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How Do I Make My Child’s Birthday Special When It’s Near a Holiday?

How Do I Make My Child’s Birthday Special When It’s Near a Holiday?

Below are some ideas to help ensure your children will feel special on their special day and not overshadowed by the holidays.


Have everyone dress up in their costumes a few days early! The parents will be happy the children will be using their costumes more than once, and the kids will have a blast. How do you make it different from Halloween? Have the party at a farm and go pumpkin and apple picking together! You may want to ask parents to volunteer since the apples can be high up and the pumpkins heavy, but this will be a party no one will forget—and what an adorable group picture you’ll get!

Christmas or Hanukkah

This is a great time of year to teach our children what the holidays are really about. Instead of having all of the children bring your child a gift, have them bring one dollar and a gift for “a child.” Your child will then count up all of the dollars and be so excited to be able to buy a gift with the money he or she received. The gifts that were brought can be donated to homeless or orphaned children, or any type of group that you and your child feel could use some assistance. Hot chocolate for everyone!

Valentine’s Day

Hold the party a few days early and create Valentine’s Cards! To help inspire the children of what to write, have them sit in a circle and tell the birthday girl or boy one thing they like about them. Then ask them to think about who they would like to make a card for and what they would like to write. Glitter, colorful glue, pipe cleaners, flat sequins, construction paper in pink, red, and white, and colorful markers should do the trick! You can also hold this party at a ceramics studio for a similar feel, and they can make Valentine’s gifts instead of cards.

Fourth of July

Not only is this a holiday, but it’s also a summer birthday, which adds a few additional challenges. Not to worry! Create a themed birthday party that kids will not want to miss! Hold the party outside on July 4th, inviting the entire families; otherwise they may decline the invitation since the families will want to be together. Decorate in red, white, and blue (of course) and make it a whole festival with three-legged races, bobbing for apples—the whole works.

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Amanda Hudes


Amanda Hudes is the Founder and Principle Planner of Smiling Through Chaos event planning. Through her business, Amanda helps to relieve busy women from the stress that can come along with coordinating weddings and other major lifetime events. She also helps them to look and feel their best in the process, through relaxation techniques, exercise guidance, health consultations, and fashion styling. Smiling Through Chaos offers everything you need.

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