No Scary Clowns Required!

Janey Lloyd

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Looking at past photos of my childhood birthday parties with my bowl cut and chocolate covered face, I’ve been taking inspiration for Joel’s upcoming first birthday party. Luckily for him the bowl shall stay in the kitchen cupboard and there will be no embarrassing photos to show any future partners – well I’ve kept some naked bath ones so I don’t get to miss out on this embarrassing Mother tradition!

It’s difficult to decide on how to celebrate this milestone whether to have a quiet gathering with family or to hire Scone Palace and give Elton a call.

It’s difficult to decide on how to celebrate this milestone whether to have a quiet gathering with family or to hire Scone Palace and give Elton a call.

Some friends with older children have tended to start doing bigger parties once their child is aware of what a party is (however this doesn’t guarantee their understanding means less tantrums on the day!).

In Perthshire we are spoilt for choice with various companies and venues offering services to help take away the stress of you organising the birthday bash of the year.

If you’re looking to accommodate creature curious or unicorn daft little ones or any other theme then check out my list – it’s their party and they’ll probably cry if they want to but at least they can do it in style!

Sleepy Headzzz

When I was ten, a sleepover with friends involved stealing my Mum’s make up bag for drag queen makeovers and my parents trying to find some form of amusement for hyper sugar infused children. With Sleepy Headzz it takes away the hassle for parents and helps to create fun memories.

Sleepy Headzzz - Directory PictureAfter her daughter Miya requested a themed sleepover for her next birthday her Mum Claire, got her creative thinking cap on and came up with the idea of Sleepy Headzzz. Realising that locally there was no similar companies offering sleepover packages and the expense of doing a one off, she wanted to provide other parents the same choice.

Being a busy parent herself she has focused on delivering an efficient service that involves little input from her customers to help everyone enjoy themselves.

Once you’ve selected from the various themes of boho chic, football, Harry Potter, LOL doll and unicorn, and then decided on a date, the team will set up the tents and accessories. They even collect everything the next day so tired parents the next day can put their feet up. For an additional cost of £20 a popcorn machine and kernels can be supplied for helping create the ultimate cinema experience.

With her Textiles degree, Claire has applied her natural artistic flair to creating this fun experience, no matter the occasion as “kids are only young for a short time these days and it gives them something special to remember”.

Find all the contact details for Sleepy Headzzz on our Directory.

Café Play

As previously promised Louisia is now providing a birthday party service and after reading all about it – I wish I was a child again!

Before I step into the DeLorean and grab the Doc, I shall give you the details!
It’s £10 per child (minimum of 20 children and maximum of 30 with a maximum of 36 accompanying adults) you get private hire of the café and this includes two members of staff to help including use of furniture, kitchen essentials and the music.

Cafe Play - Facebook ImageThere are also some optional extras (visit their Facebook page for individual pricing) such as snacks for the big and little ones, face-painting, party games with prizes, party bags plus messy play and slime themed activities and much more!

For smaller parties you can have private use of their activity room at £100 for the room (maximum of 10 children and maximum of 10 accompanying adults) with one member of staff available to help. This also comes with the above optional extras too.

Along with proving the space the multi-tasking staff are also the cleaners, entertainers and organisers allowing you to enjoy your little one’s special event and even join in the fun (please note no judgement will be made on the big ones getting their faces painted - Unicorns have no age limits!).

For more information check out their website or call on 01738 248180

The Black Watch Castle & Museum

Rally up your mini troops to celebrate their special day Army style and let the fun battle commence!

For £14 per child Black Watch provides military themed games and food, for an additional £5 per child a party bag can also be provided.Black Watch Easter kids trench

If you’re keen to entertain those with ants in their pants then look no further as they get camouflaged, complete their basic training and play such games as Hot Grenade and Field Rescue!

Later they can proudly show off their medals and pose for the Junior Battalion group photograph after a successful completion of their party mission.

Find all the contact details for The Black Watch Castle and Museum on our Directory or email:

Adventure Circus

(Perth's Circus School!)

If like myself, you or your little ones watched The Greatest Showman and considered running away to the circus then look no further than the city’s very own Adventure Circus.

Seasons Review rope and leavesStarting from £165 for 4-8 people the party involves being taught trapeze tricks, gymnastic ribbons, juggling balls, spinning hoop and poi. The school can travel to different locations to accommodate (depending on size of venue) and pricing depends on the size of your party plus the cost of travel.

Although the recommended age is six and up, there are activities using the floor equipment which is ideal for those under the age limit.

At their gym you’re able to bring your own food and drink with breaks provided in-between the circus skills and stretches to be completed before and after the session.

Despite the fact this circus adventure won’t involve Zac Efron, the enthusiastic team at Adventure Circus will provide a unique party for all involved plus teach them all some very entertaining new skills!

Find all the contact details for Adventure Circus on our Directory.

Activity Delivered 

With a variety of Nerf War themed parties, mini indoor tipis, Zorb Football, Hoverboards, BoomCo, Tipi Cinemas, Gaming Tipi, Archery Tag, Hot Tub and Silent Disco parties, your birthday boys and girls are spoilt for choice.

Kids Parties Activity Delivered zorbsWherever your destination they can bring the party to you and if you’re struggling to find a suitable venue they even provide suggestions in your local area on their website!

Please note due to each booking having individual demands, pricing is calculated on an individual basis so contact the team via the website to get your personal quote.

The company is run by a team of qualified youth workers with years’ experience of entertaining kids and creating memorable birthday parties.

Find all the contact details for Activity Delivered on our Directory.

Little Lia and Olive

Set up in 2012 this beauty salon is run by Nadia Cunningham Alexander and Joanna Allan. Due to the number of younger clients coming to the salon for manicures, Nadia set up Little Lia and Olive so other Princesses could have their own glittery birthday celebration and learn from a young age how important is to be pampered!

Little Lia and Olive - Princess PartiesThe Princess Party can be up to six friends with two hours of getting their nails painted, dressing up in tutus and tiaras within the fun castle of Lia and Olive where they can play and sparkle away.

There are four different Princess Packages to choose from: Little Princess (£15 per person), Tutti Fruitti (£20 per person), Glamour Girl (£25 per person), Ultimate Princess Package (£75 per person).

Depending on what package you choose they can offer mini facials, glitter make overs, manicures, photos and glitter face tattoos.

For the Royal Subjects (the big ones) Nadia and Joanna welcome you into the Lia and Olive salon for your own pampering session as your Princesses can reign over their Kingdom in glitter and jewels.

Find all the contact details for Little Lia and Olive on our Directory.

Bells Sports Centre & Perth Leisure Pool

For sporty enthusiasts our local Sports centre and Leisure pool offer four different packages depending on activity preference, age and cost:

The Sports Party £30 option for children age five and above gives them the choice between badminton, basketball, football, multi sports and much more for their party guests.

Swim and Skate - girls with goggles at the edge of the pool.To tire younger children out there is the Play Party that provides a bouncy castle with a member of staff present to supervise. At £40 this option also provides a ball pit for children under two. Unfortunately, the Bouncy Castle has an age limit of eight so step away adults your bouncing days are over and let the younger ones enjoy!

At £30 the Leisure Pool can arrange a Pool Party which can be a private hire if requested. This allows adults and those under five to swim free.

For those more energetic there is the Aqua Run Pool Party at £128.75 where for an hour you can privately hire the Aqua Run. Please note for health and safety a short swim test may need to be completed to access those taking part can swim ten metres.

There is also the extra options of party foods and there is two menus available starting from £3.50 per child.

With these different parties you’re guaranteed to have some tired party guests and happy adults who will enjoy the rest of their peaceful day.

Find all the contact details for Perth Leisure Pool and Bells Sports Centre in their Directory Listings.


As crazy as all our party animals are they all have different interests and if you’re looking for something different or traditional with no hassle then check out the above recommendations.

Recently I had Joel’s first birthday and we opted for a quiet celebration with family and of course Elmo. I’m certainly taking inspiration for his future birthdays and I’m already working on my plan to convince him about a Princess party. I also managed to get quite a few embarrassing photos which I also used to create a hilarious meme to share on social media so all in all the day was a complete success!

With circus, Harry Potter, military, Princess and sports themed parties - we can easily leave the scary clowns for Hollywood.

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