GURU SPOTLIGHT: ISOBEL CRUMBLIN
The new school year is well and truly in full swing now, and children are settling into their class dynamics and cliques. As new friendships begin to blossom, and old friendships strengthen, parents everywhere are starting to realise it's only a matter of time before the well-loved party season begins! There is something truly magical about children's parties, but we can't deny the stress that parents endure to make sure their little one's perfect day is just that... perfect.
I caught up with the fabulous Isobel Crumblin from Fly by Fun to chat about party fun. Isobel founded her national party empire to bring happiness to those around her by creating Australia's most loved children's entertainment company. Isobel's light and bubbly personality is brimming with fun and passion, and it was such an amazing experience to feel that first hand.
What I loved best about my chat with Isobel was her brilliant insight into improving children's parties by educating parents on how to create that special day that is perfectly tailored to their little one. Her tips & tricks on party planning are second to none and are essential to all parents' party planning arsenals!
WCMS: What are your top 3 favourite party activities that any parent could try at home?
Isobel: I must say, I do love all the traditional DIY party games that I used to play when I was a child at birthday parties and they are super simple to organise yourself. Think pass the parcel, musical chairs, piñatas and limbo - all loads of fun!
I love the idea of having a little craft station set up for when the children arrive too, such as a name tag or take home party bag decorating activity. It is a good way for the children to settle in and keeps them occupied while they wait for other children to arrive. It also means they have something personalised to take home from the party too!
What are your tips for creating a fun party atmosphere?
The best way to create a really fun party atmosphere is to invest in themed decorations and balloons as well as have a good quality speaker on hand to play your child’s favourite music. Creating a fun atmosphere is so important when it comes to parties, especially because it makes the whole day that much more special for the birthday child and gets everyone into party mode!
How do you ensure the party stays child centred?
I really believe that a birthday party is such a special moment for a child, so if you’re trying to make things perfect and leaving out the birthday child in the process - don’t! It’s important to get the birthday child involved from the beginning to end to ensure the whole experience is really fun, happy and memorable! Children are super creative too, so I am sure they will have lots of ideas you never even thought about!
How do you incorporate music into your party themes?
Fly By Fun provides a huge range of different party plans, from Fairies, Superheroes and Clowns to Arts & Crafts, Science, Dance, Pamper and more! Music is such an important part of all the different parties we do because it sets the tone for the entertainment so we have created tailored playlists for each of the party themes we provide.
Do you have any tips for parents to help them ‘wind-down’ their child after a party?
Good question! My tip would be to cut down on the overload of sugary foods that find their way onto children’s plates to begin with. There are lots of fun ways to get creative with fruit, veggie sticks and healthy sandwiches and I am certain that most mums and dads will thank you for it.
So to all you parents out there who are preparing to plan for their child's party, or are amidst the planning chaos...how brilliant are these tools!? Are there any in particular that you are excited to try out? Let us know in the comments below!
To find out more about what Isobel and her team at Fly by Fun do, you can head to their website, give them a call or follow them on social media using the info below!
Phone: 1800 FLY BY FUN (1800 359 293)
Facebook: Fly By Fun