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Theme Party Ideas
GROOVY PARTY GAMES/ACTIVITIES

Planning is the key to success.

When planning parties for younger children (under 10), or if you are working with a limited amount of time, I recommend you divide your activities into "stations". Recruit enough parents/helpers to work at each station, and divide the children into small groups four to five in each group works best. Have the party guests spend no more than 15-20 minutes at a station, then blow a whistle, or flash the lights and have everyone rotate. Choose a couple of games, and a craft, and then let your guests dance while the food is being prepared. Always plan two or three extra games or an extra craft just in case you finish faster than anticipated.

Have a supply of small posterboard (available in neon colors) and lots of art supplies - markers, glitter, stencils. Let the kids make their own flower or butterfly posters.

For kids over the age of 10 or 11 (girls especially), try not to organize too much. They absolutely love the dance part of this party, and won't want to spend the time with your plans. Try lots of primping, one game, one craft, plus a big dance contest (everyone wins)! Adults will enjoy some of these games too!

GLAMOUR SUNGLASSES

Give each party guest a pair of Spy Glasses.
Set out bottles of glue, paint pens,fake gems,
confetti, & etc.

Let them make there own designer sunglasses. Your partygoers are going to love wearing these all year.

Spy Glasses

GET READY TO DISCO

Most girls love to primp.
Help them do so by providing Make Up Compacts .

Make Up Compact

MAKE UP IDEAS

If the girls are younger, have a friend pose as Bambi the make-up artist.

Purchase or borrow a crimping iron, part their hair down the center, and crimp the girls' hair.

Add a Headband Hats (Item# 272545) to their foreheads.

Headband Hats

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Send them on to have their nails done. With the invention of nail polish that dries in only one minute, party manicures are a breeze.

Purchase Express Dry nail polish in colors to match your theme, and then apply Nail Stickers
(Item# 261222) - Assorted colors to each nail.

Nail Stickers

Give each girl their own Glitter Bracelets Item# 820801

Glitter Bracelets

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If your budget permits, or if the group is small, hire someone to give "hairwraps" to the girls.

Call a local hairdresser to find a name, or check with neighborhood teens. One or all of these primping ideas will absolutely delight your girls. (Ages 6-18)

PIN THE SMILE ON THE SMILEY FACE

Borrowing from the concept of the tried and true
game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey,
I suggest a fun game of Pin the Smile on the Smiley Face.
Use our Smiley Face Air Walker Mylar Balloon
or make a large smiley face from yellow neon posterboard ,
and cut smiles out of black construction paper,
place a piece of tape to one side.
Blindfold each participate as his/her turn arrives,
spin, point in the right direction, and
watch your smiley get really happy!
For older kids, try a game of
"Pin the peace sign on the Hippie."
Same concepta little more grown up. (All ages)

DAISY CHAINS

Young girls will love to create "wreathes"
for their hair using fresh daisies.
Put a smile on their glowing faces,
as you remember how much you
enjoyed this as a child. (Girls age 5-12)

DANCE 'TILL YOU DROP

If you weren't around to do the Hustle,
the Bump and the Bus Stop
the first time around,
find a friend or neighbor
who was and recruit him or her.
Teach these popular and simple
steps to your party guests
and enjoy the fun! (All ages)

PINATA FUN

Our Smiley Piņata (Item# 106127)
can do double duty
he'll hang as a decoration
until you are ready to use him.
A universal favorite! (Ages 3 and up)

Smiley Pinata

DO THE HUSTLE

Divide the guests into two equal teams.
Create two starting lines with masking tape,
and secure two Smiley Faces or Butterflies
in place about 10-15 yards away.
Line the teams up with a disco wardrobe
at the starting line. At the signal to begin,
the first player on each team quickly
dresses up, runs the course, and
then returns the wardrobe to the next player.
The first team to complete the course wins.
Love beads, a fringe vest, and hippie glasses
will lead to some "hustling" to the finish line.
(Ages 4-11)

MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR GAME

Give each player a bag or goodie box
with 10 pieces of candy in it.
Have bags labeled with players' names,
so they don't get mixed up.
Let players know at the start of the
game exactly when the game will be ending
this game can be played throughout an
entire party if you so choose. The object
of the game is to catch fellow players
saying one of the following words or phrases:

DISCO, FUNKY, GROOVY, SMILEY FACE,
PEACE, YEAH BABY,BUTTERFLY,FLOWER

To help players, post the words prominently
on a board where they can be seen often.
If someone is caught saying one of the words
on the list, that person has to give up a piece
of candy from their stash. The player with the
biggest haul of goodies at the end of the game
is the winner! (Ages 7 Adult) A player can
try to trick another player into saying one
of the word by asking them a question.

TIE-DYE

An unforgettable time, and the most amazing photo backdrop!
Purchase plain white cotton boys or men's t-shirts from a discount store-
most come in three packs, and cost less than $2.00/shirt. For your craft activity,
tie-dye the shirts in brilliant colors. Most young children and many adults have
never done this. In addition to the dye, you'll need to have plenty of rubber bands,
rubber gloves, and extra adult helpers on hand. Do this activity toward the beginning
of the party, so you'll have time to execute
on the photo opportunity. If the weather is cooperating hang a clothesline outside, if not,
use a basement or even a kitchen to hang the clothesline.
As each shirt is completed,
hang it to dry on the line.
When all are completed take a group photo
with the masterpieces hanging behind you.
For a little variety, try using white boxer
shorts or tank tops, as both are very popular
right now, and can be purchased inexpensively
in the men's underwear section of a discount store.
(Ages 7-adult)

Tie-Dye Instructions

Tie-Dye Instructions

"I REMEMBER THAT ONE!"


With the advent of Nickelodeon's Nick at Nite
and TV Land, re-runs of the best shows from
the 60's and 70's are plentiful. Who didn't have a
pang of bedroom envy when Greg Brady got to
move out of the boy's room, into his own groovy
pad in the attic (complete with love beads, lava lamp,
peace signs, and far-out lighting)? Set your VCR to
tape a few episodes of the Brady Bunch, Partridge
Family, Gilligan's Island, and I dream of Jeannie.
Kids today are enjoying these shows as much as we did
and they'll see exactly how cheesy we dressed back then.
This is great for a sleepover party. Adults will love the
opportunity to re-visit some of their favorites. Make a
game of it with the adults. Tape 15-25 episodes of one
show, and then see who can remember the outcome the
fastest. Fast forward as soon as someone guesses, and
keep track of points. The prize the tape of course!
(All ages)

SMILEY-BALL

Play volley ball, dodge ball or keep-away
with our Smiley Face Air Walker Mylar Balloon
(All ages)