Do you have kids that have winter birthdays? I know I always struggle every year to find places for my kids to have their birthday parties. (Yes, I am one of THOSE moms who do not like having birthday parties in my house!) Just about every kid establishment around town charges about $200 or more to have a birthday party! This year, I was searching for a place for my 4 year old to have a birthday party. I went online to search for a location and found Graeter's Ice Cream on Bethel Road. I wanted to go to the Bethel Road location because they have an exciting play area for the kids called "Scoops and Chutes." . I filled out the form online and then a party host from Graeter's called me back to confirm the date, time and number of kids attending the birthday party. (The price for a party of 8 kids is $10.95 per child) Next, she asked if I wanted the "Make your own Sundae Party" or "Ice Cream Cake Party." I chose the "Make your own Sundae Party." Then, she told me that they offer partyware, drinks, and balloons for each child. Finally, she asked if I was interested in the Party (goodie) bags and I declined (Party bags are $2.50 each) Finally, she told me that we could also bring our own partyware, snacks and cake to the party too.
Upon entry, we checked in and then we were greeted by our Party host and she took us to our party room area. Our table was set up with cups, plates, napkins, forks, coloring placemats, crayons and balloons on each chair. At a separate table, there were extra plates, napkins, and drinks-fruit punch and water pitchers. (I exchanged out their party plates and napkins for my Strawberry Shortcake plates and napkins!) Behind our table, there was a looking glass of where they used to conduct factory tours; we were informed that the factory closed down a few weeks ago. Then, our party host informed us that the kids should go and play at the "Scoops and Chutes" play area for 30 minutes so she could set up for the "magic show"! After 30 minutes, the kids returned to watch our party host put dry ice in a cup of water and then went to each child so they could feel the smoke! Some kids wanted to touch it and others did not. Next, she put dry ice in a container full of soap water. The dry ice then made a ton of bubbles and she again let each child feel the bubbles "melt" in their hands. My daughter was not interested in the "dry ice magic show" and just colored her placemat during the "magic show".
After that, we were told to move on to the birthday cake so our Party host could start scooping the ice cream for the Sundae Party! She asked each child what flavor they would like to have-strawberry, chocolate, cookies n' cream and vanilla. After the kids ate cake, she then brought back the ice cream cups and toppings! Topping choices: whipped cream, fudge, chocolate sprinkles, rainbow sprinkles and "crazy eyes". The party host helped the younger kids put the toppings in their ice cream cups!
After the kids ate, it was time to open presents and then back to the "Scoops and Chutes" play area for more running around! My daughter and her friends loved it at Graeter's-it was a great place for a birthday party!SMAC Approved! http://www.graeters.com/bethel.aspxDisclosure: Social Moms Around Columbus was compensated for the birthday party-opinions are always our own!