Christmas for the Kids!
March 08, 2011
Kid Friendly Christmas Party
Chances are your kids dream about Christmas morning all year round. Now that we’re so close to the big day, it’s time to start thinking about throwing them a special party. From the invitations to the party favors, Windy City Novelties has everything you need for an exceptional child-friendly Christmas party.
Choose colorful and fun invitations to show that the children are the center of the party. An invitation with a cartoon snowman or Mickey Mouse on the front will clearly let parents know it’s a kid’s party. For a touch of glitz, add confetti before sealing up the envelope.
Decorations and Party Supplies
With so many Christmas decorations and party supplies out there it’s difficult to decide which ones to use. The cardinal party decoration rule is remembering to stick with a theme. Since this party is about the little ones, allow yourself to get slightly more carried away than you would with an adult party.
Christmas is a holiday where people often dress up their houses anyway, so you must go above and beyond with your outdoor party decorations. If you live somewhere cold, you’ve already got a gorgeous, natural decoration of snow. If you live somewhere warm, try spraying artificial snow on your lawn. The kids will surely get a kick out of it; especially if they’ve never seen snow before! Let your guests know where the party is by lining your driveway and sidewalk with holiday luminary bags. Next, tie an assortment of holiday balloons around your lamppost. You can even tie a few to your door, which when decorated properly will look like Santa is opening for the kids! Spark the children’s imagination by hanging a banner in your front window welcoming them to the North Pole.
Have Santa hats laid out and ready to wear for each guest when they enter the party. Set aside an area in your house where you can place a scene setter and in front of it position a chair and cardboard fireplace. Have a family member dressed up as Santa Claus sit in the chair and take pictures with each child. Hang countless red and white twirly whirlys and snowman decorations from the ceiling. The children will have a blast getting lost in the decorations.
When serving food at a children’s party two words come to mind: paper and plastic. Lucky for you Windy City has the lowest prices on Christmas paper goods. Drape your table with a festive table cover and if you have any confetti left over from the invitations, sprinkle it on top. Top off the table by adding an entertaining centerpiece or two in the middle.
Serve an assortment of kid-friendly sandwiches like ham and cheese, peanut butter and jelly and grilled cheese. Play into the holiday theme by using Christmas cookie cutters to create fun shapes out of the sandwiches; an old trick that will never go out of style. Create a Christmas fruit salad by using red and green fruits like strawberries, raspberries, apples, grapes and kiwi. Still have hungry ones on your hands? Put out a bowl of red and green tortilla chips to snack on throughout the party.
Place the food on cute paper plates and napkins like the snowman value pack (which comes with both!) and lay out plastic forks. No knives at this party! Finish up by serving milk, juice or lemonade in paper cups paired with krazy straws and star shaped ice for added fun.
Entertainment & Activities
A fun activity for kids to participate in is decorating sugar cookies or cupcakes, which also happens to coincide with what to serve for dessert! Stock up on holiday frosting, sprinkles and candy. If the kids attending your party are slightly older, go with the same theme but instead of cookies have them build and decorate gingerbread houses.
Another fun activity for children of all ages is having them decorate their own Santa hats with glitter, foam letters, markers, glue…anything crafty! The hat then becomes a personalized party favor.
Everyone knows you can’t have a successful children’s party without ending it with some kind of prize or a goody bag. So far, your guests are already going home with a full tummy and a Santa hat, but that’s not enough! Put a twist on the goody bag by using a stocking to hold the “goodies.” Fill the stockings with toys like Christmas tree blinkies, key chains, and temporary tattoos. Also, don’t forget about the pictures taken with Santa earlier! Have someone develop the pictures during the party so they’re ready by the time the guests leave. Use a star shaped balloon weight as a picture holder and include it in the stocking.
Your guests will leave your party with gifts and a smile!