DIY Sledding Party

Winter is the perfect time for a sledding party. You can host a special afternoon for a few kids, or you can invite the whole neighbourhood for a super sledding themed birthday party. As long as you have a few fantastic treats and activities, all your party guests will have a great time. Below, I am sharing all my best tips, tricks and ideas for hosting a sledding party... including a special hot chocolate bar.


The key to the success of a sledding party (besides snow), is a fun hot chocolate bar. Using different sizes of mason jars to hold the different components of the hot chocolate bar is simple, and it creates a lot of visual interest. Fill the jars with hot chocolate, chocolate kisses, marshmallows, and cookies. Whipped cream and different types of sprinkles are fun too!


You can also decorate with dollar store snowflakes, a winter themed tablecloth, and this cute "hot chocolate bar" sign


To download this sign for free: click on the photo below, right-click, save it to your computer, and print it like a regular 8x10 photo.


Getting the party guests to decorate their own cups is a fun party activity, and it will help the kids remember which cup belongs to them... in case they want a refill. Drawing on styrofoam cups with Sharpie markers is simple and fun.


Doesn't the tablescape look cute when it all comes together?


And the hot chocolate is going to be a hit after an afternoon of sledding.


You can use sleds you have, ask guests to bring sleds, or you can make designing and crafting a duct tape sled a party activity.


And, after the party, you'll want to send guests home with sledding party favors. "Make your own snowman" kits are perfect for a winter party. (Get all the supplies you need at the dollar store: hats, scarfs, and some big buttons. Attach notes that say "Just add snow!") 

Snowman Soup (a bag containing hot chocolate, marshmallows, chocolate and a candy stir stick) is also fun.


A sledding party is a simple party theme, but it is perfect for winter. Do you have s child that would enjoy this type of party with their friends?


Gina Bell
(Mom and Amateur Party Planner)


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Easy and Fun Birthday Party GAMES and ACTIVITIES

Every good DIY birthday party needs simple and unique games and activities to keep the keep the guests entertained. I love themed ideas, but generic options are fun too. Today, I am sharing some of my favourite ideas for DIY party games and activities that won't break the bank and are sure to delight guests of all ages.


Note: Click on the links for more details on the games and activities below.

NERF party games and activities - A NERF party theme is perfect for active kids. Some of my favourite NERF party games and activities are: NERF gun battle, guess the number of candies in the jar, target practice (with DIY targets), and NERF gun prize punch. You can get more details on all these games and activities here.

LEGO party games and activities - There are sooooo many simple and fun ideas for LEGO games and activities. Some of my favourites are: decorate your own minifigure, decorate LEGO cookies, guess the number of LEGO pieces in the jar, LEGO bean bag toss, build with LEGO, pin the head on the LEGO man, build with life-size LEGO blocks, LEGO pinata, and LEGO balloon tennis. You can read all about my fun LEGO party games and activities (and download a FREE "pin the head on the LEGO figure" game) here.



Circus/ Carnival games and activities - There are countless examples of games and activities that are simple and easy to organize. Some of my favourite carnival games and activities are: guessing booth, carnival punch, tattoo station, face painting station, straw draw, knock down game, bean bag toss, ball toss, and ring toss. You can read about all my ideas for DIY carnival games and activities here.



Super hero party games and activities - There are no shortage of fun ideas for entertaining guests at a super hero party. Some of my favourite ideas for super hero party games and activities are: making super hero puppets, decorating no-sew super hero capes, and playing on a super hero obstacle course. You can read about all my ideas for party games and activities here.



Race car party games and activities - Little kids love cars, so this is a perfect party theme for young party guests. Some of my favourite race car party games and activities are: playing with cars, decorating cars made from boxes, a tattoo station, a bean bag toss, and decorating car-shaped cookies. You can read about all my favourite race car party games and activities here.


Star Wars party games and activities - Star Wars is the perfect party theme for young Jedis, and getting the kids involved in Jedi training and destroying a death star pinata are perfect ways to keep kids entertained. You can read all about my favourite Star Wars party games and activities here.



Harry Potter party games and activities - A Harry Potter theme is perfect for young wizards, Some of my favourite Harry Potter games and activities are: playing with spells from a DIY spell book, hitting a homemade Harry Potter pinata, playing "pin the scar" on Harry Potter, and a Harry Potter ball toss. You can read all about my favourite Harry Potter games and activities here.



Music party games and activities - Music parties are great for kids of all ages. Who doesn't love a party focused on singing and dancing? Some of my favourite music party games and activities are: karoke, dancing, decorating guitar shaped cookies, and making musical instruments. You can read all about my favourite music party games and activities here.


Spy party games and activities - Sending party guests on a "secret mission" is the perfect way to keep them entertained at a spy themed party. Some of my favourite "secret mission" games and activities are: learning to handle dynamite (hot potato), target practice, mind training, speed training, and sensory training. You can read all about my best spy games and activity ideas here.



Pirate party games and activities - Pirate adventures are perfect for parties. Some of my favourite pirate party games and activities are: a hook toss, a pirate bean bag toss, walking the plank, pirate tattoos, pirate treasure crafting, and going on a treasure hunt. You can read all about my best pirate games and activity ideas here.



Hockey party games and activities - As a proud hockey mom, I have thrown my fair share of hockey parties. Some of my favourite hockey party games and activities are: pin the puck on the hockey rink, hockey card prize punch, and floor / ice hockey. You can read more about my hockey party game and activity ideas here.



Pool party games and activities - A pool party centres around swimming, but you can really "up the fun factor" by adding some additional things to entertain party guests. Some of my favourite pool party games and activities are: swimming, a photo booth, chocolate bar bingo, guess the number of candies in the jar, and a pool party prize punch. You can read all about my best pool party game and activity ideas here.



Bowling party games and activities - Heading to a bowling alley is way to celebrate a birthday party, but it's fun to add more games like "guess the candies in the jar" and a "bowling party prize punch". You can read about all my favourite bowling party games and activities here.



GENERIC party games and activities - All of the games and activities above are great, but there are more generic party games and activities that are fantastic too. Some of my favourites are: 


All of these birthday party games and activities are perfect when you are throwing a party on a budget, and they are all excellent ways to keep kids entertained. I have tried all of these ideas with my boys, and they are guaranteed to keep pint sized party guests happy.


Gina Bell
(Mom and Amateur Party Planner)


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Top 40 PARTY FAVOR ideas for kids of all ages

Don't we all have a love / hate relations with party favors? Loot bags are fun for kids to give and receive, but they can be a nightmare for parents planning parties. Am I right? Well, we can all agree that no one likes a bag full of junk, so today I am sharing 40 of my favourite unique and inexpensive party favor ideas. You are going to love them all!


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1) Pool noodle light sabers - These pool noodle light sabers are a lot of fun for a Star Wars party, and they are easy and inexpensive to make. (Older kids could even make their own.) Find the step by step tutorial here.


2) Baking party favors - Containers filled with treats the children bake at the party, packages of cookie mix with cute cookie cutters, or cupcake parfaits make adorable "baking" themed party favors.



3) Books - When a party is planned around a child's favorite book or author, the loot bag can be a book that fits with that theme.  {e.g. Plan a party with a Dr. Seuss theme or A Hungry Caterpillar theme.}   



4) Circus/Carnival party favors - Clown noses, ring master mustaches on sticks, and face paints.   


5) First birthday favors- Loot bag ideas for "baby" guests include: bibs, rubber duckies and wash cloths, books, and stuffed animals.



6) Art party favors - The creativity can continue after the party with art supply loot bags that include: dollar store canvases, paints, and paint brushes.



7) Music party favors - Keep the party rocking with loot bags that include: back stage passes, rock star glasses and inexpensive instruments.



8) Pirate party favors - These fun ideas ARRRRR perfect pirate party favors: Handmade pirate treasure chests filled with treats or Pirate Booty (with cute printable tags you can find here).  



9) Pool party favors - "Cool" pool party themed favors include: beach towels tied with a ribbon, buckets and shovels, or balls packaged as cute cool treats.



10) Princess party favors - Handmade princess wands make a fun DIY party favor.  (Just paint dowels pink and add hand-stitched felt stars and a cute button to the top.)



11) Race car party favors - Driver's Licences (which you can see here) and matchbox cars make wonderful favors for race car fans.






12) Sledding party favors - "Make your own snowman" kits are perfect for a winter party.  (Get all the supplies you need at the dollar store:  hats, scarfs, and some big buttons. Attach notes that say "Just add snow!") Snowman Soup (a bag containing hot chocolate, marshmallows, chocolate and a candy cane stir stick) is also fun.



13) Sleepover party favors - Homemade pillow cases and non toxic nail polish are wonderful sleepover favor options.



14) Movie party favors - Sending home popcorn with a cute "Thanks for popping by!" tag couldn't be easier... and it's super-cute too.



15) Super hero party favorsHandmade, no-sew super hero Capes & Masks are sure to make an impression on pint-sized super heros. They are easy and inexpensive to make too!



16) Playdough - You can share homemade playdough using my favorite no cook recipe here. Or, you can buy play-doh and package it with "Thanks for coming to my party. It was DOH-lightful!" tags.




17) Coloring Books and crayons - Coloring books with packages of crayons make wonderful party favours for younger children. You could even make your own crayons in shapes that go along with the party theme.  (You can find the tutorial for recycled crayons here.)



18) Personalized Clip Boards - Handmade clipboards are easy to craft, and they make wonderful party favors. You can even use scrapbook paper to match the theme of the party. Find the full tutorial here.



19) Bubbles - You can give big bottles of bubbles as party favors, or you can give "make your own bubbles" kits that include everything they need to make their own bubbles.



20) Cupcakes - Individually packaged cupcakes are delicious and fun.  Adding trinkets (like plastic rings) just makes them better.




21) Finger puppets - Handmade felt finger puppets are adorable and easy to make using the tutorial you can find here.



22) Frames - Guests can decorate frames, and pictures of guests can be taken at the party and delivered at a later date.  (You could write something like.... "The content of this frame is currently hollow, but a really cute picture is certain to follow.  Thanks for coming to my party.")



23) Balls - Bags can be filled with bouncy balls, and tags can be attached that say "Thanks for coming.  I hope you had a BALL at my party."



24) Personalized labels - Who doesn't love a practical gift... like personalized name labels?  ("Loot bag" packages can be ordered from places like Olivers labels for $4.99 per person.)



25)  Cookie cuttersCookie cutters that fit with the theme of the party make great loot bags when you package them with your favorite cookie recipe or cookie mix in a jar.

26) Homemade Hair Clips - Handmade gifts are always a little bit more special than stuff you buy.  Hair clips are easy and inexpensive to make and make adorable and unique party favors. (I have a great tutorial for monkey and frog clips that you can find here.)



27) Journals and fancy pens - Dress up plain journals with cute personalized labels for a unique and useful party favor.  (You can find an example of one we made here.)  You could also include homemade flower pens for an extra bit of fun.



28) "Make your own sidewalk paint" kit - For a eco-friendly party favor, wrap up all the supplies needed to make sidewalk paint, and include paintbrushes and full instructions. (You can find the "how to" here.)



29) Mugs and hot chocolate - Fill mugs with packages of hot chocolate and marshmallows, and include notes that say, "It warms my heart to have a friend like you.  Thanks for coming to my party!"


30) Spy kits - Filling a paper bag with inexpensive "spy" supplies creates an adorable spy kit party favor that kids will love. Find more info here.



31) LEGO party favors - These cupcakes with LEGO chocolates on top make adorable party favors for LEGO lovers. Find the containers here and the LEGO molds here.

32) Pixie dust party favor - This is the perfect DIY party favour for a pirate, Peter Pan, or Jake and the Neverland Pirates themed party. Click on the link for the instructions and free downloadable tag.


33) Prize punch party favors - With DIY prize punches (made from dollar store supplies) claiming your party favor is the best part. You can customize the prize punch (and its contents) for any age group or party theme. Find out how to make one here.



34) Harry Potter party favors - There are many fun options for DIY party favors for a Harry Potter themed party. Guests can "shop" for treats at Honeydukes sweet shop, choose a wand from Ollivander's, and bring home a personalized spell book and quill. Click the links for more info.




35) Breakfast favor for a sleepover or "half sleepover" - Little boxes of cereal packaged with spoons and tags make adorable party favors for sleepovers or "half sleepovers". You can download tags (for free) here



36) Midnight kisses favor for a New Year's Eve party - Plastic champagne flutes filled with chocolate kisses make perfect New Year's Eve party favours. Download the "midnight kisses" tags for FREE here



37) Bowling party favors - Adding bowling pin tags to age appropriate contents creates useful and fun bowling party favors. Download the tags for FREE here.



38) Sock puppet kits - These sock puppet kits, packaged in mason jars, make the perfect DIY party favor. The crafty fun will continue long after the party has ended. Find all the details here.



39) Candy Kabobs - Candy kabobs is a fun party activity and loot bag. Kids can customize the candy kabob that they want to take home after the party.



40) Water balloons - Water balloons make fun loot bags for many party themes, but they are especially fun for a NERF party. You can buy water balloons in bulk here... and you can download the FREE printable NERF tags here


A fun and unique party favor is a great way to end a party and show your guests how much you appreciate them attending. Do you have a favorite idea for an easy and inexpensive loot bag? Please share your best party favor / goodie bag / loot bag ideas below.



Gina Bell

(Mom and Amateur Party Planner)



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