talking about the different types of mermaids and how to spot them! Then I explained we were actually going to swim with real mermaids today and the excitement was infectious.


Now for the safety and control part… I asked the children what they thought the rules should be. The children were deep in thought and coming up with all the right answers, no running, shouting or touching the mermaids. The children were very aware that any quick or loud movements would scare the mermaids away. I also explained to enter the water we needed the mermaid’s permission first!

Then we took a moment for sun cream, arm bands and finding goggles then made a long…a very long line behind Tino. This was it, the children were about to enter the swimming pool, were they all going to jump in, splash, attack the poor mermaids, run, scream and what if I lost one…my heart was in my mouth…my skills as a children’s entertainer really being put to the test.

But NO, the kids were completely mesmerised, in awe of what we had created. The lagoon music played creating the Disney magic, we all entered in a perfect line then sat around the edges of the swimming pool. Inside the pool were two beautiful mermaids performing synchronized swimming.

We began our mermaid class, stretching, swimming and diving just like the real mermaids. 50 minutes felt like 5, the time flew by, everyone, boys and girls, even the parents were entranced with our mermaid lagoon show time.

The fun was not over, we then had our mermaid pop concert, kid’s talent show and the birthday girl really was the star of the show.

All the children were a real credit to the parents and was an honor to be part of such an amazing family party!


By Laura Oldfield, Aug 5 2016 10:59PM

Recently we had the pleasure of creating a pirate adventure for our very own nephew. For the first time I could relate to how parents and family members must feel at our parties.


Firstly let me share with you some great party cost effective tips, we purchased red fabric (very cheaply) and cut small squares to give every child a pirate bandana on arrival. For decoration we used balloons on string tied from tree to tree and 1 euro pirate bunting from the local shop.


We did have the luxury of a sweet’s table but we kept it simple and then with a few props it doubled up as a great photo backdrop which was loved by the kids and even more by the adults.


Now luckily in our house we are not short on fancy dress costumes, so with a bit of added DIY the whole family got dressed up for the occasion.


So this party was just like all of our parties, show, food, games and cake all to schedule, the secret to our parties is that we run it military style. I was bossing everyone about like always behind the scenes but towards the end of the party when SPIDERMAN appeared I just lost my party planner stress head and tears filled my eyes!


My 3 year old nephew was amazed, his face lit up, his excitement was infectious, he was meeting his idol, they played like best friends and then, when it was time to say goodbye Alonso said, ‘thank you for coming Spiderman, I love you’ from that moment I just cried, my heart melted and once again I was reminded just how lucky we are to do what we do!


By Laura Oldfield, Jul 6 2016 11:39PM

Recently we styled and planned a beautiful 13th birthday party at a private home. It started with a meeting between the mother and I (Laura), talking about what her daughter likes and doesn't like!

Next we toured the garden to see what space was available for larger items such as bouncy castles, photo booths and water inflatables.


***PARTY TIP*** Always check and think about the access needed for large items to set up plus think, is a shaded area needed? Check access to power points and that you have the required space.


Then we went to work, starting with talking to Louise from Lou's Cakealicious. There wasn't a photograph for Lou to copy but I knew she would interpret the brief an create perfection, which of course she did.

We next planned a photo booth with unlimited print outs (what teenager doesn't love a picture?) We got an electronic surfboard ride to suit the pool party theme, plus an activity the boys were sure to love.

We organised a lifeguard from Telecastillo, who also provided giant inflatables making us feel like we were actually in an Aqua Park!

Then we had the DJ play Skye’s (the birthday girls) personalised play list ensuring it was the latest and 'coolest' music. The finishing wow factor was the surprise snow machine which was enjoyed by everyone!


Extra party highlights - the personalised wow factor banner, balloon decoration, sweet jars and let's not forget the hilarious swimming races!


Check out our party pictures by clicking here and see what you think!


If you want a party planned to perfection or you just want a little advice to get you started give me (Laura) a call anytime, always happy to help!







By Laura Oldfield, May 17 2016 02:34PM

There seems to be a running theme going on recently, everyone seems to be turning double figures, the big 1 0, young teenybopper discos all over the Coast, from Marbella to Sotogrande!

So how do we get these young teens to put their phones down and engage with us for 4 hours? Well we bring bags of enthusiasm plus the latest hits, foam machines, pool games, sports races, dances, bubble show, water bombs and laugh out loud gameshows!


Here is my top tip for engaging teenz, don’t ask ‘What do you want to do?’ ‘Should we play a game?’ ‘Do you want to win a prize?’ No no no! That is a recipe for disaster! Just directly say something similar to this ‘Quick two teams, I have a challenge and the losing team will be pushed in the pool!’

That forfeit has created a lot of interest, don’t give them an option and then let the challenges begin!


I get great satisfaction seeing children come together, especially at this age, playing and laughing, cheering each other on. At our parties there are no cliques, everyone is equal, included and involved, having a great time! (Plus no mobile phones in sight!)


We are old school entertainers and when done right it still works!


A personal highlight this week was at the end of a party, when a conversation went like this,

‘You are really cool,’

‘Thank you girls, so are you’

‘When you’re older you should be a singer,’ (Whoop girls think I’m young!)

‘OR you should be a student councillor, I would love talking to you!’


My aim at each party is to make every child feel special and for us (hopefully ) to act as good role models!

We get to inspire different children every week and for that we are truly thankful !


Have a great week everyone!


By guest, Feb 23 2016 03:36PM

I have been thinking for a while about writing a blog, not really understanding why companies have blogs or who would want to read mine. But then after every children’s party I do have a story to tell, no two parties are ever the same, sometimes the most unexpected and funniest moments happen and sometimes I witness the sweetest and kindest moments which just melt my heart.


So here goes nothing, welcome to Kids Parties Spain diaries…


We are very lucky that we have a group of children we regularly meet and entertain, meaning we really get to know them and see them grow. Yesterday we were all together for a special little boys 3rd birthday and Superman was coming! Now with the little guest’s knowing us so well I knew we couldn’t say the REAL superman was attending the party as they would no longer be fooled by Tino (Cristino) in a fancy dress costume!


So when one of the older boys (aged 5) said to me, ‘guess what Laura, Superman is coming today,’ I just decided to tell him the truth, ‘I need to tell you something, I’m really sorry but we couldn’t get the real superman today, he has to work BUT Tino has got a costume,’ the response ‘shhhh Laura, he (birthday boy) will hear you, I know its Tino but we have to pretend for Sonny, because it’s his birthday!’ ‘Oh ok, brilliant idea! Let’s pretend!’


An act of beautiful kindness right there!


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