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  • Mom Hacks: Top 5 Tips for Better Home Birthdays
  • Maria Eckersley
  • birthdaybirthday partyconfettidougnutMom Hackspizzascavenger huntstudio 5

Mom Hacks: Top 5 Tips for Better Home Birthdays

Mom Hacks: Top 5 Tips for Better Home Birthdays

Every mom needs a few time-saving tricks up her sleeve. I'm kicking off my mom hack series with an area that causes joy and stress to every mom: kid birthdays.

You can see me chat about all these ideas with Brooke Walker on KSL's Studio 5 today at 11am MST.

Did you miss it live? Click here to watch the 5-min segment.

1. Doughnut Tower Cake

Mom Hack Doughnut Tower Cake with Candles

Birthday cakes are ridiculously time consuming. At our house, cakes are optional but we never skip a doughnut tower. We celebrate each birthday with a sugar-coated doughnut breakfast. I love it because it's cheap and I can buy them in advance. I also love that it's really easy to tell how old the kids are in each picture...just count the doughnuts.

2. Confetti Cup

MeckMom Birthday Mom Hack Confetti Cup Suprise

Every birthday should start with a burst of color. I'm not always the first one out of bed in the morning so I like to set birthday booby traps for my kids (awesome, right?). This DIY confetti-filled cup rains down on the birthday kiddo as soon as they open their bedroom door. Find the post with the instructions and the free printable here.

3. Birthday Scavenger Hunt

MeckMom Birthday Mom Hack Present Scavenger Hunt

I don't generally have a ton of gifts for my kids so I like to make each one feel a bit more special by creating a birthday scavenger hunt. When the kids are at school or taking a nap, I hide all their presents in weird locations around the house (like the mailbox, the trunk of the car, the shower or the freezer).

MeckMom Mom Hack Birthday Scavenger Hunt

To find their gifts, the kids have to follow my clues. I usually cater the hunt to their hobbies or the theme of their party. In this example, Sam was a big fan of Nerf guns so I wrote the present locations on the inside of the party cups with a Sharpie. Sam had to use his favorite Nerf gun to knock a cup completely off the counter before he could look inside for his clue. Once he found a clue, all of the kids run with him to find the present. He brings the gift back to the kitchen to open it (so I can watch and take pictures) and then grabs his gun to shoot down the next clue. *Lest you think I'm more talented than I am, you should know that these photos were not actually taken on Sam's birthday. If it had been his actual birthday, the kitchen would have been a disaster behind him. Birthdays are happy mess at our house.

4. Party Pack

MeckMom Birthday Mom Hack Party Pack Happy Meal

Most adults have a hard time balancing a paper plate loaded with food...for kids it's nearly impossible. Personally, I like to ditch all the fancy refreshment tables you see on Pinterest and create party packs instead. Essentially you're creating a happy meal for each child at your party, complete with drink, snack, napkins, treats and party favors. Not only do you save your floor from spills but the box doubles as a mini garbage bin. Just have the kids toss all their trash inside the box and throw the whole box out! You can find these cute gable boxes at party stores or on Amazon but paper bags work well too.

5. Pizza Pleaser

Birthdays are busy for moms. I'm a firm believer that dinner should be as easy as possible. At our house that means pizza. To make that boring meal a little more fun, I call ahead to the pizza place and request they put the birthday child's age on the pizza with pepperoni. It's always a fun surprise to open the take-out box and find that pizza was made just for them. The same trick works for freezer pizza too.

Those are a few of my favorites. I hope they make your next home birthday just a little bit easier! Keep your eyes peeled for more mom hacks to come. :)

  • Maria Eckersley
  • birthdaybirthday partyconfettidougnutMom Hackspizzascavenger huntstudio 5

Comments on this post (5)

  • May 17, 2019

    I appreciate your disclaimer about the kitchen tidyiness 😉 However, I don’t think our kitchen ever looks that tidy, so you’re still at least one step ahead of us!!

    Love these ideas and would love to know more if you or your readers have any! 😊

    — Sarah

  • Feb 17, 2017

    I’m looking forward to a “best of” list! I’m not very creative, so I’m happy you’re willing to share:). I would love any/all holiday tradition ideas you have, but since St. Patrick’s Day and Easter are coming up soon, those are on my mind right now. Thanks again!

    — Mindy

  • Feb 13, 2017

    Thank you! I am looking forward to a “most memorable” post:). Your ideas are unique and creative! I’m not great at coming up with fun ideas, so I’m very happy when people are will to share.

    I would love to know what you do for every holiday:), but since it’s close to Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter those are the ones I’m currently thinking about. I purchased a couple of your adorable Valentines and I’m sure my kids are going to love them! Thanks again!

    — Mindy

  • Feb 10, 2017

    Thanks for asking, Mindy. I have tons scavenger hunt ideas because we do a new one for each birthday. I’ll start working on a new post with the most memorable ones. :)

    I’m happy to share some holiday traditions too. We do a ton but I like to mix it up a lot so our traditions morph from one year to the next. Is there a particular holiday you’re interested in?

    — MeckMom

  • Feb 06, 2017

    I love your creativity! Thanks for sharing your fun birthday ideas. I would love to hear more about your other themes for scavenger hunts. Do you have other holiday traditions you’d be willing to share?

    — Mindy

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