My daughter’s summer birthday barbecue is one of the only annual parties we have at our home. I enjoy party planning, but admittedly end up stressed.
This year we comprised on a rainbow and Inside Out theme. My goal in sharing this with you, to help or give you ideas to make your next party set up fun and stress free. Plus, your kids’ excitement at the little details will make every mini panic attack worth it.
An easy, almost free decoration and activity is to print out free coloring pages of Joy and other Inside Out characters (stock up on Joy as the girls at our party all chose to color Joy). I found colored clothespins and hung a string from our fence. We attached the coloring sheets and when the kids arrived they colored a page and then hung it back onto the clothespin. They took it home when they left.
Although, I suggested a Pin the Memory Ball on Joy game (last year everyone loved Pin the Carrot on Olaf) my girl had an idea of her own. She insisted on Pin the Snort on Bing Bong, the lovable imaginary friend with a cotton-candy body.
I outlined Bing Bong and my girl helped color it in while I made pink trunks out of construction paper.
I blindfolded the kids and put double stick tape on the back on the “snorts.” Then spun the kids around and everyone laughed as they dizzily attempted to put the pink paper in the right spot. My advice is to make enough for each kid to have two chances.
For food we created rainbow (and healthy) fruit kabobs and a veggie tray plus served colorful seven-layer dip and my mother-in law’s tasty orzo salad. In addition, my husband grilled up a bunch of burgers and there was more than enough food for all.
I decorated the food display with different sized boxes under a colorful tablecloth with different sized Inside Out figurines. They plates, napkins and cups were colors of the rainbow.
Then if time allows, a piñata is always a crowd pleaser.
Watching my daughter, her friends and cousins having fun together was worth all the effort. Her sweet voice saying “thank you” as she looked me in the eyes was the icing on the cake.
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