Daelyn turned six on Christmas Eve and that is a tough day for throwing a party. This year I waited until just this past weekend to give her a party. What a fun time we had! Daelyn loves to read and one of her favorite characters is Fancy Nancy. She also likes to get fancy. Fancy Nancy is the easiest theme to do, it’s so eclectic.
Shopping for this party is so easy, especially now that all of the Valentine’s products are available. Pink and purple everywhere. Fancy Nancy is about a little girl who loves to make everything fancy. While the girls were doing their crafts, I introduced them to Fancy Nancy by reading them one of the books. They all enjoyed getting fancy and having their pictures taken.
You can see from the picture that each child got to decorate their own polar fleece scarf with pieces of feather boas. They also decorated tiaras and a picture frame to hold their fancy picture. They were very quiet and pensive while beading their own candy necklaces. So different from boy parties!
The ladies got the opportunity to fancy up their own cupcakes. I placed the un-frosted cupcakes on a stand and then when it was time to eat, we helped them frost and decorate their own cupcakes. They were very serious about how nice their cupcakes looked. Their initial was the going design.
I offered the girls a variety of drinks. Orange juice, sparkling cider, and a Milk Bar which included vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate milks. This was very easy to do but was a big wow factor with our guests. I also set out plastic stemware with little umbrellas and some Fancy Nancy cups I found on clearance. Fancy can be very simple too!
SOME TIPS ON CHILDREN’S PARTIES
1. Be sure to have a variety of food with healthy choices.
2. Adults usually stay to avoid riding back and forth so it is nice to make them feel welcome with enough food to feed them too. Coffee is a must!
3. There may be a child that holds back and does not participate. Give that child space. Try to include them but do not push. They may come around and join the fun on their own, but do pretend you don’t notice or you may lose them again.
4. Keep the crafts and activities simple. Avoid painting or anything that can mess up party clothes, unless you give fair warning of course.
5. Use little accessories as decorations. You may be surprised what you can find around your own home.
6. Serve the children small portions of food. They are much too excited to eat a proper amount of food. This will help avoid waste or make the child feel like they must eat everything.
7. Be sure to ask parents if their child has allergies.
8. It is OK to have “down” time or free play. It is important to keep things moving but let them play a little too. If things get a little crazy, sing. Children love to sing. Try “John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith” or “Row Row Row Your Boat” in a round.
9. Forget the take home treat bags. The crafts they make at the party are their take home treats.
10. If some adults have stayed, ask them to help and participate. I enjoyed conversing with the other moms while we assisted the girls with their crafts.
I am sure I could have gotten way more fancy that I did but I like to keep things as simple as possible. It’s the little touches that are nice. Like a friend once reminded me…
Keep it Simple Stupid!
What are some of your favorite children’s party tips?