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Birthday Party At Home - Phoenix

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Birthday party at your house always has much warmer, more personal feeling. For parents it's also more friendly ( they don't have to sit for 2 hours on the floor of some smelly gym). You can invite just a couple of kids or a crowd, depending on your place, but you have to provide some kind of an entertainment anyway. And don't forget to put out at least some cheese and crackers for the parents. Also, it helps to pick a party theme and plan your activities around it.
Below you can find some ideas for the home-based party:
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I. Play some party games.

If you've decided on a specific party theme, you can easily adapt almost any game to fit it, using elements or characters related to it.

Try playing the game with your child. If he likes it, the others most likely will too.

Save more active games for going outside, and leave quieter games and crafts for playing indoors.

Prepare one or two extra games. That way you'll have something to entertain the children with if your planned activities take less time than expected. If you can see that the kids don't like a game, quickly wrap it up and switch to something else.

Have your games ready to go before the start of the party.

Try to either give a prize to each child, or none at all. These can be anything: candies, erasers, pencils, and other small trinkets.

As kids often find it hard to wait their turn, try to pick games that have everyone participating at the same time.

It's very important to clearly explain every game, and even better to show examples.

II. Sing and dance

Pick a few songs or dance with the kids, it always fun and keeps the party mood.

III. Creative activities

If your kid is fond of arts, pick some art activities like draw mom's portrait, or make a funny picture frame or even make something from real clay. At Michael's craft store they have a selection of party kits.

IV. Jumping castles/Bounce Houses

Jumping castles in the backyard are always a popular choice.
A couple of places to find castle rentals:

1) Jump Around at http://www.jumparoundparties.com/
602-481-5867
has Jumping Castles, Slide/Jump Combos, Obstacle Courses, Water Slides, and more for your party.

2) AZ Bounce Pro offers a great selection of bounce houses, slides, games, and other party essentials
623-236-9591
http://www.azbouncepro.com/

3) Arizona Inflatable Events has bounce houses, wet and dry slides, rock walls, and more.
480-854-1857
http://www.ArizonaInflatableEvents.com/

4) A Child's Joy offers inflatable bounce houses, water slides, pony rides, petting zoos, and carnival ride rentals. You can hire a Clown, Face Painter, Balloonist, or Magic Show.
480-820-8030
http://achildsjoy.net/

5) Slide and Bounce Around has slides, bounce houses, and other party equipment.
480-507-5867
http://www.slideandbounce.com/

6) B.T. Bouncies has cheap bounce house, inflatable water slide, and party rentals in Phoenix, AZ.
Age Group: 3-13
Days Times: 7 days a week, all times of day
Fees: $79 up
Website: www.btbouncies.com
Phone: (623) 696-5586
Email: brian@btbouncies.com
Also offered:
tent, chair, rock climbing wall, mechanical bull, & dunk tank rentals

V. Magicians and clowns

You can invite a magician or a clown -- some kids love it but some not so much, so its up to your child.
Here is some info:

1) Happy Entertainment has clowns, face painters, balloon artists, caricature artists, magicians for your party.
602-275-3701
www.happyentertainment.com

2) AZ Party Artists have balloon twisters, face and tattoo artists, and more. Find them at www.azpartyartists.com

3) Balloonatix Entertainment specializes in Balloon Art, Face Painting, Magic, Stilt walking, Juggling, and Clowning.
602-571-2789
www.balloonatix.com

4) The Tea Hostess traveling tea parties for ages 4+.


Party Themes at http://www.birthdaypartyideas4kids.com/kids-party-ideas.htm

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