All Things Birthday: We Want YOU!

By Kate |

We are working, working, working to organize an All Things Birthday series of posts to start early next month. The whole thing started while brainstorming and organizing a Birthday Present Shopping Guide, but the event is growing and will include the best of the best in all things related to children’s birthday parties – from planning to presents. We’ll have tips from party planning experts, reviews and, of course, giveaways.

One idea we’re very excited about is posts to share and show off children’s birthday parties. And that’s where you come in…

We want to feature YOUR birthday party. We love to see other people’s parties and know you all have some great ones to share. Here’s how you can get in on the fun:

  • Collect several pictures from the children’s birthday party you want to feature
  • Make a list of websites and resources you used to plan the party (inspiration, things you purchased, crafty projects, etc)
  • Email your photos and websites to theshoppingmama@gmail.com

To get an idea of what we’re looking for, check out this post about my daughter’s pig-themed first birthday party. It’s so simple, will only take you a couple minutes to gather the info and you get to reminisce and look through party pictures.

What’s in it for you? At this point, just simple fun – oh, and you get to show off your cute kids, creativity and baking prowess.  Want more? Oh, okay, here you go…

  1. If you submit your party, you get FIVE bonus entries in the All Things Birthday giveaways!
  2. If you’re a blogger or shop owner, you get a link back to your site.
  3. If we get a good response, we’ll organize a voting competition with a (super cool) prize for the favorite party.

We’re really excited about this and think it will be a lot of fun. We hope you’ll get on board and submit your child’s favorite party. Feel free to email or leave comments if you have any questions! Happy {All Things} Birthday!

All party posts submitted will be shared and published on The Shopping Mama unless deemed inappropriate or offensive. You must own rights to the photograph and be willing to share them. Feel free to watermark your photos. If there is a favorite party contest, detailed rules will follow in a separate post.


Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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    VERY fun idea! I’m working on a joint birthday party for my two summer babies . . . it will be circus/carnival themed. I’ll definitely share all the details/resources/pics once it’s all in place!

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    Great Idea! I loved planing my son’s first birthday with a monkey theme. I will be sure to send you some photos.

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      I do hope you email with your monkey b-day pics!

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    This is great!! My sons second birthday party is this saturday so I will be sure to send you some pics!!

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      Yay! Look forward to your pictures.

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    My baby is turning two this week and we’re doing a luau themed party for her on Sunday. It has been SO fun to plan so I’ll email you all the goods next week 🙂

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      Can’t wait to see the party!

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    I just love this event! I’m so excited to share my daugther’s Mickey/Minnie themed 2nd birthday party in just a few days. This is so much fun! Thanks for the excuse to dig through my pix. 😉

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    Oh man, I have so many parties 🙂 just finished a soccer one last Saturday and a Cars party this Saturday, so you may have quite a few from me.

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    What a great idea! I’ll try to get some things together for you. Remind me though! LOL!

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    How fun! I have one coming up that I’ll photograph and let you all know how it turns out! 🙂

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    What a good idea, I’m going to start photographing some of our B’day celebrations. I have the cutest cup cake decorations, where each cupcake is a different animal. The kids love it. Thanks for this great idea.

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    Can’t wait for my son’s birthday party in two weeks!!

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    I threw a great Lightening Mcqueen Party I will for sure send pics

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    Getting ready to re-set up our party for today, got rained on so we’re moving indoors! I’ll try and get pics up!!

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    rachel crisman

    I am on the verge of throwing a Toy Story party. I always take lots of pics.

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    We just had Curious George birthday party for my 2 year old son – it was great!

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    We had a birthday carnival with about ten girls. We made a ticket booth out of cardboard and had tickets we bought at a party store. The kids earned tickets by playing games and redeemed for prizes.

    My husband took a sheet of wood and had evenly spaced nails on it that we tied balloons to. And we had darts from our dartboard.

    We put a tin can in the ground and had golf..some old golf clubs laying around.

    We hung a hula hoop from a tree and they threw a Nerf football through it.

    We took a bucket and did a ball toss. Harder than it sounds.

    We had paper sacks of popcorns, hot dogs on the grill, tubs filled with ice and bottle water. My teenage daughter and her friends manned a cotton candy machine and snow cone maker. Cheap to buy and fun to use over and over. I put out fruit platters with watermelon and grapes.

    There was a jar of candy and if you guessed the closest you won the jar.

    This is an expensive extra but I had won a Coke electronic basketball set so they played that…timed.

    It was a HUGE success. Using prizes from the dollar store cut the cost.

    At the end they played in the pool and slept in a big tent out back. We had smores and told stories over the fire pit.

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    Rebecca W

    My daughter wants a Blue’s Clues party. Its not so easy to find Blue’s Clues anymore.
    We are having two birthday parties this year for her (one in TN with family and one in GA where we live!) I want to make the notebooks so every child will have one and have a hunt like they do on the show.

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      Randi submitted some photos from a really cute Blue’s Clues party. I’ll post it by the end of the week so check back and hopefully you’ll get some ideas!

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    Nicole May

    Oh, I’ve been doing this wrong on contests! I’m sorry!!! I was just writing 5 entries about my favorite party. I get it now. Sorry!!!

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    Nicole May

    I just sent an email with my son’s first birthday party and pics. Hope that makes up for the wrong entries I’ve been doing for contests.

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    I did a construction theme party for my son. I made pillow cases out of construction theme fabric with each child’s name embroidered on them as prize so that each kid could carry the rest of their prized in them. We had a scavenger hunt (wrapped prizes in different colored tissue paper, each child had to find one red, one blue, one green etc prize so that everyone got the same prizes), Played pin the digger on the backhoe, dug for prizes in the sandbox, had a digger pinata, made a dump truck out of boxes and had the kids pitch beanbags in etc. I will send a pic of the party

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    We just had a 1st birthday party in June for my son. You can see pictures on my blog (http://jamesandmichellerees.blogspot.com). It was monster themed and we had:
    -Monster footprints up to the front door
    -A sign on the door that said “Beware of Monsters”
    -Blue monster punch
    -Monster cupcakes
    -Pin the eyeball on the monster game
    -Monster decorations
    -Eyeballs on the table for centerpieces
    -Party bags with monster stickers and mazes and finger puppets inside
    -a monster t-shirt on my son

    It was really fun!

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    Melissa Weiss

    My son’s farvorite birthday was his Pirate Party!
    -Pirate cake
    -dug in sandbox for burried treasure
    -fished for sharks
    -make pirate boats
    -we pinned the sail on the boat.

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    Here’s my favorite birthday party idea: Backyard Olympics. Since it was about 20 years ago, I don’t have pictures or links. I think you’ll get the idea. The guests were about 6 to 8 years old. Our son’s birthday is in July and it was a year with the Summer Olympics so that was the theme. Everything was held in our small backyard, so the house didn’t get messy! We had about 8 different Olympic style events: sprints, relay races, ball tossing, a relay to run and pop a balloon, broad jump, hula hoooping, jumping rope, hopping, etc. You can base the events you choose on the sports equipment you already have. All the kids won a home-made “Olympic Medal”. As far as I remember, we had a simple home-made cake and punch to drink. The party was a super success. Hope yours is too!

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