Plan your kid’s birthday party with Netflix!
27 Nov 2017
Last month, I briefly talked about how one of Lauren’s favourite movies inspired the theme for her 9th birthday party. While themed birthdays are by no means a new thing, the bar has definitely been risen on running one, and the expectations from friends (and in some cases, parents).
The planning her birthday started several months ahead. The first thing we needed to do was talk about what type of party she wanted to have. Lauren decided she wanted a pyjama party, with candy, popcorn, chips, juice, decorating cookies, and a movie.
As young as she is, Lauren is a very creative thinker. When she said that she wanted to have theme that went with he movie she was going to choose, I asked her what movie she was thinking of. She said her favourite movie was “Hotel Transylvania”. Because that movie had spooky characters, I hinted at a Halloween theme. Then her eyes opened up and said “we could have glow sticks for everyone, and trick-or-treat for candy!”
She also wanted to invite as many friends as possible, so that no one would miss out on this epic party. We started to compile a list, and due to the amount of names, ruled out our house as a location.
Date and Location
Next, we needed to secure a date, and a location. As Wendy and I work as the senior youth group coordinators at our church, we looked at the hall there first. We knew that the main hall would be more than sufficient for the amount of kids we wanted to invite. The hall had a projector, a big pull down screen, and blinds to cover the windows… perfect conditions for a pyjama party where we would be watching a movie.
Once we secured the hall and date, Lauren and I started working on the invitations. Because of my design and print background, I didn’t want to buy pre-made invitations. So together, Lauren and I designed her invites.
She told me what she wanted, and I tried my best to make it happen. We also designed thank you notes with the same theme. When the invites and thank you notes received Lauren’s stamp of approval, I sent them off to the printer.
Next was making sure we had enough help to make sure the party ran smoothly. My parents were going to be there, as well as Wendy’s Mom, so they told us they would be happy to help. Rachel said she would help, and one of our senior youth group alumni offered to help as well. We had a lot of hands helping Wendy and I ensure the day was successful.
Lauren wanted to make the room look as haunted as possible, but not too scary. As we have a lot of Halloween decorations at home, we decorated the whole with jack-o’-lanterns and orange lights.
As mentioned earlier, Lauren wanted her friends to trick-or-treat for their goodies. So we had it planned that we would put several bowls of different types of candy and chocolate on the table, give each kid their own empty treat bag and twist tie, and have them choose their own goodies.
Hotel Transylvania was the movie. We have pretty awesome wifi at our church, so we streamed it from Netflix.
A boo-tiful birthday party!
The day was a huge success, and Lauren loved having all of her friends together for those few hours. The movie was great, the theme went over well, the glow sticks were a hit, and the kids loved decorating cookies and trick-or-treating for candy. As well, clean up was a breeze! When other than Halloween can you go trick-or-treating? At my daughter’s birthday party… that’s when!
The perfect birthday party?
Do you feel the need to compete with other kids or parents for the perfect party? Honestly, I have never felt this way. We don’t do a party every year. Sometimes our girls just want to go out with friends to a movie or do a small sleepover. Wendy and I are not one to try and keep up with the Joneses, and neither are my kids.
However, I know that there is a lot of competition out there when kids go to parties. They want their soirée to be the best. With social media, everyone wants to post pictures of how great the party is they threw for their kids, all the decorations they put up, and the amazing cakes they baked.
But then there are also of the Pinterest fails, the parties where not enough kids show up to finish the food, or an outdoor party being rained out. Planning a birthday party can really stress you out!
Have a Netflix birthday party!
Netflix recently did a survey and found that 82% of parents around the world wished there was an easier way to make birthdays feel special for their children.
They took the results of that survey, and came up with the ultimate birthday hack. You can now celebrate birthdays on-demand with Netflix! All you have to do is search “birthday” on Netflix to unlock several on-demand titles available for streaming. You can have sleepover movie parties, pyjama parties, or just have your kids friends over for a birthday movie marathon!
Titles include: DreamWorks All Hail King Julien, Barbie, Beat Bugs, DreamWorks Dinotrux, Legend Quest, LEGO Friends, LEGO Ninjago, Luna Petunia, My Little Pony, Pokemon, Project Mc2, Skylanders Academy, DreamWorks Trollhunters and Word Party.
Here’s what else is on Netflix in November…
So the next time you are stressing out about what to do for your kid’s next birthday party, look no further than Netflix to save the day!
Disclaimer: I am part of the Netflix Canada Stream Team. All opinions are my own.
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