If you are blessed enough to have a birthday during the summer months you already know that there is very little limitation on the themes you can pick and execute for your child. With the Olympic spirit in full swing at the moment, I can’t think of a better party theme to embrace. There is a whole list of activities to choose from to keep the kiddies entertained.
Firstly as the children arrive I’d separate them into groups/teams. How many will depend on how many children are attending the party. Heading straight for the ‘arts’n’crafts’ table let them make up the name of their country and design a flag. Using large sheets of paper and bamboo sticks allow them to make one large flag and several small ones for the ‘opening ceremony’. Once these have been completed you can supply coloured armbands or bandanas to individualise the teams, this will come in very handy during the ‘games’.
Once all the countries and teams are established the ‘opening ceremony’ can begin. Organise the children to parade around the garden waving their flags and flexing their muscles while introducing the teams to the crowds! It would be wise to have a soundtrack pre organised for this, ‘eye of the tiger’ would certainly get the spirits raised.
Let the games begin:
Having a chart pre-drawn to let the children see the scores as they go along will encourage competition. Try to imitate the actually games but with a touch of fun such as a relay race using a carrot!! The predictable but fun egg and spoon race, Long jump into a sand pit filled with toy dinosaurs. Discus throw using Frisbees, are just some suggestions. Don't overwhelm the children with too many games as you will be surprised at how long each one will take and you don’t want them to lose interest. At the end average the scores to get the winning team.
Once all the games have been completed the children will have worked up an appetite. Some ideas to make the theme follow through to the table might include threading a gold paper plate with a ribbon to make it them look like medals. Any local bakery would be happy to oblige in custom making Olympic themed cake or cupcakes. Making fruit kebabs using the colours of the Olympic rings would add a touch of colour and in the order of the rings blue/yellow/black/green/red, so for example blueberry/pineapple/blackberry/melon/strawberry.
When they are eating this gives you time to organise the medals and award ceremony. The closing ceremony can be the busting of the Olympic torch piñata which I would be more than happy to custom make especially of the occasion. In the essence of fairness organise that every child receives a medal and rewarded for contributing.