Kids party Place, Issue #011 – Summer kids party themes

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June 2006 Issue #011

It's Nicole the party mum here,

A big welcome to all my new subscribers and as usual a big welcome back to all those seasoned Kids Partygoers. For those of you who recently subscribed, let me introduce myself

What's in this issue :

1) Kids party themes for those hot summer days
2) Make a sail boat
3) Easy-peasy strawberry smoothie
4) Your tips
5) Bag a bargain

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1) Kids party themes for those hot summer days

The summer is just around the corner (we hope!) and those hot summer days are just perfect for kid's parties. Get them outside in the garden or park where there is lots of space, you don't have to worry about too much mess and spills, no worries about broken ornaments and somehow parties always tend to run more smoothly.

My sons both have birthdays in winter and I am always scratching my head on how to entertain them indoors as boys do like to be active and to have some space to run around. My daughter Ellie though is lucky as she is an August baby so I do feel a bit guilty as she always tends to get the most exciting parties.

Anyway if you are planning a kid's party in the next couple of months and need some theme ideas well I hope I can help. Check out the themes below which are my favorites. I have tried to make them as simple yet exciting as possible. There are ideas right from invites to games, food, decorations and activities.

Hawaiian Luau party
Get limbo-ing and hula-ing with this really summery party which is the most popular theme at the moment for the over 10 year olds.

Camp-Out party
Pitch up the tents, get the bonfire going and get ready for a great outdoors treat. Geared to the over 7 year olds.

Construction party
Get them to work - digging, shoveling and painting the club house. They will love it! For the under 10 year olds

Wild West party
Howdy partner, let's get ready for a show down as this cowboy party is the Wild West at its best. For the 5 - 10 year olds

Save the World
The environment plays such and important role in our lives so why not teach the kids how to save our world and at the same time have a planetastical time!. For 7 year olds and up.

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2) Sail boat

Get out the paddling pool and sail away in these ultra simple sail boats

Materials and tools :

  • Round plastic lid e.g. from a margarine tub
  • Drinking straw
  • Waterproof fixing tape
  • Sheet of thin plastic like you might find in the packaging of toys. You could use strong craft paper but it will get wet pretty quickly.
  • Paint or permanent marker pens
  • Small ball of play dough

  • STEP 1:
    Cut a right angle triangle from the plastic or card and decorate it with the paints or marker pens.
    STEP 2:
    Tape the drinking straw to the sail along one edge. Experiment first so you can plan how your sail will sit on the boat. Leave one end of the straw protruding from the base of the sail.
    STEP 3:
    Press the play dough into the centre of the plastic lid and then secure the straw into the play dough.

    Now set sail. You can even host your very own regatta.

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    3) Easy-peasy strawberry smoothie

    Ingredients : (serves 4-6)

  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 2/3 cup or 150ml Greek yoghurt
  • 2 cups or 475ml ice-cold milk
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 banana (optional)

  • Method :

    Reserve a few strawberries for decoration and whizz the remaining strawberries and yoghurt in a blender till smooth. Add the milk and icing sugar and blend again. Pour straight into glasses and top with a couple of sliced strawberries and a straw. This is my eldest son's favorite drink and it really is scummy. Sometimes we add a banana as well which helps to make the smoothie even thicker.

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    4) Your tips

    ** To save money have the party mid morning or mid afternoon. That way you don't have to serve too much food. Tara, NSW

    ** Many kids don't write a thank you note which is a shame. What we do is to take photos of the guests during the party and then we print them off and send them as thank you cards. My son Callum is 6 so he usually just signs his name but at least he has made the effort. Jane, Cumbria UK

    ** Never ice the cake on the day. I have done that and what a panic I got into. It all went wrong and I was so disappointed as I didn't have time to change it. I don't think my 5 year old daughter really noticed but I have learnt for my sake to do it the day before. Lauren, Ohio

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    4) Bag a Bargain

    I only ever include here what I think are genuine bargains and also things that I think that you would find useful such as new items. I know that many of you are from around the world so I always include where the country is of anything that I recommend so as not to waste your time. We all know that time is precious.

    Scene setters (US store)
    If you are looking for a quick, cheap and very effective way to decorate the party room, we have just released some fabulous new scene setters. Roll them out and stick them to the wall with sticky tack. It's as simple as that.

    Personalized stickers (US store)
    Personalized stickers are a great and easy idea for name badges, thank you notes and favors. You get several to a sheet and they are not expensive.

    Personalized banners (UK store)
    Add that extra special touch by putting up a banner with your child's name on it. You could also get all the guests to sign it and then have it as a wonderful keepsake of the special day. These banners are new out.

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    All the best and let me know of any ideas, tips and suggestions that you have.

    Nicole
    www.kids-partycabin.com

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    Copyright N.M.C Tod 2006