Jess Taylor, another of our successful graduates from the Women in Business course, used the skills she gained from the programme to help her set up her own business. Glitter Star Kids is a company which organises kids’ parties with events like face painting, cupcake making and sing-a-longs.
Having successfully pitched at one of our recent Community Soup events, Jess has now received funding to expand her business in new and exciting ways. We asked Jess to share some of her ideas for keeping the children entertained over the holidays without spending a fortune.
Make a piñata
Always popular at birthday parties, the traditional piñata can take on many different forms from donkeys to balloons (depending on how creative you are feeling). Have a go at making your own by following these simple steps.
What you’ll need:
Newspaper, PVA glue,a balloon, paints, and some sweets.
- Blow up the balloon and place in a large bowl to keep it steady. Cut newspaper into long, skinny triangles.
- Pour PVA glue into a small bowl and mix 50/50 with water.
- Dip newspaper strips into glue mixture and papier-mâché 3 layers of newspaper onto the balloon.
- Leave a hole at the top big enough to fit sweets through.
- When the papier-mâché is completely dry, puncture and slowly deflate the balloon.
- Paint sections of balloon in a fun design of your choice.
- When dried, fill with sweets.
- Hang the filled balloon from a tree using string and use a stick to hit it until it breaks!
A brilliant way to get your little ones engaged in the food they eat is to bake with them in the kitchen. Summer is the perfect time of year to use traditional English strawberries and there are plenty of recipes online for strawberry and whipped cream cupcakes!
Hunt for treasure
You can keep the kids busy for hours searching around the house for the sweets from the piñata. A great way to make a simple treasure hunt a bit more fun is to decorate an egg box to create a real life treasure chest filled with small sweets. Make up a series of clues if you’re feeling creative.
Summer holiday X-Factor
Hold a talent show in your very own front room and let the kids get together to show off their hidden talent with music, singing, dancing and anything else that makes them unique. If you want to set up a cheap karaoke session in your home, then there are loads of videos on YouTube which provide the backing track for your favourite songs.
If you would like to get in contact with Jess for details of upcoming kids’ events or parties you can check her out on Twitter.
If you’d like to follow Jess’ footsteps then head along to the Women in Business open day. Monday 11th September from 12.30pm - 3pm.
The next course runs from Tuesday 19th September to 5th December from 10am - 3pm at: The Place at Platt Lane, Fallowfeld M14 7FB For more information please contact Jenny on 07984 872325 or firstname.lastname@example.org