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BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Kids’ birthdays are a big thing here; but not to worry, we have your back. All you need to do is sit back, dial a few numbers and yippee, party sorted. We have just listed here: who and what we recommend, we have not gone into too much detail as we think much of it is self-explanatory. They have, as always, been tried and tested, and are what we think are some of the best options for a stand out party (in a good way).

Caterers

We have included the traditional catering options and some other pop ups which will add a new dynamic to your party; not only taste wise but style wise too.

1. Il Gelato

Opening Hours: 9am – 10.30pm |504 R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo | 0112 580 218
Brilliant for ice creams and a wow factor, kids go crazy for being able to choose their favourites.

2. Ceylon Creperie

Opening Hours: 9am -6pm | Plus Nine Four, 35 D. S. Fonseka Rd, Colombo 05 | 077 177 2999
Noemi is a beautiful French woman with an incredible passion for cooking. She makes, hands down, the best crepes, and she brings along her converted Tuk Tuk named Jo, making a real feature at a party, and food’s sorted because she can do sweet and savoury.

3. The Lankan Fry

What’s not to love about delicious crunchy fries and lots of sauces; these girls are championing the common chip and elevating it to another level. You choose your fries, add your protein and then whatever sauces you want. You can work with the girls to make the fries less spicy so it works for the kids.They currently operate only on a pop-up basis.

4. Tosakanth’s Roast Paan

20, de Fonseka Road, Colombo 05 |Opening Hours:10.30am-6.30pm(Tuesday to Sunday)| 0773637117
Roasted paan is a bread famous over here; it is like the two ends of the crust of bread put together. Tosakanth can come along and transform your party by filling the bread with anything you choose and then roasting it. Basically, the ultimate cheese toasties.

5. Dottie’s Bakery

071 062 8524
Lisa is an expert at making things look beautiful and taste delicious too. The best thing about Dottie’s catering is they have a healthy range too; including gluten free, vegan and refined-sugar free. Absolutely recommended by T&T, super professional and caring. The best part for us is the understanding of quality over quantity, and the added bonus of their products being less sugary, so the kids are not bouncing off the walls!

6. Paan Paan

84 Lorenz Rd, Colombo 04 |Opening Hours:5.30pm-9.00pm| 0117 500 201
Paan Paan does a lovely selection of snacks both sweet and savoury. They are perfect to cater a tea-party type birthday party. They can also provide beverages, but this is their regular stock, so you will have lots of little bottles left to clean up and dispose of after-party. They also do platters which can be served as is (the platters are essentially cardboard trays, but if you’re looking for minimal fuss and washing up it is something to consider).

7. Baguette

Opening Hours: 9am – 7pm | 62 Havelock Rd, Colombo 05 | 0112 559 455 |0777 002 922
You need to place your order at least 4 days in advance, but you can have their whole selection on your kid’s party table; looking like super parents for very little fuss. Their food is delicious, high quality, and they have something that will appeal to the fussiest of eaters.

8. Tasty Caterers

Opening Hours: 7am – 9.30pm | 88 Fife Rd, Colombo 05 | 0112 081 041
Tasty is one of the oldest caterers in the Colombo party scene. They offer menus of snacks and finger food as well as full meals and will also send service staff to the party if asked. Their prices are reasonable, and the food is good. If it is full meals you are ordering, they will also bring chafing dishes and other equipment and set up and serve buffet style. They will also bring glasses and serve drinks if you ask. In addition to their wide range of snacks, desserts and meals, they can also make beverages like iced coffee and fruit punch in large quantities. They don’t do cakes though. Their customer service is not the best however. (Customer service only, serving staff is quite accommodating).

9. Roccos Pizza

 615A, Nawala Road, Rajagiriya,Colombo 7,Sri Lanka |Opening Hours:11.00am-10.00pm(11.00pm on weekends) |0722012121
If you have a huge order of over 60 pizzas, they can bring their own oven (very cool feature) but if you are having a smaller party they will happily deliver pizzas to you and stagger delivery time so they’re still fresh and hot. They are delicious they also have other food options like lasagna. Really helpful and accommodating. Very impressed by them.

Hotels like the Kingsbury, Hilton and Shangri La are also good options for catering.

Cakes

1. Cake Factory

Opening Hours: 9am – 7pm (10am – 5pm on Sundays) | 91A 5th Ln, Colombo 03 | 0112 372 322 | 0777 382 510
Cake Factory does delicious cake, can work at short notice and always delivers on looks. What more can you want?

2. Sits Cakes & Desserts

Opening Hours: 8.30am – 5.30pm (Closed on Sundays) | 2 Elibank Rd, Colombo 05 | 077 773 0793
Sits is a little outfit in a beautiful setting. This lady is extremely talented and can make every cake you can think of. We particularly love her cup cakes

3. Colombo Couture Cakes

072 166 6222
These cakes are outstanding in look and taste; Farizeh, the baker, is gifted in cake-making and her passion shows in the cakes she makes. Our favourite is the strawberry cake- our mouths are watering just thinking about it!

4. Dimplicious Cakes

077 760 0100 | [email protected]
Dimplicious Cakes makes absolutely delicious cakes that not only look incredible but taste amazing! Dimple is a very talented lady.

Party Shops & Supplies

1. Party Adventure

Opening Hours: 9.30am – 6pm (Open till 3pm on Saturdays and 1pm on Sundays) | 60 Kassapa Rd, Colombo 05 | 0112 507 806
This is a great one-stop shop for any party need. The stock is quite run of the mill; it is no Meri Meri, but you can always find something. The ladies running it are very helpful and will try their hardest to source things if you give them enough prior notice. They also have a wide selection of balloons and will happily inflate them for you with air or helium just before the party.

T&T Tip: Don’t go for helium in advance, in this climate, they don’t last long at all. Best to do on the day.

2. Pettah

Pettah is the busiest area of Colombo’s downtown, the streets are narrow, busy and hot, but it is an amazing experience, and you can find great deals. Refer our link to Pettah above for all your need-to-know info.

3. Anim8

Opening Hours: 8.30am – 5pm (Closed on Sundays and open till 1pm on Saturdays) | 237 Thimbirigasyaya Rd, Colombo 05 | 076 678 3898
Anim8 is mainly a print service company, but they will become your absolute best friend. They can make invitations, banners, cups, plates, trophies, t-shirts; you name it they can make it/ customize it for you. Staff is very helpful and will give you clear quotations and timelines for work given.

Furniture Rentals

1. Mangala Sootra

479 Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 00800 | 077 144 8008 | [email protected]
They’ve got a good selection of chairs and tables.

Planners

1. Impressions

072 771 6839

They will plan the ultimate birthday party for you; they will organize the furniture hire, decorations, candy table and backdrop etc. They are very transparent on their costings and have a good eye for detail.

2. Art Loft

318 Castle Street, Colombo 08 | 077 805 3997
You can organize your decoration from them. They are experts at giving parties a wow factor.

Fancy Dress & Costumes

1. Angels and Brats

Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm | 88 Galle Rd, Colombo 04 | 0112 581 428
They are an easy port of call for last-minute fancy dress emergencies, especially around Halloween! They have pre-made costumes. They’re quite expensive for the quality they offer, but incredibly handy.

2. JoJo’s Costumes for Kids

Opening Hours: 10.30am – 5.30pm (Closed on Sundays) | 9A 1/1 Col TG Jayawardena Mawatha, Colombo 03 | 077 777 2726
She makes very good tailor-made costumes for your children. They have some pre-made ones too. And they also have and do costumes for adults!

3. Babybear Boutique

Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Open till 5pm on weekends) | 35 Pagoda Rd, Nugegoda | 077 350 6965
They have a selection of dressing up clothes in addition to their other products.

Venues

1. B.I.Y (Bake It Yourself) Lanka

Opening Hours: 9.30am – 6pm (they close at 4pm on Sundays) | 245c Galle Road, Colombo 05 | 0117 446 609
This place has our vote. They can cater up to 10 children, starting from age 5/6 upwards. They give kids a choice of baking cupcakes, a 6 inch cake, or cookies. Aqeedah and her 2 assistants guide the young bakers through their bakes. Her philosophy is getting kids to go hands-on and learn to enjoy every ounce of cooking. From measurements to cleaning up. Incredible. You can also do grown-up baking classes and learn to make the perfect birthday cake for next year.

2. Little Gym

2nd floor, Business Machines Building, 1 Lake Crescent, Colombo 02 | 011 4 363632
Birthday parties are very well organized here, and they really do take the strain out of organizing a party. The kids are entertained in the gym for an hour, with fun games and activities and then there is a great party room next door which you can decorate as you like. The parties here always seem to run smoothly, and you don’t leave feeling harassed. Kids have been exercised and fed, it’s brilliant.

3. Soft play areas

All the above-mentioned soft play areas will host birthday parties. This is a good option if you want children out of house, and built-in activities for them. They often offer packages, where they can organize the whole thing for you, or you just hire the space and plan it yourself.

4. Dutch Burgher Union

Opening Hours: 11am – 10.30pm | 114 Reid Ave, Colombo 05 (Bauddhaloka Mawatha) | 0112 584 511
The DBU has that old school village hall vibe and great indoor space and outdoor space. They’re suitable for putting up a slip and slide or bouncy castle in. They offer catering too but bear in mind the food can be spicy for little ones.

5. Scope or Empire Cinemas

Liberty by Scope | 35 Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 03 | 0112 325 266

Scope Cinemas – Colombo City Centre
137 Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo 02 | 0112 325 266

Empire Cineplex
Arcade independence Square, Colombo 07 | 0115 999 999

These cinemas offer options where you can rent out the whole cinema which can be a great option. Noise level is a minimum, and if you give them a snack pack and cut the cake at the end of the movie, you are done without any polite chit chat. This is quite an expensive option though, the Empire at Independence Arcade would be the cheaper option and it is a smaller cinema.

6. Ceylon Riding Club

30/1 Denzil Kobbekaduwa Mawatha, Gorakapitya, Piliyandala | 076 447 7788
This is about 45 minutes away from central Colombo and is set in beautiful countryside. If you have a horse -obsessed child, this is a fantastic option. They will offer rides for the children, grooming, and have brilliant space for games. This is an outdoor party so you must be prepared for heat.

7. The Art Loft

318 Castle Street, Colombo 08 | 077 805 3997
They can host and plan your party for you.

8. Hotels

Many of the hotels have function rooms of varying sizes that you can book; this is a slightly soulless option, but hey, you don’t have to do any of the tidying up and it is a blank canvas so you can make the room into anything you want. They will expect you to use them as caterers etc. This can become a very expensive option but if you are catering for a very large party, it’s worth having a look around your favorite hotel.

9. Uni Sports Centre (for futsal)

No.6, 1st Lane Kirillapone, Colombo 05 |Opening Hours:6.00am-11.00pm | 077 742 0002
If you want a futsal match to be the center of your party, this is a great option. It also gets the kid’s energy pumping but tires them out by the end. A win-win if you ask us.

10. Go Karting

Maithree Mawatha, Walgama, Gammanpila, Bandaragama |Opening Hours:10.00am-7.30pm | 077 055 5577
Kids and grownups will have blast with a party hosted here. Suitable for kids aged 8 and over we would say. They have a pool, rifle shooting and a restaurant, so minimal effort for you and kids will love it. Consider hiring a minibus out there so they can all be together- you might want to take ear plugs for the ride though!

11. Il Ponte (no lifeguard)

Hilton Colombo, 2 Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner, Mawatha, Colombo 02 |Opening Hours:11.00am-11.00pm| 0112 492 492
Brilliant space for a pool party, they have two pools, a baby pool and a bigger pool. There is a bar for the parents, and they can fix the catering for you. Please note they do not have a lifeguard.

12. Excel World Bowling Alley

Excel World, 338 T. B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10 | 0115 555 996
The kids will love having their party at a bowling alley. It can be turned into competition.

13. Water’s Edge

316 Ethul Kotte Road, Battaramulla | 0112 863 863
Hosting a party at Water’s Edge can be wonderful. They have plenty of outdoor space as well as lots of indoor spaces of various sizes. Water’s Edge will handle the catering and you can bring in whoever you like to decorate etc. You could also hire a naval boat for a jaunt round the lake.

14. Dehiwala Zoo

Opening Hours: 8.30am – 6pm (They also open from 7pm – 10pm from Friday – Sunday) | 120 Quarry Rd, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia | 0112 712 752
You can contact the zoo directly and hire the central grassy space, bear in mind you will need to hire the furniture etc. separately and a gazebo for shade. They will bring some animals out to pet and give you a little talk about some of the animals. You also have access to the whole zoo so you can do a little team treasure hunt around it, giving the children a chance to go around the zoo. Inviting the other parents is essential though.

Entertainers

1. Creative Play

28a Swarna Pl, Nawala | 077 393 5541
These girls have now also taken over Jittabugs. The pair are hugely enthusiastic and if you give them a briefing about the party, they will come up with fun activities for the children to do, plus they will make little props for the kids so the theme of your party runs throughout. We’ve had very good experiences with them.

2. PhotoBooths.lk

20, Gothami Road,Colombo 08 |[email protected] |077 948 7648|

Brilliant at an older kids’ birthday to capture great snapshots of them and their friends. They have various packages, so best to check out their website, but they come recommended

3. Dinesh the Dynamic

325 Jumma Masjid Road, Colombo 10 |[email protected] |0777 975 975

Speak to Dinesh; they have slip and slides, foam pools, bouncy castles, face painting, disco lights, and a whole lot of Other things to boost a party. You name it they have it.

T&T TIP: You will find lots of services with a similar offering, be prepared that they are not all particularly hygienic, the foam has made people sick, so be aware and always tell them your party starts much earlier than it actually does so they are not setting up while your guests arrive.

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