A party's not really a party unless there is some type of music, right? New Jersey is home to many professional DJs who bring on the rhythm and the fun. Music makes or breaks a party, so when planning a birthday party for your kids, at home or in a private party room, consider booking one of these local DJs. And for more party fun, check out our NJ Kids' Birthday Party Ideas Guide.
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” --Vincent Van Gogh
These words by Van Gogh greeted me at the entrance to Canvas Mixers, a party painting studio in downtown Collingswood, NJ. I must admit that I did hear such a voice in my head. After all, I don’t think I’d painted on a canvas in my life. If you look a drawing of mine, you’d think it was from a 9-year-old. But now I was at Canvas Mixers to awaken that long-dormant artist and put her to the test by painting “Black Dress.” On a 16” x 20” canvas. With real acrylic paints. While drinking wine. It was going to be an experience!
Planning a birthday party is no easy task these days. From choosing a theme to finding a venue, the checklist seems endless. One way to lighten the load is by finding a great bakery to customize the cake. Cakes and cupcakes have become the centerpiece of most parties. If you really want to make your guests smile, a fun, tasty cake is the way to do it. Whether you are looking for that perfect themed cake, or some outstanding cupcakes, we've got you covered. Check out our list of great bakeries in Central NJ. For even more information on throwing the perfect party, check out our NJ Kid's Birthday Party Ideas Guide.
Ok, let’s admit it: Boat parties are awesome. They’re unique, they’re memorable, they’re different. Good to know: Most party boat rentals involve some type of fishing. Not all, but some. And some just tool around the Statue of Liberty, which is cool enough on its own. Note: If your child is interested in a boat party, it’s strongly advised to strap them into a life preserver. Most marinas have life vests for children, but it may be wise to invest in a floatation device for every child. Here are six NJ-based marinas that offer some boat-riding fun for the whole family. And for more party awesomeness, check out our NJ Kids' Birthday Party Ideas Guide.
Every time we visit Point Pleasant, our favorite summer destination, my kids declare that they will throw their next birthday party in the amusement area (sorry October girls!). Lucky for summer celebrators, New Jersey’s amusement parks provide the backdrop for an unforgettable, warm-weather birthday bash, with rides, games and fun. With so much built-in activity, party hosts can sit back and enjoy the ride without worrying about details. Most outdoor theme parks offer party packages from Memorial through Labor Day and require a backup rain date. Have a thrilling birthday celebration at these great New Jersey amusement parks. And for more fantastic party ideas, check out Mommy Poppins NJ's Birthday Party Guide.
Over the years, I’ve planned and hosted more birthday parties than any sane person should, and have developed a few convictions along the way, such as “Goody bags are my nemesis” and “a good party planner is a gift dropped down from Heaven.” Since it doesn’t look like kids are going to stop having birthdays any time soon, a few tips from the party experts sure can help. Below find seven great tips from some of our fave NJ party planners and venues.
Kids' birthday parties should be a blast, but they don't necessarily need to be two hours of lavish expense resulting in a mountain of under-appreciated gifts. Just as you can organize an at-home volunteering project during a playdate, it's easy to throw a party with a purpose. This goes beyond encouraging guests to donate to charity in lieu of presents (which is great, too). We've rounded up fun and easy things kids can do to help those in need that can be incorporated into many themes, and all of our ideas can be done at home. Make sure you have a brief discussion with the kids before you get started about why you've chosen to host a party with a purpose, and who will benefit from their generosity. That way the children not only understand the concept, they can feel good about giving to others. Isn't that the greatest birthday gift of all?
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