All parents will be aware that children today have very high expectations for their own birthday parties, and therefore for the parties they go to. Whether it’s a party with the latest film princess, or fun and games at a local mini-golf or soft play facility then there are options galore for kids party ideas in Essex, whatever your budget or whether your child is in to horse-riding, sailing, reptiles or simply chilling out with friends at the cinema.
It can therefore be daunting for parents hosting a party, worrying about whether it’ll be a success and how many people will indeed turn up, for example, as well as the worry about being responsible for all those children.
Safety in Mind
Keeping the children safe is a major concern for all parents. A good way to address this is to choose an experienced venue or provider. Ring around and talk to other parents, as personal recommendations can make a real difference to your peace of mind. Also speak to the venue or the company about your needs – a good company will be able to give you lots of advice based on their own experiences, which can help put any worries to rest.
Other things to look out for and to discuss with entertainers or venues are things like DBS checks for all staff, and whether they have all the relevant insurance. No-one wants to think about something going wrong, but when you’re dealing with children, as the saying goes, it is much much better to be safe rather than sorry. A reputable company will be more than happy to reassure you on these matters and show you insurance and DBS certificates, so don’t even think about booking a party if you have any doubts at all on this front. That’s particularly true if you’ve gone for one of the kids party ideas in Essex that might seem potentially higher risk to other parents, like rock climbing, go-carting or a visit from a petting zoo. It’ll give you confidence, and will help you reassure parents if needed.
Home or Away?
Some parents like to have the party away from home, whereas others might feel more comfortable having the party at home. There are advantages and disadvantages to both options, and really it will come down to personal preference, but having a party at home can work out to be more cost-effective as there won’t be any venue hire costs and you won’t be restricted to certain times, or certain menus for food, for example. Many party providers are more than happy to come to your home, and can work to your individual requirements.
So before you book, make sure you ask the right questions and don’t book anything if you don’t get the right answers. A good party is not necessarily going to be the cheapest party, but it’s worth paying a bit more for that precious peace of mind so that you can enjoy the party almost as much as the kids do!