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Say No to Bozo

A survey of the best new birthday entertainment.

Illustration by Rami Niemi   
  • Haute Balloon Art:

  • Brooklyn Balloon Company

    Latex twister Robert Moy’s wearable oeuvre includes necklaces, rings, backpacks, butterfly wings, and Darth Vader masks. His designs are so chic he’s made clients out of Marc Jacobs and Isaac Mizrahi. Rates start at $350 an hour for ten kids.

  • Personalized Piñatas:

  • Jing Yu

    Sculptor Yu makes custom piñatas in the visage of your choice—whether it’s the birthday kid, Taylor Swift, or the Wicked Witch (starting at $250). As a final touch, she stuffs each destructible masterpiece with specially tailored favors, like candy wrapped in your child’s favorite colors.

  • Healthy Party Treats:

  • Freshmade NYC

    This catering company and cooking school for kids specializes in organic, vegan, and otherwise virtuous eats for unsuspecting children. They drop off a single dish or create a soup-to-nuts themed celebration—say, a tea party or Mexican fiesta. Catering starts at $1,500 for up to fifteen kids and covers setup, cleanup, and basic decorations.

  • DIY Jewelry:

  • Lost Wax Studio

    This Nolita jewelry boutique offers children 9 and older workshops on making chic leather-wrap bracelets strung with a rainbow of beads. For groups of four or more (from $95 a head), an instructor hosts two-hour sessions anywhere in the city.

  • Cuteness Parade:

  • Puppy Paradise

    For $150 an hour, a handler from Marine Park pet store Puppy Paradise shuttles four pint-size pooches to your party (and cleans up after them on the way out). Depending on the shop’s current selection, requests can be met for hypoallergenic dogs, as well as specific breeds like puggles and Poms. And yes, impulse buys are welcome.

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