I was on my way out of the thrift store when I decided to do a "sweep" of the store to make sure E. hadn’t dropped anything. That’s when I found this on a quick glance down the book aisle:
Yay!!! This 1964 children’s party book is awesomely vintage and still so much fun! It provides a thorough catalog of games divided by type (guessing games, games of skill, hunts, relay races, games for the youngest, and for older children):
It includes party themes, complete with game list and recipes, like this "Spacemen’s Party":
And there are lots of little party-planning notes, including a page on how to include your child in the planning, the best time of day to have it depending on age group, and an entire section on adapting a party for disabilities.
And the graphics are too cute. In fact, it’s one of E.’s new favorite books:
I wish you could flip through this book yourself. The games are creative and the descriptions are quite detailed. I love that they have several games that don’t require any materials at all. But then I started thinking: do people do these kind of parties anymore? Would today’s 11-year-old mind being rounded up for an old-fashioned party game?
*ps. Thank you very much for all the sweet comments about the sweater tote. I don’t always get to respond to comments individually but I do always appreciate them.
what a perfect book! you do realize that you have started a frantic search on ebay for all of your readers, right?
we’re gearing up for a pirate-themed party for my soon-to-be 5y/o. if this book has great ideas for this… please share 😀
WOW, what a great find!!
charlotte lyons says
we had this book….passed it on recently but loved the art and ideas too. perfect for your little E. xoC
What a cool book! I am in the processing of planning my daughter’s b’day party (she’ll be 3 in May) so have been looking through tons of party books. We’ve narrowed it down to either a Dora party or a Princess party! Sounds like you had a productive shopping day! Take care!
julie (jane's apron) says
ohh…I LOVE the book…just my style. Lucky girl!
Sarah Jane says
Oh I think that’s the book my mom had when my sisters and I were growing up…whoa, bringing back the memories. I loved looking through it – getting ideas for my next birthday party!
So cute! I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to enjoy a party like this. On the other hand, I definitely don’t want her to grow up any faster than she is! Great find.