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What's Your Birthday Party Do and Don't?

What's Your Birthday Party Do and Don't?

Celebrate good times, come on! Readers had some strong opinions on our birthday party dos and don'ts post, so it's time for you to give your advice. When planning pint-sized festivities for your children — what's your do and what's your don't?

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lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
Do: personalized thank you notes with a pix of the birthday child and the guest. Don't: bring siblings that weren't invited to the party.
Tech Tech 7 years
Do incorporate games into your day of fun to keep the kiddies occupied! This can range from using your Nintendo Wii as a group play station (four controllers and a scheduled rotation = happy kids), to outdoor games where the attendees can win prizes (bean sack toss, wheel of fortune, duck duck goose, ect). My favorite part of my cousin's birthday parties when I was a kid was the interactive games my uncle used to build. It was like a circus midway in their backyard! Do provide healthy eating options! I've seen firsthand what too much sugar can do to a child in a short amount of time, and it's s-c-a-r-y. Fruits satisfy tiny sweet tooths just as much as cake when you start 'em young! Don't let the kids run around unsupervised. Seriously, who wants their kid to be the one that throws a tantrum cause another partygoer isn't playing nice, and things escalate to tears!? Total buzzkill.
elisabeth elisabeth 7 years
Make sure to have food for both the adults and kids, nobody wants to be hungry!
lauren lauren 7 years
My niece's first birthday was very fun until we put her in front of the cake. We tried to put a adorable hat on her combine this with the attention from all of these strangers and she LOST it. I think if I ever have child, I will avoid those uncomfortable birthday hats and keep the first birthday small.
Findingmyway Findingmyway 7 years
Don't plan an activity that is going to send the kids home dirtier than they arrived. Face painting may be fun, but no parent enjoys cleaning the party off their child.
Angelica Angelica 7 years
Do plan a major activity and backup for partygoers who can focus and play on their own, but don't get upset if it turns into a nicely decorated, but disorganized playdate. Do put care into your menu and have simple and tasty veggie and meat options, but don't think you need to deliver a gourmet spread. It's a kiddie party, not a dinner party!
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