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Plan The Best Party Ever
All Your Favorite Party Themes In One Place
You'll find an index of all your favorite party occasions right here, including ideas for: Super Bowl party, Bachelorette party, Baby Shower, Weddings, Christmas party, Holiday entertaining, Summer parties, birthday parties, Halloween parties, Valentine's day parties, office parties, and more.
I add to the list all the time, so if you don't find what you're looking for let me know, and I'll come up with some ideas to share.
Party Supply Check List
Hand made, printable, or preprinted
Balloons, centerpiece, table cloth, streamers, banners
Make your own decorations or buy them.
Games and Activities
Plan age appropriate games and activities, make a checklist of all the supplies you need for your games and activities.
Plates, Napkins, Spoons and Forks, cups
Anything you need for snacks, cake and ice cream.
Cake and Ice Cream, Snacks, and Drinks
Games and Activities
Plan age appropriate games and activities
favors, candy, prizes
candy, pull string kit, or stick, blindfold
The Top Five Steps To Planning A Great Birthday Party
- Plan plenty of activities and games. You don't want twenty children (or grown ups) full of energy with nothing to do.
- Planning your party ahead helps take the stress out of the big day. Don't forget to recruit extra help for the big day. You can't do it all.
- Think about safety when you're planning your party. You're responsible for the children's safety while they are at the party. Make sure you have enough adult supervision(goes back to number two, have enough help, don't try to do it all yourself).
- Let your child help you with the planning process, it is their big day. Don't forget to include them in the plans.
- Talk with your child before the big day about the proper reaction to presents (whether they like them or not), and how to behave properly with so many friends and classmates around.
Rename an Old Game To Fit Your Party Theme
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to party games. Some of the oldest games work the best when you’re trying to figure out how to entertain a group of children. Most children already know the rules and understand how to play these old familiar favorites. This means less explanation from you, and more playtime for the kids.
If you’ve overlooked a game because you don’t think it fits the theme of your party, think again. Many old favorites can be tweaked a little, or maybe just renamed to fit the theme of your party.
Pin the tail on the donkey is one of the most versatile games there is. All you need is a blindfold, Something to be pinned, and something to pin on. If you’re having a farm or tractor party, just draw a large tractor on a whiteboard, or poster board. Cut a tractor wheel out of black cardstock, or construction paper. Use sticky tack on the back of the tire to help it stick repeatedly, or have a helper hold the tire in place until you can mark the exact spot, and the initials of the person who last pinned.
Pin the tail on the donkey can also be renamed as pin the tail on the mermaid, pin the cord on the microphone (for American Idol, Hannah Montana, Rockstar, or Karaoke theme birthday parties). You can also try pin the tail on the Pikachu (Pokemon), pin the horn on the unicorn, pin the hook on the pirate, the tiara on the princess, and I think you get the idea. All you need is an imagination, a poster board, some markers, and construction paper to change pin the tail on the donkey to fit your party theme. Don’t forget the blindfold!
Another fun game that’s easy to adapt is hot potato. Instead of a potato you can have an object to fit your theme. Some titles might include, Don’t Get Caught With Hannah Montana’s Hat, Don’t Be Left Holding the (beach, base, foot, soccer, basket) ball (for a sports theme or beach party). Use a soft Nerf type ball in case someone gets hit. If your having a jungle, dog, cat, dinosaur, Webkinz, or unicorn party use a soft stuffed version of the animal for the “hot potato,” and make up a name to fit. Whoever is left holding the “hot potato” when the music stops is out of the game.
Easter egg hunts can also adapt to several party themes. Rename them dinosaur egg hunts, Poke-ball hunt, or hide party favors for your theme around the yard or house and let the children find them.
A relay race is simple and works very well with most party themes. For a beach party you can have the children divide into teams. Each team will have to grab several beach related items (a towel, a pair of flippers and a snorkel, a beach ball) and race down to a marker and back. They then hand the items off to the next person who races down, until everyone on the team has gone.
You can make this a dress up relay for older children, the dress up relay works well for princess or pirate parties. Have a costume ready for each team to put on. Each person on the team has to put on the costume, race down and back, take off the costume and hand it off to the next person in line.
I think you get the idea, just use your imagination, and any game (with a little tweaking) can fit your party theme. If you play a game that the children are already familiar with they will be less nervous, they’ll be able to focus on the game, and have more fun.
Birthday Party Planning Books
Learn the secrets of how to plan, organize (and even enjoy!) a tension-free party geared to your child's age and stage of development. You'll get expert advice on invitations, decorations, "everyone wins" games, gift opening, party favors, refreshments, and detailed, yet easy to read, steps to take in planning a birthday party (theme ideas included)that kids will never forget.