If your child enjoys the Disney show "Wizards of Waverly Place," you can use the show as inspiration to decorate for your tween's party. Bright colors, along with decorations that include the show's main character Alex Russo (played by Selena Gomez) and a few magical games will make this birthday event one the guest of honor may remember fondly for years to come.
Purchase invitations in the shape of stars or a wizard hat for the birthday party, or use stock paper and stencils to create the shapes yourself. Start the invitations off with something like "You're invited to a day of magical birthday fun!" You can spray the invitations with glitter to make them look "magical," or attach a glow-in-the-dark magic wand to each invitation and encourage guests to bring their wands to the party to perform "spells."
Bright hues that match the show's scenery and logo, like purple, electric blue, and shades of silver or platinum are ideal for a Wizards of Waverly Place party. Purchase clusters of balloons in these shades to tape to the corners of the wall, along with cutouts of characters from the show to hang from the ceiling or on the walls. Include more metallic hues in the party decor, like a gold or bronze tablecloth, or copper-colored streamers tied to the backs of chairs.
Play a Wizards of Waverly Place version of "Scene It" with the party guests by playing a scene from an episode of the show. Divide the children into two teams, and ask them to remember small details about each scene after you've paused it, like "What was Jerry eating?" or "What color were Alex's socks?" The team that gets the most answers correct wins prize bags filled with mini books of magic tricks, or sweet and sour candies in bright colors. Or, let the children create their own "potions," like a fruit punch in an uncommon color, or a mini bottle of lotion. Supply the food coloring, fruit, lotion and scented oils so children can showcase their craft at the party, then take the favors home. You can also set up a photo booth for the kids, complete with costume accents like wizard glasses, capes or hats for the children to pose in.
Ask you local baker to prepare a cone-shaped cake that resembles a wizard hat and cover it with blue or purple fondant. Request that the cake be accented with magic wands or crescent moons made of purple fondant, along with letters spelling out a birthday greeting. Or, take a poster of the Russo kids (Justin, Alex and Max) to the baker to have the image transferred onto the sheet cake. Ask for other decorative fondant items from the show, like wizard glasses or sub sandwiches, to decorate the corners and sides of the cake.
Put together a goody bag filled with cookies in the shape of stars or wizard hats and brightly colored candies, or a gift card to a local sandwich shop, like the one the Russo family owns in the show. A collection of stamps, stickers or temporary glitter tattoos with the Wizards of Waverly Place logo or images of stars or magic wands are entertaining treats for the guests to take home as well.
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