There was no surprise when I asked my son what he wanted to do for his 9th birthday… GO FISHING. Our memories of this last summer were all about catching and releasing. We would load up the truck and head out to different fishing spots every week. I wasn’t quite sure at first how to approach this theme with a bunch of rambunctious boys. I didn’t know how many boys had fishing poles and even if they knew how to fish. There would be a few at least because one mother recommended using Raise to get a decent discount on poles, though I still wasn’t sure how many had taken her up on it. I decided the best way to celebrate was to caravan down to my parents house who have a pool and a running river behind their house. This location was perfect! Even if only a few boys brought poles the pool and the river would help ensure no boy felt left out of the fun.
This party could be done up the canyon, at a pond or resevoir, the beach or even in your backyard. If you don’t have access to a water source, create one with a play pool. Here are some helpful ideas to help you celebrate an off the HOOK party!
Party favors are the exciting part of the birthday preparation. Purchasing and gathering all the fun little toys and candy to toss together for the birthday celebration can be fun. First find a theme, second decide what kind of items you want to give out and third scout out a few stores to see what they have.
Make the favor worth it. Often kids are given little penny toys that break in seconds and the kids are disappointed. I like to give things that will last longer than a moment. This doesn’t have to mean that it needs to be expensive, just wise. A $1 bubble stick or a coloring book is not a lot of money but the kids can enjoy it for a bit. I often put the favors into a cool cup, which can be used several times following the party.
You can often find items in bulk allowing you to purchase more for less. Stores have several options in their party isles. Great stores to find party favors are: Target, Walmart, Dollar Stores and your local craft stores. Most of these stores have Dollar Sections, which have great options and ideas for party favors.