With Halloween rapidly approaching, planning and hosting a girls costume party is a bit trickier than merely sending out invitations, buying an outfit, and providing food and drink. There are numerous other aspects to take into consideration, from determining what overall theme the party will have, to ensuring that all of the participants dress up, and to ways to get the girls to interact throughout the night.
1. Getting the Party Started
To begin preparations for the festivities, invitations should be sent out along with personal notes and/or phone calls to parents to make sure the guest dresses up in costume. Stay friendly in the tone of your message, but also assertive that the costume theme should be adhered to. Should a child not dress up for the party or should the child dress up in a hastily thrown together outfit while all of the other participants are in elaborate costumes, that child is going to feel left out, potentially putting a strain on the success of the dress-up party. If you have additional costumes on hand, be sure to make them available to the guests, in the event that parents cannot afford or do not have sufficient time to provide them for their children.
Whether or not a costume theme is necessary and what theme will be chosen depends in large part on the age of the guests. The younger the girls, the more a theme may be a good idea, if for no other reason than to make it easier on the parents who will have to shop for the outfit by limiting the choices. In general, it’s best to stick with standard themes such as angels, princesses and animals, though superheroes and popular TV or movie character costumes can definitely work. Whatever theme you choose, make sure it has enough possible variations to reduce the likelihood that two guests will have the same outfit.
3. Games and Activities
Picking costume party games for girls can be simultaneously easy and difficult. Easy because girls will likely enjoy pretty much everything when they’re celebrating with friends, but also difficult because coming up with a game to matches the concept of a dress-up party is always a challenge.
If possible, base the activity idea off the theme. If you have a princess-themed party, you can always do a game like “Pin the Lips on the Prince” or “Find the Frog that Turns into a Prince” (Make 100 paper frogs, the girls have to choose from the pile, kiss the frog, and then check the back of the frog to see if it is the one that turns into a prince) or anything along those lines. These types of games are interactive and goofy, so they should do a good job matching your party’s theme.
The group game can also incorporate dressing up as its major activity. Using a bundle of clothes and accessories, have the girls grab as much as they can in a very short time and make them dress up in those clothes, all the while taking lots of pictures of the disguises. You’ll get plenty hilarious outfits, the girls will have fun, and you will have several dozen photos for the parents and kids to take home as souvenirs.
Any girls dress-up party holds great promise to be a rousing success since kids tend to make the most out of any celebration. However, implementing a few of our tips including making sure that all of the girls dress up, giving the party a theme whenever possible and coming up with some embarrassing and fun games, your gathering is sure to be an even bigger hit with both the kids and their parents.