Every year, as your kiddos Birthday rolls around, you’re treated to a real rollercoaster of emotions. In the weeks leading up to the big day, you’ll experience everything from pride to joy to sadness, because seriously, where did all that time go? And, if you’re anything like me, you experience a wave of panic when you realize that you have to pull a kid’s birthday party together.
Imma be real. I am that crafty, cooking from scratch, monogramming everything mom. On Pinterest. But, in the real world I’m working 45+ hours a week, consistently running late for carpool and picking up dinner from the Whole Foods hot bar on the regular.
This year, my son Liam turned eight. I was racking my brain trying to come up with a plan, because I am not up for a party at home, and let's face it, Chuck E. Cheese is not what it was when we were kids. Scrolling through my Instagram feed I saw a pic of kids partying on a Fur Bus. Wait. What? I thought The Fur Bus was for wasted women doing the bachelorette thing and adults who still think they are in college and love the SEC. I know, because I’ve been on a Fur Bus for both of these occasions. I called up Ally, who is fur-tastic (sorry, no one can do fur puns like Ally), and she confirmed, yes the Fur Bus does kids birthday parties! And they do them really, really well!
I want to start by saying, the weekend of Liam’s birthday was also the same weekend of Tomorrow World. In other words, an insanely busy time for any and everybody in the Atlanta transportation business. But the people at the Fur Bus made me feel like my kiddo party was just as important and the massive festival they were also servicing.
Once I booked the date, Ally put me in touch with Brooke, who is a mom and a Fur Bus driver. She went above and beyond, giving me all sorts of suggestions for stops including parks, playgrounds and even a cupcake ATM. She suggested songs I could add to our playlist and even offered to put together a scavenger hunt. She is seriously the mom I am on Pinterest.
As I put the playlist together and scooped up bubbles and glow sticks from the dollar store, I realized I was as excited about this party as all the second-grade guests were. In fact, I had parents volunteering to chaperone the party. And, as I am sure you are aware, that is not the norm!
The party went off without a hitch. Our driver Brandon was awesome. He didn’t even flinch when 20 kids rushed his bus. In fact, he smiled. For our party, we ended up keeping it simple. Dancing and swinging from the ceiling were the main attractions. Seven and eight-year-olds were shouting song requests at me and the whole bus went crazy when I played “Whip Nae Nae.” We provided the kids with party favors, some pop rocks and took the long way to Centennial Olympic Park. My son is a sucker for Krispy Kreme, so we came prepared with a few boxes of Original Glazed. We took the long, slow way back to the meetup spot, where the parents were eager to check out the bus, too.
After eight years of throwing kid birthday parties, I can say that this was the most simple, stress-free and fun experience I’ve ever had. Word on the street is that Liam had the coolest party in second grade. Maybe ever.
High-five Fur Bus, you rocked our faces off and made my little one feel like a star.