Just for fun: girls go glam

GONE are the days when a birthday party would be just cupcakes, lolly bags and backyard games.These days children can expect a bit more pizazz when they blow out their candles.

At Glamour Girl birthday parties at Rouse Hill, old-school parties get a bit of a twist.

Catered to girls aged5 to 17, the parties replace the usual activities with a two-hour session of pampering and games including facials, make-up, hair-styling and manicures. Guests replace their party outfits with pink satin robes and the birthday girl is equipped with her own special tiara.

Owner Annette Mears came up with the idea for the girly-style birthday parties 12 years ago, when her daughter, then 5, did not want to leave the hair salon.

“My daughter liked having her hair done and playing around with the make-up and I thought `Why not have a party here?”’ Mrs Mears said.

“The salon party turned out to be a hit and since then I’ve been suggesting the concept to clients and other parents who were all interested in the idea.”

Mother Fiona Nakat, of Constitution Hill, came across the parties after her friend showed her an advertisement in the newspaper. At first her daughter Tiana had no interest in it but she soon changed her mind.

“I think she’s really happy she went with this decision as it looks like she’s having a lot of fun,” Mrs Nakat said at her party.

“This is such a unique idea and a nice change from the usual birthday parties like bowling and skating.”

Even with head-to-toe pampering, Mrs Nakat was not concerned that her daughter would be influenced by the treatments.

“I don’t think this style of party makes children grow older quickly as that is more of an individual choice,” she said. “I know a bit of glitter and pampering won’t change them. This is just some fun girly stuff.”

Tiana said her favourite part was having a facial. “That was really fun and I’m looking forward to playing more games,” she said. “I didn’t want it here at first but I’m glad I did because I got my nails and my hair done.”

Her friend Alanah Guerrero said she enjoyed having her hair curled.

“It’s been nice and relaxing wearing the robes and playing games,” she said.

Details: 96726600.