Last week, at the beginning of Melbourne’s heatwave, I helped a friend organise a fun party for her daughter’s fifth birthday. As a well travelled little girl with parent’s who travel often and extended family and friends living all over the world she chose the perfect theme! She also desperately wanted to wear her new traditional South Korean costume that her Mum had brought back from a recent trip overseas. All the children arrived in costumes from all over the world. Adorable.
As the day was over forty degrees celcius (that’s over 104 degrees faranheit) and the party was at 10.30 in the morning, the food was simple with nothing that required the oven being turned on!
Along with some cupcakes with flags of the world toothpicks and aeroplane shaped fairy bread, there was food that represented each continent of the world:
Asia – sushi platter , fruit in ceramic spoons (pictured above)
Europe – cheese platter
North America – Oreo cookies
South America – corn chips and guacamole & popcorn
Australia – vegemite sandwiches
Africa – bread and dips
Antarctica – drinks station with lots and lots of ice!
When the children entered the house they were each given their own passport in which they had to write their own name and draw a picture of themselves. The birthday girl’s Dad did a superb job of making the passports by photocopying his own passport, blocking out some details and then stapling the pages together.
The party guests were also given their own travel bag to collect all their goodies that they would make and collect throughout the party.
Around the house, there were seven activity stations set up. Each one representing a different continent. When the children travelled to each table (aka continent) they could complete the activity and receive a stamp in their passport.
The children decorated paper fans in Asia …
Made their own Guatemalan worry dolls in South America…
(Big thanks to Steph for this timely idea!)
Made American Indian head dresses in North America …
Threaded wooden bead bracelets in Africa …
Coloured in Babushka doll pictures in Europe
Had their face or hands dot painted in Aboriginal style in Australia along with an Australian flag tattoo …
And splashed their feet in ice and water in Antarctica!
There were also ice slushies and the drinks station in this area.
As well as these fun activities there was also a giant globe pinata
a Japanese game of giant Mikado (aka pick up sticks) as well as a paper plane making station, a dress up station with costumes from all over the world and a book reading corner with a selection of books from all over the world.
My kids had such a great time collecting stamps from each of the continents and doing the activities. This has now become one of my all time fave party themes! There is just so much scope to be creative and to change things to suit the weather, your child’s age or interests and whatever props you happen to have on hand. Such an educational theme as well!
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