Thursday, February 17, 2011

Birthday Celebrations

We all know that celebrating a child's birthday is special and oh so memorable.  As parents we reminisce about how quickly the year has flown by and revel in all those adorable little moments we wish we could bottle up.  At the same time planning a birthday party can be a little overwhelming with all the possibilities and logistics depending upon the age, not to mention all the details.

We're going to have a short little series about planning a birthday party here on our blog over the next couple of weeks.  We'll feature places to have a birthday party here in the Upper Valley, local businesses that can help with cakes, gifts and lots of ideas.  This week we'll begin with some ideas on where to have the party.

In planning a kids party, the first decision to be made is what kind of party will you have?  Are you after a special theme or does your child enjoy certain activities?  The ideas are endless!  If you prefer the ease of hosting the party at home, have ample space and don't mind the clean up you could offer activities as simple as setting up an art center at a large table with paints, markers, crayons, playdoh, etc. or bring the young guests  outside for some sledding or a scavenger/treasure hunt around the yard.  On the other hand if you'd like someone else to provide the activity (especially if you're looking for something special that you can't do at home) and not have to worry about the clean up there are a multitude of area venues to host your party.  Here's a small sample of area places to have that special party...

Upper Valley Events Center in Norwich offers birthday party options with special themes including Pirate, Princess, Puppet Theater, Disco and Movie Night.  Base prices for a party at Upper Valley Events Center are $125 for a 2 hour party with a 30 minute set up and clean up time on each side.  Rent the bouncy castle for added fun or add in a treasure hunt.  Use of the facilities include an indoor room as well as use of the outdoor pirate ship playground.  Complete details on party options and packages can be found on the Upper Valley Events Center website.

Does your child love to create?  Treat them to a party at Tip Top Pottery where they can create a work of art to be cherished for many years.  Tip Top offers birthday parties for $18 per guest (6 children minimum) which includes use of the studio for 2 hours, party room where you can bring in your own refreshments, pottery piece for each child to paint including glazing and firing and a studio assistant to help with the celebration and creations.  Check out their website to learn more.

Thinking about summer?  How about a party at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center where the kids can splash and play for an hour and then party in a private party room for another hour while enjoying refreshments and cake of course.  Packages begin at $160 (up to 10 people).

YogaPiphany offers parties either at their studio or at a location of your choice.  Parties include a fun yoga session especially for kids along with an arts and crafts activity. Packages begin at $75 (up to 10 children) for a 2 hour session.  YogaPiphany will also rent out their studio space for parties, if you are in need of a large open space.

Other places in the area that offer space and/or themed parties for your youngster include, Purple Crayon, Yogi In Training, AVA, CCBA, Community Centers, Upper Valley Lanes & Games, Billings Farm & Museum, Competition Complex, Great View Fun Center and Northern Lights Gymnastics.  And we've heard that some local fire stations may host your party for that young boy or girl who is fascinated with fire trucks and dreams of growing up to be a fireman, wouldn't that be special!

Stay tuned each week for more birthday party ideas including invitations, gifts and cakes with special posts from our friends over at!  Sign up for our blog and you'll have the convenience of our blog delivered straight to you so you don't miss any posts of this series.

Please feel free to share your own birthday party ideas too.

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