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5 Cute Ideas for Toddler Birthday Parties

5 Cute Ideas for Toddler Birthday Parties

Toddlers are just the right age to start enjoying birthday parties and the fun they bring.

As much as you probably want to throw the perfect party for your toddler, it’s okay to relax. Your child will more than likely be content at this age as long as they have good food, company, and entertainment. Your toddler isn’t quite the structured creature yet, so you shouldn’t have a problem with pickiness at this age. Keep it simple, and you will have a successful birthday party for toddlers on your hands.

But just in case, here are 5 helpful tips for making your toddlers party the best.

 

#1.) Let them Choose the Theme

Your toddler have already started to make decisions by this age, so letting them choose their own party theme is a great way to grow their decision making skills, and even their confidence.

#2.) Keep the Guest List Small

The last thing you want to do is overwhelm your toddler by having a lot of people show up. Try keeping the list around 5 kids or less to keep your party calm and much less of a mess.

#3.) Plan the Party Around Naptime

Toddlers can be clingy one minute and on a independent streak the next. Having your party after nap time can reduce chances of these meltdowns occurring, and give your toddler all the energy they need to fully enjoy their birthday party.

#4.) Try to Avoid Entertainers

This is the age where we can’t really be sure if entertainers such as clowns, magicians, or other could scare toddlers at the party. Not only are these strangers, but some may wear costumes or masks that can be quite the scare.

#5.) Arrange Seating for the Kids

Set up a seating area strictly for the kids such as a small table with chairs or picnic table.To make things more interesting, cover the table with a large white sheet of paper or cloth you don’t care about, for the kids to color on.

Food Ideas for Kids Birthday Parties

And if you are stuck on ideas for your toddler’s birthday party as well, check out the video below for some ideas.

5 Last Minute Ideas for Memorial Day Get Togethers

5 Last Minute Ideas for Memorial Day Get Togethers

Happy Memorial Day! As you know, today our country takes recognition of its men and women for protecting and serving for so many decades now. In an annual celebration, parties will take place all weekend and into Monday. Even if you haven’t had the time to plan anything to do, there are always great ways to celebrate in style around the people you love.

In a last minute honor of Memorial Day, we have taken a little bit of time to list some simple and satisfying ways to make the most out of your Holiday. They aren’t the best we have ever come up with but hey, we want to have some fun today too.

1.) Have a Cookout
It doesn’t take long to throw some hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill and grab some chips, desserts, and sodas or alcohol. What more do you really need than your loved ones to join you in a celebration feast with?

2.) Play Games
Whether you want to spend the day inside or out, games are a great way to keep everyone entertained. Charades. potato sack races, throwing footballs and frisbees, and so many more.

3.) Play Music Chairs
Music is a great idea to have at any get together. You can use it for background noise, karaoke, and even a friendly game of musical chairs.

4.) Fly a Kite
If the weather in your areas allows for it, grab your kite and watch it take flight while keeping the neighbors and other party to enjoy too. There’s nothing like a colorful kite flying in the sky on a gorgeous Summer day.

5.) Make a Slip-n-Slide
For the kids and grown-up kids at your get together, a water slide is a cheap and simple way to add a wave of fun. All you really need is a large waterproof tarp, some duct tape or other force to hold it down with, and a hose pipe for the water, and now you have your own mini water park at your party.

It doesn’t matter what you do on this day and long as you get to have fun. The best thing we can do on this day however, is keep in our thoughts those that have put their lives on the line for our country so that we can be here today to celebrate and live.

If you know or see any veterans, give them a personal thanks, which are far too few in this day in time.

Continued: 5 More Summer Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Continued: 5 More Summer Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

We are back again and here for part two of our mini-series on Summer birthday party ideas for kids. If you missed part one, be sure to check it out here when you get a chance.  And now for part 2!

Some very cool ideas and themes for birthday parties have already been mentioned but don’t worry, we’ve got a handful of more great ideas to make your child’s party a splash.

1.) Photos for Everyone

What more fun could the kids at a party have than dressing up in costumes and posing for silly pictures? Photo booths have become huge hits at birthday parties and the great news is that instead of renting one, you can create your very own for rather cheap and easy.

Backgrounds, props, and costumes can be created from leftover cardboard and small favors from party stores. Just get creative, the possibilities are endless. Even better news, you don’t need to hire some fancy photographer or go out and buy an expensive camera of your own. Using a simple tripod fit, you can position a smart phone or tablet in front of the camera and there you have it – a fun photo booth that your child and all of their friends will greatly enjoy and remember for years.

2.) Bring on the Outdoors

Most gets love to run around outside and enjoy what nature has to offer. If you want part of your kid’s party to have some physical activity to it, consider creating a cool obstacle course. You can use old cardboard boxes here as well and have mazes, slides, tires to track through, strings to maneuver past, and well, we think you’re starting to get the picture. Keep it fun, yet simple.

If you need some ideas for creating your own obstacle course outdoors, we highly suggest diving into this article.

3.) Ride a Slide

We mentioned having a water slide in our first post of this series, but this slide is slightly different. Instead of using tires and medicine balls to cruise down the slip-n-slide, kids can just use themselves.

Grab a large water -proof tarp or drop cloth, some buckets of water or hosepipe, and some u-shaped garden stakes to keep the slide in place. With these things, you can create the ultimate water slide for less, yet much more fun.

4.) Super Cool Sports

Many kids are into sports, especially when they can do it while interacting with friends. Others may be into games. Either way with this next one, you can kill two birds with one stone.

Using a tarp, some colorful duct tape, and markers, you can create your own type of sports/carnival game of football, basketball, even soccer.

5.) Breaking Balloons

Speaking of carnival games, didn’t you always like the one where you threw a dart or other object at a wall with balloons attached to it? Guess what, you can bring one of your own to the party! If your kids enjoy too of course. 😉 You call fill these balloons with water or even candy or other type of treat.

You’re going to need a small shop vac and some pvc pipe to aid in getting the candy inside. For water, using a funnel seems to work best.

As always, we hope you have enjoyed these ideas and can utilize them during the planning of your next birthday party for a child.

What kind of ideas have you used in the past that made a big splash?

How to Plan a Happening Birthday Party for Adults

How to Plan a Happening Birthday Party for Adults

To get the new version of the website started off right, we wanted to create a simple article/checklist that you can use to plan a basic birthday party for a group of adults. Obviously, these tips can used as a foundation for parties for all ages, but they work best for adults as most children tend to get bored after the sweets and other good foods are gone.

Here is a step-by-step list for planning a birthday bash that is bound to make a splash.

 

#1.) Decide on a Budget
It’s best to first decide on a budget so you can determine how much you can spend and on what. Will your event need streamers, balloons, a clown, dancers, bartenders, party hats, alcohol or any other kind of decorations or entertainment? It’s best to make a list of everything you plan to have at the party, then narrow them down by importance.

#2. ) Choose a Theme
Select a theme for your event according to the taste of who it’s actually for. We always like to relate the theme to a favorite thing of the star of the party, and they generally like that as well. Whether it’s a casino party, surprise party, indoor, or outdoor party, select fiesta favors and entertainment that stick to the theme.

#3.) Make a Guest List
After determining a budget you should have a better idea of how many people you can support an event for. Decide if the party will stick to family and friend, co-workers, ladies only or a mixture of both. It’s usually best to plan around the maximum number of guests to ensure you will have enough food and seating for everyone. A crowded get together doesn’t always last for very long…

#4.) Pick a Party Destination
Once you know how many people your party is going to possibly have, you can now look for a place to comfortably accommodate all of your guests. Most importantly, make sure you have enough tables and chairs and look into renting them if you don’t. Pick an optimal location that you can be sure will take care of all of your party needs.

#5.) Send Your Invitations
The fun begins early- it’s time to send out your invitations! A good rule of thumb is to send these babies out 4-6 weeks in advance so your guests will have time to plan and purchase a gift. Texting should serve as more of a reminder rather than a replacement of the invitation, but to each his or her own.

#6.) Plan Your Menu
Now it’s time to decide what food you want to have at the event. If you know the favorite food of the person you’re planning the event for things get easy and you can grow your menu from there. Once you know whether you want a full meal or just finger foods, decide whether you want to make everything yourself or have it catered.

#7.) Throw Some Fun Into Your Theme
Now that you have your guest list, location, menu and everything else in place so far, it’s time to throw in some fun. Depending on your chosen theme, there can be a nice list of games and other entertainment to go with it. If you plan on having music at your party, go ahead and put together a playlist for the big day.

#8.) Now for Decorations!
A birthday isn’t complete without decorations, even if it is a party for adults. Party planning stores are great for find cute and cheap decor as well as plates, silverware and other favors for the food you have planned.

Party Planning Checklist: A Long-Term Checklist To Ease Challenges

Party Planning Checklist: A Long-Term Checklist To Ease Challenges

 

Planning a party can be exciting and fun, yet overwhelming at the same time.

Whether it’s a Christmas, birthday, Memorial Day, bachelorette, or again any other type of party you can think of, this list will serve you well as an assistant that will guide you along the way.

So here you go – a step-by-step list of what to do 2 months before your party all the way until 2 hours before.

 

 

2 Months Before

1.) Obviously, you want to decide on a date and place for your party.

If you have a hard time making decisons or change your mind easily, really take the time to plan this vital information so you don’t have to possibly spend more time and money re doing invitations and telling people alternative places to go.

2.) Choose a theme for your party. If you need some ideas to get your juices flowing, I suggest checking out Stylecaster.

3.) Decide on a budget includes an estimated cost of all of your supplies, within reason. You can do plenty of research online to get an idea of what your supplies will cost.

4.) Begin Brainstorming. Think of the type of food you want to serve, the decor, flowers, tables, arrangements, etc. Let your creativity flow by identifying unique and fun ideas that your guests will love.

 

3 Weeks Before

1.) Order the party favors you have narrowed down.

2.) Make sure you have enough supplies to cover the amount of guests you invited, plus their guests if you mentioned for them to invite any. For larger parties it’s usually best to rent your utensils and serving pieces.

3.) If you decided on any, order the flowers from your local florist. Grocery store floral departments sometimes have better deals, but possible lower quality work. Remember, it’s always best to do your research.

4.) Rent chairs, tables, and linens for the sufficient amount of guest invited.

5.) Probably the most important thing you have to do-mail or email the invitations.

 

2 Weeks Before

1.) Make a master shopping list. Now is the time to grab those last minute items and if you are doing the cooking, a master grocery list of the items you will need for your menu.

2.) If you’re doing the cooking, plan out the time it will take to make each dish to ensure that everything gets done on time.

3.) If possbile, go ahead and prepare your food items that can be kept frozen.

 

THE Week Before

​1.) Many adult parties aren’t complete without the liquor. If you haven’t already done it, obtain wine, beer, and/or liquor for your guest to sip on and enjoy. If you really want a crowd pleaser, throw in a small survery with your invitation and have them return it when the RSVP so will have a better idea for what to buy.

2.) What’s a party without music? Go ahead and set up a playlist now so you can keep rockin without stoppin.

3.) Follow up with any guest that has yet to RSVP.

 

2 Days Before

1.) Make sure your silverware and tableware are clean. If your renting, no worries.

​2.) Time to pick up any last minute grocery items.

 

THE Day Before

1.) If you have neighbors, be courteous and let them know there will be a lot of cars outside any some may possible park in front of their house. Wouldn’t you want to be informed if you we’re going to possibly have trouble getting in and out of your driveway?

2.) Prepare any food that can stay refrigerated and fresh, such as fruits, vegetable, beverages, and salads.

3.) Make sure the area of the party is nice, clean, and comfortable.

 

THE Day Of: 2 Hours Before

1.) Set tables or if you have hired a catering staff, step back and let them get to work. 🙂

2.) Check twice to make sure everything you planned is in place.

3.) Relax and breathe! Everything is going to be great!

4 Tips for Throwing a Thriving Surprise Party

4 Tips for Throwing a Thriving Surprise Party

So you’re planning a surprise party and go figure, actually want it to be a surprise. This isn’t usually difficult, but you never know when something may pop up along the way and intervein. There are actually ways to semi prevent this from happening and in this article today I would like to dicuss them. But first I would like to share the story with you that inspired me to write on this subject in the first place.

Just a month ag my friend threw a surprise birthday party for her husband and the surprise ended up being ruined because she forgot to make sure he didn’t come home at his normal time, lol. My friend Sandy was so dissapointed at first but ended up laughing at her mistake.

The point is that I was reminded of how important it is to cover your bases when throwing a surpise party so it actually stays a surprise. Here are 4 steps you can follow every time to make sure your surprise party is one of the best kept secrets of the year.

​1.) The first and what some would consider to be the most important step, is to find an accomplice to plan a fake activity to distract the party person with until it’s time for the party to begin. Multiple people can take part in this and them more of a distraction you can make, the better.

This may be slightly difficult but I promise it can work, but try to make sure the guest of honor is dressed appropriately for the party. For example, don’t take them swimming and bring them back in a bikini or speedo. 🙂 I think you get what I’m saying.

2.) Next, you really want to emphasize the starting time of the party so that all guests can be in place for when the guest of honor shows up. It doens’t look good to be getting there late and running the risk of showing up at the same time as the guest of honor and throwing the whole thing off. The most optimal time for all guests to arrive is at least 30 minutes before. You never know when your guest and accomplices may show up early.

3.) Make sure your invitations specify that the party will be a surpise. You don’t want them saying anything to the guest of honor by mistake and spilling the secret.

4.) Finally, don’t overthink and stress yourself out. Surprise parties are supposed to be fun and you don’t want to take things so seriously that you are constantly fretting over whether or not it will go as planned.

And there you have it! I sure learned a lot from this surprise party and was actually relieved that as a professional party planner, I had no part in it at all.

I hope you can utilize these tips the next time you or a friend decide to plan a surprsie party. See you next time!