Thursday, May 3, 2012

Party Ideas~ Heather Young

When planning a party, the first thing you want to figure out is what the theme should be.  If the party is being thrown for someone, like maybe a birthday party, decorate with their favorite color, animal, or any other things they would enjoy.  Matching streamers and balloons, cups, plates, napkins, and tablecloth will add a nice touch.

Second, either you or your guests should decide what games you would like to play.  There are numerous activities you can do, and here are a few ideas:

·         Board Games
o   Some of our family favorites are Apples to Apples, Monopoly, and Cranium.
·         Card Games
o   Whether it’s Uno or Go Fish, cards add variety to any party.
·         Group Craft
o   There are tons of creative things you can do with a large group around! All you need is some construction paper, scissors, and glue! Who knows what you can come up with? You can also buy craft kits from almost any store.
·         Coloring Pages
o   You can print designs off the Internet, color in a coloring book, or even create your own drawing! This activity is especially a hit with younger kids.
·         Charades
o   No props needed! This game is particularly enjoyable when playing with outgoing people.
·         Outdoor Games
o   Although the activities mentioned above can be played outdoors, the following are most effective when played outside: Hide-and-seek, sharks and minnows, various types of tag, etc… Sports are a great idea if you have the space for them.
·         Gift exchange
o   Last but certainly not least, gift exchanges provide a fun opportunity to get to know each other through giving.  You can choose to let people bring what they want, or you can set boundaries like no gross things.

Do you enjoy other games with friends and family? If so, please leave a comment and add your activity to the list! Thanks for reading!

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