Are you on Pinterest? I have found SOOOOO many ideas on there for Kid's Parties - I cannot wait for my little one to grow a bit older to enjoy the ideas.
There are two I found recently that I particularly love:
1. Make your own candy necklaces:
2. Blow up helilum balloons and write a time on each balloon. Inside the balloon put a note with an activity on it. Then on each hour or set time period they get to pop the balloon to find out what activity they get to do next :)
Whatever the final plans for party activities it sounds like a great party!
For easy set up, prepare each craft activity in advance...it's hard to be setting things up with kids around so do the set up before they arrive.
Make craft "centres" for each activity and when the kids arrive and you're ready to get them started you can move them from one centre to the next in a group; or, you can have a few kids at a time at each centre.
Decorate each table with a cluster of floating balloons on strings taped down to the table's centre.
If you don't have space for separate tables for each craft, try this: in advance, i.e. days before the party, set up the craft, make a sample, then put everything into a separate box to store until the party -- a box for each type of craft -- to be put out super-quickly when required.
Each time a craft is over, the kids put the stuff back into the box then when you're ready, you put out the next craft box.
The basics like scissors, glue, etc. can be left in one basket for easy access while the crafts are being set out.
I once had a 10 or 11 year old son who wanted a cake fight at his birthday party. "NO!! If I bake something it will be eaten, not wasted!!" Well, as usual my baking failed and I had a large, hard, chocolate cake. I iced it and then bought an Safeway edible cake for the festivities. The party was outside and after everyone sang happy birthday and he blew out the candles he sunk his face into it and came up throwing cake. This cake was so hard it bounced and was able to be thrown again and again!!! Finally, it ended and they jumped into the hot tub for a wash. Many seagulls had a feast that evening and other than the guests going home in dirty clothes I would say it was a success!!! Yes, the hot tub needed draining and water changed but water was not an issue way back then.............Awww, the good old days.
Whether we come to you or you visit our studio, Color Me Mine, the Paint your own pottery studio, is a great place for a kids party!! so many ideas and a ton of fun. Best of all, the parents get to sit back and relax - we do the rest!
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http://www.victoria.colormemine.com or my Facebook page at Color Me Mine Victoria
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