It’s birthday season in our household, and that means there’s lots of planning to be done! I try to keep my planning as simple as possible.
A typical birthday party at our house is organized into stages (don’t laugh, I’m a project manager and I believe a good GANTT chart can be your friend)
- Free play time until every one is here and settled in
- Organized activity (usually a craft of some sort)
- Outdoor games
- Cake!!! (I try to get everything lined up so cake is about 1/2 an hour before the end of the party.)
- Open gifts
- Free play again as kids get picked up
My kids have such very clear ideas about what they want to do and they love the process of helping to orchestrate their big day. With Bjørn it’s a jump house this year and not too many kids so they can all get
in lots of jumping time. Maggie wants a spa-sleep-over party (I’m
imagining avocado masks, manicures, a movie or two, and boatloads of
pop-corn). Tor, to be honest, hasn’t glommed on to the whole party
thing yet as far as planning, but is VERY excited because he sees the
giant smiles on M&B’s faces when the subject comes up.
I started to break out a list of activities to share with you for throwing your kids’ birthday parties, but I discovered that I was including just about every single project (seriously!) I’ve posted under Art & Crafts these past two years! Way too many to list out one by one, so you should really just poke around my site categories & find what inspires you :-)