After a Heavy Snowfall, Get out of the House and Enjoy a Snow Fort Party!
December 28, 2012
Cure cabin fever this winter by sending the kids outdoors after a big snow and organizing a Snow Fort Party to keep them busy! Take advantage of a fresh dusting of the white stuff and get the kids up and moving for an afternoon of outdoor fun with this out of the ordinary party idea that is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. Whether you're looking for a fun activity for your child's next birthday party or just need to keep the kids amused on the next snow day, a Snow Fort Party is a guaranteed winter winner!
If you're planning a Snow Fort Party for your child's winter birthday, you'll need to include that information on the snow invitations so that the guests' parents know to send the appropriate clothing. Let them know that everyone will need snow pants, boots, hats, gloves, and a nice warm coat to protect them from the elements and keep them toasty warm during the party! For an impromptu party, you can just gather the neighborhood kids once they're already outfitted in their winter gear.
Prepping for your Snow Fort Party will be a piece of cake since most of the fun will be taking place outside, but if you want to make your decor a little more festive, you can hang some snowflake garland along the porch railing and add some snowflake paper fan decorations to the trees. If you haven't taken down the Christmas lights yet, turn them on for a merry twinkle, even if the sun is still up!
Lay down the rules for the snow fort party before the kids start building. For a big group, break them into two teams, with each team building their own fort. Let them know what supplies will be allowed when building their snow forts, such as plastic sand pails, kitchen containers, shovels, and water. Or, if you want to go old school, tell the kids no help is allowed and they'll have to use nothing but good old fashioned elbow grease to build their snow forts! Set a time limit for the fort building, and once the timer rings, see which team has built the best fort. Give extra points for creativity and durability! Once the forts are complete, the real fun begins and it's time for the all-out snow war! Give each team 15 minutes to stock their fort with snowballs and then stand back as the snow flies!
Once the kids have worn themselves out building their snow forts and having an all-out snow war, it'll be time to warm up inside. Serve up some tasty treats, like snowflake cookies, white frosted cupcakes, or cake pops, on snow themed paper plates and coordinating napkins to catch the crumbs! For a winter birthday party, go the extra mile and set up a hot cocoa bar, serving the drink in Nordic snow cups and letting the kids doctor their drinks with everything from whip cream and chocolate shavings to peppermint sticks and cinnamon. You can even create custom stirrers by dipping plastic spoons in melted milk, dark, or white chocolate and sprinkling them with nuts, crushed candies, sprinkles, or sugar. As the kids stir their hot cocoa, the chocolate will melt, adding some extra flavor to their drink!
If the kids are ready for some more snow-themed fun before the party draws to a close, bundle them up and send them back outdoors to build snowmen! Have them outfit their snowmen with everything from funny hats and sunglasses to silly clothes or your husband's old sweater! Give the neighbors a start by having the kids build their snowmen in a line along the street so the whole neighborhood can enjoy the newest residents on the block--at least until the next sunny day sends them packing!
The perfect way to spend a sunny winter day, a Snow Fort Party will not only keep the kids occupied and entertained, it will give them a great dose of Vitamin D and fresh air while chasing away the winter blahs!