For your next party, consider an enchanted theme. This is an idea that works for all age groups, from kids to teens to adults, and it allows you to depart from typical party themes and be more fanciful. Interpret an enchanted party theme in several imaginative ways, from party decorations to the food you serve.
Make the party location look enchanted by hanging balloons, silk scarves, tulle fabric and large construction paper flowers. Add some fairy twinkle with white holiday lights. For a centerpiece on the food table, create an Aladdin's lamp by spray painting a neti pot or small watering can gold. Use poster board and markers to make posters that have the names of favorite fairy tales and children's stories in colorful fonts: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Thumbelina, Alice in Wonderland, The Three Little Pigs, Rapunzel, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Gingerbread Man, The Wild Swans, and The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs.
Play Pin the Crown on the Prince: Blindfold guests and let them try to affix the headgear onto a construction paper prince in the right place. Play Tell the Story: Point to any of the posters on the wall and let everyone try to give a detailed synopsis of the fairy tale on it. Have a Hansel and Gretel Treasure Hunt: Carve coin shapes out of Styrofoam, spray paint them gold, and hide them in the backyard or around the house for guests to look for. At a kids' party, show an animated fairy tale; at an adults' party, a movie such as "The Brothers Grimm", "Red Riding Hood" or "The Princess Bride." For a little girl's party, give everyone pipe cleaners and plastic beads to make enchanted princess bracelets.
For a teen's or adult's party, an always enjoyable party activity is karaoke. Make it fit your enchanted party theme. Use such songs as "Do you Believe in Magic?'" by The Lovin' Spoonful, "This Magic Moment" by The Drifters, "I Put a Spell on You" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf, "Two Princes" by The Spin Doctors, "Princess" by Elton John, "Magic Bus" by The Who, "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by The Police, and "Enchanted" by Taylor Swift.
Tie all your party fare and drink in to the theme by adding a related word to each dish; place a little flag with the name on the food table beside each dish. For kids: Sleeping Beauty sandwiches, Puss in Boots potato chips, Beauty and the Beast berry cups, and Jack and the Beanstalk juice. For adults: Cinderella sushi, Little Mermaid meatballs, Princess and the Pea fritters, Frog Prince fruit tarts, and Snow White Russians.
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