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Birthday Party Central

A place to help you plan your children's birthday parties! Know of a great site or location that you think should be included here? Email me to let me knowstjohnsmomblog AT gmail DOT com

Clay Cafe 
Clovelly Stables 
Geo Centre 
Glamour Girl Birthday Parties - Jennifer MacDonald, 722-CUTS (2887) or 765-4202
Glow in One 
Kids Tree Music Centre
Lester Farms 
Little Gym 
Magic Bean Toy Shoppe (has new party space!)
Mile One
New World Fitness 
Railway Coastal Museum
The Fluvarium 

Art Party - Sassy Tuna 
Build - A- Brick Club (email:
Diva Parties by Nicole & Bill (If you aren't on Facebook, email is:; new website here)
ECHOage (Online Canada-US birthday party service where kids learn to give & receive)
Enchanting Tea Parties (Mobile Tea Parties that bring everything to your home: email =
Facepainting - Wandering Brush 
FUNtastic Functions (NEW! and website still under construction: Email is - she'll find out what your child's dream party is and make it a reality!)
Friendly Favourite Party Rentals
Groovy Bird (favours & loot bags stuff)
Little Rays Reptile Zoo NL
Newfoundland Reptiles (Jungle Safari Reptile Show) -743-4462 OR newfoundlandreptiles AT gmail DOT com
Spry Creations - body painting,birthday parties, special events, and makeup
 Terry Rielly (Teddy Bear Man)
Tutu Making Parties (Betty Grace Designs) -

A Piece of Cake - (If you aren't on Facebook, email is: or 689-5189)
Baby Got Cakes (If you aren't on Facebook, email is:
Cakes by Christa (If you aren't on Facebook, email is:
Delicious Delights (If you aren't on Facebook, email is:
Delicious Dreams (If you aren't on Facebook, email is:
Dominion's Bakery Dept 
Groovy Bird - not cakes, but treats/party favours
Indulge! (Sweets and Treats by Melissa) (If you aren't on Facebook, email is:
Kennedy Cakes 
She Makes Cakes (If you aren't on Facebook, email is:
Sobey's Bakery Dept 
Sugar Rush-Unique Custom Cakes (If you aren't on Facebook, email is:
Susan's Cake Creations  
The Cake Box (If you aren't on Facebook, email is:

Food Ideas:
  • Fresh cut-up fruit &/or veggies
  • Bite size sandwiches (cut them out with cookie cutters to match your theme)
  • Miniature muffins (can be made sugar free, nut free, etc)
  • Dried fruit & nuts (make sure age appropriate!)
  • Bread sticks & cheese
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Bowls of dry, self-serve type cereal - Cheerios, Mini-wheats
  • Cake pops
  • Popcorn
  • Mini-pizzas (make your own on toasted English muffin halves, top with pizza sauce & cheese/toppings as desired, put under broiler to heat/melt cheese)
  • Summer party? Home-made strawberry milkshakes with fresh strawberries
  • Morning party? Try a breakfast or brunch menu... waffles & fruit; yogurt parfaits, etc
  • Swimming Party? Tuna sandwiches (check for allergies), goldfish crackers, blue jello
  • Outdoor party? Dirt Sundays - chocolate pudding layered with chocolate wafer cookie crumbs, gummy worms sticking out from the top
  • Winter party? Hot Chocolate, and fresh-from-the-oven, warm, oatmeal-raisin cookies
  • Tie in to the holidays near the party - heart-shaped cookies around Valentines Day; Green food for St. Patty's Day; carrots & celery (& Easter eggs) near Easter; apple-slice lips with almond fang-teeth near Halloween, etc....

Lootbag Ideas:

Shop the dollar store, Bulk Barn and/or Michaels - you'll find tons of ideas!

- If your party or invitations had a theme, you might want to fill a loot bag along the same theme (i.e.: a hockey party could have loot bags with hockey cards, hockey stick key chains, and hockey puck gum).

- You don't have to use a lootbag - fill a pencil case with craft essentials, a re-usable lunch bag with a water bottle and fun snacks, a metal tin with knick-knacks or a make-up bag with girly stuff for a personal touch.
  • snack foods (granola bars, 100-calorie snack packs, juice box, snack sized bars or chips, etc)
  • notepad & pencil/pen
  • coloring book & crayons
  • wooden model kits (Michaels - $1.50 each)
  • fill-in craft calendars (Michaels)
  • fake teeth, pirate eye patch, pirate hat or bandanna
  • balloons (if age appropriate)
  • stickers & sticker album
  • hair accessories/jewelry
  • paint by numbers kit
  • wooden 3D puzzle (Michaels)
  • glow bracelets or glow sticks
  • badges
  • water bottle (with a character to fit the theme; or one that represents the party location, etc).
  • craft items (glitter, foam sheets, glue, craft sticks, stickers, etc)
  • flashlight
  • trading cards
  • gum
  • key chain
  • coin purse
  • decorate your own flower pots & seeds
  • decorate your own cups, mugs or water bottles
  • clay painting kits
  • $5 gift card (i.e.: Chapter's; McDonald's; Michael's)
  • plaster mold kits - dollar store
  • scholastic books have the added benefit of supporting your child's class room!

Online Resources:
*Local - St. John's Kid*
Canadian Family - "25 Brilliant Birthday Party Ideas" 
E-How: Ways of Giving a Child's Party at Home
I Heart Naptime: Boys' Party Ideas
Kids Parties 1-2-3
Oriental Trading Company (supplies,trinkets, etc.) 
Party Depot (CDN blog on party planning!)
Today's Parent - "Best Birthday Parties" 

Other Birthday Stuff:
Free Stuff on your Birthday (links to a free ebook of merchants, service providers and restaurants that offer discounts and freebies on your birthday!)