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The 2-in-1 Birthday Party Hack: Keep Cards and Stickers in Your Car

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This makes all those celebrations a lot less stressful.

Birthday season—it’s like the flu. When it comes, it comes at you hard. I’m no expert but I’ve attended my fair share of birthday parties in my three-and-a-half years in the parenting game and have learned some lessons along the way. Since our daughter’s social agenda has become ours as a family, my husband and I have created a system of parenting tricks to save our time and sanity as we get through the bustle of birthdays.

I respond to the invitation immediately and make sure it’s in both my and my husband’s calendar.

With the event in the calendar, I don’t feel as if I forgot anything or surprised when the day rolls around.

I use the party as motivation to get my daughter to move quickly.

I tell my daughter about attending her friend’s birthday party right when she wakes up. I remind her why birthdays are special to get her excited about making her friend feel celebrated, and then use this to my every advantage to get her up and moving. For example, “Go put on your shoes fast so we can leave the house and see Carter!” 

I keep a stack of blank greeting cards in the car with a pen.

That way, we don’t have to make a separate stop at the store to buy a birthday card, or go searching for a card in my home. I grab one and fill it out in the car so I’m not wasting any time as we make our way to the party.

I give my daughter an on-the-way activity to keep her occupied.

I pass her the card and envelope, plus stickers I also stash in the car. Then, she can decorate the card and envelope. My daughter loves this activity. The best part is how proud she is of that card.

It keeps her entertained while I take five minutes to set up a Littlefund for her friend. I enter a guardian’s email, choose a goal and amount, then hit send. It works like a gift card. I’m biased since I’m the founder, but I really think it’s the perfect gift for any child whose parents are constantly managing the influx of stuff. This way, kids can save up for one big gift or experience.

Mimi Chan is the founder and CEO of Littlefund@littlefund. She currently resides in San Francisco with her husband, daughter Liv, and one more little one on the way. In her spare time, she enjoys capturing her daughter’s weird sleep positions on her Instagram stories.

 

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Birthday Party Theme Ideas

Your little one is year older and super excited about the upcoming birthday party. It must be the most awesome party in the whole class. Here are a few themes that can make any birthday party tons of fun and entertaining.

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  • Zoo or safari theme
    • Adults can paint animal faces on younger children. Be sure to use the appropriate type of face paint.
    • Encourage all the children to come dressed as their favorite animal.
    • Have themed cake or cupcakes with zoo animal faces.
    • Set up some of your child’s stuffed animals around the house and walk through a safari path that you have made, pointing out the animals as you go.

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  • Luau theme
    • Hand out grass skirts to guests as they arrive.
    • Set up a tiki bar with various flavors of fruit punch.
    • Demonstrate a simple luau dance and encourage all the guests to learn how to do it.
    • Give all the children a goodie bag with items that they can use at the beach for their next family vacation.

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  • Circus theme
    • If you have a family pet, get creative and present a lion taming show with your pet.
    • Find a long piece of wood with no rough edges or use a few old shoe boxes taped together to make a small balance beam. Assist your aspiring acrobats across.
    • Set up games like pin the tail on the donkey, ring toss or a water balloon toss if it’s warm outside.
    • For those daring parents, set up a pie-throwing Children will always remember the birthday party where they were able to throw some pie.

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Additional creative themes include a fantasy land, a scientist’s laboratory, an undersea adventure, a spaceflight, a pirate’s treasure hunt or a prehistoric-period adventure with dinosaurs and fossils.

Make a Donut Snowman

This little snowman is so easy to make and delicious to eat!

Ingredients:

  • 3 mini powdered donuts
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • 1 chocolate wafer
  • 1 large marshmallow

On a plate, stack the donuts to build the snowman’s body. Decorate the top donut with the mini chocolate chips to create a face. Decorate the middle donut with three mini chocolate chips for buttons. Stack the marshmallow on top of the chocolate wafer and place them on the top donut to finish off your creation with a hat.

Looking for a healthier alternative? Try our banana, pretzel and apple version!

*An adult should oversee all recipes and activities. Recipes and activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

First Birthday Party Ideas

baby-girlA first birthday is a big deal; well any birthday for our children is a big deal.  First birthday parties can be as extravagant and whimsical as our imagination will allow, but really do not have to break the bank. It is an opportunity to celebrate the birth of our child and their first amazing year of life – full of growth, milestones and fun. Here are some ideas for birthday themes that can be simple to put together.

Ships Ahoy Nautical Theme

  • Grab blue and white thick-striped fabric and red felt. Cut out the letters of your child’s name (or initials) in the red felt and glue or sew onto the striped fabric as a backdrop to the treats table. Affix it to the wall with removable hanging strips;
  • Build a big cardboard box sailboat with items you have laying around at home (cardboard box, old pillow case or leftover fabric, a broomstick, etc.) and let the children set sail;
  • Craft a lifesaver using a white foam craft ring and thick red ribbon for a decorative welcome sign;
  • Use blue and white striped fabric for tablecloths and red and white for placemats or napkins;
  • Spread seashells and miniature sailboats across the center of tables for fun décor;
  • Make shortbread cookies in the shape of seashells, crabs, anchors and any other nautical themed cookie cutters you can find. Ice them with white icing and sprinkle with blue sprinkles;
  • Give small blue or red plastic buckets and shovels as favors. You can use permanent marker in blue or red to write a note or the child’s name on the side of the bucket and include a sample of your nautical shortbread cookies;
  • Have goldfish snacks in a fish bowl with a small sand shovel as the scoop.

Ice Cream Social – for the child who loves ice cream

  • Bake cupcakes, once cooled, pop them out of the cupcake liner and into the top of an ice cream cone (some shaping may be needed to fit the cupcake into the ice cream cone). Then ice the top with homemade icing or dip in melted white chocolate and cover with sprinkles. Let cool in the refrigerator top down on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper so the icing/chocolate hardens;
  • Grab a white t-shirt or onesie and find an ice cream cone iron-on.  Once the iron-on is affixed to the shirt, set aside this cute little T for the big birthday boy or girl;
  • Use small fruit baskets like the ones you see at the farmer’s market as containers for your ice cream sundae station toppings.  Make sure you put a spoon in each for easy scooping. Liquid toppings could go in mason jars;
  • Place waffle cones filled with special treats that won’t melt and place in a favor bag closed with a twist tie.  Send each child home with one.
  • Create a pin the cherry on the ice cream cone game.

Winter ONEderland – for a winter baby or if you’re dreaming of snow and cold, winter air

  • Have mugs setup and ready to go with mini marshmallows and hot cocoa mix (for summer, pre-make iced hot cocoa);
  • Have a large coffee maker ready with a pot of hot water for the hot cocoa. (adult supervision needed here);
  • Make a snowflake garland with white or shiny vellum paper and twine;
  • Play pin the carrot nose on the snowman;
  • Make a snowman sheet cake;
  • Give small, plastic snow globes as party favors;
  • Use small foam craft balls as snowballs on top of fake snow for decoration;
  • Make snowflake and snowman PB & J sandwiches with cookie cutters;
  • Write “Thank you SNOW much for celebrating my birthday with me!” on the favor bags or on a large sign hung on party guest’s way out.

What did you do or do you plan to do for your child’s first birthday party?

Camping-Inspired Birthday Party Ideas

Whether you grew up taking family camping trips or have never been camping in your life, a backyard campout for a birthday party can be fun and exciting for children and parents.  Once the children are old enough for sleepovers, a camping-inspired birthday party can create some great memories for you, your child and your child’s friends.

  • Prepare s’mores and wrap them in foil. You can bake The Goddard Schoolthem in the oven for a yummy snack or bake a s’mores-inspired cake;
  • Use clean, old tree stumps as refreshments stands;
  • Use bandanas as napkins or placemats;
  • Create a homemade, nut-free trail mix with various dried fruits, yogurt-covered raisins and sunflower seeds. Send small bags home as party favors;
  • Create a scavenger hunt. Have the children look for acorns, pine cones, leaves, etc.
  • Make pine cone bird feeders and let the children each take theirs home to tie in a tree;
  • Get a few bins of Lincoln Logs and have children craft their own log cabin creations;
  • Create a faux campfire with thick twigs collected from your yard or a bundle of firewood, and add crumpled-up yellow and red tissue paper on top;
  • Use twine and an old cardboard box to make a Welcome Campers or Camp Birthday [Child’s Name] sign;
  • In lieu of gifts, ask party guests to donate to your favorite national park;
  • Set up a large white sheet or projection screen in the yard and use a projector to show a movie under the stars;
  • Set up a few hammocks around your yard for the kids;
  • Stock a wooden crate with decks of cards, puzzles and other fun, camp-friendly games and activities.
  • Set up a fun morning buffet with your child’s favorite breakfast foods.

Happy camping!