Birthday Party Resolved!

WooHoo! I am excited. 

I have been having a dilemma about my daughter’s birthday. I wanted to have the party out, but she hates indoor play places and inflatables and ruled Chuck E Cheese out because she doesn’t want to go in the Ticket Blaster. We are doing her party the week between Christmas and New Years which also ruled out some locations who aren’t offering parties then. She really wants a home birthday party with the Zhu Zhu Pet theme. 
Zhu Zhu Pet 3-Pack (Hamsters Will Vary) - Collection 2Since most of her friends don’t have ZhuZhu pets, I was thinking of getting each kid a ZhuZhu pet as a favor. Amazon has a Zhu Zhu Pet 3 pack for $11.99, that is just $4 per hamster. Regular retail is $9 per hamster. I was so upset that she decided this after Toys R Us had them for $5. The only problem is I will have to convince her the boys can get Zhu Zhus and not Kung Zhus. My only dilemma now is how many to order since we haven’t even made out the guest list let alone sent the invitations.
Now we’ll just have to plan some activities. My daughter has already developed a hamster tag where the person who is it has to crawl around like a Zhu Zhu Pet. She also wants to play “Hot Zhu Zhu” aka Hot Potato. I’ll add a craft of decorating something to be a home/bed for the pets. The actually fit fairly nicely into large plastic cups.
For Valentine’s Day last year, I made a holiday version of Hullabaloo so I may try that. If you are not familiar with Hullabaloo there are a series of mats of different color, shape, and picture categories. As my picture categories, I can use Zhu Zhu Pets, Zhu Zhu Pet Vehicles, Zhu Zhu Pet Structures (rooms, elevators, treehouse, etc). Then the caller says go to a red…go to a square… go to a Pet and repeats different options until the end and they pick an item to be the winner (ie Zhu Zhu Pet Boat). I had this programmed for the speech recognition on my Mac. (There will be a red square, a red diamond, a red circle, a blue square, a blue diamond, a blue circle, a green….etc each with a different picture so that every color or every shape has at least one of each category). You can adjust the number of mats you have for the number of kids.
My next challenge – the Zhu Zhu Pet cake. I’m guessing the bakeries don’t have one. I have seen a link for cupcakes, so maybe I’ll try my hand at that.
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Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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