FIRST STEPS BIRTHDAY PARTY PLANNING GUIDE:
Birthday celebrations are not about presents alone. It is a priceless memory of celebrating a life and the joy of “living” in general. Giving your child the gift of selflessness is priceless. Birthday parties that make a difference can be just as exciting and fun-filled as conventional children’s celebration.
It’s easy and quite simple to take the positive steps to “throw” a birthday party that is unique, creative, and meaningful for all.
You don’t have to have a multitude of games or excessive field trips to ensure that this birthday celebration is successful and joy-filled. There are a multitude of great service party activities that all participants can do in less than 20 minutes. Be sure to talk to your child for his or her input about the project that they feel would be all best and most helpful.
Ready To Begin?
Check out some helpful tips and tricks to get you on the simple path for a creative, enriching, and meaningful birthday bash for your child.
Take The First Step: Birthday Party Planning
Children love to participate in service projects.
- Talk to your child about the idea of a birthday party that gives to others.
Allowing your child to have input into the planning and choosing of the charity gives them ownership and a sense that they are doing something important and meaningful.
- Be sure to assure them that this special kind of party is just as awesome as a traditional celebration and one of kind.
SECOND STEP: AND MOST IMPORTANTLY INVOLVE YOUR CHILD
- Ask your child what he or she feels the need to help. Does your child love pets? Is he or she an active in sports? Are books and stories important to them?
- Center on choosing a charity or nonprofit organization that would support your child’s passions.
- Be sure that investigate the charity to assure that your gifts or donations are going to an established organization. There are several online services that can accomplish this for you.
THIRD STEP: THE TALK ABOUT GIFTS FROM THE HEART
- Be sure that you and your child are totally in agreement about the giving and receiving of gifts. Stress that the gifts guests bring will be heart-felt. These gifts will be helping people or places in their name.
- You can relate to your child that they will get a present from immediate family members with treasures such as great books, toys, and memories.
- If family members feel inclined to buy a present, there are a myriad of practical or educational entertaining items children love. Those presents would not, however, be opened at the community birthday party. Be sure that your child knows that gifts their guests will bring will be specially crafted or donated in their name. Purchasing a present is more than just coming with a charitable donation to drop in a box.
- Your child’s guests may choose not to bring a physical gift but donate time or talent.
FOURTH STEP: SEND OUT PARTY INVITATIONS
- Once your nonprofit organization has been selected, it’s important that all of the birthday guests know that this birthday celebration is a very special one. Include some material about the nonprofit organization that children will be supporting.
- Be sure to let guest’s parents know that there will be NO GIFTS for this party. The birthday guest of honor would really like something very unique. Encourage guests to bring or donate a physical item.
- Post suggestions in the invitation for donations to be made in the child’s name. It also can include requesting that donations such as toiletries, books, or nonperishable items be brought.
- Be sure to include these activities even though some guests may not be able to come but still can donate.
- Don’t miss out and join the Storytellers Family next month for the next steps of planning a birthday party theme and service projects that will rock!
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