A few days
ago I received a wonderful email from Marisol Araujo from Richmond, Texas.
I'd like to share it with you:
Saturday I made a tea party for my daughter with all your ideas. After
calling one of the tea party ladies who brings all the stuff, and hearing
how high the price was, I decided to do it my self. I went to the internet
and the first web-site I browse was yours. I copy everything, even the
invitations, and it was a great success! 10 little girls came and they
had a blast, specially with the fashion show. The Moms were amazed of
all I did, and I didn't spend a big fortune. I'm sure my daughter never
forget this tea party. Thank you so much for helping me organized the
best tea party ever. Sincerely, Mary"
something that gives meaning to the many long hours I spend putting these
ideas together, it's feedback like this. Thanks Mary!
got any "coolest" party stories of your own, I'd love to hear
about them also
just reply to this email.)
On we go
Kid Birthday Ideas That'll Blow You (and your candles) Away!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
How to Make Balloon Animals
2. New 1st Birthday Party Themes
3. "Coolest Party Ideas" Contest Winner
4. Birthday Traditions on a Clothesline
5. Birthdayography Tip - Thank You Cards
How to Make Balloon Animals (Instead of Paying Mr.
A while back
I went with my daughter to her friend's birthday. There were little toddlers
waddling around and big kids sprinting from one side to the other.
one of the most difficult parties to throw is when you've got to cater
to kids of all ages. And that's usually the case.
the activities that were planned, there was one that drew in all the kids
- from young to old. It was awesome! The birthday boy's mom (yes MOM),
put on some clown make up, and started twisting balloon animals. Just
like the Pros. And all the kids, as if under some kind of hypnosis, congregated
around her waiting eagerly to choose their animal.
I was impressed,
to say the least. As were all the other parents.
she finished, I had to ask where she learned to make balloons so proficiently.
Had she gone to clown college, or what? She smiled sort of embarrassed,
took me inside the house, and handed me a VHS video tape. No way! You
learned the art of twisting balloons just from watching a video?!
She let me
borrow the video. I quickly pocketed a few spare balloons. And the little
child in me couldn't wait to get home, pop the video into the machine,
and start twisting.
After a bit
of practice, it turns out that balloon twisting is much easier than it
looks. (Don't be fooled by their size - these balloons are tremendously
difficult to inflate. You'll need a pump. A bicycle pump will do the trick.
I couldn't contain my enthusiasm and got my own special balloon hand pump!)
I also scoured
the Net for more info on twisting balloons and making balloon animals.
And there's quite a bit out there. For your convenience, I've put together
balloon twisting page complete with easy step-by-step instructions
(and diagrams) for making three of the most popular balloon animals/shapes.
I even found
this cool online shop (Hobbytron) that carries the exact same balloon-twisting
video I borrowed and has excellent deals on lots of other balloon
Now I can't
wait until our next birthday comes around when I have a chance to strut
my stuff! My only worry, though, is that the next birthday is my Mother-in-Law's
but what the heck, I'm gonna give it a shot with her golden girl friends!
best prices for every imaginable balloon-twisting item at Hobbytron's
Animal Headquarters AND, to get an additional 5% OFF any two animal
balloon items, use promotional code: BALLOONS.
1st Birthday Party Themes
are ever so special. So it's only fitting that there'll be a special section
dedicated just to 1st birthdays.
And now there
Hop on over
to the 'Coolest
1st Birthdays' section and you'll find FOUR new 1st birthday themes
(Noah's Ark, Rainbow, Teddy Bear, and a General theme that can be used
in conjunction with any 1st birthday topic). All the themes are complete
with invitations, decorations, games & activities, food ideas and
everything else you'll need to throw the coolest 1st birthday party. Enjoy!
Party Ideas' Contest Winner
we received some incredible ideas so graciously submitted by some of the
world's coolest partiers (i.e. you).
issue's winner of $25 at the coolest
party supply store is...
from Elizabeth New Jersey who threw a remarkable SpongeBob party for her
5 year old niece, including an awesome "Who Stole Spongebob"
the complete rundown
Send in your
coolest ideas and you too can win a bag-full of party supplies! (Submit
through the Web, or just reply to this email with your coolest party
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Traditions on a Clothesline
a birthday cake, many Russian children receive a birthday pie with a birthday
greeting carved into the crust. In school, teachers often give a gift
to the student having a birthday. Children usually will play a game that
features a clothesline. What they do is hang prizes from the clothesline
and each guest gets to cut down a prize to take home.
serve as an excellent idea for handing out favors. Hang a clothesline,
then hang the goodie bags with colorful clothespins, set up a stool or
chair, and let the kids cut off the bag of their choice. You can also
blindfold them to add a bit more excitiment.
S dniom razhdjenia!
(That's Happy Birthday in Russian...)
Tip - Thank You Cards
writing thank you cards, especially when the cards have photos from their
party included. Thank you cards are also important social skill builders.
Make a point
to take pictures of all the guests during the party. If you're using a
digital camera, printing the pictures is a cinch, and if you're using
standard film, develop two sets and invest a little bit of family time
into cutting, pasting and decorating your cool thank you cards. The kids
and their parents always appreciate it (and sometimes they are so touched,
you may get thank you cards, thanking you for your thank you card ;-)
Remember to mail thank you cards no later than a month after the party.
All the best
Elad the Birthday Dad
The best part about putting together the 1st birthday themes was stumbling
upon these ADORABLE
baby costumes. My wife and I must have spent more than an hour deliberating
upon which costume we'll get once we have another 1st birthday to celebrate
(...in a year and nine months, I hope ;-). And then I spent more time
with my little daughter Maya while she chose the absolute coolest Halloween
to guess which one it is?