Hosting a Hygienic Kids Disco Party
As we head into the cooler months, we welcome snuggly jumpers, wooly socks for disco sliding down the hall and cups of tea by the fire! Unfortunately though, it can be a time we often ‘welcome’ some unwanted nasties that tend to hang around during cold and flu season! Rude, because we don’t remember inviting them to the party!
Here at Kids Disco Parties we have a few handy tips to help keep it clean and ensure the nasty bugs don't spread during your disco party.
1. Upon Arrival..
When your guests arrive, initiate safe greeting practises through promoting pats on the back, silent high-5s or a sweet dance battle!
2. Before we start...
It's essential to have hand sanitiser or offer a place to wash hands at the beginning of the party and prior to consuming food and drink. Supervise the washing of hands encouraging the use of warm soapy water for 20 seconds. A great opportunity to practice singing 'Happy Birthday'.
3. Did someone say snacks?
When planning party food, rather than having share plates or communal bowls consider food options that make it easy to serve as individual servings. This limits germs sharing, and means no one will take your last slice of pizza (double bonus!). When serving ensure you use tongs and wear gloves (just in case it's you carrying the nasties).
4. Let's eat the snacks!
Before eating promote hand washing. Ensure all opportunities to consume food and drink are kept to specific scheduled break times. This allows you to remind party goers to wash their hands prior to eating. It's also best practice to cover all food outside of eating time.
5. If you gotta sneeze...
Remind guests to cover their mouth if they sneeze or cough using their elbow. If this particular move is done on the dance floor, you can turn it into a cool move! Left elbow, right elbow, left el.. sorry, I just imagined a sneeze routine and it was AWESOME. This gives everyone a chance to learn that cool sneeze dance move for more epic dance floor battles upon your return! Remember also to put any tissues straight into the bin, and sanitise after!
Download for free and start planning today!
Planning a disco party this year? We've put together a disco party planning checklist to help you stay organised and on track to create the best kids disco party experience for your little ones. Download your free 'Planning a Disco Party Checklist' by clicking here and start planning your disco party today!
6 - 8 Weeks before your party...
Select your date and book the entertainment! Get in nice and early to ensure you can secure your date preference and timings. It’s best to avoid public holidays and big community events, like local sports grand final dates or times when many of your guests might have team sport commitments/training. It's never too early to book at KDP entertainer, we can book out up to 8 weeks in advance.
HOME: We recommend hosting your disco party inside. A garage space or large living room is the perfect space for a disco. It's always a bonus if you can darken the space to help the LED disco lighting pop!
VENUE: If you don't have the space at home, you might consider a local community space. Local Kinders, scout halls or community hubs are a great place to start. When booking an external venue there are some additional things to consider. Always inspect and visit the venue to ensure the following:
- Access to adequate power sources
- Availability of tables for you to place food and drinks
- You have access to the venue at least 1 hour at either side of your party times for set up and pack down
- Fans/Air-conditioning (required all year round, but especially if you are booking a summer disco)
- Easy access/parking available near the venue
- Ask if the venue requires Public Liability Insurance certificate. As KDP are fully insured, we can provide this.
4 - 6 Weeks to go...
Finalise your guest list: We recommend ensuring a minimum of 15 children with the ultimate number of guests between 20 - 30. Consider that up to 20% of your invited guests may not be able to attend, so inviting a few extras is always a good idea.
Guest Emergency Contact List: Do you know the phone number the parent/guardian for each child attending your event? Start compiling a list of emergency contacts. Have a hard copy of this at the party with a pen on hand so that you can capture this information from parents/guardians as kids are dropped off.
Design and send your invitations:
Must have items: Date, Start & End Time, Address & RSVP (name, number & date)
Recommended additions: Allergies or dietary requirements
Optional items: Dress code or theme and any specific venue instructions
We can take care of invitations for you. The KDP Ultimate & Flexi Disco Party Packages come with a tailored digital invite which you can print yourself or we can print for you (*printing costs apply).
1 week to go...
Party Supplies: It's now time to start counting the sleeps and preparing for the week ahead. Start with compiling two shopping lists. A supplies list and a food/drinks list. We have seen many discos in our time and the most successful are those who have kept it SIMPLE. Fruit and icy poles an absolute hit for a quick snack during the break. Limit your decorations as #WeBringTheDisco and the LED disco lighting effects create an instant party atmosphere in any space.
Confirm RSVP & Final Numbers: Follow up your final numbers and be sure to let us know of any special needs.
Chat to your DJ: Your DJ will make contact with you in the days leading a up to discuss the final logistics and go through the plan/schedule for event. You DJ will be able to provide great advice for the success of your party. You can read our top tips for hosting the Ultimate Disco Party on this blog!
1 Sleep to go...
Charge the camera: or make sure you have room on your phone to take LOTS of action shots!
Pack the party favour bags: if you are creating some take home party bags, this is something you can easily prepare the day before.
Place food on order: Pizzas are seriously the easiest and best way to feed the little party rockers. If you are ordering pizzas to be delivered, have them pre-ordered and arrange for them to be delivered just before the half time break. If pizzas aren't your thing, places like Subway or your local supermarket can create party platters which can be collected on the morning of your party.
Pick up the cake (or bake it): Check out some of the #cakespiration ideas on our Instagram.
Grocery Shopping: Grab your food and drinks supplies list and hit the shops.
On the day...
The Space: if you are having your party at home, clear the space of all large furniture items and darken the room as best you can. If you are hosting it at a venue, create two zones - a space for food and a space to dance. Keep all food a drink hidden until the break time to give the DJs the best chance of engaging the children in the disco party activities.
Balloons on the letterbox: It makes it nice and easy for your guests (and DJ) to find your party. Take it to the next level and get the birthday boy or girl to design a party sign to welcome their guests!
To help make planning a disco party even easier, we've created the KDP Disco Party Planning Checklist free for you to download.
For more support with planning your party, call us on 1300 35 45 65 and we can guide you through the entire process.
Tips For Hosting The Ultimate Disco Party For Kids
We’ve been to our fair share of disco parties for kids over the past six years and have literally seen it all! We decided to put our heads together and bring you our top 6 hot tips for hosting the ultimate disco party for kids so you and your party guests will be set to have the best party ever. After all the last thing you want is your child's disco party to be a disco flop!
Tip 1: Host your disco party inside
Nothing clears a dance floor faster than gale force winds and thunderstorms! With Melbourne being… well Melbourne, the weather is so unpredictable, if possible we recommend you host your child’s disco party inside. It will not only keep your party guests warm and dry but a more confined space acts as extra crowd control, our beats will sound way better and you’ll get the full effect of the super bright LED disco lights!
Tip 2: Keep food and sugary drinks for the scheduled break
It's not a party unless there is party food, however we’ve noticed food is a big distraction for your party rockers, especially the shy kids! To give us the best shot at engaging your party guests we recommend keeping food, lollies and snacks to the scheduled break time.
Tip 3: Keep chairs off the dancefloor
Ditch those chairs! We’re all here to P-A-R-T-Y! Where possible remove as many chairs from the space as possible. Nowhere to sit means your party guests will get their dancing shoes on and engage in all the activities your DJ has in stall.
Tip 4: Less Decorations is More!
Balloons, streamers, themed decorations, it’s a party right? Wrong! We go by the mantra less is more when it comes to throwing a kids disco party. Our DJs come to every kids disco fully equipped with sound and lighting so you really don’t need to do much more! The darker the space the brighter the lights so if you’re itching to hang something up we recommend popping down to your local hardware store and grabbing yourself a large black plastic sheet for 10 bucks. Once the house lights go down and the disco lights shine everyone will be ready to hit the d-floor! PLUS…Less decorations also means less things to pack up! #winning
Tip 5: Avoid Balloons
As we’re all about safety first here at Kids Disco Parties we’ve come to notice balloons usually cause more harm than good! While we all have a giggle at the first person to speak with a helium voice, its actually very dangerous! Also, too many balloons on a dance floor full of energetic dancers is a recipe for disaster! We want to keep you and all your party guests free from injury so ditch the balloons and let the disco lights be the star of the show!
Tip 6: Keep it Simple
Candy tables, face painting, photo booths, petting zoos…You get the jist! Too many elements can easily backfire on your birthday party extravaganza. By inviting Kids Disco Parties into your home we make sure you get bang for your buck. If there are too many things happening at the one time your party guests will be so overwhelmed and this will impact our engagement with the kids at the disco party. If you do want to include some extras at your child’s party we recommend having them prior to the disco commencing!
Disco Party Success Checklist
When booking your next kids disco party experience ask us about our Kids Disco Party Checklist designed to help you pull off the BEST KIDS PARTY EVER! Click here to get your Kids Disco Party Checklist.