Provide old white dress shirts for each guest, and
a set of markers. A great activity for the guests is creating works of art
on each othersí shirts. The souvenir is the collective art shirt.
Creative Crafts: These parties are very popular,
especially with girls of all ages. A favorite is tissue flower making, where
the material for each guest cost under a dollar. Gather recyclables and turn
your crafters loose on their own floral creations. Guys will get into
painting baseball hats or shirts.
Fix Your Own Food: Parties that involve each guest
preparing his/her own pizza, tacos, submarine sandwiches and for dessert,
sundaes are a hit. Paper chefís hats and aprons, personalized with guestsí
names are a great touch. Games and entertainment include reference to food
preparation. Match food with person, song, book or TV program title (ie.
Cookie Monster, Tutti Fruitti, Strawberry Shortcake, etc. ) or dance the
Costume Swapping parties are hilarious when guests
bring outfits for each other. The creativity is boundless when anotherís
embarrassment is at stake. Stage and video tape a fashion show, then show
the video during refreshments for an incredibly successful finale. Award
prizes for the best (or worst) performance!
Create a Treasure Hunt to take place in your
backyard or neighborhood that will intrigue the young guests. Provide a
super sleuth kit, complete with magnifying glass or pirateís gear for each
guest depending on your huntís theme.
Playlets or Musical Productions, complete with
costume effects, props and a set or two, will bring out the talents of
guests. Parts are assigned by drawing for them and you are the director.
Include non-speaking parts such as animals, trees, statues, piano, etc. for
youngsters that cannot read. Video tape the fiasco and it will be one for
viewing during refreshments.
Weather permitting, plan camp out sleepovers in
your backyard. Set up tents and a campsite. Start a fire for cooking out,
keeping warm and gathering around for singing and scary stories. A pancake
breakfast tops off the outing. Take lots of photos for souvenirs.
Borrow or rent a Karaoke Machine and throw a Star
Search Party. Include the selected song list in the invitation so that
guests can be ready to perform. Gather costume effects like hats, boas,
jackets, and inflatable instruments for extra pizzazz. Make CD's for
favors. Video taping will be a major hit.
Young ladies will love a mini-spa to include a
facial (be sure to include the mask... for great laughs) and a quick
glamorizing. Top off
the pampering sessions with guests styling each otherís hair. Borrow a book
on braiding from the library. Present a small pack of beauty samples and a
bright hair accessory as a favor to each girl. Create some delicious, yet