Take a departure from typical and put your kid’s next big day on wheels. From food trucks to traveling trolleys, we’ve pinned down some of the best options to make your next birthday party a rockin’ and rollin’ success. Though not all of these rolling venues are based in Dallas, that's one advantage of being mobile: they're all willing and able to travel right to your door.
Food trucks are all the rage and help you stay on trend while staying out of the kitchen. Whatever your kid craves, there’s a truck that can bring it to your door.
Give the Yum Yum Food Truck a call for handmade burgers served with hand-cut fries – or other kid-pleasing fare such as build-your-own burritos and tacos. Another family favorite is the Mooyah Cookout Trailer, which will bring the burgers for which Mooyah is famous right to your party. All in-store options are available on the trailer, sans milkshakes. Looking for big burger taste in a smaller size? The Easy Slider Truck provides slider-size versions of kid-friendly classics such as the cheeseburger. They also offer vegetarian and turkey options.
Yum-Yum! Truck, 469/446-2267
Mooyah Cookout Trailer, 469/878-5302
Easy Slider Truck, 214/668-1910
Ruthie’s Rolling Café and Lees Grilled Cheese are two trucks specializing in the fine art of grilled cheese. Ruthie’s will build your grilled cheese any way you like it, with birthday packages providing party necessities such as linens, tables and trashcans. Ruthie’s will even recreate its menu to feature the name of the birthday boy or girl. Not to be outdone, Lees Grilled Cheese offers flexible party packages and can serve their gourmet sandwiches straight from the truck or buffet-style.
Ruthie’s Rolling Café, 972/380-4233
Lees Grilled Cheese, 979/218-7858
Whether you’re looking for a plain ol’ hot dog or something a little more adventurous, Eat Jo Dawgs and Sassy Hot Dogs have got it covered. Eat Jo Dawgs specializes in custom creations piled high with extras, but they’re happy to provide simpler meal plans for birthday parties. Sassy Hot Dogs sure has some sassy names for their gourmet dogs, but it’s all in good fun. If one of your guests orders the PHD (pot head dog), he can expect to wear a pot on his head until his order’s up.
Eat Jo Dawgs, 866/5483159
Sassy Hot Dogs, 817/994-3079
The best part of any event is dessert. Shaved ice, whoopee pies and custom cupcakes are a few of the sweet treats these food trucks roll in.
Cupcakes come in more flavors and designs than you can imagine. Trailercakes’ 1965 vintage Airstream named “Bubbles” is a hit with the kids, and parents go for the mini-cupcakes. No only can kids eat great cupcakes straight from Bubbles, but the folks at Trailercakes will even play music and bring their own bubble machine. Cup Cakin is another mobile option for desserts, featuring the popular cookies ’n’ cream flavor as well as a bacon cupcake topped with maple frosting. Fans of the Food Network show Cupcake Wars may be familiar with Red Jett Sweets. They offer several party packages, including a Cupcake Wars Party and Cupcake Decorating Spree designed for younger kids. Red Jett Sweets makes party planning even easier with add-ons such as party favors and a professional photographer.
Cup Cakin, 214/247-6270
Red Jett Sweets, 817/733-6422
If you’re looking for something more unusual, give Rockstar Bakeshop a try. They do it all at this bakeshop, but whoopie pies are the specialty. The Rainbow Connection is typically met with overwhelming praise. And yes, it’s named for the song. Auntie AM’s Sweet Stop is another mobile bakery that does it all, with cakes, cupcakes and cookies on board, though cakes are their specialty. All products are baked in the truck, so you’re guaranteed freshness.
Rockstar Bakeshop, 214/564-9843
Auntie AM’s Sweet Stop, 817/422-2617
Want to keep the kids cool while they party hard? Kona Ice will roll up its mobile snow-cone stand with music playing to put everyone in the party mood. Enticed is another warm-weather favorite, serving ice treats shaved directly from the block. If you’re looking for more decadent flair, check out Coolhaus, with ice cream sandwiches in adventurous flavors such as dirty mint chip and brown butter candied bacon. Coolhaus will create custom wrappers for your party and can customize your menu to be kosher, non-dairy or vegan. DFW Ice Cream Trucks brings the traditional to your neighborhood, with ice cream carts available in case a truck can’t work your location.
DFW Ice Cream Trucks, 972/395-5339
If you want to put your kid’s next birthday party literally on wheels, these services can make it happen – whether you’ve got a budding movie star in need of a stretch limo or a junior firefighter who can’t wait to hop aboard a big red engine.
Heaven on Wheels is a limousine service offering birthday party packages for even the smallest of divas. They claim to have the area’s first and only pink Hummer limo. Heaven on Wheels will literally roll out the red carpet, fill the limo with balloons and provide sparkling cider for the birthday crew. If you opt to have your party at Sweet and Sassy, you can add on a ride in the hot pink Sweet and Sassy limo.
Heaven on Wheels, 214/676-1906
Sweet and Sassy
It seems that most kids go through a fire-engine obsession phase. Now with the help of Firehouse Parties and the Big D Engine Company, they can live out the fantasy. Firehouse and Big D both bring the party to you in the form of a real fire truck and firefighter. Kids will learn about fire safety, explore the engine and even play around with the fire hose. To top it all off, the birthday boy or girl will get the special treat of a ride around the block.
Firehouse Parties, 972/742-2501
Big D Engine Company, 214/636-3511
If you’re looking for a unique location for a birthday party, you can charter the M-Line Trolley from the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority for kids’ birthdays for ages 4 and up. Your trolley comes equipped with balloons and serving and eating tables.
M-Line Trolley, 214/855-0006
Games and Entertainment
Skip the piñata and party games this time and have the entertainment delivered right to your door, while you focus on what’s important – enjoying the party.
Sure, we like to limit our kid’s time in front of the Xbox. But it’s their birthday, so why not cut them some slack and hire a game truck? The folks at Game Truck Party and Rolling Video Games will make your party a snap. Kids hang out in air-conditioned trailers outfitted with televisions and various gaming systems. Parents can choose the games ahead of time so everything stays age-appropriate.
Game Truck Party
North Dallas, 214/621-4900
Rolling Video Games, 214/789-6976
Fun Flicks and Blue Moon Cinemas bring the drive-in movie to you, delivering inflatable movie screens as large as 52 feet by 26 feet. A projector plays your kid’s favorite DVD while party guests lounge in the yard or watch from a pool. You can’t have a night at the movies without popcorn, so add-ons include popcorn served straight from an antique popcorn machine.
Fun Flicks, 214/960-2844
Blue Moon Cinemas, 214/257-8160
Give Country Critters Farm a call for a back-yard petting zoo. They’ll load up the custom trailer, which looks like a barn, and herd a miniature cow, donkey and goats to your house. Kids can pet and brush the animals, and Country Critters can set up pony rides as well as a Western train for jaunts around the lawn.
Country Critters Farm, 817/477-3060