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Plan the perfect football themed birthday bash!

Throwing a football-themed birthday bash

Fads come and go among kids, but sports seem to always be in style. That said, a football-themed birthday party might be the perfect choice for your son and his friends this year. Not only does the theme keep your party guests excited, but it allows for each of them to come dressed as their favorite football player. Even better, throwing a football-themed birthday party lays the foundation for what kind of birthday invitations to send, what sort of activities to plan and where to host the event. Let the logistics fall into place with these tips:

Invitations
Though the party may not be for a few months still, you'll want to ensure that you get your invitations sent out to guests well in advance of the event. Our customizable "Draft Pick'' invitations should set the tone perfectly for a great birthday. The front of the card features a football with the phrase "You've been Drafted!" and the back of the card contains space for all the relevant information. If you want to take the theme even further by adding a dress-up component, you can ask your guests to RSVP with which football jersey they'll be wearing.

Activities
You don't want to find yourself scrambling for activities on the day of the party, so be sure to plan some out in the weeks leading up to the event. For a football party, you'll want to offer a broad range of entertainment. The centerpiece of the party, if possible, should be a game of flag football (weather permitting). Try and include a few adults in the game as well to ensure that things stay safe (also, this tends to keep the game from becoming too one-sided). In addition to the game, you can purchase a football-shaped pinata and play classic backyard games such as "500." For a special gift for your son, have every guest sign the game ball and give it to him at the end of the party.

Hosting
If the weather is appropriate and you feel up to the task, then a backyard will do perfectly for any football-themed birthday party. If you'd rather be able to leave the party upon completion, though, you might consider using a field at a local park. Try to ensure that the park has some sort of pavilion or gazebo for shelter in the event of inclement weather, and also that there are grills if you intend to cook while there.

Make your child's party a hootin' and hollerin' success.

4 features to include in your child’s Wild West party

Cue the quintessential high-noon showdown song and don your 10-gallon hat – it's time to head west for a wild birthday party! If your child is a rodeo enthusiast with a passion for justice, then hosting a Wild West birthday party is the way to go. Of course, you want all the details to be in apple-pie order, which means coming up with a heap of ideas. Here's some inspiration sure to grease your carriage wheels:

1. Head down to the saloon
When a rough and tough sheriff needed a break from protecting his citizens, he'd stroll to the saloon for a drink. This kind of Wild West pub is where lawmen, outlaws and civilians alike gathered to take a load off. Of course, if you're going to have a saloon at your child's birthday party, it will be one that serves soda. Consider turning your kitchen into a soda saloon, complete with pints of root beer. You can make fake saloon doors into your kitchen using cardboard cutouts and even slide drinks down the bar.

2. Send creative birthday invitations
The invites you send for your child's birthday should speak to the theme of the party. Good birthday party invitations informs guests of what the event will be like even before they arrive! For this reason, seek out Wild West invites for your child's party. Here are a few of our favorites:

Sheriff Badge: These invites from Pear Tree Greetings come in the shape of a sheriff's badge. With a distressed wood background and old-timey script, these cards are sure to rustle up some excitement. 

Yee-Haw!: The Yee-Haw! invites are the perfect way to invite cowboys and cowgirls to your child's big day. You can select a photo of your child to feature on the front, along with Wild West lettering.

Round 'em Up: Displaying the torso of a sheriff, the Round 'em Up invites get the theme across faster than a jackrabbit running from a coyote.

3. Provide attire
Your child should be the star of his or her party, so dress him or her up in Old West clothing. However, the guests attending would probably like to fit into the theme as well. Consider giving all the kids straw cowboy hats and colored bandanas as a favor they can wear throughout the event. 

4. Take 'wanted' photos
Your little sheriff has to round up the bad guys, but first he or she has to know who they are. Craft a large frame that looks like a Western "wanted" poster and have the kids take pictures holding it in front of their faces.

Plan the perfect birthday pool party with these three tips

3 tips for the perfect birthday pool party

Between summer birthdays, the end of school for the year, new friends from camp and beautiful weather, the warmest season of the year inevitably means pool parties. While a great time, pool parties also present some of the greatest logistic difficulties in terms of party planning. There's a lot to account for, and an added dimension of safety precautions necessary considering the presence of children around water. All the same, pool parties are a wonderful opportunity to show off your abilities as a host while having a great time yourself. Try these three tips to make sure that your next poolside blowout is a great success:

1) Supervision
Before considering the invitations, food, entertainment or anything else, it's important to ensure that you've taken care of the supervision for the party. The single most important factor for a pool party is making sure that there are enough adults on staff to adequately look after children in and around the water. If you're comfortable with it, you can ask a few of your child's guests' parents to assist you. If you'd rather not bother anyone else, try to hire a lifeguard from the local pool, beach or country club. Many of them are high school or college students who would be thrilled to make a bit of extra cash on the side. Plus, the experience will feel much more authentic to the children with a lifeguard.

2) Invitations
Though many people only think of birthday invitations as a means to a very specific end, they can also serve as a method by which to build anticipation for your party or event. In the case of a pool party, try sending out our Water Color Invitations. Simple and customizable with the light blue hues of water, these invitations will have your guests circling the date on their calendar well in advance of the event.

3) The elements
A poolside party requires preparation that extends beyond the food, entertainment and invitations; you'll want to ensure that you're also ready to deal with the elements and with any emergency situations that may arise for you or your guests. Make sure that you have plenty of sunscreen, Chapstick and other essentials to provide to your guests as needed. The same goes for towels, and you may want to keep a few extra pairs of trunks around in case someone forgets theirs. Perhaps most importantly, keep a basic first aid kit near the pool. The lifeguard is likely to bring one, but it's best to have your own, as well.