Pinterest is teeming with ideas for birthday parties, and we recently shared an incredible way to celebrate with our LEGO 'It's a Party' post. I also recently discovered more tips including some ideas where party goods can get shipped right to your door. Here are a few of my favorites.
For those going to birthday parties, we love the new Creatacard™ app from American Greetings. Exclusively for iPad, the app brings your child’s artwork to life as a professionally printed greeting card adorned with artwork, stickers, your own photos and more. Creatacard provides the perfect opportunity for parents and children to work together as they bring their imagination to life using screen time as enjoyable educational time.
Providing mobile apps to keep people connected is a natural extension for American Greetings; we have taken the offline behavior of making cards that children have enjoyed for generations and created an app that brings this experience to an amazing new level. Visit the iTunes App Store to download the free app
Sunny Ravanbach of White Lilac Events: For an in-home party, we recently got some great tips from Sunny Ravanbach of White Lilac Events on how to have over-the-top candy and dessert station is visually impactful and will make the kids go crazy (in a good way!).
Birthday Party Planning Tips
High Budget: Fill apothecary jars with candy (in the same colors as the event) and place custom mini cakes and desserts on cake stands. Risers customized with fabrics and trims provide height variation and serve to elevate and cake stands. Finish it all off with trims for the jars as well.
Low Budget: Skip the custom desserts and focus on getting an assortment of candy and treats in the colors of the party. Definitely invest in a few apothecary jars, which can be reused though out your house after the party (did someone say cookie jar?). Cardboard gift boxes wrapped up in beautiful paper make for great table risers!
Minecraft fans will love the DIY green and black party ideas from Birthday Express! Featuring all of your party goodies for up to 24 guests, you will discover plates, forks, napkins and much more!
Birthday Party Survival Tips
When it comes to numbers at home parties should be small. Three to four kids for a two year old is plenty, add one or two more for every year to a maximum of 12. If you are inviting more than 12 look for a venue to host the party or pitch a tent outside.
Keep the menu simple. Don’t knock yourself out with exquisite canapés. Do offer some healthy snacks, wheat crackers, cheese sticks, grapes, etc. Mini quesadillas are a nice alternative to pizza.
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Limit the candy. It’ll just send the kids into orbit. Cake and a juice box are plenty of sugar. Skip colored juices and dark chocolate cake unless you are planning an outdoor party. Your carpets will thank me.
Plan on a 90-minute party. Anything longer is too hard for a large group. Here’s the basic run down.
20 minutes: Free play/Icebreaker. I like a simple craft such as rolling out a long sheet of paper on the floor and supplying crayons and (washable) markers. Here’s an idea: Have each guest lie down on the paper roll and trace around them. Let the kids color themselves in--big fun.
40 minutes: Main Activity. Could be your husband doing magic tricks, or a clown brought in to perform. Older kids will love tie-die or a rock band party. Don’t expect to capture their attention for long. (I’ll do a follow-up post on activities I promise)
15 minutes: Birthday cake, song and snack.
15 minutes: Free play (to run off the sugar). Simply crank up some danceable tunes and throw some balloons on the floor for the kids to bop around.
Push all the furniture to the sides of the room to clear space for frolicking.
Hide all breakables.
Balloons make everything more festive.
Keep a large trash can handy. Kids can toss cups and plates and won’t have to carry food to the kitchen.
Designate a photographer (i.e. Uncle Joe--the 20 year old without kids) you won’t be able to shoot good pictures and coordinate the party.
Relax and join in the fun. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Your child will likely remember you joining in the festivities and bashing the piñata more than perfectly matched table settings.
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