Olympics Themed Parties and Party Bags
The Rio Olympics are almost here, soon we will be bombarded with images and news reports and hopefully, Team GB will do really well and we will all watch their triumphs and count the medal score.
I have left it late to organise a birthday party which falls in the school summer holidays. The venue should have been booked and the invitations issued before the school holiday started, it is difficult trying to obtain an RSVP from parents when this has been done, it will be a nightmare now so I am desperately trying to come up with a very cunning plan.We sell Winners medals all year around but from the end of April until September the numbers we sell in these months their popularity dramatically increases, some of our orders are from sports teams celebrating the end of their season but from conversations with the parents a lot of the orders are for parties where there is a challenge, a competition or a new skill to try out.The Winners Medals lend themselves perfectly to active outdoor parties, which partly explains the increased sales in these months. I think I am therefore going to be brave and have an Olympics-themed party in the back garden. I have a feeling I may regret this as the party approaches but I always say “never again” every year.
My argument to myself in holding an Olympics-themed party assures me it will be easier to cope with a mixed age group and how difficult can it be to organise some games for people to run and jump over? Now I am wondering why the Olympic committee only bother every four years, after all, they do not have to install a trip wire and minor electric shocks to stop inquisitive parents and children going on an unauthorised tour of the house and cupboards. A closing ceremony is a little over the top but I also need a very strong reason for the party to end at the designated time to ensure the rest of the day does not turn into a free babysitting service or an evening social event for parents collecting their children.
Despite all of the negatives the one huge advantage that at the moment outweighs everything else; it will not matter if people who said they were attending never turn up and those at the door who never bothered to reply, siblings or those who arrive after they said they could not attend can be slotted into one team or another. The thought of avoiding a non-stop number count at the start of the party and then having to apologise to the venue for the “surprise” guests despite numerous, texts and reminders is very attractive.
We went to an obstacle course/ bouncy castle party last summer the mother awarded prizes for style, flair, funniest dive and only the final competition was for the fastest team. Every child left with a winning a prize, so I need to plan for the teams and competitions to focus on having a go and fun rather than showing off sporting prowess.
I may prepare party bags in advance as it will be one less thing to do on the day, with a winner’s medal/s awarded for each game but I am also wondering if a lucky dip with a helpful supply of named party bags for the children to put their rewards in may be an alternative. I could even incorporate some of the party bag gifts into part of the games and challenges so the children collect their party bag gifts as they take part. Perhaps if the Olympics committee considered leaving a few gold medals on the floor near the end of each competition they may have a few more Olympic records broken as the competitors scramble to collect their prizes…..just an idea they may want to consider in the future!
As the idea develops and the impending Birthday approaches it feels wrong not to embrace the Olympics, particularly after such an enjoyable 2012 Olympics but there is only one slight worry….the weather!