How many activities do I need to have for a b-day party? Thank you for any advice.

Susan - posted on 07/24/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter is having her 5th birthday party next month, and I am planning it now so I won't be too stressed before then..It is my first major out of the family party for the her. It will have to be inside because of the heat. It will be a Ni Hao Kai Lan theme party. ( For those who don't know, think Chinese Dora with better parenting skills.) There will be around 12 kids counting her and her older brother. Ages 3 - 9. We actually own a small bounce house that will fit in the building we are using, that about 3 - 4 kids can play in at a time, so I know that is going have to be watched and let the kids take turns, thinking about putting balls in there for more fun. I have 4 different crafts ideas: different color paints in gallon freezer bags duct taped to the table...finger paint without the mess, then I going to have water color coloring sheets, two or three different types per kid, make a card for the birthday girl with color, stamps, stickers, etc. And then lastly making different masks of the characters of the show with everything already cut out, they just have to decorate and put together. Then I'm planning on having an area that the children can choose to watch the show set up. I know written out like that it sounds a lot but it is mainly crafts, do I need different ideas like actually games, and how about the age range? Will the older kids get bored? Oh and at the end of the party a pull string type pinata!

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Susan - posted on 07/24/2012

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well the party is around dinner time, sooo I was thinking have the kids make the card craft while we are waiting for everyone to arrive or if they get done early to watch the video then eat dinner, then do the other activities...how long should I budget in for eating? I should do the pinata before cake and ice cream? does the pinata count as a game or extra? also I know how to make these flower/helicopter things that the kids can spin in the air that is base on the show, not sure how to make it into a game though. Also I know of two other games I can come up with that I can incorporate the theme into, but one is like pin the tail on the donkey, too young for the older kids? Also do I give out prizes for the games or are just for fun? Sorry for all the questions. Not sure what the etiquette for parties now a days are and I didn't have any when I was a kid. And what about the bounce house?

Anne-Marie - posted on 07/24/2012

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HI Susan...I would plan on changing things up every 15-20 minutes, so say you are having a 2 hour party: 15 minutes of intro (waiting for people to arrive--could be 20), then one game, moving to the next at 15 minutes, then next one----so possibly 5 games, with the ending 30 minutes being ice cream/cake/hang out time.... does this make sense? Keep some back up games in mind in case others don't work out as planned... =). I would defintely add in some active games aside from crafts, for those kids that simply do not do crafts... =). Make sure you make the crafts flexible so the older kids can be challenged as well. I hope this helps! =).

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