A new carpet and memories of last year’s arty party prompt us to think of venturing further afield than home this year for our daughter’s eighth birthday. But where to book? Trampoline centre – “Stinks of smelly feet” says Birthday Girl (BG).
Pool party – “Too much responsibility” I think. As we brainstorm ideas, singing and music featured strongly so we book a room at Edinburgh’s karaoke venue Supercube.
Thankfully the biggest room holds 20-30 so the price per head is fairly low which means a whole class of P4s can be invited and the rsvps came in faster than X-Factor votes.
We decide to be prepared and organise the playlist in advance. On the Supercube website you can choose the songs and the track numbers are emailed to your inbox so, on arrival, you can simply type the numbers into the computer panel and hit play, rather than sift through the book of song choices. BG returned from school with a list of suggestions which included everything from Bob the Builder’s Can We Fix It? to Rihanna’s California King Bed. Many of the song choices are available in radio version, thankfully, but as the big day draws closer I realise that many of the chart hits chosen have rather suggestive lyrics. I hope the party-goers are too young to notice.
The gig kicks off with BG and her BFF singing Domino by Jessie J but when I then offer the microphones around the audience the poor things look star struck and I suspect this could be a very long two hours. However, when BG launches into the Scissor Sisters I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’, the room bursts into chaos – with the boys dancing the running man and the girls singing and dancing on the small stage we’ve created using seating blocks. And so it continues.
We stop midway through for jugs of juice and snacks but the bar only has two buckets of popcorn and two bags of crisps available. Party buffets can be organised in advance but if you’re going for the cheaper snack option I’d suggest making sure that they will also be available.
Karaoke favourites include Arlo Black’s I Need a Dollar (hey hey), LMFAO Party Rock Anthem and surprisingly Queen’s We Will Rock You. The only song missing from our list is It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To ... something to do with the microphones not being shared fairly. Fortunately, I have a bag of wigs, hats, sunglasses and pretend microphones so the party is soon in full swing again.
As the parents arrive to collect their offspring I get the distinct impression that many fancy trying karaoke themselves. There could be a very different kind of parents’ night in the offing.
Supercube, 58a George Street, Edinburgh, 0131-226 4218, www.super cube.biz; room hire from £20 per hour, children’s packages available.