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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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Holiday Sweets and Treats

It’s the season for celebrating and sharing so we’ve been looking far and wide for the best holiday crafts and sweet treats that everyone will love to make – and eat. We think you’ll love what we found and we’re excited to share with you!  So, we created several holiday-themed Pinterest Boards to organize our favorite ideas and make it easy for you to find creative inspiration for celebrating with style and ease.

Find great ideas for Christmas sweets and treats,  Christmas ornaments, and Christmas crafts for kids and Hannukah sweets and crafts. Enjoy!

 

 

5 Fun and Easy Holiday Crafts for Kids

Time is the thing we need most during the holidays. Keeping kids entertained while keeping up with holiday preparations is challenging. So, here are a few of our favorite low-mess, no-stress holiday crafts to entertain kids with minimal supervision while you prep for festivities.

As always, all of our crafts are kid-tested and approved. Plus, you probably have most of the supplies around the house. If not, they’re inexpensive and easy to find at your favorite stores like Dollar Tree, Michael’s, and Walmart.

1. Snowflake Chandeliers

Supplies:

  • Fun wire
  • Beads
  • Gems
  • Foam or paper snowflakes
  • Curling ribbon

How:

Cut wire into 12″-16″ legnths and loop one end.

Place beads in a bowl. Kids will love searching for beads to string onto wire.

Add a snowflake with some gems to the bottom using tape or poking through foam.

Hang in a window or on a tree!

2. Marshmallow Snowmen

Supplies:

  • Marshmallows – one bag each of jumbo, standard and mini
  • Food markers
  • Coconut flakes
  • Pretzels
  • Blue food spray or blue sugar
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper plates
  • How:

Place marshmallows on plates.

Kids select marshmallows and assemble snowman using toothpicks.

Add pretzel arms and marshmallow mittens.

Draw a face and clothing using food markers.

Speinkle cocunut on plate, add blue spray (or sprinkles) for color.

3. Pom-pom Jewelry

Supplies:

  • Pom-poms in assorted sizes and colors
  • Spiral wire bracelet

Create a loop at one end of wire bracelet. Carefully push pom-poms onto wire – the trick is to get the wire through the center of pom-pom. Continue varying sizes. Loop the other end and tuck into pom-pom.

4. Painted Pizelles

  • Pizelle cookies – store-bought or homemade.
  • Sparkle gels in assorted colors

How:

This is a favorite Art Truck party activity – kids love it! Note that Pizelles have two different designs on either side, so kids can paint several cookies. Simply place cookies on plates and let kids paint in the shapes using sparkle gels. Encourage them to create wreaths, stained glass windows and snowflakes.

6. Scribble Ornaments 

  • Sharpies in assorted holiday colors
  • Plastic ornaments with silver, gold or white coating.
  • Ribbon

Simply arrange Sharpies and ornaments on a table using paper plates as work stations and watch kids delight in scribbling and swirling abstract designs using all the different colored markers. Add a ribbon and hang on a tree or in a window.

Happy Holidays!