Simple Single Favor

Planning a party is no easy task.  No matter how simple you want it to be, there is always the core list of items that cannot be avoided.  From the get-go there’s a decent list of things to do.  Planning the timeline, location, food, cake, decorations, table supplies, other random supplies, gifts for the party kid, and a favor gift for the guest kids.  Yep, I said “a favor gift”, not a party bag, or goodie bag; one gift for each kid.

The favor is an area where you can keep it simple.  One small (or medium, if you only have a few guests) sized token of appreciation.  Pick one item, purchase the number you think you’ll need, check that off your list.

It’s become the norm these days to do lute bags.  It’s a great idea, particularly if all the items are to the theme of your party.  Since the popularity of goodie bags, it feels like maybe the pressure is on…gotta have a bag full of teeny tiny toys.  Honestly, I think one item is easier for the kids to appreciate.  Kids practically live for random one off things!  You know how it is, we could give them a shoe box or a hand full of feathers and they would find a way to make it fun.

It may take a little bit longer to decide on the one gift favor, but it’s easier to purchase and will save you time on putting things together and most likely it won’t need a bag.

Some ideas for simple single favors:  Blind bags of all kinds!  Personally I really like the Play Mobil bags.  Hot Wheels, wands, masks, pirate patch or hat, personal size bag of kinetic sand, book of jokes, fancy pens, smelly pencils, sketchbooks, kids watercolor paints, headbands, animal key chains, hats or crowns or tails.

Kids Birthday – best day for a party

Saturday is the first day that pops to mind.  It makes sense.  First day of the weekend, when many parents are free from work and the pressure of school and weekly choirs eases for a short time.  But Saturdays are often deceivingly busy.  Saturday is the Fit Everything In Day.  If something fun is going to happen, it’s gonna happen on Saturday.  Sports, shopping, out of town jaunts, play meet ups, adult social activities, the list goes on.

Then there is Sunday.  Poor ol’ Sunday, somehow, it always seems to be the runner up day, the day to pick if Saturday is absolutely not available.  Sunday is an equally great, if not better, day to have a birthday party celebration.  It’s my 1st pick for Best Day For A Party.  It usually feels more relaxed after having done all the running around the previous day.  Sunday between 10:30 and 11 is perfect for a party!  There is plenty of time to come down from the sugar and excitement of friends before switching gears toward the Monday mindset.

Friday afternoon deserves a look as well.  It’s my 2nd pick.  Especially if it’s going to be at a kids party place.  It’s going to be a lot more comfortable and much less chaotic for everyone.  About 1 hour after school lets out if it’s during the school year.  That will give enough time to get to the location and do a quick set up if your party is at a kids party place.  Alternatively, just enough time to get home and set food and cake out and do a last minute check that everything is in order if it’s at home.  Offering to carpool some of the kids is a nice option for the Friday party.  A couple hours, the group is disbanding, it’s time for dinner and soon bedtime (and probably some present opening for the birthday kid)… The party is done before the weekend has begun…what a relief.

Costume Count

Throw a dress-up party without spending a ton of money.  Costume count for a dress-up party: 

In the invite, let guests know if there is a theme, suggest that each guest wear a costume.  Be sure to let them know there will be additional costumes at the party as well.  The kids (most of them anyways) will be thrilled at the prospect of dressing up and will come in one of their beloved costumes all geared up and in ready-to-play mode.  Some kids will love the quick change wardrobe options, many will be perfectly content to flaunt the wonderful costume they already chose just for this occasion.  It won’t take long for most kiddos to settle on their favorite, then it’s play, play, play. 

Depending on the number of guests, a range of 5-10 choices is great.  A handful of costumes can go a long way.  A few good dress-up options is enough to make it engaging.  Remember, not everyone is going to want to change.

Gingerbread House Party

Have a gingerbread house decorating party!  Kid Frolic Austin will deliver made-from-scratch gingerbread houses along with candy and icing.  These petite houses are perfect for a party.  They come ready to decorate on a cake board that is easy for your guests to take home.  Such a sweet tradition; the kids will have so much fun!  Remember, it’s not just for kids and it’s not just for a party.  We’ll deliver a minimum of four houses so have fun doing more than one house this holiday season.  Order online through our store.

History tidbit:

According to Rhonda Massingham Hart’s Making Gingerbread Houses, the first known recipe for gingerbread came from Greece in 2400 BC. Chinese recipes were developed during the 10th century and by the late Middle Ages, Europeans had their own version of gingerbread. The hard cookies, sometimes gilded with gold leaf and shaped like animals, kings and queens, were a staple at Medieval fairs in England, France, Holland and Germany. 

Gingerbread houses originated in Germany during the 16th century. The elaborate cookie-walled houses, decorated with foil in addition to gold leaf, became associated with Christmas tradition. Their popularity rose when the Brothers Grimm wrote the story of Hansel and Gretel, in which the main characters stumble upon a house made entirely of treats deep in the forest. It is unclear whether or not gingerbread houses were a result of the popular fairy tale, or vice versa.

-The History of Gingerbread, Tori Avey.

Read more at http://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/history-gingerbread/