Do you remember how much you looked forward to your birthday when you were a kid? And how a year in kid time felt like an eternity? (If only time moved that slowly in adulthood.)
As a parent, this can make planning a birthday feel like a high-pressure situation. Hence, that and the fact that over-the-top, Pinterest-worthy parties seem to be the new normal, so many balloon and garlands.
When it comes to birthdays, you don’t always want to spend an arm and a leg on decorations. And other times you want something more personalized and unique to celebrate a loved one. Whatever the case may be when you’re planning a birthday party.
So what do kids, specifically girls, really want in a birthday? Well, for starters, that DIY banner or balloon installation you put your heart and soul into? She really doesn’t know the difference between that and something you ordered online for a few bucks. If it’s her favorite color and on a theme, chances are she’ll probably love it.
So while you should certainly pepper in some special things if that will make you happy, you don’t want to go so overboard on DIYs that you spend the day of the party—and the weeks before it—in stress mode. You deserve to enjoy her special day with her.
At the end of the day, what kids really want in a birthday is to spend time with friends and family who make them feel special and loved—and they also want a say in the day’s theme. With that in mind, we rounded up a bunch of ideas (and reasonable tips for how to execute them) to help you get the party conversation started.