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 DIY Tuesday

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

  • Christina
    Tuesday

    We had family out to first cousins. Dinner and reception in a restaurant in their private banquet area. Ceremony we did outside, but I know you said you can’t do that. With an open bar and photography we spent about 5k. We skipped flowers which was a big cost saver.

  • Joey
    Tuesday

    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.

Anonymous posted in Parties Monday

Last minute goodie bag

Hi! So my soon to be 3 year old is having a birthday party this Sunday. I have no idea what to put in her friend's goodie bags. Its Sesame street theme..Any ideas??

  • Caro
    Tuesday

    Earth's Best brand has some relatively healthy snacks in small packages that have Sesame Street characters on the packaging... I remember seeing some with Elmo and Grover at least...

  • Beckiie
    Yesterday

    Gold fish, fruit snacks, crayons, small coloring books or note pads.

Farm birthday party treat bags

I’m looking ideas as to what to put in treat bags for my son’s 2nd birthday that is farm themed. Thank you!

  • Victoria
    Monday

    Go to party city they have tons of goody bag treats toys and candy

  • Victoria
    Monday

    They have a whole isle that is specifically for goody bag

Anonymous posted in Parties Saturday

Baby shower

My husband and I have been trying for a baby for awhile. We have over time gathered a lot. Like most things. But I still want a baby shower when the time comes. This was brought up at a get together. I was chewed out by multiple people that it was dumb and unnecessary. That a baby shower is for people who need things. I wouldn’t like make a registry or anything or expect a gift. But I would lov... More

  • Lulu
    Monday

    I think the only thing you're doing wrong is sticking around those horrendous people and taking their actions to heart. Cut those ties and let it go! If you need to talk about it, get the Wysa app. It is like an interactive journal. I love it, it gets me through so much negativity I receive from others!

  • Anonymous
    Monday

    I’ll give that a shot! Thank you! And you are right I do just need to let it go and move on

Vicki posted in Parties Oct 11

Too scary?

My daughter is having a Plants vs Zombies themed 5th birthday party so all of her guests are somewhere between 3 (her little sister) and 6 years old. I’m making a piñata which was originally planned to be a Walnut from the game but my daughter wants it to be a zombie head instead. If you’re familiar with the game, the zombies don’t really look scary but I’m wondering if, regardless, a head hang... More

  • Lulu
    Thursday

    Yeah probably lol that may be a bit much for some skittish kids but I would say use your best judgement

Danette posted in Holidays Oct 11

First Birthday

Is it necessary to have a huge first birthday for my daughter?

  • Aravinda
    Monday

    No kids really don't remember anything, at the same time huge crowds make them uncomfortable where they start crying . Parents get frustrated.. all the fuss. Mom dad kid and immediate family will be the best way according to me.

  • Siobhan
    Monday

    We had a big party for my sons 1st birthday. It was more of a celebration of him for us! We lost our first son at birth and cherish and want to celebrate our babies. I know he won’t remember it, but I will ❤️

Yo posted in Parties Oct 09

11 yo home party

I am planning a little surprise for my big guy turning 11 in Nov. now, I am thinking to bring in some kind if entertainment for the kids ..... but dont know what to look for ? 🤔 I was thinking a clown show is kinda too kiddy .... haha maybe I can bring somebody with a bunny for petting ? Help me out here... im clueless. Thank you all

  • Lisa
    Oct 10

    Or a video game truck

  • Yo
    Oct 10

    Great ideas, thank you all

Anonymous posted in Parties Oct 08

Need help for 1st bday (this December)

Hi Mommy’s and daddy’s, My first sons bday is coming up in December and I have no idea what to do. I live in Orange County ca so it’s not very cold and outdoors is okay ( although I really prefer indoors). It’s really just going to be family, friends and a few kids- Maybe 5 kids total ranging from 1-5 years old. Our house is tiny and I don’t want to use my parents place because then my pare... More

  • Jordan
    Oct 09

    Agreed! Your in-laws will just have to get over it.

  • R
    Friday

    Atlantis park in garden grove, ca it's an enclosed toddler park

Justice posted in Parties Oct 08

Ideas for a baby boys first birthday?? Gifts, things to do, etc. Thank you!

  • Brittany
    Oct 08

    Not doing it for my son when he turns one. Will have smash cake and maybe do a beach day since it’ll be summer lol ideas for gifts is vtech toys, movies, take him to get a pumpkin 🎃

Anonymous posted in Parties Oct 04

Bummin’ out!

I’ll try to make this story as short as possible; I guess I just feel the need to vent in hopes that someone might understand how I feel. I’m almost 37 weeks pregnant with baby #2. I did not have a baby shower with #1 because a.) no one offered b.) we were moving to a different state in a few months. Fast forward we are now in a new state with new friends. When I was around 25 weeks pregnant... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 04

    I do feel a little funny about throwing it for myself, especially since it is my second child, I don’t even care about the gifts, I just want people to celebrate our new little one. Being away from my friends and family is hard because you don’t really get the same kind of support and excitement being miles away. Thanks ladies for being understanding! 🍭💕 I think maybe we will do a little meet... More

  • Cynthia
    Oct 08

    I did! I prefer it actually. I don’t like to put pressure on anyone. I had friends offer to do stuff once I got the ball rolling. I enjoying throwing baby showers for friends, but I feel like it’s my job to do my own parties. I don’t want anyone to feel obligated.

LilLaeLou posted in Money Oct 04

My mom just started planning a birthday party for my daughter, who will be five.

Her birthday is two weeks away...Any ideas that won't break the bank? TIA!

  • LilLaeLou
    Oct 05

    Thank you all so much! These are good ideas. There is no theme yet - she likes everything. And my mom has pretty much settled on going to a park, and there will be family and 2 or 3 friends from school.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 06

    Do a potluck so you don't have to drop a ton of money on food

Nina posted in Parties Oct 03

Goodie bag ideas

For a Halloween bday party I’m using pumpkin buckets for the goodie bag. Any affordable toy ideas for what I should put in them?

  • Kenia
    Oct 06

    Discount school supply has amazing stuff at an affordable price!

  • Sarah
    Oct 07

    Target has some great stuff in their Halloween section. Also, in the cheap section when you first walk in the store.

1st bday party food

Does anyone have any ideas or tips on what food I should make for a 1yr old bday partyyy pleassse help!!!!!

  • Nina
    Oct 03

    Abbygail? What kind of chicken noodle soup ? That sounds sooo good list the ingredients pleassseee 😩

  • Morgan
    Oct 03

    We are doing subs/sandwich bar

Lauren posted in Parties Sep 29

Kindergarten birthday girl

Hello everyone. My daughter's birthday is coming up and she wants to invite some of her friends from classes to her birthday party. However, I don't want to invite the entire class. As she is new I don't have any of her fiends' parents' contact info. Whats the best way to go about only inviting a select few? TIA

  • Anonymous
    Sep 30

    As a note, kids will def talk about the party at school and it might end up with hurt feelings. Just maybe talk to your daughter about it, especially if she’s inviting a good chunk of kids.

  • Jenny
    Sep 30

    I’m going through the same situation. I had my daughter list off the kids she wanted to invite, and then I asked her for the list again over a few more days to see if they were still the same. Since we are only a month into kindergarten, I don’t know the parents or kids very well either. Then bought invites and discreetly put them in backpacks.

Tara posted in Parties Sep 29

Need birthday party ideas

Our house is just to little and her birthday is in november she gets over whelmed in big crowds what can i do

  • Christianne
    Oct 02

    I'm having the same dilemma

  • Katie
    Oct 05

    We ended up renting a large room at the sportsplex by our house for my daughters 1st birthday this month

Jill posted in Parties Sep 26

RSVP question?

My daughters birthday party will be the Saturday after thanksgiving and it is mostly family. How early should I make the RSVP date?

  • Cathy
    Sep 26

    In a normal circumstance I would say 3-4 weeks in advance. Due to the holiday I would honestly say 5 weeks. I’d also highly recommend sending an Evite style invitation. You can set the invitation to remind people to RSVP up to two times.

Candice posted in Parties Sep 26

Indoor birthday activities

I am having my daughters 2nd birthday this weekend. It was supposed to be outside with bubble activities but we are supposed to get alot of rain. I need suggestions for indoor activities for toddlers. Thanks!

  • Anne
    Sep 26

    Ooh, here are some ideas: - make a "ball pit" using a baby pool, you can get big bags of balls on Amazon - make potato stamps (carve shapes into them) and use them with finger paint - toddler dance party with music, give them glow sticks and turn off the lights for extra fun (or get a blacklight!) - make balloon animals (you can watch tutorials on youtube or maybe you know someone wh... More

maria posted in Parties Sep 20

1st bday party at an indoor pool???

Need advice please!! Is it a good idea to have an indoor pool party for my baby's 1st birthday (November)? She's been taking swimming lessons since the beginning of the summer and loves it!!!

  • Brittany
    Sep 29

    Less is more in my opinion. Especially for the first birthday. Even if she loves swimming it can be a lot. I did a small get together and it was perfect. Once she’s older I’ll do pool parties (since she’s only 1.5)

  • Rileigh
    Friday

    I think it’s a great idea especially if there’s other activities for the parents and kids who don’t want to swim, also not many one year Olds or tots are going to want to stay in the pool for longer than an hour at a time, if even that. I know because I have a one-year-old who has been swimming since seven months and she absolutely loves the pool but after 40 minutes she gets kind of worn out.... More

Anonymous posted in Parties Sep 15

Happy Birthday song alternative

Hi! What should we do instead of singing happy birthday at my daughter's birthday party? She absolutely cries bloody murder everytime she hears it and dislikes the loud clapping afterwards. Do I just pass out the cake instead? Open to suggestions please. Thanks much

  • Aida
    Sep 16

    Check out Sarah and Duck Birthday song, it’s very sweet and calm, we sang it last year for grandpa’s birthday instead, it was a great hit!

  • Rachel
    Sep 19

    Happy birthday by the Beatles!

Anonymous posted in Money Sep 12

How much do you typically spend on a 1 year old bday party? Is it better at home or rent a place?

  • Megan
    Sep 21

    We had a back yard BBQ for us and about 12 of our close friends. Got some balloons and a cake and everyone contributed drinks instead of gifts. So really, ribs for 12 people was our biggest expense. We’ve decided to forgo the huge bashes mainly because we enjoy parties where you actually get to spend time with the person you’re there to see. In the future we plan to keep it small but special.

  • Jessica
    Friday

    I’d love to laugh at those spending an incredible amount of money on their kid’s 1st birthday parties but in all honesty if I could afford a party with a planner etc, I totally would go all out! I’m a stay at home Mom and we just can’t justify that much money, on a single income family. $1500 is pretty much our mortgage! 😂 My sons bday was filled with Pinterest crafts, which turned out no one ... More

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