The Latest Trend in Birthday Gifts
The hottest item at birthday parties doesn't come from a store! Now, parents are seeking handmade presents and donations to a favorite cause or contributions to the child's future. Here are our favorite ways to get creative with kids' birthday gifts.
10 Easy Birthday Party Tips
Getting ready to celebrate your child’s birthday? It’s one of the biggest days of the year! With these 10 easy entertaining hints, you can pull off an amazing party with little effort. Let’s get started!
The gift of education will last a lifetime (and contributions from friends and family help take the burden off of parents and student loans!). Give a gift towards their future education, and you’ll give them a solid goal to work towards. You might even help influence their alma mater.
Ask party attendants to bring a favorite childhood book to help build your family’s collection. This is a phenomenal way to fill your shelves with Seuss, Silverstein and the Berenstain Bears. Encourage guests to bring books for children of all ages so that your child is prepared for later years.
Teach children the value of giving back. It’s never too early to start a tradition of donating to a cause that’s near and dear to your family. You can even go to your nearby shelter and have your toddler hand-deliver the money for a lesson that will make an impact.
Long-loved toys from the past bring a sweet nostalgia to any child’s playtime. Cherished items from party-goers’ past also make for an interesting conversation starter. Have some open shelves cleared out for party guests to display their treasures. You can even make a game of matching each person up with their item.
Pick a Project
Focus on your child’s latest obsession. Whether it be dollhouses or play kitchen accessories, guests always have fun sharing themed items that enhance a particular interest. You can even tie this idea into the party with special decorations, a custom cake and matching wrapping paper.
Spotlight a certain talent! Encourage guests to donate to a fund for your child’s dance classes or music lessons. Even the littlest ones can enjoy baby sign language or Mommy and Me classes. Toddlers can get a jump on development with foreign language, art or tumbling.
If your family foregoes presents entirely, a fun activity to maintain the giving experience is a food exchange. Ask everyone to bring a particular baked good or homemade candy to exchange. Don’t forget to provide favor bags for guests to take home their loot.
If you have a budding photographer on your hands, guests can each bring a photo-related item. It’s fun to see the personal pictures, frames and vintage cameras that people turn up with. The perfect time to get kids started with photography is when they can start manipulating a camera. They have inexpensive digital ones perfect for kids age 2 and up.
Time to redecorate! Update your child’s room theme by creating a gift registry with everything from cute lamps to pillowcase sets. Whether your kid is newborn or leaving baby mode and ready for a new look, having guests lend their decorating skill can lead to a fun room with tons of personality.
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