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Planning a birthday party is something that gets easier as time goes on. When you’re in the midst of organizing a children’s birthday party, you’re usually surrounded by chaos! It can be tough to even take the time to sit down and get everything together when you’re in the middle of tasks at home or at work.
However, it’s always worth it to put forth the effort, especially when you consider how special your child will feel having had an awesome birthday party, regardless of their age. One of the toughest things about planning a child’s birthday party is making sure that the entire group of kids is entertained. This becomes even more difficult when you have a diverse range of age groups that will be present at the party.
When you take a look online at party planning resources like Pinterest, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed with all of the different options for decorations, activities, party favors, food, and overall entertainment. However, it’s important to stay realistic about the celebration, and keep in mind that children don’t pay attention to many of the little details that adults do. This will always work out in your favor as far as parties are concerned!
A great way to provide a venue for a party and simultaneously entertain a group of kids from all age groups is to reserve a party bus or a limousine for the festivities. We know what you’re thinking, this type of transportation is only reserved for crazy bachelor or bachelorette parties, right? Wrong! This is an extremely popular way to celebrate a child’s birthday party considering the different amenities that can often be found on board. The convenience of cup holders and counter tops on the road allows the kids to enjoy their food and drink without a mess. Plus, kids can’t get enough of the neon changing lights throughout the interior, as well as the booming sound systems with auxiliary cords. You get to customize your own playlist for the ride!
With a limo or party bus in Dallas, you can choose to visit different destinations, or you can ride around town enjoying each others company. You get to use your time as you please! This is a great way to keep all of the children in one place, and you can click here to get started with the reservation process.
Plus, most people aren’t aware of the fact that local transportation companies often find their chauffeurs from local school systems, so they’re used to driving while simultaneously keeping a watchful eye. You’ll be known as the coolest parent in town for reserving this type of transportation for your child’s birthday party in Dallas.
Summer in the fastlane people. That’s how I would describe the last few weeks. It’s been “CRAY CRAY”!!!
So, I will start off with a great occasion…we celebrated my Nannie’s 80th birthday in Arkansas. She is the light in our family and I hope someday I can be just a small piece of what she is. It was so fun to reunite with relatives we hadn’t seen in a long while.
We had a huge buffet, cake, and some great music! We also had a wonderful ham from Petit Jean Meats. It was sooooo delish!
If I look even HALF this good at 80 I’ll be just fine with that 🙂
My sweet family
My Mom worked so hard on the party planning and all the food. She made timeline boards with each decade of Nannie’s life and they were great. (See that’s why you should always take photos…you never know!)
It’s so hot in Texas right now you could fry and egg on the pavement. We had a great 4th of July with family. We swam in the pool and BBQ’d. Connor is enjoying his camp this summer. I can’t believe school is starting up again so soon! I’ve gotten so many back to school catalogs in the mail this week Ahhhhhh!!!!
Although I am secretly excited for fall weather. That is my “season” y’all. I’m headed to the Megaphone conference with friends in Arkansas soon. It’s a great conference if you are a blogger or want to learn anything about social media. You will also meet some great friends too!
I’ve been really busy with photo shoots lately and I’m on a summer reading kick. I’ll link to some of my favorite summer reads so far. *If you don’t enjoy drama or romance- this ain’t for you*
Don’t forget to follow us on the daily on INSTAGRAM! xoxo Becky
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Becky Branch is a “30-ish” wife, mom, photographer, coffee junkie, and blogger for over 11 years. She also works as a Finance Manager during the day for two Dental offices in the DFW area. Originally from Arkansas, they now call Grapevine, TX home. Follow her life unfiltered over at www.thejavamama.com Becky’s motto is “Without caffeine I would have no personality whatsoever!” Becky has been married for 16 years to her best friend Terence & together they have a 7-year-old son Connor. Check out all of her ramblings on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest,
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Connor and I just got back from a fun road trip to Arkansas! We celebrated my Grandma’s 80th birthday. We had the best time and got to see a lot of relatives we haven’t seen in ages. I make the drive to Arkansas about 3-4 times a year and the only way I get through it is a book on tape (or whatever they are on now) and an iPad for Connor.
I remember the days of traveling when he was a baby. One time Terence and I were headed home and Connor started getting sick all over the car. We pulled into a gas station and Terence was just throwing paper towels at me saying “Get it I can’t look at it!” Ha ha! Oh yes…we’ve all been there a time or two. I get crazy allergies when I go home too and I’m not sure why. The last couple of times I’ve had to visit an emergency clinic. All of this to say… PREPARE YOURSELVES PEOPLE!
I take our medicines and vitamins with us when we travel and it’s been a lifesaver at times. I carry Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin® and Children’s Dimetapp® for Connor. I just pop them in a waterproof bag or you could use a plastic bag, and put them in my purse.
Now I don’t have to run around like a chicken with my head cut off looking for a pharmacy when sickness strikes us! If there’s one thing I know from traveling is you cannot be too prepared.
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It’s summer and Connor’s been in full speed camp mode. He went to a great camp a couple of weeks ago on lake Grapevine and it was so much fun. Also, can I just say how HUNGRY this kiddo is all the time? He is constantly wanting snacks and drinks…but I guess if I had the energy level of a 7-year-old I would too! One of our favorite snacks are Fruit Shoot® juice drinks.
Fruit Shoot’s resealable cap allows children more independence and is user friendly. The bottle is durable & won’t puncture easily like some pouch drinks we’ve tried before. The best part is you can put the cap back on the bottle and drink later, you don’t have to sit there and drink it all in one sitting!
No matter what he’s doing he’s alway going to want a drink afterwards & we love Fruit Shoot drinks because they are so easy to pack+go. Fruit Shoot comes in several different flavors: Fruit Punch, Berry Burst, Strawberry & Raspberry, and Orange.
I know it gets so hot here in Texas you can fry an egg outside and it’s so important to keep hydrated. We found Fruit Shoot at our local Albertson’s grocery store. They are also available at Walmart.