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Party Perfection: Making Your Child’s Birthday Awesome!

Anyone that has kids will know they can be some seriously tough critics. So when you’re hosting a birthday party for your child and their friends, it’s easy to feel the pressure! Keeping a big group of kids occupied and happy for a few hours while giving your son or daughter a day to remember can be more tricky than it seems. With that in mind, here are a few ideas to give their party the wow factor!

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Choose a Theme

Themed parties really look the part. You can choose decorations, entertainment, even make the party fancy dress all based on the theme. It could be something traditional like cops and robbers or a princess party, or it could be something broad such as animals, Disney or even your child’s current favourite character, movie or tv program. Once you have a theme in mind you can start deciding on colours and decorations- bunting and balloons based on the theme is a good place to start. Plus you can get specific decorations for just about anything these days on places like eBay. For example, if you were doing an ‘under the sea’ theme you could go with blue and green balloons, mermaid, fish and sea creature decorations and even make some seaweed bunting.

Get The Food Right

We all know how picky kids can be, so keep it simple with some fail-safe crowd pleasers when it comes to the food. If you like to have your children’s birthdays in a venue, see if they have any hot food or catering options available. Otherwise, a finger food buffet will work well in most cases and you can put it together yourself. Sandwiches, pastries, chicken, cakes and sweets will all go down a treat. A pizza party is another idea, you could either make them yourself from scratch, cook some ready made pizzas from the store or order them in from your local takeout joint. A couple of different flavours should cover all bases, cheese and tomato, pepperoni and a chicken and ham version should suit most kids.

Decide on the Entertainment

The entertainment is arguably the most important bit of the party, and you need to make sure everyone is having a good time and kids aren’t getting bored. Hiring a bouncy castle is a good option, this will keep most children busy for hours. You could also arrange some party games complete with prizes. You could hire a photobooth which will keep kids occupied and give them a fun memento of the evening with their pictures. Or an entertainer, depending on the age of the children. A character based on your theme, a magician, a balloon artist or face painter are all options you could consider.

Your children’s birthday parties are something they will remember for years to come, they’re so exciting when you’re young and could quite possibly be the highlight of their year. So as a parent, it’s something you will want to get right.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Happy Birthday Buddy!

17157826_10210067178690725_2214050175775340225_oToday my son turns three years old. Last night I asked him whose birthday it was tomorrow and he said “mine”. It was adorable. I asked him how old he was going to be and he held up his fingers and said “three birthdays”. I asked him if he wanted a “hundred birthdays” and he gave me a stern look and said that he only has “three birthdays” and held up his fingers again.

What an adorable, loving, crazy, daredevil of a boy. He loves taking risks and doing all things boys love to do. Get dirty, be loud, jump, run, and yes, he even eats his own boogers. As much as I tell him not to he does it anyway.

Over these last three years I have watched my son grow up to be a little man. He is very polite with his pleases and thank yous. He will even be sure to thank you when it’s not exactly necessary. Playing with his sister is on the top of his favorites list, a long with LEGO, mini trains, and his “people”. Mommy and Daddy are proud of our little Stuntman Alex and we are so happy to have him in our lives. Even if he can get a little crazy with his high amounts of energy he is still our baby boy.

I can still remember the day that Alex was born. Mommy and Daddy were at the hospital very early in the morning and we didn’t get to see our baby boy until later that evening. It was a very long day that ended with this cutie making his appearance. The last three years raising you have been amazing. Alex has brought us so many great memories and we look forward to continuing making more with him.

IMG_0778Much like with my daughter, I plan on teaching this little guy all about technology and all of that good stuff. He has basically mastered the iPad and is working on learning his Nintendo DS. I also plan on starting a YouTube show with him in the near future. I think he’s old enough now for us to put together some funny clips of him being super goofy. That should be starting this summer, but we will see how things come together.

The other day we had a mini celebration over at Mamaw and Pawpaw’s house. Just a few presents, sang Happy Birthday and ate some cupcakes. It wasn’t much but Alex loved it because he was with the people that love him. He also spent the night there so they could spoil their grandson rotten. It didn’t work because he came home super sweet with no rotten bones in his body. I just really hope you have a fantastic day today buddy and I can’t wait to get home to celebrate by eating some cake, playing with some toys, and enjoying my son’s rambunctious life.

Here is a short video put together by Facebook from Alex’s mini birthday party this past Sunday.

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Millennial Problems for a 33 Year Old

 

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Today is my birthday and depending on who you’re asking, my age range fits into the millennial category. I feel like I fit closer in the Gen X category but whatever. This year I turn 33 years old and I can feel it. No more are the days where I am limber and have cat like reflexes. These days you can find my reflexes are much more comfortable in the speed reduction zone. My knees creak and it doesn’t take much to put my back out of commission. Maybe I’m just unhealthy or maybe it’s just old age. Whatever it is, it sucks.

So I’m getting older and as time marches on I am minimizing my life. I have already cleared up a lot of wall and shelf space in my office. I have since taken down a lot of my older toys and nick-nacks and have stored them away. My office looks a lot cleaner now because of it but there’s still a lot of work to do. I still have my comic collection but even that is getting the minimal setup. I have reduced the amount of comics that I collect significantly. I have finished off stories and ended their run in appropriate fashion but no longer continued with several series. It’s just something that comes with age I suppose.

80s-STLDAD-AbbyWhat’s weird about getting older is that when I take a trip back to nostalgiaville I’m not getting as sucked back into whatever it is as much as I have in the past. Making that switch was much needed but I’m surprised that it came so natural. There are times when nostalgia still hits hard and I start pining for whatever it is. Currently, I have been watching a lot of old Bone Brigade videos and other skate videos. I’d love to get back into skating. It’s been a long time since I have done an ollie. Who knows if I can even get up in the air but I really want to try. The winter weather is doing an excellent job of holding me back because there’s no way I want to go out in the cold. So we’ll see if by spring time if I am still itching to skate. If so then maybe I will give it a go. Until then I will just keep watching Powell Peralta videos.

It’s getting dark earlier and earlier and Christmas is just around the corner. After that we end the year and start another. So many say that 2016 was a pretty bad year. While I think there were plenty of moments that just sucked, it couldn’t have been that horrible. You’re still here right? If anything, I am excited for 2017. It will be a great year. I hope to do more interesting things with the blog, write more about the family, and maybe review some more interesting products. I promised Abby that we will start season 2 of Abby Doodles TV so expect that sometime next year as well. We want to go a little bigger than season 1. So we will see how that goes.

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Six Years Later – Happy BDay Kid!

IMG_1083 This post is a few days late, but I’m a busy dad, so it’s now or never. Getting down to brass tacks, this post is about my baby girl. Well, I guess you could say she’s not much of a baby anymore. She is now a kindergarten six year old super star. Last Friday my wife and I had the privilege to host a nice slumber party for the birthday girl. But that’s not where the days festivities started.

I take my daughter to school sometimes and on her birthday it was set up as a regular school day. I take her and drop her off and will pick her up when the day is done. But this morning I had a surprise for the birthday girl. Waffle House. If you have never been to a Waffle House I suggest you stop reading now and go and grab yourself a nice breakfast, brunch, or brinner. No matter what time of day or night Waffle House is amazing. My daughter loves Waffle House. It is her favorite place to eat and is on the most requested list of places to go in our house. I would eat it as much as she wants but my wallet cannot afford that many waffles. So anyways… On our way to school I made a special stop at Waffle House. We both had an awesome breakfast and even played a few songs in the jukebox before it was time to get to class.

IMG_5672In my daughter’s school the students are allowed to bring in a treat for their birthday to share with the class. We decided to go with Party Muffins this inaugural school year. We also sent some Shopkins napkins to help with any cleanup. I hear it was a good choice from what my daughter tells me. She said the class sang “Happy Birthday” to her and she got a cool pencil from the Principal.

After school it was time for the party to begin. My birthday girl wanted to have a dance party. So while my wife decorated during the day, once I got home it was time to setup the music. I set up my DJ station and also hooked up a projector to show videos and effects to go along with the music. It was a big hit with the kiddos. They requested songs and danced like crazy. I’m sure they spent a good deal of energy bouncing off the walls to Taylor Swift.

For dinner the birthday girl wanted to have a “build your own pizza” dinner. We like to make these simple pizzas using flour tortillas. The kids loved the idea of making their own pizza. They did not hesitate to pile on the cheese and pepperoni’s in a vast arrangement of smiley faces and other wild patterns.

IMG_5708When dinner finished up my wife took over for a little craft time while I cleaned up the mess that was quickly gaining more ground through out our house. The kids painted and glued pieces of sequins and buttons on wood pieces of their first initial of their name. That took up a considerable amount of time and once they were finished with their craft it was time for a movie and popcorn. I used the same projector that I had used for DJing and played a movie for the kids. At least one or two popcorn fights later they were finally settled down and while my baby girl partied with the best of them she was the first to go to sleep. She had a busy birthday. With so much going on she was snoozing the night away. Her friends feel asleep soon after and me and the wife complimented each other on the successful night.

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