Tie a bunch of balloons to a tree in the garden or on the front door so it's easy for your guests (and Magic Marie!) to find the party.
Don't over do it.
Between one and a half and two hours is usually long enough for any children's party.
Protect your pets.
If you have pets, place them in a safe area away from excited children.
Send invitations early.
Book the entertainment EARLY and send out invitations straight away. Nowadays, children have more hectic social lives than their parents so be organised and plan early!
Get children active a.s.a.p.
As children arrive, direct them to a game or activity to break the ice and get the party going.
Get a cardboard box for presents
Get a big decorated cardboard box and as the children arrive, put the presents they bring safely into it.
Get help from parents
Use parents who stick around as party assistants. They'll love to participate and you'll love it too.
Food, drinks, etc.
Please don't serve food, drinks or lollies once the magic show has begun.
Be ready for the cake
Always know where the camera, matches and lighter are for cake time!