No one will pass on your puppet party when they receive an invitation featuring such cute designs as hand puppets, a stage, and balloons.
Set up a puppet stage in one corner of the room. You can buy these pre-made, or make your own from a large, empty appliance box. Just cut out a window near the top of one side of the box, then cover the window with small curtains stapled to the top of the box. To make the box more attractive, you can cover it with pretty giftwrapping paper. When showtime begins, draw the curtains up and keep the puppeteer down.
Puppet shows are most fun when they involve the audience in a story. You can choose a well-known story -- such as The Three Bears -- or a less-familiar one (or one youíve simply made up!). The key is to keep the storyline simple, exciting and funny, while encouraging plenty of audience participation. Puppets can be purchased or made at home; youíll find children enjoy them either way. After the show, have partygoers create their own puppets from brown paper bags that they decorate with crayons, markers, stickers, and more.
Finger foods that can become finger puppets are lots of fun, and a good complement to a puppet party. Offer guests a big bowl of plain ziti noodles that they can slip over their fingers, turn into puppet characters, then eat. The same thing can be done with tortellini, Bugles corn snacks, and licorice sticks.
To tie your cake in with the puppet-show theme, use an icing tube to draw a character or characters from the story that was told during your puppet show. For instance, decorate your cake with the Big Bad Wolf following Little Red Riding Hood, if that was one of the puppet show stories performed that day.
Use the puppets that guests have created from the brown paper bags to hold their goody bag treats. Fill them with a variety of candies, small toys, and/or school supplies that they can enjoy once they get home.
Match your thank-you notes to your invitation, or choose a complementary design. Teach your child good manners by allowing him or her to sign their name to each note. Also, donít forget to mention what the gift was that youíre thanking the person for -- and how much your child enjoyed it!