Parties

Get tips and share your secrets to throwing the best kids parties from baby showers to first birthdays to graduation celebrations and everything in between.

Anonymous posted in Parties Apr 10

Friday the 13th birthday party?

My daughter’s birthday this year is on Friday the 13th. We are big Halloween fans in our family so I want to incorporate some of this into her party but still keep it girly. Any suggestions?

  • Dana
    Apr 12

    My daughter was born on the 13th we talked about doing this when it falls on a Friday! Does she like Vamparina? I’d watch some episodes of that to get a few girly spooky ideas. Good luck!

  • Anonymous
    Apr 12

    Thank you all for the wonderful ideas! She’ll be turning two so it will have to just be spooky - not scary. I’m excited! Thanks again!

Krystal posted in Parties Apr 04

Wedding guest colors

So, I'm attending a wedding soon. I know the traditional rules are to not wear white so I selected a pink sheath. However, I recently found out from the brides mother that the wedding dress is actually a blush pink... the same shade as my sheath. Would it still be appropriate to wear? Or should I return it?

  • Mama
    Apr 10

    I wouldn’t wear it. The bride picked that color to be unique 🤷🏽‍♀️ sorry 😖

  • Erin
    Apr 11

    I feel like it’s not expected of you to know that info. There will likely be a lot of blush pink dresses there...

Is 2 years old too young for Legoland?

I'm planning to take my son to San Diego for his 2nd birthday. I'm debating whether to take him to the SD zoo or Legoland. I've never been to Legoland so I don't know much about it. I've been to SD zoo and love it.

  • Lynn
    Mar 23

    I’d skip naps for special outings. You May pay for it later, but it’s worth it and perhaps he will go to sleep immediately when you put him to bed.

  • Joanna
    Mar 24

    I took my 20 month old and 4 yo to Legoland this month. They both had a lot of fun. For a 2 yo, I'd bring a stroller and let him nap, ideally while we eat lunch. I'd pick Legoland over the zoo, because of the water park (just splash areas for small kids) and being physical. At the zoo, it's hard to see all the animals in some of the exhibits so he's on my shoulders or in the str... More

Joe posted in Parties Feb 09

My baby is 11 months

His birthday is March, can I get helpful ideas please... My first child and want it to be magical thank you

  • Joneen Driver
    Feb 09

    I did an Uno card game theme for my son’s first birthday. Uno because he was turning one & it was something unique. I was tired of the usual characters everyone picks for parties. I wanted something simple but fun for my son’s first birthday since he’ll have many years of telling me the themes he wants. And it turned out awesome! Everyone loved it! I also picked a really cool place that jus... More

Andraya posted in Parties Feb 06

1 year old Birthday ideas

Hello my daughter will be one years old this month on the 14 which is (Valentine's day). I want to asked anyone who could help me with some ideas of putting her party together which will be at home. I would like to buy her a nice gift that I hope she would love from her mom and dad. What should I buy her?

  • Andraya
    Feb 07

    Thanks you everyone the advice was very helpful😘

  • Julie
    Feb 07

    Okay so first things first, she’s just the cutest!!! Love her big eyes and expression!! ❤️❤️😍 We had a big party for my daughters first but I have a huge family. I have the tally somewhere but there were close to 100 people at her first party and every one of them was family on my side except for my best friend and her daughter. No joke, and this wasn’t even extended family, it was sisters/... More

Anonymous posted in Parties Jan 05

Have you ever held your kid’s birthday at a park, but without reserving a pavilion?

We’ve almost always had our daughter’s birthdays at a park, reserving a pavilion. The weather is great this time of year here and it has worked out well. This year however, I’m trying to keep costs way down and considering just asking people to bring blankets & chairs to a chosen park. If you’ve ever done that, would you recommend?

  • Keri
    Jan 10

    We had our daughter bday at a park that doesn’t have a fee to reserve (typically at parks without restrooms). It was tricky and my husband got clever with a portapotty and tarp. It worked out well.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 11

    Does the park system in your area have a list of rentable areas, and which are still available? If you've got a park that's big enough that it's got plenty of picnic areas, you could commit to a particular park and finalize the site the day-of (and let people know via e-vite/text updates, etc.)

Suggestions for birthday party goodie bags for 2 yr. olds that won’t be more “junk” for parents?

  • Megan
    Jan 01

    We went to a birthday party recently and the parents had a big bucket full of all the goodies that normally go in goodie bags and let the kids go through the bucket. What I liked about it was if a kid grabbed something their parents didn’t want them to have (like bubbles for our 1 yr old cause she’d try to drink it) they could exchange it for something else and the kids seemed ok with it. No ne... More

  • Emily
    Jan 05

    Maybe have an arts and crafts set up at the party and what they make ends up being their party souvenir - perhaps just provide a themed bag to take it home with? Then the ‘gift’ is more thoughtful and less inclined to be seen as more ‘stuff.’ Of course if they don’t want to take it home or make one they don’t have to either.

Tj posted in Parties Dec 23, 2018

First child’s birthday party right after sibling’s birth?

My second child is due about 1-2 weeks before my son’s 2nd birthday. I want him to have a birthday party, but at the same time I won’t be in the position to do much organizing and I’m concerned about bringing my newborn. Any suggestions of easy party ideas? Should I be concerned about germs and the new baby if she’s generally kept in her bassinet?

  • Elle
    Dec 24, 2018

    Sorry, I read the numbers in the first sentence too quickly. I misread it as his first bday (not his 2nd). Given it will be his 2nd bday, I take back the part of my comment about skipping it. Suggest doing something smaller, lower effort, but meaningful to all. The important thing is that he has a fun experience and feels loved.

  • MommyDear
    Dec 24, 2018

    Do something small, you can even do it at a pizza place so you don’t have to do any of the decoration and clean-up. As long as you celebrate & give your toddler some well deserved attention, specially with a new baby on the way, that’s all that matters. When my little one was born, we made sure to give my toddler son extra attention & random little (and inexpensive) gifts just so he did... More

First birthday party tomorrow!

Trying to find activities and games for us adults but all I can find are baby shower related ones. Any ideas? Looking for stuff like this..

  • Andy
    Dec 07, 2018

    For the 2nd or 3rd birthday with just the adults we had a Daniel Tiger song contest with rules similar to Hollywood Squares. The lyrics to a Daniel tiger jingle were given to one of the teams and they had to sing the song with the right tune or confidently the wrong tune. The other team had to decide if they sang it right. It was ridiculous and very entertaining.

Cake smash substitution ideas??

My boy is 1 in a few days 🤯 Any ideas on cake substitutions for a cake smash photo session? He’s not allergic to anything, just don’t want to introduce artificial sugars yet.

  • Cassandra
    Dec 06, 2018

    I’ve seen a spaghetti smash and a pizza smash!

  • Michelle
    Dec 07, 2018

    We made a small cake using banana as the sweetener and used blueberries with Yogurt as frosting. None of it had added sugars. She loved it!

Anonymous posted in Parties Nov 28, 2018

Baby shower for 2nd baby?

I just found out I am 10 weeks pregnant. For my first baby (who is currently 16 months), we had a huge baby shower with family and friends. But, for this baby, I don't think it’ll be right to have another baby shower. For one, we moved out of state & secondly, everyone always judges those who have baby showers back to back. I was thinking of only doing a registry if anyone wants to get ... More

  • Lauren
    Dec 19, 2018

    I think a registry is a good idea for a second baby. Even if you don’t have a shower it is very likely that people will want to send you a gift and having a registry makes it easy. You’re also less likely to get gifts that you don’t need.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 12

    People who didn’t have a shower for your second baby did no one ask to throw you one or did you turn them down? I wasn’t going to have one but a friend asked and I felt rude saying no.

First year!

My daughter will be 1 next week! What did you moms do for your little one's first birthday?

  • Kieli
    Nov 26, 2018

    My daughters first birthday was in June, and I wanted to do a park get together but it was way to hot. So I just invited immediate family over to my (small) apartment for lunch and cake. Mostly so they could see her

  • Aje
    Nov 27, 2018

    We had a Curious George party in the backyard. It was just our siblings and their kids and our parents. Most of the decorations were pretty generic and purchased from the dollar store. Despite that it looked really great. I made some decorations as well. I bought two plastic pools and we filled one with sand and one with rice. I put out a small ball pit for the babies and some balls of various ... More

Small house for a 3yr old birthday party

We live in a 2 bedroom house and having my son’s 3rd birthday party there in December. My husband had the idea of friends with kids to schedule the party 12-4 and have relatives come 3-6pm. Or just have everyone come? Last year it got really tight. Has anyone ever done this?

  • Victoria
    Nov 24, 2018

    Following..

  • Lindsey
    Nov 25, 2018

    I ended up making friends at 12-4 and family 2-6. Most of my friend have kids his age and my nieces so they will be there that time. The only person I need to tell what’s happening is my father-in-law. He comes over an hour early. But even when I tell him I assume he’s going to disregard it and come anytime he wants. 😂but he’ll be the one dealing with 12kids screaming and running around.

Anonymous posted in Parties Nov 19, 2018

Holiday Work Parties

The holidays are coming and that means work parties! But for anyone who is pregnant and still not out about it, that means making excuses for not drinking. My boss is already talking up the amazing wine he bought for our party and how he can’t wait for everyone to try it. I am not sure what excuse I will use yet, so give me what you got!

  • Kelly
    Nov 19, 2018

    That you’re being the designated driver?

  • Ivana
    Nov 19, 2018

    Bring some cranberry juice along in a flak and pour it into an empty wine glass. Worked for me :)

Is a first birthday party necessary?

So I’m going back and forth on if I should waste money on a big birthday party for my daughter. However, I’m thinking “is she really going to enjoy this?” “How much money will I spend?” She would most likely be cranky or sleeping ,clueless, and probably stressed about it all. What should I do other than a party or should I do the party idk 🤷🏻‍♀️😩

  • Shuishuipanda
    Nov 19, 2018

    They won't understand or remember... I did not do any party for my son's first and second birthday

  • Amy
    Nov 19, 2018

    We did a family get together at chick fil a. Simple and a playground.

Birthday near Christmas?

My son's birthday is December 23rd. This is problematic because it's 2 days before Christmas, which is already hectic regardless of birthdays. My question is: how do you plan for it? We've been doing the close family and friends route so far, but I want him to be able to have friends come and celebrate as well as he gets older. We have also separated his birthday from Christmas so f... More

  • Erin
    Nov 20, 2018

    I've got two kids, born the 29th and 25th. Their birthdays are usually just cake with family. But, we do a big party with friends for their half birthday. So far, I've been able to combine the half Birthday party (4 times so far) but I suspect we may be hosting two half birthday parties next year.

  • KM
    Dec 01, 2018

    My daughter's birthday is Christmas Eve. Last year we had a family celebration the weekend before, then invited all her friends for her half birthday party in June. Everyone thought the half birthday party was a good idea and it gave us a lot more venue options.

3 year old birthday

My daughter is doing an alpaca party. Her party is December 2nd it’s going to be at park and it’s gonna be cold. 🥶 I want to do hot coco in a crock pot and pizza. Does anyone have good winter party ideas?

  • Elle
    Nov 11, 2018

    - make paper snowflakes - decorate your own snowman - bounce castle will keep them active and warm (if the park allows) - pinata - warm cider in croc pot - bubbles (kids like bubbles)

Any ideas for baby shower prizes for games?!

  • Mia
    Nov 07, 2018

    When I had my baby shower we did , candles , frames , vases and kitchen stuff , mostly cute stuff from the dollar store .

  • Brittany
    Nov 14, 2018

    We did a shot bottle with a can soda for guys and bath and body works small lotion and body gel for women also made 3 gift baskets for the diaper raffle one was coffee themed one was movie themed and the last one was a liquor bottle with mixers

My daughter will be 1 in two months

My daughter will be one in two months idk what to do for her birthday???

  • Jasmine
    Oct 20, 2018

    That's too cute

  • Sahra
    Oct 21, 2018

    What does she like? When my son turned 1 we did paw patrol. Though the only thing that was themed was the cake which was shaped like a bone

Anonymous posted in DIY Oct 16, 2018

Small wedding ideas?

Really frugal way to throw a very small intimate wedding. No outdoors I live in Louisiana :p we’ve already had 2 of the 4 seasons just this morning haha. The only reason I’m anon is because it hasn’t been announced yet :p

  • Cynthia
    Oct 16, 2018

    I got married in a very fancy restaurant in a private section. Now we can always go there to eat for our anniversary.

  • Joey
    Oct 16, 2018

    Don't do wedding favors. They're a waste of money and usually get thrown away afterward. Silk flowers are usually much cheaper than real. You could do grocery store bunches for the bouquets and just baby's breath for the centerpieces (really cute in mason jars). DIY doesn't always mean cheaper! A lot of wholesale websites can offer up cheap alternatives.

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