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Lilly Deane has been a kids party planner for several years now. She shares her personal experiences as an events coordinator at Madfun and in blogs like this one to help parents throw the best party ever for their own kids. In this article, she will be giving tips on how to control temper tantrums in kiddie parties.
Kiddie Meltdown Alert: Ways To Keep It Down During A Party
A kiddie party is supposed to be anything but sad, grumpy, unhappy, angry, and out of control. Instead, this is supposed to be happy, light, enjoyable, and worry-free. How many guests are coming to your child’s kiddie party? How well do you know the guests? You see, although their parents are very classy, this is not an assurance that their little tots are the perfect princes and princesses who behave well in public. What will you do if someone ruins your supposed to be perfect kiddie party with a temper tantrum?
Ways to Control Temper Tantrum During a Party
Have a back-up plan as early as now. Don’t wait for it to happen when you can control temper tantrum before it starts. You may need to control this though differently during a kiddie party than you normally would with your own child on ordinary days. Here are some suggestions:
- Create a distraction. Get an entertainer. Clowns or magicians should keep the kids busy for an hour or two. It’s different seeing magic tricks personally than on TV. Other ideas would include photo booths, games, face painting, or games. Temper tantrums or crying could be contagious, but so is being happy. Keep most of your little guests happy and the others will be joining in the fun.
- Keep the music playing. Music is a very powerful tool that you can use to manipulate how people feel for a particular moment. You can use these two ways to control emotional outburst in kids. If you just want to keep them happy the moment they enter the venue, then play pop songs that convey happiness. Play these types of songs throughout the party and you may be able to send them home happy too. You can also opt to combine this with calming music. This should keep the kids’ energy at a low when their energies are too pumped up, one of the reasons why kids sometimes experience sudden bouts of outbursts.
- Don’t lose it too. Adding fuel to fire could make it worse. With one uncontrollable kid near you, it is very easy for you to lose your own cool, but don’t even think of taking that road. You could end up being your own party pooper and you definitely would not want your kid to remember you as the person who ruined his or her party. If the kid’s parent can’t control his or her child’s temper tantrum, you may need to take over and you won’t be able to do that with a hot head.
- Use rewards. Now, rewarding a bad attitude on normal days is definitely not recommended in controlling temper tantrums. But during a party, you need all the tricks you need up your sleeve especially when the problem is a yelling or crying kid. A small toy or sweet treats should stop the temper tantrum before the other kids start acting the same.
- Keep the party short.Long parties put a stress on the kids and parents alike. Keep the party short to about an hour or two. Although parties are fun for kids, there is still no place like home where they could get to do the things that they want such as sleep. Set it at a time where it’s not their nap time so that they won’t end up being crabby during the party.
Aside from kiddie meltdown control, make the party happier too by choosing a great theme. This should include your kid’s party costume, themed menu, and party décor. Plan ahead of time so that you don’t forget important details.
About Lilly Deane:
I am one of the content curators at Madfun and other kids websites. Aside from writing, I also spend most of my time with my young family. I also love to paint, cook and organize kiddy parties.
You can also get in contact with me on Google+ or Twitter: @LillyDeane01
Do you have a little girl who loves ladybugs? While most girls aren't too crazy about most bugs, this beautiful red and black insect is one of the few that girls most girls can agree is cute. Over the past few years ladybugs have actually gotten so popular that many little girls even want to have a cute ladybug birthday party. Luckily, these parties are not only are these parties cute but very easy to set up, allowing you to make the perfect party for your daughter and her friends!
What is a birthday party without decorations? Like many other party themes, it is easy to find ladybug party decorations as long as you know where to look. One of our favorite decorations is actually something you might never consider - a ladybug piñata. This adorable piñata looks like an oversized cartoon bug, perfect to be filled with small ladybug toys and candies. If you are having a hard time finding the right decorations, just go with black and red decorations in streamers and other decorations you want for your party. With the right preparations it will be easy to make your room look perfect for any little ladybug!
Like any party, cute tableware is the key to bringing your party table together! While a cute ladybug cake is obviously a key element of the birthday table, you should also have other decorations. With kids going about at the party, we recommend not trying to use good dishes or things you will have to wash later. This can lead to not only mess, but all too often broken dishes as well. Avoid the stress and consider getting ladybug themed paper tableware. This will not only reduce after-party stress, but leave your table looking even cuter, especially when kids are eating birthday cake from cute ladybug dessert plates. If you do decide to forgo the cake and do cupcakes, don't forget that you can also buy cute ladybug cupcake picks and decorations as well for cupcakes!
Of course, most little girls love to play dress up, especially at their own birthday party. One of the easiest ways to make your little girl feel special on her big day is letting her dress up with her own ladybug wing and headband set. These sets look similar to fairy wings, but look like your daughter's favorite black and red insect. Mix this with ladybug themed jewelry and your daughter can be a special ladybug princess at her birthday party. Since these sets are fairly inexpensive you can even buy one for each girl at the party without spending a fortune! Just make sure when you send out invitations that people RSVP so you know exactly how many of these cute sets to buy!
Planning a special Paris themed birthday party? For many parents, nothing is more frustrating than planning a party for their tween or teenager. Many girls want a girly birthday party, but they don't want a childish party. This can seem to limit options for some parents. Yet, most girls dream on going to a romantic trip to Paris and being able to see sights like the Eiffel tower for themselves. With how much girls love Paris, why not have a Paris themed birthday party? You may even be surprised at just how easy it is to make one of these parties!
Dress Up In Parisian Style
When many girls think of Paris, they first and foremost think of the Eiffel tower, and fashion. Any good Paris party will be sure to incorporate both. Getting the fashion side of things, however, can be tricky. For tweens, the best way to do this can be having girls come pretending to be runway models, or playing dress up with their favorite costumes. You can even add some flare to the party with sparkly hats that are perfect for any little diva. It may even be fun to let girls have their own Paris style fashion show for both their parents and friends. The trick is letting older girls feel special and dress up for the event.
Paris Themed Decorations
What is the most important display you can have at a Paris birthday party? The Eiffel tower, of course! This can be as simple as cardboard centerpieces that look like the Eiffel tower, or getting replicas of the tower that you can find at some stores. It doesn't matter if its paper, metal, or even plastic - it is important for bringing together any Paris party. Once you have that, you can add other decorations to bring the party together, such as pennant banners or even making sure all the gifts are hidden away in special Paris gift bags. If you are having smaller children at the party, don't forget to also have decorations that they can enjoy as well - more traditional party elements like balloons.
Food For Your Paris Party
While many people think of Paris for the Eiffel tower and fashion, it is also known for its wonderful cuisine. For any person who dreams of a trip to Paris, it is important that you bring a taste of Paris to their birthday party. Have Paris themed dishes or even pastries for them to enjoy with their guests. Your tween or teenager will truly feel special and like an adult with a fancy, grown-up style meal at their party. Of course, that doesn't mean you can't also have traditional birthday party food, like cake or cupcakes. Just make sure to dress up any cupcakes for the occasion, with Eiffel tower cupcake picks and special cupcake cups for your special Paris birthday party!
Considering having a butterfly birthday party? Many little girls love butterflies because of their beauty and elegance, making it a great choice of themes. Even so, it can sometimes be a challenge finding the right decorations and favors to bring your party together. Although these parties can be challenging to prepare for, they are a great choice for girls of all ages. You may even be surprised how easy it is to make a beautiful, elegant, and even fun butterfly birthday party for your favorite girl!
Butterfly Birthday Party for Toddlers
Want to create the perfect butterfly birthday party for your little princess? Some of the cutest first birthday parties we have seen for little girls have actually been butterfly parties. You can find adorable party decorations and tableware, such as the Butterfly Baby's First Birthday Invitations, plates, and even cups. You can even find little onesies with butterfly designs for your toddler's first birthday, helping you to make the party very special. Don't forget, you can also get butterfly decorations for the cupcake or cake to add a bit of flutter for all of your guests. When getting items for the party, just make sure you pay attention to small piece warnings, and examine everything carefully to make sure it won't be a potential choking hazard for your toddler.
While infants can enjoy the eye-catching beauty of a butterfly theme, probably the most memorable and cute butterfly birthday parties are for girls 3 to 12. Not only can they have an adorable butterfly birthday party, but they can pretend to be one as well, with adorable butterfly wings. Add in a few fairy accessories, and girls can pretend to be butterfly fairies! Many girls especially love to show off with cute light up butterfly wands, too! Since butterfly wings are fairly cheap, you can buy these wings for all the girls attending the party without spending a great deal of money. Don't forget too that you can also find adorable butterfly tableware, perfect for younger girls to help soar through the cleanup. With the right butterfly party favors, you can easily make your daughter's butterfly themed dreams come true!
Since many teenagers want to avoid childish birthday parties, it is important that you focus on elegant and classy decorations for a teenager's birthday party. For older girls, consider having a butterfly masquerade themed birthday party, with everyone having their own butterfly mask. You can even find confetti designed just for leaving around the house or your venue of choice. To add that extra touch, don't forget that you can also find elegant party favor bags featuring butterfly outlines that are perfect for women of all ages!
Looking at having a pirate birthday party but not sure how to incorporate little girls into the party? It isn't too surprising that little boys love pretending to be pirates. Many of them love going outside and looking for pirate booty. What can be challenging, however, is incorporating their female friends and sisters into the party. Many boys' pirate parties are filled with sword fights and digging through the dirt for treasure, which doesn't excite all little girls. Luckily, we have some awesome tips to help you not only get little girls involved at your party, but really having fun as well.
Girls at Pirate Birthday Parties: Tableware
One of the best ways to think ahead for little girls at your party is getting special partyware for girls attending the party. There are cute sets such as the Pink Pirate paper set that allow you to have pirate themed items just for little girls at your party table. This will allow girls to feel like pirate princesses at your event. If there are a number of little girls at your party, you can also set up a special pink pirate cupcake ship just for them. On this unique table centerpiece, you can have pink pirate cupcakes sailing away. You can even have a normal pirate ship version of this centerpiece, allowing it to be a boys vs girls display at the party table!
If you ask many kids what they think the best part of a party is, they will likely say it is their favor bag. Kids love getting a treat just for them, especially if it includes games and prizes. While boys may have a lot of traditional pirate items, you can make the girl bags a bit more unique too. Include items such as girly pirate tattoos and pink pirate rubber ducks. You can also add other items that aren't pirate related, such as sticker sets to help girls feel a bit more comfortable. As long as you personalize these bags for girls, they are guaranteed to be a success!
Over the past few years, more companies have been making girly pirate items. This ranges from pink eye patches to jewelry designed for special girly pirates. You can even find pink pirate costumes, allowing you to make your favorite little girl look like the perfect female pirate. If you cannot find the right pirate costume for your little girl, don't forget that it is easy to accessorize! Mix her favorite jewelry with the costume, as well as adding bandannas or a vest in her favorite color. With the right amount of preparation, it is easy to incorporate girls into any pirate birthday party, no matter how many boys attend the party!
Does your child want to have a roller skating birthday party this year? Over the past few years, roller skating has been becoming more popular, especially with little girls. Not only is it fun, but great exercise! Since so many little girls enjoy it, your local skating ring is the perfect place for having a fun birthday party for girls or boys of all ages. Since many roller skating rings also provide food, it makes planning a birthday party easy for parents (especially compared to other party venues). It is just important that parents plan ahead and get everything ready if they want to have the perfect party for their special daughter or son.
One of the best parts of having a rolling skating party is picking the type of party you want for your child. For many little girls a costumed roller skating party is a lot of fun. Girls love dressing as princesses and roller skating with friends. If you decide to go with this type of party, just make sure the dresses and tutus that the girls wear aren't too long or they could become a hazard while little girls are skating. Remember, girls should be wearing a helmet and protective padding while they are actually roller skating. Once they are no longer on the floor, however, they can go back to wearing tiaras and other cute items. If you want to go with something simpler, just about any party theme is perfect for a roller skating party.
Since roller skating rings have a sitting area, parents have a small area they can usually decorate for the party. Before buying too many decorations, however, it is important that you talk to the skating ring to see what decorations are allowed in their facility. Unless you are renting the entire facility, they may be worried about certain decorations being a safety concern. Most decorations such as balloons and streamers are allowed at the facility. As well, assume that you will need paper plates, cups, and utensils since this may not be included in the fee for the center.
Roller Skating Birthday Party: Prizes
While the roller skating ring will likely have games for your children, they are unlikely to have set prizes that kids will love. Prepare to have party favors and toys based on your chosen theme. If you are having a princess themed roller skating party, consider going with glowing wands or stuffed animals that girls will love to play with even after the party. These cute prizes will not only get kids excited about your party, but will help them remember your party for many years to come!
Love the idea of a mustache party but don't know where to start? Over the past few years, mustaches have become very popular, especially on Pinterest. While there may be a lot of cute mustache desserts and costume ideas out there, it can sometimes be difficult finding the right way to bring the entire party together, especially if you are throwing a party for your favorite guy. While it may sound challenging, it is much easier and cuter than it sounds. You may even be surprised just how easy it is to turn any party into a sophisticated, mustache-centric event!
Mustache Party: Baby Shower
Probably one of the cutest mustache parties out there is a mustache baby shower. These cute baby showers are designed to celebrate the arrival of a cute baby boy and are a great way to have some silly fun. Best of all, it goes great with other baby shower themes, allowing you to use traditional baby shower decorations and invitations when planning your party. Since not everyone may feel comfortable wearing mustaches, consider using candy mustaches or fake mustaches as decorations at your party. Your guests will especially love getting sparkly mustache party favors as prizes after a fun baby shower party game!
Of course, many mustache parties are birthday parties. Little boys love pretending they are 'adults' by wearing mustaches and being silly with adults. Children may even love pretending they are adults at your party and dressing up as their favorite adult. Along with cute mustache party invitations and decorations, parents will enjoy decorating the house with adorable favors. Boys especially love to play with tattoos and put fake mustaches everywhere. Sometimes they can even convince all the adults at the party to wear mustaches as well! It is even possible with stickers to add mustaches to your favorite party games, including pin the tail on the donkey. Really, the sky is the limit, allowing parents to be as creative as they like with this type of birthday party.
Even though many people don't think about it, a mustache party is the perfect choice for a classy bachelorette or bachelor party. One of the most popular themes with this type of party is a Victorian, western, or old pub style theme. Many people love to make this a fun costume party, as well as incorporate traditional bachelor and bachelorette party games. With this type of party you can be classy and fun. Since just about anything can go, everyone can have fun and make the special couple feel special during one of their last night's being single. Just don't forget to bring a camera since it is a guaranteed to be a memorable event!
Want to have a special luau for kids? With summer being right around the corner, it isn't too shocking that many of us are wanting an excuse to have outdoor parties and play outside. Kids especially love the idea if it means they have an excuse to play in the pool or have a fun party with all the kids in the neighborhood. What is even more fun about a luau is that you can have two parties going on at once, one for children and one for adults who are enjoying a fun barbeque and a night of cocktails. You may even be surprised at how easy it is to have a fun luau that the whole family can enjoy together!
Luau for Kids: Pool Toys
Of course, one of the best parts of a luau party is being able to play in the pool or at the beach. There are many cool luau themed pool toys, including rafts and floating toys. One of the coolest things that many kids enjoy, however are toys that allow them to have soda and other fun drinks in the pool. This allows kids to have a way of getting their favorite drink without leaving the pool, allowing adults to watch children and enjoy time in the water themselves. Of course, kids can easily have hours of fun in the pool with pool toys such as water guns and beach balls. Just make sure you have activities planned ahead of time to keep kids busy!
Even though many people don't think about it, many children associate luaus with Hawaiian dancers or hula girls. For this reason, many little girls love to pretend they are hula girls, wearing costumes and flowered leis just like these tropical girls. These costumes are fairly inexpensive and a great way to get kids having fun at your party. Since they go great with bathing suits, they are perfect for everyone. As well, consider having straw hats available to all the kids, especially if you have a yard or play area where they will be out in the sun.
Luau for Kids: Decorations
Even though we may not think about it, decorations can easily turn a boring pool party into an exciting luau. This can be as simple as decorating your deck with beautiful flower garland or even giving your outdoor patio table a touch of Hawaii with a grass skirt. If you are planning on bringing your party into the night, you can also purchase Tiki lanterns and torches that run on smokeless oil to keep everyone enjoying the party even after the sun goes down.
Luau for Kids: Games
Of course, one of the best parts of having a luau for kids is a variety of party games. Kids love playing classic games like ring toss and wooden ring drop games. You can also take advantage of your pool by making your own unique games. For example, purchasing Hawaiian themed rubber duckies and having a large pool game. Just place all the ducks in your pool and having children find numbered ducks. You can also purchase inflatable pool games like a ring or ball toss game. Not only can they keep the ducks they 'catch' but can get a cool prize pack with luau themed toys. With a variety of fun games and prizes, every child will have fun at your adorable kid themed luau!
Is your child wanting to have a bowling birthday party? For many kids, nothing seems more fun than going to the local bowling alley for their special birthday party. Not only do they get fun presents, but they get to bowl with their friend for hours as they eat cake and a variety of different treats. While a bowling party can be a lot of fun for kids, it can be challenging getting everything together for adults. With the right amount of planning, however, it is easy to have the perfect bowling party for children of all ages!
Bowling Birthday Party: Invitations
Probably one of the hardest things for adults when planning a bowling birthday party is making sure that the bowling alley is scheduled for the dates of the party. Since many children love the idea of having this type of birthday party, it is important that parent plan ahead and book the bowling alley for the party as early as possible. Once the dates are set and you have reserved the bowling alley for your party, you should send out invitations to all of your child's guests. You can get invitations specially designed for bowling parties or for whatever theme you choose for your party, just make sure that the invitations have a way for parents to RSVP their child, the location of the party, and the times of the party so that parents know when they need to arrive. As well, as a simple courtesy, make sure to include an addressed envelope with a stamp for parents to send back their invitation so that you can plan accordingly.
One of the best parts of a bowling party is that you can have just about any type of theme you want. While you can go with a general bowling theme, you can really go with any type of party theme you like. When it comes to decorating, however, make sure you don't have too many decorations. Remember, you will only have one little party area, so stick to simple decorations such as balloons and themed party paper supplies. If you want to use other types of decorations make sure to talk with the bowling alley ahead of time to see what they will and will not allow.
Bowling Birthday Party: Goody Bags
For every child at your party, nothing is more fun than opening up their goody bags and finding out what fun treats they got inside. Since children will be eating a lot of sweets, make sure to go with a mix of party favors that aren't just sugar. Kids will love being able to have bowling themed games that they can play with one another or fun pencils that they can use at school. Just make sure everything is age appropriate based on the age of the majority of the children at your party. With the right amount of planning it is easy to create the perfect bowling birthday party!
Trying to find a fun theme for your children's party? If there is one thing that every child loves, it's a birthday party. It doesn't even have to be their own party, since they know they will be playing party games, eating fun treats, and may even receive a goodie bag filled with fun toys. Even though we may have forgotten some of the joys of attending little kid birthday parties as we became adults, it's still fun creating these adorable parties for our children. The challenging part, however, is finding the perfect themes - ones that not only fit our children's personalities, but will make all of their little friends happy as well! Below, we have included some of our favorite children's party themes that are good for girls, and boys.
Children's Theme: Dinosaurs
If there is one thing most children enjoy, it's dinosaurs. Children love learning about these prehistoric reptiles and pretending to be one. Since children love dinosaurs, it is easy make a themed party a fun educational experience. It is easy to pick out fun dinosaur books, toys, and/or candies in dinosaur themed goodie bags, encouraging small children to have fun and learn at the same time!
Another of the most popular themed parties for children actually revolves around modern-day animals. Children love seeing animals that live in the zoo, and the jungle as well. Many children are interested in these animals, especially since many have been playing with similar stuffed toys since they were smaller. These parties are quick and easy for parents to plan, since they can pick from a wide variety of novelty toys, stuffed animals, and even animal shaped lollipops.
Of course, what child doesn't love going to see a carnival? With all the different attractions at these events, it isn't too surprising that many children dream of their chance of seeing their next carnival, and maybe even enjoy pretending they are the ringmaster! Today, you can find a pretty wide selection of party sets to help you create (and complement) the perfect carnival party. These sets include everything you need for goodie bags, decorating your house, and even making adorable circus themed cupcakes!
Children's Theme: Superhero
Let's face it, kids love superheroes, especially after seeing summer blockbusters like Iron Man or the Avengers. With children dreaming of being superheroes when they grow up, it's not too surprising that kids want to have a superhero themed party. This is one of the
Children's Themes: Pirates
Another party theme that has been getting a lot of attention due to movies are pirate parties. Kids are fascinated with pretending to be pirates, especially after seeing the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Out of all the parties, this can easily be the most rewarding but time-consuming, since parents can make treasure maps to hidden treasure and even have pirate costumes available to the children at the party. As well, children will love having access to pirate themed toys, candies, and more when they find their pirate treasure!