This party is submitted by Beth Williams, a stay at home mom of 5 kids. She has three daughters who all have a birthday within about 5 weeks of each other – so springtime is birthday planning time for her. I love a lot of things about this party. The reality for most of us is that 1- we don’t want to spend a lot of money, 2- we don’t have time to make a lot of intricate decorations, and 3- the kids attending the party just care about having fun and eating candy. Adding a theme helps tie everything together and makes it a lot of fun to plan (in my opinion), but keeping that within reason – especially for the age of the children – is key. Anyone who has spent more than ten minutes with a group of three year old girls, knows how short their attention span is. That means that she had to plan several short activities to keep them engaged and having fun. She did just that.
The kids were given a Barney coloring page when they arrived. You can print your own here. This helped keep them focused a little as guests were arriving.
Once they were finished coloring, their pictures were stapled onto a bag that they would later find at the end of their Treasure Hunt filled with goodies!
They danced to music on a Barney and Friends CD while they played the freeze dance game and each took turns choosing when to stop the music. Following the dancing they played the 4 corners game. Each corner of the room had a color poster of a character from Barney and Friends. Beth would hold up a picture of a character and the girls would have to run to that poster.
A game of duck-duck-goose was turned into Barney-Barney-Baby Bop!
Then it was cookie decorating time! Sugar cookies, purple and green frosting and an assortment of sprinkles, candy toppings and purple “Barney” milk was served.
The girls were so excited to go on a treasure hunt that took them all around the house and yard to find clues that ultimately led them to a spot in the backyard where they found their treasure bags filled with candy, drinks and toys! They got to play on the backyard playground and trampoline for the rest of the time.
Here are the clues:
Clue #2 (in mailbox) Barney loves to sing and dance to music. Find the next clue on the piano. (picture of piano)
Clue #3 (on piano) Baby Bop takes a nap when she get s tired. She took a nap on Sue’s bed. Go there to find the next clue (picture of Baby Bop and bed)
Clue #4 (on Sue’s bed) B.J. loves to play outside with friends. Look for the treasure on the swingset (picture of B.J. and swings)
Beth decorated by adding streamers and balloons to the party rooms in the classic Barney colors of purple, pink and green.
Here are the party girls! I think one of my favorite things is that the girls had SUCH a great time playing together (I know because I was there with my daughter) and isn’t that what a birthday party should be all about? I get caught up in details and sometimes I forget to just let the little kids be little and have fun! Great job Beth – I remember her telling me that she only spent $25 on the entire party – now that is budget friendly!
Here is a link to FREE Barney themed printables including cute images you can use for cupcake toppers, a Happy Birthday Banner and more!
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