Winter Party for Teens at Kansas City Crown Center
Winter Birthday with Friends
The Winter Plan for Crown Center
Sweet 16 is a substantial milestone for teenagers. The experience is a great deal about themselves and their friends and pleasant memories. For my daughter, she invited three friends to share the event. I created favor bags stuffed full of gifts and candy, handcrafted her party invitations and then planned out where to go and what to do. The event would take about 6 hours to get through every activity.
The benefits of Crown Center are vast, from shopping, eating, hot coffee, treats, ice skating, to visiting the aquarium. The bonus is constantly keeping four teens entertained without overly monitoring them. I gave them $20 each to shop and gave them about an hour to run around and explore.
The festive cupcakes are from a local Sweet Tooth Bakery in Blue Springs, Missouri. Her friends came up with the toasting idea. I think it is perfect and honorable for the well wishes.
Things to take: coats, enough gloves for all, hats, a spacious tote bag to hold the goodies and things purchased. Take a nice digital camera, cell phones, gifts, cupcakes and a small trash bag.
Take a quality camera to capture beautiful images during the event, including the fountains in front of Crown Center. The pictures of the teens are so memorable and a true representation of their lives and close friends.
Tiaras, Food, Cupcakes and Shopping
The elegantly embellished tiaras came from Charming Charles for both girls in the pictures. For the boys, which of course, they made sure they, "oops, left them in the car," Came from Michaels in the children's craft area. They were plastic and only a few dollars a piece.
The Milano Italian restaurant with a splendid view and upscale atmosphere, I picked it because of the glass view of the outdoors. The photographed images turned out immensely vibrant with natural lighting. Personally, I would not recommend Milano's to eat. The customer service and overall treatment was not particularly good. They dropped one of our pizza's and we had to wait for the second one to cook. They did not bring extra plates for the pizza, we used the dirty bread plates. The pizza was pretty tasty for Italian style.
This was time to share the gifts, favor bags and shopping money. I let them blow a few bubbles, just over the table so they would not hit the floor and make it slippery. I made a special paper money holder with the $20 dollar bills inside. That gave them each an opportunity to buy what they wanted for themselves after eating. I let them shop on their own and meet me back at a specific time and place.
I do say it is a must to bring cupcakes and let them "toast" with cupcakes and a few notable wishes to the birthday girl. It honors that person and adds to the "sweet" part of the birthday.
Sweet 16 Invitations and Favor Bags
Invitations and Favor Theme
I took a design my daughter loves and made it the prime theme. Heart with wings embellishes both, favor bags and party invitations.
Favors: Since it is close to Valentine's Day, it was extremely easy to find heart shaped candy for her theme. The clear heart sucker, found at Michael's Craft stores, along with the toy erasers. Duck tape is a hot new craft, so I included a cool one for each person and set the bag on top of it. The rest is packaged sour candies and a little chocolate. I added a small bottle of bubbles, the old wedding kind you can now find in dollar stores.
Invitations: A clear envelope was crucial. I wanted the cool design to display the theme and sweet 16 wording, without hiding it. I added a time I would pick them up and approximate time I would return them all home. I hand stamped, hand cut and wrote inside using a metallic pen.
Sea Life Aquarium Kansas City, Missouri
Sea Life Aquarium is an engaging, colorful and beach like experience, right in the middle of winter. This is well worth the cost, but it is best to purchase tickets through the online website to save money and ensure a reserved spot for your group. Lego land is next door, but that is best for younger children. Do not worry, your teens can still run down nostalgic lane in the gift shop. One half of the shop is the sea life side and the other, legos.
Flash photography is not allowed on most areas in the aquarium, but capturing fun images is what you are after. Take the silly image just before you go in (I stayed out of this one, it is all about the teens). Once inside, get them touching the live animals, staring up at sharks and looking like fish themselves inside the glass bubbles.
Crown Center Kansas City Missouri Teen BirthdayClick thumbnail to view full-size
Ice Terrace Ice Skating at Crown Center
This was a new experience, but such a true sense of Kansas City. The cool ambiance and my sideline view of them skating was spectacular. I do recommend this sport toward the last part of your day. Just in case they get sore, tired or hurt or very chilled. Follow up with coffee, hot cocoa and tea right afterwards. Panera Bread is in walking distance; otherwise you have to drive six blocks to the nearest Starbucks. Parking is free on the weekends.
Take gloves, hats and a bag to carry the extra stuff before and after skating. Skate rental is available for all sizes and ages. Don't entrust they will bring extra winter clothing to keep warm. I brought enough gloves for all of them to wear.
Photography and videography. Try to get them all together in a few pictures and a few short videos. One thing my daughter made sure, the friends she invited like to ice skate or had some experience with it.
Ice Terrace Crown Center Kansas City, MissouriClick thumbnail to view full-size
Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri
Shopping, Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland, Ice Terrace, resturants and entertainment. Fountains to photograph in front of and make wishes.