Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Jamie and Leigh Ann Goebel are in the business of helping parents enjoy themselves, whether that be through freeing them up for a night on the town or taking over party planning duties so they can sit back and have fun.
Their Chattanooga Party Starters’ Hixson location is equipped to accommodate a variety of parties. The theme room has a projector to display different backdrops fitting everything from superhero to rock star themes.
The facility also features a costume room that allows guests to transform themselves into pretty princesses, silly monsters or basically anything imaginable. The costume room is also fully stocked with makeup and plenty of sparkles.
Guests can use the theme room for karaoke, a disco dance floor or for playing the wireless Wii game system, said Leigh Ann Goebel.
The space also includes a game room for activities such as ring and bean-bag tosses and what she describes as “giant Angry Birds.” Another room is set up for serving food and features a popcorn machine.
“I keep them busy the whole two hours with crafts, games and character visits,” she said.
Coming soon are new batting cages and pitching mounds, said Jamie Goebel, who has been coaching baseball for 13 years.
The size of the space fits around 12 children and their parents comfortably, said Leigh Ann Goebel, who can arrange every last detail of a party aside from the cake.
Party packages are available for all budgets, she said.
“I do everything from custom invitations to writing down every gift and sending out thank you notes,” said Leigh Ann Goebel, who can also do all the party decorations or arrange for a photographer to take photos.
On the first and third Friday of each month, she holds a Parents’ Night Out at the business from 5:30-10:30 p.m.
“It gives parents enough time to go to dinner and a movie,” she said.
Each Parents’ Night Out has a theme to which all activities of the evening relate. One night she did a Chinese New Year theme and the children made dragon masks, sampled fortune cookies and rice and made Fruit Roll-Up “sushi.”.
Reservations for the Parents’ Night Out are not required, but the program is limited to 12 children, all of whom must be at least 5 years old. The cost is $25 per child, with a $5 discount for bringing that night’s charity item, such as a bag of dog food for the Pet Placement Center in Red Bank.