Babies and Kids Birthday Parties
Birthdays were always a big deal in my family. We would celebrate in style with elaborate themed parties, decorations, treats and entertainment. When we started our own family I couldn’t wait to keep the tradition going and give our children memorable celebrations.
When I plan a birthday party I like to start with a budget. Throwing a great party doesn’t have to be expensive. Most parents spend $200 or less on their child’s birthday party. The celebration is about making your child feel special and loved, not how much you spend, so work with what you have. Keep your eyes and ears open for sales and online specials. Amazon has a lot of great deals and some items even offer free shipping.
From cakes to cotton candy; you can spend as little or as much as you want in this category. My mom loves to make a special cake for our birthdays and this is a tradition that will continue with our daughter. For my daughter’s first birthday party, my mom made a small cake just for her, called a “smash cake”. My daughter loved diving into the smash cake with fists full of cake and a face smeared with icing. This made for excellent pictures and memories.
Birthday parties have evolved from traditional cakes and ventured into other tasty treats that will get your guests talking. Amazon has a vintage snow cone machine. Kids love to pick out the flavors and is a great way to cool off at an outdoor party. This comes with cones, straws, syrups, and is currently on sale with free shipping.
The Retro Series Cotton Candy Machine, is another great option. This is inexpensive and something outside of the norm that can set your party apart. This is also a great way to integrate party themes, like the circus.
Another great idea is a self-serve ice cream bar. Give the kids a scoop of ice cream and let them top their treat. Set out different treats like sprinkles, crushed candy bars, mini marshmallows and fruit for toppings. Or you can make your own ice cream sandwiches but setting out an array of different cookies and ice cream and letting the guest create their combination.
Entertaining your guests can prove to be a dilemma if the age ranges are spread apart. When my daughter turned one, I had children there from ages 1-7. I wanted all of the kids to enjoy themselves and stay involved in the activities. I chose to do arts and crafts in two different stations to allow for the ability of the different ages. This gave them a fun activity and they creating something to take home. If your budget allows, you can entertain with the help of a crew and bring in a ball pit, bounce house, face painter, or even a petting zoo. Deciding on a theme for your party will help you decide on entertainment. For example, if you are having a Barbie party, you could incorporate a salon theme and give the dolls and the girls a day of pamper. Painting nails, curling hair and dress up clothes that lead to a fashion show for the parents at the end. The internet is full of great themes and decorations to match!
Party Favors are a great way to thank guests and leave the kiddos with something to enjoy. Most party stores have themed gift bags that are affordable and easy to fill with fun items. If you want to put together your own party favors, I would recommend the dollar store. Small and affordable items are usually very affordable and come in packs. Such as: activity pads, bouncy balls, play dough, sun glasses, and wrist bands.
Regardless of what theme you go with or what food you decide to serve. The most important thing is to make sure everyone has fun. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures, and soak up all the great memories.