Kids love their birthdays and especially look forward to their parties. Moms maybe not so much. But, no need to worry. Consider having a really cool, really fun party right at home with these easy to implement ideas. Not convinced? Read our 11 Reasons to Have Your Kid’s Birthday Party at Home.
While hosting a home birthday party requires some creative steps and some extra clean up, it can be affordable, completely unique and totally fun. The theme ideas are endless, such as outer space, bugs or even a party revolving around your child’s favorite color to provide even greater opportunities to make it a one-of-a-kind event. Who wouldn’t want a birthday party that is Tangled Up in Blue?
Our best advice? Get you child involved. They will be thrilled to have input into their own special party. And they are typically so creative that they may put things together that you may never have thought of. If they choose a unique combination of Sponge Bob and dinosaurs, why not? Nobody else will have that same party. Sometimes, the best ideas are the silliest.
We found this great idea over at Parenthood.com to get you in the creative mood.
A boy wanted to have a Surprise Party, where he was in on the surprise. The guests were the ones who were surprised. Their parents were in on the secret and the boys were picked up at their homes – unaware that they were being taken to a birthday party. When they arrived, confetti flew, balloons were released and the birthday boy yelled, “Surprise!” The theme then continued with guessing games, treasure hunts and food that all had an element of surprise.
Or, you may want to try a Teddy Bear Tea Party where 4-year-olds all bring a favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal from home and award each one prizes for the floppiest to the furriest to the most silly. The games, cake and the goody bags all can revolve around a stuffed animal theme. As an activity the kids can make party hats for their bears, set up the tea table to look fancy, and make cut out cookies using teddy bear cookie cutters.
For a tween or teen girl, host a Backyard Movie Party. Print or hand make tickets to give the guests, set up a popcorn or sundae bar with weird and cool toppings, and set up lawn chairs movie style or set up tents and let them watch the movie in their pajamas. The girls can play dress up games or karioke too. Give out awards for the best starlets or divas. Here’s more information on how to host a backyard movie party.
Finally, what about an Olympics Party? Set up your bocche ball, baggo game, and other stations around the yard to have the kids compete. Don’t be afraid to make the games completely silly. Make older kids race around in tricycles for some fun. Set up an obstacle course for little ones. Hand out medals to the winners. Here’s more information on How to Host an Olympics Party and Set Up Backyard Olympic Games.
I hope these ideas have inspired you and you’re ready to get planning. If you have any questions or need some additional ideas for games, give me a shout.