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  • Top 5 Children's Party Essentials

    I am always excited to prepare for our children’s birthday parties.  If I had my way, I would volunteer to do the preparations for other kid’s parties.  That’s how much I like it.  My husband thinks as the children grow older, there should be lesser preparations, but I disagree.  I think as they get older, it gets a bit tougher and challenging because then, you have to factor in what your child wants.  And when he wants an aliens theme, you have to start bargaining.

    My husband thinks as the children grow older, there should be lesser preparations, but I disagree.  I think as they get older, it gets a bit tougher and challenging because then, you have to factor in what your child wants.  And when he wants an aliens theme, you have to start bargaining.

    Just in case you miss out a few details during the preparation, we have this list of must-have for you:

    1.   THEME  Themed parties are always more fun and more memorable for our children.  Ask your child for his suggestions on the theme.  You can do movie themes or even a color theme, like rainbow, and your child can wear her multi-colored butterfly wings.  When you have the theme, it is easy to choose what costume to look for.  Your child would love to dress-up in his favorite character, and would feel like the star of the day.  You can also have his friends dress up along with the theme, but you can make it optional.
    2.   VENUE  Decide on the venue.  We have had ours in our home, at the zoo, in a park, and at the beach.  Your venue also affects the number of people you will invite, or the other way around so take that in consideration.  For our son, we had his 11th birthday in a bowling alley so we considered the ‘pairing off’ when we decided on how many friends he invited.  We had 4 pairs and each pair was a Ninja Turtle, and of course, pizza was served.
    3.   FOOD   I like to keep the food within the theme, too.  The cake can be a pretty replica of a ladybird as your cute 2-year old struts around in matching ladybird wings.  In deciding about food, you may also choose to have professional catering done.  Or, you can buy or order some food, and make some.  It would at least, remove some of the workload off you.
    4.    DECORATIONS  I am a big fan of decorations and balloons.  I think they give the best celebratory vibe and put everybody in the mood to party.  Decorations can be store-bought or home-made.  The Batman’s insignia can be made on your printer, easy to cut and then paste on boards and can be hang anywhere even from the trees in your yard.  The matching bat cape is, of course, around the strong shoulders of your toddler running around.
    5. GAMES & ACTIVITIES. For a butterfly-themed party, you can have some face-painting done.  For a Hulk party, we divided the children into two groups for a relay, gave them dad’s big t-shirt and shorts to wear while carrying huge beach balls painted like the Earth.  Now isn’t that a smashin’ game to play?  Be creative and think like a kid.  The crazier the idea, the more fun it will be for the children.

    Before you start with any of these preparations, remember to ask your child what he wants for his birthday.  Ask him for ideas on games and decorations.  Involve him as much as you can; it is part of the fun.  And of course, before you sign your name on any dotted line, ask your spouse how much you can afford for the party.  Remember the most important thing is that your birthday child will enjoy his special day.  Everything else is icing on the cake.  A very yummy icing.

    And of course, before you sign your name on any dotted line, discuss with your spouse a budget for the party. 

    Remember the most important thing is that your birthday child will enjoy his special day.  Everything else is icing on the cake.  A very yummy icing.  Save

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