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Camping : Julie
Activities: Similar to any other birthday, but fitted for outside.
Favorite ideas include: hide and seek, sardines, scavenger hunt (with
Food: Foil dinners: You can do this over an open flamed fire, or you can
use the oven. Give every child a piece of aluminum foil. Let them add
meat, veggies, and spices to their liking, and then fold and put in the
Barbeque: Use the BBQ grill in the backyard to create a yummy dinner.
S'mores: You can do this over an open
flamed fire or even a fondue set (remove the fondue pot).
Banana Boats: Give each child a piece of aluminum foil and banana. Cut
the banana down the center and fill with marshmallows and chocolate
chips. Fold the aluminum around the banana and place in the fire/oven.
Campfire Cake: Ice a cake (round works best). Top the cake with tootsie
rolls (logs), pretzels (sticks), and candy corns (flames).
Sleepover Ideas: Pitch a tent (inside or outside) and have the kids
sleep in the tent with their sleeping bags so they feel like they are
Camping Theme : Lisa
- Bray, Wicklow, Ireland
If you have a tent, put it up in your back garden.
Buy marshmellows and cook them over a barbeque (if you don't have one,
eat them fresh from the bag!).
Stay in the tent ALL night!
If you're a fan of ghost stories, try telling one about girls who go
camping and bump into ghosts, bears, snakes etc, etc...
Have fun with this!
Soccer Sleepover Ideas 4 Tween Girls :
Big Ross - Lomita, CA
#1 get a soccer ball and have all of the tween girls sign it
#2 design soccer jearsys
#3 serve:hot dogs,soda,chips,ice cream,pizza,hamburgurs,candy
#4 soccer water jumper/and pinata
#5 play true or dare
Instrument Theme : Toe - Florida
Have people who play instraments
bring them. Have everyone play music. Everyone will have so much fun
they will have a blast. They will be facinated in how wonderful
A Brilliant Sleepover : Lauren
Okay....I just turned 11 and I had an amazing sleepover ! But although I
had the sleepover when I was eleven the idea we had can be used for lots
o ages ! I invited three of my closest friends but the games we played
can be played with up to fifty players ! INVITATIONS - I made my own
homemade invitations. I started off by typing them out on the computer.
Once they were printed I stuck them onto a piece of cardboard and
started decorating them. I decorated them by getting some old magazines
and cutting pictures out of them. My friends loved the invitations so
they went well. DECORARTIONS - We weren't too fussy about the
decorations because we knew that me and my friends would probably wreck
the place anyway, so we just blew up a few balloons for us all to have
some fun later popping them. FOOD - The party was both CHOCOLATE themed
and FRIENDSHIP themed so for snacks we had EVERYTHING chocolate
including a chocolate fountain. WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT - All the
guests arrived at six and had already been fed so that was handy.
Before we started having any fun we wanted to make sure that we had room
to play so my friends put all their stuff away. So that they didn't lose
anything each person had somewhere separate to put all their stuff. This
was a big help because the next morning there was no running around
looking for stuff. To start the night off we decided to have a game of
truth or dare. I got brilliant truths and dares off this website. They
took up about two hours of the night and by the end of the game EVERYONE
had done something very embarrassing. As I have already said the night
was also FRIENDSHIP themed so my mummy got a cardboard box and made it
into a Time Capsule. We put all our best memories into it and locked it
up. The day before my daddy had wrote out a friendship pact and we al
signed it, this took us to about 9 o'clock. When the "friendship
ceremony" was over we had a mini disco. It went on until about eleven
o'clock in the night and it was so funny watching everyone dance. We
were all exhausted. After all that dancing and
had a bit of relaxing time. We put chocolate face masks on with cucumber
slices on our eyes. We all looked REALLY funny and got our pictures
A few days later the pictures went on
At twelve o'clock I sent everyone away for ten minutes. While they were
gone I set up a mini snack bar and seats, JUST LIKE A REAL CINEMA!
Everyone loved it and the movie went on to two o'clock. After having set
still for so long we got all our energy back and had a catwalk show.
Everyone was rated on a scale of one to ten on, goofiness, gorgeousness,
etc, etc. At three o'clock when people were bored of being supermodels
we melted chocolate on our faces. When it reached four o'clock we sat
and talked for about two hours until SIX OCLOCK! It was a blast but
because my parents had been so good to us my friend Jessica came up with
the idea of cleaning up our mess. We had the place spotless by seven
o'clock so we started to make my parents breakfast in bed ! By half
eight we were sitting down eating our own breakfast and discussing the
antics of the night ! Hope you have a good time at your own party no
matter what the theme xxx Lauren xxx
Cupcake Decorating Party : Becky
- Albuquerque, NM
I had a cupcake decorating party for my 5 year old
daughter. As kids came they were asked to decorate their own kid size
apron with fabric markers, so that nothing had to dry. After everyone
finished their aprons they put them on and out came the cupcakes. I had
3 different flavors with 4 different color frosting and of course
chocolate frosting. They had colored sprinkles, flower sprinkles and
round sprinkles. I bought the cheap frosting tubes and tips and let
them be creative with them. After all cupcakes were done, I put 5
candles in one of my daughters cupcakes and everyone sang Happy
Birthday. They got to take home their aprons and the cupcakes they
decorated. Suggestions for the little ones is to let them have their
own bowls of frosting because they do not understand the double dipping
Tween Boys Woods Scavenger Hunt
: Mandy R. - Montverde, FL
Tween boy wood scavenger hunt. First you come
up with a list of items you would like for them to find. Example (
pinecones, leaves or a piece of bark of a oak tree, a rock, a certain
kind of stick, or whatever you can think of the is in the woods) you can
get creative on what you would like them to find like a bike peg or
football. Then you write down a few items on a piece a few different
pieces of paper and fold the paper up and put them into a baseball hat.
Then you put the kids into groups of two or more kids. Then you have one
kid from each group pick a piece of paper. What items that is on the
paper is what they have to go find. You can time them if you want or
just let the first group that finds all the items first wins. (I went to
the dollar store and got some little gifts)
Mall Scavenger Hunt : Keisha - GA
for ages 9 and up (it depends) just for girls!!!! invite 10 girls
counting yourself give them each a fun parent or guardian to go with(no
party poopers)buy some cheap bracelets from claries the birthday girl
chooses 2 colors and you go in and buy those colors of bracelets and put
them in something have them choose one with their eyes closed!(we chose
pink and yellow) the girls get with the parent and get there scavenger
sheets in a small handbag with 20 dollars per team 4 dollars
each!!!!!!(ex...each girl has an assigned color they have to get a pic
of that color dress/outfit,shoes,bag accessories ex. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!(HAVE
EACH ADULT HAVE A CAMREA OR CAMREA PHONE TO PROOVE THEY DO THIS TASK!!)
try to win an animal in a claw machine (pictures) get a wacky flavored
ice-cream cone you've never tried EX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! got some more ideas
for what to do tell me!!! after that let each girl get a mani/pedi or
either/or next go home order pizzas or something on the way there share
otos of all of your bffs!!!!!!!!!!
listen to music and eat cake watch chick flicks play games SO HAVE FUN
AND WHOEVERS THE BIRTHDAY GIRL HAPPY
Car Racing Themed Party :
Saramaria - Stamford, CT
Car or racing themed party...all racing games,
three legged race, relay race, sack race, and treasure hunt in a travel
or car race theme
Puppy Party : Julie - Collierville, TN
For my grandson's 1st
birthday, we did a puppy theme party.
We used black and white spotted puppy invitations with a matching
black/white spotted puppy cake. We also had a smash cake made for
Cooper. The balloons were white with black paw prints. The centerpiece
for the table was a silver dog bowl filled with cocoa puffs, mini
marshmallows and Scooby Do bone shaped cookies. Beside the dog bowl was
a puppy piñata. For party hats, we used headbands with black and white
spotted dog ears we ordered on line. Treat bags were filled with bone
shaped crayons, bone shaped cookie cutters, beanie baby Dalmatians,
magnetic dog picture frames, puppy tattoos, stickers, Scooby Doo fruit
snacks, etc... All paper products were navy with white polka dots and a
baby blue tablecloth.
Jacque - Belgrade, MT
For my daughter's 5th
birthday party, I made cute hand made lady bug invites to hand out at
school. We held it at our house. I bought small terra cotta
planters and made individual cakes in them using chocolate cake mix,
premade frosting, crumbled oreos on top (dirt), flower suckers stuck in
middle of each one and one gummy worm hanging out of each one (they were
baked in the oven in the terra cotta planters also). For the main
activity, I bought larger terra cotta planters and terra cotta paint and
painted some green and yellow polka dots along bottoms and saucers.
Then had the kids dip their thumbs in red and put their thumbprints
around the potters. When they dried I used black terra cotta paint
to turn their little thumb prints into ladybugs and had them put potting
soil and a pretty (cheap annual) flower into them as well - voila!
Instant gift to take home that moms can keep for a long time also!
I made sure to put on the invites for them to wear old clothing that
could get dirt/paint, etc on.
You could do a actress theme. Where everyone
would dress up as their favorite actress or actor. Then you could have
talent show, fashion show, take funny videos and have a game called
guess the star. You make 10 cards with 1 star on each of them, for
example, Milry Cyrus or Selena Gomez or someone like that. For food you
could have your favorite actress's food. For party favors, you could
give out posters of stars and maybe a pair of star sunglasses. With this
theme YOU will be a star!!!
Underwater Party - Anonymous
I think a under water party would be great! If
you have a pet fish decorate the tank & have the send outs shaped like
fish (whales shrimp & other fish ) Put blue paper cut in to slits and
hang them from a arch or door way. And have tweens where green blue or
pazzay sparkly (for scales ) Buy a cd with beach sounds........and
hand a BIG paper boat from the roof ( inside) ! And when they
leave say " i am WAVING " and wave @ them !
Shopping Galore - Anonymous
Have 4-8 kids come over and give them each $30
and let them fill out What's their fav papers ( personalized papers
asking what their favorite store, their shoe size et cetera) switch the
papers randomly and let them choose one. That person has to get that
person exactly $30 worth of gifts related to their paper.
Ball or Polka Dot Theme - LaDonna
from Cleveland, TX
We had a "ball" themed party for our
daughters 2nd bday. the invitation was a pic of my daughter wearing
a white dress with bright colored polka dots on it. she was sitting in
the grass with all different colored bouncy/beach balls around her. the
invitation read " come have a BALL at rylei's 2nd bday bash" we rented a
moonwalk and filled it with large bouncy/beach balls. the cake was round
and white with bright colored polka dots on it and topped with a group
of different sizes and colored bouncy balls. we also served cupcakes,
that were topped with small neon colored bouncy balls ordered from
oriental trading company. the plates and napkins were polka dotted. we
served pizza. the favor bags were polka dotted and the favors were
bouncy balls and all sorts of round things. it all turned out really
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