Easy Kids Party Planning
This week, my daughter Sophia turned 4. How did this happen? This year, she’ll be going to school full time (cue my happy dance)! I mean of course, I’ll miss her, but all you mamas know what I’m talking about! I’m feeling the mid-summer stress big time! So of course, I knew I needed to keep the party planning easy and stress free this year!
I know we’re all living in this Pinterest world where everything has to be perfect. But guess what?! It actually doesn’t. And no one is going to truly care. This is all pressure we put on ourselves. So why?! I enjoy crafting, so if I put a party together with handmade items, its because it genuinely brought me joy in doing it. If crafting doesn’t bring you joy, then don’t stress! I promise your guests won’t mind a bit and the kids will still have a blast.
If you do want to have a party that looks a TINY bit like you have it together. I’ve got some hacks for you.
I could have gone off on a tangent crafting everything in site, but I didn’t and I’m completely OK with it. Know your limits and adjust the style of the party accordingly!
Top Tips for Throwing a Stress Free Kids Party
TIP #1: Keep it realistic. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
Don’t feel the need to craft everything and stress yourself out. It’s OK to buy a lot of the decorations and piece it all together. A couple personal items go a long way.
I even made things easier this year by cutting out the cake, which I was considering making myself! It was 90 degrees outside in mid-July and I bought rainbow popsicles for all the kids to go along with the unicorn theme instead of cake or cupcakes. BONUS – I saved a TON of money, the kids loved it and none of them went to waste. Usually with cupcakes, the kids take a bite and the rest of those beautiful things go in the trash!
TIP #2: Plan your party outside of meal hours.
I normally choose 1-3pm for kids parties. Everyone usually comes after lunch and smaller kiddos have already gotten their morning nap in. This also makes it easier for meal prep! I don’t fancy myself to be a great cook, so planning a couple apps and snacks is way better for me than providing a full meal.
TIP #3: Keep the invite list small.
Less people will mean less chaos and less entertaining and a higher focus on the people that can attend.
TIP #4: Make your party special with personalized items.
This one doesn’t have to be complicated! My absolute favorite party hack is using the 2 inch round labels from Avery. Normally I try to make my own design on the label, but this year I was crunched for time and they already had a pre-loaded unicorn design. Score! There are so many designs to choose from too. From there, just type what you want and print! It’s so easy to personalize your party with these!
If you know someone or you yourself has a silhouette or cricut machine, you can make personalized favors by making a decal of each little guest’s name. This year, I put their names on these cute water bottles that I found at the Dollar Tree – you can find them here!
This is one that I’ve really started to adopt and believe me, I’ve been SO much happier for it. For my daughters first birthday, I went totally nuts and made everything from scratch in regards to food, including french macarons for her Paris theme. I was a wreck trying to get everything together when people were arriving! Never again.
Arrange the food on a table with a self serve style. This will give you more time to focus on entertaining guests and spending it with your little one versus serving everyone.
Keep it simple and keep your cool and you’ll enjoy the party much more yourself too!
More unicorn party photos!
The next day was her actual birthday and we had a blast running around town celebrating!
First I made her a cute kids birthday breakfast. I cut up a waffle into the shape of an ice cream cone and sliced a banana to make “ice cream scoops” – she loved it!
We hit up Build-A-Bear to take advantage of their “Pay your age” promo. She got a birthday bear for $4! We rode a carousel and went to American Girl Cafe. They got to sip hot chocolate and decorate their own cupcakes!