Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Holiday Break (and WHAT TO DO WITH THE KIDS!!!)

I LOVE love love Christmas - and having all five kids home is incredible.  My sister is coming in from Chicago with her daughter who's 14, and I can't wait to celebrate!  They will be visiting for a couple of weeks, so we have ample opportunity to do lots of fun activities while they are here.  I've started a Pinterest page (naturally)...but here are some of the ideas that we've come up with so far!

1) Rent a Golf Cart (o.k. this was hubby's idea - and honestly - I wasn't so crazy about it) but the kids love it!  We're decorating it for the holidays and using it to deliver cookies to the neighbors! Rent it for a month!

2) Museums Museums Museums - Our family membership to the South Florida Museum is awesome for many reasons, and one of them is free or discounted access to SO many other Florida museums! Road Trip?

3) Beach Snow-people!  Coming from Chicago - they are going to need to thaw out.  Some beach snow people will be great fun!  Don't forget the carrots!

4)  Check out some fun craft ideas on that Pinterest page!

5)  Manasota Family Fun (check out links all over our Facebook page) does a great job keeping up to date listing of fun activites!

6)  Lights Looking!  We throw everyone in the car with hot coco - put on the Christmas carols - and driving around looking at lights singing!  Sounds goofy - but we LOVE it!

7) Naturally, we'll be throwing up some fun inflatables over the holiday when all the family shows up to keep the kids occupied!  Check ours out at Party Jumpers

Just the tip of the iceberg!  Feel free to comment and let us know your favorite family traditions and holiday activities! 
From our family to yours!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Birthdays....a Jolly Ho, Ho, Ho....

My second daughters birthday is 12/25...yup...that's what you get when you pretend you are Martha Stewart Christmas Eve and have a baby due in January.  I was DETERMINED NOT to let the fact that her birthday is actually ON Christmas to ruin her special day and I think we've done o.k. so far (She'll be 17 in a couple weeks now!)  If you have a special person in your life, and THEY have a birthday on or around a holiday, here's some great advice!

  • Make a decision to EMBRACE the day or DELAY the day!  For our family, we just make Christmas double duty (so much family is at our house anyhow), we have birthday cake for dessert and wrap birthday presents in birthday wrapping.  Not down with that? Celebrate the birthday a week before (a week after would probably be a huge let down)
  • Consider having a Half Birthday! We did this a couple of years, and called it her Happy Un-Birthday (funniest story about telling cake people to write "Have a Happy Un-Birthday"...they wrote instead "Have an Unhappy Birthday".  While daughter #2 didn't find it amusing, I laughed until I cried!
  • Ask your kid! Great parents get so wrapped up in planning the perfect day for their darlings, they often forget to take a deep breath and ask "What would your perfect day look like? Here are some great options - what would make you happy?"  What's their personality? Are they going to be so exhausted and overwhelmed by celebrating close or on the same day - or would they just LOVE the extra attention?
Whatever and whomever you are celebrating this time of year - We at Party Jumpers wish you the happiest of everything - today and for all of 2015!
(941) 343-0370

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holiday Party? Just add a little ginger to spice things up!

So many cute ideas for holiday themed, family friendly parties.
 My personal favorite is the Gingerbread decorating party! 
You can do this simply for kids with graham crackers and candy, or get high-tech for adults (maybe even making it a competition!) with more complicated ideas!  Kits are available everywhere!  Such a fun creative way for have fun!

We've set up a Pinterest page here like usual - but some quick ideas involve customized aprons for the kids - painting trays to hold decorating goodies - Crockpot Hot Cocoa which is told to be out of this world - and candy strip color scheme!

Here at Party Jumpers, we'll do doing a special Gingerbread house to be displayed at the Gingerbread Village at the Westfield Mall here in Sarasota!  (We are SO EXCITED! Wish us luck and stop by to see us between December 12-14th in the Sears Wing!)  Don't forget - a bounce house or obstacle course is the perfect way to work off all the sugar!

Call Party Jumpers - because smiling is our FAVORITE (and making people smile our specialty!)
(941) 343-0370

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Office Party? Make the next one your best Ever!

The holiday season is here (if you don't believe me, check Target!). Time to start planning a company holiday party.   The Great Recession cut back on many office parties, and while they may not be as lavish here on the Suncoast as they were before the bubble, there are many wonderful and economic ways to celebrate a year well done and setting the pace for 2015!  Gone are the days of the "Anything Goes"mentality - smart executives are trying to get the most bang for the buck!

We've been busy booking some great companies that like to include the whole family in the fun - having events on the company property (yes - we have tables and chairs!) and renting incredible inflatables that not only appeal to all ages, but actually help develop team building!  Check out some of these great options to add to your next fun corporate event!

Consider a huge obstacle course (56' feet of fun!) - our awesome Sports Shootout - a Bouncehouse for the little ones - or our incredible Octodome (Jousting - Twister - Basketball - Volleyball).  It will be best best office holiday party you have ever planned!  Call Michelle at (941) 343-0370 and we'll help you Bring The Party! Check us out at Party Jumpers

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Free Bouncehouse Rental!

Check out my awesome contest on Facebook - "Rename the Octodome!"

Name Me! 
While I LOVE this inflatable - I HATE the name! It's a bouncehouse, jousting arena, basketball and volleyball court OR a HUGE Twister mat (think 18'x18'!) But it's NOT something that makes you think "eight!"  Enter to win a free rental (value of $225) before October 31st...we need 100 entries to run the contest - so share with your friends! Suggest A New NAME, like and share to enter! Click HERE to enter! (Must be within our 20mile free delivery radius and date subject to availability!) Call if you have questions! (941) 343-0370 Party Jumpers

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Farm / Barnyard Party - the perfect fall party theme!

I love Fall - not like - love.  Growing up in New England, it was such a magical time of year.  I love it here in Sarasota too - we have so many fun fall festivals, it reminds me of home.  It also reminds me of what a great time of year it is to throw a "Farm" themed party - you have pumpkins/hay/scarecrows - so many things available to decorate the perfect backyard party (or festival - carnival!).  I've been busy working on some cute ideas up on our Pinterest board - check them out here!  Of course - we have the perfect bouncehouse to go with your theme - but check out all of the other great decorating ideas, cakes/cupcakes, invitations and food!  Perfect for boys or girls on any age - I hope you have fun planning!
Farm Bouncehouse - Party Jumpers

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pirate Party!

I just had a mom reserve our Pirate Bouncehouse today for a Jake and the Neverland party, and feeling nostalgic as my little boy turned 15 this week, I'm remembering HIS pirate phase.  He was Captain Jack EVERYWHERE! At the grocery, the doctors office, the beach - anytime he left the house - he was a pirate.  Accent and everything.  There are few things funnier than your 7year old son mimicking Johnny Depp and I miss those days!  His pirate birthday was a BLAST!  We had remote control boat battles in the pool, the invitations were treasure maps, and there were many HATS.  Thinking about a party for your pirate? Follow this link to our Pinterest Pirate Party page for some ideas (I love the Bananas!)  Need a pirate bouncer - Call Party Jumpers! Be sure to check out our Facebook page for current FB friend specials first!
The Pirate Bouncer - available through Party Jumpers! (941) 343-0370