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How to Throw Your Child a Fun, Budget-Friendly Birthday Party

How to Throw Your Child a Fun, Budget-Friendly Birthday Party  It’s something children always look forward to — a day all their own! Most children clamor for a birthday party each year to celebrate their big day, but sometimes a party can be hard to pull off without spending a lot. If you want to reserve the bulk of your budget for presents, or money is simply tight, you can still give your little one the party she deserves. Check out these ideas for throwing an easy and fun birthday party at home — all without breaking the bank!

Spend Wisely  While we may want to shoot for the moon when it comes to our children, we also need to be sensible. If planning ahead is your thing, try to to buy supplies well in advance of the party; this can help spread out costs throughout the year. For example, you can usually find discounted party supplies after major holidays, some of which may be themed, though many will be multipurpose. Also, work with what you have on hand. If your child loves soccer, have a soccer-themed party and encourage other children to dress in uniform. Don’t forget to check out bargain stores either. Dollar stores are a great resource for inexpensive party supplies. You can also save a little extra money by emailing your invites rather than sending physical invitations.

Get Creative with Food When it comes to the food, you can save money by supplying it yourself. Schedule the party after lunch but before dinner to avoid having to feed everyone a meal. Instead, get creative with colorful snacks like fruit skewers, homemade dips with pretzels or chips and simple sliced sandwiches. If you’re inviting lots of guests, you may want to skip buying the cake and make it yourself. If you are not the best baker, a few boxes of cake mix can go a long way toward cutting costs, especially when paired with pre-made frosting. Ask a friend who may be better at decorating for help if you’re really worried about presentation, but kids will probably be more excited about eating cake rather than what it looks like.

Plan Your Games If your child’s birthday is during a warmer season, hosting a party at home is a cinch. There are plenty of games kids can play outside and often they will take care of the fun themselves. It’s good, however, to have a few ideas in mind to get the ball rolling. Freeze tag followed by Simon Says can be a fun way for kids to run around. You could even set up your own basic obstacle course using items you already have in the house. If it’s warm enough, you could have a water balloon toss coupled with a sprinkler to give kids a blast while keeping them cool. If there is a little wiggle room in the budget, you can even set up a crafting space outside for kids to make bird houses out of popsicle sticks and glue, or make puppets with lunch bags, markers and some yarn.

In Case of Bad Weather It’s always a good idea to have a plan b in the event of bad weather. Come up with a list of indoor activities that could keep kids occupied and having fun. For example, you could have a scavenger hunt and leave clues around the house with a prize at the end. You can tell stories as a group, having each child take turns to build a tale together. Or you can come up with a craft activity to keep the kids occupied. It only takes a little extra preparation to be ready in case of rain ruining an outdoor party.

With a little planning, and a lot of DIY, you can throw a fun, inexpensive birthday party she’ll remember. Just remember to keep a few contingency plans in mind in case circumstances require a quick birthday party shuffle. The work will be worth it when you see her face light up on the big day.

Thanks to Emily Graham for sharing her great party planning tips with us! Find her at emily@mightymoms.net Mighty Moms

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Bunny Mask

Hip Hop Hooray Easter’s On Its Way

This month, guest blogger, Art Truck Creativity Coach, and mom of two great kids, Monique Sanders, shares creative ideas for celebrating spring, Easter and memorable birthdays. Thanks so much, Monique!

Bunny Mask
Bunny mask created during an Art Truck party.

Spring is my favorite time of year.  The birds start singing, flowers start blooming, the weather starts warming up and Easter arrives filled with the excitement of egg hunts, Easter baskets and get-togethers with family. This year Easter is in April which Thinking just warms my heart because it is when I get to celebrate both of my kids birthdays.  So, at this time of year, I’m always looking for inspiration for spring parties and fun Easter crafts to make the celebrations more springtastic.


Crafty Spring Critters
Sock Bunny CraftA celebration isn’t complete without a cute craft the kids can bring home to remember the fun they had. Kids love spring crafts since they are filled with adorable bunnies, chicks and lambs. These no-sew easy Easter bunnies from AnnsEntitledLife.com are are so cute and simple. All you need is a colorful out-grown sock stuffed with batting or rice and put a ribbon around the neck to make the head. Add an elastic around the top and trim the sock to make the ears and decorate with googly eyes and pom poms.

Since eating hard boiled eggs in our house isn’t an Easter favorite, I’m always looking for some other options for decorating eggs such as cute chicks and animals made out of plastic Easter eggs. One idea is to use fabric or felt and googly eyes to decorate or cover eggs in string, cloth or Washi tape for Easter egg decorations that can be around for years to come.

Egg Bunnies

At The Art Truck we made these simple styrofoam egg-bunnies on a craft sticks to be used as puppets, place cards or  or even plant stakes. Plus, I love the sweet little gift bags which you can fill with  plastic eggs and other holiday treats.


Creative Baskets and Surprising Egg Hunts
Easter Ideas
Some of my fellow Moms are trying to find alternatives to the Easter basket filled with tons of candy. Well you know what they say… April showers bring May flowers. Fill a kids umbrella with some spring time fun such as art supplies, kids gardening tools, bubbles and small outdoor toys or create a themed Easter fill a baseball hat with goodies for a boy who loves the game.

Are your kids tired of the same old egg hunt? Surprise them with a glow in the dark Easter egg hunt and glowing ring toss using glow sticks. Or for another surprise, place clues in the plastic eggs that lead kids to Easter baskets.

Hangin with your Peeps
Marshmallow Peep VaseI never knew you could do so much with marshmallow Peeps! Use bunny Peeps and jelly beans to create edible centerpiece treats.

At The Art Truck we love edible art parties. So let the kids have a cupcake cake party and transform them  into spring time cuteness with marshmallow  bunnies. Instead of a gingerbread house you might find at Christmas time, create a bird house out of graham crackers, frosting, a marshmallow Peep chick, colored coconut for a nest and chocolate eggs.

Marshmallow Peep CupcakeIf you love the idea of having a spring party but don’t want to deal with the mess or stress, The Art Truck offers a wide range of creative parties from painting with Beanie Boos to a Masquerade Party where the kids will love creating personal arts and crafts to take home.

Contact us to find out how we can help you turn your spring celebration into a work of art. Happy spring!

 

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Fabulous Crafts & Party Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so we have been searching for festive DIY craft and party ideas for this red-hot holiday. In addition to a few Art Truck favorites below, we created a Pinterest Board to share fabulous projects from crafters around the globe that are guaranteed to add creativity and fun to your celebrations at home, school or even at the office – without breaking the bank.

 

Valentine’s Robot Snacks that Kids can Make

You probably know that we have a sweet spot for all things robot, so we couldn’t resist these adorable  Valentine’s robot snacks from Crafty Morning.  Kids at Art Truck parties love making sculptural robots, so we think they’ll have a blast making – and eating – these tasty artworks.

 

 

Painted Flutes make a Party
Fill Painted Flutes with Bubbles

 

Paint + Bubbles = Love

Are you looking forward to toasting your sweetie with bubbles on Valentine’s Day? Add extra romance by painting your own pair of champagne flutes covered with hearts, kisses and love notes. Or make them to give as gifts to a special someone. This project is inexpensive, easy and takes about an hour. It’s a great way to enjoy some creative, quiet time and is also fun with a group.

Champagne flutes come in many sizes and shapes. Dollar Tree stores carry several nice flutes. Best part? They are only $1 each. We like them because they are sturdy and easier to handle while painting. Ikea also offers reasonably priced higher quality flutes that we like, but they are much more fragile. Or consider repurposing glasses you already have on hand for a truly unique artwork.

The palette is key to your success. A simple three-color Valentine’s palette of hot pink, red and gold will make shopping a breeze and ensure that your glasses are Valentine hot.  We recommend using Decoart paint pens to simplify the whole project. Why bother with paints and brushes? These pens work great freehand or to fill in self-adhesive stencils from Plaid or Martha Stewart (our favorites).  Find all supplies at Michaels stores.  For permanent designs follow curing instructions.  Not in love with your flutes? Put them in the dishwasher and wash your art away.

Fun and Frilly Photo Props

Fun and Frilly Props
Fun and Frilly Props

 

 

 

 

 

Guaranteed fun. This instant party is a cinch. Visit a local Party City or Dollar Tree for a fantastic assortment of wearable, posable Valentine’s Day props. We love hot pink and bright red boas, heart shaped or over-sized red glasses, glittery head-bobbles, and lips on sticks. Add self-adhesive red moustaches for endless smiles and giggles. Smile for the camera and instantly share your photos with family and friends on your favorite social network.

Or take instant photos to make unique and adorable Valentine’s Day cards.  We just love Fuji Instax Mini 8 cameras available for $59 at Walmart and Michaels stores. Be sure to buy a twin pack of film because kids will love snapping photos.

Edible Art is Sweet

Edible Art is Sweet

Marshmallow lollipops make terrific edible Valentines. Use food markers to paint messages on marshmallows – we love the supersized marshmallows if you can find them!

Or buy some pretty Pizelles to color with sparkle gels to create shimmering discs of love.

 

We invite you to attend one of The Art Truck’s Valentine’s Day workshops or host your own party with us.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Maura