Your daughter only turns nine once. Sure, you want to give her the pony rides and the many-tiered cake. But you also want to make it to her tenth birthday with your sanity intact. Lucky for your therapy bill, event planners have branched out into kid’s birthday parties. Now you can outsource those fussy invitations and favors your daughter must have to remain fulfilled in life. You can even outsource the party’s theme, if your daughter’s party ideas start and stop with horses and your party ideas start and stop with cake.
After exhausting all the normal kid party places – Chuck E. Cheese, skating rinks, pools – Danielle Lester had to get creative for her daughter. She abandoned the standard venues and threw a carnival-inspired party at a local park. Thoroughly enamored of the creativity involved, she transformed her entire home into a pre-teen spa for her daughter’s next birthday. Now called the Pink Petals and Cotton Candy Spa party – to the delight of pink-crazed girls everywhere – a version of the party she threw for her daughter is now her most popular offering.
If you need someone to rescue your kid from the bowling alley and you from party-planning purgatory, event planners will provide a selection of themes or work with you to create your own. After a detailed consultation to find out what your child wants, they’ll wrangle the details – which may be the biggest perk. Because of all the things you don’t have time to do, figuring out how to make pony rides happen probably tops the list. Lester will handle the ponies or magicians or candy buffets, as well all the more mundane details like decorations, cake, music, games and set up and clean up.
“Planning, set up, hosting, and clean up can be time consuming and exhausting for a busy working mom. We enjoy the hustle and bustle of creating and pulling together an event,” says Lester. “We can provide decorations and items that can’t be purchased at the local party store. Kids get an individual party, not a copy of what everyone else has.” You can even go all out with a professional photographer and chocolate fountain. “We aim to make every birthday a one-of-a-kind affair,” she explains. “Our goal is to make it all about them.”
Since the party now has a hostess that isn’t you, you get to sit back, relax and mingle. Because tiffs over the last bottle of pink nail polish are no longer your problem. “Parents can enjoy the moment without the hassle of running around throughout the party,” says Lester.
Her tips for parents: Plan ahead. Find out what your child wants and build around that theme. Have fun. “Really, all parents have to do is choose a theme and provide the kids,” says Lester.
Do you have an upcoming event or party that can use some creative genius?