May 27 2010

Funnest Kid Party Activity EVER! (ages 8-12)

Ok, last year I was in the middle of getting separated, unemployed, had no money and no employment insurance and a pile of debts. (stick with me, this is going to get a lot funnier ;)

My (10 at the time) daughter was jonesin’ to have a bunch of buddies over and since the year had not been going very well, I agreed.

The big issue was food. She wanted 10 friends for a sleepover and that meant that I had to feed 10 ravenous 10 year olds plus the 7 year old sister who would never let an opportunity to hang with the big girls pass her by. (she eats the most!)

It was really stressful. I didn’t want to ask people to send food with their kids because I wasn’t too keen on everyone knowing just how bad things were.

Now, as an outside-the-box aficionado I knew that I would be able to come up with a cool idea but as the party approached I had nothin’.

The kids arrived and were all super excited. I like to have a loose plan so that the maniacs don’t drive me to drink (any more) so I had planned to send them on a scavenger hunt.

Just as they were gathering around and asking about the hunt and dinner and cake and whatever, I had a mad epiphany!

What if I sent them on a scavenger hunt for food?!

We sat down with the kid cookbook and thumbed through to find 3 dishes. An appetizer, an entre and a dessert. Then I separated them into 3 teams, each armed with the recipe.

On the count of 3 they took off into the neighbourhood with their recipes and went to the homes of friends, asking for 1 thing on the list.

It was a crazy success. Not only did the kids have so much fun finding all the ingredients and competing against each other, they had a blast making the food and eating it too.

The winning team got bragging rights and got to eat first while the other teams served them. It was so much fun!

When I relayed this story back to the moms of the kids everyone applauded the creativity of it. (only a select few knew the real reason why I had opted for this particular party planning technique)

All in all it was the most successful party ever and many parents are now super pissed at me for setting the bar too high. Meh, what can I say?

Necessity really is the mother of invention!