Forest themes work well for nature and fantasy lovers alike. You can either go with a simple wilderness track, or bump everything up to an enchanted forest look. Children and adults will both enjoy this theme thoroughly. Plus, it's not so overused that it's a cliché. You can hold the party outdoors in good weather, cutting down on the need for excessive decoration.
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Forest-themed parties work best outdoors in a tree-filled area like a park. To flesh out an area with little vegetation, purchase a few fake trees and haul all of your potted plants into the area. Set them all over the place, hiding as many modern amenities as possible. If indoors, get a few more fake trees and set all of your potted plants in the party room. Hang fishing net from the ceiling and decorate it with fake greens also. Outdoors, use this technique over fences. For a wilderness theme, add wooden Adirondack chairs, a fire pit and canvas tent. For an enchanted forest theme, decorate the trees with fairy lights. Suspend plastic globes with electric tea lights inside them from tree branches or the ceiling. Add purple and blue glow sticks to shadowed areas for an air of mystery.
This forest game entertains guests for quite some time and combines a scavenger hunt with a relay race. Divide your guests into four teams and assign each team an element: earth, air, fire or water. Give teams plastic amulet necklaces that match the colour of their element and a list of items that correspond to their element. Items may include certain leaves or stones for earth, feathers for air, candles and charcoal for fire and shells or spoons for water. The guests must rush their items to their elemental circle (set up in the party area) as soon as they find them. The first team to find all of their elements wins. Modify this for a wilderness theme by changing the elements to trees, mountains, volcanoes and rivers.
Enchanted forest party guests may make fairy homes from twigs, nuts, feathers, glue and paint. They may also make flower and leaf crowns. Wilderness adventurers might make macramé bottle holders, lanyards and mini first aid kits.
Food at any forest party should focus on nature. Trail mix filled with colourful dried fruit and nuts along with fresh fruit and veggies and dip works well as an all-day snack. Serve pink lemonade or sparkling punch to an enchanted forest bunch and sports drinks like Gatorade to wilderness lovers. Decorate merengue cookies with edible glitter to make tasty "mushroom caps." Decorate cupcakes with edible flower candies. Serve mini bagel pizzas loaded with veggies. Give each guest her own cup of mud for dessert: Layer together graham cracker crumbs, chocolate pudding, chocolate graham cracker crumbs, more pudding and a final layer of regular graham cracker crumbs in little cups or flower pots. Put candy bugs and worms through the "dirt" for added flare.
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