This year my son was desperate to have a James Bond laser party for his birthday. Although he was just turning 6, and probably a bit young, it was a mega success. I called my dear friends at Sharky & George renouned for throwing the best children’s parties. I gave them the brief, to which they said ‘no problem, leave it with us’ – and I’m so glad I did.
Sharky & George take everything into consideration, so you can actually enjoy your child’s party instead of having to keep up with the organisation of it all. We decided to throw the party at IRIS Studios, my photographic studio on the Ifield Road because it’s a huge blank space, and it really worked well.
We held the laser party on a Saturday morning. On arrival, guests were greeted by a bar, Bloody Mary’s for the grown-ups (kept well out of reach of the children!) and for the children, mini milk bottles of fresh juice.
The Sharky & George team were ready and waiting to whisk the children into the studio for action. There were dozens of targets and inflatables blown up around the room, and after a full briefing, the children got to choose their lasers, from a long trestle table. I was slightly concerned about my daughter, who at 4 years old is tiny, but she grabbed the biggest of laser of them all. Sharky & George never fail to entertain every child in the room, even the shiest child seems to be front and centre by the end.
After an hour of fun and games the children settled down to long camouflage-clad tables, with fruit kebabs and water bottles already laid out. For food, we served up cocktail sausages, mini burgers, little cones of fish and chips, and crudite bowls overflowing with dips.
Something I’ve found time and again at children’s parties, is that the grown-ups spend more time eating from their child’s plate than they do on the adult canapÃ©s doing the rounds, so we had an extra few trays of the children’s food for the parents, which predictably, was gone in seconds.
The birthday cake was made by the lovely Clare Lumley, and was of Big Hero 6 which is another of my son’s favourites. The children went home, armed with super simple personalised gift boxes from Little Lulubel and a helium balloon.
To sum here’s a list of everything you’ll need to throw your own laser party:
- Lasers and inflatables,
- A few sensible grown-ups to run the show
- A big enough space – preferably somewhere that you can turn the lights down so you can see the lasers
- Army style tableware
- Birthday cake
- Goodie bags
- Camouflage face paint
- Dressing-up box full of cameo fancy dress, and cameo paper plates and straws
- Balloons for decoration
- Music – the James Bond album to really set the scene!
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