Let me preface this post with a disclaimer. When it comes to party-planning, I am a true amateur. That said, every time I put on a party for one of my kiddos, I get to create in new and exciting ways. So I am sharing my creativity here. Maybe it will be beneficial to your future party planing endeavors!
Over Christmas break, my husband and I decided it was time to introduce our boys to the Back To The Future trilogy. We both grew up enjoying these films, but my husband knows them like the back of his hand. So he manned to remote to try to mute the bad words, and our kids got to meet Marty and George McFly, Doctor Emmett Brown, Biff, and The DeLoreon.
For my seven-year-old, this introduction may have upstaged Christmas. He has been talking about Flux-Capacitors, time-travel, and going 88mph ever since. So when I asked him what kind of birthday party he wanted this year, I shouldn't have been surprised when he said, "How about a Back to the Future party, Mom?"
I accepted the challenge and got to work.
First, I found the INVITATIONS. A dear soul has created an awesome design and asks only for a $5 donation to download the template. You can find the download here.
I customized the invitations with my son's party info using my photo-editing program, printed them so they were front and back on a card, and they were ready to hand out!
Next I came up with a CRAFT to do at the party. In the movie, Marty McFly rides a skateboard (converted from a 1950's scooter) to escape the gang of bullies. So I thought a skateboard craft would be appropriate.
I bought these mini-skateboards from Dollar Tree. My son and I took the black sticker off the top of each of them. We used one sticker as a template and traced the shape on some white wrapping paper (also from Dollar Tree).
I coated the white paper with spray adhesive on one side. (Be sure to use this stuff outside!)
Carefully place on bare skateboard.
Rub to smooth out any bubbles.
Voila! Cute ready-to-decorate skateboards!
This activity was a HIT at the party! The kids were occupied for a good 20 minutes (some longer!). Score!
Now on to Back to the Future PARTY GAMES.
Have you ever played "The Candy Bar Game?" It was a family favorite growing up. We played an adapted version of the game for the party (using clothes like Marty McFly's).
For this game you'll need:
1 large blanket or sheet
1 pair suspenders
1 jean jacket
1 red down vest
1 or more candy bars
To play: Lay the blanket out flat. Have the kids sit in a circle around the edges of the blanket, facing each other. Place the candy bars in the middle of the blanket, along with the clothing and spoon. Play begins with one child rolling the dice, then passing to the next player. Each time a "1" is rolled, that player has a chance to dig into the candy bars. He/she must put on the clothing grab the spoon, then use only the hand holding the spoon to try to break open the candy bar and get pieces to put in their other hand to eat. While this is happening, the rest of the players get to continue rolling the dice, trying to get a "1." Once another player rolls a "1," he/she gets to put on the clothes, take the spoon, and go at the candy.
This game was also a big hit! I love it especially because everyone is a winner! It does make a mess, so be sure you don't care about the sheet/blanket you put down. We used a chocolate bar and a couple of packs of Starburst. The Starburst were great because they were so much less messy!
I went pretty light on the Decorations, Food, and Favors for the party.
I bought a tri-fold display board from Dollar Tree and drew the Deloreon from the movie on it to be a back-drop for the table.
I taped tissue paper to cardboard strips to make fire streaks coming off the edges of the picture to add some color and dimension to the table. My kids blew up balloons and stuck them around the room, and I hung a few paper lanterns.
I printed out some movie-related posters I found on Pinterest and mounted or framed them to set around the room.
"Lou, give me a milk--chocolate."
I printed and framed a still-shot of this scene from the movie and set it alongside the chocolate milk we served. (My son was likely the only kid there who "got" this one, but it was HIS party, so it was worth the effort!)
I am showing my very mortal cake-decorating skills here. The kids loved it, so it was all right with me!
And finally, the favor bag. I almost didn't do one, but then I came across the little electric guitar necklaces at Dollar Tree and thought they went well with the theme. I added candy from the '80's (Pop-Rocks) and from the 50's (Mary Janes and Bit-O-Honeys), and decided that along with the skateboards, the guests would be going home with decent enough loot.
Another great option for a favor would be these inflatable guitars;
you get 24 of them, so they are a smokin' deal!
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