Chores to Prepare for a Child’s Birthday Party

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Preparing for a child’s birthday party can take a lot of hard work. In addition to putting up decorations, planning games, and picking up the birthday cake, you also need to prepare your house. After all, it’s about to get invaded by a bunch of sugar-crazed kids. Before you host another birthday party, make sure you do these four chores:

Lock Away Potentially Dangerous Items

It’s easy to lose track of one or two kids when you have a dozen or more of them running around your home. Even a few minutes of unsupervised play can turn into a disaster.  Especially, when children encounter potentially dangerous items like household cleaners, weapons, and medications.

You can keep your young guests safe by locking away items that may hurt them. Putting items in the master bedroom won’t get the job done. You may think of your bedroom as a safe place where no one else goes, but kids don’t always follow your expectations. Find a place that you can secure with a lock and key.

Block Off Certain Parts of Your House

Even if your home is safe, you don’t necessarily want people wandering throughout it. Blocking off certain areas tells people that you don’t want them to enter.

It doesn’t take much effort to block off areas of your house. You can use a baby gate to prevent people from walking down hallways or lock doors to rooms that you want left alone.

Eliminate Bad Odors

Your house probably smells fine to you. Newcomers, however, may have a different experience. Over time, you get used to the way your house smells. Even if there’s a funk in the air, you may not notice it.  So, you can eliminate bad odors from your home by:

  • Locating and removing any mold or mildew
  • Running your HVAC system to filter out annoying particles in the air
  • Putting baking soda on your carpet before vacuuming
  • Cleaning your refrigerator to get rid of old food odors

Make Healthy Snacks

You probably plan to serve cake or some other confection to celebrate your child’s birthday. Considering how much sugar and fat cakes contain, you should make some healthy snacks that guests can enjoy during the party as well.

You can take the simple route by simply cutting up carrot and celery sticks. If you have time to get more involved in food preparation, consider making some yogurt popsicles, fruit kebabs, and low-sugar baked goods.

Remember that some kids have food allergies that can cause serious health problems. The most common allergies among children involve:

 

  • Soy
  • Tree nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Shellfish
  • Milk
  • Soy
  • Wheat

You can avoid problematic ingredients by asking parents to tell you about any food sensitivities when they RSVP for your child’s birthday party. If anyone has an allergy to an ingredient, don’t use it in any of your party’s foods.

Finally, hosting a child’s birthday party in your home is a great way to have fun, save money, and make your child feel special.  As long as you do the right chores beforehand, you can host a successful event where everyone feels welcome and safe.

Kids Party Ideas: Chuck E Cheese Party

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Looking for kids party ideas?  Look no further, call your local Chuck E Cheese?  First, Look at this face.  I was sorting through pictures for my scrapbooks and I came across these pictures from one of Xavier’s parties.  I thought I would share a few from our Chuck E Cheese party.  The kids had a great time and so did the parents.  As a matter of fact, out of the 9 birthday parties that we thrown for this little guy, this one is in the top 5.

 

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Most importantly, I love parties where the work for the parents is minimal.  Luckily, it was just that at Chuck E Cheese.  There were lots of activities, pizza, a dance with the Big Cheese, and no clean up.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  There was a snack bar for parents to purchase other food if they didn’t have an appetite for pizza.  I must recommend their salads, they are wonderful.  We had the Superman Cake made and we purchased the Superman Tablecloth at Party City.

We had a hostess assigned to our tables who take care of serving the food, coordinating the dance with the Big Cheese, lighting the cake and all the other activities around the Rock Star’s table.  It was nice to be able to take pictures and just relax.

 

kids birthday party ideas

Because Xavier loves Spider-Man so much, it was the theme for the birthday cake.  We had this cake made at Farm Fresh.  They did an excellent job decorating it, and it was delicious.  I love that store for other reasons too.  For example, their deli is wonderful when you need a quick meal.  The kids love their chicken, and so do I.  Lets not leave out their fresh produce.  I digressed didn’t I.

So, if you’re unsure of how many guests you will have or you have a set budget, I suggest that you check out the packages available.  You can plan the party around the package.  Actually, Chuck E Cheese offers 4 packages:  Star, Super Star, Mega Super Star and Play More, Eat More .  We choose the Mega Super Star package, which included pizza, ice cream cups, tokens, a goody bag and a Rock Star cup for the party guests.   Additionally, the tables were reserved for two hours, which was sufficient time for everyone to enjoy the activities, eat and go back to the activities.

 

kids birthday party ideas

We had a great photo opportunity here, Xavier is dancing with Chuck E Cheese.  The look on his face was worth a million bucks.

kids birthday party ideas

Next, he had so much fun blowing out the candles on his cake.  However, we did have a mishap.  The hostess set her hair on fire lighting the cake.  Thank goodness it was quickly extinguished and she wasn’t hurt. She didn’t miss a beat, she served the cake and ice cream as if nothing happened.  We gave her a hand for handling it like a pro.  Most people at the tables didn’t even realize that her hair was on fire.  Imagine that!

kids birthday party ideas

Additionally, they have the Ticket Blaster.  It gives the Rock Star an opportunity to catch tickets, which can be redeemed for games.  I wasn’t sure how he would feel about being enclosed in a booth, but he did well.  He’s such a brave little guy.


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Finally, we ended the party with the kids using the remaining tokens and tickets in the games area.  Somehow, Xavier lost his shoes.  But he didn’t think twice about finding them.  Thankfully, we were able to locate them before dragging him out and heading home.  Best part of the day, he totally enjoyed his birthday party and his friends.  Did I mention, he still takes his shoes off at every opportunity.

In conclusion, I hope you like our kids party ideas.  I would highly recommend having a birthday party for your child at Chuck E. Cheese.  Just as importantly, the service was excellent and all of the children left happily exhausted.  For parents, you can sit back and relax.  Because there’s no cleanup!  It doesn’t get better than that.