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Every kid has a birthday.
As many of you may already know, we have a whole flock of kids. Which means, we have a lot of birthdays to plan through out the year. (And yes, I do host a party for every kid). I’m a big fan of planning parties and I believe that its important to take that one day a year and celebrate that kid.
(Did I say “kid” enough, there? Jeez)
Let’s be honest, planning parties can turn into a big headache really fast. What decorations do I buy?? Where should we have it? Are we having it at home? What do I make!?!?! OMG WE NEED THIS HOUSE SPOTLESS!!!!
Not to mention the fact that you have a full time job, the schedule is already over flowing, the dog is crying to be let outside.
How does any one have time to plan a party, much less host one?!?!
If that sounds like you, take a deep breath and keep reading, because I am here to help
Keep it simple!!!
This is one of the hardest lessons I had to learn. But man, am I ever so glad I finally learned.
You child will love you no matter what. They will be happy to be celebrated on their special day. Don’t worry so much mama.
Location, Location, Location
I know the kids always want to go to the water park, or the arcade. But if doing that will cause you to live on ramen noodles for a couple weeks, DON’T DO IT. There is nothing wrong with having the party at home, or pizza hut. Remember, your little one is going to love you no matter where the party is. For me, I prefer to have the party at our house. It gives me the feeling of being in control and I know where everything is.
Alright, now here is yet another hard lesson I had to learn. Nothing sucks more than making a big fancy meal and the kids all look at it and ask for ramen noodles.
Remember what I said about keeping it simple? Kids like simple food. They don’t want a 5 cheese souffle, they are perfectly happy with Kraft Mac&Cheese.
When planning a party, ask them what they want to eat. After all, it is their party. Then you don’t have to lose sleep over what to cook. And chances are, they are going to want pizza or corndogs.
Again, Keep it simple. I cant stress this enough. It is so easy to get yourself all wrapped up in party planning that its not fun anymore. Keep the décor to a minimum. A nice banner, a table cloth, maybe a could party hats (all of which can be purchased at your local dollar store $$$). But there’s no need to go above and beyond. I don’t waste time on spending the extra bucks for the special paper cake plates. You spend an extra $12 for a plate, when you can spend $5 (not as fancy) but they get the job done the same way.
If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy(not sure who said that)
Seriously though, if you drive yourself crazy trying to plan the most perfect party, you’ll be miserable the who party. If you’re miserable, the guests will notice, then they will be uncomfortable, and soon every one will be uncomfortable. And if it that’s happens, that is what you kid will remember. Here’s the truth: Nothing, and I mean nothing, will go as planned. Some one is going to forget something. A kid will eat too much ice-cream and puke. It happens. Don’t get your panties in a bunch and just relax. Like a dead fish, just go with the flow. And when something doesn’t go as planned, yell out “Plot Twist!” And keep moving forward.
Well, that’s enough from me. I wanna hear how you handle kids birthday parties. Comment below with you’re tips and fabulous ideas.
If you have any questions, or need some help getting through the party. Don’t hesitate to shoot me an email!
Feel free to get a hold of me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you need further guidance on anything!
‘Till next time,