Under the Sea
Here are a variety of ideas for you to help you plan your party. You may also want to check our links page for craft ideas to do with the kids.
Start planning your party about two to four months before if you plan on having entertainment. Some entertainers get booked up early while others can squeeze you in on short notice. A good rule of thumb on inviting kids is about 2-3 times the child's age, so for a 4 year old, invite 8-12 children. Most parties for children ages 3-7 last 2 hours. During the first half hour, guests are arriving and children play. After this initial period is a good time to schedule the entertainment; food and gifts then follow. A few days before the party, confirm that your entertainer is coming (some will call you).
On the day of the party, be sure to provide parking for your entertainers. When they arrive, go over what you expect and where they should set up. If they have equipment to bring in, offer to help (great job for dads!). Offer them a drink (water or soda). Offering food is nice, but don't be surprised or offended if they pass. Many have a policy to not eat at parties. Ask them if pictures are allowed, and if there are any special times during the show that offer great picture opportunities.
While the entertainment is going on, remember this is for the children. If there are adults in the room that would rather talk and socialize, politely ask them to talk softly or go to another room (for Under the Sea, adults are welcome to ask questions and participate!!). Once the show is over, know where the kids are going next (If entertainment included animals, have them wash their hands). Offer to help carry stuff out. Realize that some entertainers have other programs following yours and may be on a tight schedule. If you enjoyed the show, consider a cash tip!
Finding Nemo party - The hot theme for 2004!
Crab races - kids race on all fours like a crab
act out on small pieces of paper. Place them in a fishbowl for
children to draw and then act out. Here are some of animals they
may act out - whale, shark, sea horse, clam, sea snail, jellyfish,
crab, lobster, starfish, seal, tuna fish, octopus, squid, shrimp,
Birthday cake with ocean theme - decorate with fish, crabs and waves
Octo-dogs - Hotdogs that look like tiny octopuses. Cut hotdog in half so you have two equal lengths. Slice halfway up four times so you have 8 dangling sections. Place in boiling water and watch them curl up like arms! Serve with ketchup!
Turn your house or party site into an ocean by hanging blue and green (and other "ocean" colored) streamers from the ceiling. Have "jellyfish" balloons with ribbon tentacles hanging down (just be sure to dispose of your balloons properly after the party!).
"Fishy" themed decorations, centerpieces, and invitations
Thank you idea - If you open presents at the party, have the birthday child sit in a chair, with a second chair for the gift giver (all others sit around on floor). Once gift is open, take a picture of the two of them with the gift (have a friend do this). Mail a copy of the picture to the parents along with a thank you note!