Mini’s Third Birthday Party At The Treehouse Social Club

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We celebrated Mini’s third birthday at the Treehouse Social Club on Saturday. The party was an unmitigated success, friends.

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The Treehouse is a hybrid of a restaurant and a kids play facility located on Robertson in Beverly Hills. During its normal business hours, people come in and eat lunch or breakfast, and let their kids play on the treehouse structure and slide, or in one of several play rooms.

grocery play room

There are tons of toys and computers and art supplies, so the range of ages of kids who would enjoy going there is pretty big. We had kids ranging in ages from 16 months to about 10 at Mini’s party, and everybody seemed to be having a great time.

mini playing trains

What I like about the Treehouse is that, once your kid, like Mini, is old enough to run around and go down slides without falling (usually), you can kind of take your eye off of them for a few minutes and enjoy your lunch, because everything is locked and requires a buzzer to get in, so you don’t have to watch them like a hawk every second. Or, at least, not so much.

mini on slide

I’ve written about the Treehouse before, but having a party there was even better than going there during regular business hours. You get the whole place to yourself, and they do everything for you. Everything. They make all the food, blow up all the balloons, put out all the tablecloths, make sure there’s enough room for the gifts and favors, and pretty much anything else you need them to do.

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Were you around for last year’s party? The one we held outdoors on the hottest day in April on record for the entirety of the history of the Los Angeles metropolitan area? When I made a giant cake in the shape of Thomas the Tank Engine, and it melted? Yeah. This time, absolutely nothing went wrong. Really. Nothing.

monkey in a tree

The Treehouse is a pretty festive place already (one of the owners is a former Hollywood set designer), so you don’t have to do much to decorate. They provided balloons, and I added a few tablecloths in a similar color scheme.

decor for kids parties

Every year, Mr. Right-Click puts together a book of photos of Mini, and then prints it up on Blurb for the grandparents. I wrapped the photo books to match the decor of the party, and briefly considered bringing wrapping paper so that I could rewrap all of the gifts that other people brought to match the color scheme, though I eventually reconsidered that plan. I wish I were joking, but I think you know I’m not.

gift wrap

It was kind of weird not having to do anything to set up for the party. I even had time to rock out before the guests arrived.

rocking out at a kids party

The thing is, you can even learn something from toddler guitars, if you’re in the right mood.

toddler guitars

One other thing I have to tell you about is the Bubble King. Now, I was a little concerned about the Bubble King at first. Because, first of all, how exactly does one go about being coronated as the King of Bubbles? I mean, that just sounds like bullshit to me.

bubble king
But more importantly, when the so-called Bubble King showed up at the Treehouse, he seemed a little disgruntled for a children’s party entertainer. Also, if I were in charge of crowing the King of Bubbles, well, let’s just say I don’t envision him wearing an STP T-shirt.

Mini popping bubbles

But whatever. Because turns out, dude is totally, the King of Bubbles. Dude can make bubble rainbows on command, like the one he put Mini into with his cousin.

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Naturally, Mr. Right-Click, could not resist the opportunity to live life inside a bubble, even if only for a few seconds.

Mr. Right-Click in a bubble

After he got out, I asked him if it was different in there — did the soap affect the way sound traveled or anything? “No,” he said, but the “colors were brighter,” and that all of a sudden, “things seemed possible that hadn’t been before,” once you’ve looked at life through the lens of a bubble created by a King.

cupcake tree

We finished up the party by eating cupcakes that I did not make. Mini was very excited to blow out his candles. I was excited to eat about seven cupcakes over the course of the day, after which I told Mr. Right-Click that I knew I had a serious cupcake problem. He said, “Your only problem with cupcakes is not having enough cupcakes.” This is true.

Mini blowing out candles

Thanks to everybody at the Treehouse who helped make Mini’s party so special. And thanks to Mr. Right-Click for taking all of the beautiful pictures of the event View definition in a new window. As you can see, it was fantastic!

{ 8 comments }

Eliz April 19, 2010 at 6:05 am

Why is it, whenever moms find a party venue that requires little of them in the way of set-up or clean-up, that you hear that small measure of guilt in their voices? The party looked awesome. And I love the tradition of giving grandparents photo books every year. Very sweet.

I’d give my left arm to live in a bubble. And your shirtdress is cute.

anna April 19, 2010 at 11:40 am

I know, it’s kind of silly. You’d think I’d just be able to enjoy it. But instead I was micromanaging the color of the balloons.

Thanks.

-R- April 19, 2010 at 7:44 am

I wonder if there is any Bubble Royalty in Minnesota. My son would love something like that!

I have to admit I was a bit worried when I saw a guy wearing rubber gloves and an STP shirt at your kid’s party on the personal finance page. I’m happy to learn it was on the up-and-up.

The Treehouse looks awesome. I’m glad the party went so well.

anna April 19, 2010 at 11:41 am

I’ll tell you what, that Bubble King was awesome. This was by far the most successful birthday party we’ve had. Everything was great, and I think you can tell from Mini’s face in that last picture that he LOVED it.

Kerry April 19, 2010 at 8:44 am

Here is something you won’t see me say again: I wished I lived in LA again (for one day only) so I could throw my kids a party there.

(And now my sister, who reads this blog and still lives in LA, is totally going to snort when she sees that.)

I love your shirtdress too, and I love that I bought a shirtdress a few days ago and wondered if it was really in style or if it was just wishful thinking on my part because it was cute and on sale for $15.99, and now I know. So yay!

anna April 19, 2010 at 11:42 am

When I spoke to the owner, she did say that they were looking to expand their franchise. I think it’s an awesome place and would do well in many parts of the country. I hope they do turn it into a multi-city thing.

Becky April 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm

The last pic is my favorite. He looks precious and so excited blowing out his candles. And hurray for not having to do anything.

I will admit that I am super relieved that you did not take paper and rewrap the presents! I will just say that if I had been one of the party guest’s moms, and you had done that, I would have blogged the heck out of it. ;)

beth aka confusedhomemaker April 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Looks like Mini had a blast & the place is perfect for kids. Happy Birthday Mini :)

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