Choosing a party theme for older children can be a little tricky. My daughter recently turned Eleven and wanted to celebrate with all of her friends but didn't want it to feel like a childrens party. Together we decided that it would be fun to have a Tropical Fiesta in the garden, we wanted to create a laid back festival vibe where her and her friends could hang out together and also have a few activities to keep them entertained.
So on a beautiful midsummer's day we celebrated turning eleven and leaving primary school with a tropical fiesta!
All the details about this party at the end of the post.
The activities we chose were:
- Festival Glitter Make Up
- Floral Crown Making
- Watermelon Pinata
- Limbo Competition
- Confetti Cannons
How this party was created:
DIY's and Features:
Fringe Backdrop: Our Pink and Gold Fringe Backdrop was created using Crepe Paper Streamers in Pastel Pink, Hot Pink, Red, and White and a Gold Shimmer Foil Curtain. We cut the streamers to different lengths and cut off some tassels from the foil curtain. We then simply attached them to a length of ribbon using masking tape and hung it on a studio backdrop frame (it could easily be hung against a wall or between two trees etc).
Pinata: We made our own pinata and it was super easy!. Here is a great Tutorial
Floral Crowns: Floral crowns are easy to make and the children loved making and wearing them and all took their creations home!
You will need:
- Floral Wire
- Floral Tape
- A selection of fresh flowers and foliage
- Floral scissors or secateurs
1. Measure the circumference of your head and cut your wire to the length needed. 2. Cut your flowers so the stems are 1 1/2 inches long. 3. Place a small piece of foliage on your wire loop and use the floal tape to attach its stem to the wire, work in this way around your crown. 4. Place one of your flowers on your wire loop and use the floral tape to attach the stem to the wire. Place another flower behind your first flower and tape that stem to the wire as well. 5. Continue this process, cover any exposed wire with the floral tape, and you're done!
Boo! - Halloween has not been cancelled! Although traditional Halloween parties and Trick-or-Treating may not be on the agenda for most during this COVID19 pandemic, there are still plenty of ways we can celebrate this special time of year in a way that is safe and that follows social distancing restrictions.
I ordered these and the pastel wooden cutlery to give out to friends at socially-distanced gatherings so that I don’t have to wash up and risk spreading the virus. They are disposable but much more eco friendly than plastic. Ideal.