The Scout Elves have come up with some neat ideas for celebrating September birthdays! Catch the last of the warm weather before summer fades to fall with themed parties that are perfect for soaking up the remaining sunny rays.
The Great Outdoors
Use tents or blankets and folding chairs to create a backyard oasis under the stars. Kids can get all the perks of spending an evening outdoors without straying too far from home!
- To Eat: Keep it simple and go for the standard camping fare like hot dogs, hamburgers and s’mores, or let kids get creative with a do-it-yourself aluminum foil packet dinner. Offer chicken, fish, hamburger meat, assorted vegetables, prepared rice and sauces, and have kids wrap their chosen ingredients inside of foil that’s been coated with cooking spray. Throw the package on the campfire or grill, and cook it until the meat is done.
- To Do: Send kids on a scavenger hunt searching for common backyard items such as acorns, flowers or leaves. Once it gets dark, gather children around a campfire lettimg them tell jokes or scary stories or sing popular songs. A good game of tag using flashlights is another fun nighttime activity.
- Party Favors: Purchase small backpacks or bags, and fill them with items that will prepare parting guests for their next outdoor excursion. Think trail mix, plastic binoculars, a compass or a flashlight.
Ice Cream Social
I scream, you scream, all of your guests will scream for ice cream! Kids will have a blast creating their own perfectly personalized sundae!
- To Eat: Ice cream, of course! Provide a variety of flavors and sweet sauces that guests can drizzle over their heaping bowls of dessert. Get creative with toppings: nuts, fruits, candies, cookies, cereal, whipped cream, marshmallows and savory treats, too (pretzels, anyone?). There are endless possibilities for your sundae bar–just don’t forget the cherry on top!
- To Do: After kids have finished their cool, creamy treats, let them tame their sugar rush with a variety of outdoor activities. Put out footballs, hula hoops, kickballs, whiffle balls and bats and let kids choose their own games!
- Party Favors: Purchase decorative ice cream bowls, and use ribbon to tie a spoon to each one. If you’d like, put a small container of sprinkles in each bowl, so kids can recreate their perfect treat at home.
Ahoy, mateys! Doth ye know that September 19th marks International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Make the most of this swashbuckling holiday by hosting a party fit for the high seas. All hands on deck!
- To Eat: Serve up gold nuggets (chicken nuggets), salty sea dogs (hot dogs) and root beer. Make any snack pirate themed using small pirate flags and sword-shaped toothpicks. For dessert, any kind of round chocolate candy can double as a “cannonball!”
- To Do: Yo ho ho! Do some research online, and teach children some popular pirate lore or terminology. Once they’re talking like pirates, they could see what it’s like to dress like them, too, by making their very own eye patches and newspaper hats. After, split children into teams, and have them follow a treasure map to find a hidden treasure. “X” marks the spot!
- Party Favors: Small treasure chests filled with chocolate gold doubloons, beaded necklaces, rings and other small loot is just the ticket.
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