5 themes for ‘no gift’ birthday parties

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Could your kid forgo his birthday presents and instead throw a party that gives to a charity?

More and more people are holding charitable birthday parties -- and loving every minute of it.

Eleanor Scott-Davis, the assistant editor for Piedmont Parent, visited FOX8 Tuesday to talking about different themes families can use for these parties.

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Here are five ideas for charitable birthday parties:

Back-to-school bash

Ask guests to bring school supplies, backpacks or lunchboxes. Donate those items to a local nonprofit or to your child’s school to pass on to children who need them.

Get cooking

Do you have aspiring chef? Invite guests to join you in the kitchen for make-your-own pizza or cupcakes. Ask for donations of nonperishable food for your local food bank or soup kitchen.

Pet parade

Have your animal-lover encourage friends to bring a favorite stuffed animal as their guest to the party. Collect donations of pet food, toys, towels and kitty litter for the animal shelter.

Wacky tacky

Decorate in funky, vibrant patterns and colors. Encourage guests to wear their wildest clothes. Have a contest to see who can bring the most colorful socks. Donate them to a local foster care agency or homeless shelter.

Literary madness

Is your child obsessed with a certain book series? Theme the party around that and asks guest to bring their favorite book. Donate the books to a children’s hospital, shelter or school.