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Macaroni KID South Hills Birthday Party Planning Guide

All You Need to Know to Plan the Best Ever Birthday Party or Event in the South Hills of Pittsburgh!

By Emily Papa, Macaroni KID Pittsburgh Publisher March 22, 2022

One of my greatest joys as a mother is planning my kids the perfect birthday party. I usually always go way too big, often overspend, and crush any ounce of hope that my kids might become minimalists one day.... all while loving every chaotic second of it. Now, party planning is something I've always loved and been good at, but I know it's not for everyone (and that's totally ok)! But birthdays happen and kids want parties. 

I've got you mama. 

Are you looking for local birthday party places, venues, rental companies and more in the South Hills of Pittsburgh? I'm here to share with you some of my best birthday party finds, including some of my favorite Pittsburgh birthday party spots and vendors to use in Baldwin, Bethel Park, Brentwood, Bridgeville, Castle Shannon, Dormont, Jefferson Hills, Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Oliver, Mt. Washington, Pleasant Hills, South Park, South Side, Upper St. Clair, West Mifflin and the cities in between. Whether you want to go all out or keep it super simple, the Macaroni KID South Hills Birthday Party Planning Guide has got some ideas to help you out! We even have tips on how to throw a stress-free party on a budget!

The first thing I do is ask my kid kids what they want to do for their birthday, so I can determine if we can pull a theme from it. I love to hear their input, roll my eyes at their outlandish requests (like Mom I want a cake) and then over deliver with delight on their special day. Once you have their input and theme, it's time to find a venue, and we go on from there. Below you will find lists that I hope will help you in planning your child's next birthday party!


Birthday Party Themes

One

  • Donut Grow Up - donut catered
  • First Fiesta
  • First Trip Around the Sun/ You are my Sunshine
  • Hole in ONE Par-tee - golf theme
  • Holy Cow I'm ONE
  • Let's ROAR and Play, I'm ONE today - Safari theme
  • Mr./Miss ONEderful
  • Once Around the Moon (make it space themed)
  • ONE Happy Camper
  • Our Sweet One 
  • Reeling in the big ONE (Fishing Themed)
  • Rookie Year (host at a pavilion with a ballpark - USC has a great one)
  • Some Bunny is One / Hoppy One (Peter Rabbit)
  • UNO
  • What a ONEderful World
  • Wild ONE

Two

Birthday Party themes for kids 5 and under




Iron City Ninja, Brentwood

Birthday Party Venues in the South Hills

Arcade
  • Chuck E. Cheese | Brigeville
  • Phoenix Theater | Bridgeville - treat your child and their guests to a private movie showing and don't forget to bring the cake!
  • Steer City Gamerz - Mobile entertainment goes wherever you go!
Athletic Venues
  • Altitude Trampoline Park | Bridgeville
  • Borelli's Dance Gallery | Bethel Park
  • Dance Workshop | Caste Village
  • Gymkhana | Bethel Park
  • Gymsport | Bridgeville
  • Ice Castle | Castle Shannon
  • Iron City Ninja | Pleasant Hills - we took little ninja classes here and my 5-year-old son absolutely loved it!
  • The Little Gym | McMurray
  • Printscape Arena | Southpointe - Plan an ice skating party!
  • Urban Air | North Fayette - Head to Robinson for a great party venue for your adventurer of any age. Not your typical trampoline park, Urban Air offers multiple party rooms and packages and has attractions for kids and adults alike. 
DIY/Arts & Crafts
  • AR Workshop | Pleasant Hills - DIY studio
  • Build-A-Bear
  • Fired Up Pottery Studio | McMurray
  • Fox in a Box | Bethel Park
  • Paint Monkey | Waterfront
  • Painting with a Twist | South Side
  • Splat: A Make & Take Art Studio | Bethel Park - Think art center & DIY, the owner April will work with you to create the perfect birthday party
  • That Pottery Place | Bethel Park
Indoor
  • Upper St. Clair Rec Center - USC Rec Center offers both indoor pool parties and gym parties. They do NOT allow for outdoor pool parties, however, they will give all party guests a pass that they can use at the outdoor pool after the party if spacing permits. 
  • YMCA | Bethel Park
Outdoor
  • North Strabane Park - their pavilions have fully equipped kitchens and are all closely located to working bathrooms
  • Round Hill Park - Rent a pavilion near the park to play for a bit then walk over to the working farm for a leisurely walk to visit with the animals. When you're done, let the littles run through the spray park while the parents sit back and take it all in. 
  • Simmons Farm | McMurray
  • Triple B Farms
  • Washington Wild Things


Sweet Treats - Cookies, Cakes and More!



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  • Angelina's Bakery | Southpointe - cookies and pastries
  • Batter and Dough | Bridgeville - specializes in biscotti and gourmet desserts
  • Bethel Bakery | Bethel Park & Canonsburg - cakes, cookies, you name it
  • Cocoa Bake Shop | Squirrel Hill - sugar cookies and other sweet treats
  • Cookie Wishes | McMurray - Sugar cookies
  • Cyprowski Candy Company | Washington
  • Jess COOKies | Bethel Park - sugar cookies
  • Oakmont Bakery | Worth the drive from wherever you are
  • Peace, Love & Little Donuts - Baldwin, McMurray
  • The Pie Place | Upper St. Clair - did you know the Pie Place also offers Birthday Party Packages?
  • Potomac Bakery | Dormont
  • Sarris Candy | Canonsburg
  • Sugar and Spice - Baldwin

Entertainment



Princess and Superhero Parties Pittsburgh at the 2022 MacKID Summer Camp Expo

Character Entertainment



Enchanted Experiences character entertainment at the Macaroni KID 2022 Summer Camp Expo


  • Enchanted Experiences - Providing the highest quality Character Entertainment for any occasion in the greater Pittsburgh area.
  • Ever After Events - We are a professional children's entertainment company based in Pittsburgh, PA. We are committed to creating the most magical events for you and your family. Macaroni Kid Subscriber Exclusive Discount: 20% off any party package More details here
  • PGH Party Creations

Face Painting

Balloon Twisting

Activities

  • JumpBunch of NW and SW Pittsburgh
  • Pitch A Fête LLC - Pitch A Fête™ ("Fête" is French for Party) fuses traditional do-it-yourself celebrations with bespoke, modern day luxury.  The company specializes in imagining, curating and shipping to you your desired amount of Fête Crate™ packages which contain luxe, bespoke themed party teepees and themed items for birthday celebrations, slumber parties, sleepunder or un-slumber parties, bachelorette parties, movie nights, or baby and toddler play nooks at weddings. Macaroni Kid Subscriber Exclusive: MACARONIKID10  (USE CODE FOR 10% DISCOUNT OFF ALL ITEMS) More details here
  • Steel City Gamerz - Mobile gaming unit
  • Photo Booth - Rent an interactive photo booth from Princess & Superhero Parties Pgh for your next event MACARONI KID SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT: 10% Off to Macaroni KID subscribers by using code BELIEVE33 More info here


Balloons & Decor



Balloons by Lemonade Balloon Company, Tipi & Decor by Pitch A Fête 


  • Balloony Bin | Elizabeth
  • Balloon Thangz
  • Boxx My Party - a one-stop shop for perfectly curated kid's party themes all in a BOXX ready to ship right to your door. MACARONI KID SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT: Use "MACARONIKIDS" for free shipping on all orders

20 foot organic balloon arch created by The Cheerful Balloon Co



Full Service Party Planning and Event Design Services

  • Encore Event Design


Etsy Stores by Local Pittsburgh Peeps

  • Colorful Creations - Jessica created matching outfits for my son and daughter for his superhero themed birthday. They were super cute and ended up being his favorite shorts, so we ordered three more pairs!

Tips and Ideas

  • Nick Jr. will do a free character call to wish your child happy birthday!
  • Hire a photographer so you can BE in the photos


Check back for your next party as this guide is constantly being updated!

Do you have a birthday offering that you would like to see listed in our guide? Email Emily at emilyp@macaronikid.com