We love hosting your celebrations at Lollipops & Ladybirds and are very excited to be able to have you back at the studio . Whilst this page is focused on children's birthdays, we also offer exclusive use of the studio for grown up birthdays, hen parties, baby showers, corporate team-building days, brownies & cubs so don't hesitate to get in touch and we can discuss a package to suit you.
Our pottery painting & foam clay birthday workshops run for 1 hour & 30 mins allowing time for the creative activity you have chosen and another half an hour for food & cake. Our Clay Making Workshops run for 2 hours.
We host birthday workshops on a Saturday and after school during term-time on certain days.
Pottery Painting: Your host will help the children choose an item of pottery from our popular children's range. We usually have around 12-15 different items available so every child will find something for them. Typical pieces include dragons, unicorns, dogs, cats, foxes, monkeys etc. Your host will offer help and tips to the children during their painting session and parents can sit back and relax while we look after them. The length of time it takes to paint the pottery really depends on the age of the children. Our pottery painting workshops are suitable for children aged 6 upwards but often at this age, some children will finish sooner than the expected hour so in this case we will play party games with them. Sweets & prizes are included. Older children often spend much more time on their creation and we find are less enthusiastic about games so we tailor the workshop around our guests to make sure they get the most from their time with us.
During the session, we will take the birthday child's handprint on one of our round dinner plates and then a fingerprint from each of their guests to create a birthday keepsake. We will personalise it afterwards with everyone's names and (for example) Amelia's 8th Birthday.
Pottery will need to be left with us for firing and items will be ready around a week later for the birthday parents to collect.
Pottery Painting Price: Up to 10 children - £135. Please add £12.50 for every additional guest over 10.
Foam Clay Workshop: Children love playing with foam clay. This awesome stuff is lumpy & bumpy in texture and can be applied onto our pottery pieces for the children to make some wonderful creations. Your host will give the children full instruction at the start and stay with them during the workshop to help get the most out of their crafting. The beauty of foam clay is that it is mess-free and dries hard in around 2 days so you are able to take the finished pieces with you at the end of the session and finish drying them at home. We have googly eyes & add on gems which the children love and what's more, after the session finishes, they can take home any unused foam clay that they have left over in their kits. With this they can make stand-alone models and pen toppers. Just keep the pot lids closed so your foam clay stays fresh until you are ready to play again. Check out our Craft Kits & Workshops Page on the website to see some examples of finished foam clay pieces.
Foam Clay Price: Up to 10 children - £135. Please add £12.50 for every additional guest over 10.
Clay Making Workshop: Children will love transforming a lump of wet clay into a masterpiece which they will decorate and glaze during their session. A member of staff will oversee the workshop and be on hand to assist the children. The clay workshops lend themselves to a smaller party so that your host can offer one on one assistance to each child. Our minimum number for this workshop is 6 with a recommended maximum of 8 but we may be able to accommodate more children so don't be afraid to ask.
We start the workshop with a lump of clay and show the children a variety of hand building techniques. We currently offer the option of either a Clay Character Pot or Clay Name Plaque. The theme for the character pot workshop is completely up to the birthday child. We will tailor make the workshop to suit you. If your child loves Harry Potter then this can be out theme. Likewise if it's unicorns, we will adapt to suit. Please get in touch and we can work through ideas with you and check that your date is available.
We recommend our Clay Making Workshop for children who are aged 8 plus and teens. Due to the nature of hand building, younger children are likely to struggle so rather than have children disappointed with their makes, we would rather direct you to our Pottery Painting or Foam Clay options which are better suited for younger guests.
The hand building stage will take around 45 minutes. We will then break for the children to enjoy their party food before we begin decorating their pieces. Our specialised glazes allow us to decorate 'wet' clay, removing the need for an initial firing. This means that the process of making & decorating their clay piece can be enjoyed on the same day.
Pottery is left with us at the end of the party. Due to the nature of clay, we will allow around 3 weeks for drying before your pottery is fired so please be prepared for a 3-4 week wait on finished items.
Clay Making Price: £20 per child (minimum of 6 children)
Food: On Saturdays, we can offer you a food package in addition to your party if you wish. Alternatively, you can bring pre-prepared party boxes with you or order in pizza / McDonalds etc. If you choose our catered option then children will receive individual party plates with ham & cheese sandwiches (dietary requirements catered for - please ask) crisps, yoghurt & fresh fruit and a sweet treat (cake or biscuits) for a £4 charge per child. We do not offer food packages for our after school parties as we feel children benefit more from a hot meal at this time of day. Parents can make their own arrangements to bring takeaway pizza, chip shop or McDonalds for example. Unlimited squash for all children and hot drinks for the party parents are included regardless of the food option you choose. We can chat to you fully about food arrangements when booking your date.
To check whether your date is available or to discuss our party options in more detail, please call the studio on 01633 406406 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help. We take a £20 deposit to book your birthday workshop. Deposits are non-refundable but if your celebration is cancelled due to Covid we will try to move you to an alternative date, subject to availability. Full balance is required 3 days prior to your booking date.
Non-hosted birthday celebrations - If you are looking to bring a smaller gathering to celebrate your birthday or simply don't wish to choose the hosted option, please contact us about booking a table at the studio. You are very welcome to bring balloons & cake.
Covid 19 - With the ever changing restrictions, we can discuss our current Covid Policy with you based on the restrictions in place at the time of your party enquiry. We are however asking that parents who are bringing guests to a party drop off their children rather than stay in the studio. This helps us to manage our numbers. A table for up to 4 adults will be set aside for use by the party parents / Grandparents. We have found it difficult to continually update our website to allow for other changes that may currently be in place so to be absolutely clear about how the restrictions will affect your birthday celebration, please call the studio and speak to a member of staff. We will also be able to check that your preferred date is available when you call.