No-Work Office Birthday Party

Five-year-old Daniel Jackson, from Alexandria, Minnesota, loves office supplies, so his crafty mom, Angela, came up with clever ways to use them as birthday inspiration.

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Key Words

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Key Words

Daniel's guests tried out his vintage typewriter, a hand-me-down from his great-grandmother.

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Hello, My Name Is

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Hello, My Name Is

All the kids wore these classic name tags at the party.

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Desktop D?cor

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Desktop D?cor

Angela set the table with a Bubble Wrap runner, topiaries made with rubber bands, and clipboards, pencils, and pens at each place.

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Supply Closet

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Supply Closet

She filled her armoire with office products, a vintage globe, and Daniel's gifts wrapped in postal boxes and brown paper.

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Lightbulb Moment

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Lightbulb Moment

The fixture was surrounded with red balloons and yellow, legal-paper airplanes hanging from paper clips.

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Paper Planes

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Paper Planes

In addition to "garbage-can basketball," the kids competed in a distance match with airplanes made from legal pads.

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Color Me Happy

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Color Me Happy

The kids used a dry-erase board to doodle pictures for Daniel.

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Break Time

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Break Time

Daniel and his friends gathered at the watercooler for refreshment and some chitchat.

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Official Dessert

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Official Dessert

Angela made vanilla cupcakes with paper toppers held in place with paper clips.

Originally published in the December 2012 issue of Parents magazine.