For some parents, planning kids’ birthday parties come naturally. They have years’ worth of party ideas that suit each child’s personality and are so fun they have no problem generating attendance. For others, Google and Pinterest are your best friends as you try your best to come up with a theme worthy of inviting friends and family. After you feel spent from planning and executing the party, it haunts you to realize you just have to do it again next year (sooner if you have more than one child). 

You don’t have to be a natural party planner to throw a birthday party that will make your kids say, “Thank you!” In this article, we’re talking about five elements of a great birthday celebration that won’t break the bank or take all your free time to plan. We can’t guarantee your kid will say you’re the coolest, but these steps should at least get you a high-five. 

Five Elements of a Great Birthday Party

1) The Right Location 

A great party deserves a great location. You need a facility that can accommodate guests, food, and fun activities. That place does not have to be expensive or exotic if you have the other elements of a great party. You just need somewhere for people to gather, eat, talk, and for the kids to play. 

2) Fun Activities 

This is one of the most important parts of throwing a great birthday party. It can also be one of the most complicated aspects of a good celebration. Here are a few principles to remember when it comes to activities:

  • You don’t have to plan out every moment. 
  • Kids are going to have fun when they’re together. 
  • You don’t have to have the most creative activities for your kids to have a great birthday. 
  • You can get help from people who specialize in fun parties. 

If you’re in Black Mountain or the Asheville area, you can host your kid’s birthday party at Black Mountain Adventure Zone. This allows you to check both the “location” and “fun activities” boxes at the same time. You will have access to a party room with a table and chairs and, of course, our adventure arena. 

Laser Tag

Laser tag has come a long way. Gone are the days of heavy chest packs. Our LaserWar taggers feature wireless headband sensors with sound and vibrations to inform each player of their actions and status. Your kids and their friends will feel like they are in a real-life Fornite-style video game. 


There is no paint or mess in this unique, fast-paced, lower-impact shooting game. Kids use battery-powered blasters to blast small, water-filled gel orbs at their friends. When you’re hit, you can feel it, but it is a much slower impact than airsoft or paintball. 

We offer everything you’ll need to have a great time playing GellyBall! Our indoor arena is ideal for groups of all ages and sizes. For open play and private events, we provide structured gameplay with a range of objectives. For parents, you can trust that we take an active role in ensuring kids are having a great time. It’s not just the kids that enjoy it, often parents and grandparents have the most fun!

Battle Cage

Your kids can challenge their buddies to an unforgettable duel with a year’s worth of bragging rights on the line. This sword combat experience will blow you away, from the sound effects to the live score, thanks to the clever belt and blade combination. Plus, while they wait their turn, your audience can cheer on their favorite contestant from the sidelines.

Added to Laser Tag and GellyBall, Battle Cage is like the icing on the cake of a fun party.

3) Birthday Cake

No birthday party is complete without a great birthday cake. However, that doesn’t mean you have to spend a day baking and icing a cake from scratch. Use one of the amazing bakeries in Black Mountain to create a memorable and Instagramable birthday cake your kids and their friends will remember. 

4) Good Food and Drinks

Truthfully, your kids and their friends aren’t going to remember the food as long they aren’t hungry. However, you wow other parents and family members with great food from a local restaurant. Black Mountain Adventure Zone is within the delivery area of many of the best restaurants in Black Mountain. Pepperoni’s Gourmet Pizza – Black Mountain is just a few doors down. 

You might take your food and beverage game to the next level by adding Black Mountain’s own Dripolator Coffee to your list of drinks. 

5) Friends and Family 

The most important element of a great birthday party is the inclusion of friends and family. Your kids might remember the location, the cake, the decorations, and the gifts, but they will remember the experience with their favorite people above all else. 

Of course, having the right location, fun activities, and great food will help ensure your guest lists RSVPs. We can help you with the venue and the entertainment. If you are ready to book a birthday party at Black Mountain Adventure Zone, you can sign up here to experience laser tag and revolutionary GellyBall at our arena. If you have questions, fill out our contact form or give us a call

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