Help planning a birthday party and not sure where to start?

Silly - posted on 09/23/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I've never thrown a big birthday party yet for my son and I'm starting to organize one and it will be around the holidays.
Should I make it also a holiday party?
What is popular to do for a kids party?
Thanks!!

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M - posted on 09/23/2015

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HI, Sally, I read your post and have a few suggestions for you to consider; I hope you find these helpful. # 1 You mentioned a holiday theme, every kid loves the holidays but there's no sense in doing it twice lol besides you want the birthday party to be entirely about your son's birthday and what he likes. Select a theme and go all out for it. If he has a favorite show, book, or movie choose decor that matches the color schemes of the characters, the signs and plates and napkins should all follow suit. There are tons of ideas online and websites about party planning. Just google around some of your theme ideas; you will find whatever you need from cake ideas, to party decor, costumes if you need'em , and the classic do it yourselfer stuff. And think outside the box. Like if your son was into GI Joe, don't just settle for GI Joe specifics, check you local army depot, military surplus, even outdoorsman shops for decor ideas, and go to recruiters offices for supplies like pencils and notepads to give away as party favors or door prizes. And don't discount toys as valuable props. I did a Star Wars themed party for my son, and I used every lightsaber, and oversized action figure that our children own as some decor. I even hung their Star Wars Jedi training plaques from DisneyWorld in our DR for the event, and we built pod racers out of card board boxes for an activity.
#2 If you are planning a party during the holidays, holiday themed or not, you will need to send your invitations out well in advance, so that schedules can be arranged to accommodate your event. Especially if this is for the Christmas holiday season. My husband and I hosted a 60th party for my mother-in-law whose birthday is Dec. 23, I made sure everyone had theirs in hand for Thanksgiving dinner. It is usually here that most families decide the 5 w's of where, when why, who and what time they're going to have holidays. You want your party to be in the conversation.
#3 As for popularity, you only need to walk down your local toy aisles and see what's playing on television to assess popularity. Although I recommend doing what is most dear to your son first. They grow up so fast and this year it might be Dr. Seuss, that he truly loves, while everyone else has Minions on their kids cake, but when he is 12 or 14 -I'm sorry I am assuming your son is a little guy, but you won't get that opportunity again. I truly recommend going around whatever makes your son the a happiest. Even if it is a generic farm and tractor party. So I hope that you find this information useful! Best of Luck to you and your son's party! God Bless you!
M. Stiles

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