Faby Land opened its first location in the UAE just one month ago at Deerfield’s Mall in Abu Dhabi. It boasts 60,000 square feet of space for fun and brings original concepts in kids play to the region. For example, Faby Land has a one-of-it’s kind soccer pitch and a state-of-the-art Clip and Climb climbing wall. After attending the grand opening and witnessing for myself how grand – and new – the party room was, I was keen on hosting my son’s third birthday party there. And so, it began. For an entire month, I laid out plans with Faby Land staff to host a Spiderman themed birthday extravaganza.
While this establishment is centered around fun, there was no playing around when it came to business matters. The staff, from management to party attendants, were polite, courteous and professional. That goes a long way with keeping this mom satisfied. The day before our event I received a call from the events manager confirming details for the party and assuring me that he and his team were on top of things. He asked what time I was planing to arrive and told me that everything would be set up when I got there. And guess what? It was! I walked into the cute space to full on Spiderman motif. Place settings for the expected number of guests were in place with Spidey themed plates, cups and napkins. There was a sea of read and black balloons floating around the room and a single balloon tied to the back of each chair. Niche spaces had bee set up around the perimeter of the room to set up food, the cake, picture booth and face painting area. All I had to do was insert the custom favor bags that I created and the cake to rock and roll.
Faby Land offers three party packages that vary based on the experience you want to create and things like the number of kids, entertainment and the day of the week scheduled. You can also choose from several themes that they will use to transform the space. You can learn more about the party packages here. I customized things a little bit because, well…that’s what I do. LOL We brought in our own food which was simple enough with two pizza restaurants and a Carrefour within the mall. Faby Land is conveniently located next to the food court near Papa John’s. I simply placed an order for 13 medium pizzas 45 minutes before the party was scheduled to start. When they were ready, one of their staff delivered the pizzas to the party room. Just before cutting the cake, my husband popped down to Carrefour and grabbed three tubs of ice cream. Convenience is the name of the game and Faby Land’s location alone made hosting simple to manage.
Check out these video highlights from the BEST Spiderman party ever!
So, what made my party so special? I’ll tell you in these quick notes. Here are the things that made at least one person smile, dance, laugh cry or say WOW.
Entertainment. Although my son was turning three, we had a wide age range of attendees. Kids as young as 2 on put to 6 were there together and there was something to accommodate everyone. All of the kids jumped on the opportunity to get their faces paint. That was indeed a hit. The Faby Land mascot stopped by to say hello. Most of us were happy to see him but a couple of the little ones were reduced to tears. That’s always to be expected with characters but after about 5 minutes he was welcomed by all.
Party Attendants. As parents – particularly those with extreme A-type personalities like mine – we can overlook how necessary it is to have someone else run the event while you host. We had about 15 kids and at least 10 accompanying adults attend the party. It was a bit overwhelming making sure that I greeted everyone properly, took in birthday moments with my oldest son and kept a watch on who was holding my 5 month old baby. Surely, I couldn’t have effectively added the management of games to that. Having three Faby Land hostesses was perfect. They kept the activities rolling and played games with the kids like musical chairs. They moved us from one activity to the next like, face painting, then food, then dance contests, then rides, then cake cutting, etc. Those ladies were awesome and great with the children. Thank You!
Photo Backdrop. I always look for ways to incorporate technology into everything that I do. I mean after all, I am the genius behind #TamTalksTech. 😉 What better way to capture moments, than to create a space dedicated just for pictures? I asked that a backdrop be created and the team at Faby Land agreed. At best I expected a standard sized poster flanked by a few balloons. What we got instead was a raised platform, wide enough for the entire party to stand on it for a picture. It had a professional grade backdrop with the Faby Land logo and they included a spiderman themed “Happy Birthday” banner. This was my WOW moment. Thanks to my friends over at Canon Middle East, I was able to bring in the Canon Selphy printer and send party goers home with a copy of their photo. Priceless.
The Cake. It speaks for itself, but I must shout out the fabulous baker who brought this design to life. Thank you Lara Cakes and Sweets. It looked amazing and tasted good too. Check out the matching cupcakes she did for our small celebration at nursery, here.