Tween Party – Ice Skating Party

Embrace your child’s wintertime birthday with a party that features a favourite frosty weather activity: ice skating! Even if your guests aren’t experienced skaters, an ice skating party can provide a fun opportunity to learn the basics.


If you are going with a Birthday on Ice theme, one fun way to invite guests is with a cardstock cut out in the shape of an ice skate. Have the birthday child decorate one side of the skate with coloured pens, glitter and stickers. Write the party details on the other side.Ice Skating Party Pink Invite


Other ideas for ice-skating party invitations include:

  • A postcard invitation portraying your child wearing ice skates, or ice skaters on the rink in the photo section.
  • A paper printout from your home computer that features ice-skating themed clip art in the design.



An ice skating rink like The Ice Station at Grand West in Cape Town has birthday party packages available for your occasion. You can inquire about renting the facility for a private party, or acquiring a group rate for your skating session. The arena offers birthday packages which includes a hostess who will assist with serving food, birthday cake and party favours.

Another fun idea for a Birthday on Ice celebration is to take a few your child’s friends to an actual ice skating show like Disney on Ice (6 – 10 July ), and then head to the public rink for a skating session where guests cans show off some of their own moves after the performance. You can even invite kids to come dressed in their favourite character costume.


11755707_605387849564269_1551121789878521539_n.jpgWhether you have the party at a rink that includes food as part of the package or host the party yourself, some ideas for ice-skating party food to serve are:

  • An ice skate cake.
  • Snowflake cupcakes.
  • Hot cocoa.



Ice skating is the obvious main event at the skating themed party. At an arena, you can arrange for an instructor to give a lesson to your guests, or simply spend the time freestyle skating. If you’re looking to have some organised games in the ice-skating theme, however, some ideas include:

  • Play freeze skate: Kids skate around the rink to music, but must stop skating and freeze in place whenever the music stops.
  • Ice skating relay races: Divide guests into two teams and have them race on skates to a designated finish line and back.


Ice-skating favour ideas include:


  • Icicle treat cones: Dip a sugar cone in melted white chocolate. Fill with white chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Wrap in cellophane and add a tag that reads “Thank you
    for skating with me!”
  • A pair of mittens or gloves.
  • A program (if you attend an ice skating show).
  • A pair of ice skate laces.
  • Themed party boxes.

Tumblebears has just opened a fun play and PARTY VENUE!

logoI am picturing back to when I was on maternity leave, especially after baby#2, when it really felt there was nowhere to go for a cuppa and a catch up with friends. Nowhere where baby would be welcome plus my toddler. Nowhere I could relax where someone else could give me a few minutes of respite and look after my kids so I could actually finish my cuppa and a full sentence of conversation. Nowhere I really felt my kids would be safely cared for and entertained…  BUT NOW THERE IS!!!! Continue reading

Need a Christmas Lunch venue?

If you are like me, you may have woken up late to discover that many great restaurants and hotels that offer a Christmas lunch are already fully booked.  Trees at the Townhouse hotel and the Square restaurant and the Vineyard hotel are two of these already closed to bookings.

But, I have done some investigation and found a great list of places that still have some availability for you and your families. If you are interested, really don’t hesitate, book now to avoid disappointment as these last few spots are sure to be snapped up quickly 🙂 Continue reading

Wine evening at the Vineyard Hotel

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Last week I revealed what goes on behind the scenes of one of the wine evenings at the Vineyard Hotel during their winter season (read it here).  The Ernie Els gourmet wine dinner we got to help plan was held on Friday evening at the Square Restaurant at the Vineyard. And it did not disappoint. Continue reading

Cooking Party

Last Saturday we hosted a Cooking Party sampler to give our clients and friends a taste of what happens at a Cooking Party so that they know the details BEFORE booking their own party of this kind.

The fabulous Hannah does our cooking parties for Party Things Online and she did not disappoint.  It is an action packed 2 hours of activities, and is hosted at The Bay in the Constantia sports complex, but you also have the option to have it at your home. Continue reading

Behind the scenes at the Vineyard Hotel

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We normally blog about kids-related parties, but today it’s all about the adults!  One of our special occasion places in Cape Town is the Vineyard Hotel and Spa.  Every winter season they host a series of wine paired gourmet meals, and we love them!  So if you ever need a reason to go out and celebrate your birthday (without the kids), consider this as an option.

Today we reveal what goes on behind the scenes of such a wine evening when we attended the Ernie Els wines pre-tasting evening last week. Continue reading