My daughter’s birthday is coming up quickly and she’s been full of ideas for the past six months about exactly what kind of birthday she wants. Aside from her request to set up a birthday tour starting at Chuck E. Cheese and ending at Kings Dominion, most of her ideas have been pretty reasonable and actually, quite helpful. For example, she’s already decided on a theme.
Have Your Child Choose A Theme
She’s a Hello Kitty fanatic (her entire bedroom is decorated in Hello Kitty from wall decals to the bedding) so it didn’t surprise me when she chose this as her theme. And despite the fact that Hello Kitty was all the rage when I was a kid a LONG time ago, she’s apparently still a hot commodity because I can find her EVERYWHERE. There are times I want my children to express and appreciate their individuality, but when it comes to trying to throw a theme-based party, I am delighted that they can be mainstream.
Shop Online For The Party
If you’re even an occasional visitor here, you’ll know that I’m pretty lazy. If there’s an easier way to do something, I’m all for it. Plus, I’m pretty selfish with my time because I actually like my family and enjoy spending time with them so I try to avoid activities that eat up my time (okay, except for blogging which I justify since I blog about my loved ones). So, imagine my delight when I realized I could shop for everything I needed to pull off a Hello Kitty extravaganza without even leaving my house!
At Party World, I found everything I needed for the party (aside from the guests and itemized list of gifts my daughter is pining for). For example, I not only found the piñata, but also the fillers, blindfolds and bats. And though I expected to find the standard party supply store items like plates, napkins, invitations, hats, and favor bags, I was tickled to also find a Hello Kitty game for the kids to play during the party and a Hello Kitty lantern garland to really class up the decor. With a few clicks of the mouse, I finished half of the party prep work.
Checklist Of Items Needed For A Party
See? Here’s my checklist:
✓ Plates, Napkins, and Cups
✓ Party Favors
Buy and Wrap Present(s)
Picture Frame Craft Idea
For the craft, I think I am going to have the kids decorate their own picture frames. I’m torn between the nicer ceramic ones that might get broken and the foam ones that will be much safer and likely to survive, but less glamorous. I plan to take pictures of each child with the birthday girl as they arrive. While they are playing and eating, I’ll print the pictures on our printer and sneak them into the frames before the guests go home as an additional party favor.
Make-Your-Own Pizza Buffet
I like to make food the part of the entertainment so I’m planning on doing a make-your-own pizza buffet for the meal. Each child gets an individual-sized pizza crust and then can choose from the following:
- Pizza sauce or barbecue sauce
- Mozzarella cheese or cheddar cheese
- Diced Chicken
- Green Peppers
- Black Olives
While they do the craft, the pizzas go in the oven. When the pizzas are done, I serve them along with a fruit tray and maybe some pretzels or chips.
End With Presents, Favor Bags And Cake
After the meal, my daughter will open her presents. Then, my daughter will hand out the favor bags as she thanks each guest for her gifts. Now the kids will have something to put their pinata treasures in so we’ll head out to do the pinata.
I plan to serve the cake afterwards just before the end of the party. Yes, I intentionally wait until I’m returning the kids to their parents to sugar them up. Mom and dad just got a three-hour break. They’re well rested and can handle it.
This is my PLAN. I try to follow this same basic timeline for all of our at-home birthday parties, but anyone who’s hosted a child’s birthday party knows that things always seem to go astray. As long as the kids have fun, it won’t matter if everything doesn’t go perfectly according to MY expectations. That’s a lesson learned the hard way after 15 years of throwing birthday parties for my kids!