Numerous children grew up reading the novels of Laura Ingalls Wilder and watching the "Little House on the Prairie" television show that played from 1974 to 1983. Even today new generations of kids enjoy these tales of life on the American frontier in the late 1800s. When throwing a party with a "Little House" theme, there are several ideas you can use to give your shindig an authentic feel.
Setting the Mood
The decor for a "Little House on the Prairie Party" is what sets the tone for the whole event. An empty barn is the perfect place to hold the party; however, even if all you have is your backyard, you can still create the right mood. Cover wooden picnic tables in checkered tablecloths just like the material that was common at the time. Spread straw around the ground to create a cozy, farm-like feeling, and decorate with kerosene lanterns, old-fashioned washboards, horseshoes and saddles. Set up a Native American tepee in the yard for the kids to play in.
Choose old-fashioned games for a "Little House" party just like the good, clean fun that took place in the 1800s. Collect a number of large burlap bags and hold sack races to see who can hop to the finish line first. Provide several strips of cloth, pair off into teams of two, and tie one leg of each team member together in preparation for a three-legged race. Hold egg races where each person places a raw egg on a spoon and makes a run for the finish line. The person to get there first with his egg still on his spoon wins.
Feeding the Crowd
The food for a prairie party should be good old-fashioned fare, simple but tasty, just like the cuisine that was available at the time. Crispy fried chicken, thick ham sandwiches on homemade bread, spicy baked beans, and homemade biscuits spread with apple butter or jam are all options. Serve ice cold lemonade made from fresh-squeezed lemons and sweetened with plenty of sugar. Wind up the meal with apple and mincemeat pies and top them off with vanilla ice cream that's store-bought or homemade.
Entertaining Your Guests
When your guests have eaten their fill, worn themselves out with active games in the fresh air, and are ready to sit a spell, build a fire, break out one or two of your favorite "Little House" books and gather everyone together. Read a few chapters to the children and watch their eyes grow wide with wonder at the adventures contained in each book. Ask your musical guests to bring along a banjo or guitar and serenade the group by playing songs with simple lyrics and have everyone sing along.
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- "The Little House Cookbook"; Barbara M. Walker and Garth Williams; 1989
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