Kid Birthday Party Planning Tips

I think I’ve mentioned a few times over the last couple of months that my oldest son is about to turn six. His birthday is next weekend and while we usually do a big BBQ with family and close friends for his birthday, we promised him that we would let him have a birthday party with his school friends starting when he was six. So, this year we are entering the world of “kid birthday parties.”

Planning a child birthday party for little ones and their friends always looks like a fun thing to do when you are pregnant or your child is still an infant. However, when the time comes, it is just a tad bit stressful. At least that’s how I am feeling right now. However, I have learned a few things during this party planning phase that have kept my stress level to a minimum. You may benefit from one or more of these tips:

Pay for a venue. Over the last 5 years, birthday parties have always been held at my house. While they are always fun as we have a lot of family and friends attend, the cleanup portion isn’t so much fun. And, when hosting a party at home, I can never predict how long it will last. This year, since there will be a lot of little ones attending, I made the decision to book the party at the gym where my son takes gymnastics. Here’s why:

  • It’s in contained area. (children will not get lost)
  • The party can only last a maximum of 2 hours.
  • I don’t have to worry about cleanup other than what I bring (cake, presents, etc.).

Make your own invitations. In the past, I have always had really cute photo invitations made for my son’s birthday. I know these are great keepsakes for family members and some of our close friends. However, the invitations that will go to school with my son and be distributed by the teacher will most likely end up on the refrigerator and tossed in the trash once the party date is past. Therefore, why waste the money on nice picture invites? This year, I went on Etsy and paid $9 for a lady to design a cute Jake and the Neverland Pirates invitation and just printed them on white cardstock at home. I couldn’t even buy the cheap invitations at the store for what I spent on these. And it was simple!

Order party supplies online. Believe it or not, you can save a lot of money by ordering party supplies online instead of shopping locally. My favorite place to go for party supplies is Ebay. I was able to find balloons, party gift bags, party favors and even an edible cake topper on Ebay for less than $40 and I didn’t have to leave the house. As for the cake, I will be taking the cake topper to a local bakery and have them put it on a cake, but for this party, the cake is the only thing that I will have to get out and purchase. Being able to do everything from home makes the process a lot less stressful!

I’m looking forward to my son’s 6th birthday party now that all the legwork is done. The three tips above saved me a lot of time and money, but more importantly, stress. Hopefully, you have found the tips above helpful. Please share any of your kid party planning tips that you feel make the planning stage easier!

Wedding colors: The Soothing Shade of Sage

Think of the color sage as a laid back shade of green. The color green is a bright color that symbolizes life and energy. Sage is just a mellower version of that. While it does still represent life and energy because it is a shade of green, the color sage is a very peaceful and relaxing color. It is a popular choice for bedrooms, sitting rooms and bathrooms for this reason. Day Spas also incorporate sage into their décor. The color just has a way of promoting tranquility and it is hard not to feel rejuvenated after spending a few quite moments surrounded by the soothing color sage.

While sage is great for relaxing, it is also a great choice for summer weddings, outdoor dinner parties and other summer events. The color is very soothing and, when used appropriately, can also be used to transmit feelings of love and commitment. Brides who choose to use sage as one of their wedding colors often feel more relaxed throughout the course of their big day. Likewise, hosts of outdoor dinner parties or other summer events can use the color sage as a way to neutralize the environment, creating a peaceful atmosphere where every guest feels relaxed and at home. If you are planning an event and are in need of a color with soothing qualities, then sage is a perfect choice!

Turquoise: A True Gem of a Color

There are some colors that just make you happy and feel good. Turquoise is one of those colors. It is a mixture of blue and green, and sometimes has a yellowish tint to it as well. Turquoise got its name after the gem, Turquoise. Turquoise, the gem, has a long history dating back long before the birth of Christ. The Egyptians from the First Dynasty mined the stone from the Sinai Peninsula. It was also discovered by the Persians, in the area now known as Iran. As many know, Turquoise is heavily mined in the United States today. It is prevalent in many southern states including Arizona, Nevada and California. This beautiful gem is used primarily for jewelry and other fashion products.

The color Turquoise is just as beautiful as the gem and is also primarily used in fashion. However, it can also be used as an accent color in home décor as well. When one sees the shimmering blue-green color known as turquoise, it is hard to take your eyes off of it. The color has a tendency to make us feel happier and uplifted. Perhaps, this is why it is a popular choice for summer weddings. Retailers such as sell many turquoise flower girl dresses every spring and summer. The color is just fun, happy and uplifting – truly making it a gem of a color!

Summer Wedding

Good Afternoon and Happy July!

We’re not sure about you, but the summer sure is flying by for those of us at Kids Formal! Before you know it, it will be time to start shopping for presents and pretty Christmas dresses for the kids! But, that’s still several months away so, for now, lay back and enjoy the summer sun!

While summertime is the busiest time for weddings, it’s also one of the best times to celebrate an engagement. Most couples spend at least a year planning the perfect wedding, so those who want to get married next summer are still in the planning stage now! For this reason, we felt that it would be helpful to provide our loyal customers with a newsletter with helpful tips for planning a summer wedding!

  • Decide where you want your wedding and reception, and don’t hesitate to get it reserved! Doing this a year in advance is best, but it’s pertinent that you do it at least six months in advance.
  • If you are planning an outdoor wedding, be sure to have a “Plan B” in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.
  • Pick exciting summery colors for your wedding. Pastels are great, but bold colors such as yellow, orange and red are beautiful too!
  • Consider using exotic or tropical flowers for the wedding.
  • When it comes time to go dress shopping, look for dresses made of materials that will allow the bride to stay cool! Stay away from thick and heavy dresses.
    When picking bridesmaids dresses, look for fabric that is fun and lightweight.
  • Thin cotton dresses or short party dresses are always fun for summer weddings!
  • For the little ones in the wedding, keep their attire fun and cool too! Summer weddings are no fun for flower girls and ring bearers when they’re hot. And, when the little ones aren’t happy, everyone will hear about it! Consider a lightweight cotton dress for the flower girl and a boy’s tuxedo featuring short dress pants for the ring bearer. has some great summer formal wear options for the little ones in your wedding.
  • For the reception, keep the menu light and full of color! Salads, fruits and fresh veggies with a variety of dips are great items for summer wedding menus.
  • Most importantly, have fun!

Planning a wedding can be very stressful and time consuming. Our goal at is to help reduce that stress! Please keep us in mind when it comes time to find formal wear for all the children in your wedding. We are certain we will be able to find you the perfect summer wedding attire for them at an exceptional price! Also, keep checking back with us as we periodically run great promotions throughout the year!

Have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July Weekend!!

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As you already know, our focus during wedding season is to help brides find the perfect attire for their flower girls, ring bearers and any other little ones in the wedding. While this can be stressful for brides, we do everything we can here to help alleviate their stress. After all, they have so many other things to worry about – the last thing that should be on their mind is whether or not the flower girl dress will look good and fit right.

Over the years, we have done hundreds, if not thousands, of weddings and we are certain we can help you, or someone you know, pick out the perfect formal attire for those little ones! Whether it’s a flower girl dress, boy’s tuxedo or suit, or just finding the right shoes to wear – we can help! As one of our valued customers, we know that you have had success with us before and we want this to continue!

Our business depends on valued customers like yourself, therefore, we do everything we possibly can to make sure you are satisfied. Our goal is not only to provide you with the quality kids’ formal wear that you are looking for, but also to create a warm and inviting shopping experience that you find informative and helpful. To help you with your next purchase, we want to provide you with an exclusive coupon that we only offer to our valued customers.

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Our Sincere Appreciation,

The Kids Formal Team