We have thrown our kids all sorts of birthday parties from big to small. But some of my favorite parties with the kids have been smaller parties with simple (and affordable!) activities. Small parties allow you to really connect with and enjoy the company of your guests. The following simple and fun activities can help you make your next kid party a hit!
- Bubbles: Have a bubble blower or two going, and give the kids their own bubbles to blow for endless entertainment!
- Balloons or balls: Another simple and affordable idea, especially for young children (opt for balls for the very young to avoid the choking risk associated with balloons.) We had nothing more than balls at my daughter’s first birthday party and it provided fantastic entertainment for our young crowd.
- Water guns: this is a great one for all ages. At our son’s second birthday I purchased a bunch of dirt cheap plastic water guns online. We had dollar store buckets filled with water as refill stations throughout the yard. Even the older kids and adults had a blast using the water guns. You know it’s a great party when the adults are laughing and joining in on the fun!
- Dessert decorating: The key to pulling off this party activity is to keep the guest list short and prep the workspace ahead of time. When I did this for a playdate, we opted to make emoji cookies. It was a simple enough design and the kids could also customize the face they wanted to draw. Setting up each child’s work station with all the supplies needed for their project will help to make this activity run smoothly. Pro tip: set up on a plastic table cloth so that when you are done, you can gather up the corners and quickly toss out the mess!
- Art or craft project: a lot of the tips mentioned in #4 apply here as well. Keep the guest list short, plan a simple yet fun art project (Pinterest has your back!) Prep everything ahead of time, and don’t forget to set up on top of a disposable plastic tablecloth. When we made goo at my daughter’s 6th birthday party, I double layered plastic tablecloths. Once the craft was done, I simply grabbed the corners of the tablecloth on top, bundled up the mess and put it all in the trash. The remaining tablecloth underneath was clean and had us all set to eat after the kids washed their hands. You can use a little tape to anchor the bottom tablecloth to avoid having it slide around when it’s time to remove the messy tablecloth above it.
- Movie watching: outdoor movie watching is fun and out of the ordinary. I have seen people set up projectors or regular TV’s outside for a party. Still, if these are not options for you, indoors can be great fun as well. The last two years, at our family’s annual Halloween party, our outdoor movie has been moved inside. One year the wind destroyed our screen along with having speaker issues, the next year our projector bulb burned out… just as we were setting up the movie… and I hadn’t purchased an extra. It sounds like a disaster but both times I just moved the movie indoors and people enjoyed it just the same. If this is your only party activity, it can be very budget friendly. Movie foods are easy and affordable. You can go all out and provide hot dogs and nachos, or just set up a popcorn bar where guests can grab a paper sack, add popcorn and choose add-ins to customize the flavor (think butter spray, popcorn seasoning powders and candy.) Don’t forget to stock sodas, juice and movie theater boxed candies to complete the experience.
- Ice cream social- It is super easy and affordable to host a party at an ice cream parlor since no meal is provided. Many places allow this, so check out you local ice cream parlor. Or you can host it at home and set up your own bar of options. When we did this, we skipped the cake all together and put the birthday candles in a “cookie cake” made with stacked cookies. The kids later used the cookies to add to their ice cream sundaes or to make themselves an ice cream sandwich.
-Blessing Baked Goods
Football season is here and that means it’s time to gather with friends to cheer on our favorite teams. Make your next viewing party a hit with one of these crowd pleasing menus:
Taco/Nacho Bar: Offer flour tortillas and corn tortillas or chips and let guests customize their plate with a variety of fillings and toppings. Don’t forget the Margarita’s and cervezas!
Kabobs: Such a fun and underutilized party food. Offer a variety of meat and veggies combinations to satisfy your group.
Sliders: A fun spin on a tailgate classic. Sliders are the perfect size for kids and are easy to manage while adults mingle.
Chili: A fall staple that will be hearty enough to satisfy even the biggest appetites. Serve alongside corn bread and Fritos and offer a few shredded cheese options as toppings.
Wings: This is another game day classic that is always a sure bet. Offer an assortment of sauces ranging from sweet to savory to keep your guests coming back for more!
And as always, no gathering is complete without dessert. Let us help make your party complete with an order of game day cookies, cupcakes or cake balls.
Blessing Baked Goods
The first week of school is always sure to be a crazy one for teachers. Why not send the kiddos to school on the first day with a morale boosting gift for their hardworking, dedicated teacher! Here are some ideas to brighten their day:
1. A candy bar and a soda: Such a simple treat after a long day. Many times you can even find out your teacher’s favorite candy and drink from info sheets put together by the school PTA.
2. A coffee gift card: Because you know they need it to get through this week!
3. A Redbox: Visit Redbox.com to purchase codes redeemable for movie rentals. If you want to get fancy, you can find fun printables on Pinterest to write the movie code on.
4. A Blessing Baked Good: Our made from scratch baked goods make the perfect gift for any occasion!
5. A handmade card: Put your kiddo to work and have them craft a handmade card for the occasion. After all, you don’t have to always spend money to give a gift that will touch someone’s heart!
Wishing all students and teachers a happy first week of school from Blessing Baked Goods!
We all know that the plastic tablecloth has its place, especially when you are hosting a kid’s party! Still, plastic table cloths don’t lay the foundation for a stunning table quite the way fabric does. But fabric table cloths come at a price. In the world outside of Pinterest, budgets do not always leave room for these types of extras at a birthday party or family gathering. If you are like me and you enjoy throwing Pinterest inspired parties but budget is also a top priority, then this wallet-friendly party buy is for you:
Cheap Flat Bed Sheets
At all my gatherings, chances are I at least dressed up the dessert table with a bedsheet. I know what you might be thinking, “You used bedsheets on tables that people are eating on… eew!” or maybe, “Won’t my guests be able to tell that they are eating off of a sheet?!” But let me explain the ins and outs so that you can make this party tip work for you:
- Do not use flat sheets that you actually use for sleeping! Seems like an obvious thought, but I just wanted to be clear on this. You wear out your sheets when you sleep and you want these to look and stay as fresh and crisp as possible.
- You can find cheap flat sheets online or at your favorite budget retailor. I have acquired sheets in many colors to go with lots of different themes and décor for as low as $5 each. Our family throws many parties every year, so it is very cost effective for me to wash and reuse them. Also, it makes our parties a little more eco-friendly by cutting down on our plastic waste.
- After your party, treat the stains with detergent and wash promptly to keep the oil and stains from setting. Just like with a regular tablecloth, ironing goes a long way to improve the presentation.
- Now, will your guests notice that you are using sheets instead of tablecloths? Honestly, probably not! I have been using this trick for years and no one has ever noticed. I even lent some to a friend who has attended our gatherings and she had no clue about my little trick.
So there you have it. My little tablecloth secret is out! Try this tip at your next party to spruce up your party tables for less!