By Michelle Gillan Larkin
Most girls enjoy the birthday parties where everyone jumps themselves silly and sweaty in bouncy castles and indoor play spaces. But if your little lady tends toward “sugar and spice,” then consider these sweet spots for a girls-only gathering – although in some cases you may find your little guys begging to join the festivities as well!
Blossoming Diva Girl Spa, White Plains
The Party Plan: Here, the philosophy is simple: “All girls should be spoiled and treated like royalty at all ages,” and with a staggering array of pampering possibilities at her fingertips, the birthday girl will revel in the lap of luxury. If she envisions herself a princess, she and her friends can dress up in gowns, decorate tiaras and show off their professionally applied glitter make-up at a red carpet runway show. If being a diva is her dream, then boas and evening gowns are at the ready and will complement nail art and fancy up-dos. For a straight-up spa experience, little ladies can settle into plush robes and flip through age-appropriate magazines while suffering through a chocolate facial and letting their nails and toes dry.
The Bottom Line: Spa soirees are geared toward ages 4 and up, and the options are as endless as the sea from which a salty scrub emerges, ranging from $360 to $430 for eight girls ($35-$40 per head for more) for a 90-minute or two-hour party that includes mini mani-pedis, facials, make-up, hair styling, make-your-own lip gloss or lotion, sparkling lemonade or Shirley Temples in fluted glasses, and more.
220 Battle Avenue, White Plains; 914-358-5680
Sugar Mama by Kim Bakeshop, Larchmont
The Party Plan: “Be a baker for a day,” is the idea behind bashes at this newish bakery from Kimberly Conca, who wanted nothing more than a Kitchen Aid electric mixer and an uneven spatula for her 13th birthday. Her goal in life has been to cook up cookies that taste as good as they look, and little bakers in training will have the option of decorating a pre-made sugar cookie or making their own from start to finish.
The Bottom Line: Parties run 90 minutes and include chips, pretzels, juice and water, along with pizza or bagels, cupcakes, tableware, balloons, party games, two or three hosts, set-up and clean-up. $450 for 15 kids ($20 per head for more) to decorate a freshly baked and themed cookie, or $525 to create said cookie from scratch. The guest of honor parties for free.
1985 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont; 914-834-8340
Cinzia’s Dance Studio, Eastchester
The Party Plan: Dancing queens and even those with two left feet will get in the groove at this expansive studio space where shaking one’s booty just seems to be contagious. Highly-trained dance instructors get everyone up and boogying down while learning poses and routines, taking simple games of freeze dance to a whole new level. The highlight of the event is a runway show where dancers ages 3 and up bust a move and show off their new steps.
The Bottom Line: $450 for a 90-minute party for 15 kids (add a few more for a flat 50 bucks extra) that includes two pizzas and a pair of instructors. Parents provide tableware, decorations, cake and beverages, and a big tablecloth for a picnic-style food fest. (Mention WeeWestchester and get a $50 discount!)
291-293 Main Street, Eastchester; 914-202-9243
The Voracious Reader and A Proper Cup, Larchmont
The Party Plan: Bring your love of reading to the celebration at this quaint bookstore and tea shop combo that beckons to burgeoning bookworms, beginner readers and kids that can suddenly sit still when a story is read aloud. The main event is a book, character or author, and the popular ones tend to be Fancy Nancy, Madeline or Ladybug Girl – although Harry Potter, Curious George, Mo Willems and Dr. Seuss never disappoint. As expected, books are read to the revelers, and there are games and crafts related to the theme. Kids ages 4 and up are welcome, although owner Francine says, “7 or 8 is really such a great age for this.”
The Bottom Line: $450 for a 90-minute party on the weekend or $350 for an hour after school for 15 kids, which includes themed tableware and decorations, aptly designed cupcakes, lemonade, and two or three party hosts.
1997 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont; 914-630-4581
Sherry B Dessert Studio, Chappaqua
The Party Plan: For little sweetie pies with a sweet tooth, look no further than this den of delish for a shindig that will leave everyone with sticky fingers and happy bellies. Parties are geared toward kids ages 3 and up, and involve baking cookies or decorating cupcakes. Cookies work best with the youngest of bakers, who are given blobs of dough and free rein to fill it with as many mix-ins as their hearts desire. While their handiwork is in the oven, they decorate boxes to transport home whatever they don’t consume at the party. Older girls enjoy decorating a duo of pre-made cupcakes and baking a—get this—cookie necklace.
The Bottom Line: $125 for use of the demo kitchen plus $25 per head for up to 10 kids for a 90-minute party that is led by a host and two high school bakers in training. Happy birthday will be sung, but cake and favors tend to be overkill, as everyone gets to munch on and also bring home their culinary creations.
65 King Street, Chappaqua; 914-238-8300