Low-stress, high-fun party themes
Animal Interaction Party
Bounce or Jump Party
Roller Skating or Ice Skating Party
Indoor Fun Center Party
Outdoor Playground Party
Reusable Party Favor Holders
Chinese Food Buckets
Fabric or Felt Sacks
A Frisbee or Outdoor Toy
Books, Comics or Workbook
Brown Paper Bags
Small Canvas Totes
Bottles or Jars
Socks or Gloves
Who can help?
Both parents need to contribute. Don’t forget to factor in Dad’s strengths before, during, and after the festivities.
Babysitters or neighbor teens make great party helpers. I pay our sitter to attend because I always need extra help, and I also want her to share in making memories.
Exchange party help with a friend. You help with her child’s party and then ask for the favor back for your child’s party.
Just ask! You never know when a guest’s parent might enjoy helping and you might make a new mom friend this way. Once you have the final attendance list, use evite.com to inquire if anyone is available to pitch in.
Some people make better “special guests” than helpers. Siblings of yours or the guest of honor may fall into this category, as may elderly grandparents or visiting relatives. For peace of mind during the party, only invite those you know in advance will be gracious helpers.
Freelance writer Christina Katz has planned some fun birthday parties over the years including a pony party, a bowling party, and a roller skating party. But her all-time favorite was the sleepover spa party.