Give me a high five, cuz I just threw my son the most awesome birthday party and it was the easiest party I've ever organized, and trust me, that's a huge deal for a divorced mom of two. Here's how I did it: I called Game Truck and gave my son his very first man cave experience.
If you're not familiar with Game Truck, here's the scoop: it's a complete multi-player video game party in a tricked out rig, which drives directly to your home for an amazing group video gaming experience. Each truck is filled with multiple flat screens, leather couches, Wii, Xbox 360 and Play Station 3 consoles, and all of the latest and greatest multi-player games your kids could possibly want to play. It's darkened so the screens are bright and decorated with rope light trim on the ceiling. Sweet set up.
The boys went nuts as the truck drove up. They knew an epic party was about to begin! Before the guys were let loose, our GT coach, Zack, met with me solo to review the inventory so I could customize which games would be displayed for the boys to play. I eliminated all of the first person shooter and Mature-Rated games, which left tons of age appropriate choices for the kids, ages from 9-11.
The boys were in kid heaven playing Minecraft, Mario Bros, NBA, Burnout Paradise Racing in their very own VIP video game clubhouse. Coach Zach was kept busy switching out games, setting controllers and giving out gaming advice. Personally, I'd like to adopt Zach. He was polite, friendly, helpful and tactful when several neighborhood party crashers had to check out the scene. Sure, I let the crashers check it out. How could I not? The Most Awesome Thing was in the neighborhood! By the way, Zach and all Game Truck coaches are background checked for a safe party experience, which made it easier for me to sneak away now and then to get the food ready. The boys played to their hearts' content for two hours while I peacefully organized some healthy snacks, along with the obligatory nachos, ordered pizza and put candles on the cake.
It was a breeze ordering the game truck. One easy phone call with the party date, number of kids and how many hours I wanted to rent was all it took. Coach Zach finalized the invoice with an iPhone and a swipe of my Visa. An electronic invoice was emailed to me within minutes. Sweet paperless shopping.
Game Truck Party OC is offering a $20 discount for Destination Irvine readers! Just mention Destination Irvine for the discount and get ready to enjoy the easiest birthday party ever. Sweeeet Deal.
Terry Winkler is the founder of Enter Stage Write, an Orange County theater, entertainment and lifestyle website.