Just because your birthday happens to fall on the colder half of the year, it doesn't mean that you still can't have a bunch of fun! Here are some ideas for winter themed birthday parties, that you can adapt to inside or outside parties depending on weather.
Of course the main event at a Snowman Party is making snowmen! If the weather cooperates, making real snowmen outside is of course best. If your yard doesn’t have enough snow, a park might work better. Provide each guest with a snowman “kit” (bag of rocks or buttons, carrot, hat and scarfe) or let the kids work together in teams. Take pictures of their creations! Of course sometimes snow is plentiful, and sometimes, not so much. If there isn’t enough snow to make real snowmen, or if it’s too cold to have the perfect sticky snow, move your snowman making inside! Make these cute Sock Snowmen, or craft some using paper plates or Styrofoam balls and toothpicks. Put the nose on the snowman is another great activity that can be done inside.
If your party is mainly outside, you won't have to worry too much about decorations, but if you are keeping it inside, use winter as your inspiration! Hang snowflakes everywhere, and use images of snowmen to hang on the walls, or make your own giant sized one to use for your put the nose on the snowman game. Use balloons and streamers in white and light blue colours to bring the joy of snow inside.
Make snowman cake pops, cupcakes or have a snowman cake. You can offer sandwiches shaped like snowmen or snowflakes and make snowflake or snowman shaped cookies too. White chocolate covered pretzels can be “snow flakes” and baby carrots can be “snowman noses”. And what would a Snowman Party be without a Hot Chocolate bar? Set up a Hot Chocolate station with candy canes, mini marshmallows, whipped cream and sprinkles and let each guest customize their own cup of chocolatey goodness.
A framed picture of each guest with their snowman can be assembled during the party if you have a photo printer, or can be sent after the party. If indoor crafts were made, each guest gets to take home their creations. A homemade hot chocolate mix would make a cute take-home gift, or assemble a snowman-making kit with marshmallows, pretzel sticks, m&m’s and candy corn for the nose. Put everything in a small bag for the fun snowman-making to continue at home.
A game of outdoor hockey would of course be perfect for a Hockey themed party, but getting all your guests fitted with skates and helmets can be a challenge. And the weather might not cooperate for outdoor play. If this is the case, a game of indoor table-hockey is perfect! You can play it tournament style, two-and-two with the winner moving on to the next round. To keep the non-players occupied, you can also set up a “hockey-bowling” game, where kids can use smaller hockey sticks to shoot pucks at bottles. You can also have a jersey decorating activity. Just provide plain long sleeved tees, felt numbers (use the birthday child’s age) and strips and fabric glue.
If your child has a favourite team, use their colours for inspiration! Decorate with balloons and streamers in the team colours. Set up a air hockey table and use NHL party supplies for plates and cups, and get a hockey-themed pinata.
Think game-concession stand here: Think hot dogs, mini burgers or slices of pizza, pretzel sticks and oreos can be hockey sticks and pucks. Decorate a sheet cake like a hockey rink. Offer popcorn in traditional popcorn cups or in homemade or store bought trophy themed cups.
Let each guest bring home a trophy, personalize it for an extra touch. Fill goodie bags with sports accessories like water bottles, whistles, and hockey pucks. Dip Oreo cookies in melted chocolate and pack in small cellophane bags for edible hockey pucks to take home. Or fill plastic NHL cups with assorted NHL accessories. If they made their own jerseys they can of course bring it home as a keepsake as well.
While a magic party isn't limited to winter birthdays, we thought we should include it for a great indoor party idea, especially after Christmas!
Put on a magic show by learning some cool magic tricks ahead of time. Don’t forget your top hat, cape and white gloves! Or alternatively, you can have each guest learn their own magic trick, and let them put on the show. You can also watch movies featuring magic, such as Harry Potter, Fantasia, Narnia or Aladdin.
Have the guests make their own magic wand by supplying wood dowels, and black and white paint.
Use top hats and plush rabbits to decorate for your party. Red and black are the traditional Magician colours so go with that theme, adding pops of silver or purple. Brightly coloured scarves tied together can also be used to bring it all together. Use white poster boards to create oversized playing cards and hang them on the walls and roll some dice along your table.
A magic party is perfect for munchie type snacks. Offer chips, popcorn, crackers and candy. Dip the tips of pretzel sticks in melted white chocolate to make magic wands and cut sandwiches into heart, spade, diamond or club shapes. Serve “magic potion” by freezing cranberry and grape juice in ice cube trays before the party. Use a colorless soda at the party, such as ginger ale or lemon-lime and let your guests select their ice cubes, which will “magically” change the color of their drinks.
Use a top hat shaped cake, or bunny cupcakes, or offer cake pops in black and white.
Put together a “Magic Kit” with a tiny plush rabbit, deck of cards, magic wand and a booklet of magic tricks for each guest. Magic 8-balls are also fun gifts. Swirly lollipops, small bags of popcorn or candy make sweet treats to take home.