Birthday parties can be wonderful times for your children. And then they can be miserable, stressful events. As a parent, you have to try to figure out how to distinguish between the two, and then you have to figure out how to create a chance for the best possible memories and experiences to come out of these events.
Ideally, you’ll start brainstorming long before the actual party is going to happen. Think of a few things that you could include in the next celebration in your family. Kids love those gigantic inflatable bouncy castles. Depending on how much of a budget you have, you could create a Disney adventure for your child and his or her friends. If your kid is into a specific movie character, you can make an event where they and their friends go on a themed party to a cinema release. And then there is the slightly more modern idea of creating a birthday event with no gifts involved, which tends to produce more of an experience rather than a “stuff” birthday.
Kids of specific age groups tend to get bored at birthday parties if they don’t have something physically active to do. To prevent this kind of boredom issue, think about renting a jumping castle. They don’t cost all that much money, and you can rent them for just a few hours so that they will be the highlight of a birthday party. Make sure everyone is respectful and responsible in the bounce house, and everyone will remember it for years to come.
There are benefits to doing something like creating a Disney-themed adventure for your children. Especially around specific age groups, kids can have strong attachments to certain characters or themes throughout Disney movies. If you follow along with this concept, you can do things like have a Disney-themed birthday cake or have Disney-themed characters show up at a celebration. Again, this is all about creating awesome memories for your child and creating experiences for their friends as well.
Themed Visits To the Movies
Taking your kids to the movies for their birthday party is a common and pretty awesome idea. Especially if they want to dress up to enjoy the film more. For example, a bunch of kids could dress up as Ironman characters to go to an Ironman movie. Or a bunch of kids could dress up as Frozen characters to go to a screening of Frozen. It takes a little creative timing to plan this kind of an event, but it will be a sure hit with your children once it does happen.
Birthdays With No Gifts
As kids get older, birthdays can be more about experiences and less about stuff. If you want to give them a taste of this and put your money, time, and effort into the event itself rather than gifts, consider creating a birthday celebration with no presents. Formulating an experienced-based event not only takes a lot of the stress and pressure off you as a parent, but it also takes the tension away from the other kids who are invited, who often have to jockey for position as members of different social classes.