the invitations, instruct your party guests that each guest
is asked to bring in their favorite toy. At the party (during
a down time, preferably) allow each guest to share with everyone
why they brought the toy that they did.
Create a list of toys, gathering information about their release
date from the Internet (VERY easy to look up.) Assign the
party guests to guess which toys are older by putting them
in order. This also works well for the adults in the room
to play along. If the guests are particularly young, you might
consider making sure to only use toys that have come out with
the past decade. Another option is to have a series of pairings
(i.e. "Which of these two toys is older?" kind of
a puzzle that is left out for guests to put pieces in at their
can be one of the easiest themes to provide activities for.
Simply set out numerous games at different stations throughout
the party area. Allow your party guests to choose which games
they'd like to play for certain time increments (i.e. every
15 minutes you might consider having everyone switch games,
whoever was 'winning' at the time of the switch is considered
the winner for the game.)
you are considering playing different games as part of your
party activities, liven them up by providing some items for
your party guests to wear while they are playing. For example,
if they are playing operation, give them white lab coats to
wear. If it's an army game, give them army helmets to wear.
Let them REALLY play!
we don't have the time or money to decorate a party space
as fully as we might like to. For a quick and inexpensive
way to 'bulk up' on the decorations, consider buying an extra
pack or Toy Story napkins. When fully unfolded, they can make
for great party decorations to put on walls in checkerboard
fashion (with solid colors alternating the patterned ones.)
Have playing with them as you decorate.