Wednesday, 27 June 2007
Dora, Dora, Dora the Explorer
When Elsie first told me that she wanted a Dora the Explorer birthday party I must admit my heart sank - fairies and princesses are a whole lot easier - but actually once we started to think about it I realised it could be good fun for little and big people. We found cups and plates from PartyPieces and then I found the NickJr Dora party site where we could download invitations and find games and all sorts. We played Stuck in the Mud (big hit), What's the Time, Dora? and walking the plank, all before tea to try to minimise the risk of tea reappearing.
Bear ran a storming treasure hunt along the lines of a Dora adventure - walk along the branch! jump over the raging river! call the condors! - culminating in birthday cake candle blowing and a lot of happy shouting. I was congratulated on my "socialist Pass the Parcel" which has a pile of little prizes in the middle to share out; I wish I could take credit for the idea but I borrowed it from another party.
I managed to get some craftiness in - I spent most of Sunday morning cutting out butterflies and spiders and backing them with plastic book covering. Then at the party the children got to stick sparkly bits into the holes in the wings, we covered them with a second piece of plastic to make a butterfly sandwich and they took them home to stick on the window.
We had 18 small people, mostly five year olds but a couple of littlies and one older child - who was a great help. We didn't do a bouncy castle this year - thank the lord, given the atrocious weather - but we did ask one of the mums from school who is a face painter to come along. That was worth every penny - they all stood still, in a neat and patient line, for minutes on end!
Did you know you can download the Dora theme from Itunes? I do. Guess how many times I heard it on Sunday ...