Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Dozen Kid's Birthday Party Ideas!

I have hosted a lot of kids' birthday parties.  My four children (like in most families) are very different from one another and therefore the parties that we have planned over the years are quite varied.  I compiled a list so that you may benefit from my family's experiences and feel free to leave a comment about your birthday party experiences.

Venue Parties:

  1. Indoor swim party--great during the doldrums of winter.
  2. Chuck E Cheese Party--doesn't everyone do one of these at some point?
  3. Ceramic Painting--at a local art studio
  4. Necklace Beading--fun for middle school and older girls
  5. High School Sporting Event--this party was one of the all time best.  Picture a group of 5th grade boys attending a high school football night game.  First, we decorated our van, did face painting, shirt decorating, and took them to the game where they were filmed by the local cable station and ended up on TV!
  6. Dance Party--at a local dance studio
  7. Roller Skating Party--fun for all school age kids.
  8. Bowling Party--good for older grade school age or middle school.

At Home Parties: (Usually more work, but much more memorable and affordable!)

  9.  Dying Tie Dyed T-Shirts-older grade school or middle school.
10.  Teddy Bear Tea Party--for preschool or kindergarten age.
11.  Obstacle Course--This was a party for preschool boys.  We set up a course around our yard
       and then our whole family helped the children race through it.  Loads of fun and lots of family
12.  Photo Scavenger Hunt--This idea is for middle school or high school age kids.  The idea is to
       photograph their group at certain locations around your neighborhood that they find by solving
       clues about the locations.

The excitement and anticipation about the planning of a party is such a wonderful thing to experience with your children.  Be sure to plan it early and allow them to play a role in the decisions about party favors and activities, etc.  Some parents dread these events, and if that describes you, maybe you need to take a year off and focus on a small, simple family celebration.  Then next year you can put positive energy toward planning a wonderful celebration.  The childhood years fly by, so enjoy these special, memory making occasions that celebrate your children and bond your family.  Please share your successful party ideas with all of us, too!



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  2. No matter where you decide for the location, I have found that games are key to a parties success! The way to make a birthday party perfect for children is to cater to their specific likes and dreamswith the games and decor! So a fairy theme or princess theme is great for the little girl that loves those things and so on. Once you find the right theme, the next step is decor and games! I have found some great, fun games and have loved the response from the kids!

  3. Absolutely agree. Keeping kids involved and engaged is key to a successful party.

  4. Seamus O' Bryne5/14/2013

    One can get a bouncy castle also. kids love bouncy castles. I have used this idea in my son's birthday party. All the kids loved that and enjoyed a lot. It is a really good source of fun filling in a birthday party. We had a memorable day and my kid enjoyed a lot on his birthday. That's all I wanted. I hired that bouncy castle from Urban games bouncy castle hire. It was a really good experience.

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  6. I am glad you found some fresh ideas:)