Yah. That was the first 20 minutes of this party. Then we turned on the new PS3 Dance game. The PS3 Everybody Dance game is great. It's a lot like the dance games for Wii or Xbox. It takes your pictures while you dance and records video of your moves which is fun/funny to watch it played back at the end of your turn. So, yah. It's great. For like, teenagers. For 10 year olds? Not so much. (Even though the ages suggest 10 and up is appropriate.)
Turns out, PS3 thought it'd also be cool to show the music videos for the pop songs while you dance to them. First the girls danced to LMFAO's Party Anthem (video is fairly tame). Then they moved onto Duckface's Barbara Streisand which has a video that features a man dressed up as a woman. No big deal. I actually thought the video was pretty funny. However, for 10 year olds, this sort of thing is fodder for squeals and screeches. It wasn't long before they were asking questions about why the man "has boobs." I didn't have answers that seemed like ones I wanted them to relay to their parents so we moved onto Usher songs. He supported Bieber, right? He's gotta be pretty tame. But this too was short lived. They noted (loudly) that there was a "lady drinking wine in a bikini." " THIS IS INAPPROPRIATE" one yelled. Perfect. Too bad this entire party is centered around this dance game. It wasn't long before they were all squealing and squeaking over what was on screen.
The solution? We did competitions for best score against the birthday girl (super dancer) on the one LMFAO song.
So... if you create your own dance party I highly recommend using Wii dance games or Xbox dance games that do not feature the MTV music videos. Or, you can filter through the PS3 game to find the ones that show kid-friendly music videos.
|Another post-party pic. I bought two full length mirrors from Walmart at $5 each for the girls to apply all their blacklight accessories.|
|Post-party pic but you'll get an idea of the accessories we supplied. Blacklight makeup (just google it and purchase it online), glitter gel, glow bracelets, glow in the dark hair spray, glow in the dark lip gloss. I bought all of these items online.|
|Lighting! I figured if they tired of the black light, we could move to a strobe light or a disco ball. We used one disco light in the food and makeup prep room and then used the strobe later that night for her sleepover. They LOVED the strobe.|
|And now for the dancing. We had 4 PS3 wands. Turns out we only needed two. The game couldn't register more than that. And if it could, we couldn't figure out how.|
|Look at 'em glow!|