Yes, we anted up and had the birthday party of Kelsey's dreams (well, since last year) at Gymtastic on Sunday afternoon. We went back and forth on what to do, and while she wanted a sleepover, we weren't quite sure we could accommodate 15 plus girls in the living room. It's spacious when Nicholas doesn't have the contents of Kelsey's Playmobil caravan strewn across the floor, but not that roomy.
We opted instead to have the party at a local Gymnastics studio. Kelsey and Nicholas have both taken classes there, and one need only show up the day of the party with the food you wish to serve, favors (note to self: take extra favor supplies next time...), and the party girl. I was a little apprehensive, as I had not actually been a to party there before, but Kelsey assured me a fabulous, fun-filled time would be had by all.
She was quite right. They had two "coaches" who kept the girls busy from the minute they walked in. They had free play, warm-up time, games, time in the bouncy house, and had plenty of time to release any pent-up energy. When the play portion concluded, it was off to the party room for Z Pizza (2nd note to self: remember to write letter to Z Pizza about 'forgotten' orders....) and cake (yes, we used the Whole Foods bakery again, and yes, I think I gained another 5 pounds...).
The best part? Nicholas and Caitlin had as much fun as the rest of them. He did his own thing in the play area, kicking balls and running around, but when it came time for lunch and cake, he had several 'big' sisters. Cait usually helps with him, but was not necessary as Kelsey's friends were more than happy to sit by the Little Guy...who ate fruit, fruit, andmore fruit, pizza AND cake. To have that boy's metabolism...
The party ended with the handing out of the favors (no, I was not up until 2 a.m. finishing them, why do you ask?) and a picture with each friend. I totally stole the individual photo idea from another mom, but glad I did, as the pics were adorable.
It wasn't the least expensive party we have had, but all things considered, well worth the money. I don't think anyone had anything less than a stellar time, and the clean-up was a snap! All in all, a pretty fun afternoon...now onto those thank you notes!