"Destination weddings" are popular right now--weddings in the Caribbean, or Hawaii, or other exotic locales.
For kids, "destination parties" are even more of a trend, with birthday parties being celebrated everywhere else but at home. And it's more than just Chuck E. Cheese these days; birthday parties can be held at indoor gyms, indoor bounce houses, and more.
We've always taken the affordable route and had birthday parties at home, but this year for Zoodle's (belated) birthday party, we branched out. There's a fairly new frozen yogurt shop in our area that is really fun. All the yogurt and toppings are self-serve, and you pay by the ounce. The walls, tables, and chairs are some sort of plexiglass or something, and they provide dry erase markers so kids can write all over the restaurant! And...they have a party room.
So here it is, Zoodle's first "destination party"!
Eating pizza. (The yogurt shop let us bring in our own food.)
Candle blowing success!
A close-up of the cake I made, which has Caillou on it. Caillou is a PBS cartoon character that Zoodle loves.
And of course, the best part--presents!
One of my favorite aspects of a "destination party"? Coming home and NOT having to clean up the place! Instead, we came home and bagged up a bunch of seldom-used toys to Freecycle, so that all Zoodle's new stuff wouldn't just make our clutter worse!
We won't do "destination parties" every year, but it was a fun treat for all of us this year.