Does your daughter (or son) dream of being a princess or pop star for a day? When planning birthday parties, Long Island parents have a wide variety of choices to make their little diva's dreams come true. They can get creative in fashion class, be pampered in luxury with a spa day, or dance their hearts out while making sweet memories that will last a lifetime. These birthday party venues offer everything your little princess can imagine, and she will truly feel like a star.
Take a look at our Long Island Party Guide for more on making your child's birthday one to remember.
As You Wish — Bellmore
The birthday girl will be princess for a day at As You Wish. Each party begins by pampering attendees with a manicure, pedicure, make-up, and hairstyle, then it's time for the real fun to begin. Guests will dress up in royal costumes, show them off on the runway and play crazy dancing games. For boy guests there are video games in the "man cave" and pizza or bagels for all guests. Other packages include: painting or pajama party.
The Lanyard Ladies — Mineola
The Lanyard Ladies offer parties for crafty girls to get creative. There is a wide range of party packages available including make your own friendship bracelets, decorate a tiara, and/or design colorful lanyards. There are also options that include dancing games, cotton candy, and other fun add-ons. Each guest takes home her colorful creations as a memory of the fun day.
The Yoga Shack — Bethpage
For a mindful kind of birthday party, turn to The Yoga Shack. Kids will participate in a 90 minute yoga/meditation session followed by an activity such as creating a unique vision board or painting bright yoga mats. The birthday girl and her friends will have a chance to enjoy some self-care by relaxing, recharging, and remembering a fabulously healthy day.
Your little DIYer can make a tote, skirt, or other project with her pals at a Fashion Class party.
The Fashion Class — Merrick
Do you have a budding fashion designer on your hands? Head over to the Fashion Class where birthday kids can choose from many packages. Design and sew your own tote bag, skirt, or pajama pants. Then, celebrate with cake. Have fun while learning a new skill at this fashionable venue.
Darlings and Divas — Amityville
From the adorable Le Petit Cafe to the wide array of costume options, Darlings and Divas has everything for your little diva to show her spunky side. Choose a mini-manicure or a sparkling make-up application for guests, then get ready to party. Each celebration includes a high energy dance session and special touches such as a birthday banner that all guests sign and a group photo. Your little darling will have an amazing time with this dynamic staff and spot.
Seriously Spoiled — Dix Hills, Patchogue
Give your little one a day of over-the-top luxury. The Pampered Girl package begins with a spa manicure, followed by hair styling in the bubble gum spa chairs, and finally a makeover with glittering eyes and lips. Next up? A runway strut to show off their new styles. Pizza, drinks, and birthday cake are served in the Peppermint Lounge. Multiple packages are available to host her dream party.
Huntington Performing Arts Center — Huntington
Choose from a variety of party themes at this performing arts center including ballerina, clown, Alice in Wonderland, or pirates. Parties include 45 minutes of creative movement with a dance teacher, followed by pizza or sandwiches. In addition, there is a tea party option available for no extra charge.
Elite Dance Studio — Lindenhurst
Does your daughter love to dance? This is the party for your little performer. A hostess, provided by Elite, will teach the group a dance routine (no experience necessary), play dance games and there will be a dazzling final performance at the end of the party. Guests will jump and twirl in Elite's professional dance studios, making the birthday girl the star of the show! Face painting and crafts are also available.
Lipstick and Lollipops — Mt. Sinai
All eyes will be on the birthday girl as she sings her heart out or dons her princess tiara for the first time. From the Pop Star Package with rock star props to the Princess Party with a red carpet ceremony, birthday girls can choose their fantasy day and make it come true. Tea and Spa party packages are also available.
Top photo: Play dress-up at As You Wish! All photos provided courtesy the respective venues.
A version of this article first published in 2013, but it has since been updated.