Farmyard Pumpkin Patch Party
Buy pumpkins of several different sizes and place them around your yard to create a pumpkin patch! Indoors, opt for a color palette of rich fall tones and put pumpkin-related items (pumpkin plates, pumpkin napkins, gourds for accent pieces, a tablecloth) around the table to complete the look.
For a fall party like this, Debi prefers a warm menu of traditional comfort foods, such as chicken fingers and mac 'n' cheese.
Set up a hot chocolate bar where children can select their hot chocolate (white, milk or dark) and then add fun toppings to it such as whipped cream, chocolate syrup and sprinkles.
After children have explored the pumpkin patch and selected their pumpkins, direct them to a decorating table where they can add stickers, glitter and paint to make their pumpkin unique.
For a flower party, decorations almost always include fresh flowers! If you're on a budget, Debi suggests making your own tissue paper flowers to keep up the floral theme without going overboard on spending. Stick to soft colors like pink and white, and create a floral centerpiece by making a tissue paper topiary with different shades of green.
As with the butterfly party, Debi says you can use cookie cutters to turn sandwiches into fun, floral shapes, or you can have the party catered with charming foods like mini burgers.
Debi loves serving "rose petal punch" at a flower party. To make it, mix pink lemonade with ginger ale and add some floating rose petals to the top of the punch bowl.
For the main activity, have children make their own flower arrangements. Buy 2-inch buckets filled with green floral foam (soaked before the party) and give them to kids to fill with the flowers and greenery of their choice.
Spa Party for Tweens
The great thing about decorating for a spa party is that you can tailor it to your child's favorite color. For the spa party that Debi planned, the birthday girl's favorite color was pink, which was carried throughout the entire event.
For this party, snacks and munchies were the foods of choice. You can serve everything from cupcakes with nail polish decorations to trail mix with (pink) M&Ms and pretzels.
Debi served pink sodas for this particular party, but whatever drinks you choose, keep them in line with the main color theme to help keep the party expertly coordinated.
"It's never too early to be pampered," Debi says. The main activities at a spa party focus on the girls having their nails painted, their faces brushed with sparkly powder and their hair done in updos. You can also give the children small, wooden jewelry boxes and have them decorate it with ribbons, jewels and glitter. Inside the jewelry boxes, you can put small spa-related items such as lotions, soaps and lip glosses.
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