Hosting a Grown-Up Party While Kids Are Present
Your little ones are your everything- hanging out with them is your favorite thing to do. However, there are certain times when you crave a little adult time. So invite your friends and their little ones too, because you’re prepared to throw a party friendly to adults and kids alike!
Recreate the best days of your childhood – the days when camping, playing in the dirt, and wading in the creek had you never wanting to leave the magical woodlands. Turn the kid space into just that – a magical forest. String twinkle lights along the ceiling. Create the illusion of a campfire with a string of lights, some small logs, and orange paper. Set up a station where the kids can make their own s’mores, hotdogs, and grab an ice cold drink from a classic Coleman cooler. Pitch a few tents and fill them with blankets, pillows, books, and flashlights, and set board games, puzzles, and coloring books out on a picnic blanket to ensure there is plenty for each kid to do.
What kid doesn’t love sitting on the tailgate of their daddy’s pick-up-truck and watching a movie underneath the stars? Having a drive-in theater in your house will keep the kids entertained and contained for hours. Unleash the crayons and markers, and have all the children create their very own car out of large cardboard boxes you got from the local grocery store. When their automobile masterpieces are complete, press play on a beloved, classic children’s film.
What could make a child happier than to be surrounded by candy? Take inspiration from the classic game Candy Land. Turn the floor into a game board and set up several dessert stations along the way. From build-your-own sundaes and make-your-own root beer floats, to decorate-your-own cupcakes, booths that allow the kids create their own culinary creations, not to mention an uninhibited amount of sweetness, will keep them having fun for hours.
Turn a room in your house into a budding art gallery. Cover the walls (floor too) in paper. Supply boxes of crayons, colored pencils, water colors, and finger paints so all the kids can create their own impressive masterpieces to show their parents after their party is over.
Scatter rubble (blankets, chairs, stools, books) around the room, along with wrapped snacks and drinks, and hide a goodie-filled treasure chest. When the kids arrive, set the scene by telling them the story of how they got stranded on an island. Inform them that they must build shelter and find food, and then present them with a map so that they can find the buried treasure.
Of course you’re going to have to tend to the kiddos once in a while; but for the most part, if you provide a fun atmosphere with interesting activities, the kids will have a blast at their party, while you and your friends enjoy yours.