In the month of June, we celebrate two of our kids’ birthdays. Even though they are several years apart, I normally throw them a combined birthday party. I’d say we are pretty low key for birthday parties. What’s most important is that you give your kids a chance to spend time with their friends.
The biggest thing we do is make a cake for them. Austin actually has taken this project over. Check out the combined Batman and Robin cake he made!
I invited Jessica Morrel on to share a few of her secrets to plan a party that doesn’t suck. Here’s what she has to say-
Food is a big issue, and the simple fact is you are going to need to rope in help. You will be buttering rolls, cooking dogs, opening countless packets of chips, and slicing veg in quantities you would expect from a school cafeteria.
You can do as much ahead of time as possible or invite over a friend to help you. Be wary about allergies, too – make sure you include any dietary requirement requests on your invitations.
If you don’t know how to bake a cake, this would be a good thing to buy. As to where you get your cake from, that’s up to you. According to some online sources, once you find out how Vons Bakery ensures you’ll never overspend on a cake again. There are plenty of other budget options out there, too, so don’t assume that you have ‘go big’ on a birthday cake if you don’t intend to create your own.
Invitations these days are pretty low key. You can send out an email or a mass text to get people over to your child’s party. I’ve even been known to create events on Facebook to invite friends and family.
If you have older kids, you might want to have some background music going. For younger kid parties, music will likely add to the noise.
Should you decide to have music, go through a few playlist ideas, hook up Spotify to your phone and some external speakers, and that’s all you need.
Find a few fun games you can play at the party. Minute to win it games are very popular. I’ve found instructions on all of the games you can choose from with quick google searches. These are particularly fun for kids who have winter birthdays and can’t go outside.
Be sure to let parents know if you need them to stick around when you invite them. If you think you’re going to need help, don’t be afraid to ask. Most parents are happy to help their kids have a great time.