This post is written in partnership with Netflix
When did this happen? When did birthday parties morph into virtual competitions between once rational, even-minded parents who as soon as their kidlets is on the cusp of age one transform into faux Martha Stewarts as they jockey for the title of grand dame of the buttercream and frosting kid birthday circuit? I always remember when our first child turned one – after all the pomp and circumstance, aka the elaborate balloon centerpiece and personalized gift bags monogrammed with her name, our sweet redhead could barely keep her eyes open and slept through one and half hours of her two hour first birthday party.
Believe me it is easy to get caught up in the hype and I think many of us parents do it from a pace of true love for our kids and wanting to give our little humans a day that will prove to them just how special they are and how dear they are to our hearts ( as though being there to clean up all their vomit, wipe their little behinds and feed them night and day doesn't already illustrate that point- but I digress!)
When it comes to planning your kids’ birthday parties, the pressure can be overwhelming for parents. You’re not alone, nearly three-quarters (71%) of parents wish there was an easier way to make birthdays feel special for their kids.
The truth is I think many of us yearn for a birthday celebration that won't require that we spend $500.00 I am all for having a little celebration, sing happy birthday, some food and refreshments, open presents and not break the bank. So how can you do this without your kid being the wiser? Enter Wish granted—no candles required. Netflix is granting parents the ultimate birthday gift with the launch of 15 Birthdays On-Demand featurettes.
For the first time ever, Netflix released 15 Birthdays On-Demand, where characters from LEGO Ninjago, Luna Petunia, Beat Bugs and more help make birthday celebrations a piece of cake. With this new hack, parents can simply press play and kids’ favorite characters will sing them a special birthday greeting – made just for them (or so they’ll think). Netflix is taking the celebrations to the next level – no cake baking all-nighter required – by letting kids celebrate with Trollhunters or Pokėmon, anytime, anywhere. Launching in the world’s most common birth month of September (just nine months after the holidays, wink wink), Netflix Birthdays On-Demand gives parents an easier way to make their kids birthdays special.
If you’ve been sweating party planning, you’re not alone. Two-thirds of parents (67%) globally agree that birthday planning is stressful. But how the celebrations unfold varies by region:
- C’est La Vie. If only we could be more like French parents: 46% say birthday planning isn’t stressful, while parents in Peru and the Philippines feel most stressed about kids’ birthdays (77%).
- How many likes did I get? Parents in Turkey (56%) and India (52%) feel the most social media heat around their kids’ birthday parties.
- Characters rule. Mexican kids are all about character-themed birthdays: 91% of parents in Mexico have hosted a character-themed party for their child.
- Trying to save a buck. Parents are more interested in saving money than time when it comes to party planning (54% vs. 42%). Italian parents are most interested in birthday money-saving measures (72%).
- Brazilian big spenders. Brazilian parents go all out for birthdays, racking up an average bill of $620 (vs. a global average of $250).
Just searching “birthday songs” on Netflix will unlock a special performance from kids’ favorite characters, including DreamWorks All Hail King Julien, Barbie, Beat Bugs, DreamWorks Dinotrux, Las Leyendas, LEGO Friends, LEGO Ninjago, Luna Petunia, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug* and Cat Noir, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Pokemon, Project Mc2, Skylanders Academy, DreamWorks Trollhunters and Word Party.
Starring the characters in your kids’ favorite shows—like Beat Bugs, Barbie and Pokemon—your kids will feel like they’re singing just for them. Keep reading for some of my tried and true birthday hacks ( in addition to Netflix) to help you keep your birthday costs down while keeping your kids happy and content!
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- Have the party at home. You don’t have to take the kids to some expensive venue. Have the party at home, have some traditional party games and everybody has fun. Some games you can try are depending on the child’s age are Freeze Dance, Musical Chairs, Charades, Three-Legged Race, Duck, Duck, Goose!
- Forget the Themed partyware-use old fashioned white paper plates and cups! When you serve the cake, pizza, or ice cream no kid really looks at the plate and says I want Spiderman or Batman they eat it make their mess and everything gets thrown out the same way minus the expensive of 50 cents a plate at a party store
- Remember the Dollar Store. You can get tablecloths, balloons and favors much cheaper here and let’s face it kids will break their favor or balloon within 30 minutes anyway so no need to spend a lot on going home goodie bags.
- Avoid the mealtime party. If you have a party between mealtimes all you have to serve is the cake and you can avoid the expense and trouble of serving a meal. After lunch and before dinner is a perfect time for the party.
- Send out invitations via email that way you don’t have to spend on invitations, stamps and you can get an immediate response most of the time.
Do you feel the pressure to make their birthday perfect? What are some of your Birthday Party Hacks?