Birthday Party Entertainment Considerations

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The right kind of party entertainment will make your party. Guests will remember the party and they will remember you.

Choose wisely and a little can go a long way.

Here are some examples:

A magician’s 45-minute show entertains the audience and becomes a focal point to the event.

Caricatures work well at family events. A caricature artist can produce a focus of attention as guests come to watch the artist draw. They are popular with all age groups. And the caricature drawings themselves will carry more sentimental value as time goes by.

Clowns, face painting and balloons are popular with kids (although some small children find clowns frightening).

Sometimes it is fun to twist generational expectations. What is generally seen as entertainment designed for children such as face painting and clowns can be fun for adults who want to let down their hair and be grown-up kids. Find acts that are comfortable with your target group–some clowns do entertain adults as do magicians and caricature artists.

A cool party entertainment idea that is particularly popular with women is bringing in a fortuneteller or Tarot reader to your event. I had recently performed Astrology mini-readings at a tea for a wonderful woman who had just turned 60.

(A ladies tea, by the way, is a great idea for a low key birthday party)!

But I have been invited to read astrology charts at a sleep-over party for a 10 year-old girl and her friends. And Mom got a reading, too.

Birthday parties can vary from the very small and intimate to large and elaborate. The size of the event will be governed by a number of factors.

What are the preferences of the guest of honor? Does the guest of honor have definite ideas about what he or she wants the birthday party to have? Does he or she like to be the center of attention?

For that person, consider a high energy environment with, perhaps a roast, or a cabaret about that person’s life. For someone who is not so comfortable being in the spotlight, a low key, elegant brunch might be more in keeping with his personality.

Other considerations:

Do you want your entertainment to be low-key or do you want it to be a show? A magician can stroll among the guests or set up to entertain an audience.

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