Ideas To Host The Perfect Kids’ Party This Festive Season
Chase away the pandemic blues by hosting a kids’ party right at home! Here are a few ideas to help you host the perfect party this festive season.
By Kerina De Floras • 7 min read
“Holidays are such a great opportunity to focus on bringing the family together”
– Lidia Bastianich, Celebrity chef and author
As the year draws to a close, and winter sets in, the world sparkles with holiday spirit. The past year has taken a toll on all of us, making us double up our homes as workstations and kids’ classrooms. It has been quite stressful for the kids as well to adapt to the new normal, with online classes and social distancing making it difficult to meet their friends. While the pandemic ensured that they got to spend time at home with the family, it is equally important for them to engage with their peers. So, this festive season, it is only fair to let them have a truckload of fun. Now, how do we do that with the ongoing pandemic scare?
Let us take a moment to remember that this is the season of remembrance and joy, of good memories and cheer – so let us be thankful of being able to push through the hardships, and ring in the new year with a positive attitude. This festive season, let us throw a fun kids’ party and give our kids the time they deserve with their friends, while adhering to all the necessary safety precautions.
Super fun ideas to host a kids’ party
Bake till you drop!
“A party without cake is really just a meeting” – Julia Child
Kids are sure to love a baking-themed party. Set up your workstations on the kitchen counter and arrange mini workstations for the kids. Ensure that they at a safe distance from each other. Use silicone knives and rolling pins which are safe for the kids to use while adding to the fun. Bake something together. It could be cakes, muffins, cookies, pizzas or even gingerbread cookies.
To add a bit of Christmas cheer, bake parts of a gingerbread house and ask the kids to assemble and decorate the yummy ‘house’. Ensure the kids wash their hands regularly and clean up afterwards.
Party with a purpose
“There’s something about a holiday that isn’t all about how much money you spend” – Hilarie Burton, Actress
Children usually associate the festive season with receiving gifts from family. To help them understand the joy of giving, urge them to donate old toys and clothes to the lesser privileged families. Plan ahead with the parents of the other kids and decide on a local charitable organisation, school or orphanage to donate to. Make lunch for them and send it over along with goodies and sweet notes from the kids. Arrange for a video call and spread love and cheer by talking to them.
At home, you can have a potluck by asking each guest to bring a savoury dish or dessert of their choice. Talk to your child about not wasting food and choose useful gifts for them. Ask each child to talk about what they are grateful about.
Get artsy with crafts
“Happiness is there for the taking, and the making” – Oprah Winfrey, Talk show host and producer
If your kids love DIY, this idea will be a winner. They just need to bring one important thing to the party – their imagination! Collect simple art supplies like charts, crayons, sketches, glue and balloons and try to make quirky everyday things or even décor for the house.
You can show them how to make a balloon clock (each balloon with numbered from 1 to 12 and stuck on the wall like a clock) and ask them to burst one balloon for every hour during the countdown to the New Year. You can also teach them to make simple ornaments or décor items for their rooms like disco balls, dream catchers, wall hangers or custom painted photo frames. Add more excitement to the party by getting them to host their own puppet show with the puppets they make.
Rock and roll with music
“Music is the heart of life" - Franz Liszt, Composer
Keep music as your party’s central theme and plan all games and activities around it. Choose peppy songs, set up a dance floor in your living room and watch the kids dance the evening away. Make room for solo performances and practise one arm distancing to prevent crowding on the dance floor. Keep sanitiser stations around the dance floor so that kids can sanitise their hands regularly.
If your child plays a musical instrument, let him showcase his talent. Let other kids bring their instruments and play as a band. Choose popular musical games like passing the parcel, finding the musical instrument with its sound, dumb charades, antakshari, karaoke and more. Squeals of laughter are guaranteed on your musical night!
For younger children, set up a separate play area where they can sing and move to the beat of rhymes along with their parents. Choose related return gifts like inflated musical instruments or music notes.
Party in pyjamas
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire – it is the time for home” – Edith Sitwell, Poet
Who doesn’t love a slumber party? Ask all the kids to bring their pyjamas and their favourite toy or bedtime story book. Help the kids make tents out of bedsheets, put out a few sleeping bags or let them camp in makeshift tents in the garden if the weather is pleasant. Let them stay up as long as they like watching movies, dancing, having pillow fights or simply chatting. Organise traditional slumber party games like spin the bottle, truth or dare, ring toss and hide and seek. Pass around bowls of popcorn and cups of hot cocoa with marshmallows. Throw in glow in the dark stickers and mild disco lights to the kids’ room to add a wow factor to the slumber party.
Hunt for treasure
“Children see magic because they look for it” – Christopher Moore, Writer
Children love a good puzzle, so it is a great idea to host a treasure hunt at home. It can be indoors or outdoors depending on the comfort of the kids. Separate them into groups and hand them batons or coloured vests to differentiate the teams. Make sure to create sneaky clues, as this will keep them engaged and excited.
Add many fun elements to make the hunt interesting for kids – hide clues in closed glass bottles and put them in the water so kids can fish them out with toy fishing rods, hide clues in a poem for them to figure out, hide clues in balloons, under flower pots and any safe place around the house. Make sure to provide lots of refreshments like cookies, milk or lemonade. After the treasure hunt, set up a lavish brunch or dinner for the kids, complete with treats for the festive season.
Walk the ramp in costume
“Playing dress up begins at age five and never really ends” – Kate Spade, Fashion designer and entrepreneur
Fancy a costume party? Children love to dress up as their favourite characters from TV shows and movies, so this idea is sure to win their hearts. You can either choose a theme or leave it to the kids to decide how they want to dress up. Decorate creatively and go crazy on the details.
Include props from kids’ movies like Frozen, Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, Lion King and more. Keep a mask station where kids can pick up their favourite masks featuring the characters they adore. You can also screen the kids’ movies that go with the theme. Don’t forget to set up a ‘ramp’ for the fashion show! Let the kids walk and move to funky beats. Also include a photo booth and click some adorable pictures.
Now that you are all set to throw a fabulous kids’ party right at home, it is important that the kids stay safe at all times too. Make sure they wash or sanitize their hands regularly and wear masks when they step out. After all, there is no fun without safety.
So, go ahead, turn the house inside out, deck the halls and dust the old shelves as you gear up to ring in the new year. Happy holidays!
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Written by Kerina De Floras on 3 December 2020.
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