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Winter Party for Teens at Kansas City Crown Center

Updated on March 25, 2013

Winter Birthday with Friends

My daughter is the shortest one, standing between her best friends.
My daughter is the shortest one, standing between her best friends. | Source
Stampin Up handcrafted party invitation with heart and wings theme.
Stampin Up handcrafted party invitation with heart and wings theme. | Source
View of the Crown Center Fountains
View of the Crown Center Fountains | Source
Sweet Tooth Bakery in Blue Springs, Missouri. Awesome, highly flavored, seasonal based cupcake flavors.
Sweet Tooth Bakery in Blue Springs, Missouri. Awesome, highly flavored, seasonal based cupcake flavors. | Source
Milano Italian pizza
Milano Italian pizza | Source

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

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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 Birthday

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My daughter is in the the white shirt, red jacket.Kodak moment in front of the fountainsMilano's Italian Restaurant inside Crown Center.Notice the Tiaras. We did the gift exchange and gave the favor bags and shopping cash.Bubble blowing (was inside each favor bag)The all important Toasting of CupcakesShopping after food. I zoomed my camera in from a  distance to get this image.Outside the shopping center, it was time to make wishes in the fountain and then head back across the street to the aquariumInside Sea Life Aquarium, learning about and touching the life sea creatures. Stay here a bit, that is how you get lots of information.Jelly fish tanksPeople fishShark viewStingrays, eels and a glass overlookA view from aboveTunnel view of fish and sharks
My daughter is in the the white shirt, red jacket.
My daughter is in the the white shirt, red jacket. | Source
Kodak moment in front of the fountains
Kodak moment in front of the fountains | Source
Milano's Italian Restaurant inside Crown Center.
Milano's Italian Restaurant inside Crown Center. | Source
Notice the Tiaras. We did the gift exchange and gave the favor bags and shopping cash.
Notice the Tiaras. We did the gift exchange and gave the favor bags and shopping cash. | Source
Bubble blowing (was inside each favor bag)
Bubble blowing (was inside each favor bag) | Source
The all important Toasting of Cupcakes
The all important Toasting of Cupcakes | Source
Shopping after food. I zoomed my camera in from a  distance to get this image.
Shopping after food. I zoomed my camera in from a distance to get this image. | Source
Outside the shopping center, it was time to make wishes in the fountain and then head back across the street to the aquarium
Outside the shopping center, it was time to make wishes in the fountain and then head back across the street to the aquarium | Source
Inside Sea Life Aquarium, learning about and touching the life sea creatures. Stay here a bit, that is how you get lots of information.
Inside Sea Life Aquarium, learning about and touching the life sea creatures. Stay here a bit, that is how you get lots of information. | Source
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Jelly fish tanks
Jelly fish tanks | Source
People fish
People fish | Source
Shark view
Shark view | Source
Stingrays, eels and a glass overlook
Stingrays, eels and a glass overlook | Source
A view from above
A view from above | Source
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Tunnel view of fish and sharks
Tunnel view of fish and sharks | Source

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, Missouri

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My daughter on the ice.Her friend with a smileHer bestfriend and boyfriend hitting the iceBe prepared to capture the images ahead of time. It takes a few seonds for the camera to catch up.I had her stand still so it was easier to get a full image of her on the ice.Skate rentals, the end of skating.The wintery lighting between the Ice Terrace and Panera Bread.Inside Panera Bread, sipping hot stuff and warming up.
My daughter on the ice.
My daughter on the ice. | Source
Her friend with a smile
Her friend with a smile | Source
Her bestfriend and boyfriend hitting the ice
Her bestfriend and boyfriend hitting the ice | Source
Be prepared to capture the images ahead of time. It takes a few seonds for the camera to catch up.
Be prepared to capture the images ahead of time. It takes a few seonds for the camera to catch up. | Source
I had her stand still so it was easier to get a full image of her on the ice.
I had her stand still so it was easier to get a full image of her on the ice. | Source
Skate rentals, the end of skating.
Skate rentals, the end of skating. | Source
The wintery lighting between the Ice Terrace and Panera Bread.
The wintery lighting between the Ice Terrace and Panera Bread. | Source
Inside Panera Bread, sipping hot stuff and warming up.
Inside Panera Bread, sipping hot stuff and warming up. | Source

Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri

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Shopping, Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland, Ice Terrace, resturants and entertainment. Fountains to photograph in front of and make wishes.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      You are welcome....you must be a proud mother of your darling daughter. Enjoy and feel happy seeing her growing up. My best wishes are for her as well as to you. Take care ...God bless you both. Thanks

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you very much dghbrh. I hope she always will remember it. The party planning helped a lot. I wished I would have researched the restaurants a little better. Even that experience we made it enjoyable anyway. I will show her the birthday wish.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Wow....such a careful planning and you have done almost all to make it a most memorable time for your darling daughter and her friends. She gonna sure remember this for whole her life. 'Belated Happy Birthday' to your sweet daughter.Many thanks for sharing the idea. Shared and voted up interesting.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thanks Suzie HQ. The funny thing is even at there age, the favor bags are cool to receive. The shopping money gave them each an opportunity to buy something and feel special too.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thanks for commenting truthfornow. Yes, those kind of memories were more important to her than just things. I know she enjoyed every second of it. This part of town has a lot to offer, especially for teens.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Brenda,

      What a great day this looks like that your daughter really seemed to enjoy with her buddies!Congrats on the planning right down to the last pair of gloves for all! Your favors look so cute and what a nice idea giving the kids $20 each, wow wish I had had a party like that! Voted up, useful and interesting. Shared on.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Lots like your daughter and her friends had a great time. What memories for her. Nice that you thought to do something so special and give her a special day. Looks like a fun place for a party.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you for sharing Stephanie Henkel. The organizing it is key, while making it feel unplanned and just laid back and fun at the same time. The good thing is a fun winter party is possible!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      This looks like a very special milestone birthday for a teenaged girl. The combination of activities, food and shopping is unbeatable! You did a great job organizing it, and offered some excellent suggestions for this kind of party. Good job! Voted up and shared!

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you vickiw. It is great for kids that value their friends and memories they share instead of a bunch of gifts. I plan to create some mini albums for each of them. I will add those images once the are done. My daughter was happy the whole time.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      I certainly never had a party like that either! What a wonderful organiser you are, and your daughter looks so happy! She will have some great memories!

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      It was cool, I just tagged along to keep an eye on them. It turned out really well. I am pretty sure I didn't get all of that either. I remember a cake, a big snow and building a snowman on my 16th. Good to hear from you bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great idea for a birthday party. I'm slightly jealous that I never got a party like that one. :)