Mums’ storytelling idea wins award

Children's entertainers Lorna Shields, right, and sister Kirsty Thomson. Picture: contributed

Children's entertainers Lorna Shields, right, and sister Kirsty Thomson. Picture: contributed

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TWO sisters who set up their own children’s party business less than a year ago have been voted Scotland’s best kids’ entertainers.

Lorna Shields came up with her toddler-entertaining business after struggling to find something to do for her twins Brodie and Benjamin’s third birthday party.

The mum-of-four, from Currie, gave up her job in financial services and asked her sister Kirsty Thomson, a part-time history teacher, to join in.

Now the duo run successful children’s entertainment business “It’s in the bag” which has just bagged the Netmums award for favourite Children’s entertainers for Scotland, 2013.

Their two-mum-show, which features characters ranging from fairies to cows, took the crown in the customer-led 
contest.

“It’s been an amazing first year and to get this recognition is brilliant,” said Lorna, 38. “I was planning what to do for my own boys’ third birthday and couldn’t find much for kids their age. I thought about something like soft play, but you can do that any time. There were magicians and children’s discos but I thought they were a bit young for that. I decided to do it myself and asked my sister. We thought about what children that age enjoy and that’s when we came up with It’s in the bag.”

Their parties offer “a storytelling adventure” using rhymes, songs, games, drama and puppets to bring it to life.

Parents can choose from a dozen themes, including under the sea, transports and pirates and princesses, and sit back while the youngsters get involved in the show.

Designed for children up to the age of five, they have already conquered the birthday party, playgroup and christening market, and are now looking to expand into nurseries.

Customers nominated them for the Netmums award, a popular website, and then they were voted through to the final, where they beat nine acts from across the country. It means the party organisers are now have national 
recognition.

Mum-of-three Kirsty, 35, from Baberton, said they were thrilled to find out they had won. She said: “What’s really brilliant about it is that parents have gone out of their way to vote for us. It’s quite an accolade in our first year and a great reassurance that the little people are enjoying our parties as the big people voted for us.”

Netmums founder Siobhan Freegard said: “Putting on parties for little ones is very big business and the competition has been intense, but ‘It’s in the bag’ stood out. Parents couldn’t praise it enough.”