|A super cool "tween" birthday party!|
|Written by OHmommy|
|Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00|
Last week Lola celebrated her ninth birthday but the weeks leading up to it were stressful. She wanted the perfect party and every idea I presented her with, she shot down. "You live in one of the biggest cities in the world, surely you can find one birthday venue!" I reminded her each time she nodded her head "no" to an idea. One night, as I laid next to her during our bedtime snuggles, we talked. "I want something more grown-up. Something that a tween would do. What do tweens do?"
So we started discussing different ways girlfriends hang out and gave her party an official name. The GNO birthday party! We'd meet at a restaurant for dinner, shop together and see a movie. After sending out her invite, just one week before the big day, every single friend invited (all the girls in her class, swim team buddies & family friends) replied YES and were over the moon excited to go on their very first GNO. Lola's "tween" party was the main topic of conversation at school and I'm so happy that we only had a couple of days in between the invitation being sent out to the actual day; because, Oh.My.God the countdown to her GNO was brutal. Lola even blogged about it herself.
I researched menus and found that the California Pizza Kitchen had kids' meals for Happy Meal prices and desserts for an extra dollar. We had parents drop off their girls at the restaurant and I wrote down their cell phone numbers so that I could text them (FOUR HOURS LATER) when the movie part of the GNO was over.
The GNO birthday celebration started with dinner.
I had a million markers and a handful of nametags to decorate - to break the ice, since some of the girls have never met each other before. We played games to get to know each other better while waiting for our food. Lola blew out her candles, on her ninth birthday, surrounded by all her favorite girlfriends.
Well fed and ready, the GNO birthday party was eager to shop.
I called Lush beforehand and made sure they were ready for us. Instead of booking a party I asked if they could give us some demonstrations and mini-hand-massages at a scheduled time. I assured them that I would be purchasing each girl a bath fizz as their goodie bag. Even though they didn't have enough of the $3.95 fizz in store, the manager left to find some in their warehouse so that every girl would have the same thing to take home.
Lush did an amazing job! The girls sampled a variety of products and were pampered.
The walk to the theatre was the highlight of my night because I witnessed girlfriends capturing the true spirit of a GNO. Huddled together in a rage of giggles over nothing but everything - they were in their element. The laughter was contagious.
Lola's most favorite moment was just "hanging out".
I have no idea how I'm going to top this party next year. Minimal planning, no cleaning, fun goodie bags, total price tag cheaper then a manufactured party at a bouncy house and a memory that will last forever. Their very first GNO.
|Last Updated on Friday, 22 March 2013 23:34|