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Tip For Throwing The Best Birthday Party Ever

July 9, 2018
Tip For Throwing The Best Birthday Party Ever

Parents whose social schedules are stacked with weekend birthday parties know that these can be total snooze-fests saturated with small talk or surprisingly fun opportunities to relax while the kids have a ball and wear themselves out before bedtime.

Obviously, if you’re the one planning and hosting a party, you’d prefer the latter, so read on for some tips about how you can slam dunk your child’s next birthday bash!

1st birthday

  • Choose a fun theme (unicorn, superhero, mermaid etc.) to make the planning process much easier.
  • Avoid planning the party at typical one-year-old nap-times: 10 AM and 1 PM.
  • Best presents for this age: a large rubber ball; wooden stacking or nesting toys; bath toys; an adorable new outfit or two.

5th or 6th birthday

  • Plan for parents to stay with their kids at the party.
  • Serve a wide array of food and drink: goldfish crackers, string cheese, juice, and strawberries for the kids, as well as crudités, avocado and cucumber rolls, and iced tea for the adults.
  • Host a scavenger hunt with photo clues in envelopes.
  • Best presents for this age: Caldecott-award-winning picture books; art supplies; stomp rockets; a fun backpack or purse.

8th or 9th birthday

  • Expect that parents will drop kids off.
  • Keep the party on the smaller side with 12 or fewer kids.
  • Host a structured game that’s fun but doesn’t require a ton of athletic ability, like capture the flag or a three-legged race.
  • Offer an art project for down-time or for kids who are more introverted. Stringing beads onto rubber cord necklaces, making bookmarks or terrariums, and decorating cookies are all good options.
  • Serve pizza and cupcakes or donuts.
  • Best presents for this age: graphic novels; a blank journal/sketchbook; an unusual board game; a cool baseball cap or watch.

DIY parties are appealing in their quirkiness—there’s no need to splurge on expensive performers or fancy venues. A backyard or local park works just as well, with no wear and tear on your home turf. Don’t worry: You’ve got this!

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