Plan a music-themed birthday party for a child who loves music. Focus the party around his favourite instrument, such as drums. Put a creative twist on anything you include in the party to bring it back to the drum theme. Incorporate drums into every aspect of the party possible, from the decorations and entertainment to the food and cake.
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Make your own invitations that mimic a drum set. Use a real picture of a drum set to create the shape of the invitations and draw the details in freehand or copy them onto the invitation. Round invitations could represent one drum if you colour in the rim and details. Another option is to write out the invitation information on real drum sticks, and give those to your guests.
Use creative wording to let guests know the birthday party will centre around a drum theme. For example, "join us for a celebration that can't be beat," "we'll dance to the beat of our own drums" or "help us drum up some good cheer to celebrate Mikayla's sixth year."
Hang streamers, balloons and posters that feature pictures of drums or musical notes. Have your child help you make posters or signs if the theme isn't a surprise and he enjoys crafts.
Games, Activities and Entertainment
Set up a craft station for kids to decorate their own drum major hat or make their own drums. Use old oatmeal containers or empty butter tubs and paper mache for drums. Let the kids paint or colour them. Manipulate pipe cleaners around the drum for rims, and glue them in place. Give the kids drum sticks or new pencils (not sharpened) to use as drums sticks.
Allow the kids to orchestrate a musical parade or play "echo." You play a short beat on your drum and see if the kids can echo your beat. Make the beat slightly more complicated as the game goes on.
Add a drum twist to classic birthday party games. Musical chairs can include a prerecorded drum beat. Or, play pass the drum major's hat (instead of hot potato). Pin the feather on the drum major's hat or pin the drum stick in the drummer's hands by making a large poster or using a blown up picture.
Consider hosting the party at a music store where a music teacher can instruct the kids with a lesson in percussion.
Food and Cake
Serve as many round and long, thin items as you can to represent a drum and sticks. Continue with the theme by serving food and snacks on plates and bowls with music notes all over them.
Decorate the cake or cupcakes to look like drums. If you aren't an experienced baker, consider drawing a drum set onto a basic sheet cake or using a miniature drum set as a topper. If you are an experienced baker, consider making a three dimensional drum set.
Give your party guests a party favour as a token of appreciation for their attendance. Put drum stickers, pencils with musical notes or drums, drum sticks, small drum toys or other drum-related items inside of small goody bags with musical notes on them. Include a CD of your child's favourite songs, if appropriate. Another option, if it's within your budget, is to give your party guests a certificate for a music lesson with a local musician.
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