10 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Kids

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Before you have children, Valentine’s Day is usually a holiday that’s all about romance. Once babies come into the picture, though, things tend to change. You might not be able to celebrate with an evening out on the town, or want to spend money on flowers, champagne, and fancy chocolates.

Even if you do have romantic plans for Valentine’s Day, you’ll probably want to celebrate with your children too. Kids love holidays and traditions, and there are lots of fun ways to make Valentine’s Day special.

Decorate Your House

You decorate your home for Halloween and Christmas, why not Valentine’s Day? Head to your local dollar store for some inexpensive decorations like balloons and streamers, and then let your kids hang them up. You can decorate with items like flowers, ribbons, and tablecloths too.

It’s also fun to make your own decorations. Use pink, red, and white construction paper to make paper chains (like the red and green ones that are so popular at Christmas), and then hang them from the ceiling. Or let your children create some heart-themed artwork and hang it on your walls.

Make Handmade Valentine’s

You can always buy Valentine’s Day cards, but if you’ve got the time, most kids enjoy making their own. One easy way is to cut a heart out of construction paper and then glue a white paper doilie on top. Let your children decorate these with markers, glitter, stickers, and candy hearts.

Get Crafty

If you enjoy making crafts, you don’t have to stop with handmade cards. For young children, download printable coloring pages. For older children, visit websites like Kaboose and Family Fun to find pictures and descriptions of lots of great craft ideas.

Play Games

Many games that are childhood favorites can be modified to include a Valentine’s Day theme. For example, it’s easy to find free printable templates for games like Valentine’s Bingo or Tic-Tac-Toe. Make the games even more fun by using those cute little candy hearts in place of chips.

Head to the Kitchen

Valentine’s Day makes a great excuse to indulge in some delicious treats, and cooking and baking provide all kinds of valuable lessons in many aspects of math and reading. Even little children can pour and dump, and older kids can learn to read recipes and measure ingredients. Make some heart-shaped sugar cookies and decorate them with pink frosting and sprinkles. If you prefer chocolate, try making chocolate-covered strawberries or easy homemade truffles.

Host a Party

Once you’ve got the house decorated, the games planned, and the treats prepared, why not host a Valentine’s Day party? Invite a few friends or just the stuffed animals. Plan to play some of the games and make some of the crafts listed above, and then serve treats with heart-themed plates, cups, and napkins.

Start a Tradition

Family traditions provide children with a sense of security and belonging, and are fun and rewarding for the entire family. A tradition can be as simple as having breakfast together and serving heart-shaped pancakes on Valentine’s Day morning, or setting aside a special time during the day each year to share the things you love about each other.

Learn Something

Holidays almost always provide a teachable moment, and Valentine’s Day is no exception.

Talk About Hearts

Did you know that February is National Heart Month? Take the opportunity and use Valentine’s Day to teach your children about the real human heart. .

Depending upon the ages of your children, you could also talk to them about heart disease, and consider setting a good example by donating some of your own time or money to charitable organizations.

Tell Your Children You Love Them

This one seems like a no-brainer, right? But sometimes it’s easy to assume that our children know that we love them and forget to say the actual words. Even if you tell them every day, tell them again. They’re three simple words, but children can never hear them enough. And cards and hearts and candy aside, isn’t love what Valentine’s Day is really all about?

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6 Party Ideas For Your 21st Birthday Bash

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Your 21st birthday is a turning point in your life. This is the day that everyone commonly use to mark the entry into adulthood. For most of us, we could have the ability to decide things on our own from this day onwards legally. And I am sure for some of you, being able to drink legally must be an exciting time you have been waiting for! With all these reasons to celebrate, it is a good idea to have a grand party and celebrate the occasion with your friends. The following are some of the 21st birthday party ideas you may try out:

• Have a party at home

Arranging a party at home seems to be the most no-fuss, most appropriate solution. There will be no time limit and your friends can enjoy your birthday party to the fullest. However, it is better that you inform your neighbors about it beforehand. The main reason for this is that there will be a lot of noise emanating from the party and they might get disturbed. You can also inform them about the party lasting till late at night.

• Go to a pub with your friends and celebrate

A pub crawl is one of the best ways to have your 21st birthday party commemorated. A night out could be fun for your friends as good food and drinks will be easily available. If you manage to organize it well, your friends will remember it for many years to come. Giving the party a personalized touch will enhance the fun. It is always good to create a nice invitation informing all your friends that it is the 21st birthday of yours that you are planning to celebrate.

• Camping

Invite your friends to take part in a camping trip with you in order to celebrate your 21st birthday. Arranging a BBQ party will surely make your birthday a wild one! Some beer and good grilled food can easily add fun to the event. In case there is a beach close-by, your friends can have a dip in the water as well.

• Hold a karaoke party

You can hire the necessary equipment such as the audio and the visual equipment and have it at home. There is also a possibility of hiring a karaoke booth in town for the occasion. A karaoke party is a good way to celebrate your 21st birthday if you love singing and all your friends will be able to have the chance to show off their singing skills too.

• Organize a masquerade bash

The first thing you need to do in this case is to make an invitation at least 3 weeks before your birthday. The next step is to find a good venue. If you have a small budget, it is always better to choose a low cost venue. Decorating the venue is also very important. A dark background is the best option for these parties that have been popular in the 19th century. Get each and every guest to wear a mask. You might have to arrange for catering but if you are ready for others to chip in, then try a potluck.

• Have a pirate themed party

For your 21st birthday party, there are many themes you can choose. However, a pirate theme is a good option because you can arrange it without much hassle. Because pirates love drinking! Rum is a good idea as it is associated with pirates in many stories. Decorations will include flags, cross bones and sculls arranged in style.

These are just only six birthday party ideas for your 21st birthday but we are sure you can come up with even better ideas if you are creative enough so let your imagination get to work!

Can’t Keep Up? 5 Ways To Simplify Your Bouncy Castle Hire

Hiring a bouncy castle is an awesome way of celebrating your kid’s birthday. Sadly, it can also be a decision that ends in tears. Everything from ripped castles to dirty, broken or unsanitary equipment can ruin the big day if you aren’t careful. If you are scratching your head and wondering which firm to rent from, help is at hand. Here are five ways to simplify your bouncy castle hire. Following these five points should help you avoid disreputable companies and make your kid’s birthday go with a bang!

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#1. Ask For Personal Recommendations

With so many dodgy hire companies out there, finding one you can trust is especially hard. It is best to avoid taking a gamble. You want your child’s party to be extra special. Ask friends and colleagues for recommendations. See whether anyone you know has ever hired a bouncy castle. What did they think of the price? Were the members of staff friendly and knowledgeable? This will help you avoid the disappointment of hiring an unknown firm that fails to deliver.

#2. Ask For A Written Quote

Hire companies are notorious for applying extra charges or adding items that you didn’t expect to have to pay for. Many people believe that a receipt is enough to protect them. What you really need is a written quote. This outlines exactly what you expect, what time it will be delivered and collected and how much it will cost. This helps avoid situations where you feel overcharged or find that the castle your ordered was not to your satisfaction.

#3: Arrange Your Own Compressor

As you know, a bouncy castle relies on a compressor to stay inflated. Unfortunately, the deal you get on compressor hire from a bouncy castle operator may be far from competitive. Luckily, it may be unnecessary. Perhaps you own one or can borrow one from a friend of family member. Better still, you could rent one from a hire firm much more reasonably. Any of these options can lower the cost of your bouncy castle hire.

#4. Check The Castle Thoroughly When It Is Delivered

If there is one thing worse than a no-show, it’s having a dirty, leaky castle delivered. You are well within your rights to inspect the castle thoroughly when it is delivered. Check for leaks, dirt, de-lamination and other defects that may pose a health and safety hazard. You should refuse to accept a castle that seems old or broken. The last thing you want is for your child or their friends to get sick or injured playing on the castle. Besides, if you don’t inspect the castle, the firm may blame your kids for any damage and try to charge you for it.

#5. Keep The Firm To Their Word

According to the Canadian Council Of Better Business Bureaus, hire agreements can often turn sour but are usually easy to resolve. Planning a kids birthday party in Calgary or the surrounding area should be fun but if any problem you experience isn’t resolved through talking to the firm, you can contact your local BBB to make a formal complaint.

How to Plan the Perfect Birthday Party for Your Child

In order to host an amazing party for your child’s birthday you will want to ensure that every single detail has been perfectly planned. Planning your kids birthday party needn’t be a stressful experience providing you follow a few simple tips.

Guestlist

The first thing to start with is the guestlist. Write down the names of all the children that you would like to invite to the party, and remember to include their guardians. Make sure that you ask your child who they would like to come to the party so that you don’t miss anyone out (unless you are planning a surprise party then you will just have to keep it a secret).

Venue

You can now decide on the venue. One of the most popular places to hold a children’s birthday party is in your own home. If you don’t have the space, or you want something a little different then you can try searching for venues to hire for the day. You can hold your children’s party in a kid friendly restaurant, or even hire an outdoor space in order to host a great party outdoors. Make sure that the venue is large enough to comfortably accommodate all of your guests.

Food

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Food is an important part of any kid’s birthday. You will want to make sure that all of your child’s favourite foods are there, plus you may also want to include food for the adults to enjoy too. If you are hosting a party for a lot of people then you can hire a catering team. They will be able to prepare and serve the food for you so that you don’t have to worry about it.

Entertainment

The entertainment is one of the most important things of any party. When you get the entertainment right the kids will be kept happy and entertained all day! We offer a range of entertainment services for your kid’s birthday party. Some of our most popular entertainment services include balloon modelling, magicians, face painting, glitter tattoos, and musical sing alongs. You can also choose to hire superheros or princesses to make your kid’s birthday party one to remember. A top tip is to choose a fun theme for the party; you can pick something that you know you child loves, such as their favourite movie character or even their favourite colour and then base the entertainment and decorations around this theme.

Invitations

Once you have planned all of the above steps you are ready to create and send out the invitations. The invitations can also be in the theme of the party that you are hosting. Make sure that you send out the invites with plenty of time in advance so that your guests will be able to attend. Remember, if this all seems like too much hard work then you can always hire special party planners to come and plan the entire party for you. Good luck!

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