Let’s face it, as a single mom, you might not always ‘get’ your boys, but you do know that anything and everything gross and disgusting is appealing to them. Why not capitalize on this and plan a gross birthday party for your little guy? Here are some ideas to get you started.
First, plan your cake carefully. A kitty litter cake is always a fun idea. To make this, crumble two boxed cake mixes, one white and one chocolate, and mix them with some vanilla pudding to make it moist, but not soggy. Place this in a litter-box shaped box that is lined with wax paper or some other food-grade liner. Next, crumble some vanilla sandwich cookies, dying a few of them green with green food color. Sprinkle these over the cake. Microwave a few Tootsie rolls for a few seconds, and then mold them into poo shapes. Roll them through the cookies and then use them to decorate the cake.
Your activities should be gross too. Consider a baby diaper identification game. Use the microwave to soften several different types of candy bars, then smash them into a baby diaper. The goal of the game is to figure out what kind of candy bar it is using all of your senses. It will look enough like poo that the boys may not want to taste it!
Finally, pack your party favors in a “dirty” sock. Take a new white sock and dust it with cocoa powder. Stuff it full of gross party favors like silly putty and body part candies, and hand one to each child when they leave. Birthday parties with party favors are a must!
Remember, the point of a gross birthday party is to have fun, so let your son help you with some ideas and roll with the flow. You will be considered the coolest mom on the block when you throw this appealing party for your guy.
Planning a birthday party can be a huge undertaking, but you don’t have to be a professional party planner to throw a great party. Watch some creative ideas for themes, invitations, party favors, and activities kids can enjoy at your party!
Birthday parties! Kids get so excited about a party just for them, they start planning and begging and dreaming long before the birthday month gets there. By the time their big day is almost over, they are already talking about the next birthday party and what cool things it might entail. It’s impossible not to be swept up into the magic of it all.
But getting caught up in that magic is exactly what leads parents to spend an enormous amount of money on all the birthday party trimmings for their children. Avoid that temptation, especially if you are a single mom on a tight budget. Instead of inflatable castles and pony rides, pony up something that your child will remember forever – a special day filled with so many good things that don’t cost a single dime.
- Free day at the pool. If your child’s birthday falls in the summertime, look for free days at the local pool. Take your child and several other children there to play. Pack sack lunches for everyone, and include a cupcake for the birthday baby.
- Scavenger hunt in the park! Ask the children to play scavenger and find a list of natural items, such as certain rocks, feathers, leaves, and the like. Whoever wins the hunt gets a homemade prize!
- Bonfire on the beach. Go digging for crabs, and then have a bonfire on the beach with your kid and their friends. Be sure to bring the things you need to have an old-fashioned crab boil! Then sit back and look at the vivid stars.
- Kitchen party. Ask your guests to bring one ingredient for the cake you will create, and then help the children put it all together. The good conversation and laughter will be memorable, and the cake will be made with plenty of love from everyone who came to the party.
- A community service party. If your kids are a bit older and understand the thrill of giving to others, celebrate by getting a group of their friends together and helping out at the shelter or neighborhood community center. Make it something the kids will always remember, and when you get home, bake their favorite dinner and of course, dessert with a candle.
- Movie night. Get friends together with their sleeping bags and homemade popcorn. Check out free movies from the library, set up the “camp-out” in front of the television, and make it a marathon.
- Ghost stories campfire. If you have the equipment to wander the woods, go camping! Take a few friends, be sure to pack the candles and lantern, and tell ghost stories around the campfire while you cook dinner over the flames. Talk about a birthday adventure your kids will never forget!