Want to host a great birthday party? Read the Top 10 ideas below for a terrific theme party.
1. Purchase Backyardigans themed invitations. Or create your own using colorful cardstock–different colors to represent the different characters. Attach large plastic eyes to the outside of the invitation and write, “Come to my Backyard Adventure on (date and time)!” Be sure to include all the fun party details on the inside.
2. If weather permits, host your birthday party outdoors, in the backyard, for a natural setting for your games and activities. Otherwise, create an open indoor space where children will have plenty of room to play. Whether outdoors or indoors, use themed balloons and bright balloons and streamers to give your party pizazz! Place character Wall Stickers on your walls or doors (indoors) or on the exterior of your home, porch or trees (outside.)
3. Whether indoors or outdoors, create a fun environment by placing balls–all sizes and colors–on your party floor. It won’t take your guests long to start making their own fun!
4. Create a fun party food table with a Backyardigan tablecover, plates, cups and napkins. Include bright red, purple or blue utensils. Use a colorful Birthday Cake pinata as your centerpiece.
5. Create a pretend playhouse by using a large appliance or moving box. You can cut out holes for doors and windows and allow the children to color the house, inside and out, with crayons, markers, pencils and stickers!
6. Pre-schoolers are happy to play and run around, so you might want to keep your Backyardigans party more laidback. One idea is to remember “The 3 B’s”…bouncing balls, blowing bubbles and big boxes . These activities will entertain children for an extended period of time. Add some stuffed toys, puppets and coloring books to your party floor and simply supervise some “play time”.
7. Break out the colorful Birthday Cake Pinata! Fill your pinata with Pinata Filler or a mix of Pinata Toys and Candy. Add character stickers, Backyardigan blowouts, and tattoos. Have your themed loot bags ready when the pinata breaks!
8. You may decide to base your party and your decor on one of the TV adventures like the High Seas (using Pirate decorations and a treasure chest pinata), the Frozen North, or the Wild West.
9. Backyardigans are known for their songs and dances. So bring out your box of dress-up clothes or purchase them: pirate hats and swords, cowboy hats, princess costumes, etc. Play a CD of their favorite backyard tunes to get them up and moving!
You can also play “Freeze Frame”. After the children are dressed up, play Backyardigan music and have everyone dance. Then stop the music suddenly and have the children “freeze”. Have your child or someone who is “It” tell each person who or what they resemble, i.e. “You look like you’re flying…you look like you’re a ballerina, etc.” The choose someone else to be “it” and start again.
10. “Follow Pablo”. This is played just like “Follow the Leader”, only the leader is “Pablo” and will wear a beanie cap. Remember, that Pablo does everything with high energy–marching, jumping, crawling, etc. Have your guests take turns wearing the beanie cap and being “Pablo”.
Incorporating one or more of these ideas will help you host a wonderful, memorable party. Good luck, and have fun!