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Here You Go: Tips for Throwing a Boss Kids’ Birthday Party

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Nailing a child’s birthday party is difficult.

You don’t need anyone to tell you that if you’ve ever had to organize one before because you already know that there are a million and one different variables to weigh up. You want your child to have an amazing party, but you also don’t want to go too overboard in case they want a mellow and chilled out gathering; you want to get them an amazing gift, but you also don’t want to get them something they’ll use once and never again.

If you’re starting to stress out over organizing festivities for your kid’s big day then these ideas might just give you the inspiration and salvation necessary to ensure that your child’s birthday doesn’t end in tears.

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Get the party right.

This is the biggest part of a child’s birthday. As we get older, parties become less of a big deal; you might go out and have a drink with your friends to celebrate another year passing by, but it’s not quite the same as it was when you were younger. You need to remember how special a birthday was when you were younger and how excited you were to party with all your closest friends. The key elements here are friendship and fun; you don’t need to spend a fortune to throw an amazing party for your child, then.

To throw a great party for your child, you just need to invite their friends and give them something fun to do. A theme is a great place to start; it could be anything from a circus party to a Star Wars party. Just think about the age of the birthday boy or girl and their friends; ensure that the theme isn’t too childish because you don’t want to embarrass your child on their big day. The important thing is simply that everyone has a great time and takes a break from being themselves so that they can be a superhero or a Sith Lord, depending on their preferences.

Nailing a unique present.

The gift or gifts that you get for your child are also things that you give great importance, but instead of stressing over what your child wants, think about what they might not realize they want. Instead of giving them a plastic gift that they’ll forget about in a week, you could give your little one something with a little more substance. You could look into options such as a dsquared t-shirt to give your little or not-so-little one something “cool” and fashionable to wear on their big day.

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Usually, clothes as gifts will induce groans from even the politest of kids, but if you choose correctly then you’ll sneakily succeed in getting your child a practical present that they actually love. Hopefully, they won’t suspect a thing. Of course, if you want to go for something a little more memorable then a day out to a zoo or a theme park that your child has always wanted to visit is certainly a gift that will make this birthday one they’ll never forget. Surprise presents might seem like a risky move, but the look on your child’s face will be worth it.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ New Characters as Baby Names in US History

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Called “eternally popular” by Forbes, the “Star Wars” franchise is among the most beloved, recognizable, successful and enduring movie series in the history of film. The now seven-movie series (five more are planned) boasts the third-highest franchise box office gross revenue on record, but that doesn’t begin to account for the brand’s success.

From phone cases to action figures, bed sheets, stationery and lunch boxes, Star Wars is arguably the most universally merchandised film series of all time. Although today’s children are just as fascinated as their parents and grandparents with the saga, those that were kids for the original films are now somewhere close to 50 years old. According to the New York Times, Star Wars has managed to connect middle-aged fans to their childhoods like no other film series in history.

With legions of loyal fans — from toddlers to the elderly — obsessing over the tiniest fragments of Star Wars minutia, the films have actually had a measurable impact on our country’s culture, including how people name their children. MooseRoots used Social Security Administration data to find out the popularity of names used in the Star Wars franchise among new parents.

Here are how the top characters in this latest Installment, Episode VII, The Force Awakens stack up historically,

Poe #24

Poe Dameron is an ace pilot who takes on the Empire from the cockpit of an X-Wing Fighter. Although he is a popular character, the same can not be said for his name. The last time more than four boys were born with the name Poe was when five joined the Force in 2012.

 

Maz #23 Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o will portray space pirate Maz Kanata in “The Force Awakens.” Only five baby boys were born with the name Maz in 2013, the last year more than four were recorded. The name may remain so unusual, in part, because her character was called “Rose” on set to prevent film spoilers. Although the character is a woman, fewer than five girls have been born with the name Maz in any given year.

Kylo #19

Aggressive and strong with the Force, Kylo Ren is known for his unique lightsaber and quick temper. “The Force Awakens” was announced in 2012, by 2014 eight boys were born with the name Kylo.

 

Rey #7 Although the tough survivor from the deserts of Jakku is female in “The Force Awakens,” the name Rey is steadily rising in popularity among boys in the United States. Over 240 were born in 2014, up from just 46 in 1980.

Finn #3

Finn is a warrior with a conscience struggling to escape his past. Although the traditional Nordic name briefly fell out of favor around 1990, it has seen an extraordinary rise in popularity in recent years. Over 770 boys named Finn were born in 2014, making it the the 234th most popular boys name in the country.

 

 

The Star Wars for Little People Gear is the Cutest!

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Star Wars mania continues, going in on the second week since the release of the latest installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams.

Have you seen the Star Wars onesies some stores and online merchants are selling? They are the cutest things! I must say that the graphic designers who come up with the latest designs have been quite creative. Now they sell all sorts of great T’s, sweats and other casual Star Wars clothing for kids too!

I prefer the simple and classic, not overly cartooney stuff. Here’s my pick of Star Wars gear I’m digging.

Mi Cielo Dark Vader Onesie • $35

Star Wars Onesies • Molo • $44

It’s also great that there are more options for little girls too. For those Girl Geeks out there!

Girls 7-16 Star Wars Raglan T-Shirt • Star Wars •

STAR WARS Star Wars Graphic Logo Tee – Girls 7-16 • Star Wars •

Girls 7-16 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens BB-8 T-Shirt • Star Wars •

BB-8 Tee for Girls by Junk Food – Star Wars: The Force Awakens • Disney •

Star Wars Boys’ Foil Logo T-Shirt • Star Wars •

Little Boys’ or Toddler Boys’ Star Wars The Force Awakens T-Shirt • Star Wars •

Star Wars Little Boys’ I’m The Boss Darth Vader T-Shirt • Star Wars •

Star Wars Boys’ Imperial Leader Hoodie • Star Wars •

Star Wars Big Boys’ Movie Episode 7 Kylo Ren Villain Logo Flat Brim Baseball Hat • Star Wars •

Star Wars ‘Yoda’ Beanie (Big Boys) • Star Wars •