Write the information backwards so it will have to be read in a mirror. Great for a Spy or Detective Party!
Paste a picture(s) you like to one side of a piece of card stock, put party information of the back, and cut the page into four to ten pieces . Deliver in an envelope. The receiver will have to tape it back together to get the message.
Balloon Pop Invitation
Stick the invite inside a balloon, then blow it up. They’ll have to pop the balloon to get the invitation.
Write or print out the party invites on sticky labels and then attach them to interesting objects:
– plastic shovels for a beach party
– plastic fish for a pool party
– bananas for a jungle party
– boxes of animal crackers for an animal party
– packages of flower seeds for a Spring party
First, serve small amounts
Children can always help themselves to more, but party food often goes uneaten, and less on their plates at one time means less wasted.
Skewered strawberries, pineapple, grapes, apple or watermelon pieces go great. Tailor them to the season and your kids’ preferences. Blunt the skewers if possible.
Freeze small eatables
Cake decorations, maraschino cherries, gummy bears, grapes, etc. go over great frozen inside ice cubes for the party drinks. Excellent to use if you want the guests to drink fizzy water instead of soda to keep the sugar intake down.
Ice Cream Soup
Most kids love playing with their ice cream. Give each child a bowl with a scoop of ice cream in it and have sprinkles, chocolate chips, raisins or candies available for garnishing.
Serving ice cream cones?
Stuff a miniature marshmallow down the cone to keep the end from dripping.
These can easily be made by slipping designs over the straws. Just put your design on squares of paper (magnifying glass for detectives, skull and crossbones for pirates, glittered stars for fairies) and cut two slits in the paper for the straw.
Set out plates of cut veggies
Give kids a chance to ‘graze’ if they feel the need. Avoid dips for hygienic reasons unless kids get their own cups to dip in.
Decorations and More
Balloons make the best decorations!
Make your party easy to find by having balloons visible near the street in front of your place. If it’s a tricky street to find, place balloons on the corner.
Bunches of balloons tied together work better than single balloons. Tie with bright coloured ribbon.
An uneven number looks better than an even number
Hang balloons down from the ceiling, on different lengths of fishing line or dental floss, to give the impression of suspended balloons
Tie ribbons or streamers to the tops of balloons before taping to the ceiling and let the streamers dangle down
– Blow them up the day of the party. If left too long balloons will begin to sag.
Streamers are Festive!
– Gather six to eight streamers together at one end and attach them to the centre of the party room ceiling or some other focal point. Twist them as you move towards the point that you are attaching the opposite end to. Fan streamers out from focal point. For two tone streamers, twist two contrasting colours together. For a slight variation hang beaded curtains.
Freeze water in a plastic surgical glove to create a floating hand in the punch bow. Remove glove before putting in drink.
Loot Bags: – Reuse, reduce and recycle.
Party expenses can be daunting. Rather than buying new, inexpensive toys that have a short amusement span, buy clean second hand toys from garage sales and thrift stores – this is a great way to get quality items for a small budget and is good for the environment. Get a variety of gifts, wrap them and put a number on them. As guests leave, have them draw a number from a hat. They get the gift with the matching number to open when they get home
Party bags can be plain brown bags or boxes that cereal, granola bars, and other miscellaneous stuff comes in, covered or decorated ahead of time. Easy to theme. Mystery loot ‘bags’ can be made black and covered with questions marks. Cowboy loot ‘bags’ can be covered with horses and lined with ‘hay’ on the inside.
Party favours or prize suggestions: Magnets, bubbles, cookie cutters, notebooks, sea shells, marbles, sponges, pipe cleaners, fancy shoelaces, bicycle spoke decorations
Thank you’s: Have your child write out thank you notes – Thank you for coming to my party – ahead of time and insert them in the loot bags that the guests take home.
Request that guests bring a wrapped, gently-used paperback book that they have enjoyed reading and are ready to pass on. The presents are exchanged, and everyone goes home with a new book.
– The above idea can be used with dolls, cars, board games and many other items.
- If you are having a treasure hunt, play that first or the items might be found before they should be.
- Have a balance of quiet and active games planned. Kids have a rhythm of 20 minutes or so, which is a good time to go from one type of activity to another.
- Allow some free time for the children to just play or be with each other. Have some dress-up clothes or cars and trucks or building or art materials available for them to create with, but allow their play to come from inside them rather than structuring them full-time.
- Make sure young guests can’t lock themselves in the bathroom.
- Put valuables and breakables out of the party area.
- Be sure you can reach the parents if you need to
Always have a first aid kit and emergency numbers within easy reach.