Voted No. 4 in the Top 10 Birthday Chains for Kid Birthday Parties in 2010 by Parents magazine, Pump It Up sprawls over 11,000 square feet of play areas and party rooms teeming with inflatable fun. A stalwart staff oversees the neighborhood of bounce houses and air-filled playthings that populate the indoor arena, including a regal throne for celebrating birthdays or announcing edicts mandating dessert for breakfast. The ascending wall of the Vertical Rush challenges climbers with a hump-shaped obstacle, and attached dueling slides send victors careening into fun. Throughout the week, families can pop in for open play and lectures on refinancing mortgages on treehouses, or tote along their own mini entourage for birthday party packages complete with private rooms, complimentary invites, and a veritable stockpile of extras to customize the celebratory shenanigans.
The tall spires on the top of the castle jiggle slightly, wobbling in time with the jubilant bouncing that takes place within the inflatable castle. Decorated with Disney princesses or watched over by a red-robed wizard, the bounce houses welcome young jumpers to work off energy from birthday cakes or rev up for summertime activities. Premier Party Essentials' services also include water-slide and cotton-candy machine rentals and face painting.
Casting Water Garden and Decor stocks more than 20,000 outdoor accents and gifts to adorn lawns and gardens. Handmade from coconut and bamboo in Bali, 40-inch bamboo wind chimes ($29.99) accent green spaces with graceful curves and tinkling cylinders that sing out "I Want it That Way" when hit correctly. Create a harmonious atmosphere with the soothing trickle of miniature water fountains, or illuminate winding pathways with rainbow-colored solar-powered garden lights ($29.99). Cast-iron bird feeders and handcrafted birdhouses cater to feathered flocks with spaces designed to look like wooden churches, clay nooks, and two-dimensional reproductions of birdhouses.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.