Lately I have heard a lot of complaining on Facebook about difficulty finding inexpensive items that are appropriate for boys’ parties. Sometimes those items are right in front of you, but you need a little creativity (and gentle encouragement) to take them from girl-tastic to totally boy-approved.
1. Nail Polish
Nail polish isn’t just for nails! Nail polish also looks a whole lot like paint! With much better coverage than watery “kid paint” available in the clearance aisles, nail polish can be used to decorate unfinished wooden cars, picture frames, or other finds.
Tiaras? Boy party?
If you are questioning this maybe your boys aren’t as obsessed with Disney Infinity as mine are. Because as soon as I see tiaras, I think about saving princesses. In Disney Infinity, there are challenges where you need to break though glass cases to free princesses. Set up similar challenges for boys. Construct cases with various types of materials (plastic wrap, foil, fabric, yarn) and provide the attendees with various types of tools to get past the obstacles (and any others you put in their way) and rescue the “princess”.
3. Plastic Figurines
Dollar store figurines (even if they are girly) can be perfect for setting up challenges for your favorite birthday guy and his friends. Party attendees can:
- use permanent markers to “remake” the figure. The girlier the figures, the better (and funnier) the potential makeover.
- set up figurines on the edge of the deck and use water squirters to see who can knock them down the fastest – just like at the carnival
Have you seen the recent glitter bomb campaign? Discover what will happen when YOU leave your mischievous boys with a stash of glitter. Or don’t – this could get bad.
5. Stuffed Animals
6. Plastic Animals
Those little baggies of plastic animals are some of the best buys for party decor. Grab a bag or three, spray paint them fun colors and either hang the as a garland or make a festive cupcake topper. Either way, you can totally rock these items out.
7. Plastic Rings, Necklaces, or Bracelets
We play Skylanders around here. If you are familiar with Skylanders, you know that when you are hunting around Skylands you often happen upon treasures like rings and jewels. You can sure bet my boys are grabbing for those jewels in the game! Stage your own adventure for party attendees where plastic jewelry carries either monetary or magical powers, and see what happens next.
Pom-poms aren’t just for cheerleaders! Fancy these spirited accessories to bring some life to centerpieces. Peeking out of an old trophy, a full pom pom in team colors brings images of the sports celebrations to mind.
While your boys may not want to cast spells or sprinkle fairy dust with their wands, they might want to use them for an epic battle of wits. Spray paint wands from the dollar bin and have the boys face off Family Feud style to answer questions. First wand in the air takes control of game.
Or, rework the wands so that the boys can channel their Harry Potter powers. Because good ole Harry may never go out of style.
10. Hair Elastics
Have the boys use hair elastics to experiment with physics. Wearing safety goggles, have the boys make makeshift slingshots (a la Angry Birds) and try to fling a variety of safe objects toward a target. Candies, balls of foil, small toys like Trash Packs and others make for great projectiles.
What girly items have you repurposed for your boys? How did you do it?