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The holiday birthday children are sometimes a bit disappointed, and you may choose, as the adult in their life, to bring a little cheer in their life with an un-birthday party.
Inspired by the Carroll fantasy children's story, Alice in Wonderland, an un-birthday is simply a day where you celebrate someone's birthday regardless of the actual date.
A well-planned birthday, un-birthday or not, is about thirty minutes of arrival time, and perhaps snacking. Depending on the age, early arrivals can be occupied with coloring a cartoon drawing of the Cheshire cat, painting their own tea cups, watching scenes from the actual movie, participating in make-your-own rabbit ears, etc. One hour to one and half hours of active entertainment such as a freeze-dance, musical chairs, or a tossing bean bag game or even a combination of these activities are next. Then cake, ice cream and a birthday song should take about another thirty minutes. Afterwards, your guests should be able to depart well-satisfied.
Opening gifts in the presence of guests is a choice to be made by the family, but consider opening the gifts after the guests have left. This will discourage a mess and the possibly uncomfortable scene of disappointed guests who want to play with all the toys, all at once, or a guest of honor who loudly proclaims their dislike for the socks.
An un-birthday is made fun by the flair you bring to the table so here are some suggestions for the two or three hours you will have guests.
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- Give them the choice of a date to choose their un-birthday date. Choose an odd day, like a Thursday or a Friday night. You might want to ensure with your guest list that it doesn't compete with homework nights.
- You can go full-metal-Carroll and theme the event according to the book with a crazy hat and broken tea cups.
- You can permit them to choose a special gift as an "un-surprise".
- Use all your holiday plates - Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.
- Use all, which may result in a motley combination, of your leftover party decorations - think of it as an opportunity to massively recycle paper goods
- Serve an upside-down-cake
- Have guests enter through the back door
- Pick up a giant frame at a thrift shop for little or no money and "enter" the Looking Glass into your party room
- Have a wake-over, instead of a sleepover, and start with breakfast in pajamas and have the guests picked up after lunch
- Have a backwards-trust-walk.
- For the Carroll enthusiasts, you can have a pin-the-watch-on-the-jacket or bunny; toss the hat onto the hatter or, a reversal, toss the plastic tea cup into the top hat; or play musical chairs with music from the Disney version of the movie.
- An English game is to have a surprise gift packaged in multiple layers. Each guest gets a turn to unwrap a gift. If you have ten guests, then be sure to have at least 12 or more layers so that everyone gets a turn to unwrap the prize. When the gift is finally revealed, that person is the winner of the prize. A simple but entertaining game.