If you are planning a party for your child, you may be considering giving the party a theme. This is a great idea. The kids will love the opportunity to play dress up and pretend to be their favorite characters. And for you, it gives the party direction and means there are fewer decisions to be made.
The difficult task is picking the right theme. You want one that is fun for the kids and practical for you and any other people involved in the planning. While your child might have a good idea of what theme they want if they can’t decide or you need some more inspiration, here are some suggestions that you might find useful.
It’s an oldie but a goodie. At this swashbuckling party, you could serve cakes decorated with skulls and crossbones and decorate the venue in red, black and white colors. A treasure chest pinata full of party favors is another pirate party essential. For entertainment, get each child to walk the plank using a safe bit of wood propped up over a paddling pool. A treasure hunt is another great game idea for this party. The parents will probably thank you for picking this theme as it’s an easy and affordable one to buy or make a costume for.
- Fairy tales
This is a great theme for a little girl’s party. Although, the boys can dress up as Knights or Princes so is definitely not just a theme for the girls. You can buy lots of Disney fairy tale decorations and party paraphernalia online. You also might want to check out Just Pretend Kids for their tutus, which would make a perfect gift and costume for the birthday girl. I love the idea of having a birthday cake in the shape of a fairytale castle for the added wow factor. And for entertainment? A group sing along to all the classic fairy tale songs.
A wildlife party is another great theme idea that will appeal to all kids. Face painting is especially welcome at this kind of party. You could hire a professional or ask an artistic friend to help you out. Other entertainment ideas include a treasure hunt in the jungle (aka the back yard). You can have lots of fun with the food, creating a hedgehog from half a melon with mini kebabs stuck in it. Cupcakes can also be decorated with different animal’s faces.
If your child is a huge soccer fan, why not treat them to a party in the theme of their favorite hobby. You could have soccer ball balloons and a soccer ball cake. In terms of entertainment, well you have to have a game! Set up a net, split the party into a few teams and have your very own tournament.
Picking a theme for your child’s party can be difficult. With so many choices to choose from it can become quite overwhelming. Use your child’s interests to guide you. Once you’ve picked a theme, all the other plans will fall into place.
It’s lovely having babies in the house. When friends with babies come to visit, I can’t help but coo over them. Of course, poor mom looks exhausted and is welcoming some adult conversation! Whenever I see a baby, it instantly brings everything back so vividly. All the sleepless nights, and cleaning up the mess that came from both ends. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I might do some things a little differently if I was going through it now. One of the things I remember most is how much I ached all the time, long after labor.
Nursing was the first thing to cause pain, and the pain was in my neck. Lots of moms find looking down at baby’s face and holding her up in position can be really uncomfortable. A good quality nursing pillow raises baby up to the right height and saves those arm muscles from all the lifting. Finding the little things that help a lot is key to happy bonding with your baby. Even the big things, like changing your car to get a baby seat in and out more easily, can save you from painful backaches.
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If you’ve just had baby number two, it can be a challenge looking after the first born at the same time. Lots of moms struggle to give their number one the attention he or she is craving. That’s when the headaches come on strong! Having to deal with toddler tantrums as well as sleepless nights with a newborn is tough. Having a partner to share in these duties is so helpful, but not all moms have that someone extra to rely on. Some moms hire a nanny or a childminder to ease some of the pressure. If you can find a way to turn each activity into family time, it can be a little easier. Using a baby sling or carrier can help free you up to engage with the older child.
Stomach ache caused by skipping meals can be really common for busy moms. It may be you just forget to eat with having to cope with so much all at once. Sitting still to breastfeed can make it even worse. If you’ve got any heartburn remedy from your pregnancy days, you may find it can help settle you until you can fit in a light meal. Producing milk and running around after babies burn a lot of calories. You can easily become light headed and feel faint from low blood sugar. Set yourself little reminders, and keep a stash of healthy nuts and seeds for grazing.
Aches and pains are something we naturally put up with as mommies. It doesn’t even occur to us to do anything about it if we’re busy. Our kids are the priority and sacrifices will always be made. Looking after yourself as a mom is still really important though. You’re doing a fabulous job, and you definitely deserve a little down time each day. Take care of you to be the best mom you can be.
I have a new addiction!! I am completely and utterly addicted to my Sock Yarn Blankie! And to the minis that I need to knit it!! Oh my goodness…this is the most fun I’ve ever had with my knitting! Have you started one? If not, I really think you should!
My Sock Yarn Blankie is knit completely out of fingering weight scraps. I’m using all the scraps from items I’ve knit myself as well as trading with other knitters. I’m using the Knitted Patchwork Recipe pattern but there are many other miter square patterns available. I just like the way she does her decreases and decided to go with that pattern. I did make a couple small modifications though. The pattern does call for using a US 2 needle but I’m using a US 2.5 since I tend to knit a little tight. She also says to cast on 32 stitches total but I wanted a little bigger squares so I’m casting on 40 stitches. All the squares are joined as I go, that means I won’t have to be seaming all this little things together later. Yay for that!
I’m planning on making my Sock Yarn Blankie super, super big. I want to be able to curl up underneath it with my hubby. That, of course, means I’ll be needing lots and lots of mini skeins or scraps. I only need about 5 grams per square so that isn’t much yarn at all. I’m always open to swapping or simply taking scraps off your hands, lol!! Leave me a comment if you’d like to contribute. I’ve also started a fun Facebook group for all of us to share, talk, support, motive and SWAP MINIS! We’ll be setting up lots of organized swaps, our current one is a Green Mini Swap, as well as holding individual trades. It’s lots of fun! You can join us HERE if you’d like! And, be sure to include the hashtag – #fbsysg – to all your posts!