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Ten Frequently Asked Questions before Hiring a Children’s Party Entertainer

Over the past few years, hiring Entertainers to help celebrate at Children's Birthday Parties has become increasingly popular. With their bright, colorful costumes, and fun, energetic performance, a children's party entertainer not only amuses your young guests, but also eases the pressure on you during the party. Another great idea is to let the guests be the entertainers. You can purchase "dress up" kits so that all the guests of the party can have fun dressing up.

Booking a children’s party entertainer for the first time, however, and insuring you have chosen the right person for both you and your child, can be a little daunting. To help you select the right entertainer for your needs, the answers to ten of the most frequently asked questions before hiring a performer are detailed below.

1. What will the entertainer do at my child’s party?

Each entertainer has his/her own routine, skills and style; however, most will include several basic elements. These elements include Face Painting or cheek art, Balloon Twisting, along with a selection of games and prizes. Other activities may include storytelling and Magic.

Specialized entertainers, such as Magicians, belly dancers, sports and makeover party hosts, are also available for your child’s party, and may be suitable for older children or teenagers. These entertainers focus their show around their specific talent and will, in most cases, not include activities such as Face Painting.

2. What characters are available?

There is a wide variety of Characters available for children’s birthday parties. The most commonly requested are Clowns, Fairies, Princesses, and Cowboys / Cowgirls.
Other characters include superheroes, witches, wizards, mermaids, disco divas, teddy bears, and seasonal characters, such as witches, Santa, elves,  and Easter bunnies.

If you are having difficulty choosing which character your child would most enjoy, consider his/her favorite television shows or music for inspiration.

3. Should I hire an entertainer if my child is afraid of clowns?

Many children are afraid of clowns due to their heavy makeup. If your child is afraid of clowns, you could select another character who wears less makeup such as a Cowboy or Pirate for boys, or a Fairy or Mermaid for girls. If you have your heart set on a clown, ask that the entertainer to wear less makeup, which will be less intimidating to your child.

If you are unsure as to whether your child is afraid of clowns, consider his/her reaction to Santa characters. Children who react badly to
Santa will often have a similar response to clowns.

4. How long will the entertainer be at my party?

Entertainer’s performances are generally available in three durations
one hour, one and a half hours, or two hours.

There is no set amount of time you should have the entertainer at your party, however the number of guests at your party and the activities you would like included will determine the length of the booking you require. For example, smaller parties of around 15 children may only need an hour to play games, face paint, and create balloon sculptures, while larger parties may need to have their games slightly reduced or booking extended to accommodate additional face painting and balloon twisting.

5. What is the best time to have the entertainer arrive at my child’s party?

I recommend that you book the entertainer to begin the performance half an hour after your party starts. This allows time for all of your guests to arrive before the entertainer begins.

There is no set time for the entertainer to begin their performance, and he/she will be happy to start at the time that is best for you. It is important to remember, however, that if you require the entertainer to greet your guests as they arrive, the time taken in welcoming them may mean that the activities during the performance will need to be adjusted.

6. Can I ask the entertainer to include certain games or activities?

While entertainers generally have a set routine, most will do their best to incorporate any special requests you may have. If additional supplies or prizes are required, such as a piñata, there may be additional fees or you may be asked to supply the extra items needed.

7. Will the entertainer help me to cut the cake or pose for photos with the guests?

Cutting the cake is one of the most important parts of your child’s party, and an entertainer will be happy to help you gather the guests together and sing “Happy Birthday.” The entertainer will also be happy to pose for photos with the birthday child and their guests.

If you want the entertainer to pose for photos or help cut the cake during the entertainment, it is best to give the entertainer a guide as to when you would like to do so, so that the performance can be adjusted accordingly. For example, you may want the entertainer to help cut the birthday cake and pose for photos midway through the party show. Letting the entertainer know this prior to the beginning of the performance enables him/her to have all of the children’s faces painted before the pictures are taken.

8. Face Painting – To paint or not to paint/
Face Painting, while being great fun, can be a time-consuming activity during your party and requires that the entertainer focus on one child at any particular time. Especially in the case of larger parties with more than 25 young guests, face painting can inhibit the flow of the party and restrict the other games and activities that can be played. Having a face painter is a great idea and makes for a perfect way to entertain children but when hiring a face painter, be sure that you have one that is fast enough to paint all the kids so that no one has to wait that long or consider hiring more than one if you are having a larger party.  We have professional Face Painters here that are part of our network that are fast and reputable so be sure to check out our professional Face Painters if you want to hire one for your party.

If you do want face painting included it may be best to ask the performer to include cheek art, rather than full face designs, or hire a separate face painter.

It is a good idea to arrange for an activity, such as coloring in pages, for the remaining guests to complete while others faces are being painted.

9. What do I need to have prepared before the entertainer arrives?

The entertainer will bring everything needed for the performance to your party. Generally, this includes items for games, prizes, balloons, face paints, and any equipment requirements such as a portable CD player. Your entertainer may require access to an outlet to plug in electrical equipment such as a CD player, bubble or karaoke machine.

If you have requested certain games or activities for your party, confirm whether the entertainer will be bringing the supplies for these games or if you are required to supply them. If your child has a favorite music group or song, ask whether the performer has that available or if you can provide your own CD for use during the party.

10.  How do I know my booking is confirmed?

It is always a good idea to request a written confirmation of your booking from the entertainer to make certain there is no confusion in regards to the date, time, address, or requirements for your party. Individual entertainers have differing price schedules and may include a travel charge to your location in addition to their standard prices, or a fee for additional guests over a certain number. Ensure that these charges, if any, are included in your written confirmation along with the details of any deposits required so there are no unpleasant surprises at your party.

Kate Winch is an Event Co-ordinator, and Director of Princess Lulu Events (, an event and party business based in Sydney, Australia. Princess Lulu Events is Australia’s Home of Great Parties offering access to a wide range of event and party services, Australian Online Party Supplies Shop ( plus free party tips and ideas. Subscribe to their monthly newsletter for your Free Party Planner and Checklist. © 2005 Princess Lulu Events (

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