Planning the perfect celebration? Meet the experts who take the pressure off parents and put the party on, ensuring your child’s once-a-year special event is their best birthday bash ever!
Be A Birthday Star at Yoo-Star
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a pop star? Wonder no more! Come to Yoo-Star and they guarantee to give your child and their friends all the thrills you could hope for.
Guests can dress up in the glamorous dressing room for a photo shoot, experience the thrill of being on stage in the funky stage area and enjoy a backstage rider. Then every wannabe diva’s and lead singer’s dreams come true as they record in the professionally designed studio with a great pedigree, watching themselves live on TV. Sit in with the engineer as they mix the songs, enjoy the comfort of the VIP lounge and create a professionally designed cover featuring the guest birthday star and record favourite songs in the professional studio as used by a number of chart-topping Scottish acts.
Yoo-Star cater for everyone from friends having fun, stag and hen parties, to demos for record companies and tracks for worldwide release. Will your child’s photo make their hall of fame? Contact Tel: 0131 448 2170 W: yoo-star.co.uk
Brilliant Birthday Parties at Almond Valley Heritage Centre
Birthday parties at Almond Valley are very special occasions. You’re left with big smiles and happy memories; they’re left with the tidying-up. Almond Valley parties are very different from hurried affairs offered by many fast food outlets and play centres, and uniquely include:
• A brightly decorated room that serves as your base for the two hour duration of the party.
• A choice of delicious party food.
• Party badges and tooters.
• Your own exclusive tractor and trailer ride.
• A play session in the Morag’s Meadow soft play.
The standard birthday party package costs £10.50 per child, for a minimum of ten children. Full menu details and added catering for adults can be found on the website. Visit almondvalley.co.uk and select Parties.
A Party To Remember at TimeTwisters
TimeTwisters is Edinburgh’s award-winning play and party centre which has been providing happy play sessions and birthday parties to remember since 2006. Designed from the outset to be a play centre with a difference, and a place where parents
can enjoy rather than simply endure, TimeTwisters has a unique and extensive Ancient Egyptian theme that is both interesting and stimulating as well as being educational – for the parents as well as their children.
With many awards to its name, including a 4-star Visit Scotland Award, Healthy Living Award, Best Play Centre Award, Best Party Venue Award and numerous awards for its food (including most recently the Silver Award in the 2017 UK-wide Play Centre Excellence Awards operated by BALPPA), TimeTwisters has demonstrated a consistently high level of achievement throughout its 11+ years in business.
With an enviable reputation as Edinburgh’s Birthday Party specialist, TimeTwisters has in recent years expanded both the range of soft play parties it offers, as well as adding new birthday party experiences to include make-a-bear parties and Ultimate LaserTag Parties. These new party options have proven to be particularly popular choices with the LaserTag parties especially being booked 2-3 months in advance.
Andy Hixon, the owner of TimeTwisters enthuses, “We know that a child’s birthday party is one of the most important days of their year, so we specialise in making sure it is an exciting, fun and memorable experience for everyone. Our dedicated team know what it takes to make your child’s special day an extra special one.”
With a TimeTwisters birthday party, you know you’re in safe hands and can relax and enjoy the day as much as the children. Full details of all party options, availability and online party booking can be found at timetwisters.co.uk/parties or Tel: 0131 639 0186
Pure Brilliant Fun
Bex the owner/founder of Pure Brilliant Events started working as a freelance face painter and balloon modeller alongside her studies in make-up and special effects training. She loved it so much that she decided to turn her passion into a full-time career!
Bex soon built up a team of amazing, fun- tastic people who you can meet if you visit them at their spot in Assembly George Square Gardens every day of The Fringe or when you book them for your own private party!
Sure to bring a smile to your little guests’ faces, there are loads of options to make your party extra special. Choose from face- painting, balloon modelling, glitter tattoos or popcorn and candyfloss carts.
If you have any questions about how the team can deliver your child’s perfect party, don ́t hesitate to contact them! You can also keep up to date with all their events by liking their Facebook page or following on Twitter! @pbevents_ed
Out-of-this-world parties at Party Planet
New to P1 or nursery? Want to invite the entire class but on a budget? You can now hire party planet! All you need to do is bring food, drink and entertainment. Little ones can bounce around in the soft play while you meet and greet your guests in the separate cafe area with comfy seating and chairs. Party Planet also offer a wide range of private use themed and bespoke parties to suit all requirements and budgets; discos, Star Wars celebration, glitz and glam, naming ceremonies and baby showers are just a few examples of what’s on offer. No stress, no mess – you just turn up with guests.
Why not call in with your little one during the week for pre-school soft play, bouncy castle and playtime with toys while you can relax and treat yourself to artisan coffee and home-baked treats. 39 Baileyfield Rd, Edinburgh, EH15 1NA Tel: 0131 669 1231 W: planetcafeedin.co.uk
PRINT PERFECT, PERSONALISED CELEBRATION CAKES
Make every birthday extra special with Design A Cake in Asda and Photo Me Cake in Morrisons. Upload your photo through iPhone or USB or scan in a printed photo. You can add borders and a message before printing a receipt, selecting a cake and taking both to the bakery where your unique design will be printed and placed on a perfectly iced cake within 10 minutes.
The cakes come in vanilla sponge with raspberry jam and buttercream filling and chocolate with chocolate buttercream filling (small only). A small cake serves 22 people and costs £12. Large cakes serve 40 and cost £16. Cake toppers can also be designed and ordered online in just a few simple clicks. The icing will be printed and posted flat the next day to cover the top of customers’ home-baked cakes and cupcakes. All sugar paper and ink ingredients are gluten-free and vegan-friendly. Find out more and locate your closest store offering the service at intercake.com
ADD A LITTLE SPRINKLE OF DISNEY MAGIC
Younger children will usually have a favourite Disney character therefore Disney Party is a new site dedicated to helping parents become a party planning pro – with inspiration, a party scheduler, activity ideas, free invitations and of course, a one-shop theme filled shop to make every little one’s birthday wishes come true. Choose from a wide range of themes including classic Winnie the Pooh to Marvel heroes like Spiderman and Avengers. They also offer Disney Princesses, Star Wars and of course, Frozen. Plus, if you purchase from the store you can schedule a free character phone call from Mickey and Minnie Mouse – who will call and wish your little one a very Happy Birthday. Find at disneystore.co.uk/disney-party
QUICK FIRE PARTY GAMES
THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A PLACE FOR MUCH-LOVED TRADITIONAL FAVOURITES SUCH AS PASS THE PARCEL AND MUSICAL STATUES BUT THIS SERIES OF MINI- GAMES IS FUSS-FREE, SIMPLE TO SET UP AND GREAT FUN FOR ALL AGES. THE TIME LIMIT FOR EACH GAME IS 60 SECONDS ONLY!
Draw out a grid on a large piece of paper to keep score, with the name of the game along the top and each child’s name down the side. First place gets 5 points, 4 points for second, 3 for third and everyone gets 2 points for taking part.
Each child places a cookie on their forehead and the goal is to get the cookie into their mouth only moving their head before time runs out.
Using 21 paper cups, the challenge is to create a perfect pyramid with six cups on the bottom row, then five on top of those and so on, without the pyramid collapsing. Trickier than it sounds!
The winner is the master builder of the highest Lego tower in one minute using pieces of assorted shapes and sizes. Sounds too easy? Not if you can only use one hand!
Set a small bowl at the end of the table. Taking turns, see how many mini marshmallows each player can toss into the bowl before time’s up.