It was our daughters 8th birthday on Saturday and this year it was her turn to have a birthday party. She really loves to create, so wanted to have a crafty party.
I am still recovering from the having the 8th birthday party and the Community Blogging Christmas Event less than 24 hours apart (not such great planning by me!), so it is mainly just photos from the party.
But I have listed 10 other ideas for birthday parties for 8 year olds, which you can find at the end of the post, or click here to go straight to the list.
The first activity was to sew a simple felt bag. I had made the assumption that as my daughter had some basic sewing skills, so would the other 17 girls! I was wrong. Thankfully me dear friend Cath was staying at the party and she is a craft whiz, and was incredibly helpful.
We even had Mr I and the two older boys, threading needles and tying knots. A great unplanned way to get everyone involved!
Beading next, where each child could make themselves a bracelet. You can see how well they did with the sewing – the little pink bag in the photo was made by one of the girls who didn’t know how to sew.
Then outside for some fun with bubbles. Thanks again to Cath for taking the camera outside and getting some snaps, while I set up the food table.
Pretty pink drinks – thanks to Deb for the inspiration on these very cute little bottles. Deb has lots of cute tricks like these – love them!
After food it was on to making glitter jars (inspired by this post from Irresistible ideas for play based learning).
Ice Cream Birthday cake (modified this recipe to make it with M&Ms mixed in it and strawberry jelly crystals sprinkled on top).
Some dancing before it is time to go.
Here are 10 8th Birthday Party Ideas you can try at home:
- Cooking party – make simple things to eat like Chocolate Balls, Scones, Vegemite Scones and eat the results!
- Sporty party – choose your child’s favourite sport and make it the theme. Soccer is great for this.
- Dancing party – the girls would have danced for hours, if their parents didn’t take them home. All sorts of fun to be had with musical statues, musical chairs, disco dancing. You can make up a mixed tape to give as a gift to party goers to take home.
- Construction party – collect recycled materials, get some glue guns and let the kids get creative!
- Jewellery / Accessory making party – making hair ties, rings and bracelets, will keep them entertained and give them something cute to take home.
- Movie party – let your child watch their favourite film with friends at home. Create rows of seats, serve pop corn and choc tops and have movie quiz afterwards.
- Karaoke party – we don’t have a device that plays singstar, but friends have had a Karaoke party using singstar and they have been huge hits.
- Science party – lots of fun experiments you can do with bicarbonate of soda and other household chemicals. This site from the ABC’s Experimentals has many great simple examples.
- Harry Potter or other favourite book character party – love this Harry Potter party from Maxabella Loves.
- LEGO Party – lots of LEGO building and other fun. Check out Magnetoboldtoo for amazing LEGO party inspiration: here for LEGO invites, here for LEGO decorations, here to make amazing LEGO Gummy lollies, and here for LEGO men cookies. Warning – the lovely Kelley does cuss a little!
What sort of parties have you held for 8 year olds?