Simple Birthday Party Ideas

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Every year I dream of hosting a themed party straight from the glossy, happy world of Pinterest but when you find yourself doing everything with a baby on your hip, the chances of perfection are greatly diminished.

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As a mom, I find that I’m constantly putting unnecessary pressure and stress on myself in the raising of these beautiful children of mine.  And it’s time for that to stop!  This year for Ellie’s birthday party, we opted for an afternoon of good old fashioned fun!

What Time is it Mr. Fox?

Playing “What Time is it, Mr. Fox” sure is fun with a bunch of preschool aged kids!  Maybe they’re just playing in military time, but be prepared for it to be “twenty o’clock”.  With this game, Mr. {or Mrs.} Fox lines up at one end of the yard while the other children form a line and shout “What time is it, Mr. Fox?”  Taking small or giant steps, each child paces the number of steps to match the time.  When the fox yells “midnight”, everyone runs!  If you get caught, well… that’s not so bad.  Now you’re the fox and the game continues!  what time is it mr fox simple birthday party game ideas

Make Some Music

Gather up some instruments and let your favorite little people sing along to favorites like BINGO and Down by the Bay.  Don’t worry if you don’t have enough of the same instrument — encourage the kids to switch & share in between verses.

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The Hokey Pokey

What if the Hokey Pokey is really what it’s all about?  It doesn’t get much easier than this dance!  Kids love to shake it all about and that makes for some seriously silly moments.

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Just remember… simple is better and the most important thing about the day is the time spent celebrating your birthday girl or boy.  Now go eat some cake.

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  1. I agree that simpler is often better. I get all caught up in the Pinterest ideas too. I build things up and then realize that I 1. Don’t have time to do all of that or 2. Don’t know how to do all of that well. Sometimes it is better to stick with what I can do.

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  2. Thanks for the great ideas!

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  3. I love the idea of having a simple party to spend more time with the Guest of Honor and visiting family and friends! My daughter’s 1st birthday was very elaborate and I didn’t get to talk to my friends who’d come an hour to celebrate. Her second was much calmer and more fun!

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    • Thanks for your comment. I was surprised at how many kids {and their parents!} had never heard of “What Time is it Mr. Fox”. They had so much fun playing together.

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  4. I am a first grade teacher and have planned many parties for kids! Kids like simple!! They love to just play with another and simple games are the best. Moms need to stop putting so much stress on themselves!

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    • I agree — there is too much stress on perfection in motherhood. I am perfectly imperfect! :)

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  5. Sometimes the more simple you keep it the better it is! Great post.

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  6. I do a mix of simple and pInterest. Birthday parties are kind of my “thing,” so I do them up big-but, all handmade, at the house, kid-selected themes, and manageable (only as many guests as the girl is old). Looks like your little one had fun!

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  7. Kudos to you! There is so much pressure now to host OUT OF THIS WORLD birthday parties. There are event planners that can be hired, fabulous venues, exotic take home gifts. I think we are not doing our children any favors by setting the bar this high. It’s OKAY to “just” have friends over for a good time & enjoy the company. No expensive clothes, props or locations required.

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  8. I love these ideas! Sometimes simple is better!

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