Planning a birthday party for your rough-and-tumble boy may present a challenge. While no two boys are exactly the same, most members of this gender enjoy high-energy, physical activity. Providing the stimulation required to maintain the interests of a group of boys for an extended period of time can be difficult, even for the most inventive of parents. To ensure that your party goes down in the record books as a hit, consider ways in which you can captivate your largely male party crowd and keep them entertained from the party’s beginning until its end.
Boys Will Be Boys
While there is no requisite interest set for any gender, many moms of boys will argue that their kids are more interested in physical exertion than in quiet play. When planning a party for your boy and his friends, consider their hobbies and aim to create an event that will keep them engaged for a long time. If your boy’s party lacks the opportunity for physical activity, you will likely lose some of your audience long before the birthday candles have been blown out.
Crazy for Costumes
Give your guests the opportunity to escape from reality by throwing a costumed birthday bash. Instruct guests to come dressed as their favorite super hero, or give your party a physical fitness theme by asking them to wear athletic gear and dress-up as their favorite athletic superstar. Plan games and food to match your selected theme to create a cohesive and fun party.
Treat your party guests to a thrilling bit of cinema by hosting a movie-themed party. Contact an area theater and inquire about party deals. Many theaters have party packages including movie tickets and a room. Or, with a little effort, you can create a backyard drive-in style theater by purchasing a home projection system, setting up a sheet and spreading blankets on your lawn for an after-sunset movie spectacular. Pick a movie with lots of action and excitement to ensure that your party guests are glued to the screen from start to finish.
Stoked for Science
Make your boy’s birthday party educational by adopting a science theme. Plan a dinosaur party, complete with dino-centric decor and stone-age treats. Give your party goers a glimpse at the stars with an astronomy-themed party by hosting your event under the stars and collecting telescopes from friends and neighbors to use at the event. Serve up snacks to finish off your event.
Let your party guests burn off some energy as they celebrate the birthday boy’s big day. Rent a mobile rock wall and have it brought right to your door so your party goers can crawl and climb to their heart’s content. Or go with a simpler option and hold your party at a park surrounded by playing fields. Set up sporting events throughout the area and engage party goers in these physical games to keep their blood pumping and their attention captured.
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