The dust has settled, the parties are over, and I’ve untangled myself from the buntings. Joel had a little party inspired by the adventures of Tintin last week. Every party needs a good theme, and I must say I had lots of fun with this year’s! I wanted the venue to be at either a gelato, yoghurt or ice cream shop, and so decided on Alfero Artisan Gelato at Lorong Kilat.
Marco, the owner, was very kind in allowing me to bring some light snacks!
The background of the invite was a page from Red Rackham’s Treasure, one of Joel’s favourite from the series.
It’s not a party without buntings! So I made 3, and hung them up at various spots in the shop.
As we waited for the guests to arrive, the early birds had some Tintin colouring sheets to occupy them, and we did an airplane craft. The plane was made with a wooden clothespin, ice cream sticks, and triangle shaped foam (for the tail). The kids were quite independent using the UHU glue, which can get quite stringy, and I was a little worried initially that they could not manipulate it. My worries were unfounded. This craft is definitely something they can do with minimal guidance. Most of them proceeded to make lots more! It was pretty interesting with what they came up with. A kid placed both his plane wings on top, another boy merely colored his clothespin and declared it a “snapping alligator.” I brought lots of markers, for them to add stripes, polka dots or whatever design they fancied. If you are doing this craft at a party, do remind the kids to write their name on the plane as well!
The other craft was magnet making. Gather some pictures of your favourite character or book cover, a wooden block, and a strip of magnet. Work the UHU magic, attach everything together, and you get a magnet! Super easy and fast. Again, the border of the wooden block can be decorated with markers.
A spin off from Pin the tail on the donkey. We played Pin the tail on Snowy! Instead of using blindfolds, I covered up Joel’s sunglasses with paper, which made it a little more convenient for the kids to wear.
We had a scavenger hunt to round things off. We divided the kids into 2 teams, and gave them a list of pictures to find. Some were hidden quite conspicuously!
The cake was a photo print from a page out of Destination Moon, and I got a Tintin and Snowy figurine from the Tintin shop to place on the cake.
For the party favour bag, I wanted the kids to take home a little reporter’s kit. So I included a pen, notepad, postcard, a roll of polos (in case they need a sugar rush while chasing a story) and the activity book you see above.
I got most of the craft materials from Daiso and Art Friend. Most of them came in bulk, for example, the wooden blocks used to make the magnets came 6 in a bag from Daiso, which was easy on my wallet. Most of the graphics, were done by my good pals A and R, my partners in crime for party planning. I enjoyed the whole process of sourcing, printing, cutting and painting. To sum it up, billions of blue blistering barnacles, bravo for a great party!