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Kids Birthday Party Fun, Themes, Ideas, Food, and Supplies

Napkin Folding Techniques

Birthday Crown
Clowns-Hat-Napkin-FoldThis one is great for children's birthday parties!  The birthday child will be delighted to find a crown marking his or her spot at the party table.  If you decide to make a crown for each guest, be sure to use a special napkin (patterned or a different color) for the birthday child in order to set him or her apart from the other guests.

  1. Start with a napkin spread out flat on the table.Fold it in half diagonally to form a triangle.
  2. Fold the left and right corners of the triangle to the top corner.  (The napkin should now form a square.)
  3. Rotate the napkin (45 degrees) so the square becomes a diamond. (Do not make any folds; simply turn the napkin, so that the folded corner of the square is pointing at you, and the open ends are away from you.)
  4. Fold the bottom point two-thirds of the way to the top point of the diamond; then, fold the bottom point back down on itself so it is even with the base line.
  5. Gently turn the napkin over.
  6. Bring the far corners together, tucking one into the other to form a round base.
  7. Stand the napkin upright on the base; peel the top corners down and out to finish the crown.

 

Fork and Knife Holder

  1. This one is also great for kids, but can be used for adult-only parties as well.  Small napkins (approx. 10"x10") will look better than large napkinswith this design.  If you can't find cloth napkins that are small enough, use paper napkins instead. Begin with a napkin laid flat on the table.
  2. Fold three corners into the center. (Shape will look like a house.)
  3. Flip the napkin over so the smooth side is up.  
  4. Place the bottom of the house facing you, with the roof pointing away from you.
  5. Fold the right side over one-third of the house's length, so that the triangle on the back protrudes.
  6. Repeat the same fold on the left side; tuck the bottom corner of the left edge into the pocket on the right.
  7. Flip napkin back over; insert utensils in the pocket on the front.

 

Rose Napkin

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  1. For a more elegant napkin decoration, consider this flowery design.  It is a bit trickier than the others and may take some practice before it looks right to you, but the result is beautiful. 
  2. Lay a napkin flat on the table.
  3. Fold all four corners to the center, one at a time, to create a square.
  4. Bring each of the four corners into the center again, to form an even smaller square.
  5. Gently flip the napkin over, so the smooth side is up.
  6. Again, fold the four corners into the center, and hold them in place.
  7. While holding a center point with one hand, reach under and gently pull up the flap beneath it.
  8. Repeat the process until you have pulled up all four flaps from underneath the napkin.
  9. In between these corner flaps is another set of four flaps. While continuing to hold the center points, pull each one out and up until it snaps.
  10. After you've pulled up all the petals, adjust your rose until it looks right to you.

 

Lady's Fan Ladys-Fan-Napkin-FoldIf you're looking for a classic design that is appropriate for a variety of occasions, the fan is your best choice.

  1. Lay your napkin flat on the table.
  2. Fold napkin in half to form a rectangle; place napkin with short side facing you.
  3. Starting on the side closest to you, make ½-inch accordion pleats; leave the last 4-5 inches flat.  (The flat section will become the base of the fan.)
  4. Fold accordion in half, with the pleats on the outside.  (Keep the accordion closed with your fingers.)
  5. Hold the napkin so the accordion is on the left and the flat section is on the right.
  6. With the open ends of the napkin on top, grasp the top right corners of the flat section and fold diagonally down toward the folded base of the pleats to make a triangle; tuck under the edge.
  7. Place napkin on the table and allow the pleats to fan out.

 

Goblet FanGoblet Fan goblet-fan-napkin-foldThis alternative to the traditional fan is even easier to make!  Just follow the directions below for another fun idea.
Lay your napkin flat.

  1. Fold napkin in half; place short side of the rectangle facing you.
  2. Make ½-inch accordion pleats from top to bottom.
  3. Holding the pleats together, fold the end with open edges one-third of the way back toward the center of the pleats.
  4. Insert the folded portion into the goblet; allow the pleats to fan out.

 

Other Popular Napkin Folds:

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Classroom Birthday Party Ideas

For Parents
If you're planning to celebrate your child's birthday at school with his or her class, make sure you get approval from the teacher first.  Don't just walk in unannounced on the big day, toting balloons, and birthday treats to share with everyone.  Such an interruption will disrupt the teacher's lesson plans, and no doubt distract the children.
Teachers will appreciate your respect for their class time if you coordinate the birthday celebration with them in advance.  The teacher may tell you the best time to come is at lunchtime, when the children are already eating.  Or, they may ask you to come at the end of the day, when attention spans are already short.  When you both have agreed on a time to visit your child's class, write it down and make sure that you are on time!

If you intend to bring food and/or drinks, let the teacher know ahead of time.  To make serving easier, consider cupcakes instead of cake and individual juice drinks rather than pouring a cup of juice for each child.  It may work best if you come while the children are at recess or away from the classroom with the librarian, gym teacher, etc.  This will give you a chance to prepare the goodies without thirty excited children fighting to be the first one in line.  Be sure to serve the birthday child first, since it will be nearly impossible to make the class wait until everyone has been served before they start nibbling.

Before you leave the class, make sure you haven't left a mess.  When the class is done eating, walk around the room with the trash can and ask the students to throw their garbage in the receptacle.  Clean up any spills and don't forget to thank the teacher for allowing you to visit the class!

For Teachers
Every child is special and deserves to be recognized on his or her birthday.  You probably already have your own ideas about how to celebrate birthdays in your class. If not, check out the ideas below for some great activities.

Birthday Crown
Materials: colored construction paper, glue, and glitter.
Directions: Before class, make a crown from the construction paper.  Write the birthday child's name on the front of the crown with glue.  Sprinkle glitter over the glue while it is still wet; set it aside to dry.  Crown the birthday child at lunchtime and lead the class in singing "Happy Birthday To You."

Birthday Book
Materials: blank piece of paper for each student, large piece of colored construction paper, staples (or other binding material), stickers/glitter (optional).
Directions: Pass out one piece of paper for each student.  (For young children, use paper that is blank on top, and lined on the bottom).  Ask each student to draw a picture for the birthday child, write at least one thing they like about him or her, and sign their name.  When everyone is finished, collect the drawings and staple them together.  Use the construction paper to make a cover and bind it together with all the pages.  Write the birthday child's name on the cover and decorate it with stickers, glitter, etc.  Present the book to the birthday child at the end of the day.

 

super mario party food idea

You can get mario party supplies and mario costumes if you wanted to celebrate your kids birthday party in the super mario brothers theme. But, wouldn't it be cool if you could serve food that was mario themed as well? Well, the image below will give you some ideas you'll need. There are mario themed sandwiches, brownies, cookies, and cake. There are some "bricks". "mushrooms",  pipes, etc. Somebody went through a lot of effort to make these. Unfortunately, I don't have the source of this image. If you are the owner of it please contact me for attribution. I will be trying to make the treats showin the image myself and post the recipes and pictures. We'll see how it comes out.  I will post my results soon.

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How to create the Perfect Party Atmosphere

The atmosphere or ambience of your party is conveyed through a variety of factors.  Decorations, music, lighting, the guests, and even the food you choose contribute to the ambiance of your party.  Here are a few things to think about when creating the atmosphere you desire.

Children's Parties

The theme of a children's party is a wonderful guideline for creating the appropriate environment. Whether it's a birthday or a seasonal party, the atmosphere should be joyous and festive. Decorations, music, snacks, activities and games should coordinate with and enhance the party's theme. To personalize the party for the guest of honor, incorporate his or her tastes, interests, and wishes as much as possible. When planning the guest list, let the guest of honor choose who they would like to attend the party. However, remember that a large number of guests can be overwhelming for young children. Invite 4 to 6 guests at the most when the children are 1 to 3 years of age. For children 4 to 7 years of age, allow 6-9 guests; when the children are 8-12 years of age, 10-12 guests is manageable. Consider a smaller number of guests for teenage parties since a large number of excited teens can be overwhelming.

Adult Occasions

Decorations, music and pleasant aromas are a great way to create a festive atmosphere. The type of party and/or the theme will largely determine what decorations, and how many, are appropriate. To further enhance the party, choose a compilation of music that suits your tastes, and make sure it's playing in the background as your guests arrive. Consider using scented candles or simmering a pot of water with cinnamon and/or citrus fruit to fill the party area with a pleasant aroma. Just be sure that it compliments the theme of your party and the food you have prepared. Lighting is another important part of a party's atmosphere. Creative lighting can easily transform a room into a special party area, whether its candlelight, colored bulbs, dimmed lighting, strings of twinkle lights or lanterns. Consider dimming the lights in the dining area and lighting a few candles for a subdued atmosphere. Or, fire up the dance floor with spotlights and a reflective disco ball. The people you invite will affect the atmosphere of your party as well, no matter how much time you spend planning and decorating. Inviting people from different backgrounds can energize your party if handled with forethought; however, be careful not to invite someone who is so unusual that other guests can't relate. Another way to liven up a party is to co-host it with a friend, sharing the guest list so that there will be new faces all around. If some people have prior commitments, encourage them to come for part of the time; the arrival of guests later in the evening is a great way to rejuvenate the flow of the party. Once your guests have arrived, maintain a comfortable atmosphere, especially when your guests are not well acquainted. Make sure to introduce your guests to one another. Even if they've met before, they might not remember much about one another, including names. A simple way to break the ice is to let guests know what they have in common (i.e. hobbies, kids, career path, etc.).

 

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