Happy Friday! Yesterday was Trip's 8th birthday! I had a class to attend for my new job, so we're spending today going to a new park, visiting a new to us art museum, and we're going to hopefully snag a snack from the Carlo's Bakery kiosk at one of the local malls. My favorites for today are focusing on the easiest and dare I say best birthday party that I've thrown to date!
I am a Pinterest mom when I want to be, but after many years of theme parties, Trip and I voted it was time for a change. You can read about his Olympic-themed party from last year HERE, and you can read about my kids' other parties HERE! All of those parties were great, but now that I've seen the light, I want to share 5 tips for having a fun but low stress kid's birthday party.
We went insanely simple this year and just hung up a felt banner that we've had since the kids were little. I found a pack of napkins at Michael's in the clearance section for 49 cents and picked up a pack of plates at Five Below for $1.50!
2) Let someone else do the entertaining
I always try to think of games to play and prizes to give out at the kids' parties, but this year, I let the games and activities at Main Event do the entertaining. I certainly could not afford to host 20+ kids at a place like this, and I think the small number worked in our favor. The kids could do a lot of things instead of just one, and the variety helped tire them out.
3) Send your other kids to Grandma's
Ari started this family trend at her party earlier this year, and I absolutely love it. Robert and I are able to focus our energy and attention on the birthday kid, and we don't have to worry about little sister or big brother trying to take over the fun.
4) Ramp up a box cake
We picked up hot and ready pizzas to save our sanity, but I wanted to do a fun cake for Trip. We had pinned a bunch of ideas, but after reading about ice cream cakes in the recent Food Network Magazine, Trip asked me to make him a chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cake. It was low cost, combined the cake and ice cream duo into one, and it was definitely unique.
5) Go with the flow
I'm pretty type A and like to stick to the plan, but with this party, I learned to just let go and do what the kids wanted. The original plan was to take the kids to the neighborhood pool after dinner, but they all opted to swim in our backyard pool instead. There were lots of crazy "Would you rather" questions and potty humor, but I say, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! We found a super random picture online and typed up thank you notes to print off and saved money on stationary. And to go with the random, I found bugs that you throw at your door and shoot with Nerf guns in the clearance toy section at Target to give out as party favors. Did any of it make sense together? Not really, but to keep from stressing out, just think like an 8 year old, and go with the flow!
What do you do to save your sanity when throwing a party? Tell me in the comments below!
In case you missed any of this week's posts:
Life With the Lees: A Summer's Week Recap
Tuesday Training: Week 28
Show & Tell Tuesday: Favorite Recipes
Workin' It Wednesday: A Day in the Life
Happy Birthday, Doodle!
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