A Guest Post by Kaitlin Gardner
It’s summer, the weather is wonderful, and your child has a birthday coming up. How about hosting a party in the garden for your child? Kids love to get outside and play, and the possibilities for a back yard party are endless. Just use your imagination and let your child have a wonderful party.
Pick A Theme
Part of the party planning will take into account the age of your child. Older children might not get as excited by a “ladybugs and butterflies” theme, which might captivate the younger kids. Pick a theme appropriate for the age of your child and their interests, and they’ll really anticipate their upcoming fun time. Flower themes and picnic baskets are popular for spring. For older kids, maybe something like “a day at the races,” where they can have relay races and run a lot, will be popular. Kids are so honest, if you mention a party theme and they don’t like it, you’ll likely know by the wrinkled nose and grimace they give you. Your intuition will tell you the best party theme. Here are some wonderful resources with more ideas:
- Throw A Garden Birthday Party
- Garden Party For Kids
- Pool Party Planning; Pool Party Ideas
Send Your Invitations
Your child will likely know who they want to invite. Make up a list and find invitations that reflect your theme. If your child is old enough to write, let them address the envelopes – kids will really enjoy getting a personally addressed envelope with that special invitation.
Decide About Food
If you’re having the party in your own back yard, there are great choices for food. If your child wants burgers – which most kids do, have your husband start up the back yard grill. If the kids really want pizza – have a local pizzeria make a large delivery. The kids will gladly stop their games and gather around when they see all those boxes of pizza show up. The best part of burgers or pizza is that each is a relatively simple solution, but one that is always popular with the kids.
Host The Parents Too
A lot of parents stick around for kid parties, so take into account that you’ll be hosting at least some adults. Have a couple of tables set up for parents, preferably in the shade, where they can sit back and watch the kids play, but a little apart from the activities. You don’t want a “helicopter Mom” to get in the middle of your party and try to control it. Make sure the parents are all introduced to each other, so they can comfortably visit.
Don’t Forget The Entertainment
Again, the activities will depend on the ages of the kids. The younger kids might enjoy decorating a flower pot. They might also enjoy a round of “pin the bee on the flower” and games similar to that. The older kids might turn up their noses at those kinds of games, so consider things like relay races. Let the parents know to bring a change of clothes, so the kids won’t get their party clothes dirty. A back yard treasure hunt will really get their interest, so think of places to hide things around the back yard.
Utilize Your Pool
If you have a pool in your back yard, do consider including that in the party plans. Tell parents to bring swim suits, and let the kids spend some time in the pool playing. They will love the chance to swim, and kids can make up games that will entertain them for long periods of time.
You wave as the last parent leaves, then look down at your child and see the huge smile on their face. That makes you smile as well – you just threw them a great garden party!
Kaitlin Gardner started AnApplePerDay.com to further her passion for a family friendly, green living lifestyle. She is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Pennsylvania. She and her husband enjoy going for long hikes, to get out and enjoy nature. She is working on her first book about ways to live an eco-friendly, healthy, natural life.