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10 Kids Birthday Party Entertainment Ideas

Kids birthday activities, kids birthday entertainment, kids birthday ideas, how to entertain kids, birthday party ideasThis is a quick post today, but it’s full of ideas and inspiration! I’ve realized more and more as my daughter has gotten older and we’ve had and attended more and more kids parties, that kids, especially young kids, need something to entertain them at a party.  To help I’ve put together a list of 10 kids birthday party entertainment ideas.

I’ve broken the list down by age range to make the activities geared towards what they would be interested in.  If you’re planning a kids birthday party anytime soon I hope this list gives you some inspiration or ideas for entertainment.

10 Kids Birthday Entertainment Ideas

Age 4 and under

  • Sand/Water table, dumping, digging, and splashing
  • Indoor obstacle course, think jumping pads, crawling under things, and slides

Age 5-8

  • Art station with easels and paints set up
  • Minute to win it games

Age 10-12

  • Neighborhood scavenger hunt
  • Field day games

Age 13-15

  • Video game tournament
  • Start a band at home with school instruments

Age 16-18

  • Car wash for charity
  • Make-up party and photo booth

Kids birthday activities, kids birthday entertainment, kids birthday ideas, how to entertain kids, birthday party ideasDo you think your kids would like any of these ideas to keep them busy and having fun at their next birthday party? What kinds of entertainment and activities have you done in the past that were a big hit?

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Real Life Party: Picnic Themed Birthday Party

Happy Friday friends!  I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July and have since recovered.  Today I’m giving you all the details on my daughter’s third birthday.  We hosted a picnic themed birthday party and it was so fun!  You’ll get to see lots of picnic ideas, picnic food, and fun!

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We hosted the party at the park in our neighborhood.  It had been super hot all week and then randomly we had a really cool, windy day.  It was kind of a blessing because I didn’t have to worry about keeping cupcakes and food cold on a hot summer day.

The kids all played at the playground for awhile and worked up an appetite.  It helped to bring some outdoor toys to the park.  Things like buckets, shovels, and balls kept them entertained.

Picnic Food

To keep all the food together and individually packaged for the moms and kids, I picked up some great cardboard lunch boxes from Hobby Lobby.  I also got some chalkboard labels from my local party supply store to label all the boxes.  This is a great way to keep special dietary restrictions separate, and no fighting over who gets what.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyFor the kiddos lunch, I tried to keep the menu pretty kid friendly with Chick-fil-A nuggets, baby carrots, chips, and a picnic staple watermelon.  I was able to prepare all of the food the night before and kept in the refrigerator. The morning of the party was pretty relaxed since all I  had to do was load up the lunch boxes and get everything to the park.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyThe little plastic cups pictured above were great to keep all the food separated.  I also just about fell down when I spotted that red gingham washi tape at the dollar spot at Target.  All the other red gingham decor and party gear was from Hobby Lobby.  It was on clearance, so that was even better!

For the moms, I tried to keep the menu similar, but felt like we needed something a little more grown up than chicken nuggets.  Although, Chick-fil-A nuggets are pretty delicious.  I made a large baguette sandwich and was able to slice it up into equal portions for all the adults.  It’s a great way to make one big meal to feed everyone.  All you have to do is make one big sandwich on any loaf of bread you enjoy, then cut up into however many portions you need.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyI wrapped up the sandwich portions in parchment paper to hold all the sandwich fixings inside, then tied it with red and white twine.

It seemed like everyone enjoyed their picnic lunch and were full enough to carry them through until dinner.

For dessert and to celebrate the birthday girl, I ordered cupcakes from my local Safeway store.  If you live near a Safeway, I highly recommend getting cupcakes from their bakery.  The icing is delicious, the cake is always moist, and a dozen cupcakes are only $6.99.  You can’t beat the price for what you get.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyTo dress up the cupcakes, I found these small rubber ants at a local farm store for about .50 cents a piece.  It was the perfect little decoration to add to the picnic themed birthday party.  It was also nice that it didn’t take a whole lot to just plop these onto the tops of the cupcakes.

Note to self though, never order red icing on a cupcake again!  The kids were a mess after eating these, haha!

Picnic Birthday Party Set Up

As far as setting up the picnic, it was a pretty easy way to throw a party.  All you really need to do is throw down a bunch of blankets.  Thankfully, everyone that came also brought a blanket so we had plenty.  I also had a small pop up tent because I was expecting blazing sun.  It ended up serving as a semi-private potty station for all of our potty training toddlers.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyI used some more red gingham pinwheels and banner party supplies from Hobby Lobby to denote our picnic area.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyHosting a picnic themed birthday was pretty easy.  I highly recommend it if you are in need of an easy party on a small budget, or for a last minute party.  Other picnic ideas could be to have a theme, like a sandwich themed picnic party where everyone brings their favorite sandwich to share.  A wine themed picnic party with wine and cheeses sounds amazing! A picnic themed party is a great way to make the normal pot luck a little more interesting too.

I was pleased with how our picnic themed birthday party turned out. Most importantly, I think my three year old enjoyed it.  She likes to throw blankets down on the floor at home all the time to have a picnic.  This seemed was the perfect way to do a quick and easy party for her.  I had planned on not doing much for her birthday this year, but am glad I put in a little effort and did something special!

I hope you all have a great weekend and maybe get outside to enjoy a picnic!

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Celebrate Easter with a Kid’s Craft

Happy Good Friday!  If you haven’t gotten enough of Easter egg hunts, dyeing Easter eggs, or Easter baskets, then try giving this kids craft a try.  It’s super easy and doesn’t take long at all.

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.All you need to complete this craft is a few supplies:

  • An aluminum foil covered cookie sheet
  • Easter eggs cut out of paper
  • Paint
  • A shower squeegee

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.I know that a shower squeegee may sound weird but I promise it makes this craft fun, not messy, and kind of cool to see.  I first saw this craft on one of those Facebook videos that are always floating around my news feed.

So the first step is to put dots of paint onto your paper eggs.  I didn’t take a picture of that part, but just imagine paint polka dots.  I will say that you will need a hefty amount of paint to be able to spread out across the whole egg.

Then get your kids to help you run the shower squeegee from one side of the egg to the other, spreading out the paint dots.

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.As you run the squeegee across the egg, it spreads the paint out and lets it kind of run together.  It’s a great way to talk about how to mix colors with your kids if you want to turn this into a learning activity.  My daughter learned that mixing red and blue turned into purple.  She was pretty excited.

After all of your paint spreading you get some really fun, almost stained glass looking Easter eggs.

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.Once all of our eggs were painted I wanted to actually use them for something so I just punched some holes in them and strung them together to make a banner.  Of course I hung the banner on our mantle because I just love that thing and decorating it is basically my part-time job.

Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.Easter kids craft, painted Easter eggs, simple kids craft, Easter egg banner.There are a ton of fun uses for these eggs though.  Use them as a place mat on the kids Easter table.  Or fold them to make an Easter card for someone special.

Wasn’t that a fun, easy craft?  Do you think you’ll give it a try this weekend?  If not, just change the shape of the paper for another holiday and follow the same method.  This may be kind of a regular craft around our house.

I hope you have a great Easter weekend and reflect on the reason for the holiday.  See you all again next week!

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Party Rewind: Daniel Tiger Birthday Party with FREE Printables

Today, I’m trying something a little different.  I’m going to take you back to a party I did about nine months ago because I’ve added some things I think you’ll like!

Let’s travel back in time together and look at this Daniel Tiger themed birthday party I hosted for my daughter’s 2nd birthday.  Click here to see the full party.

In case you’ve forgotten how it was decorated take a peek at some of these highlights.

I loved how the teal blue and red color scheme really screamed Daniel Tiger without being overly cartoon-like.  I’ve since been able to pass along the trolley photo booth and color coordinating paper garlands for another little one to celebrate with.  It felt great knowing that something I spent time crafting was going to get more than one use.  And I’m sure be the hit of another party.

To share the love even more, I designed a few things for your Daniel Tiger themed birthday party.  Try using these cupcake toppers and food label tents at your party to help streamline your decor.  Just click on the picture to download the printable you like.  Print it out on cardstock, cut it out, and top a cupcake with it or label Prince Wednesday’s Pasta Salad.

With these two printables, you’ll be on your way to hosting a super cute Daniel Tiger birthday yourself!  I’d love to see how you use these printables. Be sure to take a picture and hashtag it with #thedailyhostess on Instagram so I can see how creative you are with using these!

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3 Simple Ways to Wrap Pretty Gifts

Cheers friends, it’s Friday!!  I hope you have awesome plans for the weekend!  If you have any events this weekend that require you to take a gift, be sure to check this post out.  I’m giving you three easy ways to wrap gifts and make them pretty.

Fringed Bow

First up, is this fringed tissue paper bow.  It’s super easy to make and I’m sure you already have all the supplies you need.  It’s great for any last minute gifts or if you run out of bows and ribbon.

Three easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorThree easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorTo make this fringed bow, all you need are tissue paper, scissors, and tape.  First, cut your tissue paper into long strips.  Then, cut fringe into the long strip about 2/3 of the way across the strip.  Next, lay the fringed strip out flat and start rolling it from one end to the other.  It will make a rolled up “wand” type of shape.

The shape isn’t too important, so just play around with rolling it to get the desired shape you want.  I taped about four fringed “wands” to the corner of the gift and called it good.

You could also put them on the gift in a different pattern to cover up your taped areas, or hot glue them to the gift in a fun pattern.  Think pinwheels, stars, or a leaf pattern.

Pom Pom Package

The next super easy gift wrapping idea is to use pom poms for a fun addition to your gifts.

Three easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorThree easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorUsing simple brown kraft paper, I wrapped my gift then simply hot glued some colorful pom poms to the top of the gift.  I love the fun and unexpected addition of the pom poms, and how they stand out against the brown paper.

Add them to your gifts in a pattern or pile them up to make a big bow.  This method is great if you have to pack or travel with a gift because you don’t have to worry about bows or ribbon getting smashed.  The pom poms are really forgiving so they’ll bounce back after traveling.

Satin Ribbon

You can literally never go wrong wrapping gifts with some pretty paper and adding a big satin ribbon bow.

Three easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorThree easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorI love this hot pink satin ribbon.  The color is so vibrant.  I loved it so much I didn’t want to trim the ends of the ribbon because I didn’t want to lose any of the ribbon.

It would look amazing to wrap a bunch of packages in coordinating colors of your party and stack them up as party decor or use them to denote where the gift table is located.

Here are some great resources for satin ribbon.  Paper Mart has an amazing selection of colors and different satin fabrics.  Plus 25 yards per roll is a great quantity. Joann’s is another great craft store to purchase satin ribbon and there are probably one or two near you.  You can never fail with a quick search on Amazon either.  Get this highly reviewed ribbon collection in two days with Amazon Prime for a really reasonable price.

Which is your favorite wrapping technique?  Shout it out in the comments by clicking on that talking bubble at the bottom of this post.  I hope you have a great weekend and get to celebrate something fun!

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Celebrating everyday!