I know that the idea of running a children’s party yourself might be daunting. So I thought I’d tell you a bit about how a Party Box works to allay any fears that you might have.
How a Party Box works:
A Squidgydoodle Party Box is packed full with everything you need to run 4 fun, imaginative craft and sensory activities at your child’s party.
1. Pick a theme
You will find a range of party themes in the Squidgydoodle shop. If the theme that you want isn’t there get in touch. I’m developing new themes all the time. If it’s not on my list and it’s what your child desperately wants, maybe it should be, so please let me know.
Sometimes people want to mix themes, so they’ll pick 2 smaller boxes with different themes.
2. Pick a box size
Squidgydoodle Party Boxes are for 8, 15 or 30 children. If you’ve got more than 30 children coming, just pick more than one box.
3. Place your order
Once you place your order you’ll automatically be sent a free printable invitation to send out.
Once I receive your order you’ll receive confirmation and I will start preparing the activities for your order. Please be aware that the activities are handmade. Party Boxes can take 1-2 weeks to arrive, so please ensure that you order in plenty of time for your special occasion to avoid disappointment.
4. Wait for your Party Box to arrive
I’ve run many, many children’s parties so I’ll send you some top tips for the day, which cover everything from how to set up your space, to how to manage the use of paint. There are party boxes which don’t include paint if that’s one of your fears!
I’ll also send you some fab themed party game ideas in case you want to use them.
Copies of the top tips and party games will also be included in your party box.
5. Open the party box
Imagine your child’s delight when a party box arrives, addressed to them, packed full with everything for their special day!
All of the activities will be carefully packaged so that you know which things go together. Each art activity includes an instruction card for the children. All the equipment you need like paint, pens, glue etc. will be included.
The sensory activity mixture will be provided, you just need to add water. Full instructions will be given.
The Party Box even includes paper tablecloths or floor coverings so that you can just wrap up all those creative juices and put them straight in the bin afterwards.
6. On the special day
Set out the pre-prepared activities, then sit back and watch the children have fun!
7. After the special day
The Party Box includes thank you notelets so that you can send everyone a little bit of love.
That all sounds great but I’m still panicking!
What if the kids run around wildly!?
Parties can be an excitable time and I completely understand the fear of not having control of a party full of kids. Fear not though! I would always recommend that you set the activities out so that they fill the space. This means that there is no space for children to run around wildly.
The activities are designed to be fun and you will find that children want to get stuck in creating. It is best to let children rotate around the activities in the order they choose. Some will spend more time on one activity than another. Some may keep going back to one activity. It really doesn’t matter.
What if they don’t listen to me?
Before the party starts you can get the children to agree on a signal you can use to make them all stop and listen. It could be a clapping rhythm (this is a favourite one with teachers) or a whistle. Once the kids are all looking at you, you could get them to stand up, sit down, wiggle their fingers etc. to make sure you have their attention. If you’ve got a small sweet you can give to the quickest one you’ll definitely get their attention when you need it!
The party game ideas that are included in the party box are more active, as it is good to have a mixture of calm and active activities. It’s best to do these after food as it gives you time to clear the tables away.
What if they make my house/the hall a mess?
My top tips suggest how to limit the paint that is available. I also offer paint-free party options. The top tips also suggest setting out a washing up bowl of water with an old towel, near to the activities for hand-washing.
Paper floor and table coverings are provided for each activity to make the clear up quick and easy. Just roll everything up in the paper and throw it away.
What if they get paint on their clothes?
The free printable invitations suggest that children may want to bring an old T-shirt, or not wear their favourite clothes. The paints supplied are specifically designed for use by children and are washable. Although I can’t guarantee that they will come out of all fabrics.
I’ve got a mixture of ages coming, how does that work?
Squidgydoodle party boxes are aimed at 3 – 8 year olds. You might be wondering how they can suit such a broad age range. The party boxes include art, sensory and craft activities. Activities are designed to encourage children to discover, explore and create.
So they might be creating a superhero mask, or unicorn crown. They could be splat painting a baddie with rice filled tights, or scooping treasure from rainbow slime.
You won’t find any picture based instructions that they need to be able to follow. It means that your child can create at the level which suits them and each child will create something unique to them. There is no right or wrong way.
If you’re still not sure, here are some reviews from Party Box customers:
It was beyond my expectations. It was personalised, well organised and age appropriate. My daughter and her friends really enjoyed the activities and it was really helpful to have some game suggestions. Very high quality & excellent value for money.
Sue – Rainbow Party Box customer.
It was great that I could divide my party boxes with 15 unicorn and 15 superhero. My box arrived packed well, along with easy to follow set up instructions. All I did was set up and the kids did the rest. Highly recommended!
Lisa – Superhero & Unicorn Party Box customer.
Now all your fears have been forgotten and you’re ready to share the Squidgydoodle fun with your child and their friends, head on over to the Party Box shop!