Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Hudson Valley (NY)
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My siblings and friends and I always did the sit in a circle and open the gifts thing, but I've actually been to a number of parties in the last few years where the children didn't even open the presents until after the guests left and then made calls or sent cards to thank everyone. This seemed to work so well that we did it ourselves last year, and I loved it! Everyone was so much nicer to each other! And my girls had something to look forward to after everyone left, so we were able to postpone that usual end of birthday party/end of birthday season meltdown.
There've been a lot of great ideas here. We've done the make-your-own crown thing ourselves. Some other ideas are:
- make necklaces out of long strips of licorice with fruit loops "beads" (FWIW, we never eat either of these things normally, but they're fun for a party)
- have kids decorate their own cupcakes, with frosting, sprinkles, candy, etc. (hmmmm... after these two suggestions you'd never guess we were health food nuts, LOL!)
- maybe some kind of treasure hunt or scavenger hunt?
- maybe you could have them decorate flower pots and plant something to take home?
- if you were into tie-dyeing, now you can buy these "tie-dye strings" which have the dye in the strings and are much easier and less of a mess with a group.