Tom Sawyer Party Ideas
Tom Sawyer is a great theme for a boys birthday. Mix and
match these fun do-it-yourself ideas to make it special for the
Tom Sawyer in your life.
Listed are great ideas for party games, activities, invitations,
decorations, favors and food for a Tom Sawyer party.
Tom Sawyer Party Games
Make rafts before the party for kids to decorate or let them make their
own from popsicle art sticks. When they are dry let the guests
race them in a pool or stream. In a pool they can blow on the
rafts with drinking straws to make them move.
Raft Penny Toss
Set up several small wooden rafts made with craft sticks in the center
of a kiddie pool. Give the guests pennies and have them try and
throw the pennies onto the rafts. Whoever gets the most pennies to
stay on the rafts wins. Have a prize for the winner or bundle all
the pennies in a handkerchief to give away for the prize.
Mystery Fishing Game
Tom Sawyer loved to fish and this is a fun game for all ages.
Instead of fish on the end of their line the guests get small
prizes or candy. Make a fishing hole from an appliance crate or
simply hang a sheet over a piece of rope or clothesline (just make sure
that the person who is in the water giving out the prizes is covered and
can not be seen by the children playing the game. Use clothespins
as hooks and tie them to string and a fishing pole. Kids put their
fishing line into the water and then pull out a prize.
Injun Joe's Treasure
Send the party guests on a hunt for Injun Joe's buried
treasure. Make a map of your neighborhood or the party area that
leads the kids through different places. Hide clues to where they
have to search next at every place on the map. At the end of the search
Joe's treasure set up a crate filled with candies and other party
favors that the kids can take home from the party. Or you could
have the goody bags all prepared and ready for them to take home.
Old Fashioned Games
Some great old fashioned games that would be fun at a Tom Sawyer
birthday party are potato sack races, tug of war and leap frog.
Set up the games individually or have teams compete in a relay style
race that combines
all of them at once.
For more fun party games see our
party games page.
Boys Party Games -
Games for boys parties
Tom Sawyer Invitation Ideas
Some fun invitation ideas for a Tom Sawyer birthday party are:
Print information on white cardstock with a graphic of Tom
Sawyer, a boy fishing, or a fence being painted and glue it on
top of brown construction paper or a heavy brown paper bag.
Embellish with twine.
Make a small hobo pack invitation by cutting a bandana into four
equal square pieces. Print out party information and place
inside the bandanas. Tie the ends of the bandanas together
around the paper and attach to a small stick or tree branch.
Buy or make cards to look like a fence (like the one Tom Sawyer
paints) and write the party information on the fence or print
using a paint font.
Tom Sawyer Decoration Ideas
Create a southern feel to the Tom Sawyer party by using red and white
checkered tablecloths or a more rustic feel with burlap tablecloths.
Use tin buckets to hold snacks and give each bucket a small tin cup for
guests to scoop out a serving.
Tie twine or strips of red bandanas
around mason jars and use them to hold silverware and candies.
Give each guest a tin cup
with their name on it or a mason jar embellished with twine or strips of
bandanas tied on the handle or around the top of the glass.
Place hay bales, barrels and old
wooded boxes, tree stumps, straw hats or crates around the party area.
Tom Sawyer Party
Ideas and Activities
Paint Picture Frames
Just as Tom Sawyer painted let the party guests paint a picture frame or
a small wooden box. Set up an area with paints, brushes, water and
paper towels and a large enough area away from the party to set the
painted items to dry. Make the picture frames look like a
fence by having the kids glue wooden popsicle sticks on the outside of
the frame and then painting them white. Have some of the sticks
cut into shorter lengths before the party.
Tom Sawyer was great at painting fences ... let guests try
painting their own fences by hanging up butcher paper over a fence and
letting guests paint or draw with chalk.
Set out lots of craft popsicle sticks and let each guest make their own
raft. After gluing them together let them paint and decorate them.
If you have access to a pond or pool have a raft race during game time.
Tom Sawyer Party Food
Corn on the Cob
Paint brushes with a set of paints
Goody / Loot Bag Ideas
Bandanas (place the party favors in the bandana and tie the ends around
Small burlap bags tied with white ribbon
Hobo packs - tie favors up in a bandana and attach a stick or small tree
Brown paper sacks tied with twine