I have subscribed to Family Fun magazine for years–even after my children were out of elementary school, I continued looking forward to each month’s issue. There are always at least four or five pages that I tear out to put in my party files! I still subscribe, because I still find many ideas that can be adapted to my entertaining needs.
So I am happy to recommend the series of books Family Fun produced on topics like boredom busters and craft activities. Family Fun Parties by Deanna F. Cook and the editors of the magazine is my favorite which is hardly surprising, Cook is the author of many cookbooks and non-fiction activity books for children so she knows her subject very well. The book is spiral-bound so you can easily lay the book flat when you are using it, and its bright colorful photos illustrate its ideas so well.
Family Fun Parties is a wonderful comprehensive party book geared toward elementary-age children. It begins with a section on basic general party preparation including ideas for invitations, decorations, games, foods, crafts, favors, and etiquette. It includes directions for creating your own piñata and how to do an ultimate treasure hunt. I love the idea of creating a throne for the birthday child–what a special tradition to begin in your family!
The subsequent chapters cover birthday theme parties, dinner parties, everyday celebrations, crowd-pleasers and holiday events. Birthday bash themes included are barnyard, disco dance club, jungle, firefighter, flowers, cowboy, mermaid, butterfly, backwards, puppy, spy, ladybug, clown party, fishing, Cinderella, miniature, construction, painting and pirate.
They detail ideas for a tea party, slumber party, sports jamboree, backyard camp-out, and playground party. The book features cool-off parties, block parties, all-star carnival, beach party, family Olympics, fall festival, skating party and a snow ball. Recipes are included with activities and decorations for dinner parties like a backyard cookout, pizza party, Italian night, Mexican fiesta, Chinese take-in and super salad bar. I adore the slumber party cake, and the carnival would be so much fun for all ages.
Holiday gatherings described are a Valentine’s workshop, Easter party, Fourth of July party, Halloween party, Thanksgiving feast, Christmas carnival, Hanukkah party and New Year’s Eve celebration.
Parents planning their children’s birthdays, room mothers planning class parties, teachers looking for class activities and camp counselors looking for outdoor activities could all find ideas to inspire and to adapt.
Check out Family Fun Parties for ideas and inspiration! Enjoy!
This books is available online.