After 9 years of going to birthday parties and having hosted them, children know exactly what they want at this point, so consult with your child about what party theme they would like and what they would like to do. As they get older, they begin to feel very grown up about parties. They like to show off and compete and have a desire to win in games that involve active participation.
Invite schoolmates and friends. Some children prefer to only have children of their own sex at their party. Since as they get older, children typically tend to have one intimate group of friends, the guest list might not even be that large. And parents need not be at the party.
Length of party
2 -2 ½ hours
Entertainment for age
Girly things such as spa, manicure, dress-up for girls parties are great since the girls love to feel grown up at this age. You don’t even have to hire a professional, buy a couple of nail polishes, mud masks, and clean out your closet full of old clothes you don’t even wear and tell them it’s vintage clothing. They’ll have a blast trying things on!
For boy parties, physical activities, including attending a sporting event with friends are great. Create your own little league in the back yard, or make dad take the boys to a basketball game.
Good music, fun pickup foods and a DJ Emcee helps to insure the success of a party at this age. Dance games with lots of prizes help to keep the dance floor filled. A strolling entertainer, such as a sleight of hand magician, works well to entertain those kids that shy away from the dance floor.
Games & Activities
Scavenger Hunt Relay Races
Lip Sinc Contest
Safety for age
Make sure to have all the phone numbers of the guests’ parents.
Wizard of Oz Party
Birthday Child’s Starring Role
Throw a birthday party somewhere over the rainbow! Let L. Frank Baum’s story, known as the first American fairytale, add a quality of fantasy and adventure to your child’s celebration.
“There’s no place like home” and yours can be transformed into a storybook setting. With a thick black magic marker, trace a brick pattern on to a roll of yellow felt. Construct a rainbow balloon arch and decorate a corner of the room as “Emerald City”
Use the Ruby Slippers Personalized Banner to make it extra special.
Party Fun & Games
If your guests are all girls, give them all a pair of ruby red slippers to wear so that they can always find their way home.
Play Pin the Heart on the Tin Woodsman or Pin the Tail on the Lion. Use these cardboard cutouts.
Scarecrow Scramble - For this activity, you’ll need four sets of men’s clothes (flannel shirt, jeans, socks, hat, and gloves) and four stacks of newspapers. Have the kids make scarecrows and dress them to make the funniest looking scarecrow.
Cover your food table with hay and a few haystacks to add height to your food items.
Serve a platter of heart, courage and brains cookies, over the rainbow cupcakes with rainbow batter, yellow bricks (rice crispy treats). Use wicker baskets to serve apples.
This Toto in a Basket is an adorable favor sure to make your guests feel like Dorothy.
Or how about this Ruby Slippers Personalized Luggage Tag to make sure the guests’ belongings always find their way home?