Cook Up Something Special At These 3 Sweet Toronto Party Venues!

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, it’s not only images of pink hearts and cupids that come to mind, but it seems like this time of year also coincides with cravings for delicious chocolate, heavenly desserts and tasty savoury treats. If you’re planning a kids’ party at this time of year, you want the food to be on point – but you don’t necessarily want the stress and the mess of doing all the work yourself.

Well here’s a solution you may not have considered. The GTA has all kinds of great venues that host cooking parties for children. These parties are fun and engaging – but more than that, they can help develop a love of cooking at an early age.

Here are three great venues for your budding Rachael Ray or Bobby Flay:

The Chef Upstairs

The Chef Upstairs offers children’s cooking parties for kids as young as four as well as for older children and teenagers. With two convenient locations, they can accommodate up to 20 guests in their Mount Pleasant location and up to 50 in their Vaughan facility.

These venues definitely know how to do parties right with decorations, music, age appropriate party games and adorable little aprons for the kids. The cooking classes can be customized to suit your little one’s (or bigger one’s) food preferences, and their nut-free facility and accommodating staff mean you won’t have to worry about food allergies.

Need a little something for the adults to enjoy while the kids are making their culinary creations? Be sure to ask them about optional food and drink add-ons for the parents!


Chocolate Tales

But what if you want to skip the main course and go straight to dessert? In that case, you can’t go wrong booking a chocolate making party at Chocolate Tales.

Your kiddos will have an absolute blast at a Chocolate Tales party. Younger children can participate in fun activities like chocolate finger painting, lollipop making and cake decorating, while older kids and teens get to feel a bit more sophisticated as they create specialty truffles while sipping on decadent chocolate mocktails. (Maybe you’ll even get to enjoy one of those Black Forest Martinis for yourself!)

At the end of the party, your child and their guests will have their delicious chocolate creations to take home and enjoy.

Le Dolci 

Nothing quite says “birthday party” like pizza and cupcakes, and at Le Dolci you can have your pick.

Known for their scrumptious bake shop and cooking classes and team building events for all ages, Le Dolci offers parties for up to 12 guests.

For kids’ parties, you can choose a cupcake decorating party at which kids decorate their own cupcakes to take home before enjoying a pizza meal and birthday cake or you can choose a pizza making party at which your child and their guest will each get to make one savory pizza and one dessert pizza.

There are so many benefits to arranging a cooking party for your child’s next birthday. Not only can it be incredibly entertaining for all the kids and expose them to what is potentially a new skill for them – but at the end of the day, someone else is doing the dishes!

5 Amazing Toronto/GTA Kids Party Venues For Winter Birthdays!

It’s winter and as parents, we’re doing our best to find ways to keep our kiddos entertained and busy! If you have a child with a winter Birthday, chances are you’d benefit from a venue that will allow them to exert energy and keep their attention in creative ways. Here are 5 Toronto/GTA venues that are perfect for winter birthday parties!

UrbanPark Playland- UrbanPark Indoor Playland is a 6500 square foot facility in the heart of Aurora. No matter your age, UrbanPark is an awesome time! Spend the day on their 1500sq foot play structure, in their video game room or perhaps the ball pit! For the adults they have Starbucks coffee, Tazo teas, charging stations and cable TV’s in every room! They have a variety of Birthday packages to suite all needs! This is bound to be a birthday to remember! Find out more here

The Pop! Space-  The Pop! Space transforms to make your child’s birthday wishes come true! Their state of the art party venue offers customizable packages that include crafts, fun foods, mascots, games, parents lounge, hosts and a dance party. Pop! Has taken it’s decades of experience in events and used them to create a birthday memory your child will never forget! If you’re hosting a party at home, they also have you covered with their amazing party supplies and loot bags! Find out more here

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Creative Club- Do you have a kiddo obsessed with LEGO®?  Then Creative Club is your perfect venue! Celebrate a birthday by building memories, friendships and cool designs. Their experienced Creative Leaders will guide your birthday party guests through entertaining activities involving building and design with LEGO® bricks. They offer a variety of popular themes, including Star Wars, Minecraft , the supersized excitement of EverBlock® and so much more! Find out more here


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Kidergy– Kidergy offers the ultimate indoor playground and party centre for kids with four over sized party rooms and a Cafe’/ lounge area where parents can relax, use the free Wi-Fi and enjoy a great cup of coffee! Kidergy will take care of all the details of the birthday party so parents, family members and friends can relax and enjoy the celebration as well! Just bring your camera! They want your party to be memorable, exciting, and worry-free! Find out more here


Looking Glass Adventures- Celebrate a birthday with an adventure! How original!  Looking Glass Adventures provides fun and safe escape room adventures for a variety of ages and group sizes. From a la carte packages to birthday packages they have something to work with your budget! Find out more here

2018 Top 5 kids party trends

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Let’s be real: Most of our best childhood memories are created at birthday parties. Here are the top 5 birthday party trends that are guaranteed to amaze your child and create lifelong memories this coming year!


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Nature themes- It’s never too early to teach our kids the importance of protecting and nurturing our planet. In 2018, we’ll see a shift towards nature-themed parties. For instance, a gardening party encourages kids to learn how to plant and grow their own food. Another lovely theme is a composting party where kids create compost kits to take home with them. All in all, these themes bring awareness to reducing our carbon footprint and encourage kids to be active participants in saving our planet. It’s a win win!


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Balloon Brilliance- Balloon bouquets and statement pieces are classic and aesthetically pleasing with big impact. They set a lavish tone for any birthday party. They are stylish, colourful and customized to suit just about any theme. I like to go big when creating balloon bouquets or statement pieces. And as a bonus, you can cut off individual balloons at the end of the party to send home with the kids! Big Hit!



Emoji Everything- It’s a fact: kids love emojis! We live in a time where emojis are literally everywhere! The endless emoji possibilities will give party guests inspiration to create funny scenarios and take crazy photos. The party will be full of vibrant colours and definitely a whacky, silly good time!



Magical Unicorns- Unicorns are alive and well and dancing their way through birthday parties everywhere. These whimsical creatures make for a magical, dreamy party. Your child’s imagination will take them away to far away lands of meadows, rainbows and pastels. Oh so dreamy indeed!



Food & Drink- First birthday parties will look more and more like cocktail receptions in 2018. This is likely the only birthday party where mamas and papas can choose the theme, mingle and enjoy some adult time with their closest friends and family. Indulge in good wine, craft beers, a cheese platter and scrumptious appetizers. Oh and don’t forget a decadent cake, your baby only turns 1 once after all, so live it up! You won’t regret it!

4 Reasons to buy your child’s next gift from a small business

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As parents, we know that time and money are precious resources. So when it comes to buying gifts for your own children or for your children’s friends, it is easy to mistakenly think that the best value will always come from the nearest big box store. But is that really true? You might be surprised to learn that it is possible to support local business and still get great value, variety and service. Better yet, shopping at local small businesses can make you the ultimate gift giver!

Let’s take a look at four reasons to support local businesses when you are in the market for a gift:
1. Prices are generally competitive.
If you are shopping large brands, the price you pay at small local retailers vs. chains is often the same. This is because the price is set by the vendors (via manufacturers suggested retail price) rather than the store itself. In other words, you can support a locally owned business without having to pay more!

2. Customer service is often better.
While every business is different, it is often the case that you get better service when you support local business. Often when shopping local, you will be served by the business owner or a member of their family. These people have a vested interest in how their business is perceived, and since they want repeat customers, they tend to treat their customers very well.

3. Small businesses give back to the community.
In addition to the amount of money which actually stays in the community when you shop local (which can be quite significant in comparison to when you shop at chains), local business owners are more likely to support causes within the community. Whether it’s partnering with a local school or hospital or sponsoring a children’s sport team, the fingerprints of small businesses in communities are everywhere. Remember that many small business owners are also parents who care about the same issues and causes that you do! By supporting these parents, you are supporting your community.

4. Find quality, unique gifts.
Just because a chain store is bigger doesn’t mean they have more variety. In fact, you may be surprised at the variety you can find when you shop local! Small businesses have the advantage of being able to carry products from smaller vendors. This means you can score some really unique and quality gifts!
Too often, gift giving becomes just another task to check off your to-do list. But when you shop local small businesses in your community, it becomes so much more than that. Not only can you find wonderful, unique gifts at prices that may surprise you, but you are also supporting other parents and being a champion for your community.