5 Basics for Throwing Your Child’s Birthday Party

5 basics for throwing your childs birthday party

Hey moms, do you still stress out about hosting the “perfect” party for your child year after year? I know that party blogs and the internet are full of spectacular party themes and ideas, but I’m here to give you permission to stop the worrying! I know it’s hard to do, but if I can convince just a few to take it easy on themselves, then I have succeeded.

What I want to encourage you to do instead, is focus on a few key factors that will make your party memorable and special, but not make you crazy in the process. I’ve partnered with Betty Crocker to bring you some ideas of my own, plus share their new site which is a resource for Birthday party inspiration and planning. When I think of decorating and creating my kids parties I look at 5 specific points: cake, activity, a decorative focal point, food, and personalization.

kids birthday cakes

I truly believe that kids only want 3 things for their birthday: cake, to play with their friends, and yes, presents. That’s why “cake” is at the top of my list, and I put that in quotes because sometimes it’s fun to make “cake” out of cookies, or pancakes, or donuts or cupcakes! Depending on the time of day, any of these sweet treats can be stacked and decorated to resemble a cake.

In addition, classic cakes can be decorated in a multitude of ways and Betty Crocker has directions for all kinds of cakes {and “cakes} on their party planning site.

kids party activity

I know party planners have every minute of a kids party accounted for with activities. I don’t necessarily think parents need to follow suit. I’m a big believer in free play and I’ve always noticed kids having the most fun when they are left to their own devices and play with each other freely.

I think one or two themed activities can be fun, but then just let the children have fun using their own imagination.

Decorative Focal Point
kids party decor

It’s fun to decorate for a party, but it can get overwhelming if you let it. To keep things in check I like to focus on a pretty table and a fun food display. Tie the two areas together with fabric, decorative accents, colors, or flowers. One of my favorite tips is to use the same fabric for a table runner, as you use in the backdrop of the food table. Just wrap a yard and a half of fabric around a painters canvas {secure to the back with duct tape}, or place it inside a frame.

For an extra step, use even more coordinating fabric as a backdrop for a photo booth.

kids party food

Although big dessert tables are pretty to look at, I prefer to serve additional savory snacks at a birthday party in order to balance out the sugar. They can still be displayed in a pretty fashion, and making them small for little fingers is instantly fun. Some good stand-by’s are carrot sticks, fruit, cheese, pretzels, sausage balls, chicken fingers, cheese pizza, ham and cheese pinwheels, popcorn, and chips or crackers.

kids party personalized details

Every child loves to feel special and adding some personalization is a great way to do that at birthday parties. Make the guest of honor feel special by printing and hanging a birthday banner with his/her name. Place some framed photos of the birthday child’s previous years around the space. For the guests, add name tags and/or place cards on their favors or at the table.

These tips are meant to guide you and help you focus on a few key areas in order to help you plan and stay organized. And when you concentrate on these key points you have more time to make them EXTRA special.

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