CR Launches Parties-To-Go press release


Catalyst Ranch Launches Parties-To-Go – A Creative Way for You to Host a Virtual Birthday Party

CHICAGO, Ill. – April 23, 2020 – Social distancing requirements amid the COVID-19 pandemic have put a strain on the economy and social lives. For parents everywhere, keeping children entertained during a lockdown can have its challenges, and of course this is made all the more difficult If your child has a birthday coming up soon (spring babies), and you’ve probably had to cancel any party or gathering you were planning. And for your child, it probably feels like the end of the world. But just because we are practicing social distancing, doesn’t mean birthdays are cancelled.

Catalyst Ranch is here to celebrate your child’s special day and put a fun spin on virtual parties, with Parties-To-Go. Let us help you throw a fun and delicious birthday party with social distancing!

“Parties-To-Go takes the key components of what makes parties so special at Catalyst Ranch and translates that to the home. We understand the struggles that parents are having with working from home, juggling home schooling and too much family time during a stressful time. But they also know how important a child’s birthday celebration is to them and want them not to be disappointed,” stated Eva Niewiadomski, Ranch Czarina at Catalyst Ranch. “That’s why we tried to think of every single thing you need to pull off a successful party and make it as fool-proof as possible, reducing the stress on the parent. But the child still gets to make a ton of decisions – they pick the theme, the room they want to virtually host the party in, the food. It’s still their party.”

Each Parties-To-Go package is just $80.00, and it includes everything you need to plan and celebrate (catering is at an extra cost). You will receive a Party Planner Guide PDF for parents to ensure the party is a success (easy-to-use planning sheets), five themes to choose from (Pirates, Jungle Animals, Fashion, Superheroes, or Space Aliens), personalized invitations (illustrated by artist M.J. Ernst), virtual backgrounds (for you and your guests to share over Zoom video-conferencing), and group activities (two PDF documents that includes 12 universal party games, you pick 2-3 games, the parents print out and everybody participates together over video).

“When it was decided that we would create the Parties-To-Go, I chose menu items that are the children’s’ favorites, at the same time recognizing that adults will partake in the food. We also wanted to make sure there were vegetarian, vegan and gluten free items on the menu – – making it easier for host families to make a selection,” stated Cecelia Hamilton, Catering Owner/Executive Chef at Heartfelt Catering. “Our motto is “something for everyone”, because we didn’t want to leave anyone out for having the food items.”

“Childhood flies by pretty fast, and families should be able to celebrate their kids and make them feel special,” stated Erika Freihofer, Special Events Manager at Catalyst Ranch. “My hope for this package is to allow kids and their families to come together, get creative, and have some fun! And maybe it will inspire them to connect with each other in their own creative ways.”

About Catalyst Ranch

Catalyst Ranch is a unique meeting & event space supported by an alternative, professional staff dedicated to providing a stimulating & eclectic environment that ignites the imagination.


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Media Contact

Amanda Pink, Marketing Manager

Booking Contact

Erika Freihofer, Special Events Manager