We love parties (and cake) at Kideeko, so just seeing the sunshine in the summer is a good enough reason to pop on a party hat and celebrate.
Choosing a theme for an impromptu party is an easy way to keep things simple but will look like you had planned the party months in advance. Invitations can be anything from a yellow circle of card with “the sun has come out to play, we hope you can too!” to an invitation on a sponge for a “soak up the sun” party.
Here are few more summer party themes to help your celebrations to get started!
Sunshine Party: Lots of yellow is the key. Wear yellow, decorate with yellow balloons, have yellow food, (cupcakes and egg sandwiches?) Let the children plant their own sunflower seeds into yellow-paper-wrapped yoghurt pots to take home with them.
Bumper Bubble Bonanza:Have a car (bike and tricycle) carwash station – this can be as simple as sponges and buckets and dad with a hose.Create a bubble factory using different shapes and sizes of bubble blowers and teach the children how to blow bubbles using their hands too. Bubble painting is a nice activity for children to take home, and the artwork will add some decoration to the party if you peg them up to dry.
Painting Party:The best thing about this party is that there doesn’t need to be paint. Let the children use water to “paint” pictures and designs on fences, walls or patios in your garden.If you want to provide proper paints, make sure that they are washable and give each child an oversized old shirt or t-shirt to cover their clothes while they get busy creating their masterpieces! Small painting sets make the perfect prize for this party.
Inflatable fun:pool toys don’t have to only be used in the pool. Create some fun games for older children - volleyball with a large inflatable ball,rounders – using a large inflatable ball to hit, funny races – have one team runner dress up in snorkel, flippers, rubber ring etc, run the course and then pass the outfit to the next team runner until everyone in the team has dressed up and run – the fastest team gets to start the water fight!
Think about having a quieter area for children who might be overwhelmed by noisier activities. A cloud study center (blanket and sunglasses) or Official Referee Chair (chair positioned where the child can watch the games and help to decide who is out and who has won.)
Celebrate Summer Safely:
Keep the treats cool and the sugar low in the heat and provide some shade too.
Sun visors can be picked up cheaply and then decorated by the party guests as they arrive.
Have sunscreen in an easy to use pump bottle.
Keep a first aid kit handy for stings or scrapes.