We Canadians, whether we’re six or 60, enjoy our hockey in large doses. With the season just around the corner, celebrate a hockey-themed birthday with spirit. You’ve got the home advantage, so it’s bound to be a winning bash.
Decor: Before the little pros arrive, dress your party room. For a sporty garland, use brown and coloured construction paper to cut out small hockey sticks. Attach the sticks to a long ribbon using clothespins and hang. Pick up plastic hockey sticks from the dollar store and hand them out as the guests come marching in. They’ll need these for the bowling activity (instructions below) that’s sure to get their adrenalin pumping.
The focal point of your party is the photo booth. Arrange a bench in front of an empty wall and create some props and flags by using stiffened felt and dowels, so kids can hold these up for the picture. Ask your DIY-jersey-wearing, flag-and-banner-bearing sports lovers to say, “Goal!”
Games and activities:
DIY jersey Get the kids to cut out numbers, letters and stripes from felt (or pre-cut them) and glue onto long-sleeved T-shirts. For extra pizzazz, kiddos can outline the characters with glitter glue.
Table hockey Clear space on a table for a “rink” and use the Popsicle hockey sticks (see below), black buttons for pucks and cups for nets. The first youngster to get the button-puck into the cup five times wins.
Hockey bowling Use empty plastic bottles for bowling pins. Have your players use their kid-sized dollar store hockey sticks to shoot pucks at the pins. Strike!
Party food: To keep your little athletes going, serve concession-inspired hot dogs and hamburgers and snacks like Oreos and pretzel sticks (they look a whole lot like pucks and hockey sticks). Go team, go!
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