Easy Ways to Add Kid-Friendly Flair to Any Party

Keep kids of all ages happy and entertained at your next gathering.

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Make It Easy

Everybody loves a party, but when it comes to hosting a kids' party, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Moving it outdoors is the first step; less mess means less stress. And with these simple tips, you can relax and enjoy the moment.

Table Transformation

Folding tables can be a lifesaver when you're hosting a party, and it's easy to take it from plain to pretty in just a couple of steps. First, apply painter's tape to the legs so you'll have a clean edge. Next, choose a bold color that will coordinate well with your party decor. Lightly spray-paint the legs in a smooth, sweeping motion. You may need a couple of coats to get good coverage. While the paint is still damp, remove the tape.

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Top It Off

Once the legs are dry, flip the table back over and cover the top in patterned contact paper. This not only looks adorable, it protects the table from spills and messes. It also makes for some incredibly easy cleanup — just pull it off and toss.

Party Central

Your adorably transformed folding table is the perfect spot to drop off cards and gifts, as well as display any favors for guests as they leave. Wrap the crossbars under the table with ribbon, then hang S hooks. It's a smart way to wrangle gift bags while keeping them off the floor. Print a couple of colorful graphics for the gift drop and favor pick-up, then frame them for a totally pulled-together look.

Busy Bees

Keeping kids entertained is the key to a good party. For adults, it's food and drink. But for kids, it's all about the activities. Make sure you have something planned that will foster their creativity (or burn off some of their endless energy).

Mini Artist Studio

This isn't your everyday finger painting setup. This is next-level fun for the kids. Provide each child with a paint-by-number canvas that's kid-friendly and doesn't require a lot of hands-on supervision from the party hosts.

Keep It Tidy

Little aprons or smocks not only keep kids' clothes paint-free, they're fun take-aways, too. Customize them with each child's name or a theme-related phrase to make it extra special.

Fun + Games

Foster a little lively competition by setting up a variety of two-player games. This can also cut down on any drama from too many kids trying to play something together at once. Games like bean-bag toss and horseshoes are lots of fun. Plus, grown-ups love them, too.

Big-Time Fun

Oversized games are a novelty that go a long way with both kids and adults. You can buy them online or make your own using 4x4 post scraps.

Happy + Hydrated

Let kids help themselves to a cooler full of parent-approved drinks. When they're running around outside, kids often forget to hydrate. Place a cooler near all the action so your little guests will have easy access to a cool drink.

The Perfect Pizza

Put a fun twist on pizza night by making it sweet. All you need is a store-bought pizza crust, fresh fruits and a sweet sauce kids can't get enough of. Warm it up on the grill for a delicious dessert option.

It's in the Sauce

Most kids have a major sweet tooth, and this yummy "sweet sauce" is sure to please. Combine three packages of cream cheese, two cups of plain whole fat Greek yogurt, 1-1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream, 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of vanilla. Whip it all together, then refrigerate until it's time to serve.

Tasty Toppings

Provide lots of fresh blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, then slice up a few kiwis, strawberries and melons for a colorful, healthy spread.

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