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Birthday Nostalgia: 17 Home Party Ideas for Kids

By Just Heather |

We’re in the thick of birthday season here. My youngest turned 7 last week, and her birthday party is this weekend. In a few weeks, the tween will have her own birthday party, followed by the teen a month later. Combined, my girls have now celebrated 30 birthdays, and it has me a little nostalgic.

I’ve planned more parties than I care to count — and this Friday night is my very first repeat. My friends are coming over to help give my youngest the best fake slumber party ever! Because, I’m not quite ready for 15 little girls running around my house all night long.

We’ll squeeze an entire slumber party into 2 hours of pajama party fun, then send them home to bed! We first landed on the idea 8 years ago, when my oldest wanted to have her first slumber party. I just wasn’t quite ready for it, so I pitched the Faux Sleepover idea.

We did hair, makeup, and nails. We watched a (short) movie. We had pizza. We had a (mad libs) bedtime story. And, then they all went home. As I’ve looked back at those party photos for inspiration, I’ve gotten a little nostalgic.

Here are 17 of our favorite home birthday parties:

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Kids Birthday Party Themes

Tea Party

With fancy sandwiches, tea pots, and fun serving trays, we had 24 kindergarteners in our home for a birthday tea party. This was her first year in school, with real friends to invite. I needed to keep it simple, because she had a hard time narrowing down the guest list.

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About Just Heather


Just Heather

Heather Sokol babbles about shoes, cocktails, and, mostly, her family. She and her geeky husband are raising four kids and losing sanity daily. They live their gluten free life on a budget while Heather shares her deals, tips and coupon savvy. Read more on her blog Just HeatherTwitter or Pinterest. Read bio and latest posts → Read Heather's latest posts →

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