Top tips for a Kids Bee Happy Halloween

Top tips for a Kids Bee Happy Halloween

Top Tip – Not everything that sells in October is a Pumpkin.

If I was to ask you what proportion of pictures sold between November and December were Christmas Themed – what percentage would you guess – 80%? 60%? 50%?  Well let me let you into a trade secret – in 2015 only 32% of the pictures sold in November and December were Christmas themed, and in 2016 it was 36%.  So why is this?  It’s Christmas – surely everyone would want to make a Santa picture???  Well, there are a number of reasons, firstly Christmas is literally all around, from Halloween until 26th December it is completely everywhere, so it makes sense that not everything that everyone would want to do or buy during those months will be Christmas themed – if it was, everyone would be totally sick of Christmas long before Santa’s elves had loaded the sleigh.

Think back to Easter – did you exclusively sell only Easter themed ovals?  Or were these in fact just a proportion of pictures and your sales?

So what’s this got to do with Halloween?  Well its exactly the same, just because the date is Halloween, it doesn’t mean that everything everyone wants to buy or do during October will have ghosties and ghoulies on it.  Infact, the majority will probably want the opposite. So here are our Top Tips for Halloween Sand Art.

 

1. Look to what the kids choose as costumes

If you want to know which designs sell well at Halloween, then learn from the masters – next time you’re in your local fancy dress shop, take a quick squizz at the childrens costume section and Disney characters will be dominant.  In fact Snow White, Belle, Cinderella, Elsa and Anna are consistently year on year in the top20 Halloween costumes list for UK, adult versions as well as children’s.  I’m lucky, I have one of the UKs biggest fancy dress suppliers just down the road, and I can verify that every October for the past 14 years I have visited and spent over an hour helping my daughters choose that years Halloween constume, and what can I tell you – that over 1/3 of the shelf space will be for Disney character costumes,  and not just the princesses, but also Woody from Toy Story, Cars, Dory, Nemo and the Good Dinosaur are there too.  Remember that when you’ve got the little kids – the costumes and characters they pick at Halloween aren’t the scary kind – they’re the friendly familiar kind. And even the bigger kids drift back to Disney after a couple of years as Witches, and Devils – which is why of course there are so many adult Disney costumes.  So make sure that your stocks include as many of the Disney Characters as possible – they are all available in packs of 5 so you don’t have to buy hundreds, and remember any character picture can be made “scary” just by mixing it up with the colours.

2. Capitalise on Trends

Did you know that Scary Elsa has become a real “thing”?  Give it a quick search on google and you’ll be amazed at what you find.   I remember last year that Debbie, our Leaders did some great Scary Elsa pictures with some of her Halloween customers – green faces, orange and black dresses, red hair – it was amazing – and the children had such good fun letting their creativity run wild with them, and the best bit is that these pictures are never out of “season” so you know that they are always a safe buy.

3. Remember the Parents

The thing about Halloween is that it tends to happen in the dark, which means that all of the children are accompanied by parents – so make sure that you’ve got some Ailsa Black pictures or Mandala pictures in your stocks so that the grown ups can have a go too.

4. Halloween Themed Pictures

Halloween themed pictures are another essential.  There a range of 6 different designs of Halloween pictures, but remember don’t make your event exclusively Halloween only pictures because our statistics tell us that at least half of kids will want to do something else.  There are already 4 Halloween pictures available on site – Haunted House (A4), Trick and Treat (A5), Ghostie Boo & Witches Hat (A5) and Bat and Boo.  From the 5th October we will also have the Spider back as an A6 picture, and the Cat on a Broomstick as an A6 picture too.

5. What is Scary?

The most scariest piece of music in movie history contains only 3 notes.  Those three notes aren’t scary, and if you’ve never seen Jaws those three notes on their own probably wouldn’t make you hide behind a cushion.  So what makes it scary ? – our imagination, knowing what those three notes are telling us, knowing that something is going to happen but we don’t know what, and we don’t know when, the suspense, the tension, the build up.  Can you feel it now – just reading this?  So use those same techniques in HOW you deliver the sand art, stories whilst the children are making the pictures, suddenly turning the lights off unexpectedly, etc.  All of this stuff is free – there’s no cost – but its going to be this stuff that makes your Halloween event the stand out event that they’ll remember for years to come – rather than just the design on the picture card itself.

6. Be Imaginative

So, we’ve ticked the obvious boxes, Halloween themed pictures for the ghosts and broomsticks.  Disney pictures so that the kids can make a picture of the character that they are dressed up as.  Now its time to let your creativity take over.  For example, in Scotland a fairy isn’t traditionally what you would think of as a fairy, they are faeries – tiny mischievous and powerful beings that deliberately wreck havoc in peoples lives – that sounds pretty “halloweeny” to me, the same with Leprechauns who do infact magically exist all year round, not just on the 17th March 😉 and of course Leprechauns are real, we know because an  Irish MP has blamed the wee critters for permanent road problems only a few weeks ago .  Another one – the Ailsa Black isn’t just any cat, it is infact a magical Witches cat in disguise, full of magical powers.  All these little stories etc are special to the children, and help them engage and enjoy the sand art much more than simply the design, they take the picture home, share the story and the imagination……

7. Halloween Bears

And don’t forget that the bears can be all halloweened-up too. As well as of course as making witches cats, you’ve got the opportunity for creating Halloween designs and doodles on the tee-shirts and hoodies.  But again, back to being creative and imaginative, bear making gives you such good environment for telling scary Halloween stories, for example Did you know that dogs and cats are supposed to be able to see the supernatural – so if you’ve got some children who really are a bit spooked out by Halloween, what better thing for them than a lovely Cocoa, Lemon or Charlie, who will sit watch all night next to them protecting them from all the scary monsters.  There are lots of stories about phantom and magical tigers all over the world.   And well, anyone that’s seen Fortitude can definitely verify that Polar Bears can be very scary.  And i’m willing to bet good money that 2 minutes on google will reveal a whole wrath of american scary stories about bears.  So every bear has the potential to be a Halloween bear – and it won’t cost you a penny extra.

8. Halloween Sand

Mix the colours up – be brave, take out the pink and add some darker colours.  Top up your orange, red, black and brown.  And don’t forget the silver – always fab to give a picture a completely different sense.

 

So, there you go, a few of our top tips, and as you can see the simplicity is in looking beyond simply the date and the theme, using your energy, creativity and enthusiasm, and making it about more than just colouring in a picture.  Why don’t you join the brainstorming session in your teams and share spooky stories and ideas.

 

 

 

Launching the Kids Bee Happy Bear Club

Launching the Kids Bee Happy Bear Club

The perfect way to expand your Kids Party Business

We are delight to announce that Kids Bee Happy is launching our very own Bear Club.  From 1 September all of our wonderful local consultants, all over the UK, will be also be able to offer UK and Irish children and families make a bear workshops, parties and activities, alongside our already popular sand art.

Kids Bee Happy is the UK’s only direct sales company that provides kids activities and parties, which means that it really is the flexible work from home business that the whole family can get involved in.

“We are very proud to be adding the Kids Bee Happy Bear Club into our product range” said Sandra Patterson, Managing Director of Kids Bee Happy.  “Children love making their own teddy bears, but for many families its costly and difficult because of where they live.   As Kids Bee Happy has a network of over 300 local consultants covering the whole of the UK, it really does mean that we can help all children have their very own bear party, wherever they want, whether they are in the Sicily Isles or the Orkney Isles.”

“Parents pay one all inclusive price, and includes not only the bear, and all you need to make it, but also a hoodie or a tee shirt for the bear for the kids to decorate themselves, plus all the little things like wishing stars, and birth certificates, that make it all so special for the children, and all of the bears are the same price, making it nice and certain for the adults too”.

The Kids Bee Happy bear club products are available to all registered consultants, and anyone who wants to start their own Kids Bee Happy business can do so by joining up as an independent consultant on our website http://sales.kidsbeehappy.com.  When consultants join everyone is added to a team, where a local team leader and fellow consultants are all on hand offering help, tips and knowledge, mentoring support and advice to really help you start and grow your business.

“Kids Bee Happy already provide their Independent Consultants with an amazing product that works well in different settings with Sand Art. Now they are adding in another great product that is just as exciting, Bear Club! I’m excited to add it to my business & be able to offer both to my customers.” said Maddi Rowley, one of Kids Bee Happy’s team leaders based in Berkshire, “It’s reassuring & rewarding to represent a company that prides themselves on quality.”

Direct sales is a great way for many UK families to top up their incomes, as household bills continue their steady increase, being able to earn an extra £100 per week by simply doing 1 or 2 parties or events makes a real impact to a families income.  People can start and grow their business at the pace they feel comfortable with, and full training is given so no previous experience is necessary.

“I just love these bears” continued Sandra.  “I’ve had them sitting on my desk for the past few months as we’ve been busy preparing to launch them into the network, and they have become familiar faces, I even know them all by name now too.   I can’t wait to see the excitement and pleasure that our Bear Club workshops and parties will bring to families all over the UK”

Warehouse Shutdown

Warehouse Shutdown

We will be taking advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend to do some warehouse reorganisation.  As this is something that involves all staff, we will only be dispatching urgently required orders during the period 29-31 August.  We would ask that you please put your orders in early during August so that we can keep things moving and avoid backlogs during this period.

 

An Award Winning Family Business

An Award Winning Family Business

Kids Bee Happy crowned Champions at Wembley

On Saturday 15 July 2017, over 350 family business leaders and entrepreneurs descended upon London’s iconic Wembley Stadium for The National Family Business Awards (formally known as the Red Ribbon Awards) – celebrating the achievements of Britain’s finest family-run businesses.

After months of searching and interviewing, our Winners were crowned. These businesses were selected as the best in their categories and regions they represent. With over 3 million family firms in the UK as well as hundreds of entries for the Awards, the winners had to be exceptional.

Family firm, Kids Bee Happy were crowned both winners of the Scotland Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. and the highest accolade of the Mazars National Champion Award.

The judges commented –
“We loved the fact that they identified a great idea, worked hard on their product design, changed their business model based on assessing the market and have worked tirelessly on every aspect of making their dream a reality. It was wonderful to hear about all the family members playing to their strengths …. Jessica in particular is clearly one to watch for the future!
Identifying two clear markets for their product and being successful in each, with such a small team, is inspirational. This has included negotiating contracts with big companies which is no mean feat for any business!

However, what also really stood out in their submission was how much importance they placed on social responsibility…. from providing good employment in their rural, local area… to taking on apprentices and ensuring that they got good all round work experience.

Of particular note was the transformational role they have played in the lives of their direct sales consultants…. giving some people who have had a rough ride in life the confidence to pursue a fresh start and become entrepreneurial themselves, treating them as business owners and investing in their training and mentoring.”

Hosted by Family Business Place, and now in their eighth year, the awards seek to recognise and honour some of the most exciting, innovative and longstanding family businesses around the UK. From 200 year old cheese makers in Yorkshire to second generation perfumers in London and sibling start-ups in Devon, the awards have become one of the most sought-after accolades in business.

Anita Brightley-Hodges, Managing Director of Family Business Place says,

“Family businesses are the shining stars of the British economy and the beating heart of our local communities, employing 1 in 3 people. Despite their incredible contribution they are often modest and shy about publicising their achievements and so we founded The National Family Business Awards to celebrate them. This year’s winners all excel in their field and are true beacons of British commerce.”

 

New Kids Bee Happy Printing and Promo Store!

Jason has been working hard on a special project just for you.  Over the past year we have received lots of different requests for lots of different promotional items.  Kids Hoodies, Kids Tee Shirts, Hoodies with Zips, Hoodies without Zip, Sand Art logo, caps, mugs etc etc etc.

So, now we are happy to bring to you Kids Bee Happy’s very own Printing and Promo Materials shop, where you can buy what you want.

So now, due to popular request You CAN have a Pink KBH Zipped Hoodie with Arbee on the back, and a Yellow kids KBH tee shirt that says “Ask My Mummy about Sand Art”

Important things to know:

  • Yes, Items are available individually.
  • Yes, There are kids clothes
  • Yes, Hoodies, Tee Shirts and Kids Clothes are available in all sorts of colours.
  • Yes, You can have caps, beenies, mugs, even phone cases,
  • Yes, You can have the Kids Bee Happy Independent Logo, or
  • Yes, You can have Arbee instead.
  • And Yes, if there is something specific that you want written on the back of your hoodie – we can do that too.

Jason has created a whole load of core products with different logos and colours on the store.  However, if you want something just a little bit more bespoke, then talk to Jason and he will see if he can create a new product just for you.

As these products are made in teeny weeny batches (ie made to order) and we have kept the prices  as low as possible, purchases on the printing and promo materials website do not count towards your points or earn commissions.

Everything is dispatched directly from the printers – and the P&P charges are set by them.