Hixson Mom Launches Chattanooga Party Starters

Saturday, January 5, 2013
Leigh Ann Goebel and Batman at a Superhero party.
Leigh Ann Goebel and Batman at a Superhero party.

A Hixson mom has launched Chattanooga Party Starters to help others throw the unforgettable childrens party.

With three kids and a gift of hosting events, Leigh Ann Goebel knew there had to be a better way to plan a fun party for children. She asked a friend to borrow some space at a dance studio to host a couple of birthday parties - the first of which was a Jedi training party for her son.

The kids started with space-themed crafts and then moved into Jedi training. They received lessons on how to handle a light saber and mastered an intense obstacle course (intense for six-year-olds anyway).

After training was complete, they received a certificate of accomplishment. As ceremonies wrapped up, the evil Darth Vader appeared; using all the training they just received, the evil Dark One was defeated. To celebrate the great battle, cake and ice cream were in order.

Next was a Princess party that included "Pin the Kiss on the Frog" and story time with a "real princess".

Ms. Goebel said she chose to do children’s parties due to “that magic look in a child’s eye when they realize their dream is coming true.” 

Mrs. Goebel does it all from custom invitations and thank you notes to all the cleaning and decorations. Now out of the dance studio and in her new location at 1606 Strawberry Lane in Hixson, she says the sky is the limit ranging from Rock Star parties with disco lights and karaoke to Wild West parties with cowboys and Little Chef parties where everyone learns a little cooking secret.

She says, "All the parents have to do is sit back and watch their child’s dreams come to life." 

Mrs. Goebel offers many different party packages for just about every budget. She also rents the space to adults for small group meetings, showers or small sales events. She has also started offering "Kids Party Workshops" (a.k.a parents night out). These spaces are very limited so that she can give every child the attention they deserve.

According to Mrs. Goebel a charitable donation will be made every time she hosts a parents night out. “If we do something food themed, we will donate to the food bank. Wrapping fun, learning and charity together will stick in the kids' minds; hopefully I can play a part in not only teaching kids that giving can be fun, but also to make an impact on needs in our community.” 

To find out more about Chattanooga Party Starters, please contact Leigh Ann Goebel at (423) 321-8403 or online at chattanoogapartystarters.com


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