Planning a kid’s birthday party might be a bit challenging these days with so many options out there. For some, long gone are the days of just ice cream and a friendly game of pin the tail on the donkey. I still remember my first dance party which was all of about 10 neighborhood kids, cake, ice cream and a mixed tape playing on the boom box. Oh, the simple days.
Truth is, I love to plan events and I am always looking for new and exciting venues and reliable birthday vendors. There are so many choices out there, it is amazing. For me personally, when the calendar says it is November, I start planning my daughters birthday party! It is just really fun for me. I am a simple gal, and although my initial thought is always to have a simple cake and ice cream party, things never turn out that way. In a second, I create this huge shin-dig with all the bells and whistles. I am so guilty of that, but it is just FUN for me! The reality is that it is so hard to keep to a simple party, but the important factor is the “budget.” Everyone has a budget. Everyone should have a budget. It can be $100 or $18,000, but keep to a budget. Some prefer to spend a little and some just want over the top. Either way, it’s quite okay…just keep it to what your family can afford.
Recently, I have been looking into possible birthday venues for my daughter’s birthday party and I wanted to share with you a few places that I have used in the past, some that I have had heard are great, and also some unique venues and vendors that would be great for your kid’s special day.
The following are some of my personal top favorites:
BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUES
Fresh Brother’s Make Your Own Pizza Party
If your kid loves pizza (and who does not love pizza), then this is the party for you! Complete with friendly staff and AMAZING pizza, this is a personal favorite. I have sampled and attended parties at Fresh Brothers, and the kids all really enjoyed it! At the party, each child is given a Fresh Brother’s pizza box to label and decorate with stickers, markers, and crayons. The children then get to create their own edible masterpieces! Once cooked, pizzas are placed back into their boxes and brought out to the dining area.
Music Stars & Masters
There is a new kid on the block at the Westside Pavillion in West LA folks! While strolling through the third floor of the mall, I ran across Music Stars & Masters and I was captivated by the cool stage and fancy rock star dress-up area and photo shoot set-up! This venue is PERFECT for that little rock star and fashion diva! Music Stars & Masters provides fun and interactive musical experiences for all types of special occasions. From their First Year Celebrations to A Rock Star Extravaganzas they customize the style of music, games and songs to fit your needs.
Giggles N Hugs
More than just a deliciously nutritious restaurant, Giggles N’ Hugs’ state of the art play space is the perfect destination for families to celebrate special moments. Their 6,100 square foot restaurant includes wireless Internet, 12 plasma screens, surround sound, interactive video games. and a very friendly staff. They provide semi-private and private birthday party options.
I attended a party here and the parents had just as much fun as the kids! At Scooter’s Jungle, parents and kids will jump, climb, slide, dance and sing their way to a memorable birthday party. Their party planners organize the details while their friendly, responsible, attentive staff handle the games and services the party including cleaning up the mess. At Scooter’s Jungle, they make sure moms have a worry-free experience and everyone is treated like Jungle royalty.
BIRTHDAY PARTY VENDORS
Glimmer Tattoo Parties
Like no other, Glimmer Body Art provides paint-on glitter tattoo services for parties and events. We recently attended a party and the parents even got in line to get a glitter tattoo, too! Offering 36 colors, skin safe cosmetic gel, and over 1,000 designs, the company is popular both for its eye-catching artwork and commitment to children’s safety. The glitter tattoos are waterproof and can last up to a week after the party, or can be taken off easily with alcohol. Their service rocks!
I‘ve used them and they were amazing! It is important that the character you use be professional, well-groomed and able to manage large groups of excited birthday party guests. Enchanted Events met and far exceeded our expectations! Enchanted Events is a children’s party company specializing in princesses and superheroes. Their goal is to make your little one’s day extra special, and make you feel worry-free! They offer many services for your events including princesses, superheroes, fairy tale characters, face painting, balloon sculpting, princess makeup, music, and much more!
Kara Frans Photography
If there is anyone that I can recommend the most is Kara. She has the best work ethic I have ever seen, and her photography speaks for itself. Her work is absolutely amazing and I have personally used her for most of my daughter’s birthday celebrations and even for many of my business events. She is a mom, so she gets it! She knows how and what to shoot to capture your special moment. Kara has a degree in journalism and photography and is the best in her field.
Stars Above Balloons
Stars Above Balloon Decor offers you the very best in event balloon decoration. Whether you’re looking for a simple bouquet to brighten someone’s birthday, enough balloons to fill a room or an elegant decor for your special wedding day, we can do it all. They did an amazing job at my daughter’s birthday last year complete with a rainbow, lollipops and fancy decor! I was very impressed by their expertise and creativity for this event.
Laura Filipowicz is a Mommy Blogger and The Most Well Respected Connector in Los Angeles.