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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
Is this your child's first or second Halloween? For many families, Halloween is the perfect time to dress up and have fun. The problem with many of the costumes out there for toddlers, however, is that with how quickly they grow, the costume you bought earlier in the month may no longer fit your child, or it's too cold on Halloween for them to actually wear said costume. Rather than pay for an expensive costume that your child may not even be able to wear, many parents have decided to go with homemade or semi-homemade costumes that are simple and allow their child to still wear fairly normal clothes as they go trick or treating with older siblings. You may even be surprised how easy many of these costumes are to make for toddlers!
Easy Halloween Costume for Toddlers: Clown
For many parents, nothing is easier and cuter than having their child look like a rainbow clown for Halloween. Not only are these costumes really cute on a little one, they are very easy for parents to put together without spending a great deal of money. For this costume, all you will need is some face paint and a rainbow clown wig. It is easy to find clown wigs this time of year, and sometimes even big red clown noses. To make your child look like a true carnival clown, use a fine brush and safe face paint to paint decorations like circles, stars and triangles on your child's cheeks. For an even sillier look add a clip on bow tie for fun!
If you would like a Halloween costume that is a bit more girly, don't forget that this is the perfect time of year to help your child look like a cute little princess or fairy. Many parents love going with a fairy theme, since it can be as simple or complex as they like. For those who would like a simpler costume, all you have to do is give your daughter a beautiful set of fairy or butterfly-style wings in her size, and a magic wand. By going this route, your child can wear whatever clothes you like, allowing them to be as warm or cool as they would like, weather permitting. You can also add a tutu, flowered skirt, or other cute accessories to give this outfit the finishing touches to help your daughter look like a real fairy!
Another cute Halloween costume that is perfect for boys and girls alike are superhero costumes. With these movies so popular for the last several years, it is very easy to find superhero sweatshirts, t-shirts, and other clothing made for children and adults of all ages. To add the finishing touches to a superhero costume for toddlers, make sure to get a superhero costume kit, which usually includes a cape and mask. If this doesn't work, you can find masks in the form of sunglasses for toddlers. For children who are uncomfortable wearing anything over their face, you can also use washable paint to paint a little mask around their eyes, allowing your toddler to look like a miniature of their favorite superhero!
With fall right around the corner, it's time for us to put away those summer decorations and welcome autumn with some fun fall decor. Of course, some of the most cost effective and fun decorations for the season are pumpkins. Slowly, stores are getting their stocks of pumpkins, but many orchards are already selling pumpkins of different varieties and sizes, making it the perfect time to get some pumpkins and make decorating the front of your house with pumpkins a fun weekend project!
Decorating with Pumpkins: Display
One of the easiest ways to give your house an autumn touch is with an autumn display. For most people, this includes having pumpkins of various sizes displayed in front of your home, possibly along with hay stacks or a simple scarecrow. The trick with this is making sure you have a display appropriately sized for your home. If you live in an apartment, one large pumpkin accompanied by smaller, hand size pumpkins is perfect. You can even mix some other gourds in to add color and give the front of your house a cute look. Depending on how early you start you might even reuse the pumpkins later for Halloween pumpkin carving or for making pumpkin pie!
Decorating with Pumpkins: Carving
With Halloween being next month, many kids are already looking forward to pumpkin carving. While you can use a normal kitchen knife for carving, we highly recommend getting a pumpkin carving kit if the kids are helping. These kits are usually a bit safer and give you everything you need for creating the perfect pumpkin. Before starting to carve your pumpkin, however, make sure you draw guide lines, since once the pumpkin is cut, that is how your pumpkin is going to look. We personally also like to highlight our carved pumpkins with paint to give a creepy or cute look to our own fall pumpkins.
Decorating with Pumpkins: Painting
If you have small children and want them to be more hands-on with your outdoor display, you may want to consider painting rather carving your pumpkins. While it can take a bit more work at times, it can not only be fun, but a chance for each of your children to show their creativity. It isn't uncommon to see pumpkins painted to look like cartoon characters, or with silly faces during Halloween. For small children, allow them to show their creativity with safe and fun paints. One of the cutest ideas we saw last year was a family that decorated a pumpkin in finger paint, with each of the kids having a hand print on the larger pumpkins, giving it a cute family vibe. When looking for paints, make sure to find things that won't easily wash off the pumpkin, or get a special paint to help set the paint on the pumpkin. We highly recommend permanent makers as well, and most traditional art paints. Just make sure to get them in a tube since you are likely to use a lot more paint than you think! With the right amount of preparation, though, it is easy to create adorable pumpkins that you will be happy to display outdoors!
Looking for ways to entertain kids at your outdoor wedding? While many of us love children, they sometimes need distractions at long social events, especially weddings. We have almost all been to a wedding where children were out of hand or just not cared for, which can leave adults feeling especially uncomfortable at an outdoor wedding since they feel someone should be responsible for the children. Rather than leaving kids to run crazy during your outdoor wedding you may want to consider having fun activities for children at the reception area, allowing them to have fun while adults enjoy the main event. You may even just be surprised at how easy it is create the perfect entertainment for kids at an outdoor wedding!
Have a Craft Area
It is quite common for children to have their own table at the reception, but sometimes it can be difficult to encourage them to stay at the kids' table. Rather than just trying to keep kids busy with bubbles and little activities, consider having a craft table with special activities going throughout the wedding and party after. Having children make jewelry, little wooden craft kits, or even cute photo holders for the bride and groom to display their wedding pictures after the big event can keep their imagination engaged and their attention focused. Kids will love having the opportunity to make unique gifts that they can give the bride and groom to open later! Not only will it keep kids busy, but they will look forward to showing off all their unique creations!
Hire an Entertainer
Over the past few years, more couples have been hiring entertainers for children at their wedding. These entertainers can include clowns, puppeteers, or even costumed characters. While this option can get pricy if you aren't careful, it is something many kids will love, especially if you have children of your own involved in the wedding. Just make sure you are clear about the ages of the children who will be attending, what you are expecting the entertainers to do, and how long they will be at your reception. You may even be able to get a quick picture of you with your child's favorite character while in your wedding dress, creating an adorable wedding picture of you and the child(ren) at your wedding.
Sometimes one of the best ways to keep kids busy is by making sure they are physically active. If your outdoor wedding is a bit more casual, consider renting activities for the kids, such as bouncers and inflatable slides. These activities are relatively inexpensive if they are rented for only the time of the reception and allow kids to have fun while adults enjoy the wedding reception and socializing themselves. Just make sure to tell parents to bring an extra set of clothes if kids will also be attending the actual wedding ceremony as well. This will make sure children look perfect for pictures but are also able to have a good time later when they are playing outdoors with new little friends!
Are you planning on bringing your kids to the beach this summer? While the beach can be a lot of fun, it can also be very overwhelming for children. Not only is there a huge ocean to play in, but lots of people coming and going. To make sure that your trip is as stress free as possible, it is important that you plan out the day, making sure that kids are having as much fun as possible and not getting bored or overwhelmed. Luckily, with the right plans, you can keep kids busy with a variety of fun beach activities!
Build A Sand Castle
If it is your child's first time to the beach, building a sand castle is a must! Children love being able to work with friends or even their parents to create a fun sand castle that they can show off to all their friends. Before going to the beach, remember to bring at least a bucket, shovel, and any sculpting tools you think you will need for building your special castle. Just make sure to bring a waterproof camera too since the water and other people can accidentally damage a sand castle before you have the time to get your cellphone or a proper camera from the car. Kids will love to look at their special creation once they are home from the beach, preserving the memory with a fun picture!
While swimming is one thing that many kids love, many of them don't want to stay in the water all day. For younger kids, playing fun beach ball games is almost a must. You can do anything ranging from simple volleyball to playing kick ball on the beach. Since beach balls come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, you can find the perfect one for your children. You can even find colorful, animated character beach balls, making kids even more excited to get up and play! For older kids, don't forget about other traditional games, depending on what is available at that beach, possibly including volleyball, basketball, frisbee golf or more! Just make sure to check online to see what your intended beach offers before arriving.
Exploring The Beach
Do you have a child that is curious about nature and everything around them? You can use this curiosity to your advantage by having children learn about the beach itself by collecting sea shells, looking at fish, and even various plants that live in the ocean. While it isn't recommended to take fish and animals from the beach itself, you can bring home empty seashells and other little items collected from the beach itself. Kids will love being able to go home and show their friends all the neat things they collected during their trip to the beach!
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!
As the hit songs says, "We all just want to be big rock stars."
For your budding performers, why not throw a themed party that includes all of the trappings of a celebrated diva or guitar hero? From stylish costumes and jewelry to toy microphones, we have all of the accessories needed to turn your child's Pop Star Theme party into an instant success. He or she may not be a rock star yet, but there is no reason why you can't let them feel like one.
When you throw a pop star party, don't forget all of the things that make it seem real. We have a wide assortment of diva and pop star hats, glamorous rock star sunglasses, and even toy microphone that let the young stars perform for their gathered fans. To make the rock star party a complete success, there are even guitar decorations and rock star party favors. Toss in some music to get the party started, and the stage is set for a world tour pop star party right in your own living room.
There is an assortment of rock star tableware which brings out the diva in your family. Her pop star costume will look great with either pink or white princess gloves, and everyone in attendance will love the fun and fashionable rock star party favors, including flashing guitar pins that are sure to catch everyone's eye.
So hand that child a microphone, dress her up in a costume that brings out the diva inside, and let her imagination run wild as she dances and entertains her friends and fans with a stylish inflatable microphone. There is nothing quite like the fun and excitement that comes from having your very own pop star party, so be sure to have a camera ready to capture memories of this happy occasion.
To make the scene complete, there are echo microphones available, and the rock star party will really get underway when the glow sticks come out, the costume goes on, and the temporary rock star or diva tattoos are in place. There are colorful hair scrunchies, amazing costume jewelry and more than enough glitz and glamor to entertain even the fussiest group of kids.
There's an inflatable guitar and a wide assortment of guitar shaped decorations which complement a fabulous set of rock star tableware. We even have glittery rock star and diva iron-ons, which allow you to turn a favorite garment into a symbol of rock super stardom. When the pop star balloons have been inflated, and the heart shaped sunglasses go on, it is time to leave the real world behind for just a little while, and find out what its like to live the life of famous pop star.
We have over 100 different items that can be mixed or matched to create the perfect atmosphere for your child. From a frilly pink tutu, to an assortment of friendship bracelets, Your rock star theme party is sure to be the hit of year, and one that will have to be repeated again and again.
Looking for a way to make your child's first garden even more fun? For many kids, nothing is more fun than doing outdoor activities with mom and dad. As children get a bit older, many of them want to have their own little garden, especially if they have been seeing their parents grow things outdoors as well. While gardening with kids used to be challenging in the past, it is now much more fun and easy to create a fun garden for kids, especially with the right amount of planning and tools!
First Garden: Why Have a Garden
While creating a garden may be a lot of work, it comes with a lot of benefits for children and parents alike. For one, it is great at teaching kids responsibility and where the food on their plates doesn't just come from the grocery stores. By growing their own food or flowers, they watch a life that is dependent on them. They learn that that they have to water it, baby it, and what happens at the end of the season after harvest when many plants die or hibernate. It truly is a great learning experience for children. Best of all, it doesn't take much room at all, allowing parents and children to enjoy gardening together, even if they don't have a lot of room outdoors.
When it becomes time to start putting together your first garden, it is important that you take into account what supplies you need and how much room you have available for a garden. Many people assume that you must have a big area for garden, but it really can be done just about anywhere, including a small second story deck on an apartment. All you need are some basic gardening supplies (child safe ones are available in most stores), seeds, dirt, and whatever decorations you want to include with your plants. As well, make sure to have a child sized bucket or watering can that children are able to use to water their plants.
First Garden: Crafts
To make the most out of your garden, consider allowing kids to make their own unique flower pots. You can purchase flower pot craft kits and paints at many stores that are specially designed for painting on plastic or ceramic. By letting kids make their own unique pots with craft supplies they are able to make their first garden more personal. These pots can in many cases also be used year after year, allowing kids to enjoy their unique projects for many years to come. If you have a large area, you may also want help kids make their own birdhouses and labels for their plants, helping them make their gardening experience even better!
Want to have a princess birthday party but are unsure how to make little boys comfortable at your party? Many little girls have friends who are boys, ranging from family members to friends at school. Sometimes many boys don't want to attend a princess birthday party because they are very girly and they feel out of place at the party. While you can make it an exclusively girl event, it is possible to make a princess party perfect for boys and girls alike, as long as parents have time to plan for the party!
Boys at Princess Birthday Parties: What to Consider
When planning your party, make sure you take a few things into account. Many princess birthday parties focus quite a bit on girly items, s
uch as costumes, tiaras, and jewelry. While some boys may enjoy playing with these dress up items, it is usually best to give them choices. Boys want to pretend they are slaying dragons and going on grand adventures, so give them the opportunity to have this kind of fun. Make sure to have activities and costumes available just for the boys at your party. This will keep them from acting up and let them know that they are welcome at the party too. Just don't be surprised if you have princesses wanting to take part in these games too!
Boys at Princess Birthday Parties: Knights
For many boys, nothing is more fun than pretending they are a mighty knight off to fight a dragon or save a princess. To help little boys pretend they are a knight, consider purchasing play outfits for your parties. Many stores carrying plastic 'armor' that boys can wear, including a chest plate, helmet, and even a sword. Boys may even enjoy having a jousting tournament with inflatable weapons while girls enjoy having a fun tea party or dress up session. As well, make sure to make special favors bags for your little knights, including knight and royalty themed party favors, such as sword bubbles, knight figures, and even knight themed craft projects.
Boys at Princess Birthday Parties: Princes
Another great options for a princess party is having costumes and goody bags for little princes. Boys lovepretending they are royalty too. A prince costume can be as simple as a cape, crown, and a sword so they can protect princesses from bad guys. Prince costumes can be a bit difficult to put together since they aren't as popular as princess or knight costumes, but they can be very cute at princess birthday parties. With the right amount of party planning it is possible to make both boys and girls happy at your special princess themed birthday party.
Have you been trying to think of ways to add more homemade items to your goody bags? With many people trying to cut costs, they are deciding to try making their own treats rather than purchasing premade candies. This allows them to give more tasty treats, and focus on fun, themed novelty toys for each bag, allowing kids to go home with lots of goodies they can enjoy at home. Since every parent knows that candy is an important part of any kid's event, they decide rather than forgoing candy to make their own. While making candy at home may sound challenging, it is actually quite easy, especially with all the different candy molds and recipes that can be found for free online!
Let's face it, there are lots of adorable themed candies on the market. You can find anything from adorable animal shaped gummies to dinosaur shaped suckers. The problem with many of the candies, however, is that they can be pricy, especially if you are having lots of children at your event. This usually means that parents have to decide what to cut from their goody bags, which usually includes candy. While this may sound sad to begin with, it is actually not as bad as it seems. Along with many of the homemade recipes being easy to make, parents can pour the candy as its cooling into molds shaping it into different animals or shapes to suit the party theme. Best of all, by making their own candies, parents can ensure even children with allergies are able to enjoy all the treats in their goodie bags!
With so many different candies out there, parents can make just about anything for kids. Knowing that some parents need some extra help though when it comes to making candy for the first time, we included some of our favorite candy recipes that can be found online for free. Best of all, these homemade candy recipes are very easy to make!
- Kid Friendly Candy Recipes from About.com
- Homemade Candy Recipes for Kids from Home Made Simple
- How to Make Your Own Candy from Reader's Digest
Homemade Candy: Wrappers, Boxes, & Containers
One of the other fun things about making your own candy is being able to decorate and wrap the candy any way you like. Some family's use fancy themed wrappers for candies, while others use themed boxes that are designed especially for candy or cupcakes. Best of all, most party sites have a large selection of different types of candy containers, allowing adults to be creative when it comes to displaying or handing out the candy items. With the right containers, kids will be even more excited to try the fun, homemade candy at your next party!