Plan ahead! I get many last minute emails and phone calls where a parent is looking to schedule entertainment for a birthday party a few days before the actual party. Now, I understand that there are sometimes circumstances such as another party entertainer cancelled or the party was planned as an outdoor party with an inflatable Thomas the Tank Engine Bounce House and now with rain and wind coming the train themed party needs to be moved indoors. However, I also know that some people, especially those that are busy with work and children, and everything that goes along with that, will sometimes wait until the last minute. Plan ahead, I recommend calling the performer you want before reserving the room or setting the time and date of your party. Lots of times I get calls and the person on the other line says, “I have the room from 1PM to 4PM so I need you at 2PM.” On a typical Saturday I will perform at 2, 3, or even 4 parties during the holidays. While I might not be able to travel, setup, and be ready for 2PM, 3 or 3:30PM might be possible. If the time and date where not already set with guests invited by the time I was contacted things could have been adjusted. If your child is 4 or 5 and obsessed with trains and you are doing your absolute best to give them the “Train Party of their Dreams” don’t wait to the last minute. Next year they may no longer be “into” trains, so give them the best party you can now, by planning ahead! If you are set on hiring an entertainer for your child’s birthday party, be flexible, call early, and be willing to change the date or time if it means giving your child a party they will never forget!