For all our parents who need extra advice about how to make a perfect home birthday party, we have a few tips that will help. It’s not easy—we admit. You have to prepare all the food, clean and decorate the house, and entertain your anxious kids who can’t wait for guests to arrive. That’s one very exhausting day; which is why we recommend you choose Saturday. You can still rest on Sunday before another working week starts!
Birthday games to plan
Start the planning a week earlier so you have enough time to prepare everything together with the kids. Sit down and talk about how many friends will be arriving at the party and what games will be interesting for their age. If you’re short on game ideas, look no further:
Take a paper and a pen, and cut the paper into many pieces. Write down clues on each of the cut pieces. Your kids can then color the papers with different colors and patterns to make the clues look even more fun. Hide smaller toys, loose parts or candies all around the garden or the kids’ room and let each player pick papers with clues that you’ve previously put in a box. Once all of them have their clues, the game starts. The first one who finds his treasure is the winner. To make everybody happy, you can wait for others to finish and award them, too. The winner gets to choose another game.
Animal Guessing Game
Separate kids into Team 1 and Team 2. Each team chooses their player who will imitate an animal in front of a rival team. The player who imitates an animal must not make sounds, but try to describe the animal with body movements. Each team has one chance to try to guess the animal. The team who guesses more animals is the winner and they get to decide which game to play next.
Cross the river
Use a cardboard box for this game. For each player cut off 10 big round-shaped cards and color them with one color per player. Players decide which colors they want and write their names on them. Spread the cards all over the room, and make sure each color is neither too far nor too close to each other. The goal is to get players to work hard crossing the river. Players can use hands and feet as well as any other body part that would help them cross the river without stepping off the cards. To see all players clearly, it’s a good idea to let them go one-by-one. The one who crosses the river without stepping off the cards is the winner.
Face painting as a reward
One way you can award the players is with a fun session of face painting. You can master it a few days before the birthday is on, in case you’re embarrassed by your artistic repertoire. We have a home recipe for you. Everyone will love this idea!
To make 1 face color at home, you will need the following:
- 2 tablespoons of corn starch
- 1 tablespoon of kids’ body lotion or a cream
- 1 tablespoon of water
- Food colors
Increase the amount of ingredients for as many faces as you plan to paint. Mix all the ingredients, but leave the food color out. Separate the mixtures into different bowls or plates, add more water and mix until you get a creamy mixture without lumps. Once you you’re finished, add the food colors as you wish.
Easy DIY home decorations
No need to buy decorations: you can create them all with your kids. Apart from the usual balloon decorations, you can make other hanging decorations out of a cardboard box and tin foil. What you will need is the following:
- 1 or more cardboard boxes
- 1 or more packages of tin foil
- Paper (you can use colored paper as well)
- Any other decorative material (such as feathers, glitter, leaves, pearls, etc.)
- Use a pencil to draw shapes on a cardboard box (such as stars, hearts, moon, sun, etc.)
- Use scissors to trace the pencil and cut out the shapes
- Use the shapes to draw the same ones on a piece of paper
- Cut out the paper and glue it on the shapes
- us a tin foil to decorate the shapes (cover the tips or the whole shape)
- Pierce a whole on an upper part of each shape
- Squeeze a thread through a whole of each shape
- Hang the shape up on your ceiling light, wall or a window
What you should do:
With these home-made decorations you can decorate your whole house or just a birthday room. You can also upgrade the decorations for the upcoming Christmas. Just add glitter, sparkles and other similar products for winter mood additions.
Birthday snacks for everyone
There are some easy and fun snacks you can make together with kids. They will look beautiful and kids will be delighted! We recommend these cute duck sandwiches.
- French bread (Baguette)
- Cottage or spread cheese
- Red and green peppers
- Sliced cheese
- Black olives
Cut the French bread into slices and place a leaf of lettuce on each. Cover the lettuce with the spread or cottage cheese, cut peppers into finger-shaped forms and a toast cheese in a circle-shaped form. We used black olives for the duck’s eyes and carrots for the beak. Invite kids over to help you shape a duck out of the cut vegetables.
We guarantee no one will be able to resist the duck sandwiches!
Have fun preparing a birthday party. Involve the whole family and take a few days to choose the best ways for you. Anything you prepare is great as long as you and your family have fun and enjoy the whole celebration.
Have a wonderful time celebrating and happy birthday to your little ones!