Despite the fact that most little boys and many little girls love the creepy-crawly reptile world, few party suppliers cater specifically to reptile birthday party themes. For a party with this theme, you'll have to use some ingenuity to come up with decorations and activities. Fortunately, organising a reptile-themed birthday party could not be easier.
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Reptiles--the word actually means "to creep"--include lizards, snakes, turtles, crocodiles and alligators, so choose a colour scheme based on the typical colours of these animals, such as green, red and yellow. Buy crepe paper streamers, balloons and disposable plates, cups and napkins in these colours at the dollar store and use them for basic decorations. At the dollar store, you can also pick up packages of small plastic toy reptiles of many kinds and colours to spread around the surfaces in your party room or the back yard if it's an outdoor party. Position stuffed reptiles around the party space for further themed decoration and use them as balloon weights for centrepieces. Finally, create an eerie swamp atmosphere by putting up green Christmas lights and hanging up glow-in-the-dark lizards. Search toy and novelty stores, including online retailers, for these creepy creatures.
Purchase a whole lot of gummy snakes in different colours and fill up bowls with them. Other gummy reptiles may be harder to come by, except gummy turtles, which are usually easy enough to find. If you can't find these treats locally, you can order them online from several retailers. Serve other foods that can suggest wriggly, slimy reptiles, like green jello. Cupcakes are a birthday favourite and you can mould them to fit an animal theme. Many online sources provide inspiration and instructions for reptile-themed treats like turtle cupcakes and crocodile cake.
Set up a crafts table with green, brown, red and yellow construction paper, felt, crayons and markers, glue and scissors, glue-on googly eyes, egg cartons, craft sticks and any other supplies you think the kids can use to fashion reptile creatures--with your help if the party is for younger children.
When the kids are done crafting, work off some of their energy with a reptile egg hunt in the house or, weather permitting, back yard. Put toy reptiles inside plastic Easter eggs and hide them throughout the area for the kids to find. You can also play a crocodile-themed version of shark tag, in which the children designated as "crocodiles" have to catch the other children, who become crocodiles if they are caught. Make it more fun by designating safe areas that are "boats" in the croc-infested water by laying hula hoops on the ground.
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