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. Ooooo…can already tell I’d love this book!!!
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  2. Childhood Uncomplicated ~ What a great blog.
    Always looking for party ideas, this book would be great.

  3. I love the idea of natural kids parties at home in a time where every commercial business offers birthday party packages.

  4. What a great give away!

  5. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  6. Christine Matkin says:

    This book looks great! I would so like to plan great parties for my two girls, but get weighed down and then run out of time or imagination. This sounds like it would be a huge help!

  7. what a fun book!!

  8. Heather Carroll says:

    This book sounds wonderful! I hope I win, but if not I will have to walk over to the bookstore I think!

  9. My friend’s daughter just announced that she wants her next birthday party to be at Chuck E Cheese’s… My friends is desparate (lol). This would make a great gift, cause I ran out of ideas

  10. Just found this blog through pinterest. Hoping it will motivate me. Thanks for the content and giveaways!

  11. Heather B says:

    This looks like a great book for my daughter, who is always planning girls dates and her birthday party many months in advance.

  12. Looks like a great resource — I’d love a chance to win this book!
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  13. This is the book my family needs! It looks beautiful, Thank you!!


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