Don't Plan Your Party All By Yourself!
Use this list of old and new ideas to help
you prepare, and visit your nearest Party Land for planning help from our
staff of party professionals.
Begin planning a month in advance. Make sure your child’s party does not conflict with another child’s party so that everyone can come to yours.
Let kids make their own fruit kabobs. Simply set out a few bowls of different fresh fruits and wooden skewers and let them skewer their own.
Don’t forget the basics, Simon Says, Musical Chairs, Hide and Go Seek, and Bingo are all still good games for parties. And remember to have some small prizes ready.
Collect a wide variety of music appropriate for the age group of the Party.
Unique Industries makes a great line of cassette tapes and CDs for toddlers on up. You could even have a dance contest. Let the birthday child be the judge.
For toddlers, instead of cake, make this delightfully kid-friendly dessert. Call it “Bucket of Dessert” or simply “Dirt”. Make a packaged chocolate pudding as directed and whip in one container of Cool Whip. Then crush a bag of Oreos or plain chocolate cookies in the blender, add the crushed cookies and a large bag of gummi
worms to the pudding / Cool Whip mixture. (Reserve 1/4 cup of cookie crumbs
to sprinkle on top of the finished product). Put the finished mixture in a
plastic bucket and dish it out to the kids with a brightly colored plastic
shovel. Serve to the kids in a tin bucket, just the right size for them to
eat out of.
Change the Pin the Tail on the Donkey game to fit
your child’s interests. Using stickers and a disposable tablecloth, play
“stick the Train Engine on the Track”. The nearest to the station is the
winner. Use you imagination.
This game is good for school-aged kids. It works
best if two party guests at a time play. Have each guest put on a pair of
very large sweat pants and sweat shirts. Spread a bunch of balloons of
various sizes all over the floor. Give each party guest 30 seconds to put as
many of the balloons as he/she can into the sweats. Whoever has the most
balloons in their sweats wins. It is a lot of fun to watch the kids develop
strategies and they look so cute when the time is up.
Name tag games - (Even the smallest party will
benefit from a good mixer - type activity, relate to the theme).
Instructions: At the bottom 50% of the tags, write an important year.
Then write the corresponding events such as “Yankees Won World Series”, on
the balance of the tags. Mix tags thoroughly before writing names on them to
be sure couples do not receive their matches. Guest find tag mates, check in
with host to verify correct matches and claim prizes. You can adapt game to
theme. Music titles with artist, art-artist to work, books-title to the
author and so forth.
Meet and Greet: Cut old neck ties in half and
randomly distribute one piece to each guest - they must find the missing half
- allowing them to meet a new friend. This game can also be played with
other accessories that come in pairs.
Charades is still a great party game!
Place Card! Have you ever had that uncomfortable
“where should I sit” feeling as you balance your buffet plate in one hand a
drink in the other? Having to wander around and ask, “Is this seat taken?”
is probably the thing that makes you feel very “unspecial” at a special
event. Promote seating cards at even a small dinner party. For large groups,
instead of putting guests into a certain chair, you would direct them to a
specific table, or in other words, reserve them a seat. You can either spend
hours laboring over placing guests at tables where they will find compatible
conversation or you can play a little gambling game and toss the names in
the air and let them land for some real exciting interchange. Either way,
they will have a wonderful time - reuniting or getting acquainted.
Seating Assignment Tips:
Arrange cards / items on reception table in
Use first names “Patty and John James”. And
add children’s names to simple seating cards, but give each child their own
assignment item, if it is other than a card.
Clever seating assignment items are used a
theme parties. These can be wrapped party favors, snacks such as a bag of
popcorn, a shiny red apple, a candy bar or even a small box of chocolates.
This item is attractively presented with a tag imprinted with the guest’s
name and table number.
The Rainy Day Dilemma - How to Bring the
Perfect Kids Party Indoors! When the weather does not permit a toddler’s
birthday to be held outside, have an indoor picnic and serve hotdogs, cake
and punch. Take a large size plastic tablecloth and place it on the floor.
The little tots sit around the edges with their cups and plates placed in
front of them. Keep a couple of sponges handy and use it to blot up spilled
drinks. When the “picnic” is over, roll up the paper products, crumbs and the
plastic tablecloth and discard.
Parties to Go - How working parents pull
off the perfect kids party! A great idea for a birthday party for pre-teens
is to invite all the friends to a sleepover at the local hotel (some hotels
include breakfast with the room rental). Rent a larger size room with a
kitchenette, and decorate it with all disposable party supplies, such as
streamers, banners, balloons and confetti. Spend the evening in the indoor
pool, watch videos and eat pizza until all hours of the night! Get up the
next morning, swim some more and have a great breakfast and then send all of
the kids Home! No house to clean, no siblings to complain, and a great time
is had by all!
Perfect Party Favors - Send your guest home
with their own champagne glass. Purchase some inexpensive flutes and hire a
calligrapher to write out each guest’s name as they arrive. Or, offer
glasses along with festive metallic markers so guests can decorate to their
whim. Each unique design will help guests keep track of their drink.