If you haven’t heard of Pinterest, you’ve probably been hiding under a pile of laundry. Since I’m a crafter and foodie, Pinterest provides a visual way to bookmark craft tutorials, recipes, and inspirational quotes. Did you know you can also you Pinterest to plan for your child’s next birthday party? Or even your own birthday party.
To use Pinterest, you’ll first need an account. You’ll need to request an invite to join. It’s easy to sign-up and you can even link your account to your Facebook or Twitter. Once you’re in, you create virtual boards (think a cork board or a memory board) to “pin” or bookmark things you find on the internet. I use the Pin Marklet to do this when I’m visiting my favorite blogs. Check out the Pinterest Etiquette page before you start.
Tots2Tweens has our own Pinterest account and we’ve started our own birthday pin boards. We have a Birthday Fun board with kids’ birthday party themes. You’ll find theme parties others have actually done: rockstar, fairy princess, fire trucks and even a rocket ship!
Take a look at our other birthday boards and if you see any ideas you like, you can “repin” them. To repin a board means to add it to one of your boards. All you need to do is click on the photo. Once the photo is enlargen, hover over the top left corner and you’ll see two buttons “Repin” and “Like.” Click repin and you can add it to your own board, whatever you decide to name it.
Pinterest also allows you to search its entire catalog of pins. I don’t even know the number of pins, but it has to be huge! A quick search for “girls birthday parties” offers a cake decorating birthday party idea. Since my son loves guitars, I did another search for “rock star birthday” and found an entire blog post about this birthday theme, complete with food ideas, invitations and more.
When you’re ready, go to your board and click through to each picture. If the original pinner followed Pinterest Etiquette, you should be taken directly to the tutorial, post, recipe, craft idea, etc. You’ll be the coolest mom (or dad) ever when you use Pinterest to plan the next birthday party in your family.
Pinterest is highly addictive. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.