Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel Invitation Ideas
Hansel and Gretel were attracted to the candy house so attract
you party guests with some creative candy theme invitations.
Print out party information on large rectangle labels and stick
them on large boxes of candy or candy bars.
On large colorful lollypops (6” or bigger) place a large
white address label with the party information.
Colorful note cards with polka dots on the outside ...
write party information on the inside.
Hansel and Gretel Party Decoration Ideas
Decorate the party area in a forest theme with greens and browns or like
a gingerbread house with clear glass tall containers and dishes of different types of candy on
the party table.
Make a sign from poster board to hang on the front door or mailbox that
says "Deep dark woods ..." .
A trail of white pebbles leading up
to the party entrance is a fun detail for Hansel and Gretel.
Decorate the outside of the party area to look like a Gingerbread house.
Extra large plastic candy canes lining the walkway, strings of colorful
lights on bushes, trees and the entryway and large plastic candies
hanging from the trees. Cut out "frosting" from poster board and
attach around the front door.
Hansel and Gretel Icebreakers
Candy Jar Guess
In a large clear plastic jar with a tight lid place lots of
different types of candies … skittles are a good colorful choice. Count
the candies as you are placing them in the jar.
When guests start to
arrive ask them to guess how many candies are in the jar. Write down
their name and their guess.
The person closest to the number in the jar
wins the jar of candy.
Hansel and Gretel Party Activities
Read Hansel and Gretel
Children may not be familiar with the story of Hansel and Gretel so
right after guests finish arriving gather them in a circle and read them
the story of Hansel and Gretel. There are also several short plays
on the internet that could be used if you have a few willing actors.
To keep the audience interested pass out small white pebbles, popcorn
and candy to the children during the parts of the story where they are
Play Dough Gingerbread Men
On a table covered with a plastic tablecloth provide lots of different
colors of Play Dough (or give each guest 1 or 2 colors of their own)
along with a large container of brown play dough that everyone can use
to make gingerbread men. Set out gingerbread men cookie cutters -
the larger the better. After they are decorated you can bake them
at 200 degrees for 5 min. - they will be hard and ready for the kids to
take home as party favors. Tips: Cover the baking pan with wax
paper before placing the gingerbread men on the pan. Our
homemade play dough recipe makes this an
easy and inexpensive party activity!
Gingerbread House Decorating Contest
Let each guest participate in building their own gingerbread house made
from graham crackers. Set out squares of graham crackers and royal icing
that has been placed in individual baggies with a little hole cut at the
bottom for their own pastry bag. Set out dishes of different types
of candies and let them have fun making their own creation. For
smaller children give them a bowl with candies already in it.
Hansel and Gretel Party Games
Leave clues for the party guests to follow attached to small white
stones (like in the Hansel and Gretel story). Let the
children go from clue to clue collecting the stones and at the end they
can turn them in for prizes or trade for the witch's treasure chest.
See our Treasure Hunt games page for
instructions and ideas on how to set up a treasure hunt.
Candy Scavenger Hunt
Before the party hide wrapped candy around the party area. Give
party guests small bags and then tell them to search "the woods" for the
candy and collect it in their bags. Another fun idea is to
tape wrapped candy to a playhouse (plastic or cardboard) and then let
the guests try and grab candy off the house. For older children
you can have an adult dress up like the witch and play tag while they
are trying to get the candy off the house. Instead of candy you
can hide jewels (rings, necklaces and bracelets).
Party games for ages 7, 8 and 9
Party Games for 5 and 6 year olds
Birthday games for ages 10, 11, 12
Hansel and Gretel Party Food IdeasBags of popcorn (like in the story)
Hot Chocolate with marshmallows
Chocolate fountain with marshmallow and strawberries (or any snack food)
Hansel and Gretel Party Favors
Mugs with hot chocolate mix and marshmallows