As a parent, you rush around a lot. You know your schedule is too busy when your kids start saying, "I'm so tired. I have too much to do." It's both sad and funny that you can relate to them. Clearly, you need a party day, and this day should happen every week because a party on Friday is an awesome way to kickstart the weekend. The only thing is, you will need to change up your party themes. Consider some of these ideas for this next week's extravaganza.
It can be a struggle getting your kids to bed, but if you start with a pajama party, you already have one obstacle out of the way with getting them dressed for bed. Make a deal that the party can't start until they've showered, and you'll have two things out of the way. A pajama party is about taking it easy, so get out the candles or some music. Sit back and relax. Get out board games, s'mores or tell stories. If you have all girls, consider slumber party activities like doing nails and hair. After the party, have a mini camp-out in the living room. It's extra fun to get fleece fabric to make your own blankets. Kids love these.
You need a kick-back day once in a while. It's hard coming up with dinner ideas, and at the end of the week, you've had enough. It's good to get pizza, take out or any frozen dinner you can heat up within a matter of minutes. Besides, your kids will only be little once, and you want to fill it with memorable moments. You don't want to be slaving over the stove every single day. There are never-ending choices with frozen foods. Get some ideas from your kids on what they want to eat, and make a smorgasbord for your meal. Put on a movie or a movie streaming site, and chill with some blankets on the floor. Another benefit to a pizza party is that you don't really have anything to clean up before bedtime.
Kids have fun with this one. Have your children pick any color they want. For instance, choose the color brown. For food, have steak, pudding or chocolate cupcakes. Watch Charlie Brown, wear brown clothing, make brown crafts, and think of other ways to incorporate brown into your party. Use spray-on hair dye when you choose colors like pink, blue or green.
This is an especially fun theme to do. Take a no-holds-barred approach to this party idea. You can get inexpensive glow-in-the-dark items, such as glasses, necklaces, and bracelets. Spring for a black-light, and get other glow in the dark items. You can have glow-in-the-dark makeup and nail polish too. It's fun to turn off the lights and dance around. If you're from the 80's or 90's, consider some old school hip-hop or house music to introduce to your kids. Your kids will have a blast.
The Whatever Party
Get ideas from your kids. They'll quickly let you know what they want to do. They might want to make slime or play video games. A fun thing to do is to get balloons and fill them with prizes or money. Kids get to play with the balloons and have a nice surprise at the end. Fun doesn't have to be expensive. You just need to get a little creative.
Along with Friday Party Night, think of other themed nights. For example, Monday is a hectic day where you need to take it easy to help you transition into the week. Do a movie night for Monday. Tuesday, get creative with crafts. Wednesday, you're barely making it through the week, so get moving with a game night. Thursday, you're almost there. Time for some magic and make-believe. Sticking to an easy plan like this, you can unwind every night.