The success of any party lies in the hands of the party host. What should you really consider in getting one?
Events organizer Aileen Cruz of Pink and Peach Party shares her insights: "Budget is always at the top of the list of many parents. As a party planner, I first ask how much the client is willing to spend for the host, and from there we base our recommendations. Sometimes it depends on the theme also. The really good ones charge anywhere from P9,000 to P14,000." Magicians can go as high as P30,000, and there is a high demand for them. According to Mel Menes of Party Time Philippines, clients ask for these magicians specifically “because they are known for their remarkable performance, good command of the English language, and wit.”
When planning your party, it is best to get recommendations from fellow parents, and one good source for this is the online forum of Smart Parenting. There are more than 30,000 posts on the Birthday thread on party hosts, and we tallied the numbers. Here are the 5 most recommended party hosts in the Smart Parenting Parent Chat community.
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Host, games facilitator, magician, ventriloquist Rate: P13,000 Visit his website
Flooch is all-energetic and his ventro act is different for each party. He has a genuine love for kids. Jervey Capili in real life, Flooch started as a second clown to Wanlu and an assistant to popular magicians, and has been in the hosting business for more than 16 years now.
"We had a triple birthday celebration last June, and Flooch was a hit with our guests, kids and adults alike. I was surprised that all the kids voluntarily participated in all the games. Everyone was all ears everytime Flooch was on stage. Everyone was raving about how awesome Flooch was. He made the all-time favorite party games more interesting with the use of technology. He gave out clear instructions that even the little ones understood. Up until this day, whenever our family, relatives and friends, talk about the party, they can't help but say how good a host Flooch was.” - Liv Reyes-Emeterio, 31, work-at-home mom Pasig
#4: Alex Lagula
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Host, game facilitator, interactive magician, comedian Rate: P13,000
“His performance brought so much laughter in our party. He is indeed very funny and witty. My relatives sent me text messages, congratulating me for a successful party. Some asked for his talent fee while some asked if he has been performing overseas. According to one of our guests, it was a brand new experience for them. His performance was outstanding, one-of-a kind, hilarious. We believe it's what made our kid’s party a success.” - Emilie Marie Garcia, housewife, Pasig
"Alex is very funny and can connect well with his audience. He articulates words properly and his grammar is good, which is a real plus for me." - Grace Sy, Workforce Analyst, Las Pinas