If Pin The Tail
On The Donkey sounds a little old-fashioned, well, there’s
a whole galaxy of creative party options out there. But how
to keep everything organized?
>> Book The Talent First. The most popular kids’
party entertainers are often booked up a year in advance.
Check out Arnie Kolodner (212-582-2633), who does costumed
magic shows, or Marcia the Musical Moose (212-567-0682), who
specializes in sing-alongs and puppet shows.
>> Choose The Location. Party spaces usually book
several events per day, yet still sell out. It’s also
a good idea to check with your building’s management:
It may allow use of a community room or playground for a private
>> Hire Help. For a house party, you’ll need
one cheerful counselor type for every eight to ten kids. If
you don’t know any responsible teens, try posting the
request on NYU’s Website: nyu.edu/careerservices.
Registered college students, the only ones who have access
to the listings, are always checking in for part-time child-care
>> Decide If It’s A Drop-Off Party. Then put
details on the invitation, which should be sent a month in
advance. Four-year-olds and up are generally okay without
their grown-ups sticking around. But keep cell-phone numbers
at the ready in case of sudden meltdowns.
>> Keep It Short. For ages 5 and younger, 90 minutes
is enough time for play, pizza, and cake.
>> Have The Cake Delivered. It generally costs $20
to $75 extra, but it’s worth it to avoid a disaster.
The best cakemakers in town include Flour
Girl, where each slice comes with a yummy whimsical butter
cookie, and Cupcake Café,
where buttercream is the name of the game.
>> Don’t Forget Party Favors. Chinatown is
a treasure trove for cheap goodies.