Last Minute Pinterest Free Kids Birthday Party
I love Pinterest as much as the next red blooded female BUT sometimes I feel like I just don’t measure up to what I see on Pinterest. Everything I see looks ‘Pinterest Perfect‘ and basically my life is NO WHERE near Pinterest Perfect.
So this post is for YOU who look at Pinterest and get OVERWHELMED and measuring up at the pretty pictures on Pinterest. It is OK. YOU are OK. Your kid will be FINE with a Pinterest free birthday party.
Our parents did it and we can too!
**side note: if you found this post on Pinterest. I am sorry. That is the way the internet works.
Here is how I did it.
Step 1. Promise your child a friends birthday party. Forget you promised said child a friends birthday party because we were out of town for the actually birthday.
Step 2. Decide on a date. Preferably within a week. Sometimes last minute is best. It was a Tuesday when we decided that the birthday party should be on Friday. (we like pressure…. but this was a pressure free party!)
Step 3. Text the parents of the friends with the information for the party.
Did you see what I did there? No over the top invitations.
Step 4. Figure out what you are going to blow out candles on.
It doesn’t have to be a fondant covered cake or cake with its own working waterfall. In this instance we made a pan of brownies. We went ‘above and beyond’ and iced 1/2 the brownies with chocolate icing. He thought some of his friends might like a bit of icing. But if brownies are not for you, feel free to buy a few cookies or simply put candles in a 1/2 gallon of ice cream.
Step 5. Order some food.
I am typically a ‘make your own food’ type of party thrower but not for this last minute party. I wanted to keep it simple and something I knew the kids would want to eat. So I went to Chick-Fil-A and ordered a small tray of nuggets. It was a weight off my shoulders knowing that I didn’t have to cook or have to clean up the food prep. I felt I needed to give the kids some additional options so I just up a watermelon and put out a bowl of cherries.
*Side Note: cherry seed spitting is additional entertainment.
Step 6. Set up.
Keep it simple. Use what you already have. Our party was outside so I pulled our patio set into the yard and put it under a pop up gazebo. Also have a place for the adults to hang out if the parents are invited to stay for the party. I just put up the umbrella over the table on the patio and the parents hung out in the shade.
Added note: That is NOT my pool. That is the neighbors.
Step 7. Don’t plan games.
Well… too may games or activities. We were fortunate that our party was in July and it was HOT outside. So instead of renting a bounce house, water slide structure we gave the kids a hose and the small kiddie pool that I got for $3 at Target at the end of season last year.
The kids just want to be TOGETHER. They just want to run around and play.
Step 8. Let Them Enjoy!
After the party my son came to me, unprompted, and said it was the BEST birthday party every! I was so happy that he felt this way because I knew he was having a good time with his friends, they had food that they loved and they had fun being kids. Running through the hose, chasing each other, pushing each other on the swing.