We get asked about birthday party ideas all the time and that’s one of the reasons we love to write about them. Another reason is we get stuck thinking of new ideas for parties, too. But, there is a plethora of party choices for every kind of kid with typical girly or boy themes to something you might not have thought of. Take a look at our favorite birthday ideas for girls in Westchester and stay tuned for our favorite ideas for parties for boys coming soon.
Does your daughter dream of princesses, tea parties and dress-up? Eileen Phelon has been hosting Princess Themed Tea Parties for over ten years. She will transform your dining room or kitchen into a fancy tea room with lace table cloth, flowers, crystal plates and cups, pink napkins and silverware, trays of finger sandwiches and, of course, several tea pots filled with pink lemonade. Before tea, the kids choose from a rack of princess dresses and jewelry and get their make-up and nails done. Then, they have lunch, decorate cookies and play games like limbo, freeze dance and hot potato. If you cringe at the idea of having a party at your house, fear not. Ellen is a professional and can easily handle a room full of princesses. She breezes in, sets up in a flash and best of all, after she’s gone, it’s like the party never happened! Call Eileen Phelan at 203-532-0547. The price is very reasonable and she is willing to work with you to give you the tea party you envision.
(Carnival Time is now closed.) Everyone is a winner at Carnival Time with carnival games designed specifically for toddlers and preschool kids. When you step inside this space, you feel like you’re at an outdoor carnival minus the crowds, heat, and rides that our little ones can’t enjoy. I love the faux grass on the ground, charming red and white striped awnings and picnic tables for crafts and lunch. At every booth, your child gets a prize and lots of encouragement. There are even step stools at each booth. All party packages include pizza, juice and cake, but you can add other things like cotton candy, face painting, tattoos, a hot dog stand and themes. Party packages start at $550. Find out more here. Carnival Time: 360 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Mamaroneck; 914-381-8944
Looking around Muscoot Farm, I realized the genius of having a birthday party there. The kids feel like they are free to roam, but there isn’t anywhere for them to go! Visit the animals, have lunch in the barn and if you want some structure, create an easy animal scavenger hunt where kids check off the animals they see on a clipboard. You can also go for a hay ride throughout the property. Entrance to the farm is free and the price to rent the barn for birthday parties is $100 and the hay ride is $75. You supply your own food and paper products and they’ll set up the room with large tables and chairs. Find out more about birthday parties at Muscoot Farm here. Muscoot Farm: 51 Route 100, Katonah, NY; 914-864-7282
Rated Best of Westchester 2012 by Westchester Magazine, No Stone Unturned, hosts beading birthday parties that your child will never forget. Owner, Lisa Bellacero, brings 300 to 400 beads to every party with a mix of wood, crystal, plastic and ceramic beads. The kids plan their creations on a bead board then string the necklace or bracelet themselves. Lisa adds the clasp – a real clasp, of course! Birthday parties require a minimum of 8 kids for $300 and each child will create a necklace and a bracelet or a necklace and pair of earrings. Every additional child is $25 each. Parties last anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. At American Girl Birthday Beading Parties, each child creates a bracelet or a necklace for themselves and a matching one for their doll, for the same price as the regular beading parties. Lisa brings all the beading supplies and cleans up. You provide the space. For more information call Lisa Bellacero at 914-602-8174 or visit her website.
Have an Ice Party at Westchester’s Skating Academy with ice skating, pizza, make your own sundae bar and even ice skating or hockey party favors (above photo). The basic package is for ten guests and includes admission to the rink, skate rentals, pizza and drinks for 45 minutes in the party room, invitations, paper goods and one party server for $249 (plus $20 for every extra guest). For $299 you also get another party server, temporary tattoos, themed placemats, a gift for the birthday child and a make your own sundae bar! Find out more here. 91 Fairview Park Drive, Elmsford; 914-347-8232
For some kids, a fashion birthday party is the only kind of party. At Groovy on Grand kids can design their own shirt, bag, hoodie or other fashion accessory by tie dying, drawing out their design, creating a heat seal and embellishing with studs, stones, nailheads, gems and vinyls. Guests leave the party wearing their own original design! Parties start at $30 per guest with many add-on options available like birthday cake or cupcakes and professional photographer to take photos of the party. You can have your party at their store or at your home for an extra fee. 122 Grand Street, Croton-on-Hudson; studio 914-271-1030, office 914-271-6121
All kids loves magic, science and silliness. Mad Science Birthday Parties are part comedy routine, part science lesson and part magic act. Kids learn about about a specific science theme at each party. At the party I attended the theme was “air” and every experiment was about air and the “mad scientist” had everyone’s (including the parents’) full attention. He made gigantic bubbles, a dry ice “cloud” and slime for the kids to take home. Mad Science parties are suitable for kids ages 5-12 and you can have a party at your house or at many different locations they recommend like Dino Dig in Mamaroneck. Prices start at $275 for 20 kids, $5 for each extra child and go up to $400 for 20 kids, $10 for each extra child. Find out more here.
At A Maze in Pottery kids get to paint a piece of pottery and take it home. There is a party room at the back of the store where the kids can paint and have lunch and cake (provided by you). For kids ages 3-5 there is a party designed just for them called Paintin’ a Story Party. The children are read a story and then the kids paint their pottery using their fingertips. Afterwards, the studio artist will turn the finger prints into butterflies, animals or flowers based on the theme of the story. The birthday child also gets to take home a plate decorated by the staff with his or her name. Prices: $200 for 8 kids and $25 for each extra child and the Paintin a Story Party is $210 for 8 kids and $26 for each extra child. 76 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor; 914-502-0088