In the four days I spent with Party City attending six parties, here are, in my opinion, the top fun ideas I experienced:
Have something unexpected at your party. For instance, at the Halloween party there was a fog machine, and that blew me away.
Have something for everyone, whether it’s drinks for the adults or scavenger hunts for the kids. At a SpongeBob birthday party I attended there was a treasure hunt for all the little boys and girls.
While you should have something for everyone you should still have things that the children and adults can do together. At the Halloween party there was a disco ball so everyone was out there dancing and having good quality time.
You can also have fun with your theme. If you have a SpongeBob theme party you can have real pineapples all over the place. At a punky princess party I attended, there were a bunch of funky tutus hanging from lampshades and light fixtures.
Wearable decorations are always a fun idea because they can just turn into them party favors. You could do what Party City did and put cool zebra cowgirl hats on the back of chairs and displayed bowls full of rings and bracelets.
It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t mention we also decorated cakes with a line of cake decorating supplies by celebrity baker, Duff Goldman from Ace of Cakes. It also wouldn’t be right if I didn’t mention that he totally came to the event and demonstrated how to decorate our cakes. Lastly, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t include a picture of me and my friends with Duff playing PaperJams.
Have lots of games, like at the outdoor carnival party, we played games to win tickets to get prizes which was a fun activity for many of the kids (and adults, too!)
Remember, the most important tip I learned is to start with a theme, and you can’t help but come up with creative ideas.
Emilee is an eighth grader in Massachusetts. She’s active on her local swim team, is a first chair violinist with her middle school orchestra, and enjoys spending time with her baby sister.
Disclosure: Emilee received a trip to Hilton Head courtesy of Party City to facilitate this review.