Whether it's here comes the bride or here comes the birthday girl, you can throw a memorable, game-filled party for one of your girlfriends. Grown-up party games can work for both a bachelorette or a birthday party. You can keep things clean or go wild; just keep the guest of honor's taste in mind when planning the games.
Get your entire family together again for a day or more. Plan a reunion so that cousins can see each other again or meet for the first time and so the older generation can have fun playing with the younger generation. Depending on the size of your family and how far apart you are geographically, a family reunion can be a simple, one-day event or a large, multi-day party.
Diaper cakes are a creative way to give mothers-to-be a useful gift. You simply use diapers--either cloth or disposable--to create a large tiered cake. If you've seen a diaper cake, you may feel intimidate by the process. The finished product looks intricate. However, they are actually quite easy to make. As long as you have the right supplies, you can create a diaper cake. The size varies based on the number of diapers that you use.
Gather the family for some good old-fashioned fun and food with a family reunion. Organize a successful family reunion by asking for help. Don't try to play the role of "superwoman," or you'll surely burn out midway through planning. Put a call out to family members to see who'd like to help, and how they'd like to contribute to the planning. Select at least six to eight people to help get the planning process moving along.
The path to adulthood contains several milestones for children. Certain birthdays, such as the 13th, Sweet 16 and 18th, seem more important than others and may deserve bigger and more elaborate parties. Other milestones include graduating from high school or college and being confirmed in their faith for some children. No matter what the milestone, make it one to remember by throwing your child a great party.
If you are hosting a party, whether for a birthday or for a holiday affair, invite the whole family. Instead of extending an invitation to children or adults alone, open it to everyone from parents to kids. This will save your sanity from a houseful of wily kids and save your friends from expensive babysitting fees.
Games can help fill the time at any party. If you are having a party that includes guests of all ages, you'll have to choose the right games, however. When even young children get a turn to play, you can be sure that everyone is having fun. Plan ahead of time to have all the supplies you need on hand.
At large gatherings of family and friends, hosts often feel the need to prepare two menus: grown-up food and kid food. However, by coming up with ideas for party foods that please both groups, the party givers not only save on time but also create a family-friendly atmosphere. They also provide instant entertainment when guests get involved in preparing menu items.
Sometimes, not everyone at a party or event knows everyone else. Introduce your guests to each other and help everyone feel comfortable by playing a few ice breaker games at the start of the party. Ice breaker games help adults find others with common interests and help even the shyest of children enjoy a birthday party.
Birthday parties are all about letting loose and having fun. Let your child and all her guests indulge in messy activities that are normally outlawed at home. Messy games give children the feeling of freedom and absolute indulgence. Prepare for the mess early, and you can create an incredibly fun, fascinating party theme without too much stress for you.