Spring Birthdays: Party Ideas For Kids
It won't be long until the sun shines on us for 12 hours a day, but we're all eager to get outside and enjoy some warm weather, especially the kids. So what better way to celebrate warm-weather birthdays than a party with an outdoor theme? Here are a couple of spring birthday party ideas for kids.
Party 1: Roughin' It
Getting cozy in the kids' room furniture is never as exciting as sleeping outside in a tent! It might not be quite warm enough for camping, but that doesn't mean you can't pretend to have a campout! The kids can make believe they're really out in the woods for the night with a backyard fire pit to roast marshmallows for s'mores. If it gets too cold, they only have to run across the backyard to go inside to warm up.
Let nature take care of the decor for your backyard campout party! While nature has the trees and grass covered, you might want to pitch a tent or two with a few lanterns to make it feel like an authentic backwoods adventure.
Like any other party, party favors are a must. For a campout, it can be as simple as putting together a s'mores kit. All you need are brown paper bags filled with packets of marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate. Just remember to set them aside until it's time to roast the marshmallows.
Part of the fun of campouts is being outside in the dark, but you need a way to see! Before the kids settle around the campfire, have them make glow-in-the-dark jars to light up the night. They're easy to make; all you need are resealable jars and glow sticks.
Board games don't make much sense for a campout, but that doesn't mean the kids can't play games. When it's still light out, try Squirrel Tag. One person is the squirrel catcher and the others are squirrels who climb their own trees. When the squirrel catcher shouts "Squirrel scramble!" all the "squirrels" have to run to another tree without getting tagged by the squirrel catcher. The first one tagged is the new squirrel catcher.
When the sun goes down, let the kids' imaginations run wild with scary stories! Campers can come up with their own stories (they don't have to be an original), but if you have trouble getting the stories going, check out this comprehensive list of stories to tell around the campfire.
Campout snacks aren't too hard to come up with -- you already have the s'mores for dessert, but for the main course, all you need are hot dogs and buns. You can make the whole experience a bit more active by sending the kids out to find sticks to roast their meals over the campfire.
Party 2: Charmed Celebration
Butterflies, fairies, birds, and unicorns are all part of what makes a garden enchanting! They also make the perfect accessories for a delightful spring birthday party. If that's not enough sparkle for your kids, you can also use it as an excuse to use glitter on any and everything.
Green leaves on trees and your outdoor garden decor don't need a lot of accessories to make your party decor inviting. Use solar lighted stakes to gently light the garden path to get the ground covered. For overhead decor, you can buy or craft butterfly bunting to drape between trees. If you're feeling crafty, check out Oh Happy Day for a tutorial on flower lights. She uses cupcake paper and string lights to create a mystical backyard.
No fairy or gnome garden is complete without a certain amount of pixie dust being sprinkled about. Just fill small jars with glitter and let the kids' imaginations help them fly! If you want to try something a little less messy, give them bottles of bubbles and call them Unicorn Wishes.
The only appropriate crafts for an enchanted garden party are magical crafts. Fairy wands will have the kids casting spells far into the future (or as long as they last). To make them, all you need to are cardboard cutouts of stars glued to wooden dowels. Leave the glitter and ribbons to the kids to apply to their wands.
For a wearable craft, Unicorn Horn Party Hats are easy to put together. You make the horn by rolling heavy cardstock into a cone. Secure it with glue and then let the kids embellish them with color and sparkle. When they're done, punch a hole on each side of the cone. Thread string through the holes to make a chinstrap.
There are so many ways unicorns can help a party get started so it's only appropriate to include a unicorn game. Try Pin the Horn on the Unicorn: it's a mystical twist on the classic "Pin the Tail on the Donkey." You can use unicorn printables that the kids color for craft time to hang on an outdoor wall. With heavy cardstock, cut out triangles for horns to stick to the unicorn on the wall. When the guests are ready, give the first guest a horn, blindfold her and have the other guests give her a spin before she attempts to stick the horn on the unicorn. The guest that sticks their horn closest to the head wins. For more enchanting games, check out a few ideas like a Pixie Dust Relay from Moms Who Think.
An enchanted garden party calls for one kind of snack: rainbow cupcakes! Niki's Sweet Side takes you through step-by-step instructions on how to make them. Before you get to the sweet treats, charm your guests with something wholesome like a star-shaped fruit and veggie tray, sandwiches cut into fun shapes and pink lemonade.
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