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The Dollar Stores are a great source of inexpensive party decorations. The whole party including the cake was under $20. For this one I started with their banner and plates and built off from them.
Really Big Candles
Pool Noodles and some foam board or construction paper can easily be turned into party decorations that will "Blow" their minds.
For the cake I carried out the candles, confetti and fireworks from the plates and banner. A simple layered cake, I covered with sprinkles and piped fire works. aka Criss-Crossed lines. The candles are marshmallow fondant I cut in strips and added yellow ovals for flames.
Toilet paper rolls and balloons were used to make fun confetti shooters or if you don't want confetti everywhere you can use marshmallows.
Tie off an uninflated balloon and cut in half. Use duct tape or a heavy secure tape to tape it to a painted cardboard toilet paper roll. I glued confetti to them but you can decorate anyway you want.
Pipe Cleaner Fireworks
Pipe cleaners twisted together hanging from the ceiling will give the setting a "Burst" of color. (Or in this case tied to the ceiling fan. Yes I would had preferred them just taped to the ceiling but my husband wouldn't take down the ceiling fan, plaster the hole and put it back after the party. Men ??)
Dollar Store Party
Cookie Monster Smash Cake with Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes for the guests.
Frost your Smash Cake with bright, colorful frosting for amazing pictures you can embarrass him with when he is older.
A simple but cute design will get the same results
Wilton Cake Pans can be purchased at Hobby Lobby Stores. Use the online 40% Off Coupon and you can usually get them for under $10
Sometimes the Wilton Cake is not enough to feed all your guests, add an extra cake to compliment your main cake.
I use cardboard covered with foil (Either heavy duty aluminum foil or decorative foil ) as a cake board. Cut apart cardboard boxes you can get free at any store that is stocking shelves. I usually use at LEAST 2 stacked pieces of cardboard taped together so they are sturdier.
If you can color or paint by numbers, you can make a cake using the Wilton Pans. Simply bake and fill in making stars, dots, swirls anything to "Color" it in.
See Our Sock Gnome Page for Instructions
Small Tennis Shoes
Not sure why they market them as bird shoes ????
Games THE CLASSICS
PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY
A poster of a donkey missing his tail is hung up on the wall at eye level with the children. Each child is given a tail sticker and blindfolded. The are spun around three times and pointed in the direction of the donkey.
Their goal is to be the one that gets their tail stuck closest to where the actual donkeys tail should be.
One person acts out a clue, usually a person or object. Everyone else tries to guess what the clue is within two minutes. The person acting cannot talk. Whoever gets it right gets a point. Lots of variations on this, as to who gets to act and when, teams, categories etc
Children sit in a circle and pass around a potato as fast as they can while the music is playing. The idea is to pretend the potato is hot and to get it out of your hands and into the next child’s hands as fast as you can. When the music stops whoever is caught holding the potato is out and must sit out or sit in the middle of the circle. Continue playing until only one child is left and declare them the winner.
One person is Simon and they stand in front of the group. Everyone else is standing also facing Simon. Simon issues simple orders such as “touch your head” “spin in a circle” “stand on one foot”, etc. The children only follows the command if Simon preferences the order with “Simon says”. If a child follows a command where Simon did not begin it with “Simon says” then they must sit out to the next round. The winner is the last person standing, they get to be the next Simon.
DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE!
Kids sit around in a circle, one child (the caller) goes around the circle tapping each child on the head and says “Duck” until he chooses one child and calls out “Goose!”. The sitting child must then get up and try to tag the caller before he races around the circle and returns to steal the gooses place in the circle. If the goose tags the caller then the caller must sit in the middle of the circle until another caller is tagged to take his or her place. The goose becomes the next caller.
In this classic birthday party game you will need to set up a circle of chairs. You should have enough chairs for every player minus one. The children walk around the chairs while the music is playing. When the music stops everyone must scramble to find a chair. The person who doesn’t find a chair is out. Then remove one of the chairs and start the music again. The winner is the person that gets the last chair.
RED ROVER, RED ROVER!
Red Rover Red Rover is another game that should be played outdoors. How to Play: The children divide into equal teams and stand on opposite sides of the backyard or playing area. Each team member stands side to side with their other team mates and clasp hands. Then one team starts by calling out choosing someone from the other team, say Sarah, and yells:
"Red Rover Red Rover – send Sarah right over!"
At this point whatever Sarah breaks from her team and runs as fast as she can between any two peoples clasped hands on the other team. If she breaks through them then she gets to choose any of their players to take back to her team. If she doesn’t break through the arms, then she now belongs to their team and must join their chain of hands.
Now it’s the next teams turn to call someone over. This continues until everyone is on the same team.
HIDE AND SEEK
Hide and go seek is one of the most widely known and popular children’s game around. A tree or other area is designated as base, and then one person is chosen to be it. They must close their eyes and count, usually to 50. Everyone else must find a place to hide.
After the person who is “it” is finished counting they may start looking for the others. If “it” spots a person they must try and tag them before that person can tag base. The first person who is found and tagged by “it” becomes the next “it” and the game starts again.
DOGGIE, DOGGIE, WHERE'S YOUR BONE?
Choose an object to represent the bone. One child is the “doggie”. All the children sit down in a group. The child designated the doggie will sit in front of the group with his or her back facing toward them.
The doggie places the bone behind their back and closes his or her eyes. One of the children quietly sneaks up and grabs the bone then places it behind their own back. All the children then sing
"Doggie, Doggie, where’s your bone? Someone stole it from your home!"
At that point the doggie opens their eyes and turns around and tries to guess who has the bone. Afterward another child takes their turn as the doggie and the game is repeated.
Piñata’s are figures made out of cardboard and tissue paper that are usually stuffed with candy or small prizes.
There are two main type of piñata’s. The traditional piñata is hung from the ceiling or strung from a tree and the children are then blindfolded and given a stick or bat. They are turned around three times and then pointed in the direction of the piñata. They are given three chances to hit the piñata as hard as they can. After that it is the next child’s turn. Eventually the piñata will be busted open and all the children will race to collect the goodies that have spilled out of it.
The other kind of piñata is called a pull string piñata. It is very similar to the traditional piñata except that you do not bust it open using a bat. You still hang it from a tree, but on the bottom of this piñata are lots of hanging ribbons. One, and only one, of the ribbons will pull open a trap door on the piñata and release all the goodies inside. The children take turns pulling the strings until one release’s the candy.
RED LIGHT - GREEN LIGHT
Red Light Green Light is an outdoor game; you will needs lots of running space. One person is designated the traffic light. All the other children line up, side by side, on the opposite side of the playing area. The traffic light will turn his or her back to the group and yell out GREEN LIGHT, all the children will then run as fast as they can to try and be the first to touch the traffic light. The traffic light can yell out RED LIGHT at any point and flip back around to face the group.
If RED LIGHT is called everyone must freeze where they stand. If the traffic light see’s anyone moving he or she will be sent back to stand to where the farthest child from the traffic light stands, or to the beginning of the line.
The first person to touch the traffic light wins and gets to be the next traffic light.
Parties are More Fun when everyone gets Involved.
Let The Kids Help !!!!!
Even if it's NOT Perfect
Let The Adults Play !!!!
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