Have fun with a Shrek Ball Party or a Shrek Swamp party.
Mix the ideas to make your own version
of the party whichever way you like.
Use thin, aged looking paper to make your invitations. Write the party details in calligraphy writing. Let the ink dry and roll into a scroll. Tie with a piece of twine or ribbon.
Here ye, Here ye! (name) requests your presence at the royal ball to take place in the Land of Far, Far Away (address)
Travel to our land on (date) at (time).
Princess or ogre attire is optional.
Or you can use ready made Shrek Invitations
Give your party area a Medieval look by hanging banners. Write: Welcome to the Land of Far, Far Way or (birthday child's name)'s Ball.
Set the tables with jewel tone colored tablecovers and partyware.
Use the same colors for balloons and streamers.
Use large plastic goblets filled with decorative gems for centerpieces.
Make large shield cut outs out of cardboard. Wrap in aluminum foil and paint on a crest. Set around the party area for additional decorations along with some children's plastic sword. Pair a couple of crossed swords on the wall for decoration as well.
Set out a bubble machine, if you have one, for the Fairy Godmother's Bubbles.
Any Medieval type decorations will work for this theme's decor. Knight's head armor, crowns, jeweled tiaras, sprinkle metallic table confetti on the tables, use silver plated trays, a crystal like punch bowl, etc.
Goodie Bags and Prizes:
Fill a large plastic goblet for the ball theme or use a green paper sack for the swamp theme. Fill with a beaded necklace (girl), small bottle of bubbles(you can use the small, white wedding favor ones), glow in the dark eyeball balls, silly putty, green Gooze, green sour punch straws, Shrek fruit snacks,Shrek playdoh, potion candy , water snake, gummi worms.
For either theme make a dirt and mud cake. Bake a sheet cake and frost with chocolate frosting. Sprinkle the top with a large amount of crumbled Oreo cookie crumbs. Add some gummi worms to the top. Bury some under the cookie crumb "dirt".
You can also make individual portions on cupcakes, using the same recipe above for the cupcakes. Or Tint white frosting a lime green color and add some gummi worms on top.
Food and Snacks:
Pigs in a blanket.
Chiken drumsticks with green ketchup.
Serve sparkling apple cider in the plastic goblets.
Make Shrek cookies from the Shrek cookie kits (Walmart or Target).
Let kids make their own hot "sludge" sundaes. Use vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream and some gummi worms on top.
Games and Activities:
Pin the tail on Donkey (either theme).
Sword in the Stone (for the ball theme). Cut a block of styrofoam into the shape of a stone. Paint grey. Use cocktail swords to insert into the styrofoam "rock". Mark one of the swords in advance. The one who picks the marked sword wins.
Slay the Dragon (ball theme). Print out and enlarge a picture of the dragon or draw one onto posterboard. Mark a bullseye on your picture. Use a child's play bow and arrow set to have the kids take turns trying to hit the bullseye. Closest to the bullseye wins.
Cupcake Walk. Use character markers for this game. Print out pictures of the characters (ie. Princess Fiona, Puss in Boots, Donkey, Prince Charming, Gingy, etc.) onto cardstock. Arrange the pictures in a circle on the ground. Make enough markers for everyone. Write the characters names on small pieces of paper and put into a jar, basket, box,etc. Music plays and everyone moves to the marker ahead until the music stops. Everyone should be on a marker. Draw a name, guest standing on corresponding marker wins and is out of the game. Game continues until every child has won. Use mud/dirt cupcakes for the prize.
For the swamp theme try these suggestions:
Hang moss(craft store) on the walls and lay out on the tables.
Use green and orange balloons, streamers, and partyware. Or use Shrek themed party ware.
Fill a kiddie pool(s) with water and tint water green for a miniature swamp pool.
Make and posts signs that say, "Shrek's Swamp....No Trespassing....Beware of Ogre, etc."
Food and Snacks:
Guacamole and Chips - slime and chips.
Green jello - slime.
Chicken Strip on a Stick - Fried Lizard on a Stick.
Onion rings with green ketchup.
Chocolate pudding cups with Oreo cookie crumbs - mud and dirt cups.
Frozen grapes - eyeballs.
Chocolate covered pretzels and fruit - sludge covered snacks.
Putrid Punch. You need 1 .13 ounce package of unsweetened kool-aid, 1 cup sugar, 8 cups water, 1 can frozen orange juice concentrate, 4 cups gingerale, and orange sherbert. Empty kool-aid into punch bowl. Add sugar and water. Stir until dissolved. Stir in juice. Just before serving, add gingerale and, if desired, ice cubes with gummi worms frozen inside. Float scoops of sherbert on top. This recipe serves 14.
Games and Activities:
Make and decorate your own Gingy gingerbread men. Use prebaked cookies or let kids use a cookie cutter shape to draw and cut out of fun foam. You can also purchase wood cut outs in the shape. Let kids paint and decorate then glue a string or ribbon to the top to make an ornament or attatch a piece of sticky back magnetic strip to make a magnet.
Make your own Magic Potions. Use powdered candies (Pixie Stix) and use small plastic jars for kids to pour and mix to make their own powdered magic potions.
Rescue Princess Fiona. Hide a small doll or figure or plush. Set up clues on objects to lead to the princess. Let the kids search as a one group or make two teams. Put clues on a plastic goblet, crown, set of ogre ears, pair of black boots, cat dish, or "poison" apple.
Play hot potato using an onion (cause ogres have layers)
Make green slime. Use 1 part liquid starch ,2 parts Elmer's Glue, and green food coloring. Mix and enjoy
Make ogre ears or princess crowns.
Greet Everyone at the door with their very own pair of Ogre Ears. Make them before the party but wait to secure the ends until the children arrive for proper fit.
You'll need large sheets of light and dark green craft foam or construction paper, craft glue or a hot glue gun, glitter glue or a glitter pen and a stapler.
Cut two ears, two small triangles for the inside of the ears and a long strip for the head band. Attach the small triangles to the ears with a glue gun then attach the ears to the head band. With the glitter pen, write the guests name on the front. Staple the ends of the head band together when the children arrive.
For princess crowns purchase paper tiaras in your party supplies section and let the girls decorate using sequins, glitter glues, etc. Or use this pattern to cut out of cardstock.
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by Esmeralda Cavazos
Written Exclusively for ThePartyWorks.com