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Birthday Parties Make a Difference

Birthday parties are an important rite of passage

Children’s birthday parties are important rites of passage, but they need not be elaborate affairs to be memorable events.

Birthdays, especially for children, are more than simply the acknowledgement of another year having passed since birth.  When kids are developing their sense of identity and understanding their place in the world, the acknowledgement of a birthday helps them to actually understand that they are growing older, increasing their status in society by another year.  In their early developmental period, the birthday party actually means in their mind that they are growing older, and without a party, they cannot increase their age.

As kids grow and mature, these parties may have a different significance, but they are no less beneficial to the social development of children as they learn how to interact with others their own age. Parties need not be elaborate to be meaningful, and there is an increasing trend towards simpler celebrations at home with themed activities rather than elaborate destination events that can easily expand a budget beyond established limits.  Whether or not a party is being hosted at home, the use of themes helps to establish a cohesive idea that can unify the various aspects of a child’s birthday and make it an event that will remain in their memory for years to come.

Birthday Parties Are Rites of Passage

While it’s easy to assume that a young child has a minimal understanding of a birthday party, numerous psychological studies have shown that a child’s understanding of their age is, in their developing years, tied intrinsically to having a birthday party.  Children don’t necessarily understand how aging works on a biological level, so they relate the actual event to how they become older.  The type of event held is far less important than the party itself, so potential expense or size has far less significance.

Additionally, as children get older, the distinction between aging and the party itself becomes separated, but there are still important aspects of parties that help a child grow socially.  Birthday parties are a wonderful opportunity for children to establish and maintain friendships with peers by interacting with them in a non-school setting.  Even as an attendee instead of the guest of honor, a child gets the chance to practice good manners and proper etiquette-both with people their own age and adults-with the use of “please,” “thank you,” and following instructions for various types of participation throughout the day.  The child having the party has the opportunity to learn graciousness when having others come to celebrate his or her important day, and when receiving presents can take the opportunity to thank their friends both in person and with a thank you card after the party to show their appreciation for the thoughtfulness of others.

Why A Home Party Is a Good Choice

An increasing trend is to have more intimate parties at home, moving away from parties at locations such as amusement parks and swimming pools.  With this type of party choice, a theme is a creative and fun way to make the event unique and special without the need for a destination to define its personality.

Some of the benefits of hosting a party in your home are:

  • The ability to control the menu within parameters parents are comfortable (a major reason for the new tendency to host parties at home) with an easier ability to apply any necessary dietary restrictions
  • A location that doesn’t have limitations on what type of decorations can be used or what hours the party can be held
  • Control over the budget and greater flexibility with which areas money can be most effectively spent.

Themes Help Make A Party

Lastly, a theme establishes cohesion when creating an event, which can help to keep a party within budget and while maintaining a memorable time.  A single idea can help determine the type of food served, the decorations used, even what activities can be created to keep children entertained throughout the day.  By determining these factors ahead of time, costs can be kept within reasonable parameters and a single idea can help expand the creative possibilities of the party.  And, most importantly, a themed party provides the opportunity for young ones to participate and plan with you, making the party a memory they won’t forget!

National Party Stationery allows you to begin creating the perfect party theme with our expansive array of invitations that can be customized to suit your planning needs.  Our prices will allow you to easily stay within your chosen budget and will add that personalized touch to make a special day that much more memorable for your child.


Handwriting Benefits for Children

Benefits of Handwriting for Children


The technology boom has changed the way the world works drastically in the last 50 years. New technologies are constantly arising to make our lives easier; we carry computers in our pockets, cars can park themselves, and typing computers is starting to replace longhand. The working world rarely uses normal handwriting and cursive is all but extinct in people under 30 years old. Now children are learning to handwrite less often. Schools are incorporating computers and tablets into the curriculum and less focus is spent on handwriting and cursive. Speed is the main factor in replacing the seemingly outdated longhand. However we are failing to realize the benefits of teaching our children to write by hand.


Scientists and psychologists are both examining handing writing. Their findings are not surprising for people who grew up learning handwriting. Little girl practicing handwritingChildren learn to read more quickly if they are being taught how to write at the same time. Studies are suggesting that when you write by hand you are able to remember and retain information at a better rate. Writing in free hand was also shown to increase brain activity in children more than tracing or typing. There are quite a few small benefits of handwriting. One of which is the removal of computer based distraction, handwriting is generally seen as better for focus. Another benefit of handwriting was shown in the medical field. When stroke patients have difficulty reading it helps them to have them to trace out letters sometimes even with their fingers alone. Often times handwriting is associated with memory. When something is handwritten it is remembered and understood better.


It is important for children to learn both handwriting skills and computer skills in our current day and age.Take to time to make sure your child is being properly taught to write. It is also important for adults to practice handwriting as it helps retain cognitive ability. Practicing handwriting may seem dull to your child but you can make it fun! Helping them hand write birthday party invitations adds a personal touch to each invitation. We also provide stationery and note cards that will help excite your kids to learn writing by sending notes to their friends, grandparents, and cousins.

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