Birthday Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Birthday event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


The age group the birthday party song playlist is for will determine which music makes the cut. This is one of the party supplies you will not want to get wrong so it is important to pay attention to the guest list and identify with what they might like. You want guests to sing, dance along and feel totally comfortable.

Children’s Birthday Party Must Haves
Children’s birthday parties are fun and eventful. Youthful guests tend to be the happiest and most enthusiastic. Be sure to get the kids moving with favorites they will recognize.
Lesley Gore – It’s My Party
Werner Thomas - The Chicken Dance
Shirley Elis- The Name Game

Teenagers Party
Make a playlist that includes anything currently being played on the radio. Be sure to have plenty of songs, as teenagers typically listen to the music more at parties. And play songs that are both bouncy and trendy. Think Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, One Direction, Taylor Swift, etc.

The Older Crowd Playlist
It is important to take from many genres when supplying a song playlist for an older crowd. Mature people have mature--and very particular--tastes.

The Kinks – All Day and All of the Night
Manfred Mann – Do Wah Diddy Diddy
Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger
Beach Boys – I get Around
The Beatles - Birthday

Have fun creating a birthday playlist for the special birthday person! Choose songs that you yourself will love to hear. Be sure to have a lot of variety and focus in on the crowd that will be there. If there will be a range of ages, aim for the older crowd but be mindful of the teenagers. Not everyone will like the same song, but most will be happy. Quick tip: Planning ahead is key to being prepared for any event as the hostess of the day. As you plan a menu for a celebration remember, there may be vegetarians and vegans on the guest list so plan accordingly. A blank wall is a canvas waiting to be decorated with your artistic related theme ideas.

Homemade birthday party supplies will allow individuals throwing the party to save money and have some fun at the same time. They can as much fun making these tokens as they do presenting them. Depending on the theme of the birthday party will determine the type of homemade party supplies necessary for the party. The theme dictates the mood and color of the gala.

Handmade party invitations, thank you notes, banners, centerpieces can all be created with few materials. Take a favorite character of the birthday girl or boy (for a child’s birthday) and go with it. Imagine their delight when they spot their favorite character. It is very easy to purchase all the party supplies for a birthday, but that is no fun. Draw a large Happy Birthday banner with colored markers and paint. Another banner type is stringing separate sheets of paper with string or thin rope together. Cut out a sheet of paper for each letter, punch one or two holes in each sheet and hang the banner in a desired location. The possibilities are as endless as your creativity.

Homemade birthday party supplies such as invitations and thank you notes are also very fun to make. Create handmade birthday party invitations that reflect the theme of the party. Use basic card stock, hand write or print the necessary information with the chosen design elements. Send handmade thank you notes to all the guests who attended the party as well. Research various ways on thank you note wording to ensure the proper wording and content is included.


A birthday cake usually consists of a theme, show or sport that the individual likes. The cake must be personal to the birthday girl or boy. When collecting the party supplies for the party, do not forget to remember the cake making products if you will be creating a birthday cake of your own! Any guest is sure to appreciate this sweet and personal touch.

You will need the following baking ingredients:

Chocolate Cake:

1 cup boiling water
2 eggs
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup milk
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

Chocolate Frosting:

2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar

Cake Directions:

1. Grease 2 round baking pans – 9 inch each and preheat overn to 350 degrees F. 2. Stir together in a large bowl: baking powder, sugar, flour, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Then, add vanilla, oil, eggs and milk while beating on a medium speed for about 2 minutes. Stir in the boiling water which will make it thin and then pour into prepped pans. 3. Bake for about 30-35 minutes. Let it cool for 10 minutes and then remove them from pan and place on wire racks for further cooling before frosting. Follow these directions very carefully for the best results. Frosting Directions:

Melt the butter and stir in the cocoa. In an alternating pattern, add in the milk and powdered sugar while beating. If too thick, add a little more milk. Finally, stir in the vanilla and spread onto cake. After all, it would not be a cake without frosting! And it would not be a birthday without a cake.

Of all the celebrations only birthday parties can be relied upon to honor an individual every year regardless of his achievements. Birthday parties should always be tailored to the interests of the guest of honor. Birthday paper party goods help to set the tone and cheer up the guests regardless of how old the guest of honor is.

Whether held in a great hall or just the dining room a birthday party when properly planned can make most of us proud of our existence. Children and the very old seem to be among those most pleased to acknowledge the passing of another year; and with good reason! Be sure to throw them birthday parties no matter who else gets one each year.

Nearly any budget can be adjusted to allow for some form of birthday party. With an extremely limited budget the key is long range planning. Here are a few tips on planning the birthday party on a budget:

Make a list of things that must be done and knock them out one at a time. The lower the budget the longer the list.
Start early putting things aside from each week's grocery money for the holiday party. For instance buy a cake mix one week. Buy candles the next week. Buy the icing the following week. Buy snacks the last week since these will be eaten if found! Grocery brands have a very long shelf life and this will allow time to utilize sales and coupons.
Put gifts and other more expensive items in layaway. This is usually going to allow about a month to spread out payments. Most stores have a generous layaway policy that lets the layaway be canceled with most of the money (other than a service fee) to be refunded. Have fun!

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Birthday History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Birthday theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

Today the Birthday Party is a common fixture in virtually every home, family, and circle of friends. It is a warm and wholesome family tradition that all anticipate. This marks a significant change from days past, when a festivity to acknowledge the day of one’s birth was a royal affair. It was an elegant soiree more fancy than fun.

In the olden days of Europe only kings and queens were deemed worthy of birthday celebrations. It was a very special honor reserved for a select few. The first birthday parties for the common folk were found in Germany, perhaps inspiring the western tradition of ‘b-day’ bashes for all. This is where the modern day birthday tradition truly began.

Here in the United States, the tradition of the Birthday Party has evolved greatly over time, while still maintaining certain classic elements. People still serve and enjoy elaborately decorated cakes at these festivities, and serenade the guest of honor with a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday;” likely in a bright setting bedecked with balloons, banners, and other celebratory symbols.

As the saying goes, though, the more things change the more they stay the same. While most birthday parties contain certain essential elements, the ways in which people celebrate birthdays have changed significantly over the years. While a traditional Birthday Party involved activities like outdoor sports and leisurely conversation sessions, more modern fests could entail anything from DVD and video game marathons to heated paint ball and laser tag tournaments. There are so many different ways to mark a milestone.

Regardless of the activities celebrated at a Birthday Party, the mission of this festivity remains the same throughout the years: to show love and respect for a friend or family member on the very special day of their birth. Plan a Birthday Party today! When decorating a room to match a given theme or idea explore not just the horizontal space, but the vertical space as well. Simple and well prepared food is often much better received at a gathering than complicated dished that don't quite hit the mark. When decorating a room to match a given theme or idea explore not just the horizontal space, but the vertical space as well. The history of Birthday has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Birthday to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

History of Birthday
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