summer fete, fayre and festival season is fast approaching and of cause that
means lots of planning for us. We have a wish list a mile long including new
tables, marquee, banners, animal stands, heating/cooling equipment for the
animals and far too much other stuff to mention here.
We do of
cause, still do lots of parties at this time of year too so on the subject of
planning, I thought I would just cover a few things to help our customers’
reptile party events go without a hitch. For the most part Reef and Liz bring EVERYTHING
with them that is needed for the shows, so unless there are any special
arrangements or requirements to be met (these we would discuss in detail with
the customer) all that is needed for the event organiser to provide, is the
venue and a cup of coffee for Reef! So hopefully no stress there ^__^
As well as reptile
shows, we can also provide facepainting and party bags if you need them! Only a
very small space is needed for facepainting (A couple of chairs ready would be
helpful). Invites and posters are FREE to print off from our website.
Other things that you
may wish to bear in mind are as follows
BALLOONS- Party people love balloons!
Balloons are great. Obviously for playing with before or after and not during
an animal show is taking place. Balloons (or other decorations) on the gate
post or by the door are a fab idea. This makes finding the party venue super
easy for guests and your entertainers (that’s us)!
PARKING- Reef’s Reptiles need parking space
for their car when they come to visit, so that they do not have to carry
numerous animals half a mile down the street. (Being able to park up close,
makes for a quick easy set up and a happy Reef!)
VENUE- We are happy to come out to most
venues ... your home hall etc. Please remember that although we can do outdoor
shows our British weather is unpredictable so plan B (an indoor space) needs to
MUSIC- Most events have music. We are
actually considering adding a DJ option to some of our party packages at some
point soon. We would however ask for a little consideration for our animals.
They are used to background noise but if you have your music blasting out and
40 kids screaming at the top of their voices, it is without a doubt too noisy
for us to bring our animals in to set up. No music is needed during our show. Music
can be turned straight back on again after but please let us get the animals
out of the room before the volume shoots back up!
DISTRACTIONS- We are normally the only
entertainment needed at a party however if you want lots of things happening
that is also fine but in our experience
having many different attractions (Bouncy castles/balloon modellers/ footballs/ toys/ crafts
etc) at a party does mean attention spans of children are shorter. If we are
doing a sit down show at a kids party (as opposed to a walk through type event such
as a fete) everybody needs to be sat down (ideally bouncy castle let down for a
while) because if one or two children are distracted they may be disappointed
afterwards to discover they have missed an exciting part of the show.
FOOD- Our animal shows include a lot of
hands on participation. We do explain simple hygiene rules to the children
before the show. Please do not plan on the children eating or drinking during
this time because we will not bring animals around to children consuming food
and drink. All that yummy party food can be enjoyed later, after everyone has
cleaned their hands.
Hope that helps with
planning your perfect party? We look forward to seeing you there!