Kids birthday parties should be simple but you also want them to be fabulous. How do you create simple kids birthday parties? I have 5 tips that I have learned over the past 2 years.
For Landon’s second birthday I had a little more fun planning it because I could create the theme around something he actually enjoyed: Mickey Mouse! I loved planning his first birthday party too but it was different and Ill post about that later (going out of order… I know!)
We planned the party for 2:00; that way there wasn’t the pressure of proving a huge meal to everyone; we did heavy snacks and the timing was perfect. We invited family and close friends with kids this year; next year since he will be in preschool I expect more kids so I probably won’t host it at my house (I am simply not that brave!) but this year it was more adults than children.
I love being able to have everyone we love there to celebrate our little guy. These are truly simple kids birthday parties and as a mom who was also 7 months pregnant at the time I do not have time to be overly crafty – but I still wanted to be cute and creative. It was perfect actually because I prepped all the decorations leading up the day but didn’t put many up. My sister, her boyfriend and my husband all worked while Landon was napping to decorate so when Landon woke up he came downstairs to Mickey Mouse balloons and decorations, his expression was priceless. Thanks goodness I had ‘handy helpers’… a little Mickey Mouse humor.
Now for the 5 tips for planning simple kids birthday parties:
- Stretch you planning
- I made a list of everything I wanted to do in June…. Yes JUNE. And his birthday part was August 22nd. Doing the list that early (and adding a list of EVERY supply) gave me 2 months to shop. I found a ton of sales on things I was looking for and wasn’t stressed about having everything I needed; I LIVED by that list I created. I stretched out the prepping too and had timeline goals(ie order cake by this date, send invites by this date ect)
- This also allowed me to make sure I was leveraging what I already had. For example I have a Mickey Mouse easel; I used that for a cute welcome sign!
- DIY Favors
- I made little rice Krispy treats with sprinkles that matched Mickey Mouse colors. My mom also found coloring books and little toys that were Mickey Mouse themed; but my favors were obviously easy and DIY
- Activities – KISS (keep it simple silly)
- Landon was turning 2…. All of his friends are still little so I didn’t go crazy on activities. Think sidewalk chalk, bubbles, pin the tail on the donkey and ‘Mousekaball’ (basically a little ball toss inside). Next year more games will probably be a requirement but not yet!
- Stick to a budget you set beforehand
- Avoid getting out of control/ Pinterest is great but you need to prioritize your ideas. What is most important? Is getting a killer cake really important to you? Budget for that! Or do you want elaborate decorations? I have found if you do not budget you end up spending entirely too much money. I didn’t spend too much on food for example because of the timing of the party, but I had heavy snakes and they were perfect! I also made little Mickey Mouse labels for all of the food
- Be flexible and relax!
- Things will not go as planning and that has to be ok. For example, it rained like crazy the day of Landon’s party, so my outside activities were not going to happen. We figured it out. My birthday poster didn’t fit where I originally planned, so I moved it. The important thing is Landon had a blast and the guests enjoyed themselves!
Bonus: I love guest books! I had one of the ‘older’ kids volunteer to pass it around to all of the guests. I did this for the first birthday as well; something about documenting birthday wishes in a book is sentimental to me.
Bonus tradition: Family time the day before or on the actual birthday! Landon didn’t open our presents during his party – we did family celebrations separate so we could enjoy them without stress. We do a birthday cupcake beforehand too – we save the whole cake ordeal for the party.
Want more budget friendly ideas for simple kids birthday parties? I found a great resource! http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/birthdays/kids-birthday-party-ideas
What are your thoughts on birthday parties?
Till next time!