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Birthday party ideas

Whilst entertaining an excitable bunch of four and five year olds might seem like a daunting undertaking, follow my tips below and it can be as easy as ABC.


First you need to decide how many children to invite; whether it's 5 or 6 friends, or the whole class! Once you've decided on numbers, you'll need to enlist an appropriate number of adult helpers. As a rule of thumb, I'd suggest one adult for every four children.


I'd suggest mid-afternoon, say from 2pm-4pm. This way you can serve up a birthday tea (snacks and cake) rather than feeling pressured to serve a full meal. Make sure you check any dietary requirements with the parents of those children invited. If any of the children have serious allergies, it's probably best not to serve anything at the party which might contain those ingredients as it can be tough to keep an eye on who's eating what!

Ideas for games

Traditional children's party games like pass the parcel, musical bumps, pin the tail on the donkey etc all work well for this age group. Remember, if you are giving out prizes try to ensure that every child wins something once by the end of the party. Also make sure that any prizes are boy/girl appropriate!

You might also like to try something like a treasure hunt: draw a map, and leave clues so the children can hunt for the treasure together.

Balloon games also work really well: split the children into two teams and have them pass the balloon between their knees from child to child. Or get the children to hold the balloon between their knees and race each other. Or you can get them to play keepy-uppy with the balloon, piggy in the middle, volleyball, etc.

Your schedule

Now, this might sound a little over the top, but planning out what you're going to do is a really good idea. Split your 2 hours into slots with an activity in each:

2pm - 2.15pm Balloon Games

2.15pm - 2.30pm Pass the Parcel

2.30pm - 2.45pm Treasure Hunt

2.45pm - 3.15pm Birthday Tea

3.15pm - 3.30pm Blind Man's Bluff

3.30pm - 3.45pm Duck, Duck Goose

3.45pm - 4.00pm What's the Time Mister Wolf

You don't need to stick rigidly to the schedule; if the children are enjoying one particular game, let them play for longer. It's also a good idea to have some other games planned in case one of the planned games doesn't go down so well.

Or... call in the professionals!

If you're really not confident about entertaining a group of four to five year olds, then let us help you. Perform provides hugely popular theme-based entertainment at over 1500 children's parties every year.

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Antoinette was amazing! She has engaged with and kept entertaining 30 kids with great professionalism and enthusiasm. My daughter Gaia and her friends had an amazing tropical party. Many thanks!


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– Mrs Victoria Gayle

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– Mrs Renny Scorey Wyn

James was a fantastic party leader, he took the children on a dinosaur adventure they will never forget. I was very nervous before the party as there were so many 4/5 year olds who needed to be kept focused and entertained (30 of them) but James grabbed their attention right at the start and it didnt waver. Thank you so much for a fantastic Perfom party

– Mrs E Chandler

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– Mrs Emma Rundle

Abi as fantastic. So many mums asked me the name of your company and remarked on how engaged the children were.

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– Ms Sam Jones

Rachel was fantastic - she made Anna's party very special. All the children were fully engaged and they all loved it! Thank you Rachel.

– Ms C Walford

Sarah was very quick to establish and instant rapport with kids. She kept them completely busy through the party. All the parents too thought she was fantastic.

I am very glad I chose a perform party.

– Mrs Simran Arora

Lots of our guests were commented on how good charlotte was. All the kids, even smaller ones, were engaged in her entertainment. Also she was very helpful in many way to run the party really well. We were very happy with her. 

– Ms Nobue Zimmern

Maria was absolutely fanatstic!

– Miss M Grossenberger

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– Mrs Caroline Versallion

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– Mrs S Hobden

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– Mrs Ceri Wyatt

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– Mrs S De Ramon-Laca

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– Miss Susan Green

Oliver and his friends loved the Puppy Patrol theme. Laura was bubbly, enthusiastic and had a great voice. It was lovely to see so many happy, smiling children (and parents). Thank you so much.

– Mrs Tracey Scott

Jason was absolutely amazing, he captivated the kids for the full 60 mins.

– Kate O'Donovan

Hannah was great, kept all the children concentrated on the games and everybody participated. She engaged with them from the moment she arrived. Great party! 

– Mrs Ana Perez

Sarah was fantastic and did a great job with a very large group of children of different ages ranging from 3 to 7. Thanks so much!!!

– Ms Connie Lo

Sammi was superb. Warm, fun, capable and very flexible. Thank you so much for sending her!!!

– Ms Anne Hayhoe

Beyond fabulous in every way - Rhia you are a star! Many many thanks! 

– Henrietta Verdon-Roe

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– Ms Jessica Stephens

From the moment the party started to when it finished, the children loved it. Rachel captured their imaginations, they listened, participated and didn't want it to end.

– Mrs Sarah Wickham

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– Mrs Simpson

Aled is an absolute super superhero. He's SO enthusiastic, genuine and just made the party so much fun.

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Harriet has announced that today's party was better than her one last year at Disneyland Paris...!!!

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– Annabelle

Olly was high energy and very funny which kept the children engaged throughout, he made the birthday girls feel extra special.  

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Abi was wonderful!! So lovely, perfect with the children and just made the whole party experience - for both children and me - so easy. 

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Oliver was great, engaged the children straight away and kept their interest throughout. It is a real skill to entertain 20 rowdy 7-year-old boys.

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Daisy was incredibly engaging and held the children 's attention for the entire party. I couldn't fault her and was extremely pleased.

– M Smith

Hannah was amazing! She had a group of 25 5-year-olds entranced for the entire party. Thank you!

– A Hall

You don't have to check if the performer is good, you know it.
You don't need to wonder if the kids have fun, they just do.

– Marina Olivati

Alex was friendly and warm. She kept all 24 children engaged and happy for the entire party (which I have not seen any other entertainer achieve yet!).

– Alexandra Da Silva

Thank you very much Lisa Marie for a fabulous party - the girls were all still apparently talking about it in school today! 

– Lisa-Marie Mchugh

Sammi was amazing! With so much energy, engaging the children throughout. Absolutely the best party entertainer I have ever seen.

– Laura Zalcman

Wonderful beyond belief! Thank you

– Paula Vaccaro

Zelia was amazing. All the parents were asking me where I found her and everyone commented on how good she was. 

– Amanda

I don't remember a children's party before this one where all the children were engaged the whole time! Luke had a great time.

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We were amazed how she kept them engaged for so long and it was such an unusual and exciting theme. They are still talking about it now. 

– Name supplied

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The children had an amazing time. Zelia was fun, professional, and kept their attention for the
full hour.

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She was particularly good with the shy children who normally sit on the sidelines. She managed to draw them out beautifully.

– Susan Nourse

After the meal, we saw several kids re-enacting in the garden some of the adventures Sasha had taken them on, so we could tell it
was a hit!

– Alice Darley

All of the children had a wonderful time. It was energetic, fun, entertaining and most of all, the talk of the playground this morning. Kate is awesome!

– Erin Niumata

Matt was full of energy. He held everyone' s attention and kept them enthralled the whole time. 

– Jill

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Jess was fabulous. She engaged wonderfully with all 15 children, who she had in fits of laughter while also having their absolute focus - a rare skill! 

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– Johanna Brotherstone

I was very impressed how Georgia had a bunch of 27 children under her spell, they were very excited and had a wonderful time
with her! 

– Ela Law

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One hour was the perfect length - the children had a wonderful time. There was a lot of laughter and the birthday girls were made to feel very important. Thank you.

– Carla Gibson

Daisy is amazing - the party was everything Bella hoped it would be! We are very pleased with how it went, perfect!

– Kate
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