Invitations! Your child's birthday party invitation is a great way to generate excitement for the big bash! Here are some great ideas to make your birthday message really shine.
You need to start with the who, what and where. Your child can hand draw an illustration or write something like, "Come to the Party!" You can put a picture of your child on the invitation.
Themed Parties are a fun idea and you can make it generic such as pirate, back to the 60's or beach party. You may even wish to the guests to wear costumes. Then after that you might want to consider an inspirational quote to put on the invitation to make it uplifting and fun. This can be a challenge, but here are some tips and ideas.
If you have a theme for the party it is easy to find a quote that will fit. Keep the theme going with decorations, party favors, pencils for gifts and a cake with the theme on it.Some examples follow:
If the theme is your child's favorite cartoon character or superhero take a quote from that character and put it on the invitation. If you have a sports themed party you can take a quote from your child's favorite athlete or a NASCAR champion. The colors of the decorations such as napkins, plates, balloons, ribbons and streamers can match the theme colors.
Pinata! The Pinata is a great tradition and there are many to choose from that will fit your theme. But for younger children it is a good idea to make sure your child understands how the game works. One party for a 4 year old girl had a Dora the explorer Pinata and when the kids started hitting Dora with a stick she burst into tears. When Mom picked it out the youngster probably thought she got to keep the Dora and not whack it and tear it apart.
Birthday Cupcakes! Try cupcakes instead of cake. This is an easy and economical idea that saves you time as the serving of cupcakes is a breeze. You could still have a larger cake with candles that is shared by the family later, but cupcakes can be passed out fast and easy. The cupcakes can have sprinkles or candy on top with the color to match the theme.
Starting the party! Everyone arrives at different times so it is a good idea to have a project they can join in as they arrive. A great way to keep the kids having fun as they arrive is to decorate their own take home bags.
Make Gift Bags! This is a fun activity the kids can participate in as they arrive Have a table laid out with stickers and colors and let them make their own bags complete with their name so they can keep track of it. The children who arrive later will have less time to decorate but this will keep everyone occupied until things get underway in a more organized fashion. An under the Sea party could have the bags decorated with blue color crayons and then have the kids put fish stickers on them.
Make Magic Wands! If you have a magic themed party a great craft idea when they arrive is to make magic wands. Roll up black construction paper and use masking tape to make the white tips on the ends. The tape keeps the want rolled in place and they have a fun wand to take home. If they bring them to the magic show they can learn a simple trick with the wand or help the magician from time to time when the magician asks them to wave their wands.
A Cool Comedy Magic Show fits in with many themes! If, for example, you pick a cartoon character or super hero, pick up a few erasers or stickers with that character on it and I will help the birthday child make them magically come out of the hat! Then your child can pass out the magical stickers. Noisemakers – You may want to think twice before giving out whistles or other noisemakers. They are fun, but can be a real headache for you after about 15 minutes. There are lots of cool and inexpensive gift items such as pencils, candy and trinkets.
Simple Control Tips. You may want to have a coach's whistle to help you get attention at critical times. One toot means listen up! It is so much easier than yelling to get attention when everyone is full of excitement.
Another great idea is to have a roll of stickers and when you say the magic words "please have a seat" everyone sits on the floor as fast as they can and the ones who sit fast and quiet get a sticker… yay, everyone wins as then all quickly sit on the carpet.
For girl's parties consider Mardi Gra style, bead necklaces. The girls love them. For a pirate themed party, the boys would like them too as they get some pirate's treasure! The magician can make them appear from the hat in a magical way. If you have any type of entertainment the performer can present them from a decorative box in a special way that makes it memorable.
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