Quick Tips for Throwing a Half Birthday Party Does your child have a birthday in December, January, or February? Do you live in a place where it happens to be winter during these months? If so, you, most likely, are indoors celebrating…whether it be in your home or an alternative venue. How many winter kids dream of a great outdoors party to celebrate at least once during their childhood?

A great idea to get around this problem is to enjoy a simple family celebration on the actual wintry birthday date, i.e. cake and candles with immediate family and a present or two, and hold the actual birthday party mid-year with all of their friends when it is summer. This is especially a good plan for school-aged children (5 to 10 years old) who are old enough to want an outdoor party and also able to wait for the fun celebration, which will be a few months away.

Here are some tips for celebrating a half birthday:

  1. Send out a half invitation using one side of a card. Name it a “Half Birthday Party!”
  2. The party theme has to be something that goes well outdoors: swimming, camping, beach, etc.
  3. Serve half foods, i.e. half a pizza, half sandwiches, deviled eggs, half gallon ice cream, half a birthday cake.
  4. Break popular party foods in half: brownies, cupcakes, donuts, fruits, veggies, etc.
  5. If swimming, make the kids wait a half hour before going into the pool. Play games during this time.
  6. Hold a half treasure hunt, hide one half of plastic Easter eggs with half-sized candy bars.
  7. Play one-legged and one armed relay races.
  8. If girls are attending (or it’s an all-girl party) paint half of their nails.
  9. Ask guests to bring half a birthday present, and half wrap them.
  10. Fill goody cups half-full.

Hope the party is half as fun as the regular one!!

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  1. great tips, thanks for giving me ideas coz I am looking for a children theme parties

    Jenny Dane said on March 17, 2008
  2. This is exactly what we do! My daughter’s birthday is Dec. 26, and so instead of trying to have a party so close to Christmas, we do it on June 26. It is a big hit, and she gets to feel extra-special because she is the only one who gets to have a half birthday.

    Emily said on September 26, 2008

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