Celebrate your child's birthday party with these whimsical and fun ideas. We've got helpful tips for decorations andcrafts that are perfect for your child's first birthday and beyond!
Birthday Party Ideas: Star Candy Cake
Looking for a birthday cake idea? Your little one will be over the moon for this delicious star candy creation at his party.
Add a special touch to a homemade or store-bought birthday cake. These quick cake toppers are easy to make and sure to be a hit.
Make your child's birthday party super special with the simple homemade superhero costumes that little crusaders can customize themselves. You'll need adult sized t-shirts, self-adhesive felt, self-adhesive Velcro, stiff felt, one 1/4-inch elastic, scissors, glue and a mask template printed from parents.com. First, cut a cape shape out of the back of a t-shirt. Using the t-shirt's neck band as the neck band of the cape. Attach Velcro to either side of the neck band to create a fastener. Next, cut out a bunch of self-adhesive felt shapes for each child to decorate his cape. We made stars, lightning bullets, hearts and letters for the children's names. If you like, you can pre-glue pompoms to pieces of self-adhesive felt. Just dab a few dots of glue to the felt and press it to the pompom. For the masks, print your templates and cut them out. Trace the shape onto your stiff felt and cut out the mask face. Cut a piece of elastic and attach it to the mask with squares of self-adhesive felt. On the day of the party, kids can decorate their own capes and masks, creating their own superhero personas.
These easy-to-make newspaper medallions can be made in all different sizes to decorate your party.
Make decorating your child's first birthday party easy by using one material, crepe-paper. I'm gonna show you how to make this festive lantern that you can use to celebrate your child's first birthday. For this project you'll need crepe-paper, scissors, a hot glue gun, an 8 to 10 inch paper lantern and string. To start, the first thing you wanna do is cut strips of crepe-paper. If you'd like you can use regular streamers, but I'm using this sheets of crepe-paper because there is of much wider variety of colors. For 8-inch lantern, cut about seven strips of paper ranging from 10 to 30 inches. Take a strip and fold it over a few times about three or four and just fringe it with your scissors. You wanna leave about a quarter of an inch intact. The more you fold, the less cutting you'll have to do. Then just unfold it to see your fringy strips. To decorate your lantern just start at the bottom and glue the first strip around the lantern. Glue the next strip about 2-inches above the bottom one and repeat until you completely covered the paper lantern. Just attached the string to the metal hanger. And there you have it. You're ready for the party.
Stamp your baby's handprint on napkins for an extra special touch to tableware.
-With a baby at home, you may find yourself swimming in baby food jars. I'm gonna show you an easy way to upcycle a jar into a little mini lantern that you could use to decorate your baby's first birthday party. For this project, you'll need baby food jars, mod podge, water, a disposable cup for mixing, food coloring, a teaspoon, scissors, a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil then wax paper, ribbon, a hot glue gun, and candles. To get started, you'll first need to preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Take a disposable cup and mix 1 part water with 2 parts mod podge. Add food coloring until you get a color that you like. But just remember that the end result will be a little less opaque than the color that you see in this stage. Pour your mixture into the baby food jar and just roll it around until the inside is fully covered. Keep it turned upside down and let it drip out into the original mixing cup. Now, just place your jars faced down on a cookie sheet and put 'em in the oven. You wanna leave them in there for just 3 minutes. Then with an oven mitt, remove them from the oven, take a paper towel, and wipe the rim after letting it cool for just a few seconds to remove the excess paint. Place the jars back in the oven for another 20 minutes to fully set the color. After the jars have totally cooled, add a decorative touch by gluing a ribbon to the rim to make a little hanging handle. The ribbon trim also hides any messy edges that you may have. These baby food jar lanterns will look adorable decorating your table for your baby's first birthday party.
-We are talking about birthday parties on Parents TV today and who better to show us some great ways to make your party special than Amanda Kingloff, the Lifestyle Director from Parents Magazine, always good to have you in. -Thanks. -We always have so much fun. -We do. We're always celebrating something. -You know, something and today, it's birthday parties. -Birthday parties. -Themes are big. -Themes are big. -Always but especially this year. -Always big and it's nice to kind of package your party with a theme. One great theme that we talked about in the magazine is a Candy Land Theme. A game that we play, a game that our kids play. So, what you can do is you can make a little pathway entrance just using colored square papers, you know, cloths. -Yeah. -And wrap mylar balloons in cellophane to make them look like candies and then of course, party favor, a little baggy of candy, perfect. -A little baggy. Who doesn't want candy? -Who doesn't want candy? -Great idea. What's another big one? -Another big one is a Puppy Party. And both of these are great 'cause they're unisex. So, they're not grown up boy. A Puppy Party, all kids love puppies. [unk] invitation that looks like a little collar with a little tag and it says, please come to my puppy party. And then when the kids arrive, let them choose their own puppy name. So, if their, you know, name is there and they wanna be called spot, make a little name tag with a paw print, -Cute. -with their name on it. And then as the favor, a doggy bag because everyone needs to take him the doggy bag. -Great idea. -And then it's just made from a little brown paper bag, you add some paper ears and you're good to go. -Okay. So, two good themes, -Yeah. -and you've got a lot of great ideas here for birthday parties. -A lot of fun stuff. -Let's start with the invitations. -The invitation. So, this first one ever here is a classic hoodie catcher that we've all played with a little fortune tag. -Oh, I love those. Yeah. -So, we wrote come to my party on the top and when you open it, it says who, what, where, when and you just lift the flaps and it has the little details. -That is so clever. -And what's great is that it folds flat so you can mail it through the mail. -Oh, what a great idea. -Yeah. -Okay. This is an online invitation that we love. It's a website called postprints.com. Find a picture of your child that you really love or you know, just look at your child and you can design now the character. -Oh, I love it. -You pick their hair color, you could pick their outfit. -So, that's her. -Yes. That's her. -This one is all from office supply, office supplies and this one is a little hot invite. So, yeah, all fun stuff. -All of these are adorable. -Yeah. -And you know what, sometimes people get overwhelmed with decorating but as you said before, you don't have to be a party planner. -You don't have to be a party planner. -Show us what you did here, which is so clever. -Yeah. We did a whole page of garland. This is a really fun simple garland that's, you know, that has recycling in mind. These are just the back of serial boxes or cracker boxes and we just trace a cup and cut circles. -And you're recycling at the same time. -Exactly. -Saving the earth. And then we took a really thin string and lined it up and just use letter stickers and stuck them on. You can say anything you want, you can write the kid's name or you could just have happy birthday music for every birthday. -Okay. Party favors. -Party favors. -And these aren't your typical favors. These are [unk] out of the box. -Right. -Tell us about this. -We wanted to design favors that weren't gonna end up in the garbage can at the end of the day. So, these will have a little education and a little how to to them. So, this one is sort of a little sciency favor. Inside the box, fill it with some bird seed. This is a cute little bird calling whistle, water whistle. Really, really cute. The kids will love it. -And books are always good. -Books are always great. Just give a book, add a cute little bookmark and there you go. And then the next one is a cookie kit. And so, basically, you write the instructions on a cute label on the front and you just layer the different-- -Ingredients. -ingredients to make cookies. You just dump and pour. -Dump it all in. -And the kid can make their own cookies when they get home. So the party never ends. -I think we should do this one later. I love that. Okay. And finally down here. -That is the DIY sock puppy kit and basically all that's in there, you just buy craft materials and ball. -And this is a great idea of displaying the bags as an extra decoration. -Yes. So just line them all up, put a piece of painter saver across the back to keep them even. Flip it over and paint any kind of landscape that you want. It can be a card and it can be this little cityscape, it can be a moonscape. -You're so creative. Okay, finally, you have some activities to show us. -Activities. This is another recycling activity. Just gather a bunch of plastic bottles. We all have them, we all throw them out and if you can buy colored sand at a craft store and let the kids layer them, you get funnels, let them pour the different colors and they can make hair and little faces. -Love that. -Okay and finally. -And this is a fun painting activity and this is just a cookie sheet, -Uh-hmm. -lined with paper and what you do is you take beads or marbles, dip them in paint. -Let's pull this out of the way. -Okay. Dip them in paint and then the kids can just role them around and it makes this really fun abstract painting. -Great idea, Amanda. This is fantastic. -Thank you. -We could plan such a great party and kids' birthdays are coming up so I really appreciate the help. -You're welcome. -It's good to see you. For more birthday party tips, you can go to parentsmag.com. Thanks so much for watching. We'll see you soon.
For your next birthday bash, bring the circus to town -- complete with acrobatic stunts, midway treats, and lots of clowning around. Idea from FamilyFun magazine.
Reach new heights by making this rock climbing-themed treat for her party. The super-simple cake can be assembled faster than getting into a climbing harness. Idea from FamilyFun magazine.