Costume parties are perfect for children's birthdays
March 22, 2010
For many children, their birthday is the most anticipated day of the year. It's a chance to gather all of their friends and family together and make them the center of attention as they exalt in being one year older and wiser.
But, if you have a child who has high expectations for their birthday party, but not a very clear idea of what type of party they want, there can be a lot of pressure to come up with successful kids' party themes.
When in doubt, a costume party is sure to delight young kids (and adults, for that matter). Children will love the chance to use their imaginations and pretend to be another person or creature for the day, and their excitement and enthusiasm will ensure a successful party.
Allow guests time to prepare
Send out the party invitations well in advance of the actual party date, so that parents and the young guests have plenty of time to prepare for the big day.
At the door have fun party extras, like boas and costume hats, available, so that partygoers can add a little extra kick to their ensemble upon entering.
Pick a theme!
Because the general idea of a costume party may be too broad and overwhelming for some youngsters, giving them parameters can help them decide on a costume more readily.
For little girls, princess parties are one of the most ideal kids party themes. The
guest of honor and all of her friends will be able to wear their favorite fancy dresses, and their prettiest shoes!
A great way to serve food at a princess party is by making it a princess tea party. Instead of one birthday cake, serve each guest an individual strawberry-flavored cupcake with delicate pink frosting. Other finger foods like chocolate-covered pretzels, shortbread cookies and truffles will lend a sense of occasion to the fun fete.
For boys, a dinosaur party theme is sure to please.
Invite the young guests to come dressed as their favorite pre-historic creature, and devise a few games, like tag or follow the leader, (be sure to snap a few pictures of all the guys in their reptilian costumes).
Snacks can include worms in dirt - chocolate pudding covered in chocolate sandwich cookie crumbles and filled with gummy candies shaped like worms and other insects or similarly themed snacks.
Consider pulling out your Halloween cookie cutters and making bat or spider-shaped cookies, and allowing the boys to decorate them as a party activity.
Buy icing in colors like orange, blue, green, yellow and purple and get the boys to try and decorate a dinosaur-shaped cookie that looks like the creature they attended the party as.
After the sugar-rush, calm everyone down by throwing on a classic dinosaur movie like The Land Before Time or Jurassic Park.
Regardless of which theme you chose to go with, pick a costume party idea that your child will enjoy and that will create lasting memories to be enjoyed for years to come.