Does the birthday child love firefighters? Do his eyes get wide every time he sees a firetruck? Firefighters work well as the inspiration for a party theme. Here are some firefighter party options to consider.
Start with the invitations. For a simple option, cut out a basic firetruck shape from red card stock. Add little details, such as windows, ladders and wheels. You can even make a firefighter’s face sticking out of one of the windows. Add your party information to the truck.
Another option is to use flames as the basis for the invitation. Cut out a flame shape from paper. Layer red, yellow and orange flames on the paper. Add the details to the flames.
With the invitations in the mail, you can turn your attention to the decorations. Use a red, orange and yellow color scheme for the party decor. Hang balloons and streamers in those colors to get the party area looking festive. Cut flame shapes from poster board to put around the party area.
Another option is to make a kid-sized firetruck as a decorative focal point. Use a large appliance box on its side as the main part of the truck. Add a smaller box on top at the front for the cab of the firetruck. Cut out windows. Paint the box to look like a firetruck. Add a section of hose to the fire truck. Make a ladder from cardboard. This party decoration also makes a great photo prop during the party.
You’ll also need a plan for keeping the party guests busy. Call your local fire department to see if they make special appearances at parties. As long as there are no emergencies during the party, they might show up with a firetruck and firefighters to meet the kids. Getting to see firefighters and sit in a firetruck will make a lasting impression on the birthday child and his party guests.
A firefighter relay is another option. Have a raincoat, boots and firefighter hat for each team. One player from each team dresses up in the firefighter costume, runs the relay course and heads back to his team. He passes on the costume to the next person who takes a turn.
A different variation on the relay race for an outdoor party is a water relay. Line each team up. Each person needs a cup. You’ll also need a bucket of water at one end and an empty container at the other for each team. The child closest to the water bucket dips his cup in. He pours the water into the next person’s cup. The kids pass the water from cup to cup down the line to the empty container. The first team to fill the empty container wins.
For a traditional party game, play Pin the Tail on the Dalmatian or Pin the Hat on the Firefighter. Draw either a dalmatian or firefighter on a piece of poster board. Give each child either a tail or hat. Write names on them. Play like you would Pin the Tail on the Donkey.