Plan a birthday bash for the little one in your house. No life-sized stuffed animals (or tokens) required.
- Beth Dreilling Hontzas
Outdoor Movie NightNo school means staying up late, or at least a little later. Make the night special by taking the party outside and showing a movie projected onto a large sheet or even the side of your house. Throw out blankets, pop popcorn, and enjoy a party that's fun for kids of all ages and easy on the clean up.
Foolproof Party FoodThere are times to teach nutrition and times to keep 30 kids happy all at once. When you're faced with the latter, opt for a guaranteed-to-please kid-friendly meal of chicken nuggets. This lightened version of the childhood favorite has only 1.8 grams of fat and 190 calories per serving, which is a generous five nuggets plus sauce! Pair with fresh veggies or sweet potato fries.
Birthday FiestaKids love a good themed party, so throw a sombrero on the table, hoist a pinata in the air, and whip up a delicious helping of black bean enchiladas. Pair with a festive Fizzy Frozen Mock-a-Rita to really set the party atmosphere. Don't tell the kids, but the enchiladas have soy crumbles instead of ground beef and frozen strawberries lend the bright color to the fun drink.
Edible Party FavorsInstead of making favor bags, wrap up a sweet treat for guests to take home. This ooey-gooey bar is easy to make and costs only 31 cents per serving. Plus, the party guests will be home by the time they're covered in the delicious caramel instead of on your white sofa.
Recipe: Caramel-Marshmallow Brownies
Game Night, UnpluggedMake the old new again by breaking out your favorite games from childhood. Get kids going on the back lawn with a festive game of Twister or invite some creativity with Win-Lose-or-Draw. Sort through the games cluttering your attic and bring them new (young!) life. Bonus points if you pick up small prizes for the winners!
Create-a-Cupcake PartyIf your little ones love to help in the kitchen, they're sure to love a culinary-themed party in their honor. Bake Lemonade Cupcakes ahead of time then set up an icing bar with colored icicngs and a vast supply of toppings. Pick up dollar bags of candy (don't forget the worms!) and cannisters of bright sprinkles. Cut out letters of the alphabet for them to use as stencils. The best part is they can enjoy their treats when they're done, making this edible art project lighter on the clean-up.