This one is personal. My little guy is turning 7 next week and I have been thinking/agonizing over this for weeks. Admittedly my son is a bit of an odd ball but these ideas will work for just about any group and are very customizable. A good theme needs to be able to encompass games, party favors, snacks and foods and even costumes. A few of these ideas I incorporate a specific location or event as well. There’s nothing better than not having to clean your house or worrying about multiple little kids running wild in your home.
Renaissance Festival/Medieval Times- This works for both boys and girls. Boys can be knights or kings and girls princesses or queens. Most festivals will work with you to provide a meal location and discounted food. The food is always fun and messy so bring a pack of baby wipes for clean up. All of the entertainment is included right at the facility so your set to go. If you choose to go to a festival or show a much smaller group is necessary for cost and corralling purposes. Think cat herding! I would invite 2-3 kids maximum. This theme can be done at home however by serving roasted turkey legs, orange icys in hollowed out oranges, candied almonds and spiced apple juice. If you serve drinks in large plastic goblets your guests will feel very royal. Games could include bean bag tosses, Nerf crossbow target and face painting. There are great glitter tattoos out there that can be done by anyone.
Apple Orchard or Pumpkin Patch Party- Most apple orchard and pumpkin patches offer a variety of packages for parties. Many choices include hay rides, apple or pumpkin picking, petting zoos and bee keeping. They are traditionally inexpensive and the added benefit of supporting a local farmer is always nice. You can encourage your guests to wear their Halloween Costumes and decorate with fall leaves and scare crows. Games should include bobbing for apples and pumpkin seed spitting. I know its gross but if its outside and controlled the kids will love it. Crafts can be pumpkin decorating with markers and stickers and scarecrow making. Here a few of my favorite crafts:
Foods should include of course all things apples. Apple pies, apple cakes, apple bread, apple cookies, apple crumble to name a few. Pumpkin bread, candied or salted pumpkin seeds and apple cider round out a fun menu. A lot of places will even allow a campfire for hot dog or smores. You will of course need a lot a parent supervision for this!
Masterchef Party- This one is a little strange I know. Both my children like to cook and I don’t know a kid around that doesn’t like to decorate cookies or cakes. Many Hy-Vee’s and Social Suppers have facilities dedicated for these purposes. It won’t mess up your kitchen and you won’t have to prepare any food. Its a win-win! I would suggest making something all kids like spaghetti, tacos, grilled cheese, or pizza. Pizza is very fun because the kids can pull the dough and choose their own toppings. Its also very hard to mess up. Guests should receive Chef hats, coats and aprons and party favors could include a small pack of cooking utensils. Cookie or cake decorating can complete the evening.
I hope you and your kids will have as much fun with these party ideas as I have had. Wish me luck with my son’s party.