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Best Over-the-Top Birthday Parties

  • Red Carpet Kids

    231 E. 62nd St., nr. Second Ave.; 646-678-4563

    Is your 4-year-old already writing her Oscar acceptance speech? Perhaps her fifth birthday party should be at Red Carpet Kids. The month-old company, founded by an actor-and-event-planner couple, organizes authentic, if extravagant, “movie premiere” parties, during which the host child and fifteen to twenty guests are ushered through a faux film shoot and glittery premiere (from $4,500). Held on five floors of a swanky Upper East Side brownstone, the affairs start with a red-carpet walk (including interviews and photo ops), followed by costume selection and hair-and-­makeup styling in the wardrobe room. Next comes filming in the green-screen room, then a wrap party (a.k.a. lunch and cake). The finale is a screening of the seven-minute flick they just made, viewed from the comfort of former Radio City Music Hall theater seats. There’s popcorn and candy, Oscar statues and acceptance speeches, even swag bags and autograph books. And for parents: a first-class cocktail lounge.

From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine