Now that I’m a mom, it seems as though most weekends include at least one birthday party. And it’s great. I mean, who doesn’t love adding a sprinkled cupcake to their weekend agenda? But here’s the thing. Once it comes time to plan your child’s birthday, it can become a challenge to think of a unique and creative way to celebrate your child on his or her special day. I mean, you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a party (have you seen the price of college tuition lately? Ouch!) but you don’t want to have a lame celebration, either. That’s why I’ve rounded up the some amazing local resources so you will know exactly how to plan the best birthday party in the Northwest suburbs.
Step One: Book a Venue
I have learned that if you want to plan an awesome event, you need to collaborate with a great partner. And if that partner is a neighbor, EVEN BETTER! Not only are you collaborating with someone who might attend the same PTA meetings as you, but you also are keeping your money in your community so it can continue to thrive. There are tons of great local party venues in the Northwest Suburbs, but these are my tried and true favorites:
Orbit Skate Center—It doesn’t matter if you are confident skating, it is a guaranteed fun time. And the tunes they play are a wonderfully epic blast from the past for all parents…and maybe get you reminiscing about your old roller skating parties!
Firezone—Meet real life, fire fighting heroes and pretend to be one yourself? It doesn’t get any better than this!
Paragon Theatres—See a movie or play video games on the big screen? YES PLEASE! The newly remodeled theatre is so comfortable with plush seats and yummy refreshments, too!
Beverly Lanes—Have a striking good time at this local bowling alley. Bumpers and ramps are available so bowlers of all ages and abilities will have a blast!
Kids’ Kustom Parties—Parties truly are custom designed at this unique play space. You can choose from one of the many themes, such as pirates, spa day fun, characters from popular books and movies or even create your own party idea.
Cook, Cork, and Fork—Calling all itty bitty foodies! This cooking studio can plan the perfect party for your child and his or her sous chefs, including a decadent cake!
Dads Slot Cars—Car racing and ice cream? Does it get any better?
Step Two: Get a Cake
Or cupcakes. Even cookies. Maybe some brownies, too. It might be hard to narrow your decision on what to serve but you shouldn’t wonder which bakery to visit because it is a no-brainer: Sweet T’s Bakery and Cake Studio.
Sweet T’s Bakery and Cake Studio never ceases to amaze me with their beautiful creations, especially when the only idea I have is “a chocolate cake with sprinkles.” Everything they create is simply a work of art and tastes just as delicious as it looks. Don’t believe me? Stop by the bakery for a cake pop or mini cupcake. You will definitely be coming back for a larger order once it is time for your party. Guaranteed.
Step Three: Pick out Gifts
So, let’s get real for a minute. I love going to and throwing birthday parties, but the gift aspect is my least favorite part. Why? Well, if we are going to a friend’s party, I always have such a hard time trying to find a great gift. Is it age appropriate? Do they already have it? Does it have a million pieces that will get all over the floor making the parents hate me? These are serious questions. Even worse is that I typically have to ponder all of these questions while one of my children is having a meltdown because I won’t get HIM a present as well. Ugh. That’s why I’m so excited to share my birthday party secret weapon with you: Beat Street West.
This independently owned toy store has it all…and then some. There are so many great gifts for kids of all ages and abilities…and for all different types of budgets as well. But what really sets Beat Street apart is that they truly cater to busy parents like me. How? Through these unique services:
*The Birthday Box: Create a box of “wishes” for your birthday child. Beat Street can provide you with digital or printed copies of your child’s “wish list” to make shopping easy and straightforward.
*Call ahead ordering. Or as I like to call it, “Call Beat Street and tell them the child’s age, gender, and budget and they pick out the perfect gift while you sit at home on your couch.” Good luck getting that type of concierge service at big box stores!
*Free gift wrapping. Each gift that is wrapped is also topped with a trinket to add a little extra pizzazz.
*Beat Street Birthday Kids: Parents submit their child’s birthday and the family receives 20% off one item in the store during their child’s birthday month.
Beat Street stocks hard to find and unique toys that you won’t find at big box stores. Some current favorite toys and gifts:
Jellycat Soft Toys
Pusheen Stuffed Animals
Chunkees Paint Sticks
Poster Paint Pods
Tire Toss (not pictured)
Blaster Ball (not pictured)
Step Four: Relax.
Open a bottle of your favorite libation, get your nails done, read a book, binge watch a favorite show…do whatever makes you happy because your party planning is DONE. You’re welcome.
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