So I am right smack dab in the middle of birthday fever. I have completed two of three birthday parties for my children. Each of my children’s birthdays are just weeks apart. So pulling off a fun-filled birthday party takes some planning. Here are a few of my quick tips to help you make your child’s birthday party a hit.
First things first. Ask your child what he or she would like to have for their birthday. Do they have a favorite character or book? Do they have a favorite color or toy? Do they have a favorite activity? Knowing this will help you plan a party that your child will love.
Then you need to get on your computer and search Pinterest. Look only for ideas. Not the for perfect party decorations, food, or setup. Save yourself lots of headache and go into planning this party knowing that it will not be perfect. But it will be fun and memorable.
Look for free downloadable print-outs on the internet. You can find anything from cupcake toppers to activities and games. I have found signs, banners, nametags and cards. Another way I save money and keep it simple is buying colored plates, napkins, cups and gift bags. Just buy a color that matches your theme. I find that Amazon.com, Party City, and Walmart all have great deals on paper products for parties.
I do not host big parties. I like keeping it on the small side. You don’t want to have 50 4-year-olds running around with water balloons. 4-6 kids are plenty to host for a party.
Get pictures before everyone arrives. Take photos of the cake, food and decorations. Get a few action shots during the party. Capture candid moments using depth of field and rule of thirds. And always get one of your child with the cake and candles.
The first birthday party of our birthday season was a mermaid theme. I don’t normally buy party supplies on ETSY, but I found mermaid tail cake toppers. They were so stinkin’ cute. I had to buy them. I stuffed the gift bags with bubbles, candy necklaces and sunglasses. The party activities included water balloons, squirt guns and playing in our pool. I served vegetables, grapes, strawberries and Goldfish. We served Mermaid Magic Juice. (*Punch recipe included)
The second party was for my middle child and she wanted an Ever After High theme party. Ever After High had tons of freebies on their website. I printed fortune tellers, bookmarks, boxes, and cards for the gift bags. I also printed out tags for bottle tops that I made into hairclips. We just served pizza with Well of Wonder punch. (*Punch recipe included)
Julie’sPunch – Mix Sprite (or 7-Up), a color fruit juice, and sherbet
Mermaid Ocean Water – blue Hawaiian punch and pink sherbet
Well of Wonder Punch – grape juice and pink sherbet
Wish It. Dream It. Do It.