5 Tips for Hosting an Adorable & Fuss-Free Birthday

Editor's note: Hooray! Our favorite food moms have put out a magazine – and it's all about birthdays! But not the irritating, you-can-do-this-but-only-if-you-have-an-unlimited budget, time and team-of-10. Sweet Potato Chronicles' ideas are adorable and inspirational, but most of all easy. Here's how they do it.

Bozo the Clown just doesn’t cut it anymore. But you knew that. In the escalating arms race that is kids' birthday parties, there’s intense pressure to come up with original ways to celebrate.

If you’ve booked a magician, a musician and Luke Skywalker in the past you can be excused from feeling tapped out. While you definitely want to give a birthday party some focus – Saturday afternoon energy running wild through your home can get ugly fast – we’re also giving you permission to keep it simple (and short).

Imagine how much the other parents would love you if you went back to birthday party basics and therefore allowed them to? You’d be a rock star! And everyone knows that clowns are terrifying anyway.
 
Here are our five favorite ways to keep it real at a kid’s birthday party:
 
Cook Up a Birthday Party:
Have a chef teach the kids how to make a simple recipe. Best part? Lunch is made!

Throw the Party Without Losing Your Mind:
Our top 10 ways to dial down the drama.

Do an Easy Lunch:
And we don’t mean delivery pizza! Kids will love these quick and healthy snacks.

Make a Wish!
Nothing’s as sweet as a cake you can actually bake yourself.

Cupcakes!
These are a great alternative to a birthday cake. Be sure to put one aside for yourself!

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