Celebrate Your Child's Birthday with the Help of Windy City Novelties!
May 25, 2012
In this era of keeping up with the Joneses, kids’ birthday parties are getting more and more elaborate, with some birthday budgets rivaling what other families spend on a wedding! But it is possible to throw a great child’s birthday party without breaking the budget. So cancel the bouncy house, call off the caterer, and shred those home equity loan applications! With a little creativity and the right birthday party decorations, your child’s birthday party will be a huge success.
Before you can do any planning, you need to pick a theme for you child’s birthday party. Windy City Novelties offers a wide range of kids’ birthday party themes. Is your son a Star Wars fan? Then he’ll be delighted with our Star Wars themed decorations! And our LED Light Saber is the perfect party favor! Or do you have a daughter who’s head over heels for Hello Kitty? From Toy Story to Rocker Girl there is a theme to fit every child’s tastes, so you’ll have no problem finding the decorations, paper goods, and party favors you need to make you child’s birthday party a hit! So now that you’ve picked the theme, let’s get planning!
First, determine your guest list. To keep the guest list manageable, and to help you keep your sanity, a good way to keep the amount of kids in check is to allow you child to invite as many friends as their age. So if your son is turning nine, he can invite nine friends. Or, you can go all out and invite the whole class if you don’t mind thirty third graders running around your backyard! With our selection of personalized kids invitations you can have us fill out all the important details, which means even less work for you!
A child’s birthday party can be kept to about three hours, so be sure to put the start, and end time, of the party on the invites so the parents know exactly when to pick their little darlings up! And don’t forget to put your cell phone number for RSVPs. Another good idea in the digital age is to put down an email that parents can RSVP too. These days RSVPing seems to be a dying art, so giving parents the option of sending a quick email to let you know if their child is coming might get you more responses. This way they can respond at any hour, day or night, instead of having to remember to call at a reasonable hour. But, even including an email address, a cell phone number, and a specific date to RSVP by will not ensure you’re going to get responses from all the kids you have invited, so it’s always best to plan for unexpected guests. Which means having extra food and goodies on hand for those extra kids who are bound to show up!
Decorations can be kept simple, since, let’s face it, kids don’t care so much about the decorations, they care about the fun their having! Of course, you’ll want to jazz up your home a little, so choose some fun decorations to match your theme. Balloons are always a fun option that kids enjoy. Create balloon bouquets to decorate the tables with, or blow up enough to cover the ceiling and let their ribbons trail down to tickle the kids’ faces! Just make sure you leave room to hang a piñata for the kids to take a whack at! After all, no child can resist taking a swing at a piñata! Just be sure you have enough room so no one gets hurt and nothing gets broken! We even have the candy filler you need to stuff it.
Other fun activities to keep the little guests busy include craft projects such as decorating t-shirts or hats, making friendship bracelets, having a dance party, putting on a fashion show, or doing makeovers. If your party is during the summer months, have the kids bring their swimsuits and make it water party! Set up the sprinklers, create buckets of bubbles, or build a huge slip and slide out of trash bags and the hose. Really, all you need to do is let the kids know they can use the hose and they’ll create the fun all on their own! Just add water and the fun will come on its own!
And don’t forget the treats! Cake and ice cream are a given for any child’s birthday party, but you’ll need to have some other snacks too. Healthy snacks can be made appealing. Make funny faces with vegetables, cut fun shapes out of cheese slices and put them on crackers, whip up a tasty yogurt dip to accompany fruit slices. Air-popped popcorn in individual bags is also a tasty treat. Try and limit the sugar in the snacks because the last thing you want is to have your guests hyped up on sugar while running around your house! By the time the sugar high from the cake and ice cream kicks in, the kids will hopefully be on their way home and you’ll be able to kick back and relax with a glass of wine while your child plays will his gifts!
As you send your guests home, be sure you have goodie bags lined up and ready to go. We have all kinds of goodie bag favors you can choose from, and kids love digging through their loot bags on the way home to see what treasures they can find! Traditional favorites are mini bottles of bubbles, glow bracelets, stress balls, and temporary tattoos. Or, if you’re looking for more creative ideas, why not send each guest home with a copy of your child’s favorite book? Or maybe a pair of crazy socks or earrings that your daughter has picked out for her friends? Whatever surprises you pick for your goodie bags, and whatever activities you plan for your child’s birthday party, remember, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. As long as you make your home inviting, encourage your guests to have fun, have an amazing cake for the kids to enjoy, and let them be kids, they’ll remember how much fun they had spending time together, not how much you spent throwing an elaborate party. When it comes to children’s birthday parties, it’s about quality, not cost!