Create the magic of a circus right in your own backyard. From clown cakes to animal charades, this party will pack in the fun.
Draw or create a collage of a clown head on lightweight card stock; cut it out and cut a slit in its mouth. Unfurl a party blower and write all the information along it; insert the end into the mouth of the clown. Deliver by hand or mail them in padded envelopes.
Set the theme with a flourish of felt pennants.
Draw triangle with sides measuring 12"x 9"x 12" onto card stock, and cut out to make template. Draw slightly smaller triangle with sides measuring 11"x 8"x 11" onto card stock, and cut out to make a second template. Trace outline of large triangle template to felt, and cut out using pinking shears. Trace smaller triangle template to a contrasting color of felt, and cut out using straight-edge scissors. Enlarge animal template, trace to felt, and cut out using straight-edge scissors. Punch holes in two corners (the ones bordering the shortest side) of each finished scallop-edged triangle. Thread yarn through holes. Layer triangles, placing the straight-edged triangle on top, and glue together. Glue felt animal to top of straight-edged triangle. Repeat until you have enough triangles to fill the length of your garland.
Yarn from Coats and Clark; call 800-648-1479 for stores. Felt from Kunin; call 800-292-7900.
The perfect centerpieces, our decoupage buckets hold a ton of treats.
Cut triangles from different colors of quilling paper to fit dimensions of bucket. Adhere to bucket using Mod Podge, alternating color and direction of triangles. When finished, seal with layer of Mod Podge.
Pair up kids, and put a hat with an animal picture taped to it on each child's head. Don't let the wearer see the hat. Children act out their partner's animal, while the partner guesses what it is.
Older kids will have fun taking a swing at these cheerful papier-mache pinatas.
Cover most of papier-mache form with yellow crepe-paper fringe, leaving space for a face. Cover facial area with white fringe. Fashion nose from rolled red crepe-paper fringe and other features from felt. Top off with a colorful party hat.Craft-supply sources: Colored crepe-paper fringe from Party City; visit www.partycity.com for stores. Decorative paper and ribbons from Midori; call 800-659-3049.
Children will line up eagerly for a chance to toss a beanbag through this smiling lion face.
Use paintbrush to apply Mod Podge to a small section of the Styrofoam wreath, and cover with orange crepe-paper fringe. Repeat until the entire form has been covered in orange fringe. Finish by layering yellow crepe-paper fringe over the orange in a swirled fashion, gluing in place with Mod Podge.
Enlarge and trace face templates onto kraft paper and cut out. Trace kraft-paper pieces to appropriate felt color, and cut out. Trace outline of Styrofoam wreath to foam core, and cut out using a box cutter. Arrange face pieces on foam core, and mark opening for mouth. Remove face pieces, and cut out mouth using box cutter. Cover foam core with pale yellow felt, and secure with staple gun to back of foam core. Recut opening for mouth, folding felt to the back and stapling to foam core. Arrange face pieces over covered foam core, using fabric glue to hold them in place.
Tie two lengths of heavy-duty fishing line around wreath form (at top of left and right sides). Nail foam-core face to wreath form using eight 2" nails. Hang.
Colored crepe-paper fringe from Party City; visit www.partycity.com for stores. Felt from Kunin; call 800-292-7900. 30" Styrofoam wreath by Floracraft; call 800-253-0409.
By Wendy Smolen
This delightful-looking cake is a cinch to make. Be sure to make room in your freezer before you start.
Prep & decorating time: 40 minutes.
Bake time: 30 minutes.
Freeze time: 1 hour.
Yield: 12 servings.
Copyright© 2004. Reprinted with permission from the April 2002 issue of Parents magazine.