Birthday Party Planning Guide
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Celebrate your cute kids’ big day in an awesome way. Your guests will definitely go bananas for all these fun activities and yummy treats! Sure to make your party memorable for everyone.
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!
- Balloons (one for each guest)
- Yarn or ribbon
- Large outdoor area to play in
Get the party started with this fun game by letting them monkey around! Begin by gathering the children in a large outdoor play area. Tie balloons around every child's right ankle using yarn or ribbon. When you say "Go," all the players start stomping around the area like little monkeys, trying to pop their opponents' balloons. As soon as a player's balloon pops, they leave the game. The last player with their balloon intact around the ankle wins a small prize.
Find the Monkey's Bananas
- Baskets (one for each guest)
Send your party guests on a hunt for a monkey’s favorite sweet treat. Hide as many bananas as you can around the inside or outside of your home. Have a basket available to each guest and have them gather around you. Tell them they have to find as many bananas as they can. When you say "Go," the players race to find the bananas, placing them in their baskets as they go. The player with the most bananas at the end of the game wins a cool prize.
Monkey Obstacle Course
A great way to entertain active little monkeys! Set up an obstacle course either inside your home or in the yard. You can use almost anything like, 2 inflatable palm trees and tie streamers in between for them to go under, an set up squishy pillows or an old blanket on the floor and pretend its quick sand”, put up construction cones for them to zig-zag in between simple kitchen chairs can also be used. Have a timer available to record the times of each player. Once everyone has completed the course give the player with the fastest time a prize such as a ribbon but also give all the other players a small prize for completing the course.
Monkey See Monkey Do
This is a great game that will get guests of all ages involved. Have your guests sit in a line and you sit in front of them. Everything you do your guests will have to try and copy. If your guests are little pint sized monkeys try to keep it simple. For your older guests have them try to copy you doing two things at once. i.e. Jumping up and down on one leg while rubbing your tummy. Award small prizes to everyone for their good work once the game is complete.
A healthy snack that will please even the pickiest little kid!
Estimated Total Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes
- 2-Containers (6 ounces each) of yogurt any flavor
- 7-Large bananas, peeled and cut crosswise in half
- 2-Cups of crushed Graham cereal
- Cookie sheet
- Wax paper
- 14-Wooden sticks with rounded ends
Cover cookie sheet with waxed paper. Pour yogurt into a shallow bowl. Slice bananas in half and place a stick into each banana half. Roll the banana in yogurt, then sprinkle with cereal. Place each completed banana onto a cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet into the freezer for about 2 hours or until firm. Cover tightly and keep frozen until ready to serve. (makes 14 servings)
Ants on a log
Estimated Total Time: 15 minutes
- Celery Stick
- Peanut Butter
Fill the center of the celery stick with your favorite peanut butter. Place a few raisins on top across the peanut butter.
Estimated Total Time: 2 hours
- 1-Box of your favorite cake mix
- 1-Container of your favorite chocolate frosting and 1 container of vanilla frosting
- Mini chocolate sandwich cookies
- Chocolate chips
- 2-Icing bags and a round decorating tip
Bake cake as directed on the back of box. Cool cupcakes completely. Frost over the cupcake with the chocolate frosting. Place vanilla frosting into icing bag and in a circular motion mouth. Then fill the other bag with the chocolate frosting and create a mouth either straight line or make a smile and with short strokes create cute hair on the top. Place the 2 mini chocolate sandwich cookies on each side for the ears (they will be hanging slightly over the edge). Use the chocolate chips for the eyes.
Mini Pizza Bagels
- 6-Mini bagels, split, toasted
- 1/4-Cup pizza sauce
- 3/4-Cup of your choice cheese
Spread each side of bagels with sauce; top with cheese and other favorite toppings. Broil the bagels on a baking sheet 6 inches from heat, for 2 to 3 min. or until cheese is melted.