More than 36 million children in the United States go trick-or-treating, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s a great deal of sugar-laden Halloween candy that is finding its way back into our homes. Young guests at your Halloween party will have their fill of candy and chocolate, so take this opportunity to derail the sugar train for a night. Treat kids to something different in their Halloween party favor bags by eliminating the sugar and elevating the fun.
While all birthday celebrations hold a special charm, the first birthday party often reigns supreme as it is a celebration of the first, change-filled, year of a child’s life. To ensure that your child’s first birthday celebration is an adequate reflection of the joy associated with this first year, careful planning and attention to detail are required. By dedicating yourself to the planning of this event and including an array of uncommon features, you can separate your celebration from the pack and create an event that is truly memorable.
Party favors are a great deal more fun when children make them themselves. Set aside some time for arts and crafts at your child’s next birthday so that the guests can take home a little souvenir to remember the party by or a little gift to give to their parents. If your child really enjoys making crafts, you may want to dedicate the entire celebration to an arts and crafts theme.
Spend time bonding with your child by creating arts and crafts projects with her. Crafting will help your children grow creatively and will boost their self-esteem, especially when they see others using the things they have made. Not all the arts and craft projects you and your child make need to be useful. Have fun simply coloring or making paper cut-outs on a rainy or snowy day.
This year, we’re working really hard to budget wisely (and most importantly -stick to it!). As a family, we have had our share of ups and downs, but were learning as we go and getting better. Planning ahead is uber-important when it comes to budgeting. Each year after the holidays come and go, I add up all the expenses- from gifts, extra food & baking, decorating, cards, wrapping, and a few holiday party outfits (how do they always find their way in there?) :).