Can I pick your brains for a minute?
My oldest daughter, Arielle, is going to be 8 in May. Eek, my baby is going to be 8. And then she'll be 13, and then 16. Yowzas, where does the time go? But I digress.
Anywho, I'm tapped out on birthday party location ideas.
We did Chuck E Cheese for Arielle's 5th, and Jasmin's 3rd birthday parties.
Arielle's 6th birthday party was at the bowling alley.
For Jasmin's 4th birthday, we took the girls and my parents to Medieval Times, and then had cake and presents at home.
Arielle's 7th birthday party was at the skating rink.
For Jasmin's 5th birthday, we bought tickets to Mickey's Rockin' Road Show, and then did cake and presents at the house.
So, those are the parties that we've done. I really don't want to do a party at the house. We have a decent sized house, 2200 square feet. But once you invite 8 kids, and they all bring at least one parent and possibly a sibling or two, it gets small really fast. Plus, I did a party for Jake last year, and even though it was all close friends we invited, and all of their kids are pretty well behaved, we still ended up with some damage to the house (the joys of flat builder's paint that shows every scuff and finger mark. So I had to do a lot of touch up painting after the party). Plus, the kids always want to play with my parrot, which I understand. But then he gets all squawky, and he's never bitten but I don't want to take the risk.
We normally spend about $150 when we book a place (bowling alley, skating rink, etc) and want to stay around that price range. We talked about renting a bounce house, but then we'd have to have it at the house.
Any suggestions on location, dear readers? I know Arielle wants a rock star theme (pink, black and white, with zebra print accents). And hubby will make the invites, he's going to use the same layout that he used for my Rock Star themed baby shower (the joys of being married to a graphic designer, he made my invites look like backstage passes). And I have a few ideas for the party, like getting bright color hair extension clip ins for their hair, stuff like that. But if you have any ideas for rock star themed parties, I'd love to hear those too.