My son is 14 now, and he still talks about his 7th birthday party as his best ever. I have to say it was pretty good–and super easy. First, I went to an appliance store and got 3 empty refrigerator boxes. Then I bought a Nerf gun (the kind that shoots foam darts) for each of the boys attending. If you don’t think Nerf guns are appropriate toys, you’d better stop reading right here!
When the party guests arrived, I divided them into 3 teams and gave each team a refrigerator box. Their task was to come up with a team name, and use markers and washable paint to decorate their refrigerator box to match their name. I cut out a door in each box (with fabric hung across the opening so no one could see in) and windows with flaps so they could open and close them. Each team also got matching bandanas to tie around their heads to identify which team they were on. Continue reading →
It’s easy to pick a birthday party theme and start planning when you have so many fun kids birthday invitations to choose from! If you want decorating, activities and food ideas, check out our other posts on party ideas to go along with these kids birthday party themes.
We have so many fun new products in our Baby and Kids’ Collections, we can’t wait to show you! Our new baby shower invitations, for example, give classic themes a modern makeover–and include the latest trend in baby showers, gender-reveal parties.
Trends in baby announcements include heart-melting designs with ribbon embellishments, postcard formats, fun folds and cut-out shapes. And if your baby is having a birthday, kids birthday invitations that share his or her growth in photos are first choice with Moms. Need a theme for an older child’s birthday? Comic book superhero parties are a huge hit. It’s all here, in our Baby & Kids trends lineup.
One of our favorite birthday party themes is a cowgirl or cowboy birthday party because the western theme lends itself to so many fun decorating ideas, activities and treats. We filled a Pinterest board with all of these (and more!) western birthday party ideas!
Rope tied around a fabric-covered tin can made a down-home vase for flowers, while twine-embellished picture frames placed throughout the party held photos of the birthday boy. Snacks-on-a-stick were inserted into the hay bales, including cones decorated with coordinating kids birthday favor stickers from Pear Tree. Root beer bottles were decorated with fabric scraps to look like bandanas, and topped with craft-store doll-sized cowboy hats. Beanies and weenies were served on tin plates, just like they would be in the wild west, and for dessert, gold nugget cupcakes!
Kids panned for gold using pie tins, and were thrilled to find sparkling nuggets among the rocks and sand at the bottom of a baby pool. The trick was, they couldn’t use their hands! At the end, they could turn in their gold for trinkets, and favor bags filled with homemade trail mix. Printable bag toppers saying, “Happy Trails to you!” were the perfect way to end the party.
Calle, the birthday girl, had her heart set on a gumball party for about a year– ever since her last birthday, in fact. “After each of her parties she declares what the next party theme is going to be,” says Calle’s mom, Sue. “Usually she never sways, and it stays that way for an entire year.” That excitement is one of the things she loves about her daughter. And coming up with birthday party ideas together makes it more fun.
“I love planning parties, and we always seem to have themes that are not the easiest. Last year she wanted a ski themed party and I ended up having to make the invitations myself. So this year she wanted gumballs. I did a Google search and Pear Tree was one of the only sites to have a gumball machine kids birthday invitations that I could personalize. The price point was spot on as well, for what I wanted to spend.” We like how she added even more personality to the birthday invitations by calling the party, “Calle’s 8th Birthday Blow Out,” with the RSVP on the back, “Will you be popping over?”
It’s obvious that Sue loves to go big on birthday party ideas when you hear what she has planned. “We are giving away mini gumball machines as the favors. I’m making a 3-dimensional gumball machine cake, along with gumball machine cake pops that will be sitting in mason jars filled with gumballs. I also found fabric that has gumballs all over it that I will make into tablecloths. I am still working out the other logistics, but that is where I have gotten thus far.”
We hope everyone (including Mom) has a blast at Calle’s party. Please send us pictures–especially of that cake! We’d love to share them. Keep reading our blog for more kids birthday party ideas, or browse our collection of kids birthday invitations for ideas!
We asked our Facebook fans to come up with a name for this awesome new kids birthday invitation and they rocked it! The winning entry is “Calling All Superheroes” by Miranda Morrison de Jreige.
As the winner of our Name This Card Contest, Miranda gets $50 to spend on anything at peartreegreetings.com. She says she is “super” excited! We hope she has a birthday in the family because our kids’ birthday invitations are pretty amazing this year!
Several of us, here at Pear Tree, have spent time volunteering at our kids’ schools, whether in the classroom or as a member of our parent teacher organization. One of the most demanding but rewarding jobs is that of the room parent, in charge of organizing volunteers and coming up with classroom party ideas. Having been a room parent for several years in my boys’ classrooms, I learned that the key to having a smooth year is to get the other parents in the classroom committed to helping you early and often.