Riding into the mall
When I started thinking about where to have Gus's third birthday party, I had a few different options. Last year, we went to Gymboree and had a nice party for him and about twelve friends. I didn't want to do that again, so I was thinking about other venues. I considered Catch Air (one of Gus's favorite places to go and play) or Jump Jump, but both were pricier than I had wanted. I saw a Groupon for a birthday party at Monkey Joe's, but it was still a bit more than I wanted to pay ($250). I don't know when the idea hit me, but when I decided to look into having a party at Build A Bear, I was expecting a party that'd be a lot of money.
Back in March, Gus and I went to the mall with Lesley and Logan to make a bear at Build A Bear. While there, I inquired about birthday parties and decided to go ahead and book his party for May 11th at 10:30am. I had to put down a $50 deposit, but because we also bought a bear that day, I was able to earn these gift cards. I think the deal was for $5 you get a $10 gift card. I went ahead and got them and was told I could use them on the day of his party.
We decided to invite seven of Gus's friends and we'd do the party at 10:30 and then head to the food court for lunch around noon. There's a Chick fil A, so I told the moms that we'd buy lunch for each kid, and then we'd also give each child a ride on the carousel.
The morning arrived and we took Hugh in his stroller and then brought the wagon so that Gus could ride (if he wanted) and we'd have somewhere to put gifts that his friends brought. Gus walked around the store looking at the animals that were the options and because it was his birthday, he was allowed to pick any animal that he wanted. All the other kids were told they could pick anything from $15-$10 (there were about eight choices).
Gus's friends looking at the different animals
Passing out name tags
Everyone signed this special birthday bear for Gus :-)
Gus checking out the sound station
Everyone picked their animal and the hostess, Carla, was writing their animal's name onto a card that was used to create the birth certificate for each animal
Gus picking out a heart for his pug
The heart ceremony-- each heart was being rubbed on their heads to give their new friend some brains
Gus at the stuffing station
Yep, Tony (his pug's name) looks and feels about perfect!
Logan at the stuffing station
Aubree and her new bear
Jason came and watched Hugh for us while I photographed the party and Steve helped Gus
Sam filling his bear
Theo filling his bunny
Ryan at the stuffing station
Riggs at the station
Kirsten feeding Hugh
And loving how strong he is!
Roman getting his dog stuffed
Christy and Ryan
After everyone had their friends created, they went to the washing station to give them a needed bath
Gus had a BLAST!!!
A group photo!
When it came time to pay for the remainder of the party, I only owed $50!! I had the $30 gift cards and had already paid $50 so the total we spent on the party portion of Gus's party was $100! That's with eight kids walking away with a new stuffed animal that they created. It was so awesome.
So after the party, we headed up to the food court and had Chick fil A kids meals ready for us.
Everyone had lunch and then each child had an ice cream cup and we put a candle in Gus's and everyone sang Happy Birthday to him. He loved it. The kids ate their ice cream and then we headed to the carousel for everyone to enjoy a ride!
Logan and Aubree
After they got off the carousel, the lady said they could all ride it a second time for free since it was Gus's birthday! SCORE!!!
We loaded up the wagon and headed to the car after saying our goodbyes to everyone.
What an awesome birthday!!!
In all, we spent about $160 total for the party, the food, and the carousel rides. Not bad at all and it was so awesome. Everything was organized and planned out, and it all just flowed. I have no complaints about anything!! I highly recommend BAB for anyone looking for a cute party for their child. You have to have a minimum of six kids and the least that you can spend is $10 per child. So you could have a party that was $60 if you did the minimum. It was really awesome and I'm so glad we decided to do it this year.
Gus loves Tony and sleeps with him every night. It was a wonderful birthday and all his friends had a great time too!!