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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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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!

Let us bring the Halloween party to you!

Halloween is right around the corner, and of course kids are looking forward to dressing up as their favorite animals, storybook characters, and superheroes.
The Art Truck has creative party ideas that will let your kids and their friends
use their imaginations to transform themselves into other characters and record
their memories.

The Art Truck Masquerade PartyAt a Masquerade Party on The Art Truck, kids can create their very own masks decorated with markers, gems, paper, faux fur, and ribbons to become their favorite animals or characters. Halloween and a Masquerade Party are perfect together.

For a magical experience, host a Royal Party on The Art Truck. Kids can dress up like fairytale princes and princesses with crowns and magic wands that they can decorate with their choice of glitter, adhesive shapes, ribbons, markers, gemstones, and more.

Capture those fun memories with a Photoshoot Party. Kids can dress up in their masks or crowns and pose for the camera in our photo booth. They can don other costumes and pose with props, including mustaches, clown noses, bow ties, goofy glasses, neon hair attachments, assorted hats, fancy feathered boas, eye patches, dog noses, and more. Their photos can be printed and framed on the spot, and they can decorate their frames with glitz, gems, sparkles, markers, and more to create keepsakes that they can treasure forever.

The Art Truck Cupcake & Cookie Couture PartyAnd what kind of Halloween party is complete without sweet treats? With our Cupcake and Cookie Couture Party, kids decorate cupcakes or cookies with frosting, gels, sprays, and sprinkles to create their own ghoulish edible art projects.

Halloween is a favorite time of year for kids. Bring The Art Truck to your home, and let your children and their friends dress up as their favorite characters and take pictures to remember their Halloween party fun for years to come.