Capture the Flag 4th of July


The British are coming! The British are coming! Oneth by land, twoth by the pool? Capture the Flag is the perfect game to play at any Fourth of July party. Just add a little bit of independence war spirit, and you’ll have a great party game to entertain the kids and the young at heart.

Materials Needed:

  1. a list of who goes on what team
  2. 2 hula hoops to keep the “flags” in
  3. 2 symbols or flags. Since the American flag isn’t supposed to touch the ground, we suggest replacing the flags with a patriotic pillow and a union jack pillow or with rocks that are painted to look like the flags.


Place the hula hoops on either side of an evenly spaced yard/space. Choose jail spaces. The jails can best be represented with some sort of a net (such as a lacrosse net and/or a soccer net.) Use what you already have. Set the boundaries in the beginning (such as no one can go into the house if they are playing this game). Separate the yard into two even spaces that can act as the safe land for either side.

Separate the group of players into two: the British and the Americans. Make sure that teams are even.

Have everyone start at the farthest end of the barriers. Flag watchers cannot go inside the hula hoops to watch the flags. Anyone can tag a member of the opposite team once that person has left her team’s own territory. Once tagged, that person must go to jail. A jailed team member can only get freed once he/she has been tagged by a member of his/her own team. Then, everyone must go back to their own territory before trying to capture the other team’s flag. Discourage roughhousing. In order to win a round, someone must successfully bring the other team’s flag to his/her team’s territory. Play in as many rounds as you want (but three should be the limit).

Dolphin Race – Pool Game


Happy National dolphin day! In honor of this day, I’m going to tell you about a great pool game to play at pool parties.

The goal of the game is to move a ball from one end of the pool to another using only your nose (because that’s how dolphins push balls). This game may take about 10 minutes to play and may cost about $6-$13 to play if you need to buy balls.

What you’ll need:

  1. One ball that floats in water per team (if you plan on using balls that you already have in your home, then you should make sure that they float).
  2. A pool deep enough for the kids to play the game in.


Break the swimming party guests into groups of four or more players. Make sure that you have one ball per team. Make sure that you have the same number of kids on each team. You can either have this game work as a race or part of a relay.

Like dolphins, team members can only use theirs noses to push the ball from one end of the pool to the other, and then back using their nose (although generally using the face to push the ball works too). Only one teammate goes at a time. If anyone is caught using his or her hands to move the ball, that person will have to return to the starting point.

The first team to finish wins!


Thanksgiving Trivia


Well, the kids have just about torn through the house, the teenagers are barely acknowledging other people’s presence, and the stormy weather has blocked the men from watching their Thanksgiving football. What now? Stay calm. Entertain everyone with a trivia contest. Divide people up by either age, gender, or family relations. Keep reading to get some sample ideas. This is for an American Thanksgiving. I’ve written these out as multiple choice trivia questions.

Materials Needed:

  1. a printed out set of trivia questions

Sample Questions:


  1. What are female turkeys called?
    • A) Hens
    • B) Girlies
    • C) Chicks
    • D) Blands
  2. What bird did Benjamin Franklin want to be the national bird?
    • A) Bald Eagle
    • B) Turkey
    • C) Potato Bird
    • D) Woodpecker
  3. When is Thanksgiving celebrated?
    • A) last Thursday of November
    • B) the 26th of November
    • C) Fourth Thursday of November
    • D) the last Thursday before December
  4. Which of the following foods was likely served at the first Thanksgiving?
    • A) pumpkin pie
    • B) potatoes
    • C) macaroni and cheese
    • D) shellfish
  5. When was the first Thanksgiving?
    • A) 1621
    • B) 1776
    • C) 1812
    • D) 1864
  6. What do turkeys have in common with penguins?
    • A) they are highly adept swimmers
    • B) they both carry their eggs on their feet
    • C) neither species can fly
    • D) neither species eats meat
  7. What was the name of the pilgrim’s ship?
    • A) Pinto
    • B) Santa Maria
    • C) Niña
    • D) Mayflower
  8. What modern day state did the pilgrims land in?
    • A) Massachusetts
    • B) New York
    • C) Virginia
    • D) Florida
  9. In what year did the pilgrims leave from England and land in the United States?
    • A) 1492
    • B) 1550
    • C) 1620
    • D) 1700
  10. Where did the pilgrims live before they decided to colonize a piece of the new world?
    • A) England
    • B) France
    • C) Finland
    • D) Netherlands


  1. Which President declared Thanksgiving a national holiday?
    • A) Abraham Lincoln
    • B) George Washington
    • C) Theodore Roosevelt
    • D) Barack Obama
  2. What are male turkeys called?
    • A) Hens
    • B) Clucks
    • C) Toms
    • D) Roosters
  3. Which president officially started the practice of turkey pardoning?
    • A) Barack Obama
    • B) Richard Nixon
    • C) Franklin Roosevelt
    • D) Harry Truman
  4. One baby was born onboard the Mayflower. What was the baby named?
    • A) Myles
    • B) Oceanus
    • C) Prudence
    • D) Prayer
  5. What modern day location did the pilgrims hope to settle in?
    • A) Plymouth, MA
    • B) Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • C)Jamestown, VA
    • D) New York City, NY
  6. Which two teams started the tradition of playing football games on Thanksgiving?
    • A) Detroit Lions v. Chicago Bears
    • B) NY Giants v. New England Patriots
    • C) Green Bay Packers v. Detroit Lions
    • D) Dallas Cowboys v. New England Patriots
  7. How many subspecies of turkeys are there?
    • A) one
    • B) three
    • C) six
    • D) ten
  8. What were the pilgrims originally called in their day?
    • A) Puritans
    • B) Standishers
    • C) Huguenots
    • D) Seperatists
  9. What tribe helped the pilgrims?
    • A) Wampanoag tribe
    • B) Secotan tribe
    • C) Powhatan tribe
    • D) Pueblo tribe
  10. How many months after the pilgrims arrive did the Native Americans wait to approach the settlers?
    • A) one month
    • B) three months
    • C) six months
    • D) twelve months


  1. How many towns are in the United States named Turkey?
    • A) one
    • B) Four
    • C) Eight
    • D) Sixteen
  2. How fast can a turkey run?
    • A) 5 miles per hour
    • B) 10 miles per hour
    • C) 17 miles per hour
    • D) 25 miles per hour
  3. Which city has the oldest Thanksgiving day parade?
    • A) Philadelphia 
    • B) New York City
    • C) Washington, D.C.
    • D) Boston
  4. When were giant, helium balloon characters first used in the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade?
    • A) 1900
    • B) 1914
    • C)1927
    • D) 1947
  5. When did the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade begin?
    • A) 1900
    • B) 1913
    • C) 1924
    • D) 1947
  6. How long does it take to inflate a giant parade balloon?
    • A) 30 minutes
    • B) an hour
    • C) an hour and thirty minutes
    • D) two hours
  7. What is the lifespan of an average parade balloon?
    • A) a year
    • B) three years
    • C) five years
    • D) eight years
  8. When was the first time that Spongebob flew in the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade?
    • A) 1994
    • B) 2004
    • C) 2010
    • D) 2014
  9. When did Mickey Mouse first debut as a Thanksgiving parade balloon?
    • A) 1927
    • B) 1934
    • C) 1965
    • D) 2000
  10. Which character has appeared the most in Macy’s Thanksgiving day parades?
    • A) Mickey Mouse
    • B) Felix the Cat
    • C) Pikachu
    • D) Snoopy
  11. How long does it take to deflate a parade balloon?
    • A) 15 minutes
    • B) 30 minutes
    • C) 45 minutes
    • D) an hour

Spooky Glow Toss


This is a fun game for a crowd that won’t mind being in the dark (12+). It even works well for sleepovers. Our focus, however, is on Halloween Glow toss. The following paragraphs will detail ideas about how to theme the ring toss sections. The more complex of course that you design, the longer the kids will enjoy playing the game. You also have the option of assigning points to different tosses. In order to do this, you should decide a points scale such as 100-1,000 by difficulty, fold black or dark construction paper into name cards that can stand up on their own, and then paint the desired value of toss on the card using glow in the dark paint.

The first step in deciding what to make ring toss goals would be to check to see what Halloween decorations you already have and have decorated with. It’ll be better to use what you already have. Here are some ideas:

  1. black cat- your standard black cat decoration has two possible places that a ring could be tossed on to it. The head would be the easiest part of the cat decoration to get the ring on to. The tail would be the hardest part to get the ring on to.
  2. top of the pumpkin- some pumpkins have very long stems. That type of pumpkin would be perfect to use for ring toss. (You get bonus points if it’s a jack-o-lanturn).
  3. zombie hands- You will have to test this idea out to see how well the ring can get around the rubber arm popping out of the ground. This would be a pretty funny ring toss option.
  4. twisty tree ghost- a twisty tree ghost is a ghost decoration that wraps around the tree or a pole of some sort. Use the tail and one arm to wrap around the tree. Use the other to reach outwards as a ring toss hook.
  5. End of a witch’s broom- most witch decorations come with a broom for the scary witch to “fly” on. You can use the end of one of these as a ring toss catch.
  6. Construction paper witch hats- use construction paper to make a witch hat. Reinforce it with some cardboard to create a fun ring toss challenge.

Essential Materials Needed:

  1. Enough glow rings for everyone (About $10 for a pack of 6)
  2. construction paper ($7)
  3. glow paint ($9)
  4. a paint brush ($1)
  5. any of the decorations above


Identify what you can use for ring toss in your yard or house. Create the cards as suggested and place them next to the targets.

You can play this game in two ways. One way would be to set it up like mini golf in that the kids have to travel from one ring toss section to the other in order to play all of the challenges that you’ve created. The other option would be to have the kids each get 3-5 glow rings that are necklace sized. Have the kids get in a line and play ring toss one at a time.

Popcorn Game



This is a fun game to play on a trampoline with netted sides or inside a jumping castle. Only two people can play at a time. It’s a better game for playdates. It’s free as long as you already have the trampoline with the nets around it or a jumping castle.


Have one child sit criss cross on the opposite end of the trampoline from the other child, but not so far away that the child’s back is against the net or wall of the jumping castle. The other child should jump 2 small jumps or take 3 steps and then land in a sitting position. The other child should be popped up and giggle. Then they switch sides and the other child tries to pop the first child that jumped.

The Time is Right


I used to watch a game show called “the Price is Right” at lunch at the pizzeria across the street from my high school. It seemed like a fun game, but I’m still not sure how the contestants remembered those prices so well. The Time is Right is similar in that you have to guess a number, but we will focus on what year something occurred.

This game is great for family reunions or reminding the hubby how long you’ve been married. It can also work well as a test game for memorizing dates from history. Either way, everyone will learn something new. It’s up to you how you use it.

Materials Needed:

  1. master sheet of questions
  2. computer
  3. scanner
  4. an easy to use program to make a slide show
  5. a game prize
  6. a screen with a projector so that everyone can see
  7. OR a large computer screen
  8. OR a mechanism to hook up your computer to a large TV screen


Create a Spread sheet with either 2 columns or 3 columns. The 2 column version will have one column labeled event and a second labeled when. A question in this set up will look like: EVENT Danny and Sandy got married WHEN 1978. The three column version is better for balancing how many event questions you have per person. It will be split up into who, what, and when. A sample would look like: WHO Danny and Sandy WHAT got married WHEN 1978.

Here are some sample questions you can fill out:

  1. birth
  2. got married
  3. graduated high school
  4. graduated college
  5. went to some location on vacation
  6. death (usually best done for a long gone relative as a challenge question)
  7. lost first tooth
  8. was pronounced cancer free
  9. moved to a new city
  10. bought a midlife crisis vehicle
  11. started own business
  12. immigration into a country
  13. become a citizen of that country
  14. bar or bat mitzvah
  15. christening
  16. year 2 people met
  17. pet joined family
  18. first car
  19. broke a bone
  20. certain haircut

Because you know all of these things, you will have to be the game host. If you don’t remember a lot of things about your family members and neither their Facebook photos nor your albums at home have the answer, please call them. Let them know in advance about the game and have them help.

The next thing to think about is how you want to divide up the teams. You can have each family be a team, pair one child with one adult to create a team, or have teams of kids against teams of adults.The last idea has its obvious problems. You know your family best.

There are 2 different ways to have the team reply. You can give each time a blackboard and chalk or a white board with dry erase markers and have them write down the year. The other way to play is to have each team decide on a buzzer sound from someone’s set of ringtones and alert messages. Hear each team’s buzzer before you play the game. They will buzz in, you will acknowledge the buzz, and then they will say the answer.

Each correct answer should give a team 1 point. Tally up all of the points at the end of each round or entire game. The winning team should get a prize of some sort.

The game usually consists of mini games, so I recommend breaking the questions up into mini games. All of these require an easily controlled software that can make a plain slideshow. Use non-iconic photos for the game. If you have to use photos that have an automatic date stamp, you should take care to black out the image of the time. Make a heading section for each game on your slide show.Take a look at game options:

Missing Person


Scan 5-10 photos of family into your computer. Upload these photos into photoshop or Microsoft paint. Use the circle or oval tool to drag a giant, black oval over your loved ones faces to completely cover them. This shouldn’t take any skill. Worse comes to worse, ask your child to help you out. Save these pictures as missingperson01 , missingperson02, missingperson03, etc. For this game, you’ll instruct the players to guess when this photo was taken. It’ll be relatively hard to tell who the family members are, so it’ll be a challenge to place them in a specific year. More well known photos should be used for this such as wedding photos.

Contestants must only answer what year the photo was taken.

Say What?

This game requires 5-10 old polaroid photos or photos that have something written in the back of them. Make sure that the dates are all blacked out.Who knows what we were thinking when we took these photos and wrote the captions on them. We’re not quiet sure what grandma hoped to record when she wrote down “we saw london, we saw france, we see Mickey’s underpants.” Only a special few will remember when she went to Las Vegas with her best friend 2 years ago.

For this game, you may only tell the contestants who wrote the comment and the context (such as saying Las Vegas) as long as it doesn’t give away the date. The players must guess the date in order to win.

Been There, Wrote That

Our penmanship as toddlers and elementary school kids is usually hard to read between the backwards ‘p’s, the misspellings, and those letters that looked as though they were being formed when an Earthquake hit. Use 5-10 of your children (and their cousins’) old art work of events and school journal entries with the dates blocked out as questions. Scan them into the computer or take a photo of them on a smart phone to upload. Name the files beenthere01, beenthere02, etc. Your child may have written ‘today my baby brother was born’, but he might not remember what his old hand writing looks like.

Contestants must correctly answer who wrote it and what year.

Save the Date

Your parents may have been married so long that they don’t remember when exactly or where exactly they got married. For this game, you’ll need 5-10 images of locations that you got off of Google to illustrate your statements. For instance, don’t use that photo of grandma and grandpa running out of the church together to start their lives. You should instead use that photo you got off the internet.

You’ll say the event: grandma and grandpa got married here. The contestants will have to guess the year.

Now and Then

Things change. The first house your parents bought was cute in all of your baby photos. Where is it now? Is it a renovated home with a new paint job, two editions, and a lighthouse in the front yard or has it been paved over to create a highway? For this game you’ll need 5-10 photos of something in the past and 5-10 image of what it looks like today.

When you ask a question, show the image of what it looks like today. When someone gives the correct year of the event, then you can switch to the old image. When asking the question, you should say the full event such as “Uncle Jim lost his first tooth in the yard and we couldn’t find it.”


Pets are our best friends, but we don’t always remember their events such as the year they were born, were brought into our families, won the local dog trick competition, or died. Use 5-10 photos of you and your family members’ pets with these sorts of the questions.

You may move onto the next photo when the contestants guess the correct year the event you described happened.

At This Point in Time

This game will be good for people who know world or U.S. history better than their own family history. Get 5-10 images that happened in the same year as a family member’s event. For instance, get a picture of Sputnik if great cousin Lewis was born in the same year that Sputnik was launched.

You will say the events’ name and the family member’s event. The contestants have to guess the year.

That Hair

We all make hair mistakes. Maybe they were in at one point, but most of the family wants to forget the year that your husband thought that mullets were cool. You should have 5-1o photos with different haircuts on your family members and 5-10 photos of strangers with that haircut. Show the photos of the strangers first and the family photo as a reward for guessing the year.

Just say the family member’s name and the style of hair or haircut. Don’t be mean about it. The winner should guess the year.

Ticket to Ride

We all buy different types of vehicles: cars, boats, bikes, and scooters. We may not remember what year we bought them. Use 5-10 photos of different vehicles family members have purchased over the years that you got off the internet so that they look shiny and new. Have them guess the year that Aunt Pam bought that 2008 Camry. Not many people may remember that she got it in 2009.

Say what item’s official title is and who bought it. Leave the guests to guess when.


If you played this game and had fun, please let us know in the comments!


Summer Olympics Party


I don’t usually watch sports on TV, but when I do it’s either the most interesting thing happening at a restaurant or the Olympics. I am SUPER excited for opening ceremony of the summer Olympics this year. This will be fun for a formal birthday party or just the neighborhood kids playing together. This is going to be a super long post with a variety of activities for just one event. Feel free to mix and match the events rather than playing all of the events.

Before you Start:

Before you start the games, you should look around your yard and house to see what materials you already have. You don’t want to go broke putting on the Olympics (if only most countries followed that advice). Read the games below to get an idea of what activities could be done and create a spread sheet of the activities you want to play. The spread sheet should have 4 columns: activity, bronze medals. silver medals, and gold medals. When playing the activities, you should write down an abbreviation for the country so that you can quickly fill it in such as U.S. for the United States, C. for Canada, and A. for Australia. This will help you better conduct the awards ceremony at the end of the games.


1: Country Selection:

Have the kids break up into teams to begin with. Have them pick a country other than their home country because you don’t want to have the groups fighting to represent their home country.You can even have them make up their own countries.

Once they have decided what country they want to represent, hand out something the kids can decorate to represent what team they’re on such as a bracelet ($7 for two dozen) or bandana ($13 for a dozen). Use sharpies, acrylic paint, or fabric markers to decorate. The kids should make it look like the country’s flag or a symbol of their made up country.

If the kids decide to make up their own countries, then you should have them talk about it. For example, let’s say that the kids decide to make up a country called Fluffernutter. What are the national colors of Fluffernutter? Do they have any symbols? What is their top export? What language do they speak? It’s pretty fun!

Once you’ve done this, then the games can officially begin!

2: H-O-R-S-E:

You’ll need a blacktop, a basketball hoop, and a basketball to play this game.

You can do this so that every team goes once and picks a representative to play in the ultimate match up or you can have this be one big game of H-O-R-S-E between all of the countries. Obviously, the first version of the game will take longer.

H-O-R-S-E starts out when an order has been created for the group to play in. The first person makes the first shot. Encourage them to make a challenging shot. Have the player announce the rules to his or her shot. For example they would say “I’m shooting with my eyes closed” if they were going to shoot the ball with their eyes closed. The first person should successfully make the ball go in the hoop. If he or she misses, then they go to the back of the line and the person behind them makes a shot.

Everyone must make the same shot and get the ball into the hoop. If someone misses, then they receive a letter. Once they’ve received enough letters to spell horse, then they are out of the game and should sit on the sidelines to cheer his or her team on.

If you’re playing with mixed countries, then you should play until there are three players left. When the third player gets out, then mark down that his or her country is receiving the bronze for that sport. When the second player gets out, mark down that that country won the silver. The person left standing won the gold.

If you’re going to decide who’s the best from each country, then you should play the game fully until you have one winner from each country. Those players should face off. If you only have 2 countries in your Olympics, then you should take the top 2 from the in-country rounds and put them together so that you have 4 people competing. When the third player gets out, then mark down that his or her country is receiving the bronze for that sport. When the second player gets out, mark down that that country won the silver. The person left standing won the gold.

3: Backyard Gymnastics:

You’ll need a can of lawn paint spray for this ($7.50 on Amazon) or a balance beam.

If you’re going to play this game, then you’ll need to prepare in advance so that you can let the paint dry. Paint a straight, even stripe on a flat section of your lawn like a pretend balance beam. Olympic sized balance beams are 16 feet long by 4 inches.

Players of the game must do a series of tasks that get harder to do in 3 rounds: Easy, Medium, and Hard. The competition will knock contestants out to award the countries medals at the end.

In the Easy section you should instruct the kids to do 1-3 maneuvers. Whatever you decide, you should keep that many maneuvers in the game per round. Any kid who misses all of those or two of those maneuvers should be unable to compete in the next round and should cheer his or her countrymen on. All of the gymnastics should take place on the balance beam line. Easy gymnastics could include doing a cartwheel, walking backwards, hopping on one foot, and doing a leap.

Medium gymnastics would include doing things such as a double cartwheel, hopping on one foot backwards, and doing the Cotton Eye Joe dance across the balance beam. You may get your bronze medal contestant during this phase.

Hard gymnastics doing a triple cartwheel, a one handed cartwheel, and doing a hand stand for the longest amount of time. The gold medal winner is the person who can complete all of the tasks. Ties are allowed.

4: Tennis:

To set up for the tennis relay race, you’ll need as many tennis rackets or bat mitten rackets, and tennis balls as there are teams. If you don’t, then you’ll need to time each team and have them go one at a time. Put a cone a rather far way away from where the kids will line up (such as a yard or two away).

Have the kids form one line per team. Give each person at the front of the line a racket and a ball. They must balance the ball on the racket as they walk to and around the cone. They must keep it balanced when they hand it off to a teammate. If the ball falls, they have to do a jumping jack and then retrieve the ball. The fastest team to finish gets the gold medal. Second fastest gets the silver medal and so on and so forth.

5: Pool Events:

These events (there can be more than one) simply require a pool. You can have swimming races using different strokes, pool dancing (although that would be highly subjective), and dive contests such as cannonball and bellyflop contests. Just let everyone know in advance that they’ll be swimming and should bring a bathing suit. This should be the last event before the awards ceremony if you decide to include it.

6: Track Race:

No track actually needed. Create a start line and a finish line that are a good distance apart. You can bracket the kids so that one kid runs at a time per country. The kid that finishes first in that race will then move on to another round. Go through all of the kids in the first round before moving onto the next round. Repeat again with 2-3 kids running at a time until you have clear gold, silver, and bronze winners.

7: Soccer/ Football:

You don’t need anything fancy to have a mini soccer game. You just need a ball, something that the balls can be caught in whether it is a net or an old basket of some sort, and at least 2 teams. Keep the goals a good distance apart from each other. Bracket the groups as that they’ll each have to play each other at least once. The group that scores 5 goals first wins and moves on to the next round.

8: Awards Ceremony:

Time to find out which country won the Olympics this year. Make sure that you’ve done all your medals calculations and have noted memorable people or moments in advance. Gather the teams around you. Praise them for doing their best and having fun representing their countries. You can read out which country (and/or person who won the medal for their country) was awarded which medal. Then tell them the total tally of how many gold medals, silver, and bronze each country won. Tell them who won the gold medal count, silver count, bronze count, and total medal count. Clap and award them with some snacks.

Pokémon Go Party


A Pokémon Go Party is really just hanging out with friends who also own the Pokémon Go, but calling it a party makes it much more fun. This party is more of movable feast for you and your friends (or your child’s friends) to get out and explore the neighborhood safely.

Decide to meet at someone’s house or a pokéstop such as a safe, indoor mall and see how many people are up for wandering around. Make sure to set up spotters. No, they don’t spot pokémon for you. The spotters should be the friend to tell you to get out of the middle of the road while you’re pokémon hunting. Not everyone sees the same pokémon at the same spots. This can vary based on level.

Check out the ideas below and please let me know what you think!

Things to Pack (print and cross out all that apply):

  1. phone
  2. phone chargers
  3. a small cooler filled with cold water (dehydration is serious, but feel free to sneak other things in there.)
  4. a bag filled with some sort of snack (see snacks below)
  5. pokémon team pride (see below the snacks)

Possible Themed Snacks:

Oran berries– pack handfuls or so of blue berries in snack sized packages labelled oran berries. Keep them somewhere that they won’t get smooshed.

Dried Pinap Berries– Pokémon has a berry called the pinap berry, which looks a lot like pineapples. Even the name sounds like pineapple! Buy some dried pineapple from the store (I personally like Trader Joe’s line) and tell the members of your party that its dried pinap.

Dried Cheri Berries– Cheri berries kind of look like cherries. Why not just pick up dried cherries from the store? Tell guests that its dried cheri berries. You can even mix the two together.  If you’re noticing a pattern here and want to use your own local dried fruits then you should check out the image below. There are so many different types of berries that you can mix and match to your local offerings. Just be careful not to mix too many different types of berries or else the kids (or guests) will see right through your poké berry rouse. montage-berries

Moo moo milk– moo moo milk is sold in any game where miltanks can be found. It was first introduced in the jhoto region. So far Pokémon Go only has Kanto region pokémon, but it’s a festive treat. Just keep it cold while you’re out and about. Instructions in video.

Poffin– based off of the poffins used to increase a pokémon status boosters for competitions. Only for the paking inclined. Instructions in video.

Pokeball cake pops– only for the baking inclined. Instructions in video.

Pokemon Team Pride

Pokémon Go consists of 3 teams: Team Valor (red), Team Mystic (blue), and Team Instinct (yellow). Each one of these has the mascot of one of the 3 original mythical Pokémon that you could catch in all of the Pokemon Blue, Red, and Yellow games. If you’re having a more formal party or if you’re going to have everyone come to your house beforehand, then you might want to consider having people create their own team swag.


Not all friends are part of the same team. For instance, I’m on Team Mystic and one of my best friends is on Team Instinct. Had we been playing together, we may have joined the same team, but we only started texting about it 3 days after the game became available. I recommend doing a survey beforehand to see how many people are part of a certain team.

First of all, you should decide what item you want to have your friends decorate. Some examples may include canvas backpacks, water bottle holders, bracelets, and shirts.

In order to decorate your item of choice you should grab fabric markers, other fabric decorators, and special paper that you can print out images on and iron on to the fabric. You should print out the right amount of iron-on images from below so that everyone can iron on their right team. Y0u should probably do this before everyone gets to your place. Let people decorate their swag as they want. They may want to put their username on their piece for instance. Have fun!


Draw a memory


This is a fun, calm activity inspired by the movie “Inside Out”. Just like the movie, each colored paper should correspond to a memory (red is angry, blue is sad, yellow is happy, green is disgust, and purple is fear). This may entertain the kids for about 15 minutes and it would be a great way for all of the kids to wait for the guests to show up. It’ll cost about $15 to set up.

Materials Needed:

  1. red, blue, yellow, green, and purple paper
  2. crayons, colored pencils, or markers
  3. optional: pom poms and glue/ glitter glue

First Year Wishes Book

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A baby’s first birthday is a huge milestone. You might have had a smooth first year with the baby or a bumpy one. Either way, this is a party activity that every friend and member of the family can participate in. All you need is a book (preferably a fancy book with heavy paper) and two fancy pens, which may cost you about $20 to for everything.

Materials Needed:

  1. A fancy book
  2. 2-3 fancy pens with good quality ink.
  3. A paper printed with the instructions

Instructions to put near the book:

Hi everyone! We wanted everyone to give (insert baby’s name here) a present that he/she’ll always remember, so we would like for you to write him/her a wish, a message, or some advice that he/she can look back on throughout her life! Thanks!

– the happy parents