Spring is nearly upon us for 2017 and who doesn’t love that change in season when the kids play out for longer! At Shuffles HQ already our diary is filling for slots well into 2018! We’ve had a massive spring clean of business activities and so 2017 is set to be an exciting year.
Its the start of the season when PTA’s start to think about summer fayre’s and fundraising. Such an important date in the calendar for all schools as this is the date to raise some serious funds for the year. I’m always staggered by the amount that some schools make in one day, some raising 5 figure sums!
Mr Shuffles has re-vamped the look of parties with brand new banners, lots of new dances and games, new powerful PA set up for bigger events, new LED disco lights, UV cannons, haze & blizzard machines and every party entertainment package will now include a pop up banner for the entrance to say… ‘The Party is Here’! Just in case the large Shuffles van outside doesn’t give the game away!!
Doesn’t a good spring clean feel good and very therapeutic!
Not to mention all the behind the scenes things that happen, van’s insured, vans MOT’d with thanks to the fabulous people in Chapel Allerton GL motors and tyres replaced thanks to Tyres Leeds, exceptional service every time to make sure that we arrive at our destinations safely. PAT testing is booked, Inflatables will be run through the annual tested in Summer, just to make sure everything is on top for the busy summer season.
There’s exiting news coming in May when we launch a brand new party package… A TOP secret activity soon to be tested by our soon to be 8year old twins boys and their friends. (One day they will refuse to be our party guinea pigs!). Very exciting and involving some very interesting party props that we can’t wait to use.
Our Bell Tents are raring to go for the season – April to September. Sleepover packages now have the added luxury or 3 x futon beds rather than the previously supplied air beds. We continue to stock beautiful items to complement the hires for tea parties and sleepovers. This time last year we were preparing a photo shoot for the front cover of Families Leeds magazine. Photographer Susie Lawrence did an amazing job of capturing the fun which you can view on her blog here.
Check out some of our pins for bell tent parties here.
On the Helium Balloons and Party Decor front we have teamed up with BASH the party shop to offer you the very best range and design. Based on Street Lane, Roundhay, there is a huge supply of beautiful balloons. When we popped in last week Charlotte was putting the finishing touches on a unicorn with a colourful ribbon tail (who doesn’t love a unicorn!) and personalising some fabulous bubble balloons. We are more than happy to transport to any entertainment or inflatable hire booked with us.
To start the month with a little inspiration I visited the International Woman’s Day Conference by Yorkshire Ladies at Wetherby racecourse (Mrs Shuffles not Mr Shuffles I hope you have gathered) where I listened to some amazing women including Liz Taylor from the Taylor Lynn Corporation, AKA ‘the millionaire party planner’, who amused the audience with celebrity tales of party planning and the lengths that she will go to get the job done. I also met businesses supporting the event with stands including venues where we have supplied soft play and inflatables for naming day’s and christenings or entertainment for parties including Thorpe Park Spa & Hotel & Cedar Court Hotels. Whilst the majority of our venues are local church or village halls its good to know the venues that will also cater for children’s parties. Mr Shuffles is also due to entertain soon at the lovely Rudding Park Hotel, what a treat! I had a lovely chat with the ladies at Betty’s Tea rooms Harrogate about Mothers Day packages and concluded that they should offer a children’s style afternoon tea party! I was also happy to bump into Libby at The Emoji coach. Libby’s website is full of helpful information for parents & teachers for inspiring confidence and emotional well-being in children. She’s also running a free seminar in Roundhay on the 20th March entitled ‘why don’t kids come with a handbook’, details for booking can be found here.
It’s also the time of year when we firm up our Christmas party bookings as usually by March all the December weekend slots have gone! As crazy as that sounds we already have bookings for December 2018! Christmas Parties are a fabulous way for corporate clients to get their families together socially.
Soft play packages are another area we’s focused on this year with new equipment arriving all the time. We now have a large range of soft play packages to hire for under 5’s and they are proving extremely popular especially for the babies to 3years age range with our sensory cubes and baby parc. We loved the idea of combining this with the disco lights for a baby disco play area (photo below).
Pop up Stay and Play sessions were set for 3 dates over March and April. The next two dates are the 23rd March and 27th April. Both dates with morning and afternoon sessions 9.30-11.30 and 1-3pm at St Edmund’s Scout and Guide Hall, Roundhay, LS8 1JN. £3.50 per child & £2 for siblings, Under 7mths free with a paying child. Free Tea/coffee and refreshments. Lots of FUN + BOUNCE + PLAY with different inflatable equipment each time. We had lots of fun at the last session meeting parents and tots. Looking forward to more fun next week!
We still continue to deliver excellent quality inflatables. Our new artwork for a pirate themed bouncer will be arriving soon. The industry has some amazing new designs that we are adding to our wish list in line with keeping everything fresh and to a standard that we would expect for our own children. Equipment quality and risk assessed procedures are key for us to ensure that you are hiring safely for your children from a company that you can trust.
We’re forever grateful for the support and lovely reviews that our customers continue to leave. Our little business went limited in May 2002 so this May will be 15 years of children’s parties and entertainment. The children Mr Shuffles entertained in the beginning are now in their 20’s!.. (and he can still recall their names)!
This will be the fourth year running we are involved with all the fabulous events that the Yorkshire Variety Children’s Charity will host around the Yorkshire region. Always such a great privilege to be a part of and one of the highlights in our events calendar.
So whilst in 2017 there’s a lot of choice out there for your parties, we strive to consistently deliver up to date events that parents will talk about for weeks after. A spring clean is perfect to review and refresh our products and services, making sure your events are professional, fun, and delivered with energy. We’re looking forward to all the Birthday parties and family events this year and for the next 15 years!
The Shuffles Team xx