Otherwise, you could use some great ideas for a kid’s party that will be easy on you, fun for your child, and occupy your guests until the very last parent comes to take their kid home.
There are lots of services out there (especially in LA – the home of the out-of-work actor), all claiming to throw parties that will be exciting, easy and memorable. But it’s hard to know which ones will deliver on that promise, and not leave you with a yard-full of silly string you’ll be picking out of your bougainvillea for a month.
To save you time, research, and major disappointment, we’ve rounded-up some amazing kid’s party services and gotten some trusted recommendations to help you throw an unforgettable bash your guests will enjoy, your child will enjoy – and most importantly, YOU will enjoy!
The Reptile Family will come to your house and for an hour and a half your child and their guests will interact with some of the coolest (and cleanest) lizards, snakes and creepy crawlies around. They are knowledgeable, entertaining and in addition to their fabulous “reptile wrangling” skills, their “kid-wrangling” skills are great too – a very important trait for an in-home party provider.
The people at GreenBliss Green EcoSpawill literally massage your houseful of young guests into submission. At my daughter’s 10th birthday, the kids were relaxed and happy, and the entire living room smelled of botanical goodness that simply didn’t allow for petty bickering. While the girls patiently waited for their turn for a chair massage and facials (all organic ingredients), they were engaged with fun games. Afterwards, the girls made their own all-natural bubble bath with yummy smelling and sensitive-skin friendly materials. This party can cost a bit more, but it’s worth every penny.
Plus, they are offering CBSLos Angeles.com readers a special “bonus” for the birthday child if you book a party and mention you read about them on our website.
High Tea Party
Who doesn’t love a tea party? It’s part of our genetic make-up. Tiny sandwiches, lovely china, sweets galore…what’s not to love? Jane Windsor, owner and proprietor of Anyone for Tea? understands this and throws exquisite tea parties for children! Imagine an Alice in Wonderland tea party (which includes a reading of a chapter from the book) or just turning your own child’s vision for a tea party into a reality. The best part? The people at Anyone for Tea? understand that tea parties don’t have to be ALL about sweets, and they infuse some healthy (and still very yummy) options into the menu. Additional entertainment ideas (beading projects, fairy-tale dress up, hair and make-up) are available. Food, set-up, and china are all included, as is the magical ability to make it “POOF!” all disappear when the party is over.
Race Car Party
Okay, you have a kid who doesn’t love a tea party. The people at PlayParty.net will come to your house and turn your entire living room into a miniature Indy 500 speedway! Tracks on the floor, tracks on tables, downhill tracks outside. It’s a young racing car enthusiast’s dream! They provide all of the tracks, the cars, and the party representative even shows up dressed like he works a pit-stop. They set up all the tracks and at the end of the party, they take it all away. This is a fantastic and easy party and boys, girls, and kids of all ages will be riveted! (Get it? Riveted? Like riveting a tire? Moving on…)
Yes, they have Lego Parties too. Again, the people at PlayParty.net seem to have their finger on the pulse of little kids. They come to your house with thousands of Lego pieces, facilitate the building of really cool stuff, and then pack up all of the little Lego pieces. Can you say that about your child’s last playdate?
Mad Science Party
Got a young Einstein? Maybe just a really curious kid who likes to get her hands dirty? Try a Mad Science Party. With a cool science demonstration (which even mesmerized me!), you can choose one of a wide variety of “science” activities (make your own bouncy ball, slime, dry ice or Mad Science putty) for the kids to make and take home with them. These parties are fun, entertaining, and brain-building!
Justin Credible – “Like a Magician but Cooler.” That’s his logline. Seriously. And you know what? It’s true! This guy is quite possibly the best party entertainer in LA. He’s fun, he’s engaging and he’s seriously the coolest magician you’ve ever seen. I don’t want to give anything away, but that bunny is the cutest ever.
Got the next Top Chef on your hands? A cooking party is a great way to engage the kids. Amy Aguilera of Kid’s Cooking Parties and More will come to your house with everything needed for a make-your-own-pizza and sundaes party. She handles the cooking lesson, cooks the food, and makes sure it doesn’t burn. Plus she engages the kids in other fun activities while the food is cooking. Then she packs it all up and makes it disappear. Wait…maybe she’s the magician.
A Pirate/Parrot Party
When you think of a Pirate party, you think of some guy in costume with a fake bird falling off his shoulder showing up to your kids party and saying “Arrggh, Matey” a lot. You’re thinking, “I’ll pass.” But that’s because you haven’t experienced a Pirate/Parrot party. Parrot Jack the Pirate Entertainer shows up at your child’s party with REAL parrots the kids can touch and hold. He leads them on an engaging treasure hunt, teaches them swordplay (Wow! What’s safer than children with swords? Children who know how to use swords!) Now that’s some serious high-seas fun!
Traditional Back Yard Party
Maybe you’re just looking for something a bit more “traditional.” Just some fun activities to keep the kids busy and entertained. Planet Bouncy has affordable and CLEAN bounce houses (if you’re like me…you like clean).
Want to add a little something extra? Add face painting, or airbrush tattoos to your backyard fun. We Adorn You does beautiful face painting and airbrushed tattoos (I got a henna tattoo for me)! Plus, they work fast which means the kids aren’t stuck waiting in a long line.