Birthday Party Tips

Our party entertainer Maxi Rafferty, sits down for an interview and answers your questions about how to prep well to make the most of your party.

“Children’s birthday parties don’t have to be a stressful occasion for families. In fact the simple structures work out the best in my experience.”

Where do I start?

“The first step in planning for your birthday child’s party is to set a party date in good time, lots of venues and entertainers will be happy to save your date at least three months in advance.

We have online bookings made straight away for the following year but understand that not everyone is this organised and you don’t really need to be. Think in terms of booking for next season and you shouldn’t go wrong; In spring – plan for summer parties, in summer – plan for Autumn parties etc..

Most families choose to book a local venue rather than having a smaller party in their home, meaning more space, easy parking and no friends are left uninvited. Larger parties of over 20 children are fine for most entertainers to manage to control.

Sometimes having so many children can leave a shy birthday child a little overwhelmed when a smaller party within the home may have been a more comfortable option for them.”

Party structure?

“Go for a three hour booking for your hall; 30 minutes either side of a two hour party.

It’s best to be able to enter your venue 30 minutes before the children arrive so that you can set up your hall, blow up balloons and hang decorations. Don’t be tempted to put the heating on full thinking that the children will be cold, they’ll soon be running around playing. Keeping the room cool can make a world of difference to children’s enthusiasm. Even if you have a magic show and the children are sitting down, the room will still warm up with all the body heat.

We generally see children sitting for food for a maximum of 30 minutes. If you’ve booked entertainment, will it run for the full two hours? Some magicians or puppet shows last an hour, leaving 30 minutes of free time.

Don’t worry about trying to provide extra ‘entertainment’ as children are wonderfully happy to play tag by themselves, bounce balloons or dance to some music.

If you did want something else you could try your hand at some simple face painting, glitter and temporary tattoos, provide an arts and craft table or some sports equipment set up for the first 30 minutes while the children all arrive.”

How to avoid party stresses?

“Simple wins every time, don’t aim for complicated perfection because children really can’t be perfect all the time but they can have simple fun. Traditional party games have stood the test of time and there’s nothing better than watching family and friends join in too!

Their birthday party is going to create memories so let them remember being chased by you while playing ‘Duck, duck, goose’ or racing you to the floor in ‘musical bumps’. Please remember to join in the fun!”

Got what it takes to be a Children’s Entertainer?

There are currently positions available within our team of wonderful entertainers in Aberdeen City & Shire.

We are looking for people with a great sense of fun, who are organised and creative. You must have experience with children and work well without supervision.

You will be the focus character at children’s birthday parties and events. Providing face painting, party games and balloon modelling.

Full training, support and party plans will be provided.

Weekend working hours. – You will need to have most weekends free.

A car owner is essential as party locations vary.

This post is subject to checks by Disclosure Scotland. All applicants will be required to be registered under the Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme (PVG) and to disclose any information about any offences and/or convictions held, or circumstances that could prevent them taking up a position working with children.

Please e-mail your CV and covering letter to

Alternatively call 07748753073 for more information.

Lollipop Entertainers Franchise

franchise opportunity

Who is Lisa Lollipop… well, maybe it’s you?

“For years I wondered how different my life would be if I could run my own business. Everyone that does tells me how hard they work but how much more fulfilling their work is.

After working for other people for over 12 years within the design and marketing sector I decided the time had come to use my skills in business and marketing to take on my dream of running my own business and working with children.

I set up Lisa Lollipop in 2009 and each year the business has grown and the services developed.

Lisa Lollipop children’s entertainment team is now firmly established in Aberdeen with the aim of further expansion across Scotland.

If you have a passion for working with children and want to earn your own flexible income then please get in touch to be part of a new franchise network.”
Lisa Mann
Founder of Lisa Lollipop Entertainers

About the Franchise

The franchise package includes support in all important key areas, such as:

 Licence to trade under the trade marked Lisa Lollipop brand

 Tried and tested party programme with on-going development

 Comprehensive induction and training programme

 Full marketing toolkit including a local website

 Pre-launch support

 key event support

 Business development reviews

 Ongoing support

Initial Fees

The initial franchise fee covers the cost of training, specialist equipment and marketing materials starting from £2,600 depending on the size of the area, with a monthly on-going licence fee starting from £150.

The ongoing fees include the licence to use the Lisa Lollipop brand and includes ongoing marketing to encourage growth for your area.

What makes it work

To ensure your success, we will be with you every step of the way offering support and training for you and staff you may hire.

A structure has been created for you to use right ‘out-of-the-box’ to run your own profitable children’s parties and classes including a whole treasure chest of tools, tricks and insider secrets.

The training programme is comprehensive and will provide you with all the training you need to run your own Lisa Lollipop business franchise. The tried and tested session plans offer plenty of scope to use your own creativity if you want to.

Full training provided in:

  Face painting

  Balloon modelling

  Party games programme

  Party hosting

  Administration

  Marketing

This is a new business opportunity for creative individuals wanting to work with children and run their own business within the Lisa Lollipop franchise.

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in this exciting business opportunity.

Please call 077487 53073 and ask for our franchise pack.

Or e-mail us at: and we’ll e-mail the franchise pack over so you can find out more.

Lisa Lollipop Entertainers celebrate ten years of business.

Founded in 2009, Lisa Lollipop Entertainers celebrate ten years of business.

Lisa Lollipop provides entertainment for children at private parties, nursery schools, hospital and corporate events across the North East of Scotland.

Private parties currently represent the core market for the Lollipop Entertainers business. These parties are held in community centres, sports halls and customers’ homes. The Lollipop team have visited almost every village hall and community centre across the North East of Scotland. They’ve also been welcomed into many families homes to celebrate special moments in their lives. Families celebrating baby’s first birthday and each year right through to pre-teen and then continuing to mark special family fun birthdays and events.

The business has developed over the years and can now entertain party sizes in excess of 100 children. Party games, face painting, balloon modelling, baby parties, soft play, pre-teen discos and superhero/princess characters are offered.

Lisa Lollipop employees take on the appearance and persona of the fairy-tale ‘Lollipop’ character and superhero/princess characters. Since the businesses inception in 2009, the Lisa Lollipop™ character has gained a high degree of popularity and achieved strong brand recognition.

Lisa Lollipop has active social media pages, ‘How to’ balloon modelling films on YouTube, an active newsletter and has entertained at over 2,000 parties equating to over 10,000 local children having met Lisa Lollipop.

Lisa Mann, Owner of Lisa Lollipop Entertainers says;

“I couldn’t have asked for a more exciting and creative way to spend my time, everyday doing something I have loved from the moment I started, ten years ago. I certainly didn’t think I would be fortunate enough to have continued with my dream job for this long. Thank you to all my customers for sharing your parties with us and thank you to our wonderful team past and present for helping to make our work so much fun.”

The Lollipop Entertainers have been kept busy year on year with so many reasons to celebrate; a birthday, christening, wedding, religious celebrations, charity, corporate or family events. Lisa Lollipop has been thrilled to be part of each one, meeting amazing people along the way.

This year we invite you to celebrate with us so keep an eye out on the amazing things we have planned.