Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Party Tasks - Should You Own Them All?

It's that time of year again. Bet you didn't think it would come around this quickly, did you? It's time to plan your child's birthday party. The question is, how much should you have to do and how much would be better off in someone else's hands?

The Cake
I know some fabulous bakers who make brilliant cakes. Your friends will be impressed. But my favorite cakes are those baked by the parent with love and sometimes even decorated by the siblings and/or the party child. Nothing says "sweet" like the memorable picture of a slightly lopsided buttercream icing cake. (I threw in the buttercream for myself.)

The Decorations
It's so darned easy to run out to your local party supply store and pick up those Barbie hats, plates, balloons, streamers, loot bag contents. But if you're going for unique, less expensive and more personal, it's time to think outside of the party box. Homemade decorations are a huge hit. They allow you to be creative (with or without your child) and your party guests will be suitably impressed. Some of you are scoffing right now and rightly so. You're very busy! So how about this: Nothing says "party" like balloons. Lots of them. So many that you beg your guests to take some home. Helium filled? Expensive to order, but do-it-yourself tanks won't last nearly as long as "ready blown" (they put some chemical in the balloon to make it more airtight), so spend the extra to have them last longer.
Next post...To Clown or Not to Clown...

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Greatest Job in the World!

Through the work week, I'm a Senior Consultant (read Programmer in tights) for a company in Toronto that designs and builds financial documents. But by "night" (and on weekends) I'm a Children's Party Planner!

Here are the top ten reasons why being a Children's Party Planner is the greatest job in the world:

1. Shopping. Lots of it.

2. Colour. It's a very flamboyant world where sparkles, twinkle lights, feather boas and balloons fill the space around me.

3. I make kids smile. From the moment they get their treasure box invitation.

4. Birthday cake. Sometimes a hazard of the job, but I'll take my chances.

5. It lets my creative juices flow as I'm always sourcing out the coolest decorations, invitation ideas, costume accessories, activities, loot bag contents and prizes.

6a. My kids can boast about what I do. 6b. Their friends think I'm cool.

7. I always have supplies on hand for my own kids' parties. (How many people keep helium in their basement?)

8. I have to test the karaoke machine once in a while. These "sound checks" can last for hours.

9. It's a great excuse to get out of doing stuff you really don't want to do, like housework, laundry, feeding your kids...
10. It's very freeing to slip into a hippo costume for a few minutes and dance around or give hugs to kids who are instantly impressed.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Moms - You DO Enough! You ARE Enough!

This is my favourite kind of contest because it rewards the moms! It's a fact a mom is mostly responsible for taking care of her home and family, even if she has a full or part-time job. Women feel almost daily pressure to look our best and be our best. We think we can't do it all, yet somehow we do. You should be rewarded.

This Mother's Day, you could be the winner of a visit to The Waters - An Urban Spa Retreat in Waterloo where you will luxuriate in spa treatments totalling $100!
To enter, you need to book a children's party with Hullabaloo between March 1st and May7th, 2010. The party can take place any time before May 6, 2011, but the deposit must be received by us no later than Friday May 7th, 2010.

Moms, you do enough. You are enough. Let us take away the burden of planning that perfect party for your child and you may have the added bonus of a spa treatment!
Please visit our website at for more information about our parties. Good luck! (Don't forget to mention the contest!)