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Planning Your Child’s Birthday Party

Birthdays are huge milestones for your little one, and for you! Surviving another year of parenthood is certainly worth some celebration, and watching your little one grow another year older is a moment that shouldn’t pass without some hoopla.

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Parties are fun for everyone!

The idea of a party is quite simple: invite friends and family, blow up some balloons, cut a cake, and open up presents. Easy right? Not quite. As you know, we are living in the Pinterest era, which means you have probably felt some pressure to make your child’s birthday absolutely picture perfect. We believe the key to successful party is to simplify, organize, and build in time to actually enjoy the party. Here are a few hacks to kick start your party planning:

Choose a Theme

Getting your party purchases in order is so much easier after you have picked out a theme. You may feel tempted to pick a specific theme, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Princess Jasmine, but you may want to select a more general theme to make your purchases easier to find and more cost effective. Instead of a Batman themed party, consider a Superhero party. Instead of a Frozen themed party, consider a Princess party.

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Small toys from Oriental Trading and the Dollar Store make great items for goody bags!


More general themes help can help you avoid the prices that stores charge for specific brand names. One of the best parties I ever planned for my daughter was a Soccer themed party. Between invitations, tablecloths, and plates purchased at the Dollar Store and TONS of goodies purchased from Oriental Trading (any party planner’s best friend), I was able to pull off an awesome party on a teacher’s budget in August!

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Use items you already have (like this old hockey net!) to decorate your party.

Another bonus to having a general theme party? You can still incorporate your child’s favorites without going overboard. A cardboard cutout of your child’s favorite athlete can still fit into your basketball party without breaking the bank. And your child will think you are the coolest mom ever. Score!

Plan Easy, Low Cost Activities

We all know the activity mainstays of birthday parties: bounce houses, clowns, and magic shows. While bounce houses can be fun, they may be inappropriate depending on the ages of the children on your invite list (and I’ll be honest, the possibility of head to head collisions definitely freaks me out). Clowns and magic shows are a blast, but they will cost you a pretty penny.

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Create an Autograph Station where your guests can sign a ball or stuffed animal!

Instead of spending money on outside entertainment, we suggest planning your own activities to entertain the kiddos. Having a summertime party? Set up your sprinklers, buy a set of water cannons at the dollar store, and lay out some sponges so the kiddos can soak each other. If you have a sidewalk or parking space, layout some sidewalk chalk and watch your guests show off their creativity! Having a party inside? Set up science stations where kids can make their own slime, bath bombs, and clay volcanos. Sometimes, Pinterest can be your friend 😉


Saving money on entertainment and decorations can help you save up for a special birthday present or a family dinner where you can decompress after all of the party excitement. Whether you choose to go all out or keep it conservative, remember that a birthday party takes weeks of planning and is over in a few hours. Enjoy your time celebrating your little one and soak up every second!

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  • My daughter graduated from the school this year and started Kindergarten. Going into her fourth week of her big transition, her teachers informed me that she had an outstanding base from her preschool and is reading first grade level! A Sunny Start Preschool prepared my little girl in a spectacular way! The staff is very professional and family oriented not to mention superb state of the art facility. Needless to say I highly recommend the school!

    - Rocky, Dad of Natalia
  • I love love love this preschool/daycare! Very caring and loving staff and my oldest son loves going every day! I am so excited my twins also started a few months ago, they are so happy here as well. The teachers here are amazing! They genuinely care about the students and the woman in charge of curriculum for the school is always looking for new and great ways to teach the kids. I have 3 children at this school and could not be happier.

    – Samantha T. – Mom of Mason, Logan, and Olivia
  • My grandchildren have all attended A Sunny Start Preschool and this was the only preschool they attended. Three of the four are already in Elementary School and thanks to the foundation that they developed in this school, they are students with high grades. Thank you very much to all the teachers who are always attentive and patient with children. The quality of academics that children receive at this school is evident in their success.

    - Liliana, grandmother of Xavier, Jocey, Zander, and Amanda
  • I would recommend this school to any parent searching for a preschool with an excellent curriculum. My daughter is 7 years old and attended this preschool. After graduating from Pre K she tested advanced at her current Charter elementary school. Her teachers were impressed at her knowledge and how advanced her reading was. This school helped her read and went over all the subjects she needed to prepare her for Elementary. She recently tested for gifted this year by MDCPS. This was all due to the foundation she received here. The teachers are amazing and caring. Two of my friends that had their children here also tested for gifted. I am so happy with the school, the curriculum, the teachers, and the staff and now my son currently attends A Sunny Start Preschool. I would not go anywhere else.

    - Barbie, mom of Enzo and Sophia
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    – Gladys M, Mom of Denisse and Daniela
  • I recommended A Sunny Start Preschool to all whom have children from birth to 6 & more if they would take older.  I am a proud mother of very bright and advanced children thanks to the tutelage of Teacher Carmen, Milly, Angela, & Sofia. As you can see I have had an experience with every level of teacher in the school. I have a Kindergarten boy which I am proud to say is in K- 1 in his school. For those who do not know what K-1, this is where Kindergarten students are also being taught with 1st graders. My four year old is still at A Sunny Start Preschool and she is extremely bright. The curriculum in her class is incredibly advanced and even though I hate homework she is always excited and eager to do it. She can identify words and knows her numbers this also has to do with the fact she loves her school. All this and she has not yet started VPK because of her birthday, but she will be starting come this school year. Thank you Jennifer, Carmen, Milly, Angela, Sofia & Tatiana you guys are the best.

    – Gaby, mom of Zander and Amanda
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