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October 2020

Eeeek! We’ve officially launched our Christmas plans and to say I’m completely overwhelmed by the response is an understatement! Ifyou missed the live video you can watch it here.
This year we’ve had to keep safety and the current guidelines in mind; as well as look at the options should everything change! It’s been interesting but I’m certainly happy with the ideas and plans we have in place.

Take a look at the plans here. This year we have also launched a request form meaning if you are wanting to book; you place your request and we contact you in enquiry order. With team currently working on reduced hours we felt this was the best way to work.

In the last few weeks we’ve been prepping for the events and services we have planned and it’s been exciting to speak to team and hear their feedback. The most popular service within the team was The North Pole Pen Pals!

Open for bookings!

On Friday we opened our requests for our mailing list and the response was brilliant – meaning our team have been working solidly to get everyone booked in. On Monday 12th October the requests open for everyone and we are expecting 2 services to be a sell out within a week based on the initial requests. The Virtual Call with Father Christmas and The Green Grump are hugely popular!

My favourite this Christmas…

My personal favourites are The Lost North Pole Post and The 12 Days of Christmas Extravaganza! The Lost North Pole Post Trail was one of the first ideas I had and it includes an outdoor trail adventure to find the North Pole Mail boxes! The boxes will be outside local Barnsley business outlets meaning it helps raise awareness of them in these particularly challenging times. I love supporting local business and so I’m pleased with this one!
The 12 Days event is my favourite as I believe it will showcase most of what we are good at! From a Christmas party to a ‘make it’ event – the variation of activities means there will be something to suit everyone and bring a little bit of extra Christmas magic each day!

Thank you.

I want to say a huge thank you again this month to everyone who keeps supporting out business either with likes and shares or a booking! Again, the response to Christmas made me a little emotional knowing that the demand for the arts and entertainment is still as strong as ever!

#TBT

This months picture is taken from around 6 years ago at the Mayors parade in Barnsley! We had so much fun and we met a great deal of new faces for the first time. We can’t wait to be back there again.

That’s all for now! Thank you for catching up and supporting us!

Stay safe everyone!

Laura – CPC

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September 2020

Another month and still no closer to face to face parties! As we look at facing the possibility of a second wave we are focusing our attention onto Christmas and how to create something magical in a COVID friendly way. Circumstances are still way too unpredictable to organise the type of parties and services we offer and as a business we would lose more than we would gain.
That being said…On Monday October 5th we will have part one of our Christmas launches which will include events we hope you will enjoy and be part of. You can follow the live video here.

Text Alerts

Whilst we are still in our own ‘lockdown’ we are looking at ways of updating how we communicate with customers old and new. One of these ways is via text. We found more people would see and respond to a text rather than email and for this reason we will now give you the option to opt into text alerts. As well as our traditional mailing list we are now updating and sending key messages via text!

Whatsapp

We are now available to chat via Whatsapp Business. Just follow the link here or on our contact us page and you’ll be directed to contact us via Whatsapp. It’s never been easier to communicate with us via current mediums.

So as you can see we are still busy behind the scenes adapting to new circumstances. We are always adapting and changing our business with the times and though the most challenging yet; we are confident we will see COVID19 through. Thank you for following us on our journey!

#TBT

Finally another ‘Turn back time‘ photo! Lockdown has meant I’ve been able to go through some really old photographs in anticipation for our 10th anniversary. I don’t really like to post old photos on social media as the standard has got higher year on year and I don’t want people to think a ‘turn back time‘ photo is where we are at right now – so with this in mind I’ve been showcasing photos on here. Take a look at this months below!

This photo is of Josie – one of the first team members who worked with CopyCat! Josie was a fantastic member of the team and still keeps in contact with us now. I love a good ‘hug’ picture and this is one of my favourites. So much so I put it on our van!

Laura – CPC

August 2020

Time seems to be flying despite our business being on ‘lockdown’! We are really missing seeing you all face to face and we can’t wait when we can begin parties in person!

An Update

At the moment, guidance on children’s parties still stands; large gatherings and children’s parties are against current guidelines. Just this week children’s parties have been specifically mentioned in new laws meaning that police can impose a fine of up to £10,000 – now that’s an expensive party!

In the meantime we are having a great deal of fun coming up with some new ways to stay in touch with you all and in this next month we will be sharing them with you. Don’t forget we are still hosting online Zoom Parties which are proving hugely popular and lots of fun! Check out the benefits right here.

Christmas

We historically launch our Christmas services and bookings in the first week of September – however this year it will be a little different and we will have two different launch dates.
We aim on scheduling two live launches on our Facebook page very soon so keep your eyes peeled for those!

New Services

This year our plans for Christmas are a little different and for that reason we will be launching a brand new Christmas package / packages. We are also launching a very special service for those of you that are CopyCat crazy! We are really looking forward to telling you all about that one too! So rest assured we are not resting and continue to build on our business and making it the best it can be!

10th Anniversary!

Finally! Next year we are celebrating our 10th anniversary and with this in mind we have a few projects we are creating. If you would love to help us please let us know! Especially if you’ve been a customer of ours for a long time.
We’re also aiming to get to 10,000 likes on our Facebook page so please invite friends if you can to like our page! 10,000 likes on our 10th year would be amazing!

#TBT Photo

Finally! Lockdown has meant I’ve been able to go through some really old photographs. I don’t really like to post really old ones on social media as the standard has got higher year on year and I don’t want people to think a ‘turn back time‘ photo is where we are at right now – so with this in mind I want to showcase an old photo a month on here!
This months photo is me! This was when we first started doing character visits and I used to do visits before we built team up! Over the years the look of our Frozen Queen has changed but she still gets an amazing reaction wherever she goes!
Do you have an old photo of our services that you’d love to share? Let us know!

So that’s it from me until September! I hope you are all staying safe and I’ll keep you update of any changes to our services on social media! See you soon!

Laura – Owner – The CopyCat Party Co.

July 2020

*Please note the following references; ‘Event’ is a large public event. ‘Party/Parties’ are the private booked celebrations. 

It seems like a while since I last updated our blog but we’ve had lots of things going off in the background!

Zoom parties have really taken off and we’ve been doing a great deal of training and bookings virtually. These are available now with a huge amount of availability. We can fit up to 8 discos in one day along with character team also have amazing availability for virtual calls! Take a look here for more information. 

We already have schools booked in for Halloween following a very successful end of term / Year 6 prom week so if you think your school would like a disco let us know! We’ve had some brilliant feedback for those with more schools booking again! For school Zoom parties head here.

Face to Face Bookings

So where do we stand?

With lockdown slowly being eased, we are seeing a lot of business go back to ‘the new normal’. For the children’s entertainer industry however this has been very vague and we’ve been taking guidance from the ‘Performing Arts’ guidelines as well as the general documents and information. 

Whilst events* could be organised with social distancing most of our clients with event space are currently focusing attention on ‘day to day’ running and rightly so. We are also reluctant to organise anything whilst everyone slowly find their feet with visiting public places. We also run the risk of local lockdowns and with this in mind the business would incur extra costs to cancel or move events.

It has now been announced that the initial date of 1st August for reopening of indoor venues has now been delayed. Once reopened there has been mixed and vague guidance on what will happen with childrens’ parties with most guidance steering towards avoiding this. Every entertainer and party business is different however type of party we offer simply couldn’t work adhering to social distancing indoors. This is the case for all of our services we offer currently.

To change the way we work to offer something different wouldn’t be our business and also not be the quality we would expect of our parties from our team. 

We also cannot provide accurate risk assessments for each venue/home and client for our team. 

It’s for this reason we will continue to do virtual bookings only currently. From a disco party to character bookings too – we will continue to take bookings that offer lots of fun online!

We continually assess the government guidelines by adding to risk assessments we have created, but for now for parties to run how we usually run them it simply isn’t safe and we would hate to run a party that could potentially aid the risk and spread of Coronavirus. 

As it stands social distancing isn’t due to be over until November 1st (‘…at the earliest’ – Boris Johnson) and it’s this date we have in mind for parties being back to normal however this is all purely based on trials and virus statistics. 

Please be aware that you will no doubt see other entertainers going back to work and it’s for this reason we ask you to understand that each entertainment business is different in how they work. Please make sure they are covered for insurance and have provided accurate risk assessments to show they are abiding to the health and safety guidance from the government. 

We are itching to get back to face to face bookings but have made the decision to wait. Please respect this.

Things to look forward to!

In the next two weeks we are finally changing over our branding on our website – this has been such a long time coming but we wanted to make sure we got it right! 

With the above in mind on Coronavirus we are looking forward to a fun Christmas! We have a BIG top secret project we are working on in hopes to launch this later on in the year. From there we will be looking at taking Christmas bookings. We will be contacting a few customers to trial something for us closer to the time.

10 Year Anniversary!

We’ll be looking at our 10 year anniversary in a little more detail soon and preparing for a few little projects! We hope you will enjoy them and we are hoping that some of our followers will be able to join us in some celebration!

For now I’m signing off on here until August but as always we’ll be available via email and social media if you have any questions about anything. Please don’t hesitate to ask us!

Laura – CPC

June 2020

This year continues to be so different to how we expected it – I would like to send all my best wishes to everyone. From front line workers to those homeschooling to our very own CopyCat team.
As a business that gives regular work to 20+ team it is certainly proving challenging for us all to continue to provide as much work as we can! I’d like to thank everyone that continues to keep us busy!

Taking bookings.

We are still taking bookings without a deposit under the terms that all restrictions regarding social distancing and gatherings are eliminated at the time of when the booking would be. Though our insurance provider (First Act – A subsidiary of Equity) has confirmed we would be covered to attend a garden party – a risk assessment concludes that we simply cannot adhere to social distancing and provide a party that doesn’t put you and our team in a risky situation.
We do not want to be a business than enables and encourages Coronavirus to escalate in our region.
We will continue to reassess this in line to government guidelines.

Online School Discos and Proms

A massive things for us at this time is school discos and proms! We are now getting booked with online discos and proms with schools around the country! If your school might be interest simply ask them to contact us and we will happily arrange a chat!

Free parties!

Our free online parties continue to happen and are hosted over Zoom each week!

Saturday Morning Family Disco 11-12pm – This is a full hour of requests, fun, games, shoutouts and CopyCat Points!

Monday Morning Movers – 10-10:30am – Half an hour of dancing hits to start your week with a bang!

To get the details for our free online parties simply contact us and we will happily provide the details for you to join us!

We’ve had a quiet month making sure we were on top of refunds, admin and doing general housekeeping but we are hoping to launch more online events soon! Now we all have the hang of Zoom and our team have been Zoom trained (can you believe there is such a thing!) we are ready to go with more great events!
Thank you again for supporting us during this time! For the latest updates keep updated on here and via our social media!

Laura – Owner

May 2020

This year is so very different to how we envisaged it! We send our love and best wishes to anyone that has been affected by COVID-19. Our team has been affected greatly in terms of work but we are all so grateful we have our health and the support of our lovely followers! We are however adapting our business to try and keep as many parties as we can! We’ve gone online and virtual and boy are we having fun!

Virtual Parties

Our parties are hosted by online platform ‘Zoom’ and after much research on making the parties safe and secure as well as adding bonus elements we are happy to launch them! For more information head here. They come with full instructions for your guests and technical help where we can. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We are hosting full parties and/or character meets on there and they are going down a treat!
Should all restrictions be lifted come the time of your virtual booking you will get a refund or can put this towards a booking in a venue.

Free Parties!

We are currently offering two weekly discos for our followers. After a great deal of experimenting we offer these on Zoom (the room details are sent following contacting us)
Saturday Morning Family Disco 11-12pm – This is a full hour of requests, fun, games, shoutouts and CopyCat Points!

Monday Morning Movers – 10-10:30am – Half an hour of dancing hits to start your week with a bang!

We’d love you to join us and we’ll keep you updated with more online events in future!

Future Bookings

As of the start of May 2020 we are still making decisions on bookings week by week. Currently all bookings are being postponed in according to government guidelines on social gatherings and social distancing.
This will continue until all restrictions are lifted.

Placing Bookings

We are continuing to take bookings through these unprecedented times. Our booking process is temporarily changed because of this. We will add you booking without a deposit for the time being. Bookings will go ahead should all restrictions be lifted at the time the booking. Once all restrictions are lifted we will then contact all future bookings that have been taken without a deposit.
The reason that we are still taking bookings is so that as soon as restrictions are lifted we can get straight back to providing our party services!

Thank you.

Lastly I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has offered to leave their deposit with us or have donated to our donation page. It is in times like these we really see the support of our followers and are extremely thankful.

Stay safe everyone!
Laura – Owner.

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April 2020

Wow – what a year so far! Following the Coronavirus outbreak and ongoing pandemic; we are facing challenges our business has never seen before. As a business we are adapting our ways of working and getting ready for the day that social gatherings are allowed again!

Our Team

First of all I have to say a huge thank you to our brilliant team. At the start of the week we hosted our first Zoom meeting (video conference) which was a huge success and it was great to see all of the team to give them an update and bounce some new ideas around! It’s meant I’m slowly coming back to work a little earlier than expected but luckily it’s a job I can work from home with for the time being.

Taking bookings.

Believe it or not we are still taking bookings! We’ve continued to have enquiries and this week we’ve taken a couple of bookings for later in the year. We have however temporarily changed how we do this and are ‘pencilling in’ bookings for the time being. Once we have the go ahead for social gatherings we can then pop you a call and continue to take the booking as normal.

Already Booked?

As it stands we are still working to a 1-2 week period of cancellations. If you have a booking with us within the next 2 weeks you will get a call from us looking to rearrange your booking if possible. We are giving full refunds (including the initial non refundable amount) although we would love it if you can rearrange! We understand these are challenging times for everyone and by giving a full refund we are hoping this helps.

The Future.

We are continuing to keep giving our team work where we can on the admin side of things – we are also doing our online events including the very popular Monday Morning Movers and Saturday Family Disco.
We also have an online Easter hunt happening on Sunday! Do please join us and enjoy the free activities!

GoFundMe

We have set up a GoFund me page which if you would like to; can donate any amount towards our team keeping the business going despite no income coming in. We are continuing to pay our associates who are working with us and so for that reason would appreciate anything you can do to help.
Should you wish to donate to our creative bunch head here.

Thank you.

Thank you to everyone that continues to support our business in any way you can! Please keep spreading the word and supporting us by clicking like on posts, sharing anything you can and tuning in to our online events!

Thank you for your support as always,

Laura – Owner – The CopyCat Party Co.

A Statement on COVID-19 – April 2020

With things changing quickly over the past few weeks we wanted to amend our former statement on COVID-19. We have listed changes from our former statement. Please note: during these unprecedented times we are working with a reduced team and at shorter hours. Enquiries will possibly be answered delayed compared with usual.

Customers that have already booked.

We are working 2 weeks ahead with cancellations of bookings. This is to ensure should the current guidelines be lifted – your booking is safe. Should you wish to cancel however we are offering a full refund including the initial non refundable amount. We are encouraging rearranging your booking as our aim is to provide your party for you and a late party is always better than no party we say!

Alternatives and Free Extras

We are now providing our free online events! All of which can be found via our Facebook page.

We can no longer offer good will videos for the rearrangement of parties currently due to the guidelines of social distancing and guidelines on leaving the home. This leaves us with no access to most costumes. We will honour this should you wish however once the guidelines have changed. Please let us know on rearranging your booking should you wish for this to happen.

Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time,

Laura and The Copycat Team.

A Statement on COVID-19

*Please note starred areas where this has changed and may be explained in our most recent statement above.

A Personal Note To Begin…

You go on maternity and look what happens! – I’m back to guide our team through a turbulent time and keep you communicated with future bookings.

First of all I’d like to say the safety of our team and customers is of paramount importance and I/we take this responsibility very seriously. We already have some team and/or family in isolation with one very strongly suspected case of COVID-19; we aren’t taking this lightly.

As a responsible business we certainly don’t want to be instrumental in putting the health of any individual at risk; directly or otherwise which hugely influences our decisions below currently. We would also like to note our team are all self-employed and reliant on the income from parties and it’s for this reason we’d ask you to consider transferring your booking where possible.

Thank you for your understanding and support. If you have any questions following reading the information below please don’t hesitate to ask. Our team are still working remotely from home and will be aiming to answer any enquiries as quickly as they can. Our admin team will continue to be paid for the work they do; including any goodwills we offer from the business.

Laura CPC

Customers that have already booked.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we have taken the decision to review our events week by week in accordance with the advice given from the British Government and WHO ‘World Health Organisation’.

This means each week (on a Tuesday) we will contact bookings for the weekend to assess your booking.  This is with immediate effect. Any bookings you have can be postponed/transferred at no extra cost.

W/C 16th March 2020

*This week will be asking customers to pursue other given alternatives or transferring all bookings to later dates.
We do understand that some business’ and venues may wish to stay open; but with advice changing daily and the virus spreading we feel we have to make a decision we feel is best based on the advice given.  
Please be aware we are doing everything we can to offer alternatives and/or transfers of bookings. We ask that you understand our team is heading to a turbulent time and to be patient with us during this time.

Why have we taken this decision?*

As a responsible business we must look at the risks of the situations we put ourselves and others in.

–          ‘Avoid unnecessary social contact’ – This is the guidance given by the government.

–          Our team move from gathering to gathering. This is a key factor when assessing our bookings and is a key feature in spreading the virus.

–          The preparation and aftercare of our set ups including equipment, costumes and wigs and how we make sure that this doesn’t put anyone at risk when cleaning and preparing either.

–          The vulnerable individuals at parties and/or living with our customers and team.

We understand that you may be disappointed in being asked to move your booking; but do know, we haven’t made this decision lightly. The safety of our customers and team is paramount and we could never forgive ourselves if we inadvertently put anyone at risk. This isn’t just about washing hands but also reducing the risk of surface and respiratory spread and worrying about people who aren’t yet showing symptoms.

*Should you choose to cancel outright – Non-refundable initial payments remain under our current terms and conditions but a refund will be made of any other monies paid after this. If you have booked a package with a £50 amount paid we will reduce this to £10. Giving a refund of all monies paid after this. You can choose to transfer that £10 on to a future booking with us.
We hope you understand that this £10 payment will cover the wage of the service offered from initial booking – from taking your booking to sending emails.*

We are also introducing an option for the time being which allows you to transfer your initial payment to someone else should you wish. Please ask for more information if this is the case.

With the above in mind please see the next steps.

The next steps…

Contact

We will be shortly contacting this weeks bookings to offer alternative options. As above; our team are all self-employed and reliant on the income from parties and it’s for this reason we’d ask you to strongly consider transferring your booking. We will of course give you time to make your decision and won’t ask you to make it on the spot. You can also choose to pop us a call if you don’t want to wait for us to call you.

Alternatives and Free Extras*

Live and Recorded Video Calls – For Booked Customers Only

This will include good will videos/live chat for anyone with character bookings who transfer their bookings. You can even have one with a DJ should you wish to help your child understand why the booking isn’t happening and make them excited for a new date!

*Watch Parties – For Booked Customers Only

We are looking at a way of holding online parties through Facebooks ‘watch’ feature. If this is something that interests you please let us know. You would be able to invite other Facebook friends and allow them to enjoy an exclusive online party for your little one. With online games, music and requests. We will offer bigger prizes and send a package of prizes for you to give your guests when you see them at a later date.

Free Weekly Disco – For Everyone

A free weekly online disco in which special games and challenges will be played including exclusive games for customers that have booked with us to have extras at your future booking. More details will be given on this later this week.

We welcome any ideas similar that may work and please feel free to pass other ideas over to us!

If looking to make a future booking…

We will continue to take bookings as normal in order to make sure when the appropriate advice is given; we are able to go straight back into providing parties.

Thank you for your understanding and reading this post. Stay safe everyone!

Laura and The Copycat Team.

January 2020

A big Happy New Year from us!…and what a year it’s shaping up to be already! This week has seen us start to launch all of our new packages, services and characters for the year and boy have we got a selection for you all! If you missed our live facebook video – then take a look at the rundown of what new things are heading you way in 2020.
We still have a few more ideas up our sleeves for this year but here is what we have so far!
As they go live on the website this week we will be linking them from this blog too!

Themed Party – Dino Dash Disco

Following the huge success of the Dinosaur party with Cannon Hall Farm last year we committed to a party with a dinosaur theme – and though it worked our a little different than we hoped (our big dino is on hold) we are going to be doing a complete themed dino party. This newly launched party headed up by our Dino rangers includes some great themed games and prizes and an appearance from a very special baby dino which all guests can have a picture with!

Themed Party – Disco Doll Party

Taking inspiration from one of the most popular dolls out there – our Disco Doll party is set to be a popular one! With fun hair and make up challenges and disco fun – this one of for those who love a giggle!

Themed Party – LOL Party

You’ll be in for a brilliant party if you decide on this one! This one is great for those that love glitter, sparkle, dancing and fun challenges!

Themed Party – Frozen Party

This year we are relaunching our Frozen Party featuring themed games, prizes and special character visits! For more information head here.

Themed Party – Glitter Bash

Perfect for those who love glitz and glam. This very glittery package offers cool challenges, glitter and hair bar and requested music. Great for those who have grown out of a traditional party and looking for more of a fun make over party! To view this package head here.

Christening Package – The Peter Package

A traditional package which sees table activities and mini challenges along with a character appearance from our ‘Bunny Peter’. Great for those who want a traditional Christening and something to entertain the little ones.

Traditional Party – Teen Bash!

Adding to our traditional parties we have our newly created ‘Teen Bash’. We’ve always provided parties for teens but never promoted them! We thought it was about time we did! Aimed at 10-16 years; this is a ‘cooler’ party for our older guests. With requests and hilarious challenges it still has our CopyCat twist on it!

New Service – Glitter and Hair Bar

Following trials last year in our Festival Party we are delighted to announce our glitter and hair bar! This is hugely popular and is great for those who love glitz and glam at their party who might feel a little too old for the traditional face painting.

New Service – Bibbidi Bobbidi Home Experience

Following the huge success of our Bibbidi Bobbidi Experience in 2018 we wanted to create a service that we could merge with a booked party package too! Though able to book as a separate service – if booking before our package we’ll offer a discount on this brand new package. This brilliant make over package comes complete with decoration extras too to transform your make over experience!

New Service – Supreme Character Visits

We make it an aim for our characters never to host parties – it’s a distraction from being the character they are and rarely can it seem like it’s a natural thing for a character to do. We have however created two new characters which can build this in to a very special performance style party and these are named out Supreme character visits. Trialed in 2019 our characters ‘Nanny Poppins’ and ‘The Unicorn Fairy’ characters offered a one hour service in which they hosted games, magic and sang live to the guests. We found this worked great and for this reason have launched them this year as a brand new part of our character service.

New Service – Tipi Parties

Finally! We will launch our Tipi party packages with limited availability to behind with but as we build the service more will become available. We have some fantastic themes launching throughout the year such as;
Wizards and Wonder
Disco Dream Sleepover
Showman Sleepover
We’ll be adding more information as it goes live on our website!

New Characters

As well as new characters we’ve also made sure we are showcasing the new additions from last year!

Take a look at;

– The Arabian Princess
– Bunny Peter
– The Unicorn Princess / Fairy

So there you have it! There’s a few more ideas and packages still left to launch but these are the ones we wanted to get out there! We hope you love them as much as we do!

Laura – CPC

December 2019

Hold on – where did the time go?! Since my last post I am now happy to say I am on maternity leave (from parties only!) and I’ll be back in our office from the 6th January working hard on a very busy start to the year. So I’m going to give a quick rundown on what’s been going off and what will be happening in the next few months! – Bad news is – it will take more than a baby to get rid of me…mwahahaha!

Halloween and Christmas

Two very successful seasonal periods for us – we ventured to the brilliant Cannon Hall Farm, The Metrodome and The Alhambra Shopping Centre to name but a few clients! We also had some fantastic spooky and festive parties and met some great new followers towards the end of the year. As I write we have some fantastic reviews coming in from our Christmas visits along with some wonderful pictures and I can’t wait to look at what we can do next year! This year we had over 40+ individuals working with us on projects around the UK and worked on some great new experiences!

New Launches are Coming!

In January 2020 we will be doing our yearly big launch of new party packages, services and characters. We have a few surprises up our sleeves this year; and from Monday 13th January we will start to trickle out all of our new additions with a live launch on the Monday too!

The Team for 2020

Heading up the team in the New Year we have a fabulous admin and party team. The lovely Emily will be taking over the day to day admin with Natalie continuing her work as unit manager. We also have the lovely Gorgey who will be joining us late January covering maternity and holidays! Katy will be heading up the party team and making sure everything runs smoothly on that front and of course we have a lovely strong local team who will continue to rock their socks off at your parties! We really do have a brilliant team and one I’m confident will continue to provide a great standard into 2020!

We wish you a Happy New Year!

Finally I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone that has followed us this year – new or old we are grateful for everyone that supports our business in even the smallest of ways! By reading our blogs, watching our stories and sharing your reviews and pictures – it means a business like us can keep doing what we love and keep alot of very talented people in a job they love! We never take the support we get for granted so a huge thank you and a very Happy New Year to you all.

P.S A huge thank you to all the well wishes I’ve had on my pregnancy too – if you haven’t heard yet….IT’S A GIRL!

August 2019 – We have news!

Yes we have news! (as promised in last months update) – Something rather special is coming to CopyCat in 2020!

I’M HAVING A BABY! Waaaa! 

Our followers and fans have been with this business from the start and have seen the business grow (as well as family) with my now ‘husband’ (and soon to be little one!)
I’m excited for the challenge of motherhood (as well as running a business too!) and i’m 100% confident we have the perfect team to support the business and keep things going. As a business we pride ourselves on giving great advice and tips for family events and I’m excited to gain more experience in this field and share new experiences! As you can imagine I’m already brimming with party ideas! I’ll be working until I possibly can – those of you that know me well know that’s when I feel the best! The team are all on standby for when I finish too! We are all prepared!

Business will continue as usual and parties will go ahead along with the fantastic events we have planned! We already have some great things booked in for 2020! 

We’ve delayed a couple of new things we had planned just to make sure everyone was trained and ready including our Tipi Parties but we are now back on track for these to launch officially within the next few weeks. 

So now that wonderful news is out of the way let me update you on more!

Christmas!

We are now fully booked for party hosts for December (crazy right!) but we will be launching our Christmas character visits on Monday 2nd September. This year we will still have our popular services, however we will be launching something rather special which is completely unique to us. (You may remember last year me mentioning that there were many companies now offering elves and so we were aiming to offer something unique again) The format of our visits will be different and have a brand new process which will make your visits extra special and something for your little one to remember for a lifetime! 

We are all really excited to show you the details! To be the first to get details please pop us a message on our social media or call us on 0800 023 5903 and we can add you to our mailing list. 

Casting

Don’t forget we are casting for local team to join us for parties locally. See more information here. We’re also looking for local actors to join us on a large project in Barnsley over Christmas. If you are interested please email us on enquiries@copycatpartycompany.co.uk. 

Top Fans!

If you missed it last month – We’ve decided to reward those of you that have been a top fan for 2 month or more on Facebook! (This is to avoid people doing a little spurt just to become a top fan!) Our top fans will receive 10% off any service they book with us whilst they stay a constant top fan. For full terms and conditions of being a ‘Top Fan’ head here. 

This month our top fans are;

Kirsty Vasey

Rebecca Sykes

Kathy Wilkinson

Kelly Marie Sellers

Emma Cusworth

Keri Kezzaaa

Laura Fletcher

Sally Altass

That’s all for now – thank you for joining my little (big!) update for this month! I’m very excited to keep you all updated in the next few months!

Laura – Owner.

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July 2019

Wow – July has been an interesting month! It’s been filled with new events and new plans. Finalising Christmas events and ideas and also talking about 2020! 

Top Fans

Facebook has rolled out a new feature meaning that it lets us know our top fans.

What makes you a Facebook top fan?

Facebook counts interactions, comments, likes and shares to gather who our most interactive followers are. From there they produce the ‘Top Fan’ list!

We’ve decided to reward those of you that have been a top fan for 2 month or more! (This is to avoid people doing a little spurt just to become a top fan!) Our top fans will receive 10% off any service they book with us whilst they stay a constant top fan. For full terms and conditions of being a Top Fan head here. 

Summer Fun Afternoon Teas

Our afternoon teas at The Old George Barnsley have started with a bang!

Our first was the Toy Tea Event and we had so much fun! (Take a peek at the picture below taken by attendee Sara!)

The good news is we have now reduced the price to £11.95! To book one of our afternoon teas simply call us on 0800 023 5903. 

The price includes a 45 minute experience with our characters including a small story line, pictures and autographs! 

Your little one will get a one on one experience with each character making the experience a real treat! jessie woody partyEach experience features between one or two characters and plenty of opportunity to capture those special moments!

To find out more information on the afternoon teas head to our events schedule or call is on 0800 023 5903. 

Casting for Christmas

This August we are casting for local team to join our team on a regular basis! 

Nationally we are casting actors for projects this Christmas in early September. 

If you’d like to find out more details on any of our castings please pop an email to enquiries@copycatpartycompany.co.uk

Working with Black Bee Creative

We’re delighted to announce a new working relationship with the fabulous Steph at Black Bee Creative! Steph has designed a few things for us previously and we’ve now brought her on board to work on some of our more important design work on a monthly basis. Not only will this give us chance to put more time into focusing on other areas within the business it’s also strengthening our relationships and supporting other local business! 

That’s all from me for now – i’m already writing the draft for August and I can tell you there will be some hugely exciting news on that one!

Have a great start to your summer holidays!

Laura – CPC.

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June 2019

It’s been a busy few months in our office planning some great things in the next few months! Take a look at our update below!

Events ahoy!

We’re finalising some great events for the summer until the end of the year and we are constantly updating our events schedule. We’re proud to be back at the lovely Old George in Barnsley again and The Metrodome also have us for another bunch of pool parties! If you didn’t join us for the Easter events then you certainly can’t miss out on our summer fun!

Working for Us!

Now has never been a better time to work with us. We have some great new opportunities in our team which are all listed in our ‘Working with Us’ Blog! If you would love to work with us – why not get in touch? 

This months sneak peek!

We’ve been working so hard on the launch for our teepee parties and it’s been a lot harder to organise than we thought. We’ve event done a test run with our products and service and we’ve had some great feedback to work on before we launch. I can say however that we are so close to launching… and even better I can now give you a sneak peek of our pictures of the teepees! This is just one of the themes we can offer for our teepee parties! 
teepee party picture

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To book a party before anyone else you need to be part of our mailing list. To add yourself simply contact us requesting this and we’ll add you right away. As soon as we launch we’ll be sending out an email for our mailing list customers to book first! 

Photo Credit: Gemma Cook who also runs the fabulous Honey Cupcakes!

April 2019

It never slows down in the world of CopyCat…

Well it’s continuing to be a year of brilliant changes here at CopyCat and in just one month we’ve got lot’s of new and exciting things to update you on!

New Team

We’ve appointed the lovely Sally who is now working along side us in costumes work and amendments. Sally is a great addition to the team and we are looking forward to seeing what she can create. Look out for sneak peeks of our new ladies and what they get up to on our stories – both on Facebook and Instagram!

New Casting Date!

Our next casting date has been announced as Thursday 29th August 2019. This is the perfect time to bring people in ready for Christmas work and we can’t wait to see who will be joining us. We already have a great list of potential performers! To add your name and email to our list you should contact us.

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Poppins Afternoon Tea

We held our first Poppins Afternoon Tea at the wonderful Old George in Barnsley. It was absolutely fantastic and we are already in talks to hold more events similar to this in the school holidays! We can’t wait to share these events with you. 

Easter

This year our Easter is a little quiet in terms of events. There’s a reason for this in being that I’ve been quite unwell! As a business we aim to put our all into projects and for me this would have proved difficult to create the fantastic events you know and love and present them to venues. Rest assured we are already heading into Summer with some great ideas to launch very soon!

…and last but by certainly no means least…

Meet our new character Dinosaur heading our way in the next 6 months. This will be for events and school visits to begin with and we can’t wait to share where he will be touring around the UK! 
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That’s all for now but we’ll be back soon with more updates as always! 

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February 2019

Starting with a bang!

This year had truly started off with a bang and with it has come a completely new way of working for us at The CopyCat Party Company. We’ve also had some great meetings with some fantastic new clients and you can find a diary of events here – with new ones being updated regularly!

Team Change around…

Our lovely Hannah left us at the start of the year and we wish her the best in her endeavours. Hannah has been with the business at a time where it has grown and changed significantly and her role had adapted to this. A true team player, she will be missed.  From this we’ve segmented her job role into 3 different roles with the business expanding as it is. 
We’ve already partnered with Sally our new seamstress who is looking forward to new challenges and will bring some exciting new qualities to the team.

We’re currently looking for an events assistant and a PA (for me) For more details of the roles we have head here

Themed Parties Galore!

January saw our yearly launch of new themed packages! We have really thought about packages we think will be longstanding and also what current trends are. To take a look at the themed parties head here. Of course if you don’t want a themed party that’s not a problem! You can take a look at our other party choices here

My personal favourite? The Summer Festival Themed Party      

Sleepovers!

A brand new service for 2019, we’ve launched our Sleepover parties. Though full details haven’t been released as yet, a sneak peek on our Facebook page send our message inbox into a frenzy! This is a service we’ve wanted to offer for a few years now but we felt now was the right time to launch. More details with be available in the next month. 

Blackpool Magic Convention

The start of February has seen me attending the Blackpool Magic Convention. Something which I now attend every year and is hugely influential in some of the packages and events we supply. This year I picked up some great tips and tricks and i’m excited to add them to what we offer!

Heading into March we have some exciting things planned. We’ll be heading to the Old George for our Poppins Afternoon Tea event and back at Cannon Hall Farm for our first event of the year with them at the Unicorn Disco! For more information on these events head here

So it’s a pretty crackers time here at CopyCat and we’d like to thank you for coming along with the ride and keeping updated with our news! 

Laura.

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January 2019

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of our followers and customers, friends and families! Wow! two months have gone by and we have so much to catch up on. January is my favourite time of year for our business. It’s always the busiest for taking bookings and it’s also the time we launch lot’s of new things too! Our team took a few well deserved days off over the holidays and everyone is excited to be back and raring to go!

Christmas

funny elf visits at homeOh what a great Christmas! Our Christmas characters had a fantastic time over the seasonal period at homes and venues around the country. December saw us reach more people than ever before with a record amount of events and bookings. We’ve had some great feedback yet again with our mischievous elves and we’re already looking at Christmas next year. This year – look out for a new style outfit and visit format for our elves to keep us even more unique to the rest! Sadly we were a victim of copycatting (ironic ey!) and despite having this look for a number of years now we feel strongly about staying unique for this service. We are looking forward to designing something fantastic with our team!

Bibbidi Bobbidi Experience

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We had our first Bibbidi Bobbidi Experience and it was so much fun! We’re already looking at ways to recreate this again this year and so proud of creating a magical unique event. We’ll be adding a blog in the near future with pictures from the event. Big Thanks to Blush Photography and Dolly Photography for pictures on the day. We’ve had excellent feedback and pictures sent too! We also have to say a huge thanks to our team. This was a profit share event (first we’ve ever done!) meaning if the event didn’t make money then neither did we – it was a new event and the outlay was crackers! It’s a testament to their commitment and loyalty that they agreed to this and a great day was had by all. I truly am thankful for all the support we have had and from the feedback it’s certainly one I am glad we have run and will run again!

Working with Clients

This next few weeks sees us finalising some great events for 2019 with both new and old clients. We’ve already launched the fantastic Unicorn Party at Cannon Hall Farm which is just one of the brilliant party weekends we have planned with the farm this year.

We will keep everyone informed of events with our clients as much as possible and if you have any suggestions on themes let us know!

unicorn party at farm

New Party Packages

Creating new party packages based on trending and classic themes is something i absolutely love and this year sees the return our our week long party package launches. There’s some fantastic themes this year and some great new ideas. We’ve also got a few new characters heading our direction!

New Look!

New year means new look! We’ll slowly be changing our branding. We’ve always been very pink and though we love this we also want a new fresh look so we’ll be adding another colour in the mix very soon! Expect this to spill into our uniforms and more too. We pride ourselves on being fresh and funky and our new branding will reflect this!

Casting

We’ll be casting later this month for new team. If you know anyone that would be great for our team please let us know. For further details head here. We are looking for exceptional team members with strong commitment. 2019 is shaping up to be a great one and we need our best team ready for it!

So that’s all for now – so much more to say but for now it’s all i can reveal! Eeek – looking forward to the next update!

Laura – Owner – CPC

November 2018

The time we missed celebrating our birthday!…

So yesterday it was our 7th birthday!

It’s not like me to miss a birthday! – but after a whirlwind of a Halloween and straight to a location photo shoot and  a busy office on Thursday; the day passed by so quickly!

Fast forward to today. 6pm. I’m now sat reflecting on our amazing business.

First of all you note i say ‘our‘ – I always do. Yes – technically it’s my name on the business. It does however belong to every single one of our 50+ team (local and national) that are currently working alongside us. This business wouldn’t be the same without the hard work of every single one of our team. They truly make it fantastic. They are hardworking, dedicated and heaps of fun to be around. They understand the need to develop their skills and are always learning new ways to be the best they can be. So i guess i’d like to say a huge thank you to them first!

Secondly…

…whilst working with the wonderful Alhambra shopping centre this week – a number of people came up to me to compliment the team working and mention they follow us to all our events and book parties regularly. This happens regularly on our events and is absolutely wonderful to hear. I am so proud that we have created a brand you love and trust to follow! So thank you to our regular customers and our loyal followers. We know who you are and if we don’t; introduce yourself please!

Lastly i want to say that we are dedicated as a business to come up with new ways of entertaining children and families and we will never stop doing this. We absolutely love what we do and for that reason i will be blowing out a candle this evening with a big smile on my face to say,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COPYCAT!

October 2018

I think it’s about time we popped an update on what has been a very busy summer and autumn start! We’ve been having so much fun and i’m looking forward to sharing what we’ve been up to and future plans.

First of all…Bibbidi Bobbidi!

A event that’s been 3 years in the making – we finally launched our Bibbidi Bobbidi Experience. This is something I’ve wanted to launch for so long but the business has never been in the right position to do so. It’s the biggest event we’ve worked on production and cost wise and things are so exciting! The event will be on the 27th December and be an amazing Christmas present. The attention to detail on this event is amazing and the team have had some great ideas. We’ll be doing some training in the next month so we’ll keep you updated on that!

The elves are back!

Speaking of Christmas! The elves are back for their 5th year! Hugely popular as always our elves are cheekier and more fun than ever with each elf having their own personality! Take a look at more details here.

elf visits home

…and so is the man in red!

Yes – our Father Christmas is back for a second year and this year is proving busy! We have 2 team able to do this role! This year we’ve invested in materials to make sure he is more realistic than ever; you can find him at a number of events over Christmas as well as book him for home visits!

New Team!

We recently had a casting and are introducing 5 new members to our team. Each one brings a unique quality to our team and we can’t wait to share with you how they progress. For details on our next casting – keep an eye on the casting page.

New Photos!

We had a fantastic photo shoot with the wonderful Masque Photography last month. This means new promotional pictures and up to date looks for our characters! Take a look at our newly updated character page!

Halloween!

Last of all we can’t forget Halloween! This year we’re working with a number of venues to provide a range of different Halloween experiences to suit everyone. To take a look at where we are this Halloween head to our handy blog here.

Safe to say we’ve been busy and this next season is an exciting one! Please keep supporting us where you can – your shares, word of mouth and general support means so much to us!

Laura.

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Photo credit: Masque Photography.

Older updates: June 2018

Wow – there’s so much to update you guys about! Starting in June, but I figured a great way to keep everyone updated with us was to write a personal blog. We’ve had such a crazy few months I wanted to keep you all in the loop as to what’s happening.

First of all….UNICORNS!

Thanks to everyone that supported us in The Unicorn Festival at Cannon Hall Farm at the end of May. The event was a huge success and one of the most well reviewed, 5* events they have ever done there. It has been my favourite project I’ve worked on to date and I know the team thoroughly enjoyed working there. There are too many thanks to mention but a special thanks to the team who made it a truly great project to work on. I’ve never been more proud of the team and I had several ‘moments’ when strangers were finding me out to say what a wonderful time they were having.

Our next event with Cannon Hall Farm is The Princess Party and tickets are selling fast! We also have some great projects lined up there and we can’t wait to give you more details in the next few months.

New Clients

With a new month has come new clients – we’ve been delighted to do our first event with the brilliant Bluebell Dairy in Derby and are in talks with many other venues to create some magical events for families around the UK. We also worked with Porsche for the first time in helping them to celebrate their 70th Birthday at Tankersley Manor. As always with any public events we are involved in we will do our best to keep you updated! Do make sure you follow us on all social networks!

Investment in our resources and team

At the start of the year our prices went up – this was never a secret and the reason for this was we are committed to providing the best possible service to you, our customer. This includes providing the best possible resources and raising our prices has started to cover this. We are currently in the middle of a huge overhaul of our costumes and wigs which means better quality and new costumes coming your way. We’ve recently upgraded three of our most favourite characters of which you will soon see pictures. We also have a new character joining us soon! Keep your eyes peeled for more!

We are also investing in extra training for the team – we have a very experienced former member of a multi national corporation coming in to train our team in the same ways you would see at parks and other high profile venues around the world. This is extremely exciting and we are already seeing some great results in our teams work.

GDPR

Whilst in the last few stages of arranging a Unicorn festival we also had GDPR to look at! This is something we knew we was coming but didn’t anticipate how much work this would be. We are still working through new procedures on keeping your data as safe as ever. As part of this we’ve created new contracts for our team and looked at a new way of working. You can find all details on how we store data on our privacy policy. For those of you that would like to receive our latest news head here.

Goodbye for now!…

So it’s a pretty lengthy update but one I’m hoping explains why we’ve not been posting as much as usual on our social networks. Rest assured we are back on form and will be filling your feed full of magical memories created by our wonderful team.

Laura.

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