If consulted, an 8-year-old may ask for the moon for his birthdays. Most of them, however, are entertained by anything from a backyard garden party with traditional games and snacks to a blowout at the pizza parlor, arcade, skating rink, skateboard park or movie theater. Consult with your child to create an 8th birthday party with a singular theme, menu and itinerary.
Traditional parties for 8-year-olds may feature a theme around a storybook character, popular movie, cartoon, favorite animal or hobby. Activity-based parties may center around sports, adventurous activities like rock-climbing, building with Legos, doing crafts or building fairy houses. Off-site parties might take place at a local playground or park or at an amusement park or swimming park.
Most 8-year-old children appreciate a birthday celebration with all the trappings. Decorate with streamers, bows, confetti, spangles, flowers, party lights and, as a centerpiece, a pinata. Fill the room with balloons or an outdoor space with tiki torches or a brilliant canopy strung over clotheslines. A simple lunch might consist of fruit kabobs, nachos, miniature pizzas or submarine sandwiches. For dessert, serve a tower of cupcakes, frosted in different colors. Add little bowls of toppings so children can customize their desserts.
Party games and activities make the mood festive. For an 8th birthday, Musical Chairs and Pin the Tail on the Donkey may seem too babyish, so adapt them to Musical Beanbags and Pillows and Pin the Club on the Caveman. Put out sports equipment, such as Frisbees, hula hoops, jacks, chalk for hopscotch, jump ropes, bouncy balls and water guns so children can choose some of their party games. One large-scale game, such as a group treasure hunt, a murder mystery game or a dance contest, gives the party panache.
A creative theme can make an 8th birthday party feel special. Celebrate with a home spa theme for girls and a pirate bash for boys. Other inventive themes include Harry Potter, rock and roll, backyard luau, forest fairies, dungeons and dragons, magic, aliens, monsters and fashion.
Your 8-year-old may beg for a sleepover, but few children of this age are mature enough for a large-scale slumber party. Having just a few friends over keeps a sleepover party tamer. You might also opt for an almost-sleepover party that ends with an evening movie and popcorn before pick-up time.
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