Fun Home Birthday Party Ideas

A Party Fit for a King or Queen
"We threw my son a 'royalty' party when he turned 7. The kids jousted with two pole-shaped gray pillows that I made. I cut the center out of two paper plates and put them around the end of the pillows to act as handles. Then they rode on broomstick horses with the shields they'd just decorated. (I cut the shields out of poster board, then we used duct tape to make handles). We also slayed a dragon-shaped pinata, and feasted on a castle-shaped cake--a sheet cake with cupcake towers, a graham cracker drawbridge and a blue Jello moat.

Invite Arthur to the Party
"The children's television show 'Arthur' is very popular with the kids around here. To have an Arthur-themed birthday, you could bake a big bow tie cake with some of the Arthur figurines on it. Then you could play Pin the Bow Tie (or glasses) on Arthur. Another good game would be D.W. the Picky Eater -- blind fold the kids and have them taste test some foods and they have to guess what they are, such as spinach, ketchup, lemons, etc. Of course, you'd better check with the other children's parents to make sure there are no food allergies first."

Explore the Great Outdoors
"A camping party, with the kids sleeping out in the backyard, is lots of fun. You can play flashlight tag once it gets to be dark. Or do a scavenger hunt in the backyard for items such as a stick, a small green leaf, a live ant, and a rock. Another fun game is the 'knot game': Have the kids form and circle and grab hands randomly across the circle. The object of the game is for the kids to untangle themselves, through teamwork, until they end up in a circle. For party favors, you could give out flashlights, a glow-in-the-dark light stick, or water bottles. You could even serve drinks in the water bottles and personalize them for each child with paint pens."

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