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

Who are we?

Hello,

I’m Claire and my husband is Chris. When our children were younger we didn’t like kids parties much….

Well alright, that’s not entirely true, but we did find them incredibly stressful. They’re noisy, messy, and can leave you weeping in the street when you next check your ATM balance.

We know. We’ve been there. However, we also know how much fun they can be. With three children all born in the same month – yeh, great planning – we often found our house filled with a plastic mountain from party bags and presents, and stunned at the cost of the entertainment.

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

With 35+ combined years of experience at the BBC 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 great time and knowing we have saved their parents money and stress!

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. To have cool party games and some structure between the games. To not have chaos and mess and to do something just a little different. Plus, of course, to save you 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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