Kids birthday party ideas are hard to come up with! For my daughter’s 5th birthday party, I asked her what she would like for a theme. She mentioned that she wanted to be able to get her nails painted, so I thought it would be fun to create a spa themed kids’ birthday party.
The color palette for the party was inspired by the invitation. I chose to use the Multicolor Celebration kids’ birthday invitation from Pear Tree Greetings, because of the bright, bold colors and the fact that I could include pictures of the birthday girl on the invitation.
After choosing the invitation, I enlisted the help of my party-planning sister to create the decorations. She decided to create a backdrop out of bold colored paper chains, a polka-dot table cover, and mason jars lined with glitter to hold the utensils.
For the party, we had three stations, including decorating flip-flops with colorful ribbons, foot soaking with manicures and pedicures, and a make-up station. Each station included signage in a custom frame.
Kids are always being asked to write a note or draw a picture for someone. It’s part of being a kid. Whenever I’d ask one of my boys to write a thank you card, I’d get the big, melodramatic sigh and the sad-eyes look, and then he’d slowly drag out the crayons and construction paper and say, “Okay, what do I draw?” Not exactly the artistic type.
Every year the US Postal Service processes thousands of letters addressed in block letters to: “Santa Claus, The North Pole.” Each one is carefully written by a hopeful child, and just as carefully delivered by an earnest mail carrier. No one questions whether or not it will get there without a proper address (of course it will) or whether Santa has time to read and process all those requests (of course he does).
Writing a letter to Santa is a beloved tradition for many families, and one we wouldn’t miss. Kids love to send and receive mail, and for parents, it’s an inconspicuous way to find out what’s on their Christmas wish list. Anything goes for stationery, from personalized kids thank you cards to colored paper, and for extra credit, a drawing inside is sure to win Santa over.
Of course, the “what I want for Christmas” list is the most important part of the letter. We as parents are often surprised by what our kids write—sometimes touched by their thoughtfulness, sometimes appalled by their choices, but always grateful for the glimpse inside their little heads and hearts.
Then comes that magical moment when your child drops the letter to Santa in the mailbox (and peeks again to make sure it went all the way down), trusting that sometime soon a jolly man who lives far away will open it and get their special message. And on Christmas morning, when Santa comes through with the perfect gift yet again, we will all know just how he did it.
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It can be difficult to get your kids to write thank you cards for their birthday party gifts, especially when they are too young to write a note. The party is over, half the presents are broken already, and this feels like work to your little one. But you can make it a fun craft project, starting with kids thank you cards that match the theme of his or her party.
If your child is just learning to write, there’s nothing more fun for friends and family to receive than a note that has a few words, or even just his or her name printed on it. They will love to see your child’s first attempts at handwriting. Another option is to have mom write the body of the note, using your child’s voice for fun.
An option for even younger kids is to have them “sign” it with a hand print. This makes for a fun rainy-day painting project. A less messy option is to trace the hand, or have your child draw a picture inside to personalize the note.
Writing thank you cards is good birthday party etiquette, and a good habit to get into when your kids are little. That way it won’t become such a battle when they’re older. Those graduations and weddings will come along sooner than you think!
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My son is blessed with many relatives who love him and his sister dearly but, as in many families, our relatives live all around the world. After writing a letter to his Grandfather one day, he decided to write a note to his cousin in California. The note, written on one of his own personalized note cards, consisted of two sentences about how his cousin has GOT to read “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and some potty talk humor. They are both seven. Enough said.