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Hosting a birthday party for your little ones this summer? Don’t miss these Five Birthday Party Hacks Every Parent Needs to Know! LOVIN’ #3!
Yesterday, if you happened to read, you’d know, I’m figuring out how to host a birthday party with as little stress as possible. I’ve got my theme (camping), my inspiration (Pinterest board), and now I’m working on the short cuts – figuring out how to manage the things that cause me the most stress, which to me means reducing the amount of things I have to do on the day of or during the party.
I know this term is kinda overused (ha!), but for the sake of not having to come up with another clever term, I’ll be dedicating this post to: Five Birthday Party Hacks Every Parent Needs to Know!
You’re welcome. 🙂
First up – I hate…. HATE picking up helium balloons for the party. Not only are they a pain to order and wait around for, but then you have to walk through the store feeling like you’re straight out of “Up,” then wrangle the balloon bouquet into the van, in a manner that doesn’t get them all tangled up, but still allows you to see out the rear-view mirror.
I have yet to pull this off with finesse. Therefore, let me introduce you to “Hack #1” my DIY Helium-Free Balloon Garland. Not only does it allow you to avoid the aforementioned day-of-party balloon fiasco, but you can make it a day ahead of the party. Phew.
First up gather your supplies – string/rope, balloons, and mini-clothes pins. If you have an air pump, use it. Otherwise bring a strong set of lungs.
Decide where you want your garland and attach the thin string with a little bit of slack.
Next you’ll inflate the balloons (I like to vary the size) and attach them to the rope one-by-one alternating colors.
Done! Told you it was easy-peasy.
Now that that’s done, let’s move on:
Hack #2: What’s a camping party without plenty of bubbles to play with in the yard? Sounds fun in theory, but I don’t quite feel like being the bubble bottle refill fairy. Fill up a beverage dispenser outside filled with bubble soap so eager beavers and clumsy little ones can refill their own.
Hack #3: Don’t get stuck serving ice cream during cake time. It’s a sticky mess and you’ve got better things to do. Like stopping little Henry from wiping blue icing on your white cushions. Instead, get EDY’S® Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream and a few other varieties (I’m kinda digging the EDY’S® BabyRuth Ice Cream!). Because they’re mixed with favorite candy bars, you can skip the toppings, plus EDY’s is made with fresh milk & cream and no rBST.
Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners and up to four days ahead of the party (notice that’s a trend with me), scoop out ice cream into each liner.
Freeze until you’re ready to use. If you’re doing it more than 4 hours in advance (which you should), just cover it with plastic wrap so they don’t get icy.
Hack #4: Want to serve beverages that match your theme? Skip the fancy pants customized printable labels for your water labels. – opt for duck tape or washi tape instead! There are sooo many varieties you’ll surely find something that fits the style of your party with much less effort.
Hack #5: One-stop shopping. Everything that I’ve planned to use for the party, including theEDY’S® ice cream, I was able to find at Walmart! The less time I spend shopping the easier the party is to plan and host. And, everyone appreciates a happy and relaxed mom.
Have any other birthday party hacks to share? Find more inspiration for you’re next event, here! PS – if you want to sample EDY’S for yourself, check out here to see if there’s a demo this month at a Walmart near you!