Every little girl wants to be a princess. So when her birthday comes around, smart Moms and Dads know the best way to make it really special, is to have a princess birthday party. Here are a few ideas to make it a fun and unique event:
1. Every princess needs a palace, so first we must decorate the house! You can get pink sparkle tulle rolls and garland the tulle along the walls and tables. Tie big bows on the back of the chairs. Remember, the more girly and frilly the better. Next, place some inflatable unicorns, frogs and butterflies around to give the house the feel of an enchanted palace. You can give these away as prizes during the party. Groups of pink and purple balloons add a lot of visual punch and create a party atmosphere. I love placing plastic "glass slippers" filled with candy or other treats at each girl's place setting!
2. Now we need food and treats! No matter what you choose to serve, little girls especially love the special touches that reflect the princess theme. Sandwiches or other foods can be cut out with princess themed cookie cutters. A really fun idea is to place pink rock candy in little treasure chest shaped favor boxes. Now each princess has her jewels! Lollipops in the shape of roses, flowers, frogs, stars or tiaras will complement your theme as well. Bubble gum shaped coins can be used as treasure in a centerpiece or on a side table. Of course, the cake should be shaped like a palace. Make sure to ask the baker to tint the cake pink on the inside. Another unique touch is to serve pink hot chocolate as a special princess beverage.
3. Another important element for a good princess party is the costumes. Give each girl an inexpensive tiara and wand as a party favor. If you want to go all out, give them each a ribbon tutu, as well. The little girls will have great fun dressing themselves, each other and showing off their princess style. Don't forget to take pictures!
4. Next we need favor bags for the princesses to take home and enjoy. Rather than the usual gift bags, how about cute little purses that say "Princess" on them? Inside you can add sparkle body glitter, cute beaded jewelry, over sized jeweled rings and sparkling body stickers.
5. Plan some great age-appropriate activities to entertain your little guests. Children love a simple treasure hunt; hide plastic jewelry around the party room or in the yard. Pin the crown on the princess games are available and are sure to make everyone laugh. Guests could make their own princess wands or crowns using craft store supplies or princess craft kits. Hang a pinata shaped as a castle, dragon or tiara! How cute and fun!
6. Don't forget there may be a prince or two at this party, so you might want to have a few prince crowns, swords and shields to delight them. You might even want an inflatable dragon for a prince to conquer!
Now you know how to throw a GREAT princess party. Be creative and enjoy!!!
Do you lover rubber duckies? For many children, its not bath time without their favorite rubber ducky or other bathroom toys. What many parents don't realize, however, is that rubber duckies are more than just bathroom toys and can be a fun addition to any kids party or event. With National Rubber Ducky Day right around the corner, why not treat your kids to some fun new rubber duckies! You may be surprised just how many fun toys and different rubber ducky themed items are available for children of all ages!
Rubbery Ducky Party: What You Need
Like any themed party, it is important to plan ahead and get many of the items you will need before your child's party. While you can find streamers, party games, party favors, and a variety of other party decorations for a rubber ducky themed party, it does take a bit of planning, especially if you are planning for a very large children's party. You can find a variety of different rubber duckies in just about any theme, giving a large selection of different party favors. What is also very unique about a rubber ducky party is that it can mesh well with other themes, allowing you to have superhero themed rubber ducky party or even a princess rubber ducky party.
Rubber Ducky Party: Toys
If you are planning on having a rubber ducky party, plan to spend quite a bit of your budget on toys. Most children love to open their goody bags and find a variety of different themed rubber duckies and other cool toys like squishy balls or stuffed animals. These adorable toys can also be used as table centerpieces with the right arrangements. Also, don't forget that there are quite a few rubber ducky themed party games, allowing kids to play some of their favorite games with a ducky twist. One of our favorite games is duck fishing a game many children love playing at carnivals. This set comes with everything you need for a fun fishing game, including a small kiddy pool for the ducks. This inexpensive game can easily bring hours of fun at any kids party!
Rubbery Ducky Party: Food
While toys may be the center of attention for a rubber ducky party, food is also just as important! Lately, companies have been making a variety of cute, adorable rubber ducky themed treats, such as duck shaped candies and even duck laser cut cupcake skirts. Kids will love getting to your party and finding sweet treats designed just for them! With the right colored sugars or dies, you can even easily make your own duck shaped cake, allowing you to make an inexpensive but cute birthday cake for your children.
Also, don't forget that many children's toys can also be used as cake centerpieces or decorations. Along with themed ducks, many companies have started making mini rubber duckies, which are the perfect size for cakes and freshly made treats. Best of all, these ducks can be used as toys after the party, giving your children some new bathroom toys. One thing is for certain, with the right planning, you can easily make a rubber ducky party that kids of all ages will love!
Are you looking forward to your favorite movie getting ready to hit theaters or release on DVD? With so many great movies getting ready to come out, it isn't too surprising that many people, especially children, are excited to see their favorite feature film in their own living room. Since so many people like the same movies, have you considered having your own movie premiere party in your own home? Many people think that red carpet parties are only reserved for the rich, but they are just as much fun to have with family and friend, especially when it means you can all enjoy a great movie in your own living room without high movie theater prices!
Movie Premiere Party: Party Decorations
Want to know the best part of hosting your own movie premiere party? You have an excuse to decorate! It is easy to find decorations that make your house looking like a movie theater, or a typical red carpet party. If you are having your party during the Oscars, you can even find little fake awards to use as table centerpieces or party favors, letting everyone know that they are a winner or VIP at your own event. When decorating, make sure you don't go overboard, however, since the main event is, of course, the movie.
Movie Premiere Party: Food
As anyone would tell you who goes to the movies - food is one of the best parts! One thing that is a must at any movie premiere party is popcorn. The best part about serving snacks at home is that you can forgo the high movie popcorn prices by popping popcorn that is healthier and cheaper for all of your guests. To give the movie feel to your popcorn, consider purchasing some disposable bowls or boxes meant for holding popcorn. These might have anything from a movie theater look to something else fun. Along with popcorn, have a large selection of candy available to all of your guests. They will love choosing from a large selection of movie theater-style candy! Don't forget too that you can steer away slightly from the movie theme by making your own homemade treats, or other appetizers that you know your family and friends are sure to love eating during the movie!
Movie Premiere Party: Party Games
Before the start of the movie, consider playing some fun movie themed games with all of your guests. You can find party games designed especially for movie parties, or go with traditional games for parties like pin the tail on the donkey, bean bag toss, and other games you would find at kids parties. Just make sure that all the games at your party are age appropriate. If you want to stay with games that are great for all ages and can be played again, consider popular games like Apples to Apples and Scene It. With the right preparations, you can easily create the perfect movie premiere party!
Slip on those flip flops, set out the tiki torches, and let's get the Hawaiian party started! We have everything you will want to give your kids a beach party that they will never forget. From hula skirts to colorful leis, and everything in between. We even have inflatable crabs and palm trees, and plastic seashell plates to add some color and realism. Brightly colored porcupine fish sippy cups are easy to grip, and are sure to grab the attention of the smallest members of your tropical party!
For the bigger children, your luau tableware includes coconut shaped cups with brightly colored flowers, and lovely hibiscus print plates, cups, and plastic eating utensils. You can even keep the cool juices outside at the Hawaiian party with our inflatable pineapple cooler, and sip through amusing hula skirt straws.
There are dozens of different luau decorations available, including a variety of beach balls, water games, squirting monkey heads, and much more. Sand activity sets and sand art help keep everyone occupied between exciting games, and all the children will love the feeling of being right there on the beach with their hula skirts, and authentic looking bamboo tiki torches.
And don't forget the luau party favors! Leis are available in many different styles, and we have temporary Hawaiian style tattoos, miniature beach balls for everyone, gummy candy flip flops, and delicious powder filled bottles. Make the beach party exciting and unique with "message in a bottle" invitations and a giant inflatable flamingo. This is a tropical party paradise, and the children will be excited about it for days!
And what set of luau decorations is complete without balloons of all sizes, shapes and colors? For children, inflatable balloons and toys mean that even the most exciting party is a safe and healthy one. You can even get a set of inflatable tropical fish, or some rubber duckies that are perfect for playing exciting games like duck bobbing, where different prizes are awarded as treats during the game.
What more could you want? We have beach balls of all sizes and shapes, sunglasses, fans and cups in so many different fun designs and colors that we can't list them all, and even a brightly colored luau hat for you, the beach party planner
No matter where you are, or what time of year it may be, it is always time for a children's tropical party. In fact, when the snow is piling up outside, you can entertain everyone with when you pull out the luau tableware and other luau decorations, inflate a few beach balls, and get ready for the hottest summertime party a kid could imagine.
Children love going to the beach, but unfortunately, most of us don't live close enough to enjoy the beach every day. Rather than have your kids daydreaming about your next vacation, you may want to consider having your own beach themed party designed especially for them! Not only is bringing the beach home great for your kids, but it can be a perfect opportunity to get even closer to your neighbors, allowing everyone to enjoy a fun, old-fashioned summer block party!
Backyard Beach Party: Themes
One of the hardest things when it comes to creating a beach party is picking a theme. While you can have a traditional pool party, it's usually more exciting for the children if you allow them to pick a fun theme, involving them with picking decorations and activities for all your little guests. Some popular beach themes for kids include:
If you want to make a party that is also friendly for adults, however, you may want to consider going with a luau theme. Luau decorations are perfect for most beach parties and open up a wide variety of fun decorations and lighting, especially if the party runs into the night!
Backyard Beach Party: Water Toys
The best part of going to the beach is, of course, water! When it's hot and sticky outside, nothing is better than sitting back and watching the kids play in the ocean. While we may not be able to really create the ocean, it's easy to find an inexpensive pool and fill it with fun water toys. Make it a fun experience for kids by having a variety of fun beach balls that everyone can play with in the pool. Even better, allow each of your little guests to pick out their own beach ball to bring home after the party! It's also fun to have a variety of fun different inflatable characters that kids can play with in the pool. Kids especially love toys like inflatable hammers since they can be used in spontaneous pool games.
Kids also love having water toys that can be used not only in the pool, but in the yard as well. Water guns and water balloons are fun, traditional toys that are all too often underestimated at most water parties. Kids can easily occupy themselves for hours with these simple toys, especially if they are playing with older children or adults as well. Adults should just expect to get very wet as well, with these party toys!
Backyard Beach Party: Food
If you are going to have a beach party that involves kids, you can't forget the food! To keep it simple, you may want to light up the grill, and provide the perennial favorites - hot dogs and hamburgers! After this, follow up with fun cupcakes decorated in a luau theme, or fish-shaped cupcake picks. Kids will be looking forward to dessert the moment they see these sweet treats! To keep your drinks cold and easily accessible to kids, you may want to use a cooler or inflatable buffet. These ingenious buffets inflate in a matter of minutes and can be easily filled with ice, allowing you to just fill it and chill your favorite drinks. With cold drinks, entertaining water toys, and delicious food, you can keep your guests, kids and adults, to be busy for hours!
Kid's of all ages love to play. It is a great theme for a party and is an easy one for which to decorate and prepare. The kids will love dressing up and having their party in the Wild, Wild, West!
You can decorate tables with red gingham checked tablecloths. Have western themed cut-outs and red and blue colored confetti sprinkled over them. Be sure you have plates, cups and napkins with a western theme and if you can't find any use red plates and blue cups and red and blue napkins. You can always get a stamp at the craft store and put a western themed logo on them. You can make fake hay bales using boxes covered with brown sackcloth or cover with paper bags and tie them with string. To give them an authentic look you can place a few sprigs of hay on each. Buy a cheap horseshoes game and place the horseshoes around the room or hang them in doorways. Gather as many plush and toy horses as you can and scatter them about as well. You can also attach ropes made into lariats to walls and doors. Blue and red crepe paper can be hung from ceilings and light fixtures.
When the Guests Arrive
To really get the kids into the spirit, hand out colored bandannas for each child. Provide cowboy hats as well. You can also provide. For girls have and as a how about western theme charm bracelets for them to assemble. Boys will love having some sheriff badges to wear. As a special sweet treat we have Western Cowboy Theme Lollipops that you can give the children.
Things to Do
Pin the tail on the donkey is the ideal game to play at a western themed birthday party. A game of horseshoes either in the basement or outdoors will be fun as well. Gunny sack or three-legged races will have the kids in stitches as they try and cross the finish line. A pinata in the shape of the horse filled with candy and cowboy themed trinkets will have kids swinging in earnest to be the one to break the horse.
A Cowboy Barbecue
Hamburger, hot dogs and chips are the perfect western party fare. If the kids are a little older they might like some chili or baked beans. Make sure you have all the trimmings such as mustard, ketchup and plenty of cheese for those that want a cheeseburger. Pretzels and trail mix can be set out in bowls for the kids to snack on. Don't forget the western themed cake and of course, lots and lots of ice cream.
The kid's will be pleased and so will you when you see your home or yard transformed into the Old West.
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A pirate party is always a fun time for everyone. Boys and girls alike dream of being a pirate, and a pirate party theme could really fuel their imaginations. Kids can dress up in a pirate costume complete with a pirate hat and toy sword, and hunt for a treasure chest filled with all sorts of pirate party favors and pirate crafts. It's a fun time for kids and adults alike as the little ones act out adventures on the high seas at an exciting pirate party.
A child's pirate costume could come with an assortment of toy swords and sabers, including exciting light up swords. Watch the transformation when your little boy puts on his pirate hat and pirate eye patch, and sets off in search of a pile of pirate gum treasure. Pirate party favors could include such things as pirate stickers or pirate coloring books, and exciting games like "Pin the Eye Patch on the Pirate."
There is something about being a pirate that seems to appeal to children, and they love the opportunity to dress up like a pirate, maybe even put on a pirate mask they made themselves from an activity kit. Ocean faring merchants and sandbox travelers alike would be well advised to to move carefully through the waters of a pirate theme party. It might even be a good idea for parents who happen to wander through the pirate party zone to carry some pirate gold to buy their way to freedom with.
To make a pirate party theme even more realistic for the young adventurers, consider setting up an inflatable pirate ship cooler, and fill it with the kinds of juices and fruits that are found in tropical areas. Everybody knows that a pirate works up a thirst and appetite while out plundering and pillaging, because it takes a lot of energy to be the terror of the high seas. Luckily for every kid in a pirate costume, there will be fine juices served in attractive pirate goblets, and sacks of pirate gold gum to be pillaged.
And while you might not be able to put a real pirate ship in the backyard, you could still provide a pirate armada of soft foam pirate ships, perfect for little hands because they won't scratch or cut. And when the fleet docks at a tropical island, they children can have fun in an Easter-egg style hunt for hidden toy pirate gold coins, with special pirate treats awarded to the one who finds the most. At a pirate party, the fun and games seem to go on forever, thanks to a large variety of pirate activities and pirate party favors.
Designing a groovy party for children is easy. Start with tie-dyed print invitations, complete with psychedelic colors and peace signs. Follow that with a solid pastel color table covering, and then set the places with tie die fun plates, napkins and cups. Hang streamers of different colors around the walls, and be sure to have lots of brightly colored balloons on hand.
Give each child their own groovy hippie bag filled with fun toys and treats. Some simple ideas would be stretch rainbow bead bracelets, rainbow heart shaped lollipops, or friendship bracelet in a variety of colors. You could even put small key chains in each gift bag with hanging pendants such as hearts and stars and all sorts of cool shapes.
Remember, dressing up is as much a part of getting into the spirit of the children's groovy hippie party as the decorations. Be sure to have lots of colorful dress costumes gear available. Rainbow boas are a quick and easy splash of color for the children. If the day is also someone's birthday, give the star of the day a colorful boa that lights up so that everyone knows who the lucky person is.
You can also let the children express themselves with an assortment for cool hippie tattoos. Temporary stick on tattoos of hearts, peace signs, smiling faces and other colorful things let each child pick their own personally decorations, and parent will appreciate that the tattoos come right off with warm water and a sponge. It makes for a groovy time, and kids will love the wild colors of an era gone by.
With a little coaching the whole party will be strutting around and talking just like a hippie. They'll brag about how groovy and far out the party is, and compliment their friends about how cool they look. You may even want to provide some toy microphones and allow the kids to act out as popular divas and rock stars. The most important thing is that the children are allowed to have a good time.
Throwing a retro children's hippie party can be as much fun for the adults as the children. All of the adults can use the lingo of the days, or even dress up along them. The hippie era was a time of fun and discovery, it ushered in a whole new era in music, and strove for peace and love among all people. These are important concepts for children of any generation, and a groovy hippie party is a fantastic way to share the love with all of the little ones.
Let your imagination run wild. The hippie era was full of wild and crazy times, and your retro hippie party should be wild and crazy too. Pick up a tie dyed beach ball, and the kids can play simple games to work up an appetite. At a hippie party, it's all about peace and love and having a good time.
If your children love monkeys, maybe you should think about throwing them a special jungle party. It could feature monkey party favors, different types of monkey craft kits and activities, and when it came time have a snack, the real fun could begin. Serve up the entertainment using monkey paper plates, amusing monkey tableware, and all sorts of jungle animal and monkey decorations.
For a fun jungle party game, pull out the jungle animal paddle balls, featuring lions, tigers, elephants, and giraffes. The kids will have a blast banging the ball on their favorite zoo animal. And you could even give them party favors of jungle animals zoo visors, or perhaps a toy filled jungle part favor bag. Make sure that you have lots of activities and craft kits, because once you get the children interested, they aren't going to want to stop.
Every monkey jungle party needs a few toys, such as the cute jungle animal bendy toys that can be easily posed. And everyone will have a blast with the zoo animal bubble bottles. When you give the children foam animal shapes to play with, it entertains them with fun and exciting animal forms, helping them learn more about jungle animals at the same time as they have a wonderful time attending a exciting jungle party.
There are many choices when it comes to jungle party tableware. There are sets with a complete host of jungle animals, or monkey paper plates and cups with large, happy monkeys scampering around. When it comes to zoo animal party favors, monkeys are probably the most popular animal of all. It is featured in animal craft kits, printed on balloons and toys, and there are even neon colored inflatable monkeys to play with.
Parents who have children going bananas over monkeys would really be showing how much they care to throw a special monkey party in honor of their kids. Whether it is a special birthday, or an important anniversary, or just a gloomy, rainy day outside, a jungle monkey party is an excellent way to long faces into happy ones. There does not have to be a special occasion in order to have a jungle party, all it takes is for you and the children to want to do a little monkeying around.
Fill a monkey head-shaped cup with tropical juice, serve some animal crackers on amusing monkey paper plates, and give your children a monkey party they will never forget. It can be so much fun that you and your kids find yourselves monkeying around all the time, just for the fun of doing it. Any day can be a special one when you and the children have a happy and educational monkey party.
Do your children love going to the circus? It's very easy to bring the circus to your own backyard with a carnival birthday party! A large part of the fun for children is the excitement and variety of carnival games at most carnivals, even if it is just a small church gathering. What most parents don't know is that it is very easy to create a carnival themed birthday party, even on a limited budget!
When children are asked to describe a carnival, one of the first things they talk about are the fun games and prizes! While it may seem complex up front, it is very easy to create a few tables of carnival games at your child's birthday party. Most of the games that are at carnivals are traditional games that have been around for ages. Some of the most popular of these games include
- Ring Toss
- Bottle Toss
- Duck Pond
- Disk Drop
Just about any type of traditional party game for kids is perfect for a carnival. The trick is finding the perfect prizes for these games. Prizes can be anything from assorted party favors to candy packs. If you want to give a true carnival feel, however, make sure to throw in some stuffed animals that kids have a chance to win too.
Carnival Food & Treats
Right after games, kids are likely to think of the variety of fun foods they can find when visiting a carnival or the circus. When asked about the type of food at a carnival, they are likely to start talking about popcorn, cotton candy, and other sweets. Most of the candy found at carnivals is fairly inexpensive, which is good news for planning within a budget. You may also want to consider having a gumball machine filled with colorful gumballs, if you or a relative have one almost every carnival has a few machines near the exit, after all!
To cut back on costs, it is also very easy to create your own circus themed cupcakes at home, using circus themed paper baking cups or cupcake picks. This can be much cheaper than getting a decorated cake and kids will love having their own colorful cup cake. If you do not want to make cupcakes at home, don't worry, these can work just as well with store bought cupcakes!
Carnival Party Decorations
Creating the perfect carnival atmosphere is usually the hardest part of creating a carnival birthday party. It's more than just buying carnival themed paper plates and circus party paper sets. The trick is finding the right combination of decorations to give that carnival feel to your birthday party. While balloons are obvious, don't forget that you can easily hang paper cutouts from trees and use scene setters on the side of your house to make your yard look like a carnival. One of our other personal favorites, and one many people do not consider, is inflatable animals. It's easy to create your own circus with inflatable animals and inflatable toys. If you want to get your children involved, consider having them make circus themed crafts as decorations.
Of course, no circus is complete without a ring master and clowns! You don't have to buy a whole clown costume, however, to make the adults look the part. Consider having the adults wear clown wigs and makeup to the party, especially if they are responsible for giving prizes for carnival games. You can also have mom and dad stand out by purchasing top hats and other silly hats to make them look more like ringmasters. With the right preparations, you can really have your own backyard carnival!