Greetings and Welcome to our Winter Issue,

For our winter issue we gathered some more do's and don'ts of both hosting and attending kid’s parties as well as quick tips and tricks to make party manners a “piece of cake” for you and your children. It is never too early to teach your child good manners and birthday parties provide an ultimate stage for it.
We hope you will enjoy and benefit from this issue and watch for our short and informative future issues. As always, we welcome your feedback and questions.

It’s A Piece of Cake proudly presents “ELBOWS OFF THE TABLE” a lively and informative program on "Etiquette" for children ages 5 to 12.

Date: Monday, March 6th –Monday 27th
(4 weeks session)

Time: 4 – 5 pm or 5 – 6 pm

Location: Playsongs Studio, Presidio National Park #49
Moraga Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129

Contact: Playsongs to enroll for the workshop: 
(415) 931-0149

Space is limited.

Elbows off the Table is an activity filled program that produces a significant long-term benefit to motivate children to interact with others positively and handle everyday situations in a caring and courteous manner.

Invitation to Cultural Exchange.
Who says birthday parties are just fun and games? Certainly NOT our sophisticated Bay Area Kids and Parents!
New requested party themes, “International Carnival”, “Viva La France!”, “Asian Fusion”, “Ciao Italia”, all have the same goal in mind, learning about the world's cultures via birthday celebrations.
We at “It’s A Piece Of Cake” are delighted with this trend and find that kids really enjoy exploring the culture of their friends. Kids are eager to learn about different countries, customs, food, art and dance.

Emphasize the important role your child has as the party host or hostess to make guests feel comfortable. Discuss the responsibilities s/he will have such as greeting the guests, showing them where to sit at the party table, and handing out party favors. Stress that through helping others enjoy the day, your child will likely have a better time too. A gentle reminder during the party should be all that's needed once you've laid down the ground rules.

GUESTS MISBEHAVING - Patience and Diplomacy
The party excitement, coupled with sugar intake, can lead to tantrums, tears, and other misbehavior. A little attention and redirection is sometimes all that's needed to remedy the situation.
Give the child a special job to do or make them an honorary party helper. If the behavior escalates, don't hesitate to separate the child to a quiet room. Put in plain words that bad behavior will not be tolerated and that the parents will be called to take him or her home if it continues.

If you're unsure if you can accompany your child to a party, just be up front with the parents beforehand and ask what their party plans are. The RSVP call is a great time to ask questions.

It’s likely that several guests will show up who didn’t RSVP, so plan for two to three more children than you have confirmed. This way, if last minute guests show up, you’re prepared.

Require good manners every day and over time you'll have to think about them less and less. For example, most children taught to say "thank you" from toddler hood will be saying it automatically by the time they're four years old. Children who regularly practice using good manners will adopt those manners as good habits.
Children who aren't prepared with social graces are likely to have a more difficult time with friends, family and teachers. When you teach your children manners, you're giving them some lifetime survival skills.

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Winter 2006

Simla Akyol is the founder of It's a Piece of Cake, Children's Events and Entertainment service in San Francisco. Akyol trained as an artist and entertainer in London and New York. She has hosted children's events and worked with children in Europe and the USA for over ten years. It's a Piece of Cake specializes in custom-designed birthday parties and hosts educational workshops for kids and parents. You can contact Simla via e-mail at or phone (415) 987-1946.

Virtual Place Settings Our simple interactive game is a great teaching tool for kids to set the table properly.

Happy Spring 101