Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How to make a MESSY BACKYARD PARTY! :)

I've always wanted to have a backyard party for my son. It just seems cooler and a lot more fun. Then I came across "Messy Parties" online. Oh the joy & excitement it brought to me! See most of us were taught that "messy" is just downright wrong. I knew it would post a challenge to get the kids to warm up to all the icky & yucky goo I plan to have. Then again, kids will be kids. 

I highly suggest having goo' old fashion backyard parties. If you could make it a "messy" one then all the better. This one is good for grown ups too by the way:) 


1. A backyard, garden, front lawn, or any other (safe) outdoor home space is needed of course. It could be your space or a friend's who's (REALLY) nice enough to let you ruin their garden. The grassy areas tend to be the safer choice. Having a pool posts more hazard threats but adds to the fun. No, I'm not making you choose between fun & safety here, but please take note of things like this. 

2. Decor is a must! No kid wants to feel like they were dragged out of their home to just be at someone else's home. Yes, "homey" is the key, but it still is a kiddy party! We used banderitas, colored paper, printed and stuck Gavin's pictures to form a huge number 3 which served as greeting wall too, ( it was my little cute alien's 3rd year on Earth). We covered tables with random printed cloth and Manila paper. We even had an edible Jello aquarium center piece (homemade by Twinkle Ferarren) :). 
3. In our city,most  party guests are used to being spoiled by a hired party host . I had wonderful SPIT friends hosting 3 games but I wanted them to enjoy the party as well. So the rest of the time, kids were made to explore on their own. We had stations just to guide people. "Grub Station", "Goo Station", "Clean up Station" ( water hose and an empty plastic pool), "Art Station",  "Bubble Station" and even a sign to lead people to potty areas. 

 * Art Station were just kiddy tables covered with Manila paper with painting activities ready for them. Paint clay, bandanas, or on the table! Even the adults sat in here! This station was open until 9pm. :)
 * Bubble station - A blow-up baby pool filled with bubble solution and a hoola-loompa-loop.
 4. Ah! The Games! Relay games with slides, improvised tunnels, pool filled with homemade goo, gunk, and more! Teams fought to search each "pit stop" for an angry bird toy (Im not a fan. it just happened to be the only thing we found good enough to be hidden and searched for). Other messy game ideas below:
 * Tent filled with umm... umm... "trash". Newspaper, old cloths, flour, and other "messy tent stuffing".
 *Any game with whip cream, ice cream, or pie is a perfect mess!
 *Pop the balloon and win a prize. Of course balloons were slimy and filled with flour for that wonderful sticky feeling!
 5. Add the DIY touch as much as your sanity and time can allow you to! We made party hats by folding colored papers into two and sticking the ends together. Snip the top part halfway and create slits for that crown effect. Add beads, shells, and ribbons for decor. Don't forget to punch holes on each side  for the ribbons/garter! We made a lot and left them as decor on the table as well. Spent hours making a lot of these while cursing Martha Stewart, but they turned out to be the cutest add-on of the party! :)
 6. Do not forget to get Messy and have fun!

***For details on suppliers used, ( all were friends willing to do the same thing all over again just coz it was so much fun!) just message me :)

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