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June 19th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Summer Birthday Party Themes

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If you’ve got a summer baby, you might already be thinking about their upcoming birthday party. As a winter baby myself, I was always jealous of friends who were able to have pool and beach parties during the summer. Technically, you can make anything work in any season with just a little creativity and imagination, but for the purposes of this post we’ll focus on some great themes and ideas for summer parties specifically.

  • Birthday Luau – Flower leis, grass skirts, blow-up palm trees, pineapple and coconut treats, hula hoops, etc.
  • Jungle Party - Everything animal print, scavenger hunt, exploration and adventure!
  • Garden Party – Tea time with juice and petit sandwiches, fairy tutus and wings, face painting, etc.
  • Splish-Splash Party – Slip and slide, water balloon toss, bubble fun, and everything wet!
  • Beach Party – Have it at the beach or bring the beach to your home with a sandbox and a kiddie pool.
  • Picnic In the Park – Sandwiches and easy on-the-go food, frisbee, t-ball, playground fun and more.
  • Wild West Party – Cowboys and cowgirls, pretend horse races, horseshoe toss, etc.
  • Mexican Fiesta - Build-a-taco bar and other delicious Mexican fare, Piñata, maracas, etc.
  • Carnival Party  – Popcorn, clown fun with balloon animals and face painting, funnel cake, etc.
  • Nature Party  - Nature walk and discovery! Learn about bugs, flowers, etc. Educational and fun at the same time!

What summer birthday party themes have you done?

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December 26th, 2013 at 8:37 am

Winter Birthday Party Ideas

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I consider myself a winter baby because my birthday is in December. I was always jealous of my friends with summer birthdays because they were able to have fun warm weather birthday parties at the beach, pool or water parks. Now that I’m older and wiser, I’ve realized that winter birthday parties can be just as fun! Here are some ideas you can try for your winter babies:

Theme Ideas:

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You can do a general “winter” theme or you can focus on certain ideas. Some options are snowmen, snowflakes, penguins, mittens and hot cocoa, Jack Frost, etc. There are endless possibilities for these themes when it comes to decorations, activities, food, etc. This snowman theme from Setting The Mood brings everything together!

Invitations:

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Get creative and save money with DIY invitations. Use a mix of media (glitter, cotton balls, etc.)…whatever you can find that works with the theme. For inspiration, check out these popsicle stick snowflake invitations from Parenting.com.

Food and Treats:

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The main food element is up to you…it really depends on what you think all the little picky eaters will eat, but winter parties are never short of yummy treats! You can do s’mores (with parental supervision), a hot cocoa bar (like the one above from Heidi’s Recipes), candy canes, marshmallow snowmen, decorated sugar cookies, etc.

Activities:

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This is where it get’s fun! Some great activities for winter parties are:

  • Snowman building contest (above photo from TravelMuse)
  • Snowflake/snowmen crafts
  • Sugar Cookie Decorating
  • Movie time (Jack Frost, Frosty the Snowman, and so many others!)
  • Snowball toss
  • Winter scavenger hunt
  • Pin the nose on the snowman
  • “Freeze” dance

Is your little one a winter baby? Share YOUR party ideas with us on our Facebook Page!

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August 14th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Throwing a Birthday Party for Your Pet

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My little Comet turns 1 year old today (or at least that’s our guesstimate based on how old he was when we adopted him). And yes, I planned a birthday party for him.  I know I’m not the only person out there who loves their pet so much that they’ll throw parties for them! If you are so inclined to celebrate your pet’s birthday, try some of these fun ideas:

Decorations.  Pawprint tablecloths, balloons, and other “paw-ty” supplies will make everything festive.  If your pet allows, feel free to adorn him with his own party hat or a special bandana.

Food.  Keep your pet at the top of your mind when making food. For a dog party, you can serve hot dogs for the humans and kibble for the dogs. For a cat party, humans can feast on fish filets while Kitty can enjoy Fancy Feast or a small helping of canned tuna, and of course, catnip.

Activities.  Be sure to set aside some playtime!  Play fetch or tug-of-war with the dogs.  Dangle a piece of yarn or have your cat chase a flashlight beam.

Cake.  It’s not a party without a birthday cake! Use a bone- or fish-shaped cake pan for the humans and give something special to the guest of honor, such as this tuna birthday cake for Fluffy or this tasty cake for Fido.

Be sure to keep your pet’s personality in mind. If he prefers quiet, then consider keeping the party to immediate family or maybe invite one animal friend.

Have you ever thrown your pet a birthday party?

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