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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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20 Great Ideas for Goodie Bags that Inspire Creativity

Goodie bags and kids birthday parties go hand-in-hand. Kids love getting them, but figuring out what to put into them can be challenging, pricey and time-consuming for moms. So we thought we’d share some of our favorite party favors to help you create your own goodie bags with minimal effort and maximum satisfaction for everyone.

Most of these wallet-friendly items can be purchased online at Oriental Trading, or at your local Dollar Tree and Party City stores.  All items are guaranteed to inspire creative thinking and play for children 5-8 years old. We especially love mini treats!

  1. Mini watercolor paint sets – These adorable paint kits require minimal water and are great for travel.
  2. Mini canvases – Kids can use mini paints, pencils or crayons to make professional looking miniature artworks to decorate their rooms.
  3. Mini note pads – Kids will love drawing pictures and keeping track of ideas in their very own note pads.
  4. Novelty pencils – Pencils in different colors, shapes and sizes make fun writing and drawing tools for kids.
  5. Novelty erasers – There’s no end to the variety of erasers available – robots, flowers, footballs, Disney figures and more for kids to make lines disappear.
  6. Pencil sharpeners – As with erasers, novelty erasers are fun and practical.
  7. Washi tapes – Easy-to-tear tapes come in a variety of colors and patterns that kids love to use to decorate pages, note pads, boxes, and more.
  8. Clay – Non-hardening clay sticks in multiple colors provide endless possibilities for creating  3-D artworks.
  9. Wiki Stix These waxy, colorful sticks are loads of fun for making figures, spelling names and so much more.
  10. Crayons – A classic coloring tool for young kids.
  11. Glue sticks – A grown-up art/office supply with lots of creative uses.
  12. Mini tapes or scotch tapes – Kids just love taping things together.
  13. Glitter tattoos – Kids also love a little wearable sparkle.
  14. Novelty rings – Smiley face, super-hero, and googly-eye rings are not just for girls.
  15. Jelly and friendship bracelets – These are especially popular with older kids who enjoy trading, collecting and wearing novelty bracelets.
  16. Bouncing Balls – They come in lots of colors and are a hit with boys and girls alike.
  17. Adhesive moustache – Kids love (and adults) love sporting felt moustaches that come in may colors.
  18. Mini bubbles – Who doesn’t love blowing glistening bubbles into the air?
  19. Classic paper blow outs – Younger children love to make a little noise while watching colorful paper rolls unfurl.
  20. Pom poms – The glittery ones are especially fun!

The Magic of Markers

Looking for ways to make your child’s birthday more creative, memorable and fun? Consider a simple, but creative art project to engage your young guests and keep little hands busy. Not only will your party-goers enjoy working with art materials, they will love taking their artwork home to share with their own families.

The joy of coloring with magic markers

At The Art Truck we find that the key to success with group art projects is to keep the ideas and materials simple so that children (and adults) of all ages and skill-levels will enjoy the activity and stretch their imaginations. We incorporate coloring activities into most of our projects and have watched hundreds of children find great joy in them. You’ll be surprised how much fun kids have with magic markers – it turns out that they really are magic!

So many markers to choose from

We believe the magic is in how pigment easily flows from these handy tools, making it fun to paint your picture with lines, swirls and layers of wonderful colors. Plus, markers come in hundreds of colors and sizes making it the closest experience to painting, with virtually no mess! If you opt for washable, water-based markers, clean up is a cinch. Just use baby wipes to clean hands and surfaces.

Another great feature of a coloring activity is that you don’t need special teaching skills or expensive supplies. Printouts of a simple line drawing (click here “coloring pages for kids” and you’ll find a vast array of pictures to choose from on Google Images), grab some kraft paper to cover the table, some washable magic markers in various colors and styles and you’re ready to go! Our very favorite markers (and those of our artists of all ages) are the Crayola metallic markers. They offer super luster and are available at Target, Toys R Usamazon, Staples, Blick and Wal-Mart.

If properly supervised, a coloring activity will occupy at least 15-20 minutes of party time. Plus, activity time can easily be expanded by introducing additional materials or supplying a frame for kids to decorate, too.

Give it a try and let your little ones experience the magic of markers!