Here is a list of some fun ideas for your next party:
When planning a party, it is important to create a time line for everything. Parties I’ve hosted for my children have been approximately two and a half hours. In this time frame, you want to be able to provide activities, time to eat food/cake, and provide time for opening presents. I have attended a few parties lately that save the present opening until after the guests leave . . . a new trend?
- Super Hero
- Teddy Bear
- Tea Party
- Girls Wanna Have Fun
- Amazing Race
- Girls Night Out
Over the years, I have found printing your own invitations on 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper is cheaper and leaves you to be more creative with how they are delivered.
For the sports party, write the invitation information on a puck, ball or attach to a small hockey stick found at the dollar store.
I had a pirate party for one of my boys and printed it on beige paper (with a big “X” in one corner). The paper was scorched with a lighter (over a sink of water) and tied with twine found at the dollar store.
My daughter had a princess party and we sent the invitations out rolled up with a bracelet around it. She made the bracelets with elastic and beads. You could also use a hair elastic with beads on it.
Invitations to the Survivour party were tied to torches (from Superstore) and the guests were asked to bring them to the party. We placed them in the garden around the fence and it really looked great.
For one birthday, we hosted a camping trip. It was for one night and located 30 minutes from town. I can’t remember the invitations, but any camping item that they could bring with them can be attached to the scroll such as a small flashlight, glow stick, chocolate bar for the smores. . .
Our “Girls Night Out” invitations were handed out attached to lip gloss – to be brought to the party.
For the Teddy Bear, Puppy, and Kitty theme you can go to the dollar store and pick up a small stuffed animal (or any related item) and attach the invitation to the neck with ribbon.
The Hawaiian invitation could have a flower clip for the hair or a lei wrapped around it.
These are just a few suggestions, but you have the idea. Invitations can be a lot of fun to create! Use your imagination!
Depending on the timing of your party, you will need to provide a light lunch or finger snacks. Common lunch ideas are hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza or sandwiches. They are quick, easy and usually a favourite of children.
Some things I have learned in the past:
1. Corn Twits instead of Cheesies . . . a lot less messy with no reaction to the orange dye
2. Don’t serve anything really chewy as some guests may have loose teeth or braces.
3. Fruit such as strawberries, orange slices etc., can be served in cupcake liners or on kabob sticks.
4. Only give food/snacks at the table “eating” time. Children tend to get distracted from the activities very easily.
5. Jelly treats in a clear cup are a favourite. Purchase four different flavours/colours and prepare one package at a time letting it set before adding the “mostly cool” second one . . allow for plenty of time as you must let each flavour set. To help cool the jelly faster, substitute some of the cold water with ice cubes.
6. Another favourite is chocolate covered strawberries. Melt chocolate at a low temperature very slowly and when the chocolate is smooth, dip the strawberries and place on waxed paper lined cookie sheet. and place on wax paper lined cookie sheet. Cool in the fridge. Make sure the strawberries are dry before dipping.
I highly recommend Pinterest!” Just enter your party theme and see the great ideas!
First, set a budget on what you want to spend on “loot bags” per child. I preferred to have fewer but better quality items in it.
The Loot Bags themselves depended on what was available in the stores. I either bought something in theme or took a brown paper lunch bag and had the kids decorate it with stamps of that theme.
The Loot Bag items ranged from a small item such as a sucker or rocket candy. (Small convenience stores often have great ideas.) The larger treat may be a box of Smarties. The toy item of the loot bag could be in the loot bag or be given out at the door as they arrive to use at the party. For example, the princess party I hosted, the guests were given crowns and necklace at the door to wear and take home. There were two basic types of loot bags I used, but my favourite was the scavenger hunt.
Basic Loot Bag: Assemble and hand out at the end of the party.
Scavenger Hunt: For the scavenger hunt, allow 30 minutes. I always did this at the end of the party as they left on a high note, and the feedback was that that it was the best part! Of course, I didn’t face paint or do balloons back then!
- 1. If there are 12 guests, you will need 12 hiding spots, 12 clues (each child will have a turn to be a leader) and 12 items for each hiding locations For example place 12 suckers in a bag in one hiding spot.
- 2. The clues need to be age appropriate, folded and placed in a bowl.
- 3. Hand out loot bags.
- 4. Gather the children and explain the rules:
- a. Everyone will get a turn “being the leader”
- b. The “leader” will choose a clue to read (they may need your assistance).
- c. No one goes looking for the treat until the “leader” has figured out where the location of the treat is. (You may have to give extra hints to the child.)
- d. The “leader” will lead the group to the item, retrieve it and make sure everyone gets one in their bag.
- e. They are to return to you for the next child to get their clue. . . and so on.
- 1. This is where mommy bakes cakes.
- 2. Our cloths get clean here.
- 3. Frosty the snowman could live here.
- 4. You can splash here while taking a ____________
- 5. When the birthday girl/boy goes to sleep they put their head on top of this.
- **Think of each room in the house and some place you could hide something.
The easiest way to brighten a room is with balloons. Instantly it looks like a party! Accent the room with a bright plastic table cloth found at a dollar store. A few streamers can add to the party atmosphere.
There a lot of things you can spend your money on, I preferred to put the money into the items for the loot bags and/or activities to play with the children. A wise investment for this and future parties, is a birthday children’s cd. You can play “Hot Potato”, “Musical Chairs”, and Limbo to mention a few.