Throw your eight-year-old a rockin' slumber party, starting with a creative invitation that gets your guests excited. If you are planning a theme, reflect it in the invitation. Be sure to include any practical details so the guests can prepare. By carefully selecting your wording, you will convey all the important facts with plenty of pizazz.
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If your eight-year-old chooses a theme for the party, extend it through the invitation. For a Wild West-themed party, invite all buckaroos, cowpokes and gunslingers for a rootin´, tootin´ good time with plenty of barbecue grub to stick to yer ribs. For a party with a spy or detective theme, issue discreet invitations with "confidential" stamped across the envelope in red ink. Write inside, "All agents to report to training camp, 10.10.2011 at 14:00 hours." If you find rice paper and natural ink, indicate the "Instructions to be destroyed after reading. Eat them up!" For a Hollywood-inspired bash, send fancy invitations with cursive script, inviting "Ingenues, auteurs and heroes" for a "silver screen ball" or a "film premiere."
Since slang changes rapidly, give your eight-year-old some artistic authority in writing the invitations. Avoid relying too much on your own ideas about what young guests will find cool or passé. Refer to online invitation sites, such as Celebrations.com, Tinyprints.com or Zazzle.com, where you can peruse the most popular wording for birthday party invitation templates. When in doubt, keep things simple. "Help us celebrate!" with a snappy photo or graphic will grab the attention of young partygoers. Tiny Prints offers invitations with themes from the kids' popular television station, Nickelodeon. One of their designs, for a SpongeBob SquarePants-inspired bash, simply invites guests to "Mollie is turning 8: Join us for spongeCake and fun!" Eight-year-olds will appreciate an easy-to-read question-and-answer format: "What? An 8th birthday party! Who? For Jessie! When? Saturday, April 6th, etc."
Rhymes and Riddles
For a creative spin on the traditional invitation, provide your guests with some word games or poems. Create a word search with all the party's pertinent details. Don't make it too difficult, though, or a few guests might not show. You can also write an acrostic poem. Simply write a word vertically down the invitation such as "Eight," the age of the birthday boy or girl. Then you will write a five-line poem. The first line will begin with "E," so you could say, for example, "Everyone come over for incredible fun--bring pyjamas, toothbrushes and pool gear and show up at 500 Birch Lane at half-past eleven on Saturday the 10th of March." The next line begins with an "I," and so on. For another writing challenge, work with your eight-year-old to compose a simple birthday poem. Use a rhyming dictionary and make lists of common, simple words related to your theme. For a clever riddle, write on the outside of the invitation, "What has twelve ears, six toothbrushes, a load of candy, eight candles and two zillion laughs?" On the inside, write the answer: "Libby's Eighth Birthday Party."
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