If only planning your moppet’s birthday party were as easy as closing your eyes and making a wish. Stick to these ideas, and it’s sure to be a blowout.
Start on a sweet note with Foiled Cupcakes. The new company whips up gourmet flavors (chocolate ganache, s’mores, pomegranate) and delivers treats throughout Chicago and the burbs.
Steal the spotlight at Peeka Productions’s Chicago Music Video Parties (525 West North Avenue, at Mohawk Street; 312-664-5437), where tots ages 5 and up make videos with the help of a director and green screen. Older talents (ages 8 and up) can rock out at Uptown Recording (4656 North Clifton Avenue, between Leland and Wilson Avenues; 773-271-5119). After choosing a song — choices range from Miley to Nirvana — kids sing, play instruments, and receive copies of their original recordings.
Make it a date with custom invitations by TamTam Design Studio. Local pro Tami Rasmussen just launched a children’s line featuring colorful, modern graphics like monkeys, tutus, and balloons.
Now you have a candle on things.
Photo credit: Eric O’Connor/Allori Photography
Baby Loves Disco
What: Little gams jiggle to DJ-spun disco hits at the massive, family-friendly dance party.
Why: Burn, baby, burn.
When: Sun., noon-3 p.m.
Where: Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., b/t Grace St. & Waveland Ave. (773-549-0203). Tickets online at babylovesdisco.tickets.musictoday.com.
International Talk like a Pirate Day
What: Embark on treasure hunts, create nautical-inspired crafts, and watch sword fights to celebrate The Field Museum’s Real Pirates exhibition.
Why: It’s ship shaped.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Exhibition thru Oct. 25.
Where: 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., at McFetridge Dr. (312-922-9410). Exhibition tickets online at purchase.tickets.com.
Lincoln Square Apple Fest
What: The hood welcomes fall with live country music, kids’ games, and apple tastings galore.
Why: Get a bushel, a peck, and a hug around the neck.
When: Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Along Lincoln Ave., b/t Lawrence & Leland Aves. (773-728-3890).