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Birthday Party Planning Guide
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BirthdayExpress.com is every host’s secret for making birthday wishes come true! Our Caillou party planning guide offers step-by-step instruction to help you plan, prepare and execute a memorable day for the birthday guest of honor. The helpful checklist ensures that no detail is forgotten, while the themed games and recipes take the guesswork out of finding treats and activities that complement your décor. And we know you’re busy, so the entire guide is printable – keeping you organized on the fly, from balloon blow-up to confetti clean-up!
4-6 Weeks Before the Party
Plan a safe, inviting place for kids to have fun. Set time to 2-3 hours for young children, and 3-4 hours for older kids.
Create Guest List
Just fill out the handy list in this guide!
BirthdayExpress.com is the place! You’ll find over 150 party themes, with party pack options for all of them. Expecting more guests? Choose our Pack Add-On option
Order Birthday Costume/Outfit & Gifts
BirthdayExpress.com has lots of fun choices. Look for our costumes, T-shirts, hats and special birthday gifts designed to match our party themes.
Book Entertainment (optional)
2 Weeks Before the Party
Schedule to pick it up one day before the party.
Let the birthday child help by adhering the stamps and putting the invitations in the mailbox.
Create List of Parent Phone Numbers
Keep on hand in case of emergency.
Plan Party Menu
Check out the recipes in this guide. Ask parents if kids have any food allergies.
Choose Party Games & Collect Party Supplies
This guide has ideas that match your party theme!
2-3 Days Before the Party
1 Day Before the Party
Make Food & Drinks, Bake/Get Cake, Buy Ice
Set out chilled/heated foods just before kids eat.
Childproof & Decorate Party Area
Remove breakable items and objects that could prevent guests from moving freely. Decorate with balloons, crepe paper, and other items included in your party pack.
Set Up Party Games, Fill Favor Boxes & Piñatas
Invite your party child to help!
Fill Birthday Balloons with Helium
After the Party
Include party photos!
The Great Explorer
- items to hide
- paper bags
Caillou loves to explore! Bring out the explorer in each child by giving them a list of items to find and collect within a determined length of time. Each child should be given a paper bag with a list of items written on it (make sure there is as many as one item as there are kids. Ten kids = ten buttons.)
The list can be made up of common household items such as buttons, Q-tips, Band-Aids, paper clips, tiny balloons, a penny, and crayons. The first explorer to collect all items on their list is the winner.
Up, Up and Away!
Have the children stand behind a line. Give each child a deflated balloon of a different color.
Instruct the children to blow up their balloons and hold them by the neck. Once all the children have their balloons blown up, count to three and have them release their balloon. The balloon that travels the furthest from the release point wins.
Pin the Tail on Rex
- paper picture of Caillou’s toy Rex
- paper Rex tails
Draw or print a picture of Rex (without his tail). If you print a picture, simply cut the tail off and trace it. Make as many tails as guests. Hang the picture of Rex on a wall, eye level of your guests. Place a sticker on the top of the Rex’s tail. Have the children line up single file. Blindfold the first child. Give them a paper tail and spin them around three times. Point the blindfolded child towards Rex and ask him to pin the tail on the Rex. Mark the spot where the child places the tail with their name. Each child only gets one turn. The child with the tail closest to the correct position wins.
Caillou Pull-String Piñata
A game for all that will be a sure hit. The Caillou pull-string piñata will be a perfect match for your party theme! Pull-string piñatas are especially fun, because kids choose a ribbon and pull together—so everyone wins! Or, the piñata can be opened the traditional way with a blindfold and stick.
French Bread Pizza
Estimated Total Time: 30 minutes
- french bread
- pizza sauce
- mozzarella cheese
- topping of your choice
- dried oregano
- grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place bread halves cut side up, on a baking sheet. Remove some of the breads center. Spread each half with pizza sauce and sprinkle with oregano. Arrange toppings over sauce and top with mozzarella.. Bake about 15 minutes until lightly browned. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cut on angle into slices. Serve hot.
Estimated Total Time: 30 minutes
- box of white cake mix
- food coloring
- cupcake pan
- cupcake liners
Kids love rainbows and cupcakes. What’s more prefect than a rainbow colored cupcake! As far as the cake goes, use your favorite box white cake recipe. Follow the directions on the box for preparing the batter. Divide the batter into several small bowls, and color each bowl with your desired food coloring (red, yellow, green, blue, orange, purple, etc). Working with one color of batter at a time, drop about 1-2 teaspoons of cake batter into each cupcake liner (do not stir). Layer with remaining batter colors. Bake and let cool completely before frosting. Yellow frosting is suggested, it’s Caillou favorite color.
Estimated Total Time: 20 minutes
- 100g milk chocolate, melted
- mini (fun sized) Milky Way bars (you will need 24)
- 1 box Tiny Teddy Grahams (honey flavor)
- 1 large bag of M&M’s
Sort M&M’s by color and cut 12 M&M’s in half with a sharp knife to use for steering wheels. Steering wheel colors should match wheel colors. Remove wrappers from mini Milky Way bars. Cut 24 Tiny Teddies in half at the belly button using a sharp knife. Place melted chocolate into a Ziploc bag and snip a tiny corner off. Squeeze out a few drops of chocolate to glue 4 M&M 'wheels' on each car then place on the serving tray. Place a few drops of chocolate on the top of each 'car' and sit the Teddy's on. Place a drop of chocolate on the 'car' in the front of each Teddy and glue on steering wheels.
Rainbow Fruit Tray
Estimated Total Time: 20 minutes
- strawberries, sliced
- pineapple chunks
- mandarin oranges
- red grapes
- green grapes
- bananas, sliced
- serving platter
- small bowl
This colorful platter will really wow party guests! Arrange all of the fruit in the shape of a rainbow. Leave the middle open, so you can place a small bowl of sliced bananas as the pot of gold. To create the rainbow arrange fruit in this order; strawberries, oranges, pineapples, green grapes, blueberries and finally red grapes. Add some mini marshmallows to the end of the rainbow to resemble clouds.