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Richard Scarry's Busytown
Birthday Party Planning Guide

Exclusively at BirthdayExpress.com


BirthdayExpress.com is every host’s secret for making birthday wishes come true! Our Richard Scarry’s Busytown 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!

Party Checklist

4-6 Weeks Before the Party

  • Select Date:



    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!

  • Order Richard Scarry's Busytown Party Supplies, 
Richard Scarry's Busytown Favors

    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

  • Order Cake

    Schedule to pick it up one day before the party.

  • Mail Richard Scarry's Busytown Birthday Invitations

    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

  • Prepare Cameras

    Check batteries. Charge video camera. Buy film or video cards. Get Birthday Message Cameras for the kids to use.

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!

Party Day!

  • Fill Birthday Balloons with Helium

After the Party


Busytown Mural


Let the kids transform the party room into a scene from Busytown! Just tape a wide sheet of butcher paper on the lower portion of your wall so kids can reach. Spread out your stickers and provide paints, markers, etc., for your little artists so they can make a mural while guests arrive.

Busytown Pinata


This fun activity is great for party guests of all ages! Simply have the party guests take turns pulling on one of the strings until the piñata bursts open and showers them with candy and prizes!

Bobbing for Mr. Worms Apple

  • apples (one for each guest)
  • large mixing bowls (1 for every 3 guests)

Fill large bowls with water and place 3 apples in each. Divide the children into teams of 3. Each team will get a bowl When you yell “Go”, have 1 kid from each team bob for an apple. Once he or she has caught an apple, have the next member of the team go. The first team to get all 3 apples wins!

Huckle Cat and Mouse Tag


Huckle Cat needs to catch all of the mice in Busy Town! Let the guest of honor be Huckle Cat. The other children are mice. Once a guest is tagged, they are frozen until the ref (any adult) comes and ties a red scarf around their arm they are now cats which means they get to try to tag the other kids. When the new cats tag party guests, the kids must remain frozen for 10 seconds. If Huckle Cat gets to them by then, they turn into a cat as well. If Huckle Cat does not make it to them on time, they remain mice and must try to avoid the cats again. Play until there are no mice left.


Grandma Cat’s Cookies

  • prepared sugar cookie dough
  • 1 can of vanilla frosting
  • 1 bag of chocolate chip cookies
  • 1 bag of thin pretzel sticks

These cute cookies will taste just like Grandma Cat used to make! First, prepare your cookies according to the directions on the package. When the cookies have fully cooled frost them with the vanilla frosting. Use the chocolate chips to make the cat’s eyes and nose (should look like an upside down triangle. Use 3 chips). Then, use the pretzel sticks to form whiskers (3 on each side). Adorable and delicious!

Lowly Worms Apple Punch

  • 1 bottle apple juice, chilled 32 fl oz
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 can frozen cranberry juice concentrate
  • 1 1/2 liters of 7up
  • 1 orange

Radiant and refreshing! Pour all of your juices into a punch bowl and add in the cranberry juice concentrate. Stir until the Cranberry juice is dissolved. Then add in your 7up. Use orange slices to garnish this delicious dish!

Lil Dog’s Hot Dog Cars

  • hot dogs
  • pickles (sliced)
  • ketchup
  • mustard

Most transportation in Busytown is made of some kind of fabulous food! All you have to do is serve hot dogs with the fixings of the child’s choice and place slices of pickles on the sides to look like wheels!

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