It's a classic dilemma: You want to throw the perfect birthday for your son or daughter, but you don't want to limit their guest list by picking something entirely gender-specific. Still, how does one go about resolving this problem when their children are, more likely than not, clambering for superhero- or princess-themed parties? Never fear: Check out these three ideas for perfect birthday parties that boys and girls alike are sure to love.
1. Pool party
If you have a child with a summer birthday, be thankful. In addition to not having to coordinate the party scheduling around school, sports and extracurriculars, you also have access to one of the best gender-neutral party ideas. The pool party is timeless in that the venue and the activity are one and the same. Many public pools allow for day rentals to celebrate birthdays, and some even have catering options to make your life simpler. All you have to do is get everyone there, and that shouldn't be very hard once they see these shark mask birthday invitations!
2. Pizza party
If there's anything that all kids can agree on, it's liking pizza. That's probably why it's so commonly featured on the menu at birthday parties. It can be more than just an entree, though. A pizza-themed birthday party is fun, wholesome and perfect for either boys or girls.Try having a make-your-own-pizza party either at your home or at your local pizzeria. All you'll need to purchase is premade dough, sauce, cheese and a variety of toppings. Make a note: You may want to contact the parents of each of your guests prior to shopping so you can inquire as to whether or not any of the children have food allergies. Have your guests over for some games and socializing, and then allow everyone to design their own personal pizza with the ingredients provided. We recommend doing the prep outside, if possible, to reduce mess. Also, to make the planning even simpler, check out these perfect pizza party birthday invitations.
3. Zoo party
This is particularly doable in the summertime, when the weather is warm and the kids are out of school. A zoo party offers a destination that both boys and girls can be excited about while also eliminating the need to plan out additional activities. If you are going to throw a zoo party, call in advance to ensure that you can rent space or picnic tables to eat cake. Also, have a few other parents come along with you in order to ensure the safety of the children.
As they say, it is the details that really separate the good from the great. When you put extra effort into every little detail, your event will certainly be outstanding. Small things, such as the address labels on your invitations or thank you note, can make all the difference when it comes to tying the whole event together.
Small pieces like the address labels offer an opportunity to polish your event and add a personal touch. Before the recipients even open the envelope, you will be able to bring a smile to their faces with a personalized label. Personalized address labels are a fun, inexpensive way to go the extra mile.
Play with these tips to make your mail a little bit more memorable:
- Design labels to match the card inside – Use the same font, pattern or color as the card inside the envelope for a cohesive look.
- Personalize the name to reflect the event – If you are ordering your address labels for a specific event, use the labels to hint at the invitation inside. Instead of printing the full name on the return address use “Bride to be,” “Birthday Boy” or “The Happy Couple.”
- Use a picture – Showcase your favorite family photo, senior picture or Instagram shot on the labels.
- Print a message on the labels and use them as a sticker closure for the envelope – You don’t have to limit your labels to the upper-left corner of the envelope. Get creative and print short sayings and use the labels as closure stickers.
- Use stylish labels all year long – If you have a few extra labels that you didn’t use for your event, you can use the labels year round if they aren’t specific to the party. Fun designs and even personalized photos are great for adding a little color to your mail year round.
A bar/bat mitzvah is an important milestone for a young Jewish man or woman, and the invitations you choose should match the special occasion. Keep these tips in mind when selecting and ordering your bar and bat mitzvah invitations:
Choose a style that reflects the tone of your event: Is the bar/bat mitzvah going to be casual or will it be a more formal affair? Let guests know through your invitation’s style and wording.
Let the honoree help to choose invitations: It’s your child’s big day! Let the star of the party choose a style that reflects his or her personality.
Don’t forget to include important information: Before you order any invitations, make sure to check the wording to ensure that all of the necessary information is included. Information such as the name of your child, the event that your guests are being invited to (if you’re hosting more than one event), date, time and location should all be included.
Order early: You’ll want to send the invitations four to six weeks before the party, so be sure to order well in advance so you don’t feel rushed.
Always order extra invitations: It’s never a bad idea to be prepared. Order at least 10-20 extra invitations in case you forgot to include someone on the guest list, or in case any invitations are lost.
A memorable party starts with the invitation. Keep these tips in mind when ordering bar/bat mitzvah invitations, and throw a party your child will never forget.