Plan ahead because attention to detail will make a difference. Picture the overall style of how you imagine your perfect party. Allow plenty of time to prepare for your party and make a list as well as enlisting family and friends to help out. Get the big things in place before worrying with the smaller details, as these will change as you count down to your party. Children remember what they did at a party, much more than what they ate, what the plates and napkins looked like or whether the house was spotless.
Good party times are at 1-3pm or 2-4pm to fit in with a finger food tea party. For little ones try 10-11.30am as you can fit it around their nap.
Create a fun party atmosphere with colourful decorations, balloons and music. Creative lighting can really enhance the party atmosphere. You can replace some bulbs with coloured lamps.
A theme is always a good idea, whether it’s a fairy, princess, pirate or cowboy theme, it will help organise your own thoughts. It could even be themed around your child’s favourite colour you can then plan all of your party supply purchases, party games and decorations around that theme.
If you are re-creating the teddy bear picnic event, why not decorate the rooms with tree branches and foliage, so that it looks just like a scene from those teddy bear woods. You could put coloured lights in the branches and add some stuffed teddy bears to create that party magic.
Even though the bear-making aspect of the party is the main focus of the day, it is always fun to include some traditional bear-related games or activities in the party schedule.
Traditional children’s party games are generally loved by kids of all ages. However, remember to keep in mind that kids party games usually need some supervision so you might want to think about asking for a little help.
And don’t forget the prizes! Chosen with the children’s ages in mind these of course need only be inexpensive little gifts – perhaps a small toy, finger puppet, sweets, colouring book or hair bobbles – and although if there are a lot of children at the party it might not always be possible, but it’s a good idea to try and make sure that each child wins a little something. Nevertheless whether you choose to play pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs, hot potato or treasure hunt, party games are always great fun to play and sure to make your kids party a happy and memorable one.
Treasure hunts are great fun, the children could always find the bears they are going to make which also avoids any arguments! Alternatively gifts such as wrapped sweets or chocolate coins – hidden around the party room or garden, or played with easy picture clues. For older kids you could divide them into small teams and then give each team a set of clues or riddles to solve so that the teams knows which set of clues to follow.
Pin the Nose on the Teddy
For this alternative to the Pin the Tail on the Donkey kids’ party game you will need a large picture of a teddy without a nose – though don’t worry about the missing nose if you’re using a poster – and a nose made of cardboard, paper or felt. To play, blindfold each child in turn, turn them around a couple of times, point them in the right direction, then tell them to pin the nose on the teddy – write their name at their chosen spot. After all the kids have had a turn the one whose name is nearest to where the nose is supposed to be wins the game, and a small party prize.
Duck Duck Goose
Duck Duck Goose is a popular party game for young kids. To play, first sit the kids down facing each other in a circle. Then choose one child – this is usually the party boy or girl – to be it. He or she then has to walk around the outside of the circle tapping each of the other kids in turn lightly on the head and naming them a duck. This goes on for a few moments until the child taps one of the children and says goose instead of duck.
At this point the ‘goose’ stands up and chases the birthday child once around the circle trying to tag him or her before they sit down in their (gooses) place. If the birthday child is tagged then they are ‘it’ again. If not then the ‘goose’ becomes the next ‘it’ and starts the game again. This game can be played until the kids get fidgety or they’ve all had a turn at being ‘it’. Don’t forget you can change the name of the game from duck duck goose to any other animals such as teddies or those animals which the children have made at the party.
To play this popular kids game first a row of alternate facing chairs – one for each child is set up. The kids then sit on the chairs and music started. When the music begins the kids all stand up and walk in a line around the row of chairs, meantime one chair is taken away. When the music stops each child has to sit down on a free chair and the one without a chair is ‘out’. This continues until there are 2 kids left in the game but only one chair. The one who manages to sit on the last chair when the music stops is declared the winner and receives a small party prize.
Pass the Parcel
Securing each layer with tape, wrap a small gift in lots of layers of paper. To play the game have the kids sit in a circle; play a music CD – for little ones nursery rhymes or popular children’s songs are a good choice then every now and again stop the music; the child that’s holding the parcel when the music stops then has till the music starts again to unwrap as many layers as he or she can before they have to pass the parcel on again. The one who unwraps the last layer and reveals the hidden gift wins the game and the gift.