How to Throw an Unforgettable Kids Birthday Party

Written by John Lenaghan

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Favors are one ofrepparttar highlights for children at a birthday party. They love getting little gifts of their own to take home with them. You don’t need to get too extravagant when it comes to party favors. Try and get some favors to go along with your theme. If you are having a princess theme giverepparttar 144015 girls tiaras as they arrive and a bag full of beauty items. Hairbrushes, hair clips, nail polish, and lip gloss are all fun and inexpensive ideas. More general favor ideas include pencil and eraser sets, notepads, and candies.

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Party food is a key component to any great birthday party. Depending on how longrepparttar 144016 party is, you’ll probably want to offer a lunch or dinner as well as snack and treats throughoutrepparttar 144017 day. Most kids don’t have discriminating tastes so you don’t need to go overboard with a gourmet meal. Simple is usually better when it comes to kids.

Keep your snacks standard. Candy, chips, and pop will suffice, there is no need to add any fancy appetizers torepparttar 144018 mix since they will probably get ignored. However, adding a veggie and fruit plate is a good idea since even kids can get sick ofrepparttar 144019 sweet stuff. Be sure to have plenty of beverages on hand, and to save your sanity try and avoid caffeinated pops. Juice and water should be on hand as well. You can also make a fun colorful fruit punch forrepparttar 144020 kids to enjoy.

As for food, stick with simple dishes such as pizza, burgers, and hotdogs. These items are simple to prepare (or order) and will be a hit withrepparttar 144021 kids. Before planning your menu check to see if any ofrepparttar 144022 children have food allergies or special dietary needs. Most parents whose kids have serious allergies such as peanuts will probably let you know as soon asrepparttar 144023 invitation is accepted. However, if you’ve got a little vegetarian inrepparttar 144024 grouprepparttar 144025 last thing you want to do is serve them a hamburger or hotdog. The birthday cake isrepparttar 144026 piece de resistance ofrepparttar 144027 party. Everyone loves to see what type of delightful cake will be presented and how many candlesrepparttar 144028 birthday boy or girl can blow out. If your baking skills consists of adding eggs and water to a package mix, fear not. While a package cake will still be a hit withrepparttar 144029 kids, there are plenty of cake shops and bakeries that can create any cake you desire. For instance, if you’re going with a baseball sports theme, you can get a delicious cake of any type shaped like a baseball. The kids will love it, and it saves you time and frustration as well. Make sure you knowrepparttar 144030 birthday boy or girl’s favorite flavor before you order.

While planning a birthday party can be a difficult and time consuming task, allrepparttar 144031 work will be worth it when you see how much fun allrepparttar 144032 kids have. Birthday parties are monumental occasion for kids, andrepparttar 144033 more special you can make itrepparttar 144034 better.

John Lenaghan writes about party planning and other tips for the Party Ideas 4u website, where he provides valuable tips and advice about Halloween party ideas, birthday party ideas and other party planning topics.

7 Tips For Talking To Your Child About Drugs

Written by Nicole Brownfield

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§Give honest answers. Some parents who used drugs inrepparttar past choose to lie about it, but they risk losing their credibility if their children discoverrepparttar 143982 truth. This does not mean that you need to recount every moment of your experience - some details should remain private. §Ask clarifying questions to make sure you understand exactly what your child is asking, and why, before answering questions about your past drug use, and limit your response to that information. §Don't react in a way that will cut off further discussion. If your child makes statements that challenge or shock you, turn them into a calm discussion of why your child thinks people use drugs, or whetherrepparttar 143983 effect is worthrepparttar 143984 risk. §Role-play with your child and practice ways to refuse drugs and alcohol in different situations. Acknowledge how tough these moments can be. §Repeatrepparttar 143985 message. To further help your child resistrepparttar 143986 traps of drug and alcohol addiction, experts suggest that you remain current onrepparttar 143987 drug market and street lingo, set effective guidelines and rules, strengthen your relationship with your child’s school, and be a good role model for your teen. For more advice, or to locaterepparttar 143988 right treatment facility for you, callrepparttar 143989 Center for Substance Abuse Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.

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