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By Laura Oldfield, Aug 1 2017 08:22AM

At Kids Parties Spain we live and breathe parties and have already worked with many families to celebrate these very special events. Each party is unique, but there are some things that always work well and other things that always cause trouble! So to help your next party go down a storm, follow these simple tips.


1. Do not assume guests will be punctual and plan for people to be late – Here in Spain arrival times are pretty loose and it’s not unusual for people to arrive up to an hour after the start time, so factor this in to your planning. Let the first hour of the party be fun and relaxed, without too many key activities, face painting and balloon modelling work well for greeting the little ones. If you are going to have a magic show or special performance, plan that for at least an hour after the official start time, so no kids miss out.


2. Plan Ahead – Everything is easier with time in hand! Make sure you choose your theme with plenty of time to source things locally, or order online and have things delivered. There are some awesome things out there, but not always on our doorstep, so it’s great to have time to get everything here in plenty of time. It’s also lovely to involve the kids in preparing home made things for their own parties, but the DIY approach needs to be fun and so you don’t want the clock to be ticking!


3. Make sure you know how many people are coming – This may seem obvious, but getting confirmations can be tricky and parents won’t always say if they are bringing siblings with them or not. If you have limited space, or want to limit numbers, be very clear on the invitations whether siblings are invited and let people know that you need confirmations by a certain date. Then be prepared for one or two more or one or two less at your party!


4. Think about the different ages – If you are having siblings, or you have a big spread of ages present, think how your theme, entertainment or activities will work for the younger or older ones. Also, consider if you want childcare for the younger ones, so their parents can relax. Older kids can be great childminders too, so see if you can involve them, they will like the responsibility and will get stuck in with the fun if they are there with the younger ones.


5. Inform parents what they need to bring – If it’s a pool party, then make it very clear that people will need to bring swimwear and towels, or if the party has a theme, let people know if they should dress up, so there are no kids who turn up in the wrong things. However, think ahead that some parents may forget, so put some spare swimmers and a few masks or themed items on the side to cover up any mistakes and make all kids feel welcome.


6. Think about the weather – We are very lucky to have sunny weather most of the year on the Costa del Sol, but you should plan for all eventualities as well. If it’s a summer party remember sun cream, shaded areas and lots of water. If it’s in the spring or autumn, think about how you’d handle a colder day, wind, or even rain – it’s always good to have a plan B!


7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – Organising and setting up for a party is a lot of work, so don’t be afraid to spread the load. Ask family, friends and the kids to give you a hand for the set up, so you’re not exhausted by the time it begins. Or, talk to professional party planners like us and let us take away the strain from you and leave you free to just enjoy!


8. Think about how you handle the presents – Will you put the presents to one side and let your child open them at home, or do you want to let them open them there and then? If they are opening them at the party, make sure that there is a place to keep the presents safe and a big bin liner for the wrapping paper and try to get your child to say thank you to each child and parent as they open them. If you want to do thank you notes, you need to make sure you know who gave what, which is not always easy. A picture of the child with the present and who gave it to them can be invaluable and a nice momento of the day.


9. Don’t forget the essentials – Every party needs plenty of water, juice and soft drinks, some treats for the kids, a cake, candles, knife and a lighter to light the candles. Plastic or paper cups and plates, napkins and bin bags are essential too. If you’re providing drinks for the adults, don’t forget the bottle opener and to have chilled the wine and beer ahead of time.


10. Remember the party bags – At the end of the party, make sure each child goes away with a party bag, they are easy to forget once the party is nearly over and you’re winding down. Get your child involved, they will like the job of making sure everyone has a party bag as they say goodbye.


11. Send the location - Try give parents as much information as possible so they can find you hassel free and put out party balloons to be spotted easily!


If this all sounds a bit much to think about, bring in the professionals and we can help you with everything! Kids Parties Spain supply everything your child needs for the best birthday ever!


Download our party check list and tips by clicking here.


Contact us to find out how we can help you and request our party planning checklist, a brilliant resource that you can print out and use for your next party, so nothing gets forgotten.


By Laura Oldfield, Jun 30 2017 12:23PM

We love Sotogrande, it’s a stunning part of the Costa del Sol, popular with families because of the excellent schools, sports facilities and proximity to Gibraltar. The area boasts some great villas, with large pools, which make perfect party venues and we have been lucky enough to work with some lovely Sotogrande families to create unforgettable kids’ parties.


We recently worked with a Sotogrande Mum to develop a Hawaii summer theme party in the garden of their villa for their daughter’s 7th birthday. It was a great theme for a summer birthday where we had the luxury of a large pool. We worked the theme through every element – the party bags, balloons, sacks for the sack race and even the bouncy castle took you to a tropical island paradise. The cake made by Alyson’s Cakes was pretty as a picture in pastel tones, with flowers and a hula girl vibe. The music was in keeping too, combining chilled Hawaiian music with the Moana soundtrack, gave a great atmosphere that all ages could get into.


There were a few very special details and activities, which gave it the wow factor, like flamingos popping up from the hedges and a giant flamingo inflatable in the pool for the perfect first impression. For the Hawaii Five-0 feel, we had a mechanical surfboard ride, where guests young and old put their surfing skills to the test and tried to stay on the board for as long as possible. It was great fun, and quite a challenge too.


This party was a good example of how with our help, kids and adults alike can have a great time and the hosts aren’t under pressure. This was a big family party, with a lot of kids of all ages and a lot of adults too. We made sure that everyone was safe and taken care of with a qualified lifeguard and baby sitter for the little ones, bouncy castle monitors and entertainers. We also organised waitresses to look after the parents and made sure there were activities that everyone could join in with. The Kids Parties Spain team set up the villa as a party venue and at the end of the party, we had cleaners on hand to make the pack up easy-peasy for the family.


If you live in the Sotogrande area and would like to see Kids Parties Spain in action and meet the team, come on down to the Beach BBQ by danii children’s cancer charity on the 3rd of July at Chambao in Torreguardiaro. From 19.30 to there will be live music and lots going on and we’ll be there to entertain the kids. Adults entry is 5€, which includes a drink and kids entry is 2.50€ and it’s raising money for this excellent cause.


If you can’t make it, but would like us to help you with a kids’ party in Sotogrande, please contact us.


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, 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!


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