No matter how old you are, you look forward to your birthday. Birthdays offer a chance to smile and have fun with the people you love. Whether you’re turning 1 or 101, most people, secretly or not-so-secretly, enjoy celebrating their birthday. I don’t blame them – it’s THEIR day! Birthdays are even more fun and exciting for young children. But with party after party, from mommy groups to elementary school, you need to think about what you can do to make your child’s birthday party stand out and be even more memorable.
If you’re like most moms, you start thinking about a birthday party theme a few months before the big day. However, you probably don’t put everything into action until a few weeks before – unless you’re a crafty queen who needs to make everything by hand – but a few weeks before the party may be too late! If you can’t pull off an elaborate birthday extravaganza, though, don’t worry! Your child will still have a blast, no matter what.
If you’re interested in a more unique, stress-free celebration, it might be time to consider an “experience” birthday. If you want to invite only close family members or your family and a few of your child’s friends, then allowing your child to celebrate with an “experience” could be a lot less hassle than planning an entire party for 40 or more. Having a birthday experience at a place such as Medieval Times, Disneyland, or even a movie theater might be just what you’re looking for. With this type of celebration, your child will be able to spend time with the people they love and have the opportunity to make great memories in the process.
Another unique birthday celebration idea is hosting a scavenger hunt. Everyone in attendance can participate and circulate around the party or the neighborhood – whichever you prefer – collecting everything on the “treasure map.” This type of celebration allows for fun competition and gets everyone involved. By pairing the kids up, you also create a bonding experience for those individuals to grow and strengthen their relationship while also creating long-term memories.
Celebrating a birthday in this unique fashion is a good way to cut back on costs (both with the actual party and the presents). It’s fun with a different twist and focuses more on the in-the-moment aspect of celebrating another year of life. Fun “experience” birthdays are also a way to show your child they don’t necessarily need gifts and traditional parties to have a good time.
Always remember your child will have a blast no matter what type of celebration you give them, and they’ll make the best memories on their special day. Treat them to their favorite dessert and surround them with people they love; you’ll provide them with fun and smiles as everyone celebrates their special day.
Amanda Daily is a freelance writer