I began crafting my children's birthday parties when my first child turned three. My daughter and I would choose a theme and then purchase party favors from a variety of stores. I would design games, room decorations and party activities related to this theme. My husband and I would spend hours drawing, coloring and gluing. Office co-workers heard about the parties and began asking for help with their children's parties.
When our second child was turning four, we were feeling the time crunch associated with full-time jobs and two children. The approaching birthday celebration was looking like work rather than pleasure. I went shopping for a package with supplies, party games (other than "Pin the Tail on the Donkey") and activities to keep the guests occupied.