like LOVE to plan my kids’ birthday parties.
Diapers and potty training sucked, but I consider one of the perks of motherhood is that I can get to plan events that not only my kids can remember, but the adults actually enjoy, too!
Each birthday the kids and I brainstorm together what their birthday theme including the decor, food, and entertainment. While photos always show the end results with cake, centerpieces, etc., the event planner in me B.C. (before children) has one trick up her sleeve that may not be make it to the slideshow, but always makes it to the party…my Birthday Party Mess Toolkit.
MamaChallenge.com Birthday Party Toolkit
This will save you every time. From prepping birthday balloons or if a kid gets stuck on a piece of wood (it happened), you’ll feel like Batman will you pull these out of your utility belt.
Like scissors, you never know when you’ll need, but when you do, you’ll save the (birth)day. Many times decorations come down at the last minute and a big thing of duct tape will make you better than Handy Manny.
Twine or string end up with interesting uses, from hanging decorations to tying up that pinata, but at $1 buck a roll, you’ll be happy you sacrificed a George Washington.
4. Black Sharpie Pen
You should never leave your house without one of these. Ever. From putting a child’s name on a favor bag you didn’t know was coming or making a direction sign to find the party, a Sharpie is your saving grace.
5. First Aid Kit
This is a no-brainer; one kid will always need a band-aid, but make sure the bandages are the plain brown ones, unless you want to handout bandages like a birthday favor.
6. Bug Spray and Sunscreen
No matter what time of the year, you need to be prepared for both of these. Nothing is worse than a child that turns into a tomato because she’s blistered by the sun or bit from a bug.
7. Notepad and Pen
The writing down of the gifts is the last thing you remember to prepare for, so just make sure to keep a little notepad in your kit and you’ll never feel like you have to memorize gift wrap to gift ever again!
8. Charge Stick and Batteries
This is a new add to my kit, but is a MUST HAVE. One of those cheap battery backups will save you when your phone is dwindling on 10%. And batteries? If you don’t bring them, every gift you’ll get will have them and that’s no good – ever.
Every mom and dad will thank you for having Wet-Naps – all over the place. Safe to be used on face, hands and body, you’ll need for everything from crafting conundrums to cupcake cleanup. Just make picking up Wet-Naps as part of your regular run to Walmart with the eggs, milk and bread! (You’ll never not use ’em!)
10. Large plastic baggy/plastic grocery sack
Occasionally, you might have an accident (and when I say accident, I’m referring to a child that wets his pants ) or need to keep up with something special. A plastic bag is like that extra box of Girl Scout cookies that you don’t know why you bought them, but they always disappear.
Visit Walmart for all your Wet-Nap® needs: 110-Count Hands, Face, & Body Cleansing Wipes, 24-Count Packettes Antibacterial Hand Wipes and 40-Count Canister Antibacterial Hand Wipes.