My oldest just officially turned into a teenager. I’m still in shock. It feels like just yesterday I was pushing her down Sharon Road in her Baby Jogger. But she’s all grown up now, a true mini-version of me. In just five years, she’s off to college. And well, let’s just not go there yet. Let’s talk about her little 13th birthday soiree.
We’ve sat out in hosting birthday parties for the past few years. It seems like the trend is to hold off on official birthday parties during the middle school years. That is until the big 1-3. That’s when people seem to pull out the big guns – party limos are a big hit or dance parties at Funkytown. We wanted to do something a little different, since Ansley is almost the youngest in her class. All of these fab ideas were already taken.
Together, we came up with the idea of a fondue party. When you think of fondue, you immediately think of the Melting Pot, and that’s just who we called. I was not surprised to learn that they have this Teen Party gig totally figured out. They have every option you can think of with fondue in the mix, they even have party favors and a commemorative photo in a frame. How fun is that?
We went with the Ruby Fondue Party, which was perfect for us. It came with cheese fondue, entree, chocolate fondue and soda/tea for each guest.
Make sure your guests know to come hungry. Really hungry. Like I-haven’t-eaten-in-ten-days hungry. Because a fondue party at the Melting Pot is a culinary experience like no other. Three hours of deliciousness and the food just kept coming. For teenagers – this is mint. They had so much fun dipping and cooking and gabbing with their gal pals the entire time. I made the mistake of ordering cupcakes for the party via Polka Dot Bakeshop (our FAVE birthday tradition!) to be presented after dinner with presents. The girls were so full of chocolate fondue, we ended up eating the cupcakes for breakfast! Note to self, the fondue is the perfect dessert for the birthday girl – no need for anything else!
The girls also enjoyed getting dressed up for dinner since the Melting Pot is no Chick-fil-A. They were excited to whip out their fab party dresses so they could Snap Chat and Instagram away! Here is our commemorative Melting Pot photo:
Here’s our DELISH meal:
Hungry yet?! We LOVED our big celebration at the Melting Pot and will definitely be back for more special family dinners. Kids of all ages would love a special fondue night! Thanks, Melting Pot!
You can find the Melting Pot at:
Melting Pot of Charlotte: Midtown
901 S Kings Dr Ste 140B
Charlotte, NC 28204
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ANSLEY! Remembering way back when at LKM and sharing in our first pregnancies together! Enjoy your teenager!
Such a great idea and great photo! She’s so beautiful!! 🙂
What a great idea! That look like so much fun. Happy Birthday Ansley!!!!
Great idea of a young lady. A touch of sophistication, yet a lot of fun for the guests. I never new you could incorporate so many different foods in fondue!