Bubbles and balloons won?t last forever, but these birthday party memories will. Set kids loose with lots of bubble-making tools for fun that won?t disappear when the bubbles pop. When kids tire of bubbles, they will be ready for party food that carries out the birthday party theme.
- Party Invitation: Inflate a plain balloon, but don?t knot it. Write the party details on the balloon?s surface with a soft-tip permanent marker, then carefully deflate. To read the invitation, guests must blow up the balloon.
- Party Decorations: Give balloons a little flair by attaching simple crepe-paper circles and stripes with double-stick tape. It?s easy to make dots and fun shapes using paper punches. Scatter helium-filled balloons in bunches around the party area. Keep them from flying away with weights made of bubble bottles.
- Party Activities: Premix bubble soap by combining 2/3 cup dishwashing soap, 1 gallon water, and 2 or 3 tablespoons of glycerin. Let the kids loose to blow bubbles in the backyard and have a contest for the biggest, the fastest flyer, and the longest lived.
- Party Food: Serve two-bite burgers on miniature rolls. For the birthday cake, create a tower of glazed doughnut holes. Pipe colored icing between carefully stacked layers as the tower?s ?glue.? Add dots of icing to the top and finish with a dash of sprinkles.
- Party Favors: Send kids home with their very own balloons and bubbles. Attach a jar of bubbles to the balloon?s string and add a round name tag. Bubbles and balloons can be found at party supply stores and discount stores or online. Rent a helium tank to fill the balloons.
Go for the gold. Celebrate your little sports star?s special birthday with an Olympics theme. Friendly competition will make this birthday party theme a real winner.
- Party Invitation: Send out a pennant-shape invite to get kids in the team spirit. Write the party details on a triangular piece of paper and glue to a chopstick. Mail in a letter-size envelope to all participating athletes.
- Party Decorations: Create the Olympic rings by attaching five Hula-Hoops together. Set up an awards-platform photo op by arranging kids on milk crates for gold, silver, and bronze.
- Party Activities: Organize three to five Summer Olympics events: A water-balloon shot put, shoe-box hurdles, Frisbee discus, badminton, and a somersault tumbling contest all make perfect backyard games.
- Party Food: Fuel contestants with fish and chips or bangers and mash (sausages and potatoes). Then serve ring-shape cookies, iced with blue, yellow, black, green, and red frosting.
- Party Favors: Congratulate kids with homemade trophies. Fill a small box with chocolate coins and seal it with a gold-medal sticker. Glue a plastic athlete figurine on top and hand out at the closing ceremony.
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