Children don’t need a flashy party to make lasting memories! If you’ve recently moved, or are getting used to big changes, sometimes an intimate family party is best. Add a special friend or two for the birthday child, if desired.
Here are some easy, no-fuss, all-fun ideas for celebrating simply:
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- Watch a favorite movie at home, with movie snacks.
- Host a picnic in the park. Park scavenger hunts are always fun.
- Play traditional games. There’s a reason these games have been around for so long. They are fun to play! Play “Duck, Duck, Goose,” “Simon Says,” “Musical Chairs” (or pillows), “Hot Potato,” or “Freeze Dance” (known sometimes as “Statues”). You can change up the games to fit the birthday child’s interests. For example, “Duck, Duck, Goose” might turn into “Pizza, Pizza, Cupcake,” “Simon Says” can be “Cookie Monster Says,” and the “Hot Potato” can be a favorite stuffed toy.
- Have the guests decorate their own goody bags with crayons, stickers, and glitter. Or cover the party table with a plain paper tablecloth or butcher paper and let everyone draw on it with markers, colored pencils, and crayons.
- Let everyone decorate their own food. Kids can each get their own ball of (store-bought) pizza dough that they can customize with a choice of toppings. Or they can decorate their own cupcakes or ice cream sundaes.
- Costumes and props are always fun. Collect hats, boas, sunglasses, costume jewelry, bowties, fake mustaches, and anything else that will appeal to kids’ imagination. Put on some music and watch the magic happen.
- Party favors can include printables, such as coloring pages and easy activities—like the ones included in Sesame Street for Military Families.
- Take lots of photos. They make it easy to remember the special day and share it with those who can’t be there.