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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). There are two awesome designs to choose from - Disco Ticket or VIP Guest Pass.
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!
Song Requests: Whilst the KDP crew will play all tunes kids know and love, we also like to hear from the birthday boy or girl with a few of their favourite tunes so we can tailor a playlist to suit their music taste. If your party package includes the KDP online Song Request competition, remind the party guest to jump onto our website and request their song for a chance to win.
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.
Dj Ray Ray's Fail Safe Kids Disco Party Playlist
It’s no secret kids and music are a match made in heaven.... but there are tunes and there are TUNES! A crucial element of being a children’s party entertainer is making sure we keep the kids engaged and having fun the WHOLE time and without the right kids dance songs your disco party can quickly go from disco pop into disco flop with the hit of a play button!
Dj RayRay has put together his top 10 fail safe kids dance songs to make sure the dance floor at your next party is hip, hop and happening!
1. Dynamite, Tao Cruz
I came to DANCE! And so will your party guests. Once the beat kicks in you and all your friends will throwing your hands in the air saying 'Ayo'! #failsafe
2. Shake it Off, Taylor Swift
A real crowd pleaser, you and your party friends can’t stop and won’t stop moving once Shake It Off comes through the speakers! #failsafe
3. Party Rock Anthem, LMFAO
Everybody just have a GOOD time! Well they sure will with this track! So put your hands up and lets get this party STARTED. #Failsafe
4. Roar, Katy Perry
You’ll have the ground shaking with this inspiring song. All the kids will be roaring and dancing like the champions they are! #FailSafe
5. Starships, Nicki Minaj (Glee Version)
I LOVE to dance and you will too once this beauty comes on. You and your party friends will have your hands up and dancing all night. #FailSafe
6. Uptown Funk, Bruno Mars
Come on, DANCE! Your inner funk will come out with this tune. So get those chucks on and jump on it! #Failsafe
7. Let’s Get Ridiculous, Red Fu
Crazy, loud, you’ll get WILD in the crowd once the beat drops! If you LOVE TO DANCE this one will definitely get you going. #FailSafe
8. Shut up and Dance, Walk the Moon
You won’t dare look back from the dance floor once the Dj plays this tune, especially when all your party friends are screaming ‘dance with me!’
9. Can’t Stop the Feeling, Justin Timberlake
Everything about this track will give your party guests this feeling in their body and they’ll just wanna dance, dance , dance!
10. Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepson
It might sound crazy but this will definitely get the whole floor boppin’ away! And did we mention it’s Dj Sam.i.am’s favourite song?
What are some of your favourite floor-filling kids dance songs? Let us know in the comments below or click here to Request A Song!
Disco Party Decoration Ideas Using Glow Sticks
Glow sticks are one of our favourite disco party essentials here at Kids Disco Parties. They will not only light up the dance floor, they are super FUN and not to mention cheap. If you have crafty kids or are simply looking for ways to get the kids involved in some pre-party disco party decorating we think you will LOVE some of our nifty disco party decoration ideas using glow sticks. They are all super affordable and simple enough for the kids to make so they’ll be entertained for hours.
1. Glow Stick Balloons
Filling balloons with glow sticks is a pretty fancy disco party decoration idea for your kid’s birthday party. We suggest using white or light coloured balloons so they glow extra bright! Once the balloons are half filled with air, crack a glow stick or two and carefully insert, then finish blowing up. Scatter on the table or with an adults help why not hang them upside down from the roof for some extra WOW factor
2. Glow Stick Coke Bottles
To create these colourful masterpieces, carefully cut the top off a glow stick and pour the contents into an empty coke bottle. If possible we suggest using glass bottles but plastic ones will shine just as bright! Secure the lid, shake it about and voila, glow in the dark bottles! For safety we recommend you get an adult to help you with this one and DO NOT DRINK from these bottles.
3. Glow Stick Chandelier
If you love getting crafty, you’ll love this one!
What You’ll need:
4. Glow Stick Wall Art
This is such a FUN idea to welcome guests to your child’s disco party! Using packets of glow sticks get the kids to create messages and pictures of their choice! Once you’re happy with your layout use some clear scotchguard to stick it to the wall.
** Parents – we recommend you hang up a black plastic sheet (grab one from your local hardware store for $10) on the wall before the messages get stuck on. This will not only help the glow sticks stand out but you’ll avoid any paint stripping disasters!
5. Neon/Glow Table Setting
This one is super easy and such a clever way to jazz up your snacks table! Put glow sticks around plates and cups for your party guests. Stick glow sticks to clear cutlery and create coasters for your cups. You can also put glow sticks under ice in the drinks bucket for some extra glow!
6. Glow Stick Wreath
Wreaths are not just for Christmas. Make one for your disco party decoration too!
What you’ll need:
How to make your wreath:
7. Glow Stick Centerpiece
We just LOVE this one! It’s super cheap but looks a million bucks!
Pop down to the Reject Shop or Spotlight and pick up a pack of 50 Glow Sticks (should set you back $5) and also some large polystyrene ball halves.
Crack the glow sticks and push them into the polystyrene. Ta-Da! A super quick centerpiece that will impress everyone at your party!
What crafty glow stick ideas have you done at home?
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.
A Fresh Look for Kids Disco Parties
For those who have followed the Kids Disco Parties journey over the past six years you will know we are a dedicated group of primary school teachers who work as childrens entertainers at disco parties for kids and whole school discos all over Melbourne. We are passionate about building confidence in kids and encouraging them to express themselves through dance and play.
To celebrate Kids Disco Parties recently turning six, we decided to freshen our look with a 90s inspired disco party theme. The KDP crew have had an absolute blast over the past few months making decisions about the branding, starring in photoshoots and work shopping new ideas for bigger, brighter and louder disco parties for kids and schools discos right across Melbourne.
Check out some of the behind the scenes snaps from our recent photoshoot…
Over the next few weeks we will be sharing some of the exciting things Kids Disco Parties have been working on including our personalised party invitation templates (disco themed of course), party success check lists, party food faves and more through our kids party ideas blog.
The Kids Disco Parties ideas blog is a new platform for us to not only share all our exciting news but fun ways for you to engage with your kids through music and dance.
Take a squiz at our brand new website. We absolutely LOVE our new 90’s inspired disco party theme. A huge shout out to our dear friends at Clo & Co, who have worked tirelessly to bring all of our ideas to life and help the KDP personality shine. We hope you enjoy our new look as much as we do!