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THEME:  Childhood

INVITATIONS:  Cut drawings or photographs of children from magazines, catalogs, old cards, etc. and paste them on colored paper, folded into cards.  Inside, write a rhyming message such as:

                        “Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep,

                        And Little Boy Blue has fallen asleep;

                        Little Johnny [or host’s name] just wants to play,

                        So come as you were in your childhood day

                        To a party that’s really wild,

                        Where everyone comes and acts like a child!”

            Give the necessary information, ask guests to bring a baby picture of themselves, and make sure everyone understands that they are to come dressed like children. 

              This party might work best for an adult church social or club function.

MATERIALS FOR ACTIVITIES:  Bulletin board and pins; paper and pencils; enough portable chairs for all but one guest; children’s music and stereo to play it on; materials for Pin the Hat (or other item) on the Grown-up game, described below; blindfolds; materials for any other desired children’s games; instant camera (or digial camera and photo printer), if desired; prizes and favors to take home, such as costume jewelry for the women and play money for the men.

FOOD:  Serve childhood favorites such as milk and cookies (chocolate chip, peanut butter or oatmeal), animal crackers, candy bars, popcorn or ice cream sundaes.  Instead of store-bought animal crackers, you might try making Homemade Graham Crackers in animal shapes (recipe follows).  Instead of mints and nuts in little dishes, you might fill them with small, colorful candies and bubble gum.

DECORATIONS:  Decorate the party room as you would a child’s playroom.  Hang childish posters and pictures on the walls.  Set toys, stuffed animals, dolls and games around on shelves, in corners or on tables. 

            If the party is in a large room with round tables for guests to eat at, cover the tables with butcher paper or newsprint and let “real” children decorate them with crayons before the party.  For centerpieces, tie ribbons or colored strings to helium-filled balloons in pastel colors and fasten to paws of teddy bears.  Scatter a few crayons around the tables, too, and the guests can add their own marks to the “tablecloths.”  If picture-taking is desired, set up one corner for the portraits with a tall chair, rocking horse or some other child’s prop to sit on.

 BLOW-BY-BLOW:   As guests arrive, you (the host or hostess) take their baby pictures, make sure they are labeled on the back, number them and tack them onto the bulletin board.  Then you give each guest a paper and pencil, and they try to guess who the babies in the pictures are.  (This game starts after several guests have arrived.)  When all the guests have made their guesses, you give the correct answers, and the guest with the most correct answers receives a prize.

            You now make a little speech about how we’re always trying to recapture our youth and tonight, for a couple of hours, we have the opportunity to be children again.  Then you introduce the first game:  Musical Chairs.

            The guests help line up the chairs and play, while you or a helper runs the music.  (If you don’t know how to play this game, leave me a comment, and I’ll post the instructions.)   The winner receives a prize, such as a large lollipop or a toy instrument.

            The next game is Pin the (item) on the Grown-up.  There is a large drawing of a grown-up on the wall, and the guests are each given a paper cutout of a hat (different ones suggesting different occupations), briefcase, newspaper or some other such adult item with pins or tape to place them on the picture.  The guests take turns using the blindfold and trying to place their item on the correct place.  The guest whose item is closest to the right spot receives a prize.

            You then lead the guests in a desired number of other children’s games–or word games on a child’s theme.  Then they break for refreshments and conversation.  During this time, the guests may have their pictures taken for a memento of the party.

            The party may end here or after some more games or children’s dances (like the Hokey-Pokey).  Give the guests their pictures and other favors to take home.  There may also be a prize awarded for the most childish costume.

 Variations and Comments:  A game that might be fun to play if this is a couples party would be a type of “Newlywed Game.”  One spouse (or date) would have to write the answers to three questions on a piece of paper–such as “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, “Who is your hero?” and “What is your favorite fairy tale?”  They are to answer them as they would have when they were children.  Then their partners try to guess their answers.  The couple with the most correct wins.

Recipe for Homemade Graham Crackers:

4 C whole wheat flour                                              1 C butter

1 C raw sugar                                                                    1 t baking soda

1 t cream of tartar                                                           1 egg, slightly beaten

1/2 C hot water, approximately                             Unbleached white flour

Preheat the oven to 350°.  Place the whole wheat flour in a bowl.  Cut in the butter till the mixture is the consistency of coarse oatmeal.  Add the sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, egg and enough hot water to make a dough that can be rolled like pastry.  Roll out the dough to 1/8″-1/4″ thickness on a floured pastry cloth or board (use unbleached flour for rolling).  Cut into 3″ squares or animal shapes or any shape desired.  Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake 15-20 minutes ot till done.  Cool on a rack.  Yields about 2 dozen crackers.

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