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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.

General Tips

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Charades is still a great party game!

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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:

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Arrange cards / items on reception table in alphabetical order.

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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.

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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.

General Tips

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

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