Speaking with party planners and providers throughout the area, we learned that they’re as busy as ever. When it comes to their child’s birthday, NOLA parents want to make it extra special and memorable.
One emerging trend the party planners reported is that parents want parties that go way beyond pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, cake and ice cream; they want something specifically tailored to appeal to their child’s personality and interests. Gymnastics, dancing, singing, swimming, bowling… whatever your child’s passion, there’s probably a perfect place ready to cater her party. “Destination” parties also are popular with parents because they get to “outsource” the fuss and bother, letting the hosting establishment handle all the heavy lifting.
Parties which place an emphasis on physical activity are growing in popularity, whether the participants are toddlers or tweens. Some parties have been described like going to PE class, but in a fun way. Maybe your child is an aspiring princess who would rather play with makeup and tutus than swing on the monkey bars or swim. There are establishments catering to her, too.
Many prefer having a party outside of the home—a destination party—because it’s less-stressful and less work than opening your home or yard to a bunch of crazed kids. Others prefer hosting at their home. That doesn’t mean a mom’s only option is to go it alone, coming up with her own entertainment and activities. There are many companies in NOLA who will bring the fun to you. How about having a portable puppet theater in your family room? Want to keep the kids outside? Consider an inflatable bouncy or even pony rides in your own backyard. Or, try a twist on movie screening parties and rent a jumbo inflatable movie screen for an outdoor viewing party.
The sky really is the limit when planning the perfect party for your child.
By Sarah Herndon