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Written by:  Claudia Plazas
Date: July 1, 2011

Carolina Parent readers voted on the best party planning services and goodies in the Triangle, resulting in these 2011 Family Favorites.


Party Entertainer

Ted's Twisted Balloons and Magic offers a magic show that kids and adults enjoy. Ted makes multiple sculptures with balloons while entertaining at special events.

Dan the Animal Man entertains with an animal and magic show, offering an opportunity to learn about wildlife and animal behavior in a fun way.

Party Facility

Pump It Up has private indoor areas with gigantic inflatable slides, obstacle courses and more. Coordinators organize the party, setting up and cleaning up so you don't have to. Available options include pizza, goodie bags and more. 10700 World Trade Blvd., Ste. 112, Raleigh;

Honorable Mentions - Bounce U:   3419 Apex Peakway, Apex;

Monkey Joe's: 1747 Walnut St., Cary. 6220 Glenwood Ave. Ste. 104, Raleigh.

Birthday Cake/Treat

Once in a Blue Moon Bakery offers cakes, pies and breakfast goodies. You can choose from more than 10 different specialty cakes to celebrate a special day. 115-G W. Chatham St., Cary;

Harris Teeter lets you choose from decorated variety cakes or message cookies to make a birthday a sweet occasion to remember. Find locations at


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