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.
Under the Sea Party
Birthday Child’s Starring Role
On your child’s special day, he will become an Expert Marine Biologist. Let them stir up the ocean’s water with waves of birthday fun.
If you are lucky enough to live in a city with an actual aquarium, you can host an exciting and educational party there. If you would rather have a more private affair in your own home, you can turn a familiar place into a lively seascape by adding lots of blue streamers and balloons. Inflate different shades of blue balloons to different sizes and arrange them going up the wall to give the illusion of bubbles. Use blue tulle fabric on walls, staircases, and even on the floor to create a feel of being under the ocean. Don’t forget the sea creatures. Stuffed animals and paper decorations add a lot to the aquatic feel.
Party Fun & Games
As party guests arrive, set them to work on a seascape mural. Direct them to the blank sheet of paper hanging in the party room. Older children will enjoy filling the mural with crayon and magic marker drawings.
Whether a tour guide at your local aquarium or a weekend fisherman, invite someone schooled in the mysteries of the sea to provide some fun facts about fishy friends.
Bring out the soundtrack to Disney’s The Little Mermaid. “Under the Sea” would make the perfect theme song for this party, or just go for soothing ocean sounds.
There are as many possibilities for the menu for this party as there are fish in the sea. Snack on Goldfish Crackers, Swedish Fish or go the extra mile and get these colorful sea cookies.
Serve sandwiches cut in the shape of aquatic animals. Have candy sushi by piling Swedish fish on top of coconut cookies. And don’t forget to label your food with these shell card holders:
And with food labels.
Use aquatic themed candy on your food table or use it as a party favor for guests to take home.
For an exciting and educational close to this party, enlist party guests’ help in putting together an aquarium that will double as a special gift for the birthday child. Discuss the natural habitat of tropical fish and explain the components of an aquarium. You can do this with toy fish if you don’t feel like babysitting fish for the next few months!
Birthday Presents & Favors
Send home partygoers with underwater treasures like their “tropical” crayons and coloring pads, stickers, or seashells. Or send each guest home with his own goldfish as a brilliant reminder of your aquatic adventure.
If holding, your party at a public aquarium, try to find a special place just for your child and his friends by reserving a room at the facility if one is available.