This year 6yo decided she would like her party at Build a Bear Workshop. After looking into the options, we booked for this weekend. Miss A knew she would only be able to invite a handful of friends, so Hubby and I bravely took Miss A and five friends on an adventure to Build a Bear.
I booked the party online a few weeks ago, and aside from paying a deposit to secure the booking, an email confirmation, we received no other communication with the store our booking was with. This was OK, as I reasoned that I hadn’t paid for anything that I would lose out on, and Hubby and I could always take the girls around the store if there wasn’t anyone available to help.
We actually arrived ten minutes late, and I was hoping they hadn’t given up on us. Traffic closing off a road made us detour back to a car park on the outskirts of town. I didn’t need to worry however. As we arrived, there was a big queue at the tills, so we hovered until someone acknowledged us.
Time to select the bears. Miss A and her friends were given a choice of which bear they could choose, and they all chose one of two designs funnily enough.
To get the party going, the host gathered the children together and made them walk through the shop like puppies to a small area at the back of the shop which had a nice floor space.
Whilst the children were waiting to have their bears stuffed, the host started a quick game with them on the floor within a circle. This was a good distraction technique and also enabled each child to be able to enjoy stuffing their bear without the others crowding around.
Time for a quick squeeze test at the end there to make sure it’s cuddly.
All the girls enjoyed receiving their hearts to place inside their bears. Rubbing it between their hands, on the bear’s tummy and paws before placing it inside the tummy as the bear as sewed together.
After choosing an outfit, which turned out to be an easier process than I thought it would be, each girl had a go with the drying machine and brushes.
To finish off the party, there was a group photo with all the girls and their bears. All that was left was for Party Mum to go and pay!
The party lasted just over an hour for the six girls. I was very impressed with having a party host provide the entertainment and fun with no extra charge. I could have opted for a mascot to appear at the end of the party, but I didn’t think we needed any more excitement.
As each girl placed their bear into its new home, they found they had received some little extra special party goodies as well which was a very nice touch.
The party experience from Party Mum’s point of view.
- Party host providing games and fun at no extra charge
- Extra goodies in the bear box which included stickers, colouring sheets and a party hat
- Group photo for party girl to take home
- We didn’t feel rushed, nor pressured into purchasing extras. I set a budget per child at time of booking and the party host confirmed this with me before showing the girls the bears.
- As a parent, I didn’t worry that the children were bored, or needed anything
To Improve On
- A follow up email a week before the party booking takes place. I felt a little out on a limb having only received a receipt for my deposit.
- Printable party invites from website weren’t very easy to complete, so I made my own in the end.
A big thank you to the staff at Build a Bear for providing a great party.