Birthday

Why you need to create menu cards to get organized at parties!

Party Menu Cards - yes they are very important. Here's why.

Who would have thought that party menu cards were this important. I spent many years planning parties off the cuff, without any planning (or considerable planning). I even forgot dishes / camera / chargers etc. Then over time as I learnt that planning is key to hosting a successful event, I started to gather knowledge about how to plan, hacks, check-lists etc. In fact, I created this checklist just for you. It has SAVED me time and again. 

 

And the biggest reason I make party menu cards now at ALL my parties is that it keeps me on track! I never forget a dish or groceries anymore (There’s a check-list for that too). In fact I have a check-list for everything that I plan – parties included. 

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1. Party Menu Cards - they help you plan the party efficiently

Who doesn’t need more efficiency and time savings in their lives? We all do. Having menu cards at parties helps you the planner make sure you have all the options available on time. You can even take one menu card and use it for yourself by making notes about when to bring those dishes out etc. 

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2. Party Menu Cards - they make choices very simple for kids and parents !

And kids love them. So do parents. It helps parents replicate the experience kids have at restaurants. And both my kids have asked for menus at home. So this is their chance to order off the menu at home. ha ha. It’s truly a win win for everyone. And it’s so simple to make filling out the choices also a game / activity at a birthday party. It would easily eat up 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the party. So at your next party try getting the kids to check the menu options they want. See their reaction! 

Check out our suggestions to have a party on a budget here >>> HOST YOUR NEXT PARTY ON A BUDGET

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3. Party Menu Cards - they help you avoid messes!

And the most practical reason for having these menu cards is that they help you decrease clean up time. With these menu cards you can now track who ordered which item (Tip: Don’t forget to name them) and serve directly from the kitchen to the table without having to lay out all the menu options on the table. Now that’s a huge no no when it comes to kids. 

There was a time kids at my son’s 8th birthday decided to throw fries across the table as a game!! It’s a good thing I was not responsible for clean-up at that venue. 

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4. Party Menu Cards - they add a special touch to your planning!

And if your goal is to stand out with planning, this is exactly what you want to do!! It’s so easy to create a menu card on a tool like Canva. And if you do not have the time to, ask us.. We will do it for you. Simply contact us by requesting access to our community. You can also follow us on Instagram and DM for any inquiries. 

5. Party Menu Cards - now you can have some fun with them!

And if you are a creative mama, you probably always want to add those extra touches! You ca personalize these menu cards with options for gluten free, dairy free items as well. And add funny quotes or pictures on each one to have a laugh! 

Want more DIY ? Check out our ideas on DIY loot bags that don’t end up in land-fills. HERE

How to host a party while being environmentally responsible ?

Environmentally conscious (Eco-Conscious) parties are a great way to throw a party while keeping the environment friendly for party goers and neighbours alike. But let’s be real, how many of you would go to a eco-conscious party? I mean, that doesn’t sound like fun at all when you hear it. Compared to a spider-man or nascar themed party, even a unicorn themed party sounds a lot more sophisticated and fun! So, we decided to shorten it to #wishmeparty which sounds much cooler and fun! 

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Let’s face it, throwing parties should really be considered an art or skill set. When party planning, it takes patience, conflict resolution, money management, budgeting, purchasing, negotiating, and many other skills to throw off even a small gathering. 

When it comes to creating and throwing an #wishmeparty we also need to add in mother nature planning to that list above. A #wishmeparty is a party where you give back to the universe in thoughtful way that shows we really care and don’t want to contribute to global warming or nature violence for the day. 

It’s easy to ignore the world and earth we live on because see everything as a need and resource readily available for our disposal. Here are some fun list of ideas for hosting an Eco-Conscious party or #wishmeparty

 

Eco-Conscious Party Invitations, Greetings and Gifts

To keep your party eco-friendly start by creating invitations that do not use paper, postage, printing, wrapping… anything! You can do this by downloading the Wish Me party invitation app. Create your first invitation using the balloon — you will see it when you sign up. Upload a video or a picture to the invitation and send it out to all your invited guests. They will always have the updated invitation on the app and can RSVP and send you back a video wish along with a gift card from your wish-list – Did you notice you haven’t wasted anything yet?

 

Sending invitations with the app – the app gives you two options. You can either send them via email or via text. It’s up to you which method you prefer and luckily, both are keeping your party environmentally friendly. 

Greetings and Gifts – You can receive video or photo greetings within the app and communicate your desire for an eco-conscious party by uploading your favourite shopping destinations to your wish me wish list!! 

Party Wish Lists – Instead of creating a party wish list in invitations and sending them out, using paper and earth’s resources, the Wish Me app allows you to add your party wish list directly in the app. This saves you time and money plus keep trees in tact! 

 

Eco-Conscious Party Theme

Since we already know we are going to be using an environmentally friendly party theme it’s now time to skip to the venue option. Will you use your home or spend money renting somewhere? A park would be a great party place to go with your #wishmeparty

Eco-Conscious Party Supplies

Buying and re-using recycled materials and supplies helps to keep things environmentally friendly. Walmart and Amazon offer great cutlery made from recycled milk jugs and we love these! Adding a bit of funk and fun to your party materials can be done by using funky straws.  You could also make your own cloth napkins, so you can wash and reuse them in your home.  

Here are some options for re-usable and environmentally friendly party supplies. 

 

Amazon has an amazing selection of Palm Leaf, Wood, Bamboo supplies… A great alternative to re-usable ceramic and china plates. 

Great for parties, entertaining on the weekends and even picnics! 

Eco-Conscious Food

Bringing food from home makes for a cost-efficient party. Kids love finger foods like tacos, nachos, pizza, and pasta so this works perfectly to purchase and make easily from your home kitchen. Another cost efficient and healthy party food alternative is to use fruit skewers or just fruit bowls. If you’re planning on making a cake, make a homemade cake or cupcakes instead. There’s no need to spend a ton of money on a professional cake. 

Eco-Conscious Decorations

If you opt to have a park party, there’s no need for decorations as the park flowers and trees will substitute. For parties at home or venue based, buy reusable decorations so you can continue to recycle them year after year. This saves you a ton of money for yearly parties also. Get creative by opting out for age appropriate décor and instead choose “happy birthday and not happy 7th birthday”. This allows you to reuse. 

When you explain to your kids you are planning a party and purchasing things that can be recycled, you’re educating your kids on how to save the earth and teaching them valuable lessons about needs verse wants. They don’t need to have everything they want even if it is their day. It’s a great life lesson learned. 

 

Benefits of hosting an Eco-Conscious Party

I am biased towards hosting eco-conscious parties because I love teaching my kids life lessons that are practical and will help them save time, money and effort in the future. And I also feel that actions speak louder than words. Hosting an eco-conscious party gives you (the parent) a great opportunity to not only preach what you believe but also walk your talk. 

Your kids will learn that:

1. It’s easy to be environmentally responsible and home life translates from what schools are teaching about being eco-conscious

2. Earth day comes more than once a year in your home – a great lesson for all ages

3. Actions speak louder than words and they will take you seriously when you talk about some other pressing issue

4. Being eco-conscious can be fun !

Top tips for creating DIY birthday party invitations

Here’s How – DIY Birthday Party Invitations

My favourite DIY Birthday Party invitation tool is wish me™ mobile app that lets me send video invitations that are way more personal than store bought invitations or digital invitations found online. With wish me™ you can send photo or video invitations using text or email from your phone! How cool is that? So here’s how you can create your own DIY Birthday Party Invitations – from start to finish.

What to upload onto wish me™ ?

There are a few options of what media you can upload to the  wish me™ app to make your invitation personal and memorable.

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  1. A selfie video thats created in a casual manner inviting your friends and family personally to your party
  2. A professionally taken video thats slightly more formal and “proper”. This is a great idea for a milestone birthday party – 16th birthday party etc.
  3. A picture of a hand drawn DIY birthday party invitation card – kids love to draw and this would be a perfect way to save their creative art

           4. An image that you create on a tool like Canva

Here’s how you can wish me™ to send video invitations and receive video wishes

  1. Download the free event planning and gifting app on your phone.
  2. Go to wish me™ page at www.wishme.io
  3. Login with facebook or email to create your first DIY Birthday party invitation.
  4. Click on the balloon to create your first invitation through the app
  5. Upload the video / picture you settled on, add party details and you can easily send it off to your friends and family.

You’re welcome! You are the official owner of a virtual shoebox of all your memories !

That was easy! Your DIY Birthday Party invitations are sent.

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Our Son’s Sixth Birthday — a revelation!

From Little baby to Big boy…

How do they grow up so fast ? I want to hold him forever — he is so dear to me.. my love, my baby. I realized on his sixth birthday that he will be attending grade one in September. Yes, this September. He was just a newborn yesterday. Oh how I miss the baby cuddles and baths. No, I do not miss the sleepless nights — don’t get me wrong — but I wish I could feel the same new baby love that I felt a few years ago. How do we get those feelings back?

His sixth birthday weekend…

His sixth birthday was different. He wanted nothing to do with a big party! All he wanted was a movie date with his two best buddies. No, his little 2 year old brother was not included in that boy gang!

When we asked him what he wanted for his birthday present, all he asked for was books and toys. Dinosaur books and Dinosaur toys. And of course a trip to the amusement park. And a movie date with his boy gang. Pretty simple for a six year old!

We knew that some family and friends would want to wish him anyway — on the phone or in person. So we took calls all day on his birthday and also hosted a dinner party for close family. When our guests asked me what my son wanted for his birthday (his wish list), as his official accountant (his mom), I requested gift cards to his favourite stores (Toys R Us and Chapters) so he can pick his own toys and books. With gift cards, not only does my son learn the value of money but also takes part in the exchange of money and stuff! And bonus: I save time by not making trips to the mall to return gifts we will not use!

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As requested we received gift cards which makes me really happy. But, we also received greeting cards. I do not like to give or receive greeting cards. I know this sounds really cold but I have my reasons. Listen Up….My son does not really care for greeting cards. Seeing his family and friends is enough for him. He never asks to read those cards after the party. Neither do I. I do not remember the last time someone actually wrote something personal in a greeting card. Greeting cards have become an accessory to the packaging for the gift. Or storage for gift cards.

So I end up throwing them out. With guilt.

On a happier note, my husband and I gave him seasons passes to an amusement park. Yep all season. At his beck and call. Pretty much. I know exactly what he needs / wants at this stage of his life and that qualifies me to give him an actual gift. Because he will not return it or re-gift it. I guess that is a parent’s privilege. Let’s see how long this lasts :S

Anyhow, back to the main topic — my son’s birthday weekend celebrations! The next day, I took him and his two grown up friends (8 and 10) to watch Jungle Book! My son loved the movie and so did I ! What an amazing birthday for him and his mom HA HA

Change is Great…

So his sixth birthday came and went and I am happier that I do not have any gifts to return or re-gift and my house is birthday gift clutter free. It’s a first for us.

I am not sure what he will want for his seventh birthday but I have a year to figure that one out!

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