Do you dream of throwing amazing parties for your little ones that don’t include some cookie cutter kids space that they’ve been to 50 times? But you don’t know where to start or probably don’t have time to deal with figuring it out? Most parents are in your boat, especially here in NYC where we don’t have back yards to trick out with decorations. FHDkids is my smaller company dedicated to awesome birthday parties for cool kids and their rad parents- one day it will have its own website but for now they share.
Every party starts with the invitation! This birthday girl wanted a magic dance party- it needed to be cool and hot pink. Nothing says cool better than black and white chevron! These invites were hand glitter embossed, then accordion folded into tiny escort card size envelopes, slid into mini- candy bags, then tied with hot pink ribbon and finished with a piggie tag. A little tiny party all by themselves.
I believe that you need to attend to all your guests and make the party fun for the grownups too, especially on a Friday afternoon. I wanted a party space where the kids could be kids, loud and happy but the adults were not left to stand in a corner dreaming of the second they could escape.
The perfect spot was OpenHouse Gallery‘s new amazing space, Old Bowery Station, on Bowery and Delancey. It’s part exposed kitchen/bar and part open party space with a big dose of raw NYC Nolita style. A former entrance to the NYC train system, it features 150 year old subway tiles and a graffiti covered phone booth. The wood is from a reclaimed barn, the bar is a 1950s bowling alley and the open kitchen is the highest in technology. And that’s only half the space, the other side is a big open room with lots of space to run around and be a wild happy six year old! It’s perfect for this party concept where the adults have their space while the kids have a party!
The space needed a little decorating to bring out its inner child, balloons, rugs, tissue paper fans (from the very fantastic Shop Sweet Lulu) and snacks!
And a very excited birthday girl!!!
Every party starts with people arriving, of course. This can be a window with nothing in particular to do… so I thought it would be a good time to draw on the walls! The kids had a blast glueing and drawing and together they created the most wonderful birthday card ever.
Then it was time for the main event! This birthday girl wanted a magic party so I went straight to the best! Magical Dave is a NYC 6th grade teacher who never fails to amaze, rivet and mystify everyone in the room. With his snake Fluffy and rabbit Marshmallow, Dave put in a show that had everyone screaming with glee!
You might be wondering where all the parents are while the kids are having a blast, well they’re having a party of their own! Pride Caterers served up a unique and fantastic menu of little dishes and snacks to accompany a nice Friday afternoon glass of champagne! Each trio was paired together perfectly to create a passable appetizer, a little more than an hors d’oeuvre but not dinner- just a pretty little snack and a room full of happy parents!
After the show it was time for dinner and really what is more fun than a urban chevron picnic in January? Each child was given a little basket with a hotdog, mac n’cheese, carrot sticks and crispy tater tots. Yum and fun! They had a super time sitting on the floor and exploring what was in the little basket of love.
And then it was time for a good old fashion dance party complete with all the party swag!
Last but NOT least- CAKE!!
Thank you to Steve and Marty from Pride for amazing creativity and lots of love, all the awesome guys from OpenHouseGallery for letting me hijack their space and the gorgeous Kari Otero for the amazing photography!
PS- One little party tip! Take the opportunity to take a few portraits while everyone is dressed up and happy! These pictures will be treasures forever!