Holly is a reading addict. Any opportunity she has to spend a minute with her head in a book she will do. She has really wanted to have a reading party for about 3 years now. I understand that for her there is nothing better imaginable than having all her favorite people with her reading... I had to nicely try to explain that it might not be everyone's cup of tea and maybe a party should be a bit more lively and fun?! So this year, for her eighth birthday, I considered her idea and we came up with the compromise of a story book party... We could somehow include bits of her favorite stories, a few more grown up games and a chance to well and truly declare to her friends that she loves books.
|Recycled drinks bottles dipped in chalkboard paint. Write the childrens names on and they wont lose theirs.|
I wanted all the activities to suit the theme so for a craft activity on arrival we made book marks. I just collected some stamps, cardboard letters, stickers, brown paper and textured paper together and printed off a few phrases 'fairest of them all' 'theres no place like home' 'once upon a time' and wildest of them all' and bought a couple of rolls of fabric tape. I had ribbon thread through once these were laminated too.
I had a code breaker activity going on too so that not everyone was making book marks at the same time and a photo opportunity. We stacked up a load of blankets and mattresses to make a 'Princess and the Pea' bed and took tonnes of pictures.
Each guest brought one of their favorite books wrapped in newspaper and Holly collected them on arrival in her red riding hoods basket. Everyone chose a parcel to unwrap and then we had a guessing game to find who the book belonged to.
We played story consequences which took up most of the time but was nice to play something a little more substantial with them now they are a little older. I printed out sheets with the guidelines for what to put eg describing word, girls name, MET, describing word, boys name etc. I dont think any of them had played this before but once we got going it went well and there were many many giggles when it came to reading them out...especially the ones involving some of the names of their school teachers getting married and falling down the toilet.
Pass the parcel because they do all love it. I found 2 vintage looking jigsaws in a bargain bookshop in a box shaped like a book. One was an Alice book with a jigsaw inside and the other Black Beauty so I'd snapped them up while on holiday a few months ago for pass the parcel prizes. Then we ate and sang and finished with the pinata.
It was great fun, surprisingly chilled and ended with a sleepover thanks to there being an inset day at school the next day. Good time had and onto planning he boys camping party for 2 weeks time!!