Kids' Summer Party Tips

Kids' Summer Party Tips
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Kid's birthday parties can be VERY expensive, but spending a lot of money doesn't ensure that fun will be had by all. I have two boys with summer birthdays, so I've had my share of parties. I've learned enought to know that each one is different. Make it easy on yourself and follow these tips to a successful and less hectic birthday party!
-Don't cook the day of the party unless it's hotdogs or hamburgers, then assign grilling duty to someone else in the family, so you can do other things!

-Start buying decorations at least a month ahead. Designate a "party tub", pick your color theme and keep adding to it as you visit stores and find more items. A week before, look it all over and see if you are missing anything, then add it to your shopping list that week. I started with a basic party package and added my own things to it...such as plain colored plates and napkins.

-Prizes: I opted for buying plain white lunch bags, markers and stickers in the party theme. The first thing we did at the party was have the kids decorate their bags and write their names on them. After each game we dropped in a prize. At the end of the party I divided up any leftover prizes, candy that was left over from our treat table, and the markers they used to decorate the bags. I had a variety of pencils, pens, fun paper clips, plastic bugs (the boys loved them!), and other small items.

-I thought 3 hours for games and a craft plus decorating the bags was a good time frame for the party. We took our cake and ice cream break after opening presents about half way through the party. We ate after the first game was finished. Also, anticipate some kids will come early, some late, and some not at all. Expect it all! We had one little boy dropped off a half hour early, so we put him to work on some last minute decorating!

-Make a notation on invitation asking the parents to let you know if a child should not eat or drink something because of allergies or illness. Kids are shy about sharing this information, so ask.

-If you can borrow, or if you own a screen tent, please do use one! This was SO useful. It's fun to decorate, and a nice place to put the food table, a small table for the presents and one for the treats and cake as well. Balloons tie to the top of it easily and you can hang mobiles and banners inside.

-Lastly, consider making a homemade invitation. We printed out the invitation information in the middle of a 8x11 piece of white paper on the printer, then our oldest son drew around it in black ink. We had them copied at the copy center and they were a big hit, plus they were inexpensive!


About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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