First things first, I want to say that there's no "perfect" way to throw a party with a character. Every party is unique, every client has different needs, and every child will enjoy something different. However, there are a few things that you can do to create an environment for the best experience possible.
Make sure that your phone is near you and that you're able to hear it as you anticipate the performer's arrival. A common issue at parties is not being able to get ahold of the client. You'd be baffled the amount of times we've entered later than intended because the front door is locked, the party is loud, and the performer can't get ahold of the parent. We highly encourage you to be check your phones or designate someone to be on phone duty until we arrive.,
Designate a parking space for your performer. We cannot anticipate the parking situation at your home in our plans. Having a designated parking spot for the performer will allow us to easily bring out items in and start your party in a timely manner.
Reduce distractions. Our performers are captivating and entertaining, but we cannot often compete with bounce houses, pools, play areas, and any other large scale distraction. If you will have something like those at y0ur party, try to move the kids to another room where they won't be distracted.
Quiet down the adults. Often, crazy enough, adults will pull the birthday child away during songs, dancing, and activities to say hello. This completely throws the experience. They also often talk loudly during songs, distracting the children and derailing your performance. Request that adults are attentive and aware to give you child the best time possible.
Designate a space. Plan a specific area for the performer to be in at your home. Enough for the kids and the performer to dance, play, and face paint. This way time is not spent trying to find a spot to begin.
Gather the children. You'd be surprised how difficult it can be to wrangle children as a performer, If the children are distracted, occupied, or unaware of the performer, it can be hard to get them to be attentive. Children have beautiful minds that are full of imagination, so sometimes they need an adult they know to guide them in the right direction.