November birthday parties can be tough to plan as the weather gets colder. However, if you need to move your little one’s birthday festivities indoors, Santa has some quick party ideas that won’t require too much prep time. In fact, you may already have everything you need in your pantry or storage room!
Little Chef Cooking Party
It’s likely that your young guests may have not spent much time in the kitchen, so trying out simple recipes that allow for creative expression and keep little ones occupied is always a recipe for success.
- To Eat: Put your guests’ food prep prowess to the test with simple decorate-it-yourself items like pizzas, cookies or cupcakes. Provide a plethora of ingredients so kids can pick and choose to create the perfect personalized dish. Use parchment paper and write each child’s name next to their creation to keep track of it while it’s in the oven.
- To Do: While the food is cooking, engage children in a craft activity. It could be simple—like decorating paper placemats or aprons—or more unique, like making a chef hat or painting and decorating a recipe box. Once the food is ready, you can move forward with your mini dinner party.
- For Party Favors: At the end of the event, children will love to take home the new chef outfit they decorated or the recipe box they created to store the recipe you taught them!
Kids will have fun eating festive foods and crafting new musical instruments at a fantastic fiesta!
- To Eat: The simplest way to your guest’s heart is through their stomachs—and a taco or nacho bar will be a hit even with party guests with picky palates. By offering up a variety of fillings and toppings, everyone is sure to craft a dish that will suit their tastes! Offer items like guacamole, different variations of salsas and quesos and challenge guests to try a new side.
- To Do: String a piñata high and watch as children delight in trying to break it open to get to the fun prizes inside. In addition to candy, include items like figurine and small toys. When guests have gotten their energy out, settle down for a craft activity. Using paper plates, beans and a stapler, kids can make very simple maracas. Place the beans between two paper plates and then staple the plates together. Provide a variety of decorating materials kids can use to personalize their maracas.
- For Party Favors: When guests enter the party, outfit them with sombreros and let them wear them out the door. They can also shake the maracas they made all the way back home!
Pulling together a last minute party? Look no further than your hall closet to find all of the items needed to pull off a game night filled with snacks, laughs and friendly competition!
- To Eat: Your party guests will be so busy chewing over the board games, they’ll barely have time to focus on food. Either plan a buffet-style meal prior to letting the games begin, or plan a menu of finger foods and hors d’oeuvres that can be enjoyed as the children play.
- To Do: Gather all of your child’s favorite board games and place them on card tables, or choose several simple card games children will enjoy. Ask children to rotate to different card tables every 15 to 20 minutes, or let children pick their own game station to park at for the duration of the party. If your guest list is small, all children could partake in one longer board game.
- For Party Favors: Visit your local dollar store and see what games they have in stock. Packs of cards, puzzles, Rubik’s Cubes, dice or checkers sets are great takeaways from this gaming get-together.
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