Give kids a party to remember by making it extreme.
Celebrate your child’s 10th birthday in style with an extreme birthday party. It is hard but not impossible to select a theme that has not already been used. Twist the challenges used on reality television to fit a 10-year-old’s party, and you will have activities. Remember, make it big, go beyond the norm, and you will be on your way to the best extreme birthday party ever.
Wrap invitations around coconuts and deliver to guests. Form teams by handing guests green or yellow bandannas as they arrive. Have kids compete in individual and team challenges, such as which team can put together their tent the fastest. Tug-of-war, word search, trivia questions, and an obstacle courses involving a kiddie pool filled with chocolate pudding are other fun options. Serve pineapple boats filled with cottage cheese, skewers of grilled chicken, popcorn, root beer floats, and bottles of water. Then send your guests home with t-shirts for having survived your son’s birthday party.
Girls’ Slumber Party
Write invitations on pale green ribbons and tie around bottles of nail polish. When they arrive, divide the girls into groups of three and give each a different list of items to find both in and around your house. The items should be gift-sized bottles of lotion, shampoo, soap, nail polish, and other beauty products. After all the items have been found, have everyone meet in the room where the girls will be sleeping. Offer spa treatments—manicures, pedicures, and facials. Set up a massage station at which the girls can take turns sitting in the massage chair. Finish the night with pizza, cupcakes, nachos, soda, and candy while watching “The Goonies,” “Matilda,” or “The Witches” on DVD.
They wanted extreme and that is exactly what they’ll get when they receive their invitation wrapped around a large, squeezable insect. Begin the party soon after guests arrive with scary games and contests. Fill bowls with ice water and peeled grapes. Blindfold participants and time them as they use their feet to remove the “eyeballs” from the bowl and put them on a plate. Or trick the kids into thinking they ate cat food by thoroughly cleaning a couple of empty cans of cat food. Refill the cans with mushed up Spam and put the lids back on. Set out plates and have the boys watch you open and remove the “cat food” from the can before they eat it. Put grasshoppers into a covered bucket containing a number, which corresponds to a prize, and have the kidsd take turns reaching in to draw a number. Serve hot wings, mac-n-cheese, corn on the cob, and frozen fruit drink cubes in lemonade.
Warning: Before proceeding with this idea, talk to a local nursing home and the girls’ parents. Six girls compete for the title of top model and the sash that proclaims her the winner by completing community service options at a local nursing home. The girls will read to guests, act out a scene from their favorite movie while being photographed, and strut their stuff in their best dress and shoes. The winner is selected by the nursing home residents. After the models leave the nursing home, give them all tote bags with gel pens, stationary, a hair brush and comb, throw blanket, lotion, cell phone calculator, fruit chews, chocolate bar, mini bag of microwave popcorn, and a copy of “The Daring Book for Girls” by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz. Print out their pictures before they leave and insert into a photo album labeled “The Next Top Model.”
Boys and girls can participate in a triathlon that includes swimming, running, and bike riding. Recruit several adults to care for the guests as they begin by swimming the length of your pool before running a block to where their bikes are waiting for them to circle the block and return to the pool area. Set out bottles of sport drinks, granola bars, and foot-long hot dogs with toppings so the kids can eat whenever they like. Give participants medals, stop watches, and sidewalk chalk while thanking them for attending the party.