Let’s PaRtY!

It’s birthday season for many of our playgroup friends, and I really enjoy seeing the different ways families choose to celebrate. My mom always made a big deal out of our birthdays with parties or presents that weren’t necessarily expensive, but that left us feeling special and looking forward to the next one. Those memories are so vivid and happy for me, so I’m carrying on the tradition with my own children.

A few weeks ago we enjoyed a sweet 1st birthday party at Nightingale Music in Bird Rock. “Miss Beth,” led the children in songs, silly dancing, bubble play and instructed them with a few rhythm instruments. There was a party room so no clean up for mom, and they let her bring in her own food and drinks, including wine! Toy Story-themed cupcakes came from Albertson’s, which also gives FREE smash cakes in honor of 1st birthdays!

The kids loved the party, especially mine, since we had enjoyed many wonderful music lessons in that same classroom. Nightingale Music parties start at $145 for the version that comes to your location and at $245 if you use their facility.

Yesterday was a super fun 5th birthday party at Kid Ventures in Pacific Beach. Kid Ventures is a wonderful place for creative play with themed rooms that must be pure magic to a child. From “driving” the fire truck, to shopping in the market, to dancing in the disco room, the place is definitely good for hours of kid-fun. We’ve been many times to both the PB and Chula Vista locations, and my 5 and 3-year-olds always have a blast. Private parties at Kid Ventures start at $315. You bring the cake, drinks, food and party supplies. They do all the rest including leading all the children in games, dishing out the grub, handing out the goody bags and, of course, cleaning the whole mess up! By the way, Neela’s cake was a homemade My Little Pony cake that the kids just went nuts over.

Kate’s 5th birthday party was the variety I enjoyed most as a child. A few good friends, a fun theme and lots of creativity on the part of mom. The backyard mermaid party included family-made decorations of the underwater variety, a game of pass-the-present, a craft for each child (we decorated princess wands and crowns), a pinata, great food and an adorable mermaid birthday cake from VG Donuts and Bakery in Carlsbad.

Next weekend we’ll attend a birthday picnic at Santee Lakes and a burger, milk-shake and arcade game party at Corvette Diner.

What’s the most memorable kids’ birthday party you’ve hosted or attended? What games did you play? What kind of cake did you have? I’m always looking for new ideas!

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