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Disney Princess Birthday Party Ideas: Games & Activities

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My daughter was extra excited for the games I had planned for her Disney Princess Birthday Party. I got some of the ideas from other blogs through Pinterest (check out my entire Disney Princess Birthday Party board on my Pinterest account). There are so many Disney Princess birthday party ideas out there, it was actually hard to narrow it down for her party, but I think we hit the perfect balance. 

Disney Princess Birthday Party Games

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Minnie Mouse Baby Shower Ideas

 I was sponsored by Collective Bias, Inc. to style a baby shower, one of my favorite things! With over 50 nieces and nephews I’ve done a lot of celebrating! I shopped at Walmart, where you can find all of the Disney Baby products I used that made putting together this Minnie Mouse Baby Shower a breeze! #MagicBabyMoments #CollectiveBias

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Disney Frozen Birthday Party Ideas

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Frozen Fever? Here are LOTS of FUN, EASY and INEXPENSIVE themed activities, games and crafts for your FROZEN BIRTHDAY PARTY!

Frozen Birthday Party Ideas:

1 – Freeze Tag:

Remember the good old days of running and playing? Freeze tag (and TV tag, and Favorites Tag, and Missionary Tag, etc.) was one of our favorite games. Enter the movie Frozen, and this game practically BEGS to be played at a Frozen themed birthday party. Call it Frozen Heart Freeze Tag and the person who is “IT” is Elsa and she freezes the other guests hearts as she catches them. 

How to play: One person is “IT” and they chase after other participants. If they are tagged they must remain frozen in their position until tagged by an unfrozen participant. Once all participants are Frozen – you pick a new person to be “IT”.

2 – Do You Want To Build A Snowman?:

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My daughter did this at a birthday party recently and I thought it was too cute not to share! The supplies needed are super simple: toilet paper, tape, carrot noses (made from orange construction paper) and black buttons (made from black construction paper). Let the guests have fun wrapping up their friends and taping the nose and buttons on!

3 – Sing Along Frozen Karaoke:

Have you seen that they released a sing along version of the movie (you can CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO BUY IT)? Buy up a bunch of plastic microphones and have a sing along karaoke session! Trust me, they’ll love it!

4 – Frozen Ice Blocking:

Ice Blocking

Maybe this is just a Utah thing, but when I was in High School we would buy the big blocks of ice from the grocery store, find a really big hill and ride down the hill on the block of ice (we’d use a towel to sit on). Not only was it a blast, it was like sledding in Summer without getting freezing cold! Try it, I bet you’ll totally love it!

5 – Frozen Troll Craft:

I love this idea from the Disney Frozen website. Take rocks, moss, some small googly eyes and a glue gun and create a family of trolls! Aren’t they darling?! Frozen Trolls Craft Instructions

6 – Frozen Freeze Dance:

It’s got to be one of the most downloaded movie soundtracks in history – so chances are you already have it. To play you have one person control the music. Guests dance while the music is playing and as soon as the person pushes pause – everyone freezes. The last person to stop moving is the next person to control the music. So push play and DANCE!

7 – Pin the Nose on Olaf:

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I created this printable Olaf template and shared it last week. All you’d need to do is print it out and assemble everything but the nose. Cut enough carrot noses out for each guest and play pin the carrot on Olaf! Free, easy and F,U,N!!

8 – Frozen Bracelets:

I love this kit that I found on Amazon to make Frozen themed bracelets, but you could just as easily provide the clear, slightly sparkly, diamond cut beads (like these) I’ve seen at every craft store and let the guests make a bracelet. The kit above will make several bracelets, which makes them very affordable!

Frozen Fever is still going strong at our house. My daughter was Anna all morning, it was only because I told her she could get a smoothie at Costco if she got in the car that she took her costume off. I don’t mind one bit that she loves it. I know there are a lot of parents that are sick of it, but do you remember what it was like to be that age? I think I watched Robin Hood and The Rescuers at least 1,000 times once we finally got our very own VHS machine (instead of having to rent it at the video store). So, in celebration of that, GO ON, HAVE A FROZEN BIRTHDAY PARTY!

Looking for FREE FROZEN PARTY PRINTABLES? This website has two different sets that are DARLING!

Want MORE? See this post full of more FROZEN food, activity, craft and decor ideas!

Curious George Birthday Party Ideas

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My daughter has loved Curious George since she started watching it. I thought she would have outgrown it by now, but she still asks to watch him every morning. We love the show on PBS as well as the movie that came out in 2006. It’s safe to say that I’ve seen a fair share of episodes and thought it would be fun to come up with a list of Curious George Birthday Party Ideas. 

First, let’s get to know a few of the characters:
Man in the Yellow Hat
George – the monkey
Allie
Bill
Jumpy – Squirrel
The Renkins – farmers
Mr & Mrs Quint – a couple that live in the country and go fishing a lot
Steve
Betsy
Compass – pigeon in the city
Hundley – dog that belongs to the doorman
Gniocci – cat that belongs to Chef Pisghetti
Chef Pisghetti
Charkie – Dog in the city
Doorman
Professor Wiseman

Curious George Birthday Party Food Ideas:

You know how I love themed food. I love making a little label for the food with either a picture of the character or the name in a fun font. Here are a few ideas:

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– Chef Pisghetti’s Spaghetti
Banana Heads (Just like Banana Runts)
– Bananas dipped in chocolate or yogurt with lots of topping options, like those pictured above from Super Healthy Kids
– Mixed Nuts for Jumpy the Squirrel
– Allie’s Apples
– Mr. Quints Worms & Fish (gummy worms & fishy crackers)
– The Renkins’ farm fresh veggie tray or Fruit Stand Kabobs
– Hundley’s Hot Dogs
– Banana Splits
– Gniocci’s milk
– Professor Wiseman’s dinosaur bones (pretzles or breadsticks)
– Curious George Cookies – these cookie cutters (pictured below) are so darling and for only $9 that’s a bargain!
– Curious George Cupcakes – Free printable Cupcake Toppers here.Curious George Cookie Cutter

Curious George Birthday Party Activity Ideas:

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– Learn the box step (make diagrams of where the feet step like they had on show)
– Play doctor (on an episode called Dr. Monkey, George diagnosed all kinds of ailments)
– Put a bunch of tub toys floating in in a kiddie pool they have to get out with a scoop (like George had to do when his toys went down the drain in the bathtub)
– Create a mini petting zoo (ask to borrow your neighbors pets – especially bunnies)
– Make a mini pinata (like they do for Marco’s mother’s Day dinner)
– Paint a birdhouse (like George does so Jumpy won’t get all the acorns)
– Yellow Hat ring toss (find yellow cones or paint orange cones yellow with a black band and toss rings around them like that pictured below from Rust & Sunshine)
– Pin the Tie on the Man With The Yellow Hat 
– Boat race in a kiddie pool – make paper boats and send them on a race!
– Play T-Ball (George learned how to count to 10 on this episode)
– Make a brown paper bag monkey or monkey mask (print one here) and sing 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed while you act it out
– Play Monkey in the Middle (here’s how you play)
– Newspaper Toss: Bill has a paper route and George loves to help him – you could collect newspapers and do a bean bag toss style game with them through a board with holes cut out or even just buckets set at different distances. 
– Make sock puppets and put on a play (like George did for the Hansel and Grettle episode)
– Play “Who am I” by putting a character photo on each persons forehead and they have to ask questions to try and guess who they are or use them to play charades. You can get character photos here
– Go to the park
– Go to the Zoo
– Go to a dinosaur museum or space museum
– Do outdoor exploring. Provide bug catchers, binoculars, magnifying glasses, etc. and let the kids roam
– Have an auction for simple things – print the money here

Curious George Ring Toss

Curious George Birthday Party Decoration Ideas:

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– Yellow hat placesetting – yellow plate, yellow cup with black band around top of cup then turned upside down on plate (like that pictured above from Angel Street Mom)
– Borrow a bunch of the books from the library, make color copies of the covers and some of the pages and use them to make a banner or other decorations (even placemats at the table)
– Print out bananas and copies of George’s face to make a garland
– Lots of Yellow and Brown Balloons
– Curious George Pom Poms (pictured below – like these found on etsy)
– You can also just go the Amazon route for lots of Curious George party supplies 

Curious George Pom Pom

Halloween Crafts and Games for Kids

Halloween Crafts and Games for kids

Each year I host a family Halloween party. Rather than taking on the entire party on my own, I have each sibling/family bring one activity or craft for the kids to do. I take care of the food and decorations and then only have to come up with one activity – knowing that there will be LOTS coming to entertain the kids. This has worked really well! I shared a few of the fun things we’ve done at past parties in this post, and wanted to share those we did at our party last year!

Halloween Crafts and Games for Kids

Halloween Party Activity for Kids - Decorate Cupcakes

Decorating Halloween Cupcakes:

After lunch we let each of the kids pick a cupcake to frost and decorate with lots of candy. We included sprinkles, candy corn, gummy candy and more! 

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Halloween T-shirt Tie Dye:

Each child brought a plain white t-shirt and we had them tie dye their shirts. We did it outside and everyone wore aprons and gloves to keep things tidy and they loved it. We used a Tie-Dye Kit and it came with all the supplies we needed. After the dye was added, we stuck them in a zip top plastic bag for each kid to take home so they could finish drying. Then, once they were washed, they were ready to wear!

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Halloween Treasure Hunt:

We sent the kids all around the yard on a spooky treasure hunt. There were enough clues for each child to have a turn finding one and at the end they got cute tin buckets (found in the dollar bin at Target) filled with fun Halloween favors: stickers, pencils, spider rings, a straw, glow in the dark skeletons, etc.

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Halloween Cupcake Walk:

We actually gave them donuts, but the idea is the same. We had frightful music playing as the kids circled the numbers and when the music stopped a number was pulled from a bag. The child standing next to that number got to come pick a donut. 

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Doughnuts on a String:

This was my favorite activity to watch, the little kids were hilarious. We suspended glazed donuts from strings and they had a contest to see who could eat their doughnut off the string the fastest. They didn’t have to eat the entire thing, just get it to fall off the string. It was so much fun to watch!

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Bobbing for Apples:

I was really surprised how much the kids loved this.  They each took several turns! Luckily, since we are all family, we didn’t care about the water getting each others spit in it. 🙂 But they did so well, pulling those little apple stems out of the water – plus, they were apples picked fresh from the orchard so they were totally delicious!

Whether you are planning a family, neighborhood, preschool or church group Halloween party, these activities will entertain the kids for sure! 

See this post about all the fun food and DIY Decorations we had at the party!

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party Activities

For my daughters Jake and the Neverland Pirates themed 3rd Birthday party it was a lot of fun thinking of the activities she and her guests could do. She kept saying she wanted to be Izzy and so I knew all the girls would too!

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JAKE AND THE NEVERLAND PIRATES PARTY ACTIVITIES:

DRESS LIKE A MATEY: Each guest got to wear a bandanna, waist sash (for holding their swords), name tag, some Mini Bubbles in a pink organza gift bag that we called Pixie Dust and a Pink Eye Patch . For the name tags I printed their first name on a gold dabloon and then they got to pick out of a bag the other part (the landlubber, the scalawag, the treasure hunter, etc.). For the bandanna’s I cut 22″ squares of pink chevron print cotton fabric into triangles. 

Pirate Party Dress Ups

COLOR A PICTURE: While we waited for guests to arrive, the girls were invited to color a free printable coloring page of Jake, Izzy and Cubby. 

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Coloring Page

JAKE’S SWORD: On the show Izzy always has pixie dust and Jake always has his sword. I purchased these plastic Pirate Sword and Adhesive Back Jewels and let the girls make their swords pretty. The jewels were perfect because they came on a clear plastic backing sheet and were easy for the girls to peel off. 

Pirate Party Jeweled Swords Jake and the Neverland Pirates Jeweled Swords

PIN THE TAIL ON TICK-TOCK-CROC: This free printable pin the tail game saved the day! It was easy to put together and the girls loved it!

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Pin The Tail Game

CAPTAIN HOOKS HOOK: I gave each girl a black paper cup with a small X slit in the bottom and a 12″ piece of tin foil. We rolled up the tin foil and curved it and then stuck it through the X on the cup. They then held onto the tin foil inside the cup to wear it. It was simple enough for these little ones and they thought it was so fun!

Pirate Party Hooks Craft Jake and the Neverland Pirates Hooks

CUBBY’S TREASURE MAP: On the show, Cubby always has the treasure map, so we had to send these girls on a treasure hunt! I made a little treasure map using my Microsoft Publisher program just using clip art and let them each color one and roll it up. Then we set off to find hidden bags of gold dabloons and a treasure for each of them at the end!

Pirate Party Treasure Map Coloring Page Jake and the Neverland Pirates Treasure Hunt

 I filled each Treasure Chest Treat Boxes with an assortment of candy and plastic jewelry. The tag says “We ARRRGGG so glad you came!”

Pirate Party Treasure Hunt

TICK-TOCK-WHERE’S-THE-CROC?: I didn’t get a picture of this game, but all we did was hide a kitchen timer that had a bell set to 1-2 minutes. Then the girls had to find it before the bell rang! We played a few rounds and they had a great time searching behind couch pillows, under chairs, etc.!

DANCING WITH BUBBLES: Our last activity was to turn on the Bubble Machine and dance to the Jake and the Neverland Pirates music (found on the Disney Junior DJ Shuffle album). They danced and fought the bubbles with their swords until it was time to go!

Pirate Party Bubble Dance

 For the post all about the Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party Decorations, go here!

Here is a post all about the fun food ideas: go here!

Army Birthday Party

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My friend Amy always does a fantastic job with themed party and I’m so excited to share one of her latest today. This Army Birthday Party for her son Carter is totally awesome, and she only spent $52.00 (minus the cake) which is a party for a BARGAIN! She got inventive and I love all the details. Let’s take a look at them:

Army Birthday Party Favors:

For the favors she purchased some holiday tins at the dollar store and spray painted them, wrapped them in camo duct tape and scuffed them up a bit. Here’s where you can get some Scotch Duct Tape – Camo.

To fill them she headed to the local recruiting station and asked for any free stickers or things they would let her have. They hooked her up! They gave her stickers, pens and a little football for EACH child’s favor box! Then she went to a specialty supply store called Uncle Sams where she found the REAL army patches and used shotgun shells for $1.00 each! 

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Army Birthday Party Cake:

Isn’t that cake fantastic? She had our neighbor make it. I’ve just discovered that this neighbor does cakes, and I’m stoked about it! Now my cakes don’t have to look awful at parties I host! This camouflage cake adds the perfect centerpiece. 

She wrapped more camouflage duct tape around water bottles. 

Army Birthday Party Cake

Army Birthday Party Decorations: 

Using various shades of green fabric, she draped some across the ceiling, and more on the table accenting with lots of rope and twine. 

She purchased a Camo Pennant Banner to hang from the ceiling as well. 

The American Flag was a must to display at the party. 

She printed an Army advertisement off the internet and framed it and flanked it with some “medals” she her boys had from participating in various activities. 

Army Birthday Party Decor

Army Birthday Party Activities:

Now, this is what I love most about the party! These boys are just too cute and I can just picture how much fun they had with the creative activities she planned for them.

They had a Tug-O-War and other relay races. 

Army Birthday Party Activities - Tug-o-war

They played Wounded Soldier and through giggles, dressed each others “wounds” in toilet paper. 

They also had a push up contest – hilarious!!

Army Birthday Party Activities - Dress the wound

 

Army Birthday Party Invitations:

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Here are some FREE PRINTABLE Army Birthday Party Invitations I designed that would work perfectly with this party! Simply open the link and print at home or send to your local print shop (recommended). 
Amy and her darling family of boys are hoping to adopt a little girl. If you want more information about their family search for a sister, go here. 

Jungle Birthday Party

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With the recent re-release of Disney’s The Jungle Book, I thought it was perfect timing to share these adorable Jungle Themed Birthday Party Ideas! My friends Karson and Betsy are hoping to adopt and I am so happy to bring awareness to their little family. Head over to their blog and share it with any who may be able to help them with their desire to add to their family! Let’s check out the perfect details from their daughters first birthday – a jungle birthday party!

Jungle Birthday Party Decorations:

I love all the animal print and bright colors! 

Jungle Birthday Party Banner

Yum! Who doesn’t love a chocolate fountain at a party?! I’m afraid I’d pull my chair in front of it and not move the rest of the event! 🙂

Jungle Birthday Party Jungle Birthday Party Decorations

Aren’t these so fun and creative?! They took beach balls and glued cupcake liners to them and then added the animal print with spray paint. The string to hang it from is just tied around the nozzle you inflate the ball with. I LOVE them!! If you’d rather make a traditional Tissue Paper Pom Pom, here is some awesome Animal Print Tissue Paper .  If you’re not up for the DIY project – these Animal Print Party Lanterns would be PERFECT! 

Jungle Birthday Party Decoration

For a fun and inexpensive table decoration, boxes were wrapped in white paper and then wrapped with lots of fun ribbons, including Animal Print Ribbon, tulle and satin ribbon.

Jungle Birthday Party Centerpiece

 This birthday banner is completely adorable. They used a die cut machine (a Cricut or Silhouette machine) to cut out Animal Print Scrapbook Paper 

Jungle party banner

Jungle Birthday Party Activities:

Kids and adults alike love getting creative with sidewalk chalk! This is especially great if you’re doing it as a family party – the kids can draw while the adults chat!

Jungle Birthday Party Sidewalk Chalk

Jungle Animal Paper Bag puppets were a really fun craft! They used a die cut machine to facillitate this, but you can also purchase kits like this Animal Puppets Paper Bag Craft Kit.  

Jungle Birthday Party Animal Puppets

Jungle Birthday Party Cake: 

Okay, if you’ve seen the other parties on my site that I’ve featured from Karson and Betsy (here, herehere & here), you know they’ve got MAD CAKE SKILLS! Seriously. 

Jungle Birthday Party Cake

I’d say the adorable birthday girl is pretty pleased with her cake! 

Aminal Print Cake

 

Jungle Birthday Party Favors:

I love the idea of using these Foam Animal Face Masks! They’re really affordable and perfect for the theme!

Animal Foam face masks

Head over here for a great selection of Jungle Party Supplies!

For more fun Jungle Themed Party ideas – go here!

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