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.
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…
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!