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Pirate Hat UpSide Down

Hats for Snacks

Pirate Hat UpSide DownWhy serve your party pretzels or chips in a plastic bowl, especially a plastic bowl that you have to pay for. Instead, have serving pieces that go with your party theme. And hats might be just the thing for your party.

Having a party that includes a bunch of hockey players? Strip out those old hockey helmets, turn them upside down, and with a little kids’ clay underneath to keep them from rolling, they’ll make great popcorn bowls.  Obviously, they need to be lined with plastic wrap first.

Pirate hats for your pirate party. Crowns for your princess party– even homemade paper crowns with no bottom that just keep the chips or pretzels contained. Cowboy hats, baseball caps, straw hats, a detective’s fedora (from the secondhand store).  In fact, a trip with your birthday child to that secondhand store just to buy hats for this purpose might be a lot of fun for both of you.

Not so much for snacks, but here are directions for a great-looking clown hat to use as a centerpiece on your food table at your clown themed party. Or, turn it upside down and fill it with food. Of course, you’ve made it first with your birthday child and had a good time doing that.

One idea usually leads to another, and this makes me think of making papier-mâché containers with your birthday child–  painted whatever colors work for your party decoration theme.  Decorate these with more painted polkadots,  squiggles, whatever, and your serving pieces will be most unique.

Best of all- when uniquely served, plain old pretzels or chips become a much more interesting snack and at least part of your decorating has been taken care of.


Test their Observational Skills

DetectiveThis is an easy kids party game that will fit in with any “spy” or “detective” party theme. You’ll need the clothing accessories explained below and a stopwatch or other clock for keeping time.

Have a second room, or anywhere the rest of the kids can’t see what’s happening, and make a good selection of clothing ‘accessories’. You need at least twice as many items as you have children. Things like ties, hats, jewelry, socks, shoes, whatever. You need more than one thing in each category, i.e. 6 ties, 4 necklaces, etc. Have the whole group go in and everyone put on one or more articles from the assortment. Make sure the number of items left over is enough for ½ the kids in the group.

Have them then go play another game, have a snack, anything that uses up 15 minutes or so of them all wearing their borrowed attire. Then it’s time to play this fun game.

Gather them all back together, and have them draw numbers out of a hat. Make teams out of the evens and the odds, and separate them to different sides of the room. Starting with the odds, send that group out of the room to swap their borrowed accessories among themselves. In other words, Susie takes John’s borrowed hat, John puts on Sam’s borrowed tie, etc., until everyone has changed their item.

Now send the team back to the other room to line up in front of the evens. The evens have to figure out what everyone’s wearing that’s different from what they started with. When one “odd” is figured out, have them step out of the line, until they’ve all been figured out. Time how long it takes.

Now it’s the ‘evens’ turn and it has to be harder because the ‘odds’ now know how the game is played. The evens need to switch their borrowed accessories for something new from the pile, preferable of the same type – meaning change a hat for a different hat, a necklace for a bracelet or different necklace. Once done, repeat the guessing process, time them and declare the winning team.

I’d suggest that this game should be for kids age 9 and up, but if anyone uses it with younger kids and it works, let me know and I’ll change the age range.