How to Throw an Epic Tween Boy House Birthday Party

Not to brag, but, the words Epic and Legendary did get tossed around! But I’m getting ahead of myself. So, a few weeks back I asked my son what he wanted to do for his 12th b-day party.  Two eye rolls and one exhale of disgust later he replied, “I don’t know…nothing too babyish, no stupid themes, dumb games, or cupcakes.” And just like that he managed to crush my party throwing soul! No stupid games or cupcakes?! I live for Bingo, Hot Potato, saran wrap balls, & frosting piled a mile high on cupcakes!  I may not have liked it & it might not have been easy, but I accepted the challenge!

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Theme

First things first, theme! No stupid themes…no sharks, clowns, etc. Hmmm, he is a huge fan of Stranger Things on Netflix and as he embarks on adolescence a lot of stranger things are going to be happening, lol! Cheers to the double entendre theme, lol!

Decorations

I am not a huge crafty kinda gal, but thankfully Sugarberry Lane had this momma’s back! And they can have yours too! They create custom banners, party bags, cake/cupcake toppers, etc.

Sugarberry Lane

Phone: 419-944-6305

Email: funonthelane@gmail.com

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Sugarberry-Lane-1356968484446294/

Balloons were from Party City…FYI, you can order and pay for balloons up to a month in advance. I totally recommend spreading out payments when it comes to parties & planning ahead!

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Food

Since my cupcakes got vetoed & the main character in Stranger Things is obsessed with Eggo Waffles, we had a Waffle Bar where the kiddos could make their own waffle creations.

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Games

As the VR Mobile Game Trailer rolled up I could literally hear the kids’ jaws drop!

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The trailer was lit; it came complete with Xbox 1, PS4, Virtual Reality PS4, VR Race, Car Simulators, & Nintendo Switch. It seats 30+, is climate controlled, & most importantly there is no playing Hot Potato or Bingo onboard!

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I HIGHLY recommend you book VR Mobile Game Trailer for your next party, whether it is a b-day party, diaper party, graduation, bachelor, etc. this SWEET gaming trailer will take your party to the next level!! Be sure to like their FB page so you can stay up to date on any deals, new systems, games, etc.

VR Mobil Game Trailer

Phone: 313-715-8093

Website: http://www.vrmobilegametrailer.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vrmobilegametrailerllc/

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Entertainment

Moving right along with our theme, Jake from Frogtown Exotics brought a couple stranger things for the kiddos to see, hold, & pet! And, I’m not gonna lie, at first I was afraid that this might be too baby-ish, but boy was I wrong!

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Not only did the kiddos have a blast, seeing, touching, and learning about all the amazing reptiles and amphibians Jake brought, but a lot of the neighbors drove a bit slower as they passed by our house, lol! The highlights included feeding a tortoise carrots, holding Fluffy the snack, & petting a crocodile.

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Jake was amazing with the kids, very patient, kind, & did an amazing job of teaching the children about the various reptiles and amphibians and the importance of appreciating and respecting each. If you are looking for something awesome to do with your scout group, church group, at your next party, etc. you’ve gotta give Jake a call today!

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Frogtown Exotics

Phone: 419-350-7453

Email: Frogtownexotics@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ToledoFrogtown/

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***Disclosure: I partnered with VR Mobile Game Trailer & Frogtown Exotics to promote their services.  In exchange, I received service to use at the party. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

 

 

Defiance Ohio FREE Splash Pad

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Safe, Fun, & FREE! This Splash Pad checks all the boxes! Located at Bronson Park which is roughly 45-50 minutes away from Toledo, the Defiance Splash Pad is a mom’s dream comes true! You can bring in food, the equipment accommodates an entire family (baby-adult), and you can sunbathe or chill in the shade!

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The Splash Pad is divided into 4 areas, there is the initial, large splash pad area where older kids & even adults can comfortably cool off alongside the younger kiddos, and there is a baby area, toddler area, & playground space.

 

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You can pack snacks/picnic lunch and eat at shaded table. Or better yet, stop off beforehand at one of their local restaurants or coffee establishments (http://www.cabinfevercoffee.com/menu/ )

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DEETS

Defiance Ohio Splash Pad

Address: 2104 Power Dam Road Defiance, Ohio 43512

Hours: 9AM-9PM (Open through the end of September)

ADA Accessible: Splash pad is wheelchair & stroller friendly

Additional Amenities: Changing rooms & restrooms

 

Though, it should could come with a warning…it’s so much fun kids don’t want to leave! Be prepared for dirty looks and some crying when it’s time to go. That pout is classic, lol!

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Gals, grab a glass! June is Ohio Winery month Celebrate w/a Ladies Night Out

It’s like a magic potion! It boosts the immune system, increases bone density, contains antioxidants, reduces your risk of stroke & heart disease, helps lower cholesterol, reduce risk of type 2 diabetes & cancer, it improves cognitive function, but most importantly it ensures moms don’t officially make the transition to full on Cruella de Vil status! The benefits of wine are vast, but what about those vines?

Warning, what you are about to read may blow your mind!

Did you know Ohio is home to more than 280 wineries?! That’s 950 acres of vineyards & over a million gallons of wine produced here each year, making Ohio the sixth largest wine producing state in the country. Mind officially blown, right?!

 

 

And what better way to bring attention to all of Ohio’s amazing wineries than by devoting an entire month to celebrate them! So what are you waiting for? Plan a Ladies Night/Day Out at the Winery today!

How to get started:

1-Order or download FREE wine Tools

http://www.findohiowines.com/about-ohio-wineries/order-wine-guides/

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2- Select a handful of the coolest ladies you know

3-Decide on a winery, or 3 to visit…a Ladies Weekend is always an option 😉

4- Set Date

5- Take Flight!

Our Ladies Night Out at Mon Ami Winery

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Mon Ami Winery

Address: 3845 E. Wine Cellar Rd. Port Clinton OH, 43452

Phone: 419-797-4445

Website: https://monamiwinery.com/

Cost: Wine Tasting Flight is $5 for 4 or $1.50 per single taste

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We encouraged each other to step outside our wine comfort zones & opted for all four tasting flights. My wine comfort zone has always been a dry red, but thanks to our LNO at the winery I found a couple semi-sweets & dry whites that I actually enjoy.

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And what’s a Ladies Night Out without some light shopping? Everyone needs to go home with a souvenirs!

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And then we stopped off at the restaurant for Happy Hour ($5 glasses of wine & discounted appetizers) & dinner

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We had a lovely experience at Mon Ami & are looking forward to trying out some other local wineries this month.

Drink local & responsibly, Ohio!

 

Sources: https://www.wideopeneats.com/10-health-benefits-get-drinking-daily-glass-wine/

https://drinkupcolumbus.com/2018/06/01/ohio-wine-month-2/

***Disclosure: I partnered with @Ohiowines to promote Ohio Wine Month. In exchange, I received a gift card to use at the winery of my choice. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***