This Arcade Birthday Party post is courtesy of our contributor Elizabeth…Being a party planner I have enjoyed designing themed parties for my boys. My oldest is getting to the age now where he wants “normal” parties. You know, go to the arcade, jungle gym or Trampoline Park with some friends, eat pizza and be done. No perfectly decorated treats or themed activities, just a regular ol’ party. With a few small tricks we were both happy!
Today I’m going to share with you a few tricks to dress up your “regular ol’ party.”
Arcade Birthday Party Ideas:
Bring a Themed Tablecloth – For this Arcade theme I found a Pac-Man themed fabric. Just a couple yards make a great table covering, no sewing needed!
Use Fun Containers For Your Coins – This will help the kids keep track of their coins and add a little pizzaz for the party planner in you.
Bend The Rules – Most of these places won’t let you bring in outside food other than cake or cupcakes. Be sure to check with the management on the specifics of this rule. Some will allow you to bring in treats as long as they are sealed and not opened until the kids get home. Seal your themed treats in cellophane bags and display them on your party table.
Use Printable Party Labels – Printable labels lend a hand to any theme. Add cupcake toppers to plain store bought cupcakes; use buffet labels for your sealed treats and bottle labels for sealed bottles of water.
Get Creative With Your Favors – Most arcades will give tickets so kids can choose their own toys at the counter, but I always like to add a little something special. Give each child a pair of funky fun socks for a bounce house or trampoline party, glow sticks or glow in the dark tattoos for a laser tag party or video game character candies for an arcade party.
Regular ol’ parties aren’t so bad after all. You can still get creative and you may even have time to sit and enjoy the party!
Thank you to Elizabeth for sharing these creative party ideas with us. You can read more about her son’s Arcade Party here. For even more creative ideas, be sure to follow her on Facebook & Pinterest. You must check out her Etsy shop filled with creative ebooks on party planning a variety of creative birthday themes. I love these books filled with party ideas, printables, recipes and more!
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