Re-gifting used to be taboo. It was the sort of thing you would never do, or at least never admit to doing. But due to the great recession we have become increasingly more time crunched and more thoughtful about over-spending. It only makes sense that with these changes in our lives, we have also seen a change in our philosophy toward re-gifting. The stigma has lessened and the act of re-gifting has become more commonplace and necessary.
Planning parties for teenagers can prove challenging. They need your help to plan and execute the big event, yet they also want their birthday parties to feel special. Make your 14-year-old’s party an event to remember by selecting a theme, activities, foods, entertainment and a location that pleases all parties involved.
A girl’s 11th birthday is cause for celebration. However, you need to put away those Cookie Monster decorations, unless your tween appreciates irony. Make the event memorable with a tween-friendly theme that shows your little girl is not such a little girl anymore. Remember that 11-year-old girls still love all the birthday party trappings, from decorations and snacks, to party games and cake.
Planning your 3-year-old’s birthday party is going to be a bit different than the first or second, because your toddler can likely grasp the concept of her birthday now. Use something that your child enjoys or loves as the theme or inspiration for her party to ensure she has a memorable birthday experience.
Lately, weve been on the birthday circuit. Today was a 2-year-olds Thomas-the-Train celebration, tomorrow is a 3-year-old pony riding extravaganza, and next weekend 6-year-old twins are celebrating with a gymnastics party. I love birthday parties. When Ava gets invited, it reassures me that she is popular and I can look forward to eating the piece of cake she decapitates by furiously licking away the frosting. Everyone wins. With all these parties on our calendar, I have to take a list with me to Target just to remind me of the presents I need to buy that month. But a $15 Barbie is a small price to pay for popularity and it beats the cost of child therapy, which I imagine is the sad lot of the uninvited.
The key to a successful party for a 10-year-old girl is to make it as “grown-up” as possible. No matter if she still sleeps with the remnants of her favorite baby blanket or sits on her daddy’s lap for bedtime stories–when it comes to her first double-digit birthday, a 10-year-old girl wants a party that (to her) spells sophistication. Crafty Girls
Planning a party for a 14-year-old boy is a balancing act as you have to satisfy the part of him who is still immature and the part of him who wants freedom and is maturing. Your son has probably started high school recently, or soon will, which might make him feel more pressure to host a fun or cool birthday party.
March is birthday month in my life. March brings birthdays for both me and Mabel’s Labels. I also have a daughter with a birthday this month. I recently had a parent ask if I had any birthday party activity suggestions. Just thinking about the question exhausted me. In my 15 years of parenthood, I have…
Ease the pain of turning 50 by throwing a loved one a surprise party. While planning a surprise birthday party is a great deal of fun, making sure it remains a surprise for the birthday person can be a bit tricky. Keep the birthday person in the dark by doing the party planning away from home and by not leaving any evidence laying about.
One of the most frequent questions I see posted in moms groups on Facebook, asked at the park and a general topic of conversation is what to get a one-year old for their birthday. Is there some universal gift that all one-year olds will like?