Children at this age relate well to other children and are very enthusiastic. They understand the idea of a birthday party, and can anticipate it months in advance. They tend to latch on to their closest friends so make sure to invite them. Kids at this age also tend to like helping with the planning so give them the opportunity to help throw their favorite birthday party.
Many children at this age are in school or pre-school so your guest list can be made up of your child’s schoolmates. Although many children are in school and used to being away from their parents, some children may need to be accompanied by an adult.
Length of party
1-1 1/2 hours
Entertainment for age
This age group has short attention spans, so the entertainment program for the party should consist of a few different activities- around five. A mixture of hands-on and learning is always a great combo. Children at this age can participate in the Bake-a-Cake party, our best selling party.
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Safety for age
Make sure the party area is childproof and have a couple of adults on hand to help keep children together and the party organized.
Send your invitations out well in advance to let your guests know they are invited to your super sweet party!
Birthday Child’s Starring Role
Let your child decide which character he would like to be from the game and have them dress up as such!
Candyland is all about Candy, and the super fun board game that we all liked to play as a child. Use lots of balloons around the room to add color, maybe some balloon trees even.
Turn your party room into a Candyland by having a dessert buffet table filled with colorful Candies in jars and fun containers. Use colorful wrapping paper to add height to your jars. Make sure to have cellophane bags and lots of scoops so that your guests can take some candy home.
Wrap paper lanterns in colorful cellophane to make them look like giant hard candies, and hang them from the ceiling. Do the same with balloons, attach them to a stick, or a wrapping paper roll, and scatter them around the room.
Place colored pieces of cardstock around the room to look like the board game.
Use Candy Land wall decals around the room for an additional board game feel.
To make it even more memorable, get this custom banner with your child’s name on it.
You can bring a costumed party leader to come dressed as your child’s favorite candy land character, or you can have a leader that will assist with the fun and games of the party. Maybe the leader can teach the kids some songs.
Party Fun & Games
If you have the space, create your very own life-size version of the game where the guests are the players on the board. Use colored card stock on the floor. Create the different lands from the board around the room, starting from meeting Mr. Mint (who could be a costumed character- enlist a friend) traveling through the Gumdrop Mountains (colorful pillows work great) avoiding Lord Licorice (another costumed character) and skipping past the swamp (a large brown bed sheet) in hopes of being first to the King’s Candy Castle. Get as creative as you want and even add some lands of your own. If your child really likes ice cream, why not create an ice cream land with giant ice cream cones? Let your child get involved with the activities, kids typically come up with the funnest most imaginative ideas!
Have a cupcake decorating station. Have pre-frosted cupcakes ready for the guests and an assortment of candies for them to use to decorate their very own cupcakes. The kids will love decorating and eating these!
Play a guessing game, have a jar filled with gummy bears and ask guests to guess how many are inside. The winner gets to take the jar as a prize.
Although this is a super sweet birthday party, give the kids some nutritious nibbles for a meal.
Mini burgers or sliders are great for little ones, shaped nuggets, mini wraps and even finger sandwiches cut into gingerbread men shapes. Colorful pancakes in the colors of the rainbow are also a lighter alternative if your party is at a non-lunch hour.
Colorful fruit will be a healthy finish before a Candyland themed cake.
Allow guests to dig into your candy buffet for some extra treats to take home, and here are a few other ideas that are just as sweet but with less sugar.