Kids Birthday Party Planning….Argh!

| September 23, 2013 | 10 Comments


Planning a  kid’s birthday party seems to start a month before the actual child’s big day. First you decide on a date that most people can attend, not always an easy task, followed by selecting the theme, and see which stores actually sell all the decorations, balloons, invitation cards, plates, paper cups, napkins, and tablecloths. Ever since Party City opened up a few years ago, I have to say that I love the fact that I can purchase all the party supplies under one roof. Next on the list is sending out the invitations two weeks prior, and shopping for the loot bags items, ordering the cake, and a stop at the grocery store the week of the party.

I find it was simpler before my kids started school as I did not have to plan two parties, one for their friends and another for the relatives. I tried both on the same day and time, also on the same day, but one for lunch and the other for dinner, both on the same weekend but different days, and one weekend apart from each other. I have to say that when I had them at the same time, it definitely made my life easier to plan and helped with the cost associated with food and decorations; however, as the children get older, they want to play with their friends and not spend so much time with their family members. Of course, they also prefer to have their party held at a bowling alley, movie theatre, fun indoor play structures, rink, or local pool. It also became inevitable that I needed to plan two parties when the grand-parents could not wait to leave as the house was getting too rowdy with kids playing, signing, and talking loudly!

I used to cook up a storm for both parties and be so tired at the end of the day. Now that they are teenagers, they seem to prefer the basic home party again with their friends watching a movie or playing video games. I still prepare two parties, usually on different weekends, but have cut down on the festive decorations and also home cooking by either ordering pizza or sandwich platters at Subway as I would rather spend my precious time with our beloved guests.  After all, I still need to clean the house after everyone has left the party!

How do you cope with your child’s birthday party?

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Bonnie Way says:

    We did family birthdays only until our daughters were three… so I’ve only planned two “friend” parties so far (for my oldest’s fourth and fifth birthdays) but this year I’ll have to plan two (my second daughter turns four so will want some friends over) and my oldest has school friends now to invite… I’m not a huge fan of planning parties for them. I find it stressful as we have a small house.

    • Lyne Proulx says:

      I hear you Bonnie! My kids BD are both in months where it’s cold outside, so they had to be spent inside the house or at other venues if they were too many kids.

  2. Jen says:

    Great party ideas!! I need them!

  3. Kristy @ Manager to Mom says:

    Our kids are still very young (almost 3 and almost 1) so we’re still newbies when it comes to party planning. Their birthdays are very close together, though, so we might end up doing shared parties otherwise we’ll be trying to coordinate as many as 4 parties within a 2-3 week timespan. For our daughter’s 3rd birthday this year we’ll probably do a rental at one of those indoor playground/climbing places so the preschoolers can burn off some steam and the adults can chat together. As another thought, we like the idea of celebrating birthdays with a family vacay! Overall, similar to Christmas and other events which can get stressful (if you let them), I’d like the focus to be on fun and people and not worry so much about getting all the little details just right!

  4. Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen says:

    It can be really stressful. For my son’s first birthday i had some awesome ideas. Then I found out I was moving two weeks after (to another province) so all my extra money and energy went to that.

    I bought a cake and did some quick appies and had a party. Good enough haha.

  5. MultiTestingMommy says:

    OMG my kids get two family parties, their special day and sometimes a kid party too – it is CRAZY and a lot of work, but so worth it! I don’t believe in throwing huge kid parties every year, but we definitely make them feel special in other ways!

  6. Tampa Face Painter says:

    Great Ideas with the parties. Now that I am older, we try to hold a few different parties so that everyone can make it to something.

  7. Mickey Heziak says:

    ..,great help i must say.. this are the things that should be consider in a kids party… thanks… you got the completed list.. 🙂

  8. kathy downey says:

    i love the cakes,thanks for the ideas

  9. kathy downey says:

    Some parents are going way out with kid parties.

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