It seems like it’s always time to plan a birthday party. The biggest challenge? Finding a way “out-do” last year’s celebration, especially with your little one’s ever-evolving requests (Pokemon cake, anyone?). This year, we’ve done the work for you and found some of D.C.’s most unique (and fun!) party rentals. Whether you’ve got a gamer or budding fashionista on your hands, these one-of-kind party picks will set your shindig apart.

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For the Retro Kid: Snap Entertainment’s Giant Light Bright
‘80s kids: Do you remember the light bright? There’s a bigger and brighter version of this vintage game available for your next celebration. Guests of all ages will enjoy creating cool designs or completing a custom challenge offered by a Snap Entertainment attendant. Create personalized birthday message and let the light shine on your little’s big day! Online:

Photo: Anders Ruff Custom Designs via Flickr

For the Builder: Bricks4Kidz
Does your little love LEGOs? Bricks4Kidz will bring more than 20 pounds of LEGO fun to your celebration. With wheels and bricks at the ready, your crew can play games, conquer challenges, or make their own unique creations. Party packages also include LEGO-themed invites, t-shirts, and mini figurines for each guest to take home.


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For the Beauty Queen: Spoiled Rotten Kids Spa
Coordinating a spa-themed shindig can put even the most relaxed parent on pins and needles. Enter Spoiled Rotten Spa. Based in Northeast D.C., their spa on wheels brings the pampering right to your pad. After putting on their spa robes, party goers can indulge in mocktails while Spoiled Rotten’s crew gets to work on manis, pedis, and makeup application. Before you cut the cake, your glammed-up crew can show off their new looks with a strut down a custom-built runway.


Photo Credit: Anders Ruff Custom Designs via flickr


For the Gamer: Games2U’s U:bot
The term “party crasher” will take on a whole new meaning when the U:bot invades your brood’s next birthday gathering. This seven-feet tall mobile menace features laser sounds, a voice synthesizer, and even a fog machine that’s controlled using a joystick. Put the guest of honor in charge or recruit a dramatic friend or family member to play the role of his very special attendee.


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For the Thrill Seeker: D.C. Rock Wall Rentals
Calling all climbers! You can make a 24-free-standing rockwall from D.C. Rockwall’s the center of your next birthday celebration. Adventurous attendees can climb to their heart’s content, all while under the watchful eye of a D.C. Rock Wall Rental’s staff member. Color-coded hand and foot holds offer challenges for ages and skill levels. And of course, there’s the chance to race the birthday boy or girl to the top.


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For the Animal Lover: Ponies Plus
From horses to hares, Ponies Plus can transform your backyard into a barnyard birthday bash. Kiddos can saddle up for pony rides or explore a backyard petting zoo featuring chicks, bunnies, goats, and more. Looking for a sweet ending to your fete? Ponies Plus can also arrange for an ice cream truck to stop by with frozen treats for your guests.


–Sarah Vogel


What’s the most unique party rental you’ve encountered on the party circuit? Let us know in the comments below.