For kids parties there are themes pre-packaged "you'll get this and like it" easy to do parties. Not for us, we don't watch tv with the exception of Friday night movie night. Our cable? Goes to a modem. So those themes don't do it. Last year we had a knights party, my husband sewed surcoats, we ate manly stew they went from pages to squires to knights after completing feats of knighthood. Our littlest boy wanted a Titanic party last year and when I asked him to pick a happier theme he said ok a Bismarck(biggest Nazi warship)...We settled on an aircraft carrier party. We made paper airplanes, foam airplanes played, had a treasure hunt and had cake. This year we had no theme, he changed his mind every day hour to hour so I decided the theme would be a wild boys party.
So easy. They had to cook their own lunch over a fire, then cook s'mores. They made boffer swords and decorated them with colored duct tape. Had a huge sword fight melee in the yard. The required treasure map to follow and plenty of sugar and red dye. We made invites by coloring pictures on big(thrifted) pieces of old fashioned thick construction paper. I had wrote each little invite blurb, made each one different so I didn't have to follow a set script, that made it easy. I also used this sweet Pilot FriXion pen I got from She Speaks and Pilot, it erases which is perfect for me because I have a tendency to write li ke t hi s. They really do erase and they work great! I warned each boy to come ready to get beat up and dirty and also invited them to wear a costume. These were rolled and tied and hand delivered.
The swords did cost us money but considering we didn't buy any packaged kits of themed stuff and the kids came out with a toy they can
The only 'game' we had was to follow a map to find a treasure which was a basket full of thrifted treasures. I think I spent about 5 dollars total and the box had about 30 small things in it. From punching balloons to cookie cutters, books to noise makers they were mostly leftovers of others people's parties. I did make sure anything they put their mouths on were from OUR stash of party goods cause that would be WRONG! I read the book Paul Bunyan and every time I said Paul or Paul Bunyan the basket was slid to the next person and they picked a treasure. It was a great way to use up small amounts of goodies and let them pick something they really wanted. AND everybody got a good book!
We had a roaring fire outside, the kids were dirty, stinky, wet from rain and beat up. It was proclaimed by some to be the BEST party. I think is was a fun and thrifty success, look at these boys:
I'm adding this link to Southern Hospitality and will add it to Apron Thrift Girl tomorrow, two of my favorite sites for thrifty nifty treasures!
If you are coming from Southern Hospitality or Apron Thrift Girl make sure to check out my thrifted treasures giveaway sponsored by me. And if you want to, why not add your link to my Just Another Meatless Monday link party, you can add new and old posts.
Peace and Love--