My youngest daughter turned 6 last month so naturally we had to celebrate this in the form of a ‘kinderfeestje’ (children’s party).
This year my daughter decided she wanted a ‘K3’ (a Belgian 3 girl pop group) party.
This pop group is marketed for little girls so it’s a very easy theme to do everything pink with lots of hearts, polka dots and rainbows.
We had a total of 8 children including my two daughters – we figured she was 6 years old so she could invite 6 little friends.
To begin with I managed to find some free printables for some super sweet rainbow party invites.
I found these over at mrprintables.com with clear instructions they were very easy to download and print out.
My daughter had decided that for the party food she wanted ‘patat & frikkandel’ (fries and a sort of fried sausage popular in the Netherlands).
I normally like to do tea party style food for the kids parties but it was her party so I let her choose.
To make it a bit more party-like I managed to find some really pretty paper bags with a pink floral print. The ‘patat & frikkandel’ were served in these little bags and I put extra plates of mayo and ketchup on the table.
I just served ‘ranja’ (fruit squash) to drink which I put on the table in glass bottles which were dressed up with K3 printouts.
For sweet I made a chocolate dip which I served together with bread sticks, strawberries, marshmallows and ‘poffertjes’ (little tiny pancakes).
I also manage to make a very quick birthday cake, due to a serious lack of time I took the easy route every step of the way, using a ‘biscuit’ packet mix (a very light sort of sponge cake).
I filled this with a thin layer of butter-cream and strawberry jam and then used ready roll icing (Yay! finally! I have waited 5 years for this finally to be available here in the Netherlands) to quickly cover it, I then coloured and cut out various pieces of fondant icing to decorate it.
I finally added a sprinkling of pink glitter powder.
Whilst not exactly being a masterpiece, my daughter was delighted – mission accomplished!
Cadeautjes Verstoppen (Hide the presents)
I don’t know if this game is popular in the whole of the Netherlands but where I live it certainly is. The kids hide all their presents that they have brought for the birthday girl or boy. The ‘Jarige’ (person whose birthday it is) goes out of the room whilst the other kids hide the presents. Once all the presents have been found (the other kids can help by shouting cold or warm depending on how close the are to the gifts) then the birthday girl /boy can open them up.
Pass the parcel
You can’t get much more British than ‘pass the parcel’, the kids here in the Netherlands look at you with blank faces when you tell them about the game – once they get into though they love it.
Although this is a classic for many people I will explain it anyway for any international visitors that might like to know what it entails.
You need a main gift for the centre (I had a glitter globe which I was able to put a photo and the K3 logo into it). I put this in a gift bag with a K3 sticker on it, then wrapped it in a different paper to the rest of the layers. I then went onto wrapping about 10 layers of paper on top, each with a small gift in (stickers, erasers, hair slides, candy etc). We then played some K3 music, every time I stopped the music the child who had the package in her hand was able to open one layer and keep the gift that drops out. Whilst the game is supposed to be random I do secretly ensure every child gets a turn unwrapping a layer (this saves any tears).
Roll The Die Game
I was originally going to make this a spinner game but then saw some big pink dice on sale for 50ct and thought this would be simpler.
Using the die I needed 6 different actions to correspond to the 6 different numbers on the dice. Here’s what I came up with;
1. Do a dance
2. Sing a song
3. Pop a balloon
4. Do an animal impression
5. Pull a funny face
6. Take a sweet (candy)
I made a simple table using MS Word with 2 columns. in the left column I added a 6 pictures of the die each showing the dots from 1 to 6. In the second column I added the list of actions together with clipart images. I printed this out and laminated it.
This was the easiest game ever to make up and I think the kids loved this one, I was actually able to leave them to get on with this one and they played for quite a while.
I will add a copy of this game later but if you need a copy in the meantime just let me know and I will forward it to you (I have in both English and Dutch).
Skittles & Straw Game
For this one take 4 plates and set 2 of them on the ground with about 5 skittles on (you can do more for older kids), put the other 2 plates about 3 meters away and give 2 children a straw each. They need to suck on the straw to pick the skittle up and then carefully bring it to the other plate (whilst still sucking). The one who transfers all of the skittles to the other plate first without using their hands is the winner.
I gave all the girls one skittle each on the coffee table so they could all have a practice before doing their race. It’s not as easy as you think as the 5-6 year old girls couldn’t seem to keep the suction going at first. They did get it in the end and all wanted extra goes once they got into it.
Other Party Activities
In addition to the above party games I also let the girls;
Decorate ‘K3’ Cardboard Photo Frames
Colour a K3 Colouring Page
Have Rainbow Make-up (I did this for each little girl)
Dress-Up Using Props For A Photo Session (whilst the others were busy I took one child at a time and photographed them with rainbow make-up, a pink wig, beads and feather boa on)
Here are my 2 little divas!
I didn’t want to give too many sweets in the party bags so I had been on the look out for some alternative ideas.
Whilst in Scotland at Christmas I stumbled across some clear water bottles with a really pretty floral print for a pound each.
I also bought some magic milkshake straws which you just put into a glass of milk without opening them and suck the milk up through the little balls in the straws to give you flavoured milk (you can get them in strawberry, banana or chocolate)
I filled the water bottles with some milkshake straws, a few love heart sweets and some rainbow sour sweets
From the little photo session we did I printed a photo out of each child and inserted it into their photo frame.
At the end of the party I gave each child the water bottle gift and their photo frame.
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I absolutely love organising parties for my girls, every birthday we have a different theme which I try to make as fun as possible without having a massive blow out budget.
The last few years we have done; Under The Sea, Spa/Pamper Party, Frozen, Princesses & Pirates
What parties have you done lately?
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