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
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
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
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).
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
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. :)