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Party Ideas for Your Lil' One

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Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2012 1:11 pm | Updated: 5:13 pm, Thu Mar 8, 2012.

Tim Melton, Gateway Photobooth...

Kids love photo booths, no matter what age. They enjoy climbing in the booth and making silly faces while they get their photos taken. With digital copies given to the hosts, parents could make a birthday memory book of all of the photos afterward.

Katie Fogerty, Envy Events...

Decorate the beverage or food tables with personalized water bottles and hang strands of photos of the birthday girl or boy, held on by colored clothes pins.

A birthday centered around the Disney movie Up works for little boys and girls with its rainbow of colors. We built a seven-foot tall painted house with windows cut out and balloons strung from the top for photo ops.

Make both children and adult favors. For the Up party, we had balloon pumps and bags of balloons for kids—‘I’m pumped you were able to come’—and gumballs for adults—‘Thanks for popping by.’

A ‘Pretty in Pink’ theme is great for a little girl’s first birthday party. We put together pink treat bags that also provided information on buying pictures from the party photographer; embellished tables with painted vases, pink carnations and jewels; and spray painted picture frames for guests to use as a prop in photos.

Brian Blasingame, Butler’s Pantry...

For younger children, you could do a zoo, farm or jungle theme, using plush animal toys for centerpieces and the buffet tables. They’re gender neutral, while being bright and colorful, and you can give them away as party favors at the end of the event.

Richard Nix, Butler’s Pantry...

Go over-the-top with desserts. Make a dessert bar with an abundance of cookies, cupcakes, candy and other bite-sized treats. There are lots of ways to be creative beyond the traditional half-sheet cake, but don’t forget to take children’s allergies into consideration and separate any items that aren’t nut-free.

You want to keep the food simple for children’s parties, but you can gear items for both kids and adults. Individual pizzas allow children to eat the standard cheese, while parents can make gourmet versions with different fl avors and toppings. A French fry station with a variety of dips and salts, and a mac ‘n’ cheese bar with unique mix-ins can jazz up simple food.

Diane Stecher, Alobar’s Lighting and Sound...

Bubble machines are always a big hit with younger kids, especially for outdoor parties—the bubbles go everywhere as the wind takes them.

Children also love the toy laser lights that project against the walls and move in time to the music.

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