Plan a birthday party for your 8-year-old that she’ll enjoy and won’t take up too much time and energy for you. Simple birthday parties can be the easiest if you put some thought into them. Allow your birthday celebrant to help plan her party, as she might have some of the simplest and best ideas for her event.
Most 8-year-olds enjoy themes that allow them to use their imaginations, dress-up or role play. Consider the games, movies, TV shows and toys that your child favors and use that as the theme. Pirates, princesses, knights, ninjas, dinosaurs and TV characters provide easy themes to work with. Consider a simple theme, such as a backward theme where everything is backward, a crazy socks theme, a single color or pattern theme or a surprise party where the birthday celebrant surprises his guests instead of the other way around.
Dressing up, getting their faces painted, donning temporary tattoos or making masks can easily take up some time when your party guests arrive. Treasure hunts or scavenger hunts that go along with the party theme are simple and inexpensive. Relay races or obstacle courses can be set up to complement the theme of your party.
Use a game theme and draw large squares on a driveway or patio in a circle, oval or rectangle to represent a game board. Number the squares and write random directions, such as “hop on your right foot until your next turn,” or “move back two spaces.” Make dice out of large boxes and let the kids act as their own game pieces.
Serve simple foods that you can make quickly, and the kids can eat quickly. No-fuss favorites like pizza, grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, nachos, popcorn and potato chips are old favorites. If your 8-year-old has a favorite dish that isn’t too complicated, such as sloppy joes or spaghetti, make that instead.
Party favors for 8-year-olds should fit in with the theme of the party. Give each guest a pair of crazy toe socks for a crazy socks game or give pirates a plastic sword. Candy, stickers, plastic toys, temporary tattoos, pencils, notebooks and other small treats can fill simple goody bags, and make your little guests feel appreciated.
Make gift-opening time different by making a game out of it. Ask your guests to sit in a circle with the birthday child holding the gifts they brought. Use a prop, such as a toy sword for a pirate theme or a wand for a princess theme, to spin, like Spin the Bottle. Let the birthday child spin the prop, and open the gift from the person that the prop points to. The birthday child can continue spinning the prop, or let the child whose gift she just opened spin it for the next round.
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