Operating since 1999, Emporium Parties provide professional children’s entertainment with branches across Kent & Sussex We take pride in providing a friendly, personal, informal service that doesn’t compromise professionalism. Emporium Parties go that extra mile to make you smile.
What Emporium Parties Do
Emporium Parties Ashford & Canterbury offers a wide variety of party entertainment and services for girls and boys from 4 years old to teenagers. Our bespoke entertainment is suitable for every occasion; Birthday parties, family celebrations, religious blessings, school discos and fundraising events and are available across most of the Kent, East & West Sussex.
Our entertainment is primarily disco based with a mixture of music, dancing and party games. Face painting, balloon modelling; glitter tattoo and hair braiding packages are also available across Kent & Sussex. Emporium Parties have recently launched a new girl’s beauty party range which include makeover, beauty and spa parties.
Where are Emporium Parties Located
Emporium Parties is a franchised business and has branches across Kent & Sussex/ Our head office is located in Folkestone, Kent and takes care of all customer booking and enquiries.
Meet our team
Our entertainers are carefully selected for their passion and enthusiasm for entertaining at children's parties.
My name is Karen i am the founder of Emporium Parties. I started offering parties in 1999 and over the past 16 years i have past my knowledge, passion and experience on to my own team of entertainers and Emporium Parties franchise owner operators. I do not have the time to attend as many parties as i used to however when i am allowed out of the office my favourite parties are school discos, the buzz i get from entertaining hundreds of children is something i just cant put into words...I love choreographing new party dances. I also enjoy doing makeover and beauty parties. I am proud to have been a big part of thousands of children's special days and to helping to create happy lasting memories
My name is Heather and I am a party leader / manager at emporium parties. I have been working for emporium parties for 14 years. I started out doing parties at weekends and went on to do both the parties and office work. I now work mainly in the office but go out and do parties every now and again to keep the buzz going. I enjoy the disco parties for an upbeat party and also makeover and pamper parties for a more chilled and relaxed party. I can entertain, dance, do makeovers, hairstyles, pamper parties and lots more
Hi, my names Beth, I've been working for Emporium for nearly four years and I have enjoyed every second of it.
I'm currently studying at university to become a Child Nurse so love working with children in my spare time, putting smiles on their faces. My favourite parties are discos as I love a good old dance, but I also enjoy Frozen and Pamper Parties.
I look forward to meeting you all at your next Emporium Party :-)
My name is Bethan and I am an entertainer for Emporium. I have been working for them since January 2015.
I use to love attending emporium parties as a child so to work for them now is such an enjoyment. I've worked with children for 5 years as a rugby coach so have lots of experience working with children and this just adds to the enjoyment each weekend. I look forward to work each weekend because every party is different yet all achieve the same thing; putting a smile on the children's faces and that makes the hard work worth it. I love the disco parties because I enjoy dancing with all the children and learning new dances! I also enjoy pirate and frozen parties! I can't wait for the many years of work to come and meeting all the new faces!
Hi my name’s Carole and I am an Entertainer/ Leader at Emporium Parties. I’ve been with Emporium for two years now and absolutely love my job – where else can I be paid to have fun and generally be a big kid? I believe in going that extra mile to see that the children have the best time possible, as the biggest reward for me is seeing them have a fantastic time. My favourite parties are Pirate and Galactic Knights because I get to dress up and really get in to my role. My only wish is that Disney would have some older Princesses / Queens so I can be a princess too!
Hello my name is Janel. I am a party leader and part time office administrator, and have been working for Emporium since I was 16! That's 7 years! I am a dance graduate and also teach part time at a local secondary and primary school but enjoy leading children’s parties at the weekend as all it is really is one big performance that is stress free and fun!
Being the eldest of 8 children I have grown up around kids and genuinely enjoy being in there company. I love taking the children on a magical journey and seeing them having fun and enjoying themselves with their best friends by their side. Although I love hosting parties for the younger ones I really enjoy disco’s for the older children/ teenagers because there is always so much sass from the girls and even the boys.
The buzz you get when you know you’ve done the best party is the greatest feeling! Some feedback that has stuck with me was from a 5 year old birthday girl and she said ‘That was the best party ever I wish it was longer!
My name is Vicky and I am entertainer leader, I've been working with Emporium Parties since December 2014 and by the following March I was leading parties. I love doing parties for kids of all ages as not one party is the same but all as excitable. I'm currently studying at University but love doing parties to break up all the work! I also have my own Rainbows and Brownie Unit. I can entertain, dance, facepaint and my favorite... bring smiles to lots of kids faces!
My name is Jayden; I am a trainee member of staff. I have been training with Emporium Parties since the end of July 2015.I have wanted to work for Emporium for many years as I have seen my sister doing it many times. I have also had many of my own parties with Emporium and really enjoyed them. What I love most about Emporium Parties is working with children and seeing them have lots of fun. My favourite party so far has to be the disco parties as I like the dancing. I am looking forward to learning more Emporium parties and making children’s birthdays a fun experience
Hello, my name is Katie. I have just completed my training for becoming an entertainer and I have enjoyed every minute of each party that I have attended so far. I really enjoy interacting with the children and always putting a smile on their faces and making sure that they have an amazing time at this party. Especially when giving them a prize for doing something so incredible, the smile that they give me makes me feel so happy inside. From doing these parties I have become a big kid again which makes me feel great inside that I am able to share my happiness with each of the children. I especially enjoyed dressing up as Anna at my last party because all the children were calling me Anna and they were so happy that princesses had attended their party. I look forward to all the future parties that I attend and all the new smiling faces of children that I will meet.
Emporium Parties was founded in May 1999 by Karen Friend a mum of 2 boys.
The parties started due to a chance comment by a customer in Karen’s makeup and accessories retail shop in Folkestone Kent. Karen had been considering what to do with the smaller room at the rear of the shop and whilst hairbraiding a young girls hair she mentioned her idea offering girls makeover parties. The mum said it was a fab idea and that she would book one. She booked there and then and the party room was painted, decorated and launched within 2 months.
Emporium Parties Party Room in 2003. The girls makeover parties for 6-11yrs were a huge success, with bookings flooding in, the diary was booked upto 3 months in advance. It was THE PLACE to hold your party and Emporium Parties were amongst the first to offer children’s makeover parties in the South East of England.
6 months later due to customer demand Karen was once again pestering her husband, a cabinet maker, to help her transform the basement of the premises into a disco and makeover room to enable her services to increase. Karen had done dance and baton twirling as a child and her childhood talents were now being used to entertain at children’s birthday parties.
In 2004 Emporium Parties started offering mobile parties across East & West Sussex on a small scale enabling more customers to use their services.
2005 Folkestone town centre saw a large nationwide girl's accessory shop open which decreased the sales on the Emporium retail shop. With this and the premises rent doubling, Karen had to close the shop and continued offering mobile parties and services in customers own home and venues. The website launched and soon Emporium Parties were covering the whole of East & West Sussex.
2006 Emporium Parties increased the types of parties on offer, with the introduction of themed parties. Demand continued to be high and due to the website, customers from more counties were requesting the services of Emporium Parties.
In 2007 after a year of research Karen decided to launch a trial franchise in the Haywards Heath and East & West Sussex areas.
The trial franchises were very successful so in 2009 Emporium Parties franchise was launched together with our head office.
Karen has now passed her knowledge and experience on to many employees and franchisees and now has franchise branches across East & West Sussex
" You will turn up won't you??
When booking with us or during a courtesy call, it’s amazing how many of our new customers ask this question! It makes us wonder ‘what kind of companies are out there that would let children down on their birthday?’
So to help put all your worries aside we have put together 6 good reasons to hire us at Emporium to entertain at your party.
1) We always ‘turn up’. We've been going since 1999 and we have never let a customer down and where there is a problem like bad weather or unexpected traffic we keep in constant communication with the customer. Where other companies come and go we have stood the test of time.
2) We are CRB/DBS checked. We know this isn't necessary as you and other adults will be at the party but it gives extra peace of mind and adds to our professionalism.
3) We have public liability insurance. Not many children’s entertainment companies do, so it’s worth checking to put your mind at rest, it’s also a requirement of more and more venues for hire.
4) We are a big company. This means we have a lot of team members, so even if the team member booked to do your party is ill that day we will have someone else just as experienced with you for the party. No worries.
5) We are worth it! Our pricing structure is an accurate portrayal of what we do. We are here to make birthday parties an enjoyable experience. Our team enjoy their job, this shines through in every minute of the party.
6) Over 80 schools a year invite Emporium to host their Christmas, Summer, Easter and ‘just because’ discos. We are trusted, insured, safe and, above all, amazing at entertaining kids!.
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