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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 Lumber Jack 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!
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Order Birthday Costume/Outfit & Gifts
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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!
Lumber Jack Piñata
Pick up our LumberJack Pull-String Piñata for a fun and safe party activity! (This is the perfect game for younger kids) Have each child taking turns pulling a string until the piñata bursts open and showers them in candy and and prizes galore!
- buckets, jars or paper bags (for collecting items)
- list of items to be found (print one for each player)
This nature-themed scavenger hunt is the perfect activity for your lumber jacks and jills! Before the party, make a list of items that must be gathered during the hunt. Include a few easy-to-find items, like "a large blade of grass" or "3 green leaves" as well as a few trickier or seasonal items, like "a smooth stone," "a living ladybug or grasshopper" or "3 red leaves and 1 yellow leaf." Assign point totals to each item; count fewer points for easier items and more points for more difficult items to find. Print out enough copies so that there's one for each party guest. At the party, give each guest a list and a bag, bucket or jar to collect their items in. (Lightning Bug jars work great for this, if the paint is dry and jars are ready to be used!) Set a time limit and send party guests off to find as many of the items as they can! Send older children out on their own, within the yard, to find their items; smaller children you can pair up or send with a teen or parent helper. At the end of the allotted time, call the guests back and tally up their finds. Whoever has the most points wins!
A great game for your active adolescents! Designate one party guest to be the lumberjack/jill (the tagger) and the rest of the guests will be trees (the tagees). When you yell "GO!", have the tagger chase the taggees to try to "cut them down"(tag them). When a tree is caught, he or she has to yell "Timber!!!" and fall down. They then have to sit down and use their arms as branches. They can move their arms to try to tag the lumberjack/jill but cannot move the rest of their body. If the lumberjack/or jill is tagged by a tree, then they yell timber. The tree is now the lumberjack/jill and the rest of the trees can get up and play again! This game can be played for as long as you (or the guest of honor) would like!
Log Roll Relay
- swimming noodle (cut in half)
Separate the kids into two teams for this sweet lumber-themed game! Once you have your two teams, divide them in half and have each half stand on opposite sides of the field. Give each team a half of a swimming noodle. When you "Let the good times Roll", have the first player roll the "log" across the field to the first team member on the opposite side. When the roller reaches the first player, that player becomes the roller and rolls the log back to the other side to the next team member. The first team to have all of the players do this is the winner!
Estimated Total Time: 25 minutes
- 2 cans of baked beans
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 slices bacon, cut in small pieces
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 tablespoon mustard
These beans are the perfect addition to any meal eaten under the stars. Add the beans to a pot and stir in the catsup and mustard. Begin heating over a stove or open fire. While the beans are heating, brown the bacon and onions in a skillet and drain the grease. Add bacon and onions to the bean mixture and heat through.
- graham crackers
- chocolate bars
This delectable dessert is great for any party set in the good 'ol outdoors! Separate your Graham crackers into halves and place a piece of chocolate on one of them. Then, have the children gather around the fire and roast their marshmallows on a skewer! When the marshmallow is roasted to their desire, have them place it on a graham/chocolate square, cover with the other half and mow down!
- boxed cake mix
- 3 tubs of frosting (white or vanilla)
- food coloring (brown & green)
- (2) round cake pans
- plastic bags
Who woodn't like to bake a cake like this? Prepare your cake mix according to the package directions (the round pan recipe). Bake and allow the cake to cool. Mix a few drops of the green food coloring into one of the frosting tubs. Once you reach the desired shade of green, add the frosting to a resealable bag. Snip the end of the bag (creates a makeshift piping bag) and create the "grass" on your platter. Add the first cooled layer to your grass and use a small amount of your second tub of frosting to frost the top. Add the second layer. Mix a few drops of the brown food coloring into the third frosting tub. Once you reach the desired shade of brown, use a knife (or frosting spatula) to cover the entire cake. Next, you will want to add just a couple of drops of brown food coloring to the remaining frosting in tub two – you will want the shade to be much lighter than the "bark". Add this frosting to another bag and pipe large "rings" to fill in the center of the "stump". Add texture to the bark by drawing vertical swirls on the side with a knife or spatula. Finish your masterpiece by adding some fun squiggly candles!
Ants on a Log
- peanut butter
- raisins (or chocolate chips)
This fun themed treat will be sure to delight kids and adults alike! Cut your stalks into thirds, fill them with peanut butter, and top them with your raisny or chocolatey ants!