Naturally Fun Parties for Kids: a review and a giveaway!

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

We are entering the time of year known at the Fleck house as birthday party season.  Over the next few months we”ll celebrate four birthdays in our family, as well as celebrating two holidays and a family reunion.

Normally this means I”m facing a bit of a conundrum:  how to create wonderful, fun parties for my children without giving into the consumerism, highly processed, commercial party element that seems so prevalent in kids” parties these days? If those parties could be kind to the planet and kind to my budget, even better.

In other words, the book I”m sharing with you today landed on my desk for review at just the right time!

This giveaway is now closed.

Naturally Fun Parties for Kids

Naturally Fun Parties for Kids was written by Anni Daulter with Heather Fontenot.

Anni Daulter, the author,  is a professional cook and an advocate for sustainable living.  Her previous books include Ice Pop Joy, The Organic Family Cookbook,  and Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers.  She is also the co-founder of Bamboo magazine for whole family living.

Heather Fontenot is one of the editors of and writes a beautiful blog at Shivaya Naturals.

From the first glance at the cover I knew that this was a different kind of party book – not a plastic cake topper or artificial color in sight.  The softcover book has 128 pages with 12 seasonal party ideas for kids ages 5 to 12.  From creating the invitations to instructions for handmade decorations to games and kid-friendly recipes to serve your party guests, this book gently guides you through your party planning with over 200 full color photos and clearly written instructions.

The authors have even thoughtfully included timelines for party planning, so that you aren”t doing in all in a last minute rush (not that I”d ever do that.  ahem.) but can get started about a month to two weeks before your party.

The book includes earth-friendly, budget-friendly, yet fun seasonal themes, such as:

  • an egg dyeing Spring garden party
  • a pancake pajama party
  • forest faerie dress-up party
  • strawberry-picking and jam-making party
  • upcycle art party
  • knights and dragons quest party
  • and more!

It says a lot to me that my children, ranging in age from 3 to 10, also seemed naturally drawn to the book from the moment it arrived.  Each of them has spent some time skimming the pages and commenting on different elements and images that they would like, pretending to plan their own parties.

Myself?  I have marked several ideas with post-it notes and feel better prepared for the upcoming birthday season than I have a in a while.  More than that, I also feel inspired to throw some of these kid-friendly parties just because sometimes you don”t need a reason to celebrate and spend time with family and friends.

There are a lot of happy memories waiting within the pages of Naturally Fun Parties for Kids. My children and I can”t wait to get started celebrating!

The giveaway

One lucky Simple Kids reader will win a copy of the book   by Annie Daulter with Heather Fontenot.

To enter simply leave a comment below.

(Note: if you”re reading this post via email or through a reader, you will need to click through to the blog and leave a comment)

This giveaway will be open until Midnight EST, Friday April 13, 2012.  Good luck!

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

Online Knitting Class
Delightful kids' crafts delivered to your door!  See sample crates>>


  1. Oh, to take the stress out of party planning; sign me up!

  2. wow such a great party book!
    Heather´s latest post: Yardwork – Toddler Style

  3. Amanda C says:

    This book would come in so handy! We just found out our daughter is sensitive to artificial colors and was just lamenting over the loss of “fun” birthday cakes, etc. Maybe I was too quick in my assumption! Would love to win this book!

  4. I’d love to have a copy.
    Steph´s latest post: Four things not to say to newlyweds

  5. This one looks so tempting to me. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Lise´s latest post: Bird cat toy: Lucy’s project

  6. tinafreysd says:

    Implementing an earth-friendly birthday theme isn’t difficult with many natural children’s party ideas available for invitations, decorations, foods and even location. You can plan a natural party and have fun celebrating the earth and the birthday..
    tinafreysd´s latest post: Treating Your Acne Naturally

  7. This looks like a fun book to peruse. We keep parties low-key around here, too, but I’m always interested in finding fresh ways to do that!
    Sarah M
    Sarah M´s latest post: Movie Review: Hugo

  8. Heather says:

    I would love to read this book.

  9. Sounds like a fun book – I’ve got some parties coming up too!

  10. Jennifer says:

    We’re starting to think about birthday parties here too – I’d love a copy of the book!

  11. Sounds right up our alley. Thanks!

  12. We would totally love to win a copy of this book!! :)
    Myah´s latest post: My Homemade Laundry Detergent Review

  13. i heard so many good things about this book i’d love to win it!! thanks for the giveaway!
    Sylvia´s latest post: across the ocean :: postcards of spring IV

  14. With these two lovely ladies involved, this book can be nothing short of amazing. Thanks for the opportunity!
    Courtney {A Life Sustained}´s latest post: A Life Sustained Sponsor: CaseyDeeArt

  15. Stephanie says:

    I would LOVE this book. This month is my son’s 3rd birthday and July is my daughters 1st! It would be really helpful. :)

  16. This book looks wonderful! I love a good giveaway!

  17. Cheyenne says:

    sounds like a great book!

  18. That book looks fabulous! Thanks!
    The Orchard´s latest post: Hoppy Easter!

  19. I’m so intrigued by this book! I would love to have this!
    Roxy´s latest post: {this moment}

  20. Kristin says:

    This book looks lovely! Just what I was looking for!!!

  21. I have seen this book talked about around the web and am eager to get my hands on a copy!
    Shereen´s latest post: miscommunication

  22. Tina Mc says:

    I would really appreciate the help offered in this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  23. How wonderful to have a book that shows alternatives to the Oriental Trading Company gift bag, rent a large entertainment space kind of party that’s so prevalent. Nice to have a child’s celebration be about creativity and thoughtfulness rather than shelling out the cash.
    ~Heather´s latest post: Family tools

  24. Sounds great, I would love to win.

  25. Valerie says:

    Looks fun – we have birthday “season” in our home in the fall (coinciding with the start of the school year), so some good (eco-friendly) ideas would be much appreciated during that busy season!

  26. casey russo says:

    this sounds like it would be great!

  27. Elizabeth says:

    I have been drooling over the thought of getting my hands on this book. As a mom to a 2 year old and aunt to 6 little ones I would love to have such a resource. Thanks for offering.

  28. I love planning fun (and usually homemade) parties for my kids. The knights and dragons quest party sounds like one my son would love!

  29. What an inspiring book to have!

  30. What a great idea for a book.

  31. Lyndsey says:

    My fisrt child has a first birthday coming up in a few months. Im such an amature. This book sounds great!

  32. Oh I would love this! My daughter’s birthday is coming up soon & I’d love this book for ideas. I’m a single mom so I don’t want to spend a ton & I want to keep it as eco-friendly as possible. Every party we go to has tons of plastic toys & stuff we get sent home with, I want to do something different.

  33. I would love a copy of this book!

  34. I’m getting ready to kick off “birthday season” at our house, so this book would be a major help!
    Mindy´s latest post: Our Day in the Life 2012

  35. Heather K. M. says:

    Would love to have this book.

  36. My little one is only two months, but we have lots of older little ones in the family. I love the idea of involving these ideas into our monthly get-togethers!

  37. Ooh please enter me! I am always looking for new, creative ideas for my little ones. I would love this!

  38. My son turns 3 in August, and I’m already fretting over it. I NEED this book, lol!
    Sarah Kovac´s latest post: Make Your Own Facial Cleanser & Makeup Remover: The Oil Cleansing Method – OCM

  39. What a lovely sounding book!

  40. This book looks very fun and interesting!

  41. This book looks lovely! Thank you for such a great giveaway!

  42. This book looks wonderful, as a mom I can always use help in planning parties!

  43. Looks like a fun book!

  44. we are full of spring birthdays too…3 within a month of each other!

  45. This book sounds great! Sounds like lots of good ideas!

  46. Love the idea of more natural birthday’s!

  47. What an excellent resource! Time for simplifying the birthday budget and this book would be perfect!

  48. I’d love to have a natural birthday party for my soon-to-be 4 year old. The thought of goody bags full of plastic junk makes me sad. This book looks wonderful!

  49. How fun to have some fresh ideas!

  50. looks like a beautiful book!