Birthday Party Guide 2016 by Madison McInnis
09/04/2016 06:25PM ● Published by Nancy Babin
Birthdays seem to roll around quickly every year, especially the older we get. We blink our eyes and just like that, another year has gone by. No matter what stage of life you’re in - childhood, young-adult, parenthood, or somewhere over the hill - there is always a reason to celebrate the gift of life!
Each year the stress of planning a party may start to creep up slowly as the date approaches, and the pressure to have the perfect party begins to mount. Well, cast those overwhelming feelings aside because On The Coast is here to save the day! We have categorized a list of parties that are sure to be the talk of the town. This master list has a wide range of parties from animal adventures to sophisticated pampering days, painting parties to zip lining to sailing the high seas, and even the best places to order your birthday cake! There is something to please everybody! Most of these businesses take care of everything for you, so all you have to do is show up. How great is that?
This once-a-year milestone is all about you! So check out this list and call your favorite to arrange what is sure to be a birthday to remember! But most of all, no matter where or when you choose to celebrate, have a blast and make outstanding memories because life deserves to be celebrated!
A birthday party at one of these active facilities lets kids get all their energy out and have a blast in the process! Whether it’s dancing, jumping, or playing a sport, breaking a sweat while celebrating has never been a better idea.
If you’re feeling sporty, consider 850 Elite Volleyball and Girl Power Station for your next party venue! The brand-new facility located in Valparaiso includes four beach volleyball courts, four indoor volleyball courts, and the Girl Power Station, a wellness center for group fitness classes. There is plenty of space to bump it, set it, and spike it all day long. Party packages offered are Volleyball, Aerial Silks, Dance and Fitness for ALL ages to adult. Call 850-582-1921 for more specific party information.
Let your little one dance their heart out with their friends at Rise Dance! There will be plenty of time for cake, refreshments, and of course lots of dancing. Whether your child is a twinkle toes or prefers to freestyle, there is a dance party to fit any personality! Sample party themes include a tutu cute ballet birthday party, a pop, lock & drop hip-hop birthday party, and a Just Dance party. Rise Dance takes care of the food, table décor, paper goods, drinks, and goodie bags, so there is no need for parents to stress over the details. To get moving and grooving, call 850-714-2095.
If cheering and tumbling are your child's passions, book their party at Ace Cheer Company in Fort Walton Beach! Book a Premium Party for an hour of gymnastics and if that's not long enough to release all that energy, book the Deluxe Party for an hour and a half of play! Each party provides staff members and an extra half hour for the refreshments you supply. Sleepover and lock-in parties are also available for children 8 and up. Call 850-226-6380 to schedule your budding Olympian's special occasion today!
Catch some air while you hang sky-high in the silks at Destin Pilates & Aerial Center for your next birthday celebration! An aerial silks party is perfect for kids who love to climb and hang upside down. Trained instructors teach eye-catching tricks that will have your child feeling weightless and invincible while they fly in the air! Party packages are available for a night of fun at Destin Pilates & Aerial Center! Call 850-460-2828.
Dance-style parties abound at both the Destin School of Music & Dance and the Ballet Conservatory in Niceville. Let your little dancer and friends enjoy dance styles from ballet to Broadway to jazz to hip hop! There are themes to suit your child’s special day - be a princess or a pirate or a Broadway sensation! Your child will be the star. Call 850-897-2933 to book and customize your party.
Your child will be treated like royalty at Emerald City Gymnastics in Fort Walton Beach for their next birthday party! Each child can participate in a wild warm-up stretch and then go crazy on the bouncy floor. Of course, all activities have coaches present and supervising for fun and safe activities. By purchasing the King/Queen package, a ¼ sheet cake, ice cream, drinks, and paper supplies are provided. If the extra supplies aren’t needed, the Prince/Princess package is available to solely provide floor time. You should expect only the best set up and clean up because it is for royalty, after all! Book your celebration by calling 850-863-3991.
A birthday party at Bounce Party Play Zone located in the Santa Rosa Mall is the way to go if you love non-stop activity. Energetic children will be in heaven! A whopping total of six inflatable bouncy houses allows the indoor (and air-conditioned) environment to have brag-worthy rights for providing maximum fun. After kids get moving on the bouncy houses, they can switch gears and enjoy arcade games, air hockey, foosball, and a learning station. Choose a fun character theme from a vast list of options to personalize your party! Four different party packages are available that provide a flexibility in prices for all families. Call 850-865-3191 or 850-428-9091.
Relaxation & Creative Zone
Choose to spend your day with little to no stress in one of these calm and happy environments. Painting is good for the soul and let’s get real, a spa day is absolutely necessary every now and then. Read up on these suggestions for a day of bliss!
So Stinkin’ Cute Art Studio in Niceville is hosting parties that your child will love! Choose from an art-focused party where your boy or girl can paint the activity of their choice, or choose a tea party where little girls can sip out of porcelain cups, munch on petit fours and make jewelry. The art decorating option also includes cookies, drinks, paper supplies, an 11x14 canvas, and a party favor. Both parties have a special birthday cupcake included for the birthday child, and they can blow out a candle while everyone sings the timeless happy birthday tune. To make nothing but the cutest memories, book your party at So Stinkin’ Cute! They also are available for great adult parties too! Bring on the wine, dessert and paint away. Call 850-279-3434.
What better way to treat yourself like a birthday queen/king than getting a massage/facial? Massage Envy in Destin and Fort Walton Beach is the only place for professional, affordable, and convenient massages and facials. Best of all, the massage therapists and estheticians will customize your massage and facial to fit your needs. If you want nothing more than to feel serene and have some “me” time, a day at Massage Envy is for you.
Get creative at your next party courtesy of Abrakadoodle! MSN Money has named this company one of the 200 Top Global Franchises. Visual arts education for kids is on the rise, and there are programs for adults too! Each party includes an art teacher, age-appropriate art activities and lessons, a framed piece of each child’s original art, and all materials. Their mobile party comes to you! Additionally, Abrakadoodle makes appearances at parties and events specifically for face painting. To contact the Northwest Florida branch of Abrakadoodle, call 850-424-5058.
Do you have a young thinker who would love a party option different from the typical party scene? At Young Philosophers Society, your birthday party will be unlike any other. Party options are chosen by the guests (or parents) and are tailored to each specific family and the party theme. Examples for activities include participation in a mini music class, creating art based upon their unique party theme, performing science experiments, Legos, and playing real rock band instruments and singing on our small stage. The possibilities are endless! Call 850-496-3767.
Pet Friendly Parties
Some humans have always felt deeply connected to their furry friends or wildlife animals, and these creatures bring such joy to the people they encounter. If nature and the animals that inhabit it fascinate your child, consider one of these parties below!
Bring out your inner party animal by booking your next birthday party at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park! Prepare to be amazed by live marine shows and animal exhibits that will take you up close and personal. The beautiful views don’t stop after the shows! Enjoy a provided lunch and cake in the Living Sea event room where you will be surrounded by marine wildlife, creating the illusion of being under the sea. During lunch, children will receive a surprise visit from either a dolphin or sea turtle mascot that will make for unforgettable pictures. Also, as the kids get ready to leave, goody bags are provided with Gulfarium keepsakes! Call 850-243-9046 for reservations.
Prepare to be educated and entertained with Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters! Touch and see rescued animals that are conveniently brought to your home or any other location where animals are permitted. A hostess package is provided by Nonie which includes cake, utensils, party favor bug boxes, safari hats, invitations, and decorations. Nonie also comes ready with games that will have the children interact with each other and teach the importance of the environment. Bring the zoo to you with one phone call! 850-862-9588.
Wet and Wild
There are fun places on the Emerald Coast that offer a celebration for your water-loving birthday child!
Take advantage of your access to the beautiful beaches here on the Emerald Coast by making a splash with Emerald Coast Scuba! Multitudes of under-the-sea adventures are offered including scuba diving, snorkeling, pool parties, and several different boat trips. For more information about party packages, call 850-837-0955.
A GUSU & Paddle Tribe Paddlesports party (ask for Julia!) is another great opportunity to spend the day on the water! Paddleboards, surfboards, and kayaks are all available for rental. A professional staff of instructors is onsite to ensure you experience the fun, fitness, and beauty of watersports. All rentals include a board, paddle, leash, and life jacket. And no worries if you can’t make it to Destin - they can deliver to you for a small fee depending on your location. Call 850-650-7999 to book your party.
It’s All Fun and Games
If your child loves to goof around and play games, then one of these parties will be right up their alley!
Fat Daddy’s Arcade offers the best of both worlds for your child’s next birthday party! The Destin arcade is connected to Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill, allowing the two hot spots to join together for an unforgettable party! With this party option, your birthday boy/girl will experience a private party room in the restaurant, food, decorations, Fat Daddy’s Arcade tokens, and the opportunity to hold a live alligator! If this option doesn’t sound right for you, choose a traditional pizza party! Gameday Pizza has partnered with Fat Daddy’s Arcade to offer easy access to and from the arcade after enjoying yummy pizza at the restaurant. Included in the pizza party are a private party room, tablecloth and balloons, plates and cups, a party host, access to Fat Daddy’s Arcade, and of course PIZZA! To schedule a Fudpucker’s party, call 850-687-5181, or to schedule a Gameday Pizza party, call 850-650-3777.
Make your next party an adventure by booking it at Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone in Fort Walton Beach on Okaloosa Island. Party packages are offered which include a private room, arcade play, discounted attractions, food, drinks, and dessert. Those who love to get their adrenaline pumping can take a climb on the ropes course. As your guests dare to test their concentration, they can climb the ropes course as they balance on the thinnest of lines (while being strapped into a harness, of course) so many feet in the air! You can also discover a wide range of other attractions. Among the enticing adventures are a 4D movie, an inflatable zone, Adventure Golf, Spin-O-Saurus coaster, Redemption Arcade and the Ptero Jump where kids can jump, flip, and bounce on trampolines… the sky’s the limit! To get a head start planning your party, call 850-400-3300.
The Track in Destin is known to be a classic family recreation center! What better place to plan your next party? Best of all, every age will be entertained because of the high-speed go-karts and bumper rides or the relaxing mini golf and Kid’s Country rides. Pizza, ice cream, drinks, and access to the rides are included in your birthday package. There is no need to overthink your next party when The Track provides simple and wholesome fun! Call 850-654-4668 ext. 203 for more information.
Capture The Moment
A picture is worth a thousand words, right? If so, then a photo booth is a must at your next gathering!
When you plan the party of the year, you want to be able to remember it years down the road! That’s why Lumi Pod Photo Booth is a great addition to your next party. Choose from two photo booths: the Lumi Pod or the Lumi Air. The Lumi Pod is a stylish enclosed photo booth that fits up to 8 adults. If the enclosed space isn’t for you, try Lumi Air. This open-air booth allows 15-20 people to fit into the frame. Stand, jump, smile, pose, use a prop…the possibilities are endless! The memories will never end with Lumi Pod. Also, photos make a great party favor for all your guests. Every package includes unlimited pictures, an onsite attendant, custom/personalized picture templates, fun props, a flash-drive of pictures, set-up and teardown of equipment, and delivery. Contact 850-496-6739 to book your Lumi Pod!
From pizza to cake, it’s important to know the hot spots where you can find outstanding food for your party. Consider some of these bakeries and restaurants to satisfy your taste buds!
A birthday celebration just isn't complete without a yummy frozen dessert, and Yogo Mogos offers it all! From frozen yogurt, ice cream, and sorbet to milkshakes and smoothies in so many flavors, everyone in your gang will get their favorite! Each guest can help themselves to their own cup or waffle bowl of frozen delight and add on their own toppings, from fresh fruit to nuts to cookies, candies and sauces. Special diet options are also available. Stop by Yogo Mogos at either Destin Commons or at Wild Willy's Adventure Zone on Okaloosa Island for your frozen birthday treat!
Just like the birthday tradition itself, Salvati’s Pizza Factory is also rich in tradition! With an authentic pizza sauce recipe from Italy and passed down through the generations, Salvati's pizza will amaze your pizza-loving crowd. From traditional Pepperoni Overload to Thai Chicken and even Bacon Cheeseburger, there is a pie to delight everyone! Menu items including wings, corndogs, paninis and salads are also served to round out everyone’s tastes. Stop by Salvati's Pizza Factory in Wild Willy's Adventure Zone on Okaloosa Island for your tastiest birthday fare.
Bonnie Vie Specialty Foods delivers Pinterest-worthy cakes for every special occasion. These cakes have graced 30A magazine covers and their specialty wedding cakes have taken home multiple awards. There are 40 different flavors/fillings to choose from, so it’s safe to say that whether your taste is elegant and simple or crazy and wild there is a cake for you! Just a warning: once your cake is delivered, it may be too pretty to eat! To get the cake of your dreams, call 850-376-7779.
Are you looking for something different than cake or cupcakes? Think outside the box by purchasing your next birthday treat from Destination Little Donuts! Locally owned and operated, this business is cranking out homemade, ready-to-order, gourmet donuts by the second. Choose from over 50 different flavors that promise to take your taste buds on a sweet vacation. Or, be the mastermind behind your donut and create your own flavor by choosing from their toppings and specialty icings. Call 850-424-5670 for more information.
Take a trip back to your childhood by ordering from KISS Bakery in Destin! Made-from-scratch cakes, pies, brownies, and other yummy desserts will have you feeling nostalgic for your mom or grandma’s comfort sweets. KISS stands for “Keep It Simple Sweetie” and oh boy, are they carrying out this motto beautifully. In addition to making the sweets taste top-notch, all desserts are reasonably priced. Call 850-460-8448 for your birthday treat!
Pizza is by far one of the most unanimous party-favorite foods. Once you have the cheese-smothered pie covered with endless topping in front of you, sometimes there is a moment of wonder when you think, “How can something so perfect ever exist?” Luckily, Sammy’s Pizza and Subs is delivering to any and all pizza cravings daily! This restaurant is locally owned in Niceville and is a great place to order from for your next party. Whether you are feeding lots of hungry mouths or want to indulge for yourself, you will not be disappointed with Sammy’s Pizza and Subs. If you aren’t pizza-obsessed, no need to worry. An array of sandwiches, wings, Italian food, and vegetarian options are offered. Call 850-279-4790 to order.