Our Story 2017-04-19T15:37:42+00:00

Claire-and-Theo-Paphitis-poClaire Hainstock of Acting the Party receiving their #sbs award from Theo Paphitis

Who are we?


I’m Claire, and my husband is Chris (not the person in the above picture, that’s Theo, before you begin any rumours). Chris and I, well, we’re not that keen on kids parties.

Well alright, that’s not entirely true. Yes, yes, that IS Theo. I meant about kids parties.

When our children were little we found them incredibly stressful…and their parties, boom boom. They were noisy, messy, and left us weeping in the street when we next checked our ATM balance (attach same joke again here).

However, we also know how much fun they can be – parties, children, and a mixture of the two. With our three children all born in the same month – yeh, great planning and a modern miracle – we soon found our house filled with a plastic mountain from party bags and presents, and left stunned at the cost of the entertainment.

So we decided to try a new approach. Keep the good bits, chuck out the bad, mad and chaotic bits.

With 35+ combined years of experience at the BBC (Chris again) and one very determined ‘oh-for-heavens-sake-there-must-be-something-better-than-this’ attitude we set about writing, designing, finding the very best narrators, recording and editing until we could unleash it on our children. Oh sweet revenge…. but hey, they enjoyed it. So did we! And so have many children since, that’s what we LOVE about children’s parties – seeing kids have a really super time and knowing we have saved their parents a lot of money and stress.

You’re welcome.

Claire x

Why did you design/make these games?

Why we love it

  • Stories for kids to act to
  • Structured play
  • Themed party games
  • Home enviroment
  • Manageable numbers
  • Saves money
  • Kids love it!

Why you will too

…and so too your children. If you’d like a party at home, not just to save money but to be able to watch your child interact with their friends and have fun this is for you. Cool party games with the structure of something fun to do between the games. No chaos or mess and something just a little different. Plus, of course, to save a small fortune.

We hope you enjoy our parties, we think they’re ace, and very high quality, so they do take a while to produce. If you’re waiting for a new theme expect to be playing it with your teenager, they take us a long while because we want them to be the best they can. However, we can reveal the next party will be… eventually… an adventure based in Space!

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Claire Hainstock
Claire HainstockProducer/owner
Producer and owner of Acting the Party – former BBC Special Effects designer and assistant (cleared a lot of gunge on children’s shows). Lover of audio drama and dog walker extraordinaire. Sometimes, with a podcast, on the Lincolnshire hills (yes, there are some) I will combine the two.

Some of my highlights

We presently have 4 parties.. You may want to know which we like the best. Well, actually each have been interesting and fun in their own right. Our first was the Spooky Pirate party. The choice of theme was easy as our sons were heavily into pirates at the time and because we could test it on them! The second was amazing to hear Elizabeth Rider narrate the script exactly how I heard it in my head! Sample on the home page. Graham Seed was a joy as he had the right kind of wry humour that a Pantomime party requires. Isy Suttie has a fantastic accent and of course, is no novice when it comes to voiceover narration – a Gold Sony Comedy Award winner.
However, we’re still hoping to make some new awesome themes, here’s a few ideas:
  • Space adventure
  • Fairytales
  • Under the Sea
Playing the first party and seeing the kids have a fantastic time playing it.
Besides our children? Well, I’m currently writing a new script… then it’ll need narrating, editing, game accessories designed, packaging… still awake?
Being with family and friends, dog walking, listening to audio dramas, reading, gardening, tweeting, working… why do you ask?!
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