Thursday, September 15, 2011

It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Halloween Party Planning

Sooooo today we had our Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Party!! 

Everyone had such a great time!! 

Here's a few photos!!

This has become one of my most popular blog posts with over 4100 page views since the original posting!!  I love feedback and comments, please let me know what you like about this party, or if you need more in depth info about any of the DIY'S we did, let me know!!  Thank you for making this so popular!! :))



THE CAKE


THE TABLE

I DID SNOOPY TREAT BAGS FOR THE KIDS AND REGULAR BAGS FOR THE ADULTS :)  THE KIDS GOT CANDY AND THE ADULTS GOT CANDY AND MOON PIES...THEY SURE SEEMED TO LOVE THE MOON PIES :)


THE YARD BOWLING GAME

THE KIDS PLAYED AND PLAYED THIS...


BEAN TOSS INTO PUMPKIN FACE


BY FAR THE FAVORITE GAME FOR EVERYONE YOUNG AND OLD

BOBBING FOR APPLES :)



I WENT TO WAL MART AND GOT EACH OF THE KIDS THEIR OWN PUMPKIN BUCKET...AND PUT THEIR NAMES ON IT...THEY LOVED THEM


THE KIDS DRINKS

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Just thought I would share some of my ideas I've had for our Halloween party this year!!

(Here's the link to my Great Pumpkin Halloween Party Plan)

I'm planning it for five year olds and under, so absolutely nothing scary at all :)  I've got the tables and chairs reserved already...now I am starting to work on the smaller details little by little!!  This is what I have so far:

I love love these invitations I found on Etsy,  (obviously I will be changing the wording to just Hallowen Party)  I will be ordering them this weekend:


We are having a similar cake made, with a different color blue and some other different items on it, just the same general "theme":


Aren't these cute cupcakes as well?!  I think I could also probably find cookie cutters in these shapes
cupcakes for the great pumpkin birthday party

Love these little pumpkin rice krispy treats:

pumpkin
I'm thinking this will be the tablecloth colors for the kids tables....maybe with an orange or blue runner...something that matches with the Charlie Brown Pumpkin Theme


The little kids would have fun playing "bowling" with gourds I think....
A fun game for a Fall party

I know we will be playing games of  "freeze dance" to Halloween music....those kiddos love love to play freeze dance!! 

Some bubbles for "game treats"

jack'o lantern bubbles....yep...

Pumpkin bulls eye games

Pumpkin Bulls Eye Game

I've been trying to think of a way to make a burlap Charlie Brown Halloween Banner....here's the general idea

Happy Halloween banner...polka dots & burlap.  Wow, so easy and so cute!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, this is all I have so far for our Halloween Party!!  Can't wait to see how it all turns out!!

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I never stop searching until about a week before the party when I start pulling everything together!! 

Here are some super cute party plates etc that I have found!!
Item Number: 1PSF-76894: PEANUTS Halloween - Dinner Plates
Item Number: 1PSF-76895: PEANUTS Halloween - Dessert Plates
and these super cute tablecloths!!

Item Number: 1PSF-76896: PEANUTS Halloween - Tablecover

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Part III

Thank you so much for "googling" Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin Party!! Due to the large amounts of hits I am getting from "googlers" :) I will try and write out specifics of how to plan a party like this and what all I am doing week by week.  I will be printing and mailing the invitations this week.  I already made an "event" invite online on Facebook of course LOL so pretty  much everyone who is invited already knows most of the details...but it's so much fun to also do actual invitations. 

I saw some "bowling pins and plastic bowling balls" at Wal Mart...they are kid sized and they are about $5.97.  I think it would be fun to spray paint them black and orange and let the kids go to town bowling in the yard. The other idea is to just use large squash or gourds and let them roll one of their own balls to knock them down......they are five so I don't think they will really care either way!!  :)

My Sunshine 10-Pin Bowling Set
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PART IV




As Halloween draws closer, I've been receiving a lot more "google hits" for my Great Pumpkin Party blog.  I will be throwing this party the weekend before Halloween to actually let those children who are able to go trick or treating have that weekend free.  Our party will be on Sunday, October 23rd, from about 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.   We have several parents who share custody and swap kids on Sunday evenings, and having it on a Sunday allows for all of our friends who are working on Saturdays to be able to attend as well.  I didn't want to do an "after dark" party on  Saturday night since the general age of my guests will be approx five years old or younger!! 

In any party plan, just like in English class, you have to address the following:

  • WHO??  Who are you inviting??
  •  (kids only, kids and parents)...once you know "who" you want to invite, tally up the number and decided on the number of invitations to buy/print/make. 
  •  In general, it's best to send out invites at least two weeks in advance of the party.  Too far in advance, people will forget...too close and they will have already made other plans. 

WHAT??  What kind of party?
  • What's the theme?  (lol of course you wouldn't be here if it wasn't Charlie Brown Halloween)
  • What kind of refreshments will you have  1) Do you want to feed your guests?  We will be serving BBQ ribs to the parents and the "fixings" and grilled hot dogs for the kiddos  2)  Will you be serving just a dessert style party with cake and ice creams and treats or 3) is it a candy only party??  START NOW candy shopping and if you are going to order a cake NOW is the time to get it done.  You CANNOT wait to order a specialty cake until the last minute.  Most cake shops require at least a two week notice....the local grocery stores require about a 24 to 48 hr advance notice!! 
  • What do you want your guests to wear?  Do you want them to dress up in costumes?  Don't forget to include that in the invitation
  • What time of day? (this also answers the WHEN lol)  Definitely consider the ages of your guests when choosing a time.  For young children mid day to mid/late day is usually best.  Most little ones are done napping by this time and it's not so late that they are grouchy and hungry and ready for supper and bed time.  Also consider the weather in your area, here in Texas now the temps really drop as the sun starts to set.  A bunch of chilly children is not going to be fun!! 
  • What are they going to do at your party?  My proven "recipe" is as follows, GAMES, FOOD, THEN CAKE /TREATS  .  There are many many fun games for this age child to be found all across the internet.  I've seen "pin the tail on the pumpkin".....yard or living room bowling (I'm going to spray paint some pins from Wal Mart orange and black)...maybe bobbing for apples ....a bean bag toss into a pumpkin painted on a cardboard box...little kids just have fun with the simplest of games.  We are also going to play "FREEZE DANCE"....a favorite amongst kindergartners.....I thought I would run an extension cord outside with a portable CD player and play some Halloween music......JUST FOR YUCKS I THOUGHT I MIGHT HAVE A FREEZE DANCE CONTEST FOR THE ADULTS WITH THE CHICKEN DANCE, THE MACARENA, ETC :) :)  The key  to any party is to get your guests to relax, join in the games, AND LAUGH.  Once you've got them laughing and participating, the hard part is out of the way and they will look back with fond memories always of your party.  This is why insist on games first at my parties.  It kind of "breaks the ice" .  You may have to put on a brave face and direct everyone including the adults to the games and be a little dramatic with some.....trust me...IT'S WORTH IT!!  :)
  • What are you going to give them their treats in?  Do you want to buy little gift sacks?  Pails?  Start looking around now and checking prices.  There are quite a few reasonable deals to be found NOW....don't wait until the last second !! 
WHERE?  Where will you have your party??
  • Do you want to have the party inside at your home?  If so, do you need to rent any tables or chairs?
  •  Do you plan to have the party outside at your  home?  This is what we are doing.  Now would be the time to call your local party store and ask about renting tables and chairs.  Our party store has kid sized tables and chairs at a super reasonable price for rentals.  We rented two tables and about fifteen little chairs, and then two tables for adults and enough chairs for their parents etc. It would probablystill be a good idea to have one more table for food/treats.    ALWAYS REMEMBER TO CALCULATE IN THE OLDER/YOUNGER brothers and sisters when having kids come to parties!! 
  • You could also throw this party at another location scaled down a little, such as Chuck E. Cheese or other venue.  Just coordinate some of the tableware to be Charlie Brown Halloween, give them Halloween toys/treats in Halloween candy bags/buckets.....the kids will still love it!!

Here is what my timeline looks like for our party:

ALREADY DONE:

Cake Ordered
Tables and Chairs rented

TO DO THIS WEEKEND, OCTOBER 8th

Send out invitations
Order Charlie Brown Plates, Cups, and Tablecloths (I am only doing the kids tables in those, the adult tables will be plain orange or green etc....those are really cheap to buy at the party store locally)
Order the "treat stuffers" (halloween play dough, halloween bubbles, halloween coloring books and crayons etc...).  You can find these things sold in packs of 12 and 24 usually, and at great prices. 
Buy the food we will be serving at the party.  (Our local grocery store has the CUTEST little cans of soda with monster faces on them...have NO IDEA what brand they are....but they are great for the "littles"....cute but not too scary!!  (I will buy some and take a pic and share who they are made by)
I will also order any "unique" candy items that I want the kids to have that cannot be found locally.  These are also sold in large packs and is more than enough for a small party. 

TO DO THE WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 15th

Make all the DIY projects.  I will share these in a future blog.  I have seen lots and lots of super cute little ideas, from the "mummy Hershey bars" and the "pipe cleaner sucker spiders"....that the little ones would love.  This will be also be the time to work on games that need to be "made". 

THE SATURDAY BEFORE THE PARTY OCTOBER 22nd

Buy the candy!!
Pick up the rentals
Pick up the caken
Put the candy in the containers you want them in on the table the next day....it makes it SOOO much easier to set up the next day

THE SUNDAY OF THE PARTY OCTOBER 23rd

We will start the ribs cooking at about 9 in the morning,( the other foods such as hot dogs for the kids we will start after they have been there for a while...approx 30 minutes after arrival...so say 1:30...that way everyone is ready to eat at about 2:00)
At about 11:30 we will start setting up tables and chairs
Set up Games
At about 12:15 we would put tablecovers on and plates (depending on the wind)
Put out coolers for drinks or containers you want your drinks in with ice in at about 12:40

Our party starts at 1:00, that leaves me 20 minutes to run in the house and get "freshened up".......now of course if you are dressing up and your costume is complicated, start a little earlier!!  :)

It's going to be a FANTASTIC PARTY and I KNOW YOURS WILL BE TOO!! 

I've been having problems with comments not posting on my blog for some reason, sometimes it takes several tries, or signing out of google friend connect and then unchecking the box that says "keep me signed in".  If you have any questions/comments please ask!!  I will be happy to help you!! 

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Here's a link to a party game DIY that I put together for our party!!  Super simple!!
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I made these Snoopy Treat Bags for the party...super simple....white lunch bags...cut the top into a curve....glue on googly eyes, pom pom nose, and I cut some ears out of black card stock!! 



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