The reason North Carolina preschooler Kimber Walker had a Costco-themed party for her 5th birthday might just melt your heart. The little girl, reports Today, has been suffering from medical issues — she was born with Chiari malformation and Sturge-Weber Syndrome — and has had 20 laser surgeries to prevent glaucoma. After an intense and difficult year, her parents decided to throw her the party she had been asking for.
"We celebrated a healthy birthday after a few years of medical complications," Kimber's mom Niki told Refinery29 via email. "So we were happy to have a fun, worry-free celebration... Her favorite part of the party was the little store we had set up. All of her friends loved it, too!"
The Winston-Salem, NC, Costco even made Kimber an Employee of the Month chocolate cake decorated with the big-box store's red-and-white logo and gave her an Employee of the Month badge.
"She is obsessed with Costco," Niki told The Huffington Post. "We served hot dogs and pizza, set up sample stations, printed dollars with her face on them, had Costco pizza and Kirkland ice cream. We also had a little shop set up, and everyone designed their own 'membership cards.'"
The party guests even got to use "bills" with Kimber's face on them in her little store — and, of course, there were plenty of food samples.
It looked like Kimber had so much fun, and we hope the party brightened her and her parents' spirits. We just wonder if we'll start seeing more superstore-themed kids' birthday parties popping up soon — a Target party where you can play darts with the logo? Maybe an Ikea party with Swedish meatballs as appetizers? The possibilities are getting our creative juices flowing...