C’est Joli

By on July 12, 2014
JoliNails, a one-stop shop for all things fun and glam offers exciting party packages for kids in Tokyo.
In search of where to fete your baby Gaga’s next big day? Tired of boring parties?

Parents – a gentle reminder that a party is a party only when you have real guests. What sure way to have the small revelers over to your child’s special bash than to come up with fun and exciting activities?

Remember those days when kids are relegated to the “kids only” corner at parties? Well, that’s passé.
The new kids have arrived. They want fun – on their terms. There’s more interaction happening today between small peers at parties than there has ever been in the last decade. Experts say children of the present generation display a new and unusual set of psychological attributes and general behavior patterns akin to grown-ups. So new parents have a lot of catching up to do to tune up your perception of what’s fun for today’s kids. Everyone wants to be a cool parent. If you’ve been looking for the right theme for an upcoming birthday celebration but don’t have time to rack your brains, my advice is – keep it simple. Leave it to the professionals.

IMG_1545Tucked in the streets of gaijin friendly Shirokane neighborhood in Minato-ku is JoliNails, a newly opened English-speaking nail, threading and esthetic salon with childcare. From beautifying and grooming to relaxation and anything in between, there is no place else in Tokyo that comes close to the range of services offered here. Moms with kids in tow can pop by for one or more treatment any day of the week, safe in the knowledge that your children have something worthwhile and fun to do at the Kids Zone. Kids haircut is offered at 1,000 yen.

The new boudoir with childcare concept is brought to you by no less than one of Tokyo’s most glamorous gaijin mom herself Janica Sims, a Japan TV personality, image consultant, active blogger and super mompreneur (yes, she is all that!). The American mom of 3 started the business in September last year to make some of the rare-to-find-in-Tokyo services available to families.

What’s unique about JoliNails are the kids party packages.
Nail party
IMG_1579For a standard two-and-a-half fun-filled hour at 28,000 yen (plus tax), you can throw a little girls pamper party. Two nailists on a non-stop mission will provide 10-12 design manicures, 8-10 single color mani-pedis of your choice and 6-7 design mani-pedis with basic decor including a party helper. What if some of your guests happen to be boys?, you might ask. Not to worry – JoliNails has got them covered.
“Don’t be afraid to invite a few boy guests. We offer face painting in place of a manicure, and dinosaur painting, in place of the stick-on nail tip painting activity,” assures the merry maker owner of JoliNails.

“Food and beverages are not included in the package but party hosts may arrange for food and beverages delivered to the party room on the day of the event. JoliNails takes in a maximum number of 10 if parents are also attending. For a drop-off arrangement, a good number is 15 plus the birthday girl’s parents.”

To get the pamper party running smoothly, Janica advises guests who will have a pedicure to wear open sandals. Guests are ushered in to the nail salon two to three at a time whilst the other kids dance, participate in fun activities and eat.

A basic decoration is included in the package. “For parents who want something elaborate, such as helium balloons, we encourage them to prepare accordingly. Guests are welcome (and encouraged) to bring refreshments, as we do not provide food. We suggest ordering pizza.
We have a planning meeting before the occasion, where we can discuss theme ideas, guest numbers and other party aspects. We want the birthday girl to be involved and excited in the party planning. We suggest the guests think of another game to be played. Last month, we had ‘pin the carrot nose’ on Olaf (from Frozen). The birthday girl popped out a mix of her favorite songs and guests played freeze dance to that. Those activities, paired with the nail tip decorating activity, pizza and cake, perfectly filled the time for a two-hour party,” adds Janica.

Just like in most parties in Japan, guests are given “omiyage” bag of goodies at bye bye time. The party hosts are free to bring their own or order nail salon theme goodie bags from JoliNails.

-Guest party bags 1,000 yen each
-Face painting 500 yen per guest
-30-min extension from 7,000 yen (for larger parties, more elaborate designs)
-Extra nail artist 9,000 yen (for parties over 12 kids or more elaborate designs)
IMG_1237Deluxe Disco
Entertainment option
If you want to add an option to the nail package that uses physical exhaustion, the deluxe disco package may be right for you. The party area is transformed into a romp room with glammed up guests dancing to child-friendly top disco tunes with Baby Loves Disco entertainer/facilitator. The package includes singing games, festive decoration and 8 action and 2 group papparazzi snap shots. Cost: 14,000 yen to BLD regular customers; 18,000 yen to non-regular customers

Other options for boys include face painting, tattoo stickers (face or arms), hoola hoop dance games or art activities.


JoliNails,   open Wed-Sunday
3-10-9 Shirokane, Minatoku

3 minutes from Shirokane Takanawa

About TF Tribe