So you want to have a magic birthday party? Here are some ideas for making that magic birthday party magical:

  • Consider having a real magician perform a professional magic show for your birthday child and party guests. If you live in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. or Annapolis area, contact Dan The Magic Man for a fun, age appropriate magic show where the kids will have a great time.  When booking a magician, call as early as possible in order to make sure you can book the magician on the day you want.
  • Use a magic theme for your party.  There are several companies that provide magic theme party supplies, including plates, napkins and party favors. One on-line store for birthday supplies is
  • If you are having a magic show, schedule it with the magician to begin about 30 minutes after the start of the party.  This allows late comers to not miss the show.  Have a game or project that kids can do when they arrive. 
  • After the show, you can have more games or go right to the birthday cake and presents.  The party should be between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours in length.

Before the Party

OK, so you have your party ideas.  Now you have to get ready for the party.  Use this calendar as a guide to help you plan your party:

Item When To Do It
Call Dan the Magic Man to have him appear at your child's birthday party As soon as possible!
Choose a theme and order supplies 6 weeks prior to party
Create guest list 4 weeks prior to party
Send the invitations (remember to have them RSVP) 3 weeks prior to party
Plan the menu and order the food 2 weeks prior to party
Order the cake, helium balloons, buy film and check batteries for the camera(s) 1 week prior to party
Decorate party room 1 day before party
Pickup balloons, food and cake and have the party day of party
Send out thank-you's after the party (don't procrastinate!)

During The Party

For a typical two hour birthday party, the birthday party schedule could look something like this:



Start of Party Greet guests, play party idea #1
0:30 - 1:15 Magician performs at party (about 45 minutes)
1:15 - 1:30 Sing "Happy Birthday" and eat cake
1:30 - 2:00 Open presents or play party idea #2

Many mothers tell me how they were pleasantly surprised they could relax at their child's party during the magic show.  Since the kids are focused on the show, the parents can sit down and enjoy the show too.

After the Party

OK, the house probably does not look the same as it did before the party, so cleaning is probably on the top of the list. Writing thank-yous to the guests should be at the top of the list too. It also can't hurt to write a nice thank you letter to the magician if you think he did a wonderful job at the party.