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.

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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

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  1. Oh wow! Would love, love, love this book! What an awesome give away:)

  2. We always throw family parties with everything homemade but it would be great to get new ideas and have an even better party.

  3. sara jane says:

    This book would be perfect for planning my kiddos b-days!

  4. Looks wonderful! Love ROTH

  5. Sara Coffey says:

    This sounds perfect!! I’ve been struggling with a more natural, outdoor party for my daughter’s 2nd birthday that would still be fun for her and the other kids invited.

  6. love the idea of this book!

  7. I would love to win a copy of this book…I am trying to stay simple with parties and this sounds perfect!

  8. This book sounds awesome and I would love to win a copy!! I struggle with what to do for my daughter’s February birthday since we can’t utilize the back yard!

  9. Erin Marie says:


  10. We have a 4th bday coming up in June. We’ve had big, big bbq parties before, but are going to keep it simple this year!

  11. This book looks great! It would be great to have for planning upcoming birthday parties.

  12. Mandee P says:

    This book would be so helpful as I start planning parties for my son. I am quite the novice when it comes to parties for kids, so I would love any help, especially of the natural/sustainable variety.

  13. Lesa Pinker says:

    What a great sounding book! My son’s birthday is coming up in June, this would be a perfect resource.

  14. Sounds like this book has great ideas for all kinds of parties, not just birthdays. I associate birthday parties with the summer because of my own birthday and my daughter’s, but I’ll be having a baby this winter, so I need to rethink the definition of birthday party (they aren’t just for summer!)

  15. This sounds like a perfect book! I’ve always wanted to do a fun kids’ party, but we usually just include family for bday celebrations – cousins and adults – not a lot of extra kids. These ideas seem to be ones that both adults and kids in our family would enjoy! Hope I win!

  16. what a great giveaway!! i would be so thankful to win a copy of this book!
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  17. Would love to win this book! With 3 boys, I could use some help in the planning process!

  18. Would love this book….thanks for sharing. I just started my children on a dye-free diet and dread birthday parties. Curious to see this book!

  19. Oooh! Pick me! Pick me!

  20. That is awesome! My daughter will turn 1 in October and I am already obsessing over what type of party I should do….that book would be great!

  21. Melissa says:

    What a wonderful book. Thank you so much for this giveaway!!!

  22. I would love to receive a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance!

  23. Jessica Malan says:

    That book looks like so much fun. I’d love to use the ideas for some of those parties.

  24. What a great resource. I would love to win this. Thanks for the opportunity!

  25. Carla Reed says:

    This book sounds so awesome!

  26. I LOVE planning birthday partys and would really appreaciate this beautiful book to help me plan more unique and original birthdays!

  27. Wow! That is a great giveaway and perfect for our bday busy month of May for us!

  28. This looks like such a great book!

  29. This looks like the perfect book for our family! Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. This book sounds great. I would love to check it out.

  31. I’d love to have this book! It would be a great help in party planning for my 3 kiddos!

  32. I was just online looking for party ideas for this weekend….time to cram and get planning!

  33. Charis Dishman says:

    This book sounds great! I’d love to win a copy :)

  34. Sounds like a lovely book!!! Adding it to my wish list now!
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  35. Looks like a great book!!

  36. This would be a fabulous resource!

  37. Lauren Nicole says:

    I’m pretty minimal when it comes to birthday parties for my daughter, but as she gets older it is getting harder. Would love to check out the fresh ideas in this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  38. Oh I am so right there with you! I dread the “production” so many folks think kids need these days. Don’t get me wrong – I love a good theme and fun desert table. But what I really want to do is get the kids together, play some fun games, and just let them be KIDS! Thanks for the chance to win!

  39. Sounds like good stuff. Would love the inspiration!

  40. I would love to read this book! I seem to have a hard time coming up with party ideas.
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  41. This sounds like a great book. I think my kids would love looking through it and find tons of stuff that they would like, too!

  42. I would love to win this book. Both of my daughters birthdays are in November and I am always at a loss for ideas. I have a really hard time coming up with goodie bag ideas, I can’t stand all the plastic garbage and always want to come up with more unique ideas.

  43. I would love a copy of this book. Sounds great!

  44. Oh how fun! This sounds like a great book to add to my collection. Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. Ooh, this would be a great book! And just in time for my girls’ birthdays in May!
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  46. This looks like so much fun!
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  47. This seems so fun!

  48. Kristen M. says:

    I was just thinking about a small, simple art party for my daughter’s sixth birthday…this would be a great resource!

  49. elizabeth says:

    Sounds good!

  50. We always love to celebrate at our house! Thank you!