With Royal birthdays and St George’s day we have enjoyed attending storytelling events and knights and dragons parties across the Midlands 🙂
At a recent event we told the story of Brave St George and asked the children to come up and play the parts! We then played themed games, danced and made our own fire breathing dragons out of paper cups, tissue paper, eyes and glue…!
This is such a popular theme for boys and girls-knights and maidens and the children LOVE going on a dragon egg hunt, playing sleeping dragons or dragon treasure…a party doesn’t have to be 2 hours of chaos! We are always so happy when we get feedback saying how ‘calm’ our parties are-that doesn’t mean they are not FULL of energy and fantastic games but there is always a moment where we bring it all back together-for some dragon-tastic magic (just like Merlin..), storytelling (tales of king Arthur…) or sing along-children LOVE to play, run, jump, explore-but also need that bit of time to listen, be involved, imagine, create…
A couple of Game ideas:
Knights of the round table (cloth!)…aka parachute 😉
shhh don’t wake the sleeping dragon…
pass the dragon egg..
A few Craft ideas for a knights and dragons party:
Fire breathing cup dragons
a golden cup/challis
dragons treasure boxes
crowns and knights masks..
and lots more ideas and themes at http://www.supersparkleparties.co.uk and on our facebook page where we love to create new ideas/games and party fun for your parties and events 🙂
I hope you’re enjoying the Easter Holidays! It goes so fast and yet there never seems to be enough to do…! Remember ‘The days are long but the years are short’…I have to tell myself this all the time and remind myself to use my time wisely. Some for family, some for me, some for friends, some for work and some for just doing nothing at all!
For those moments when the sun is shining being outside is beautiful in Spring 🙂 For days when you need some ideas of things to do at Easter or ideas for an EASTER PARTY here are a few of the obvious and not so thought about fun things to do!
LET’S PLAY GAMES!: (for little ones or at parties)
- Have an Easter Party! (great themes for spring below)
- Hop little bunnies (pre school age). When the music plays let’s hop and when it stops freeze like a bunny! OR…when you hear ‘FOX COMING!’ hide somewhere in the room until it is safe to hop again (music)
- Easter hunt- eggs, teddies, anything-children LOVE to find it!
- Hunt the story- a simple story such as ‘Once there lived a bunny who loved to Hop!’. Split the words onto separate cards and hide the story. The children have to find the story and put it in order (5 years plus)
- Sleeping bunnies-shhhh…pretend to be asleep! No giggling!
- Easter Bonnet parade to music!
- Egg and spoon race-with plastic eggs?!
- Animal parade- parade around the room like an animal eg DOG!, when they return add another animal eg ONE DOG, ONE CAT. They have to be a dog then a cat…then add another eg a dog, a cat and a monkey…keep going until you can’t remember the order!
- Get some chalks and draw a magic land out on the pavement…islands, castles, woods…
- Pass the story-start a story ‘once upon a time there lived a dragon who…’ and pass it on!
- Teddy bears picnic in the garden or an a blanket at home 🙂
LET’S MAKE SOMETHING!:
- Easter nests!!! 🙂
- Easter Bonnet (can pick up a bonnet in pound shops with crafty bits to add)
- Easter Cards for family and friends.
- A letter to the Easter Bunny or Fairies-what do you want to tell them about your holiday…what wish would you make?
- SOCK BUNNY PUPPET! A sock, card, sticky tape, pens, pipe cleaner for whiskers…
- Paint an egg! We used to love doing this! Pierce each end of an egg and blow out the yolk! Wash it through and paint your egg! Add some ribbon through (use a needle although it is tricky to do!) and you can hang them up!
- Make a frog for a princess (as above). Using foil make the shape of a frog-with pipe cleaner legs! Cover with pva glue and green pieces of crepe paper! Then when he’s dried add his googly eyes, smile and give him a kiss! 😉
- Can be done for Easter bunnies or any other fairy tale animal 🙂
LET’S GET OUT!:
- Look! A letter from the Easter bunny has appeared on your doorstep it says…’Find these clues/objects/places around town/the park for a prize…’ take them on a treasure hunt!
PARTY TIME-If you’re going for an Easter Party or you’re having a Birthday around this time how about some of these themes…
- WONDERLAND TEA PARTY
- MAGICAL CREATURES PARTY…EASTER BUNNY, DINOSAURS, UNICORNS, FAIRIES …
- FAIRY TALE TEA PARTY
- MAGICAL RAINBOW PARTY
- WOODLAND ANIMAL PARTY
- BUGS AND BUTTERFLY BALL!
Lots more themes and ideas on our page and on facebook 🙂
http://www.facebook.com/supersparkleparties 🙂 x
Children’s parties-we all have our own view on these! As entertainers we LOVE parties and know there is A LOT to plan when putting on a party or event and each and every party we have attended has been wonderful in its very own way. It is a special day for your little boy or girl and of course you want it to be memorable-in a good way! We have also had to plan our own daughters’ parties and I can honestly say….give me a room full of 40 or so 4-5 year olds any day!! Entertaining a party and planning a party are different things altogether! I only had to plan for 12 children for my own daughter’s party…I can understand the stress!
Most Mums and Dads or carers seem to start ‘planning’ a party about 3 months beforehand-whether this is just thinking about it or putting pen to paper-it might just pop up around then. Some of us love to plan a birthday and some of us don’t! Well for larger ‘venue’ parties where you are inviting a number or class full of children here are a few party tips when thinking ahead 🙂 Most of us do the big party just a couple of times or even once (if at all) but even so a bit of planning can go a long way. Plan ahead and as you get closer to the date…don’t worry…really…the day will go as it will go and the most important thing is that YOUR child has a lovely day…oh and that YOU don’t miss it!
PARTY PLANNING TIPS…
- 2-3 months in advance start ‘planning’! If you are having a theme decide on this (and it may change several times before the day but that’s ok!)
- If you are hiring a venue and looking for an entertainer DO THIS NOW! Contact the entertainer FIRST as any good entertainer will be booked up 2-3 months ahead and you want to find out their time slots if they have any and what sort of packages and prices/lengths of party they run.
- If you have found someone (who has good reviews and is recommended to you) check their availability THEN contact your venue…if there is a match and you’re happy with budget/timings BOOK IT NOW! If things don’t match up-ring round venues or check another date..then BOOK IT NOW! Often venues and entertainers require a deposit to secure a date and they can’t hold them for you so whilst you look it could go and you may be left with having to look last minute for something less guaranteed.
- INVITES! You can buy or make these..or better still get your little one to help! If there is a smaller number then they might enjoy helping you print off or stick-they can write the names in the invite and you write the details. You can find free printables online if you’re on a budget and use small envelopes if handing out at the school gates to keep that piece of paper from floating off!
- …BUT WHO should we invite? The politics of who to invite! 😉 If it is the whole class go for it (make sure your entertainer caters for this number!) If you little one prefers a smaller group of his/her friends then this is ok. It really is! There have been so many parties where children can get overwhelmed by the numbers of guests-it doesn’t mean they’re not having a nice time but it can often just be a little too much if there are over 30 children and not necessarily all friends. Be sympathetic and explain to parents/carers if you need to-do what is right for YOUR family and YOUR child.
- But what if MY child doesn’t get an invite back?! Again-I could be wrong but sometimes I think there may be ‘hidden rules’ we feel we have to follow when planning parties !! 🙂 Of course we don’t want any children to feel left out but if you are unable or unsure about catering for a larger number than don’t stress yourself. For my own girls my youngest couldn’t cope with more than 4 at her 3rd party (at home) and for my eldest she only wanted her friends she played with at the time (but of course this changes!!) 🙂 If it makes life easier for you on the playground do the class-if you’re not so sure and your child would be happier with smaller-opt for fewer guests 🙂
- Wait for replies/RSVPS….(right up until the morning of the party! 😉 ) and…
- plan/buy your tableware (if having any)- generally (if you are buying and not offered at the venue) you will need: table covers, plates, serving plates (if food is placed on the table to share), paper cups, extras?: straws, table confetti, decorations etc… you will also need spoons if ‘scooping’ food-humous for example! 🙂
- OR…do lunch boxes/bags! (I will write about these another time but they are a good way of saving money and food!)
- NEXT-other party ‘bit n bobs’ you may not want to forget: balloons, matches, party bags (or a thank you favour if not a party bag fan!), cake, matches!, kitchen roll or wipes, matches!!! 😉
- CAKE-if ordering a cake get this booked in with good time. If making it you can do this couple of days before the party…depending on how confident you are!( (More on cakes another day…)
- FOOD-night before/the morning of- POPULAR EASY CHOICES: sandwiches, fruit, bread sticks, yogurt tubes, carrot and cucumber sticks, pizza slices, cakes, biscuits, crisps, dips…all simple party tea food or HOT FOOD seems to also be a popular choice eg pizza and chips!
- PARTY BAGS/GIFTS-prep these up beforehand and it makes it so much easier if they are either all the same/boy and girl or named! Then your little one can hand them out at the end of the party 🙂 (they might like to write the names on too) 🙂 ps. You don’t have to do party BAGS-how about a book, small gift, sweet cone instead-it saves money on a lot of little plastic toys that may not make it til the end of the day! Save yourself money and although many parents like to hand out a favour at the end (and it cues the end of the party!!) it doesn’t have to be ‘too much’. The best examples we’e seen are: a cupcake and a book, sweetie cone, teddy, bracelet in a pretty pouch, sticker book, craft kit….so so many ideas! 🙂
- FOOD FOR PARENTS!? We have been to so many parties where Mum and Dad are in the kitchen and miss half the party! Did you take photos? No! Did you? Nope! So why not leave the tea/coffee-ask someone else to help or ask parents to help themselves. A few cupcakes or snacks may be appreciated-it is hard work watching a party for two hours, especially if over lunchtime…!! But don’t worry yourself about having to host too much-yes chat to parents and welcome everyone but then go and enjoy your child at their party!
- IS that everything? Have you got your camera, MATCHES, cake, party bags, spoon, knife, kitchen roll, drinks (squash/jug/cartons), phone in case of last minute RSVPS or lost/poorly guests!
- AT THE VENUE: Balloons outside help guests and the entertainer to find your party. About half an hour if your super fast is needed to set up- an hour if you like to take your time and decorate more elaborately. You will probably have to book out this extra time with the venue. Set up-blow up balloons, play music if providing your own, then wait for guests….relax and TRY AND WATCH AND ENJOY THE PARTY!!! 🙂
- DO THE CAKE just after food that way you can cut it up with plenty of time (or do cupcakes instead!)
- When it’s all over buy a bottle of wine because…WELL DONE YOU DID IT!!.. and put your feet up…until next time! x
More ideas for parties, events or storytelling with children on our page and facebook
http://www.facebook.com/supersparkleparties….give us a LIKE and keep up to date! 🙂
It is a beautiful sunny day today and one of our favourite party themes is definitely all about the weather! Who doesn’t love rainbows…and unicorns…and glitter!? Alongside the ever popular princesses and superheroes we LOVE rainbow and unicorn parties..! Any why? Because every magical childhood story or adventure often takes us to a land far far away where anything can happen-perhaps the end of the rainbow or to land of mythical creatures like dragons and unicorns, fairies and elves…
Children thrive on adventure and what we love about this type of magical party is we can go anywhere we want to on our own party adventure! Let’s search for colours of the rainbow and feed them to our hungry unicorn Twinkle! 🙂 What will happen next? Will the pixies, pirates, fairies and elves find enough colour to make a rainbow…will the birthday wish come true? You’ll have to join us at a party to find out 😉
RAINBOW PARTY IDEAS:
- Rainbow cupcakes- the children can help! Blue buttercream or icing for the sky and rainbow belt sweets for the top
- Rainbow birthday cake! Lots of recipe ideas online-but this is definitely fun to make! Cake mixture, food colouring, 6 cake tins (disposable ones can be found from Wilko) buttercream…and the fun part-stacking the coloured cakes on top of each other, covering them with buttercream and then slicing it open to see the colours inside! A few sprinkles on the cake is enough to make it look fun and not too bad for a home made cake! 🙂
- Fruit-strawberries, grapes, oranges, kiwi, pineapple,-the colours of the rainbow can be presented in bowls, curved like a rainbow or as a rainbow fruit kebabs!
- We have seen lots of rainbow unicorn themed tableware at parties but for the cost of themed tableware you can just use different coloured plates alternated around the table-this does work out cheaper (plain plates from Asda/B and M/Morrisons etc) and suits boys and girls 🙂
- Or how about food boxes/lunch bags-I’ll post more on these separately-I think I could actually dedicate a whole page to party food having seen how well lunch bags go down! 🙂
- We have lots of ideas for themes at http://www.supersparkleparties.co.uk or LIKE us on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/supersparkleparties for up to date events and party ideas and photos! 🙂
Hello! This is our first ever post for our new BLOG here at Super Sparkle Parties! 🙂 Set up in 2013 by me, Monika Johnson, Super Sparkle Parties provides enchanting parties, storytelling and events for children across Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and beyond in the UK. But now, with our blog, I can share our new ideas, themes, favourite decorative schemes, imaginations and inspirations for your own parties and events 🙂
Follow us to keep up to date with some wonderful new ideas where I will also be sharing fantastic themes, games, party order and planning and ways of bringing ‘calm’ to your party because you want their day to be magical and memorable-in a good way! With over ten years experience in teaching Drama, performance, entertainment and writing for young people, I still love working alongside children, being ‘child-like’ in my imagination and bringing creativity and magic to their very special day 🙂