Spa Themed Birthday Party

I’ve never had a birthday party….and I don’t say that in a sad, woe is me kind of way.  I say it so you could understand why having a special birthday moment for the people I love most is so important to me.  I want them to feel so so special, and to feel how important they are to me.  So in my first years of motherhood, I planned the little people’s birthday parties for weeks and sometimes months in advance.  Laboring over each of the smallest details.   I took so much time and care and pride in each of their special days, and I loved the final results, and the look on their faces….but I would be busy and sidelined with the production of it all, and I placed a lot of pressure on myself to do it ALL myself…as though the actual labor was the love.  The reality is that the details of the party truly don’t matter to either of them….and I started abandoning the BIG party last year by seriously shrinking both of their guest lists for her Tea Party Birthday and also by hosting his Lightning McQueen Birthday at an outside venue.  And I gotta tell ya, scaling back was….delightful.

This year, our little lady requested a spa themed birthday party…and I thought about putting it on at home…and then I pictured six little girls running around my house with wet nail polish and sparkly makeup all over the…..NO.  About that time, Whimsy and Wonder popped up in my Facebook feed.  I took R with me to check it out, and as she twirled and whirled around the absolutely precious space, I met with Kelly Catron, the owner of this venue as well as Gigi Noelle Events.  Within twenty minutes the entire party was planned.  BOOM.

Spa Birthday Party Decorations

All of that goodness right there…I took care of a small detail or two, a cake, and some snacks for our girl and her sweet friends….but the rest was all put together and provided by the Whimsy and Wonder staff.  In addition to the space, the beautiful decorations, favors, activities, and set up, the package included two party hosts to guide and entertain the girls, all while I roamed and snapped photos and Daddy watched the chaos in comfort.  They got mani’s and pedi’s and made their own chapstick…

Spa Party Manicures
They took their time getting their hair done, sparkly make up, and chocolate facials.

Spa Theme Birthday Party
And that’s when the sweetest part of the whole day happened.  These two have a bond like only a girl and her father can have, and when she declined the chocolate facial for herself, he offered to do it in her place if she was the one to apply it.  She was THRILLED.

Spa Birthday Party
After the girls were pampered, they sat together at the table giggling and laughing and blowing their noise makers.  A lot.

Spa Birthday Cake Time
It was the loudest “spa” I have ever been to.  And then it somehow became a dance/karaoke party.  These girls were “Let It Go”ing and “Whip and Nae Nae”ing all over that stage.

Spa Birthday Party
I am so tickled to have found Whimsy and Wonder, and had such an amazing experience.  A huge thank you to those lovely ladies!  Like their Facebook page, they have tons of events like Parents Night Out, Daddy Daughter Date Night, and Mommy and Me activities, as well as hosting several packaged parties.  The birthday girl and her girlfriends had an amazing afternoon.  The expense was comparable to what I spend on their celebrations when I have my hands on every detail, and I could not have been less stressed.  Which is actually getting MORE than I’m paying for….

It’s definitely our busiest time of the year now, and we’re adding lots of projects and excitement to an already crazy time.  I am hopeful to get some posts finalized for publishing, including a summer trip to New York City, the kids first football tail gate, Halloween, and a certain little boy’s fourth birthday party.  All while we prep for Thanksgiving travel and the Christmas season.  So until the next post….cheers!

Disney Cars Lightning McQueen Birthday: {Re}Collected Moments Series

Broadway Grand Prix Birthday Party
As with most boys, ours has had an obsession with Disney Cars, most specifically Lightning McQueen, since he first saw the movie when he was two years old.  When it came time to plan his third birthday party, it was a no brainer.  Faced with all the Pinterest photos of the elaborate games and decorations I could “totally make” to pull off the best Lightning McQueen party ever….the stress induced eye twitching began immediately.  We quickly made the move to host H and three of his best buds at the local go kart track.

The beauty of Broadway Grand Prix is that the entire park and party room are decorated in a racing theme, they have locked in food and party packs, a full arcade, miniature golf, seven kart tracks as well as plenty of rides for toddlers….so that means no cooking or even planning for the food, minimal decorations needed, and the kids would have way more fun than any game or bouncy house I could put in the back yard. Plus, THEY DO THE CLEAN UP. Sold.

Broadway Grand Prix Toddler Rides
The more popular a character is, the more free printables and party goodies at affordable prices are available, and you can easily put your own stamp on them.  His table decorations were a combination of free Disney Cars printables I found on HWTM, packaged Disney Cars table top party decorations and customized signs that I cut and mounted onto various backgrounds.  I made his table runner from $5 a yard Lightning McQueen fabric from Wal-Mart.  {And by “made” I mean by cutting the fabric to 18″ wide then folding the edges under an inch or two and ironing the folded edge.}

Lightning McQueen Birthday Party Table Top Decorations
Finding Lightning McQueen party favors was a breeze.  Painting and coloring books from the Target $1 section, and the rest of the loot I found at The Dollar Store! (Yep, The Dollar Store.)

Lightning McQueen Birthday Party Decoration
I trimmed the cake plates with ribbon and made the cupcake flags from toothpicks and decorative tape.  I made his miniature garland cake topper with bakers twine, lollipop sticks, and decorative tape.  Clearly, he was more interested in his own handy work than mine…

Disney Cars Lightning McQueen Birthday Cake
I customized the VIP lanyards for the Crew Chief and Pit Crew, added a Lightning McQueen sticker, and mounted them to checkered flag paper as a background.  I found the digital file for the background on Etsy and simply changed the scale using my printer properties.

Disney Cars Lightning McQueen Birthday Party
The boy’s party outfit came together easily, I found the checkered suspenders on Etsy, and the rest was already in his wardrobe.

I do have some tips to consider if you are planning a party at your local favorite party place.  Keep the number of guests low for two reasons.  They have a lot more fun if there is just a handful of them.  There is an age/number of guests ratio out there but I don’t know what it is. Secondly, at this age one parent will be staying with each guest and most packages will include each body in the room.  Our package was for twelve, and the birthday boy was free.  We had four children, with one parent each, plus myself, Jeff, and a Nana.   If we hadn’t counted the parents as guests we would have lots of parents standing around not eating (rude) or would have paid a much higher rate for each extra person.

Negotiate the party pack you purchase in order to best fit your guests.  Because of the height requirements, the birthday boy and his crew were not able to ride the big go karts.  The staff gladly increased the number of arcade tokens per guest to accommodate us, maximizing the package we purchased.

Height Requirements 2
Plan the party to start early so the venue will not be as busy, but not too early…I planned the party to start when the doors opened to the park.  So I was standing there with all the decorations, balloons, cake, cupcakes, etc., as well as all the guests when the doors opened.  No one else seemed to mind though.  We had the entire park to ourselves before we moved to the party room.

We had an amazing time with the crew celebrating his third birthday party.  Such an amazing time that he continues to ask for the same birthday party again!

Disney Cars Birthday

I just noticed that I am taking turns in this {Re}Collected Moments Series…first his nursery, then her Tea Party Birthday, now back to the boy for a Disney Cars Lightning McQueen party. {Can you tell I’m a Libra?} Looking forward to another season of birthdays and all the fun fall events.  Cheers!