If you know me at all…you know how much I love to put on a party. When you are in your 20’s, you think you know it all about throwing a party and you make a lot of mistakes. In your 30’s you get better but the parties get a little more difficult because your children are older and require more activities and detail to a party. When you are in your 40’s and your children are moving out of the age for parties…you impart wisdom and encouragement. I am the 40 something here to help you 20 somethings out! Don’t let anyone tell you that you are going over the top or that your children will never remember that particular detail. You will remember and it’s your journey and you are making the memories for your children…even if they have to look back at pictures to remember anything! It’s worth it…. Here are some tips that will help when putting on a child’s party:
1. Be prepared…if you have activities for older kids, think through all of the logistics: making supplies available. Also, have more than enough just in case a sibling shows up with a party guest….you know it happens!
2. ask older children/neighbors to help the little ones
3. have a little activity for kids to do while you are waiting for everyone to show up. Coloring or card making is always a fun activity.
4. Set up the day before. This sounds silly but it will feel good to have everything in place and ready to go. I am talking about placing your dishes, pedestals etc…exactly where you want them and then add food the next day.
5. Ask for help! This was(is) a hard lesson for me to learn but takes a lot of unnecessary stress off of you.
6. If baking is not your thing…buy the cake and treats. It’s not worth the stress when store bought goodies are amazing. I suggest Whole Foods for their cakes….they are amazing!!!!
7. Have a couple of dishes for the adults to snack on. They will appreciate the fact that you took time for them.
Here are some of my favorite party ideas:
Here is an easy way to add flair to your party: I helped a friend make this for her daughter’s wedding but I have made these with pastel colors for a Whimsy Girl party. You simply tie ribbon to a dowel rod and hang. You can later hang it in your daughter’s room or bring out for a holiday decoration.
I also love to set up treats in unusual ways. This adds whimsy to your dessert table.
If you are having a summer garden party, paper flowers are fun to give the girls to wear on their wrist and in their hair. Simply buy headbands and hot glue silk flowers to the band. Make sure you buy oversized flowers. I think they look the best.
Let the kids make their own treats instead of buying a cake. My favorite are cupcakes in a jar. They can make one to eat and one to take!
Make your dessert a centerpiece and show them off. I like to stand my cake lollies on a foam board front and center on my dessert table.
I love these tissue paper flowers you can put together at Michaels and Hobby Lobby!
Rice Krispie Sushi is a blast for the kids to make at a swim party. You can use store bought or homemade rice krispies and add gummy fish and fruit by the foot. Let the kids box them up and add chop sticks with a bow.
This was my favorite party gift we gave each guest for Brock’s first birthday party. It took me forever to make these little guys but well worth it! My girls and I added a tag to each monkey with a special name and story. You can find the socks at Hobby Lobby with instructions on how to make these little monkeys.
I hope I have inspired you to get creative with your kiddos parties. Email me for any recipes or questions on these party ideas.